Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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It feels like winter, so let’s celebrate! With one month to go, Vancouver is kicking off it’s Christmas festivities! There is lots in store this weekend – theatre, dance, comedy, markets, festivals, skating, soccer, and more! Enjoy the sunshine and snowy mountain-tops and read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

 


Friday, November 22nd

RAW: Natural Born Artists – Showcase #2 8pm @ Gossip Nightclub (750 Pacific Blvd.)
$15 online; $20 door
Have a RAWsome night out! Showcase attendees get to experience Luca Fogale’s great voice and meaningful folk songs, cutting edge runway shows (fashion, makeup, accessories), an award winning short film, live DJ music by DJ Midnight Move until 3am, plus view the work of some of the most talented young artists the city has to offer. The event promises to deliver a fun filled evening for any art lover and a great networking platform. 19+ (2 pieces of photo ID required), cocktail attire, food truck on site, doors: 8:00pm, first show starts at 8:30pm. Please use PayParking in the area.

6th Annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace 11am-9pm @ TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre (1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford)
$6; free for children 16 and under; other pricing in effect
One of Western Canada’s largest holiday season shows, the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace returns for its sixth year on November 22, 23, and 24, 2013. The West Coast Christmas Show brings together unique gifts by artisans and commercial brands, holiday-related food, personal services, and festive seminars and workshops to help attendees prepare for and celebrate the holiday season. Food Network Canada’s Anna Olson will be on the Home for the Holidays Stage to show visitors how to make dishes that will wow your Christmas dinner table. New for this year, Santa will be available for photos with visitors and their pets. Network for Animals will provide professionally taken photos and 100% of donations will go to back to the organization. Pets (not including snakes or reptiles) may only come in for photos and then must be removed from the venue due to health regulations. Other returning traditions of the show include the musical Sounds of the Holidays Stage, the Festival of Trees, The Fraser Valley G Scale and friends will display their steam-operated model train, and the Fraser Valley Model Club will showcase models made by their members, and the popular Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars.

Photo Credit: West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace

Photo Credit: West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace

16th Annual European Union Film Festival starting at 6:30pm @ Pacific Cinémathèque (200-1131 Howe Street)
$11 single bill; $14 double bill (both nightly movies); plus $3 Annual Membership required; other pricing in effect
This year’s 16th European Union Film Festival features entries from 27 of the newly-enlarged European Union’s 28 member states (only tiny Malta is not represented). Each country has carte blanche to choose the film that will represent them — and the variety, as always, is breathtaking! Selections this year include romantic comedies, historical sagas, thrillers, family dramas, coming-of-age tales, a surprising number of road movies, at least two films about juvenile offenders, more than a few first features by talented young directors, several official Oscar submissions, documentaries about music (from Ireland) and dance (from Spain), and even a pair of films (one a drama, the other a documentary, both from Baltic states) about basketball! Film Festivals runs from November 22 to December 5, showing 2 films a night.

Christmas Queen: Improv Comedy Fairytale 7:30pm at Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St.)
$21; $26.50 including drink;other pricing in effect
Opening weekend! Watch as our talented improvisors weave a magical Christmas story like you’ve never seen before. Each and every night the tale will take a different turn as you, the audience, help to save Christmas. Will the evil villain ruin this magical holiday season for the townsfolk? Will our reluctant hero return to save the day? Will the Christmas Queen awaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us? No matter your age, come down to The Improv Centre to watch your Christmas dreams come to life onstage.  Show runs Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat from November 20 to December 21.

SFU School of the Contemporary Arts: The Fall Collection 8pm @ Fei & Milton Experimental Theatre – The Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings St.)
$15; other pricing in effect
New contemporary dance works created by SCA Dance faculty Rob Kitsos and Cheryl Prophet, recent SCA MFA graduate Daisy Thompson, and guest choreographers Alvin Tolentino and Santa Aloi. Santa Aloi is the co-founder of the SCA Dance program and Professor Emerita. She is returning after several years of retirement to create a new work for the fall show. Alvin Tolentino is one of Vancouver’s senior dance artists and artistic director of Company Erasga Dance.

