Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

I hear it’s going to be a rainy weekend, so make sure to waterproof your boots in preparation for taking in all the art at the the East Side Culture Crawl, for finding your way to the Turkish film festival, for stomping along to the bellows of the Accordion Noir Festival, and for exploring all the acts at  the Chutzpah! festival.

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Friday November 15

Malmö by Mary Anne Tateishi. Size 48 x 60 Medium Mixed media with resin. Year 2018

Eastside Culture Crawl

Where: Various Locations
What: The ECCS hosts an annual 4-day visual arts festival the “Culture Crawl” in November that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Columbia St, 1st Ave, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and now involves over 500 painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, and glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.
Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

The 12th annual Accordion Noir Festival

Where: Various Locations
What: For some, the number 12 means the end of a complete cycle around the clock’s face.  For others, it marks a new beginning!  Whichever persuasion you belong to, it means an occasion well worth celebrating: the twelfth annual instalment of our offbeat festival’s explorations into the world’s most misunderstood instrument!  Yea, East Vancouver’s infamous Accordion Noir Festival is once again nigh upon us, squeezing sweet reedy tones out at you (are you ready?) from the weekend of November 15th — our most syncopated date ever!
Runs Until: Saturday November 16, 2019

Comedy Night in Canada Hosted by Rick Mercer

Where: Orpheum Theatre
What: Just For Laughs is thrilled to announce the return of the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour. The 18th edition, titled Just For Laughs Comedy Night in Canada, will be hosted by Canadian comedy superstar Rick Mercer and will feature a stellar line-up of some of Canada’s brightest talents. Following the 15th and final season of the incredibly popular Rick Mercer Report, Rick Mercer will hit the road with some of the best comedians Canada has to offer!

6th Annual Vancouver Turkish Film Festival

Where: SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
What: Now in its 6th year, VTFF aims not only to promote Turkish Cinema by bringing highly acclaimed, award-winning Turkish films, but also to encourage dialogue and cross-cultural understanding among local communities.
Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

East Side Flea

Where: 550 Malkin Ave.
What: A warehouse decked to the halls with local vendors, two food trucks per day, hot apple cider, spinning prize wheel fundraiser, great gifts from over 50 vendors, stocking stuffers & more.
Runs Until: Sunday December 15, 2019

Broadway Across Canada presents Waitress

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and original direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.
Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

Opera Mariposa presents Gianni Schicchi

Where: St. Faith’s Anglican Church
What: When Buoso Donati dies, his relatives embark on a frantic search for his last will and testament, determined to get their hands on his fortune at any cost. Enter Gianni Schicchi, the clever rogue who knows how to solve any problem…but possibly not in the way that this greedy family expects. Mariposa is excited to kick off our eighth season with Puccini’s farcical family drama, which features some of the composer’s most memorable music and is regarded as one of the funniest operas of all time.
Runs Until: November 23, 2019

Studio 58 presents ANON(YMOUS)

Where: Studio 58/Langara College
What: A painfully beautiful adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, ANON(YMOUS) is the story of a present-day teenage refugee who crosses the United States in a quest to find his disappeared mother. This play is an ode to refugees everywhere, and a compelling exploration of the question: what defines home?
Runs Until: Sunday December 1, 2019

The Gateway Theatre presents The Double Axe Murders

Where: Gateway Theatre
What: On an evening colder than frostbite itself, Sarah, Payne, and Pelly wait out a winter storm. Is that a tree branch knocking on the cabin wall? And why does the howling wind sound more like a wailing Banshee? Based on true events, this psychological thriller, steeped in Newfoundland folklore, will have you sleeping with the lights on.
Runs Until: Saturday November 23, 2019

Image Credit: Allison Tanner

The Lights of Hope and the Living Light at St Paul’s Hospital

Where: St Paul’s Hospital
What: Come visit the 22nd annual Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital! You’ll be in awe as you take in over 200 glimmering stars made up of over 100,000 shining lights that span St. Paul’s. You’ll also be able to light a star yourself with our new Living Light, an interactive art piece that shines brightly when you donate, and fades when it goes too long without support. Explore each star and marvel as this iconic installment lights up the city, and donate to the Living Light to help keep hope alive for the patients of St. Paul’s.
Runs Until: Monday January 6, 2019

