Best Canadian flicks of 2017 features Vancouver talent, screening this weekend

A still from the Canadian feature Never Steady, Never Still.

What happened in Canadian cinema in 2017? Glad you asked.

This month, Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) is presenting TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival (Jan. 12-21). The festival is a showcase of the year’s best feature-length films and shorts, as determined by the Toronto International Film Festival.

Here’s a look at what’s screening this weekend, Jan 12-14.

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Best Canadian flicks of 2017 features Vancouver talent, screening this weekend

Ticket Giveaway: Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain!

Prepare to be delighted at Peak of Christmas.

Contest alert! It’s day six of The 12 Productions of Christmas. Enter for your chance to win today’s prize!

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Ticket Giveaway: Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain!

Ticket Giveaway: Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens!

VanDusen Botanical Gardens dazzles during Festival of Lights.

Contest alert! It’s day five of The 12 Productions of Christmas. Enter for your chance to win today’s prize!

The production  Based on John Grisham’s novel Skipping Christmas, Christmas with the Kranks stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as a couple who decide, with their daughter away, to forego Christmas celebrations for a hot-weather holiday – that is, until she plans a last-minute surprise trip home. The comedy features a scene showing the familiar background of downtown Vancouver’s Pacific Centre.

The attraction  The Kranks had to scramble to host a last-minute, show-stopping Christmas, but VanDusen Botanical Gardens staff have spent months planning the annual Festival of Lights (December 1 to January 7). The result: a twinkling holiday postcard come to life, complete with more than one million lights, themed displays, a dancing light show on the lake, stories with Santa, a candle grotto, savoury treats and more.

Post a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of admission tickets to VanDusen Botanical Gardens’ Festival of Lights.

*The winner will be chosen in the next three days, and will be contacted via email.

UPDATE:  Thank you, everyone, for entering the contest. The winner is Magdalena – congratulations! Remember to check back weekday mornings for more holiday productions filmed in Vancouver + ticket giveaways to local holiday attractions!

Ticket Giveaway: Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park!

Magic awaits at Canyon Lights.

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The production  The Santa Clause 2, a follow-up to Tim Allen’s popular Santa Claus-capade, follows the big man as he frantically searches for a suitable Mrs. Claus before his Santa Clause runs out. The movie was filmed in Vancouver, Port Moody, Coquitlam, New Westminster and parts of Alberta. The third instalment, The Santa Clause 3, was also filmed in Vancouver.

The attraction  They say thrills can foster love, so if you’re searching for a Mr. or Mrs. Claus of your own, head over to Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (November 23 to January 28), where the swaying bridge is bedecked in a stunning necklace of thousands of sparkling white lights. Cliffwalk, Treetops Adventure, the rainforest and canyon are similarly transformed into an enchanting storybook land with festive lights, the world’s tallest Christmas trees, and sleigh-fuls of entertainment like gingerbread cookie decorating and caroling.

Post a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of admission tickets to Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

*The winner will be chosen in the next three days, and will be contacted via email.

UPDATE: Thank you for commenting and entering the contest! The lucky winner is Kelly Coles. Keep checking back weekday mornings through December 12 for more chances to win holiday prizes!

Contest Alert! The 12 Productions of Christmas, Day 3: Deck the Halls

The Vancouver Christmas Market transforms Jack Poole Plaza into a holiday wonderland.

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Contest Alert! The 12 Productions of Christmas, Day 2: I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Roll through a magical forest at Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

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The 12 Productions of Christmas, Day 1: Elf

Catch a horse-drawn carriage down Pacific Boulevard at CandyTown.

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The 12 Productions of Christmas, Day 1: Elf