Photo Credit: SFU School for the Contemporary Arts: The Fall Collection

Photo Credit: SFU School for the Contemporary Arts: The Fall Collection

Vancouver Christmas Market 11am-9pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
$3 (11am-4pm Mon-Fri), $6 (4pm-9pm Mon-Fri); other pricing in effect
Opening weekend! The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts. During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use our 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins 8pm @ Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage (2750 Granville St.)
$29-$119
Another night of Mary Poppins (running until January 5)! A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

2013 Play Festival presents Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo 8pm @ Studio 16 (1555 W 7th Ave.)
$15
Opening weekend! Mitch and Murray Productions proudly presents the Vancouver premiere of Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, a darkly hilarious tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30′s. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Becky Shaw is a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. “Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” (Variety) Directed by David Mackay, featuring Meghan Gardiner, Moya O’Connell, Aaron Craven, Charlie Gallant and Marilyn Norry. Tuesday – Saturday November 20 – December 7.

Photo Credit: Mitch and Murray Productions - Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

Photo Credit: Mitch and Murray Productions – Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

Exit 22 Production Pesents Pride and Prejudice 8pm @ Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts located in the Birch Building at Capilano University (2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver)
$22; other pricing in effect
“Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can’t be without.” Exit 22 is thrilled to announce the second show of it’s 2013/2014 theatre season with a classic love story: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, adapted by Janet Munsil and directed by Stuart Aikins. A staple for all romantics – see the wonderful adventures of the Bennet family, and the wild ride of Elizabeth and Darcy’s courtship, a couple who just hate to love each other. Laugh, cry and re-experience this classic love story. Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Adapted by Janet Munsil Directed by Stuart Aikins.

Pacific Theatre presents The Top Ten Thousand Of All Time 8pm @ PAL Theatre (8th floor 581 Cardero St.)
$24.99-$29.99
Final weekend! A solitary late-night disc jockey counts down his ten thousand favourite tunes in a quirky, evocative piece that’s as much about the work and calling of the artist as it is about The Allman Brothers, Portishead, W.H. Auden and the Toronto Blue Jays. Written when the future of Pacific Theatre was uncertain, the show has been performed from San Franciso to Houston, Toronto to Galiano Island – but never on the PT mainstage. Arrive 30minutes early.

Gateway Theatre presents Crash 8pm @ Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond)
$30-$39
Final weekend! Shards of memories. Shame. Survival. These are the fragments of Crash, one of Canada’s most powerful and memorable one-woman shows. In a play that examines both pain and healing, the performer recalls the details of her past sexual assault in the hope of identifying the criminal and finding peace. One of the Globe and Mail’s Top Ten plays of 2012 and winner of four Dora Awards including Outstanding New Play, Crash explores the impact of trauma on our faith and our families and the transcendent power of inner strength.

Photo Credit: Gateway Theatre - Crash

Photo Credit: Gateway Theatre – Crash

Genus Theatre presents Waiting for Ghostbusters 8pm @ Renegade Studios (125 E 2nd Ave.)
$20; other pricing in effect
Genus Theatre celebrates their ten-year anniversary with the announcement of their latest production, a wildly inventive tribute to the beloved 1984 film. Waiting for Ghostbusters is set in a rehearsal hall that was once the heart of the Playhouse Theatre Company. There, a small group of theatre artists with more determination than dollars set out to stage a faithful musical recreation of the acclaimed 1984 film. Quickly conflict and tensions rise as the struggling company faces sabotage, a clash of wills, legal realities and a haunting of their own. By opening night the company will either stage a rocking, 1980s infused extravaganza in the best of off-off-off-Broadway tradition, or it may finally be curtains for everyone involved. An original production, Waiting for Ghostbusters is written by Frano Marsic and Kelly Sheridan, with direction by Vic Ustare. Featuring seven original songs with music written by Peter Abando, the production showcases eleven talented performers as they bring ghosts and ghouls to a live stage, all without aid of a green screen.