Absolut’ly Dragulous

Where: 43 W Hastings
What: Voted the Number 1 drag show, Absolut’ly Dragulous is a drag show mix of classic glamour to punk rock to legendary ballads. Hosted by Vancouver’s own legendary Queen of the West End Carlotta Gurl.
Runs Until: Saturday January 25, 2019

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WestCoast Big Band Festival

Where: Croatian Cultural Centre
What: The WestCoast Big Band Festival is the premier performance, networking, and educational event for community big bands in the Vancouver area. Now in its fifth year, the festival will showcase the Lower Mainland’s best community and professional big bands November 15-17, 2019. Musicians at all levels will also benefit from free jazz improvisation workshops by leading jazz educators, a marketplace and a free talk by inspirational musician and burn victim, Dan Caro.
Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

Bach’s Brandenburgs With Ton Koopman

Where: Chan Centre For The Performing Arts
What: Ton Koopman, one of the most sought-after keyboardists, conductors and Bach interpreters in the world, comes to Vancouver to deliver a veritable masterclass in the baroque with Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos and the famous “Air on the G string” from Orchestral Suite No. 3.
Runs Until: Saturday November 16, 2019

Late Night Snack

Where: 43 W Hastings
What: Come feast your eyes on some of Vancouver’s hottest drag talent; they will leave your mouth watering and your stomachs craving more.


Saturday November 16

Louis Riel Day

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
What: Join us for Louis Riel Day, an immersion into Métis culture with fun activities for all ages. Free admission for youth 17 and under and annual pass holders. Free admission for those wearing a Métis sash!

Orquesta Akokán

Where: Chan Centre For The Performing Arts
What: Orquesta Akokán is straight-from-the-heart 21st century mambo that channels the fiery 1940s and 50s heyday of Tito Puente, Benny Moré, and Pérez Prado’s old Havana. Bursting with optimism and romantic swagger, the 13-piece ensemble of Cuban and New York-based Latin players—including members of Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van—mixes classic son cubano and mambo with elements of 70s and 80s salsa dura.

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Vancouver Canucks v Colorado Avalanche

Where: Rogers Arena
What: The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

Symbols Speak: David Neel Book Launch + Solo Exhibition

Where: Coast Peoples Fine Arts Gallery
What: We’re celebrating the release of David Neel’s new memoir The Way Home at his solo exhibition Symbols Speak opening on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 between 3-5pm. As a 7th generation artist, and grandson of acclaimed artist Ellen Neel, David understands that artistic expression through symbols communicates what words cannot regardless of verbal or written form.  Symbols Speak represents an impressive collection of jewelry, carvings and graphics illustrating the artist’s exploration, cultivation, and return to his indigenous roots.

Eclectic Fest

Where: 2531 Ontario St
What: Eclectic Fest is an apartment start-up art show that is created and run by local emerging artists. This is a one-day event featuring work from a variety of local artists, focusing on hand-made products and pieces that have been selected to showcase the best of our city’s art community. We are focused on providing an experience that both enriches our community and allows our featured artists to enter a show that seeks out and supports individuals who are in the early stages of their careers.

Bach’s Brandenburgs With Ton Koopman

Where: Chan Centre For The Performing Arts
What: Ton Koopman, one of the most sought-after keyboardists, conductors and Bach interpreters in the world, comes to Vancouver to deliver a veritable masterclass in the baroque with Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos and the famous “Air on the G string” from Orchestral Suite No. 3.
Runs Until: Saturday November 16, 2019

The 12th annual Accordion Noir Festival

Where: Various Locations
What: For some, the number 12 means the end of a complete cycle around the clock’s face.  For others, it marks a new beginning!  Whichever persuasion you belong to, it means an occasion well worth celebrating: the twelfth annual instalment of our offbeat festival’s explorations into the world’s most misunderstood instrument!  Yea, East Vancouver’s infamous Accordion Noir Festival is once again nigh upon us, squeezing sweet reedy tones out at you (are you ready?) from the weekend of November 15th — our most syncopated date ever!
Runs Until: Saturday November 16, 2019

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Sunday November 17

Contemporary Art Gallery

CAG Exhibition Tour in French

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Join Christelle Becholey Besson for a tour of the current exhibitions in French: Ingrid Koenig’s Navigating the Uncertainty Principle, Sreshta Rit Premnath’s Those Who Wait, and Olivia Whetung’s Sugarbush Shrapnel. Accompagnez-nous pour une visite guidée de l’exposition en français avec Christelle Becholey Besson. No reservation required, simply just turn up!

