Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 22, 2018

This weekend you can watch people throw each other around in three very different ways. In descending order of gracefulness: BalletBC has a production of Romeo and Juliet, Compagnia Baccalà are circus runaways in town with a comedic and acrobatic show, and WWE and all of their break-away folding chairs arrive on Friday to inspire some glittery sign-making.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday February 23

Ballet BC: Romeo and Juliet
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: A first for Ballet BC’s repertoire, Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet has inspired many an artist with its tragic tale of “star-crossed lovers”. Reflecting on the divisions that persist in today’s world, Ballet BC will offer a fresh and thought-provoking retelling of the classic that profoundly resonates today.
Runs until: Saturday February 24, 2018

Winter Jazz

Winter Jazz
Where: Performance Works
What: A free concert series on Granville Island featuring local and international groups including an acclaimed Scandinavian jazz quintet, Juno-nominated bassist Jodi Proznick, singer/songwriter Marin Patenaude, roots rockers The Sumner Brothers, vocalist Alicia Hansen and Thelonious Monk-inspired jazzers Monk’s Music.
Runs until: Sunday February 25, 2018

Heritage Week in Vancouver
Where: Various locations
What: Celebrate the lasting value and significance of Vancouver’s historic sites and buildings, their role in telling community stories and their rich contribution to our lives today with walking tours and storytelling.
Runs until: Sunday February 25, 2018

Pss Pss

Pss Pss
Where: York Theatre
What: From Switzerland, Compagnia Baccalà’s is inspired by Chaplin and Keaton. Watch enthralling physicality and expression has been delighting audiences the world over. A breathtaking pas de deux of mishaps and acrobatics, you and your kids will be laughing long after you leave the theatre.
Runs until:Sunday March 4, 2018

OK Tinder Swipe Right Comedy
Where: The Improv Centre
What: 60 minutes of fast-paced, no-holds-barred comedy looking at the good, bad and the laughable of Vancouver’s dating scene. 
Runs until: Saturday February 24, 2018

Oscar Shorts: Animation 2018

Oscar Shorts: Animation 2018
Where: VanCityTheatre
What: Watch all the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Short Film in the Animation category.
Runs until: Saturday March 3, 2018

Oscar Shorts: Live Action 2018

Oscar Shorts: Live Action 2018
Where: VanCityTheatre
What: Watch all the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Short Film in the Live Action category.
Runs until: Saturday March 3, 2018

Charity Broomball Tournament

Charity Broomball Tournament
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: No skill or previous experience is require as anyone can play broomball which is similar to ice hockey but without skates and using a broom and a ball. Teams range in size from six to ten players and we will provide you with all the necessary equipment plus a quick tutorial.

BC Home and Garden Show

BC Home and Garden Show
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: An event for home owners, renovators, and anyone looking to get ideas to improve their home or garden.
Runs until: Sunday February 25, 2018

Dorothy

Dorothy
Where: The Biltmore
What: Los Angeles rock.

WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania
Where: Rogers Arena
What: See WWE Raw superstars The Shield, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Alexa Bliss, Kane, Matt Hardy, Sasha Banks and many more. Bring your bejeweled signs.


 

Saturday February 24

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Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vancouver International Wine Festival
Where: Various locations
What: For noted oenophiles and the casual wino alike, Canada’s premier wine show is a celebration of informative, educational and entertaining wine experience. From educational seminars, wine tastings and minglers to wine and food grazing events, lunches, winery dinners and the ever-popular Vintners Brunch, you’ll be sure to find something to please your palate.
Runs until: Sunday March 4, 2018

Ten Thousand Wolves & Jake Klar

Ten Thousand Wolves & Jake Klar
Where: The Biltmore
What: Ten Thousand Wolves led by Barbara Adler weaves together folk songs with a poetic narrative. Jake Klar combines a touring visual art gallery, rock & roll show concert and poetry reading.

Unicorn Ball
Where: The Imperial
What: It’s the Vancouver Pride Society’s annual fundraiser with dancing, a costume contest, a photo booth, drag, burlesque, go-go dancers and a BALL PIT for adults.

Salmon Girl

Salmon Girl
Where: The Cultch
What: Through theatre, dance, music and puppetry, Salmon Girl playfully shares the wisdom and stories of the salmon. All ages welcome.

Night of the Flying Horses
Where: The Orpheum
What: An eclectic concert highlighted by one of the world’s top instrumentalists, Daniel Müller-Schott, performing Elgar’s sumptuous, Cello Concerto. Golijov’s hypnotic and  Night of the Flying Horses makes its VSO debut, and the orchestra performs Schoenberg’s arrangement of Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor.

February Bird Walk

February Bird Walk
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Join Jeremy Gordon for a guided birding exploration in the garden.