The Dance Centre presents the 9th biennial Dance In Vancouver 7pm & 9pm @ Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St.)
$30 Single Bill or $50 Double Bill (2 shows in the same evening); other pricing in effect
Dance In Vancouver Wednesday-Saturday November 20-23 Dance In Vancouver celebrates the energy and originality of our contemporary dance scene: join us for four days of performances, showcasing some of British Columbia’s most exciting companies.   Curator: Jeanne Holmes, Artistic Producer, Canada Dance Festival.
7pm – Program Four – Plastic Orchid Factory  “Post” and Battery Opera Performance “Everything”
9pm- Program Three – Dumb Instrument Dance/Ziyian Kwan “The Neck to Fall and Vision Impure and Nova Dance “DVOTE: Lust, Madness and Mayhem”


Saturday, November 23rd

Moustache Miler 2013 10:30am @ Brockton Pavillion in Stanley Park
Get your ‘mo in motion! The Moustache Miler is putting the fun back in fundraising.  Join us at Brockton Pavillion for a fun run through picturesque Stanley Park in an effort to raise awareness and donations for Movember.  Grow a moustache (if you can), do the run, and join your fellow Mo`bros & Mo`sistas at the afterparty! 2013 is the inaugural run. You can choose from the Peach Fuzz 1 mile – for those who haven’t mastered the ‘stache yet. Or up your ante and get your ‘stache sweaty in the 3 miler (official 5km). There is only one ‘stache man, or woman enough to win the run, but men everywhere will benefit from your participation. All net proceeds from the Moustache Miler 2013 will go to Movember & Sons Canada. The funds raised in Canada support men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. Registration is now open. Teams and costumes are encouraged. Prize for best costume. Mo on and we will see you at the starting line!

Photo Credit: Moustache Miler

Photo Credit: Moustache Miler

Burnaby Village Museum presents Illuminations at Heritage Christmas 12:00PM – 4:30PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake)
Free
Opening day! Stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past—wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. Unique and shimming lights display are throughout the Village including the opportunity for you to create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch the lights transform. Over 400 lights twinkle and change colours in response to sound. Come try it out! Pick up the new Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt sheet and start exploring for the answers. There’s a new menagerie of transformed Eco-sculptures this season. They’re decoratively lit and beautifully adorned. Look for a grouping of eagles with their artist-made playable instruments. Check the online schedule for special seasonal entertainment including live theatre shows, carollers, artisans, musicians and more.  Running from November 23 – December 13 (12pm-4:30pm) and December 14 – January 3, 2014 (12pm-9pm). Closed December 24 & 25.

CandyTown Mainland St. Yaletown 12pm-9pm @ 1000 – 1100 block of Mainland Street
The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is proud to announce the 2nd annual free outdoor Christmas festival – Candytown. Last year, an estimated 15,000 people came out to Candytown to kick off the holidays. Downtown Vancouver’s only free winter festival will transform Mainland Street into a winter wonderland. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street. Holiday shoppers are invited to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown with local merchants as well as a specialty market carrying unique gifts and holiday treats. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music. This outdoor Christmas festival is free, open to the public and sure to get people into the Christmas spirit.  Featured events: visits with Santa (1pm-6pm), Ice Carving Demo (2pm-7pm), and CandyTown Cocktail Tour (6pm-9pm), live music, candy making, Yaletown Rotary Club Xmas Tree Lot, free Horse Carriage Rides, and “All I Want for Christmas” Gift Market.

Photo Credit: Yaletown Business Improvement Association flickr

Photo Credit: Yaletown Business Improvement Association flickr

Grouse Mountain presents Peak of Christmas 2013, Celebrate the Magic of Snow! open 9am-10pm @ Grouse Mountain, The Peak of Vancouver
various ticket prices
Opening Day! Treat the kids (or the kid in you) to our annual holiday festivities begin November 23. Bring your family to Santa’s Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh-ride through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. Learn more about Santa’s reindeer at our daily ranger interpretive talks or have a digital photo taken with Santa to keep a memento of your Peak of Christmas visit! Visit the Theatre in the Sky to enjoy classic Christmas movies on our large high-definition screen. Or listen to joyful Christmas carols sung by the enchanting voices of Vancouver choirs. Walk through the spectacular SOS Children’s Village Gingerbread Village in the Spirit Gallery. These fabulous Peak of Christmas activities are all complimentary with your Grouse Mountain Alpine Experience ticket, Annual Membership, Winter Season Pass, or Lift Ticket. Peak of Christmas Family Ticket is also available. Snow much fun with just one ticket!