Douglas Day

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
What: The significance of Douglas Day is to highlight that on November 19, 1858, Sir James Douglas proclaimed the Colony of British Columbia in the Fort Langley Big House. Two program highlights are the Proclamation skit at 12:00 pm and the White Glove Program at 1:30 pm. Join one of our guided tours to learn more about BC’s history. Or to give you a chance to learn the deeper story, we’re offering multilingual audio tours without an additional fee on November 17th and 19th, 2019. Request yours in the Visitor Centre.

Max Amini Live in Vancouver – Authentically Absurd Tour

Where: Orpheum Theatre
What: Max Amini returns to the opulent Orpheum Theatre with a brand new set of material. Join us for a great night of comedy and laughter :) Known for his hilarious impressions, storytelling and enthusiastic interactions with the audience, Amini has made over 50 appearances in film and TV ranging from NBC’s “Heroes” to Comedy Central.

Broadway Across Canada presents Waitress

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and original direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.

Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

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WestCoast Big Band Festival

Where: Croatian Cultural Centre
What: The WestCoast Big Band Festival is the premier performance, networking, and educational event for community big bands in the Vancouver area. Now in its fifth year, the festival will showcase the Lower Mainland’s best community and professional big bands November 15-17, 2019. Musicians at all levels will also benefit from free jazz improvisation workshops by leading jazz educators, a marketplace and a free talk by inspirational musician and burn victim, Dan Caro.
Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

6th Annual Vancouver Turkish Film Festival

Where: SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
What: Now in its 6th year, VTFF aims not only to promote Turkish Cinema by bringing highly acclaimed, award-winning Turkish films, but also to encourage dialogue and cross-cultural understanding among local communities.
Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

Malmö by Mary Anne Tateishi. Size 48 x 60 Medium Mixed media with resin. Year 2018

Eastside Culture Crawl

Where: Various Locations
What: The ECCS hosts an annual 4-day visual arts festival the “Culture Crawl” in November that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Columbia St, 1st Ave, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and now involves over 500 painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, and glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.
Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

Kuroko

Where: Historic Theatre
What: Maya is hikikomori—an extreme recluse—who has spent the last six years in her bedroom exploring Virtual Reality. Until one day, she meets a mysterious player online who challenges her to the ultimate quest: saving her own father’s life. How? By visiting the scariest place IRL, Suicide Forest. A world premiere from Tetsuro Shigematsu, the acclaimed creator behind Empire of the Son and 1 Hour Photo, and directed by Amiel Gladstone, director and co-creator of the smash hit musical, Onegin.
Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

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Kuroko

Where: Historic Theatre
What: Maya is hikikomori—an extreme recluse—who has spent the last six years in her bedroom exploring Virtual Reality. Until one day, she meets a mysterious player online who challenges her to the ultimate quest: saving her own father’s life. How? By visiting the scariest place IRL, Suicide Forest. A world premiere from Tetsuro Shigematsu, the acclaimed creator behind Empire of the Son and 1 Hour Photo, and directed by Amiel Gladstone, director and co-creator of the smash hit musical, Onegin.
Runs Until: Sunday November 17, 2019

Timothy Findley’s The Wars, Adapted by Dennis Garnhum

Where: Frederic Wood Theatre
What: Adapted for the stage in 2007 by Dennis Garnhum (MFA Directing, 1993), Timothy Findley’s The Wars, his 1977 novel that won the Governor General’s Award for English Language Fiction, retains its poignantly poetic storytelling. When Robert Ross, a tender-hearted idealist who shares a strong bond with his wheelchair-bound sister, trades his comfortable Canadian life for the harsh world of trench warfare in World War I, we watch his slow unravelling. This story takes us deep inside the mind of a soldier and catapults us into the mud, smoke, and chlorine gas of the front line in France during World War I.
Runs Until: Saturday November 23, 2019