Babes Who Brunch
Where: Glowbal
What: Each Babes Who Brunch event begins with the intention to grow, connect with one another and become comfortable in the uncomfortable, and it is led by one fierce female keynote speaker who shares her insights, experiences and life story.

Vanic

Vanic
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Futurebass DJ. Music to dance to.

No Age

No Age
Where: Venue
What: American rock duo, once signed to Sub Pop.

Miguel

Miguel
Where: PNE Forum
What: R&B from LA.

East Side Flea
Where: The Ellis Building
What: 50+ local vendors, rotating food trucks, seasonal drink specials, artisan showrooms, pinball, door prizes, great tunes, cute dogs, and the nicest folks around!
Runs until: Sunday February 25, 2018

 


 

Sunday February 25

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DanceLab Studio Showing

DanceLab Studio Showing
Where: The Dance Centre
What: The Dancers of Damelahamid are developing a new multi-media dance work, Mînowin, that integrates narrative, movement, song, and multi media design, connecting to landscapes from contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms.

The Wil D. Salmon Show

The Wil D. Salmon Show
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: Help artist J. Peachy create and stage the Wil D. Salmon Show. J Peachy is a multi-disciplinary, community engaged artist and performer that focuses on activations which are nature thematic; including wild salmon, watersheds, indigenous cultural expression.

Stanley Park Bird Walk
Where: Stanley Park
What: Stanley Park’s resident birds have been persevering through the winter while others, like many of the ducks, begin to prepare for their annual northern migration. Join a two-hour, easy walking exploration to learn about migratory bird identification and behaviour.

CelticFest Vancouver
Where: Various locations
What: Vancouver streets, concert halls, and pubs will resound with the sights, sounds, and vibrant spirit of Celtic culture at western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration. Expect the best of traditional and contemporary Celtic culture in all its diversity and vitality –everyone is invited to come along.
Runs until: Saturday March 17, 2018

Theory of a Deadman
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Canadian rock from Delta with songs such as No Way Out and Make Up Your Mind.

Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides
Where: The Vogue
What: Metalcore screamo from Ohio.

Songs of Justice, Songs of Freedom, Songs of Hope
Where: Dunbar Ryerson United Church
What: From the music of Bob Marley to Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke to Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers, from Spirituals to Gospel, Folk to Reggae – Good Noise will bring a diverse range of music that speaks of the journey to freedom through justice and hope. 


 

Ongoing

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Ballet BC: Romeo and Juliet
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: A first for Ballet BC’s repertoire, Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet has inspired many an artist with its tragic tale of “star-crossed lovers”. Reflecting on the divisions that persist in today’s world, Ballet BC will offer a fresh and thought-provoking retelling of the classic that profoundly resonates today.
Runs until: Saturday February 24, 2018

Michael Soltis

Michael Soltis (cropped image)

Michael Soltis
Where: Kimoto Gallery
What: This series represents over of a year of the artists most personally focused and explorative artwork to date. In approaching each piece, the goal was to not edit, but to create with complete inhibition, to follow his intuition and ignore the impulse to question.
Runs until: Saturday February 24, 2018

OK Tinder Swipe Right Comedy
Where: The Improv Centre
What: 60 minutes of fast-paced, no-holds-barred comedy looking at the good, bad and the laughable of Vancouver’s dating scene. 
Runs until: Saturday February 24, 2018

Talking Stick Festival

Talking Stick Festival
Where: Various locations
What: Celebrating Aboriginal culture, this festival showcases the new evolving contemporary work of today’s artists. All areas of the performing arts are represented from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, visual arts and multimedia performance.
Runs until: Sunday February 25, 2018

Sherman Tai Charity Fortune Reading

Sherman Tai Charity Fortune Reading
Where: River Rock Casino (Richmond, BC)
What: Get your Year of the Dog fortune read by a master fortune teller. All proceeds benefit the BC Children’s Hospital.
Runs until: Sunday February 25, 2018

Winter Jazz

Winter Jazz
Where: Performance Works
What: Seven local and international groups including the acclaimed Scandinavian jazz quintet, Atomic; Juno-nominated bassist Jodi Proznick; singer/songwriter Marin Patenaude; roots rockers The Sumner Brothers; vocalist Alicia Hansen, Monk-inspired jazzers, Monk’s Music; and indie fave Jasper Sloan Yip.
Runs until: Sunday February 25, 2018

Flight of the Dragon

Flight of the Dragon (extended)
Where: FlyOver Canada
What: In addition to flying over Canada from East to West, you’ll follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery.
Runs until: Sunday February 25, 2018

East Side Flea
Where: The Ellis Building
What: 50+ local vendors, rotating food trucks, seasonal drink specials, artisan showrooms, pinball, door prizes, great tunes, cute dogs, and the nicest folks around!
Runs until: Sunday February 25, 2018