6th Annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace 10am-6pm @ TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre (1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford)
$6; free for children 16 and under; other pricing in effect
One of Western Canada’s largest holiday season shows, the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace returns for its sixth year on November 22, 23, and 24, 2013. The West Coast Christmas Show brings together unique gifts by artisans and commercial brands, holiday-related food, personal services, and festive seminars and workshops to help attendees prepare for and celebrate the holiday season. Food Network Canada’s Anna Olson will be on the Home for the Holidays Stage to show visitors how to make dishes that will wow your Christmas dinner table. New for this year, Santa will be available for photos with visitors and their pets. Network for Animals will provide professionally taken photos and 100% of donations will go to back to the organization. Pets (not including snakes or reptiles) may only come in for photos and then must be removed from the venue due to health regulations. Other returning traditions of the show include the musical Sounds of the Holidays Stage, the Festival of Trees, The Fraser Valley G Scale and friends will display their steam-operated model train, and the Fraser Valley Model Club will showcase models made by their members, and the popular Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars. Buy your tickets online and save $1 per ticket!

Gateway Theatre presents Crash 2pm & 8pm @ Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond)
$30-$39
Final performance! Shards of memories. Shame. Survival. These are the fragments of Crash, one of Canada’s most powerful and memorable one-woman shows. In a play that examines both pain and healing, the performer recalls the details of her past sexual assault in the hope of identifying the criminal and finding peace. One of the Globe and Mail’s Top Ten plays of 2012 and winner of four Dora Awards including Outstanding New Play, Crash explores the impact of trauma on our faith and our families and the transcendent power of inner strength.

16th Annual European Union Film Festival starting at 6:30pm @ Pacific Cinémathèque (200-1131 Howe Street)
$11 single bill; $14 double bill (both nightly movies); plus $3 Annual Membership required; other pricing in effect
This year’s 16th European Union Film Festival features entries from 27 of the newly-enlarged European Union’s 28 member states (only tiny Malta is not represented). Each country has carte blanche to choose the film that will represent them — and the variety, as always, is breathtaking! Selections this year include romantic comedies, historical sagas, thrillers, family dramas, coming-of-age tales, a surprising number of road movies, at least two films about juvenile offenders, more than a few first features by talented young directors, several official Oscar submissions, documentaries about music (from Ireland) and dance (from Spain), and even a pair of films (one a drama, the other a documentary, both from Baltic states) about basketball! Film Festivals runs from November 22 to December 5, showing 2 films a night.

Photo Credit: 16th Annual European Union Film Festival

Photo Credit: 16th Annual European Union Film Festival

Christmas Queen: Improv Comedy Fairytale 7:30pm at Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St.)
$21; $26.50 including drink;other pricing in effect
Opening weekend! Watch as our talented improvisors weave a magical Christmas story like you’ve never seen before. Each and every night the tale will take a different turn as you, the audience, help to save Christmas. Will the evil villain ruin this magical holiday season for the townsfolk? Will our reluctant hero return to save the day? Will the Christmas Queen awaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us? No matter your age, come down to The Improv Centre to watch your Christmas dreams come to life onstage. Show runs Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat from November 20 to December 21.

SFU’s School of the Contemporary Arts: The Fall Collection 8pm @ Fei & Milton Experimental Theatre – The Goldcorp Centre for the Arts(149 W Hastings St.)
$15; other pricing in effect
New contemporary dance works created by SCA Dance faculty Rob Kitsos and Cheryl Prophet, recent SCA MFA graduate Daisy Thompson, and guest choreographers Alvin Tolentino and Santa Aloi. Santa Aloi is the co-founder of the SCA Dance program and Professor Emerita. She is returning after several years of retirement to create a new work for the fall show. Alvin Tolentino is one of Vancouver’s senior dance artists and artistic director of Company Erasga Dance.

Vancouver Christmas Market 11am-9pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
$6; other pricing in effect
Opening weekend! The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts.   During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use our 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

Photo Credit: The Vancouver Christmas Market

Photo Credit: The Vancouver Christmas Market

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins 2pm & 8pm@ Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage (2750 Granville St.)
$29-$119
Another night of Mary Poppins (running until January 5)! A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

2013 Play Festival presents Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo 8pm @ Studio 16 (1555 W 7th Ave.)
$15
Opening weekend! Mitch and Murray Productions proudly presents the Vancouver premiere of Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, a darkly hilarious tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30′s. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Becky Shaw is a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. “Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” (Variety) Directed by David Mackay, featuring Meghan Gardiner, Moya O’Connell, Aaron Craven, Charlie Gallant and Marilyn Norry. Tuesday – Saturday November 20 – December 7.

