Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
The forecast says no fog for this weekend!  Get out there and enjoy everything from comedy and improv to art and farmers markets.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 

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Vancouver Art Gallery - Forbidden City | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors; 10:00AM-7:00PM daily until January 11th @ Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates
It’s your last chance to see this glimpse of an iconic and long-hidden era of Chinese cultural history!  For five centuries Chinese emperors called the Forbidden City their home. With only the emperor, his household and special visitors allowed inside its walls, this immense palace captured the world’s attention for its power, wealth, and mystery.  Selected from the vast collections of Beijing’s Palace Museum, the exhibition showcases nearly 200 precious works from the Forbidden City that have rarely been seen outside of China.  Get exclusive discounted admission tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

 


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Friday January 9th

 

 

Tango Poema | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Tango Poema; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$16 advance, $20 at the door
Enjoy an evening of Argentine Tango featuring solo pianist Linda Lee Thomas, leader of Vancouver’s tango trio Tangissimo and principal pianist for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  Exploring tango’s many dynamic forms, past and present, Tango Poema features performances by ten Vancouver tango dance talents, including spoken word and solo tango choreographies by Susana Domingues.  Alternate performance January 10.

Dee Daniels: A Night Out With The Boys; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-90
Sensational jazz singer Dee Daniels teams up with Pops conductor Scott Dunn and the VSO for a very special evening of great songs by “the boys” — Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Duke Ellington, and more!  Alternate performance January 10.

Frederico's Supper Club - Wager | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Wager; dinner 6:30PM, show 10:30PM @ Frederico’s Supper Club (1728 Commercial Dr), Vancouver
$50
Specializing in funky R & B, Motown and rock/pop favourites from the 50s to present, this group of musicians deliver a killer set of some of the best 60s rhythm & blues.  Having shared the stage with such greats as James Brown, Chuck Berry, and Paul Butterfield via Wager’s roots in the popular 1970s band Mantra and local legends, The R & B AllStars, this cover band has forged the kind of sound and vocals that only come from shared professional experience.

Comedy Mix: Ryan Hamilton; 8:00PM & 10:30PM @ The Comedy Mix, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (1015 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$18; 19+ only
With immediate comic charisma and a crisp, clean writing style, Ryan is sought after for his ability to perform for a wide variety of audiences while making each show a unique, memorable experience.  Alternate performances on January 8 & 10.

Eros and Thanatos Opening Reception | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Eros and Thanatos Opening Reception; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St at E 6th Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
Eros and Thanatos, the life drive and the death drive. The impulses to eat, kiss, play, love, and live, or to sleep, surrender, die, and rest.  They embody our curious attraction to both creation and destruction.  In this show, artists Nomi Chi and Pandora Young turn inwards and meditate upon our own antipodal desires, and the morbidity and splendour of our humanity.   The show runs from January 8-24.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Arts Club - Avenue Q | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Arts Club: Avenue Q; 8:00PM @ Granville Island Stage, Granville Island, Vancouver
$29-59
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q contains full puppet nudity and other vulgarities that will induce laughter.  On through January 10; get select tickets from Tickets Tonight!

Yuk Yuk Vancouver: Tommy Campbell; 7:00PM & 9:30PM @ Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver (2837 Cambie St), Vancouver
$20; 19+ only
Tommy Campbell has headlined comedy clubs throughout the UK, North America, Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe and South Africa and he regularly travels to hotspots to entertain the armed forces.  Also a busy actor, you may recognize him from The Dark Knight, Green Zone, Doctor Who, Edge of Tomorrow, The President’s Staff and MI-5 plus his appearances on The Hour and Canada AM. He’s a two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and an avid digital sketch creator who’s popular comedy shorts have been featured on Funny or Die.  Alternate performance January 10.