Unsung Heroes Festival

Unsung Heroes Festival
Where: Blue Water Cafe
What: Celebrate lesser known and often overlooked fin and seafood to educate diners about alternative sustainable Ocean Wise choices.
Runs until: Tuesday February 27, 2018

Robson Street Outdoor Ice Rink

Robson Street Outdoor Ice Rink
Where: Robson Square
What: Bring your skates, hold hands for balance, and circle the rink for free right in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. Skate rentals are also available, and for that you’ll need to bring cash.
Runs until: Wednesday February 28, 2018

Jitters
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: Four actors, a director, a playwright, and one grand dream of Broadway-bound success. Anything from a forgotten line to a faulty wig may just make or break their new Canadian play. Can this motley crew set aside their egos and anxieties in order to make it to the big time?
Runs until: Wednesday February 28, 2018

Tasting History: The Traveling Tales of Tea
Where: Roedde House Museum
What: Tea is one of the most consumed liquids in the world, second only to water. But the beverage that brings much pleasure and calm to our 21st century senses is steeped in a turbulent history of politics and society. The exhibit will also feature stories from Vancouver’s modern-day tea community.
Runs until: March 2018

Oscar Shorts: Animation 2018

Oscar Shorts: Animation 2018
Where: VanCityTheatre
What: Watch all the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Short Film in the Animation category.
Runs until: Saturday March 3, 2018

Oscar Shorts: Live Action 2018

Oscar Shorts: Live Action 2018
Where: VanCityTheatre
What: Watch all the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Short Film in the Live Action category.
Runs until: Saturday March 3, 2018

Out There: The Visionary Cinema of Nicolas Roeg

Out There: The Visionary Cinema of Nicolas Roeg
Where: The Cinematheque
What: In 2011, Time Out published the results of a poll, voted on by 150 film professionals, to determine the 100 greatest British films of all time. When Nicolas Roeg’s haunting masterpiece Don’t Look Now (1973) took the surprise top spot — with three other Roeg films ranking in the top 70 — it gave pause to reflect on an erratic, provocative, and fiercely original body of work that continually, defiantly tested the limits of commercial cinema at every gutsy turn.
Runs until: Sunday March 4, 2018

Pss Pss

Pss Pss
Where: York Theatre
What: From Switzerland, Compagnia Baccalà’s is inspired by Chaplin and Keaton. Watch enthralling physicality and expression has been delighting audiences the world over. A breathtaking pas de deux of mishaps and acrobatics, you and your kids will be laughing long after you leave the theatre.
Runs until:Sunday March 4, 2018

Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vancouver International Wine Festival
Where: Various locations
What: For noted oenophiles and the casual wino alike, Canada’s premier wine show is a celebration of informative, educational and entertaining wine experience. From educational seminars, wine tastings and minglers to wine and food grazing events, lunches, winery dinners and the ever-popular Vintners Brunch, you’ll be sure to find something to please your palate.
Runs until: Sunday March 4, 2018

Winter Yoga Series on Grouse Mountain
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Begin your Sunday morning with a journey through the twinkling Light Walk and over to the hiwus feasthouse atop a mountain. Come prepared with snow-appropriate footwear or strap on your snowshoes for the this snowy walk.
Runs until: Sunday March 4, 2018

Emily Carr: Into the Forest

Emily Carr: Into the Forest
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Far from feeling that the forests of the West Coast were a difficult subject matter, Carr exulted in the symphonies of greens and browns found in the natural world. With oil on paper as her primary medium, Carr was free to work outdoors in close proximity to the landscape. She went into the forest to paint and saw nature in ways unlike her fellow British Columbians, who perceived it as either untamed wilderness or a plentiful source of lumber.
Runs until: March 4, 2018

Fun Home
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: Alison’s father was many things: a historical preservationist, a funeral home director, a distant parent, and a closeted gay man. In the struggle to understand her father while also dealing with her own coming out, graphic novelist Alison documents the story of her life in coloured panels. This Tony Award–winning musical memoir is a heartbreaking and fiercely funny journey, punctuated with a refreshing score that frames the curiosity of childhood and the complexities of a family.
Runs until: Saturday March 10, 2018

Chutzpah! Festival

Chutzpah! Festival
Where: Various Locations
What: Awe-inspiring dance, extraordinary theatre, hilarious comedy and globally-celebrated music highlights this year’s festival with world-class performances and workshops by international, Canadian and local artists.
Runs until: Thursday March 15, 2018

CelticFest Vancouver
Where: Various locations
What: Vancouver streets, concert halls, and pubs will resound with the sights, sounds, and vibrant spirit of Celtic culture at western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration. Expect the best of traditional and contemporary Celtic culture in all its diversity and vitality –everyone is invited to come along.
Runs until: Saturday March 17, 2018