Exit 22 Production Pesents Pride and Prejudice 8pm @ Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts located in the Birch Building at Capilano University (2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver)
$22; other pricing in effect
Final performance! “Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can’t be without.” Exit 22 is thrilled to announce the second show of it’s 2013/2014 theatre season with a classic love story: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, adapted by Janet Munsil and directed by Stuart Aikins. A staple for all romantics – see the wonderful adventures of the Bennet family, and the wild ride of Elizabeth and Darcy’s courtship, a couple who just hate to love each other. Laugh, cry and re-experience this classic love story. Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Adapted by Janet Munsil Directed by Stuart Aikins.

Pacific Theatre presents The Top Ten Thousand Of All Time 2pm & 8pm @ PAL Theatre (8th floor 581 Cardero St.)
$19.99 (Matinee), $24.99-$29.99
Final performance! A solitary late-night disc jockey counts down his ten thousand favourite tunes in a quirky, evocative piece that’s as much about the work and calling of the artist as it is about The Allman Brothers, Portishead, W.H. Auden and the Toronto Blue Jays. Written when the future of Pacific Theatre was uncertain, the show has been performed from San Franciso to Houston, Toronto to Galiano Island – but never on the PT mainstage. Arrive 30minutes early.

Photo Credit: Pacific Theatre - The Top Ten Thousand Of All Time

Photo Credit: Pacific Theatre – The Top Ten Thousand Of All Time

Genus Theatre presents Waiting for Ghostbusters 8pm @ Renegade Studios (125 E 2nd Ave.)
$20; other pricing in effect
Genus Theatre celebrates their ten-year anniversary with the announcement of their latest production, a wildly inventive tribute to the beloved 1984 film. Waiting for Ghostbusters is set in a rehearsal hall that was once the heart of the Playhouse Theatre Company. There, a small group of theatre artists with more determination than dollars set out to stage a faithful musical recreation of the acclaimed 1984 film. Quickly conflict and tensions rise as the struggling company faces sabotage, a clash of wills, legal realities and a haunting of their own. By opening night the company will either stage a rocking, 1980s infused extravaganza in the best of off-off-off-Broadway tradition, or it may finally be curtains for everyone involved. An original production, Waiting for Ghostbusters is written by Frano Marsic and Kelly Sheridan, with direction by Vic Ustare. Featuring seven original songs with music written by Peter Abando, the production showcases eleven talented performers as they bring ghosts and ghouls to a live stage, all without aid of a green screen.

Winter’s Farmer Market at Nat Bailey 10am-2pm @ Nat Bailey Stadium (30th & Ontario Street)
Free
Weekly farmer’s market with 60-75 different vendors and up to 10 food vendors in the east parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium. Please bring your own shopping or reusable bag!

The Dance Centre presents the 9th biennial Dance In Vancouver 7pm & 9pm @ Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St.)
$30 Single Bill or $50 Double Bill (2 shows in the same evening); other pricing in effect
Final performances! Dance In Vancouver Wednesday-Saturday November 20-23 Dance In Vancouver celebrates the energy and originality of our contemporary dance scene: join us for four days of performances, showcasing some of British Columbia’s most exciting companies.   Curator: Jeanne Holmes, Artistic Producer, Canada Dance Festival.
7pm – Program Two – Sarah Chase/Astrid Dance and Andrea Nann/Dreamwalker Dance Company “New Work”and Joe Ink “Left”
9pm- Program One –  Wen Wei Dance “Made in China” and Tara Cheyenne Performance “Highgate”

 


Sunday, November 24th

Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team vs Mexico 1pm @ BC Place
$18.75-$50.75
The match, presented by Bell, will mark Canada’s women’s national team’s return to Vancouver and the first time the two nations meet since Canada advanced to the 2012 London Olympic Games with a 3-1 win over Mexico at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament held in Vancouver in January 2012. This match is a great opportunity for fans to see their Canadian Olympic heroes in person and highlight the incredible support the team has received since its inspiring Olympic journey. She shoots, she scores!