Vancouver TheatreSports League | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VTSL: Late Night Laughs; 11:15PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
19+ only
Things heat up with Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s Late Night Laughs.  60 minutes of non-stop, fast-paced no holds barred comedy for the adult in all of us.  Featuring a roster of all your favourite improvisers, and a fully-stocked bar, Late Night Laughs is a great way to end your evening.  Alternate performance January 9; also check out the Who Are You Laughing At? show at 7:30PM & 9:30PM.

Italian Film Fest Opening Gala; doors 6:00PM @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
Single film $25, double bill $30
The 2015 Italian Film Festival opening night will feature a photographic exhibit on one of the greatest Italian movie stars, Sophia Loren, delicious Italian food from Il Centro, Italian wines, traditional Italian gelato from award-winning Bella Gelateria, and musical entertainment with Cory Weeds Trio.  On through January 15.  Regular admission tickets to movies shown during the film fest are only $11; check the website for more details.

Brian Regan | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Brian Regan; 8:00PM @ The Chan Centre for Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$42.50
One of the most respected comedians in the country, Brian Regan is a legendary performer selling out large venues from coast to coast, and earning praise from the press, the public, and fellow comedians.  Occasionally venturing off the stand-up stage, Regan recently appeared in Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He can also be seen in the Chris Rock movie Finally Famous, and he voiced the character of Weib Lunk for the 40th episode of The Looney Tunes Show titled Spread Those Wings and Fly.  Regan was also nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic.

 

 


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Saturday January 10th

 

 

Comedy MIX - Ryan Hamilton | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Comedy Mix: Ryan Hamilton; 8:00PM & 10:30PM @ The Comedy Mix, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (1015 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$18; 19+ only
With immediate comic charisma and a crisp, clean writing style, Ryan is sought after for his ability to perform for a wide variety of audiences while making each show a unique, memorable experience.  Alternate performances on January 8 & 9.

Tango Poema; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$16 advance, $20 at the door
Enjoy an evening of Argentine Tango featuring solo pianist Linda Lee Thomas, leader of Vancouver’s tango trio Tangissimo and principal pianist for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  Exploring tango’s many dynamic forms, past and present, Tango Poema features performances by ten Vancouver tango dance talents, including spoken word and solo tango choreographies by Susana Domingues.  Alternate performance January 9.

Arts Club - Avenue Q | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Arts Club: Avenue Q Closing Night; 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ Granville Island Stage, Granville Island, Vancouver
$29-59
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q contains full puppet nudity and other vulgarities that will induce laughter. Get select tickets from Tickets Tonight!

Elvis: If I Can Dream; 8:00PM @ Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd), Coquitlam
$26.25-45.25; 18+ only
From the Golden years through to the Vegas years, international award-winning tribute artist Stephen Kabakos executes a dynamic portrayal of authenticity that makes him one of the most highly praised and sought after Elvis performers in North America.  Covering Elvis’ entire career, Stephen recreates the early Sun Studio recordings through to the explosive concert years.

Yuk Yuk's Vancouver - Tommy Campbell | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Yuk Yuk Vancouver: Tommy Campbell; 7:00PM & 9:30PM @ Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver (2837 Cambie St), Vancouver
$20; 19+ only
Tommy Campbell has headlined comedy clubs throughout the UK, North America, Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe and South Africa and he regularly travels to hotspots to entertain the armed forces.  Also a busy actor, you may recognize him from The Dark Knight, Green Zone, Doctor Who, Edge of Tomorrow, The President’s Staff and MI-5 plus his appearances on The Hour and Canada AM. He’s a two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and an avid digital sketch creator who’s popular comedy shorts have been featured on Funny or Die.  Alternate performance January 9.

Dee Daniels: A Night Out With The Boys; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-90
Sensational jazz singer Dee Daniels teams up with Pops conductor Scott Dunn and the VSO for a very special evening of great songs by “the boys” — Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Duke Ellington, and more!  Alternate performance January 9.