The Lost Fleet Exhibit
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: On December 7, 1941 the world was shocked when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour, launching the United States into the war. This action also resulted in the confiscation of nearly 1,200 Japanese-Canadian owned fishing boats by Canadian officials on the British Columbia coast, which were eventually sold off to canneries and other non-Japanese fishermen. The Lost Fleet looks at the world of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen in BC and how deep-seated racism played a major role in the seizure, and sale, of Japanese-Canadian property and the internment of an entire people.
Runs until: March 25, 2018

Into the Arctic

Into the Arctic
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit encompasses over 50 Arctic oil paintings and 3 films from Trepanier’s 4 Arctic expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Canadian North. Its wilderness is so remote and untouched that many of its landscapes have never been documented before.
Runs until: Sunday March 25, 2018

Two Scores

Two Scores
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: A solo exhibition of ambitious new work by Vancouver-based artist Brent Wadden, his first in a public institution. Dominated by singular woven statements upon the floor and walls, in their dramatic scale and graphic simplicity, they mark a point of departure for the artist, but might also be said to reveal both an unseen structure and a complex set of tensions that quietly anchor Wadden’s ongoing practice as a whole.
Runs until: Sunday March 25, 2018

Fin and Feathers

Fin and Feathers
Where: VanDusen Gardens
What: Paintings by Jo Scott-B. Jo’s book: Carved in Oak – Medieval Pew Carvings in English Churches began her study of medieval designs in UK and Europe, continued in this body of work.  Jo’s children played on the old Shaughnessy Golf Course before it became VanDusen Botanical Garden. For her, it is a perfect venue for her humorous images of fish and birds, set in foliage taken from her sketchbooks.
Runs until: Sunday March 25, 2018

Chief Dan George: Actor and Activist
Where: North Vancouver Museum
What: An exhibition exploring the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George (1899- 1981) and his influence as an Indigenous rights advocate and his career as an actor. The exhibition was developed in close collaboration with the George family.
Runs until: April 2018

空 / Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan

空 / Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The exhibition pairs Canadian modernist Emily Carr with the founder of the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong Lui Shou Kwan. Looking across culture, geography and time to explore expressions of the sublime in landscape painting, the exhibition draws connections by exploring how each artist experimented with abstraction and spirituality in their respective depictions of nature.
Runs until: Sunday April 8, 2018

The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving

The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: For generations Salish peoples have been harvesting the resources of their territories, transforming them into robes of rare beauty and power. Symbols of identity, they acted as legal documents and were visible signifiers of the presence of knowledge holders and respected people. Now mostly stored away in museums these masterworks are rarely seen. They have much knowledge to share and many stories to tell. Musqueam asked the Museum to bring these weavings to inspire weavers and share part of this rich legacy with all of us.
Runs until: Sunday April 15, 2018

Public Artwork by New Delhi-Based Artist Asim Waqif

Public Artwork by New Delhi-Based Artist Asim Waqif
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Inspired by environmental concerns and the pace of human consumption, Waqif will construct an immersive architectural experience from materials collected at re-purpose stores, transfer stations and landfills in the metro Vancouver area. Waqif’s architectural structure will also incorporate an interactive acoustic system using microphones, effects pedals and speakers. Visitors are encouraged to move through the installation maze allowing them to actively experience the architecture instead of passively observing it.
Runs until: Sunday April 15, 2017

Winter Farmers’ Market

Winter Farmers Market
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.
Runs until: April 21, 2018 (Saturdays)

N. Vancouver

N. Vancouver
Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: The show in the newly-opened gallery will pay tribute to the evolution of North Vancouver and will feature commissioned works by more than 10 artists, including Andrew Dadson, Gabrielle Hill, Althea Thauberger, Stephen Waddell and Tracy Williams, paired with existing work by Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Fred Herzog, Curt Lang, and Jeff Wall, among others.
Runs until: Sunday April 29, 2018

In a Different Light

In a Different Light
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: More than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and marks the return of many important works to British Columbia. These objects are amazing artistic achievements. Yet they also transcend the idea of ‘art’ or ‘artifact’. Through the voices of contemporary First Nations artists and community members, this exhibition reflects on the roles historical artworks have today. Featuring immersive storytelling and innovative design, it explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.
Runs until: Spring 2019

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Featuring fifty-five remarkable works, some newly created for the presentation in Vancouver, this retrospective offers a critical and serious meditation on the current state of Japanese society in the midst of a complex, global world, while highlighting Murakami’s important role as a committed and often conflicted commentator on cultural production.
Runs until: Sunday May 6, 2018

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me and the rest of Vancouver in the comments below.

 

 




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