Photo Credit: BC Place Twitter

Photo Credit: BC Place Twitter

6th Annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace 10am-5pm@ TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre (1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford)
$6; free for children 16 and under; other pricing in effect
One of Western Canada’s largest holiday season shows, the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace returns for its sixth year on November 22, 23, and 24, 2013. The West Coast Christmas Show brings together unique gifts by artisans and commercial brands, holiday-related food, personal services, and festive seminars and workshops to help attendees prepare for and celebrate the holiday season. Food Network Canada’s Anna Olson will be on the Home for the Holidays Stage to show visitors how to make dishes that will wow your Christmas dinner table. New for this year, Santa will be available for photos with visitors and their pets. Network for Animals will provide professionally taken photos and 100% of donations will go to back to the organization. Pets (not including snakes or reptiles) may only come in for photos and then must be removed from the venue due to health regulations. Other returning traditions of the show include the musical Sounds of the Holidays Stage, the Festival of Trees, The Fraser Valley G Scale and friends will display their steam-operated model train, and the Fraser Valley Model Club will showcase models made by their members, and the popular Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars.

16th Annual European Union Film Festival starting at 6pm @ Pacific Cinémathèque (200-1131 Howe Street)
$11 single bill; $14 double bill (both nightly movies); plus $3 Annual Membership required; other pricing in effect
This year’s 16th European Union Film Festival features entries from 27 of the newly-enlarged European Union’s 28 member states (only tiny Malta is not represented). Each country has carte blanche to choose the film that will represent them — and the variety, as always, is breathtaking! Selections this year include romantic comedies, historical sagas, thrillers, family dramas, coming-of-age tales, a surprising number of road movies, at least two films about juvenile offenders, more than a few first features by talented young directors, several official Oscar submissions, documentaries about music (from Ireland) and dance (from Spain), and even a pair of films (one a drama, the other a documentary, both from Baltic states) about basketball! Film Festivals runs from November 22 to December 5, showing 2 films a night.

Burnaby Village Museum presents Illuminations at Heritage Christmas 12:00PM – 4:30PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake)
Free
Opening day! Stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past—wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. Unique and shimming lights display are throughout the Village including the opportunity for you to create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch the lights transform. Over 400 lights twinkle and change colours in response to sound. Come try it out! Pick up the new Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt sheet and start exploring for the answers. There’s a new menagerie of transformed Eco-sculptures this season. They’re decoratively lit and beautifully adorned. Look for a grouping of eagles with their artist-made playable instruments. Check the online schedule for special seasonal entertainment including live theatre shows, carollers, artisans, musicians and more.  Running from November 23 – December 13 (12pm-4:30pm) and December 14 – January 3, 2014 (12pm-9pm). Closed December 24 & 25.

Photo Credit: City of Burnaby

Photo Credit: City of Burnaby

Vancouver Christmas Market 11am-9pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton St.)
$6; other pricing in effect
Opening weekend! The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013. More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts.   During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use our 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins 2pm @ Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage (2750 Granville St.)
$89-$119
Another night of Mary Poppins (running until January 5)! A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film-“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”-plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

Genus Theatre presents Waiting for Ghostbusters 2pm@ Renegade Studios (125 E 2nd Ave.)
$20; other pricing in effect
Genus Theatre celebrates their ten-year anniversary with the announcement of their latest production, a wildly inventive tribute to the beloved 1984 film. Waiting for Ghostbusters is set in a rehearsal hall that was once the heart of the Playhouse Theatre Company. There, a small group of theatre artists with more determination than dollars set out to stage a faithful musical recreation of the acclaimed 1984 film. Quickly conflict and tensions rise as the struggling company faces sabotage, a clash of wills, legal realities and a haunting of their own. By opening night the company will either stage a rocking, 1980s infused extravaganza in the best of off-off-off-Broadway tradition, or it may finally be curtains for everyone involved. An original production, Waiting for Ghostbusters is written by Frano Marsic and Kelly Sheridan, with direction by Vic Ustare. Featuring seven original songs with music written by Peter Abando, the production showcases eleven talented performers as they bring ghosts and ghouls to a live stage, all without aid of a green screen.

Photo Credit: Genus Theatre - Waiting for Ghostbusters

Photo Credit: Genus Theatre – Waiting for Ghostbusters

John Legend 7:30pm @ The Orpheum
$61.75-137.50
Single-seats left! American singer-songwriter and nine-time Grammy Awards winner.

 



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