Robson Square Ice Skating | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Dwellings Talk Series: Wildlife In The City; 2:30PM-3:30PM @ ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Where we live and how we inhabit that space shapes our experiences, our culture, and even who we are.  Explore the many ways in which young people from across British Columbia have reflected on their immediate surroundings and examined the concept of dwelling—in both human and natural worlds.

Nat Bailey Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Nat Bailey Winter Market (to April 25); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St), Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s winter produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets every Saturday for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames; 7:00PM @ Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way), downtown Vancouver
$91.00-$300
Regular season game between the Canucks and the Flames.

Vancouver Theatresports League | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VTSL: Late Night Laughs; 11:15PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
19+ only
Things heat up with Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s Late Night Laughs.  60 minutes of non-stop, fast-paced no holds barred comedy for the adult in all of us.  Featuring a roster of all your favourite improvisers, and a fully-stocked bar, Late Night Laughs is a great way to end your evening.  Alternate performance January 9; also check out the Who Are You Laughing At? show at 7:30PM & 9:30PM.

Italian Film Fest; times vary @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$11; other pricing in effect
The IFF blends contemporary and classic films from Italy’s significant cinematic repertoire to create a unique festival experience.  Contemporary films from the past two to three years are merged with Italy’s rich patrimony of classic avant-garde and neo-realism cinema.  On through January 15.

 

 


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Sunday January 11th

 

 

Roedde House Museum | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Second Sunday Concert Series: Feu/Feuer; tea and tour 1:00PM, concert 3:00PM @ Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay St), West End, downtown Vancouver
$15; other pricing in effect
Violinist Nancy DiNovo and pianist Stephen Smith make a return visit to the Roedde House parlour with a concert entitled Feu/Feuer: French ardour and German passion in sonatas by Fauré and Brahms.  Click the link for more info.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Gulf of Georgia Cannery – Photo Credit – Vikki Leung

Port Moody Winter Farmers Market (until April 26); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd), Port Moody
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets on Sundays for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Golden Globes Live Broadcast Party; doors 3:30PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), Vancouver
Free admission; 19+ only
Join the live broadcast of the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  Pre-show starts at 4:00PM with the awards ceremony starting at 5:00PM.

No Pants SkyTrain Ride | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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No Pants SkyTrain Ride; meet at 2:30PM @ Commercial-Broadway Skytrain Station, Vancouver
Valid transit fare required
Ready to drop your pants?  All you have to do is keep a straight face and have the proper transit fare… click for more details!

Shakespeare & Original Pronunciation; 7:00PM @ World Art Centre, SFU Woodwords (149 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
$30; other pricing in effect
Author of Shakespeare on Toast Ben Crystal will take attendees through the sounds of Original Pronunciation – the accent Elizabethan actors spoke 400 years ago – and how it
sheds new light on Shakespeare’s plays.

Family Day at Place des Arts | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Family Day at Place des Arts; 1:30PM-3:30PM @ Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave), Coquitlam
Free admission; pre-registration required
Gather up the family!  Tour exhibitions and participate in all-ages workshops based on those same exhibitions throughout the Place des Arts.  Help create a giant mountain range using only white and black paints, create and paint a Japanese paper fan, and participate in a special workshop led by some of the artists from My Artist’s Corner group.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas; doors 7:00PM @ St James Hall (3214 W 10th Ave), Kitsilano, Vancouver
$28; other pricing in effect
The Rogue Folk Club presents award-winning duo Scottish fiddle player Alasdair Fraser and California cellist Natalie Haas.

Italian Film Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Italian Film Fest; times vary @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$11; other pricing in effect
The IFF blends contemporary and classic films from Italy’s significant cinematic repertoire to create a unique festival experience.  Contemporary films from the past two to three years are merged with Italy’s rich patrimony of classic avant-garde and neo-realism cinema.  On through January 15.

 

 


More events on our events calendar here and here. Where will you be this weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!

 


 

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