Opera Mariposa presents Gianni Schicchi

Where: St. Faith’s Anglican Church
What: When Buoso Donati dies, his relatives embark on a frantic search for his last will and testament, determined to get their hands on his fortune at any cost. Enter Gianni Schicchi, the clever rogue who knows how to solve any problem…but possibly not in the way that this greedy family expects. Mariposa is excited to kick off our eighth season with Puccini’s farcical family drama, which features some of the composer’s most memorable music and is regarded as one of the funniest operas of all time.
Runs Until: November 23, 2019

The Gateway Theatre presents The Double Axe Murders

Where: Gateway Theatre
What: On an evening colder than frostbite itself, Sarah, Payne, and Pelly wait out a winter storm. Is that a tree branch knocking on the cabin wall? And why does the howling wind sound more like a wailing Banshee? Based on true events, this psychological thriller, steeped in Newfoundland folklore, will have you sleeping with the lights on.
Runs Until: Saturday November 23, 2019

The 9th Dancers: Kelly Shaw, Ryan Lee, Connor Mitton | Photo Credit: Aleksandar Antonijevic

Chutzpah! Festival

Where: Various Venues
What: Now in its 19th year of celebrating culturally rich works in comedy, music, theatre and dance, the Chutzpah! Festival has established a reputation for presenting Vancouver audiences with new and exciting, critically acclaimed artists from all over the world. This year’s festival will also showcase live music with film, and shines a light on artists from the U.K., Israel, Italy, U.S.A., and Canada.
Runs Until: Sunday November 24, 2019

Forbidden Vancouver presents Lost Souls of Gastown

Where: Cathedral Square
What: Step inside a world of murder, revenge, and true grit in a dramatic history of Victorian Gastown. Stories of deadly fire and smallpox emerge from the shadows as you venture through cobblestone streets to the shocking finale in this unique performance-theatre experience.
Runs Until: Saturday November 30, 2019

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park

Where: Stanley Park
What: There’s more to Stanley Park than incredible scenery. It’s also recently been home to crime, riots, persecution, political intrigue, class warfare, logging, hunting, disease, military installations, remarkable public art, ecological catastrophes, secret construction mega-projects, poetry, scandal, and murder.
Runs until: Saturday November 30, 2019 (Saturdays)

Studio 58 presents ANON(YMOUS)

Where: Studio 58/Langara College
What: A painfully beautiful adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, ANON(YMOUS) is the story of a present-day teenage refugee who crosses the United States in a quest to find his disappeared mother. This play is an ode to refugees everywhere, and a compelling exploration of the question: what defines home?
Runs Until: Sunday December 1, 2019

Teatro Intimo Del Flamenco

Where: Improv Centre
What: Karen Flamenco brings the glamour and extravagance of a large flamenco dance production onto a small theatrical stage. The one-hour production welcomes audiences of all ages with live traditional flamenco music, dance, storylines, puppetry and magic. The Karen Flamenco Dance Company will perform traditional flamenco group dances, accompanied by live flamenco guitar and singer. The group will also dance classical and modern pieces along with compositions from Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, as well as contemporary music.
Runs Until: Saturday December 7, 2019

Mollie Burke: Unfolded

Opening Reception for New Exhibitions from Kate Metten, Ryan Quast and Mollie Burke

Where: Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery
What: On Friday, October 18, three new art exhibitions will open at Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF), a local visual arts nonprofit and gallery. Two of the shows were produced by the latest participants in BAF’s Residency Program, Kate Metten and Ryan Quast. During the program, the two artists worked side-by-side in the two studios at BAF’s purpose-designed facility in the False Creek Flats. Also opening is new work from Mollie Burke in BAF’s Garage; this street facing exhibition window displays art to the public 24 hours a day and showcases early-career artists.
Runs Until: Saturday December 14, 2019

pîkiskwe-speak: Art Exhibit

Where: Central Library
What: pîkiskwe-speak is both an art and film installation, and an invitation to have conversations about reconciliation. Features the works of Beth MacKenzie and Lana Whiskeyjack. The exhibition runs during Library hours in the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Family Exhibition Space on Level 9.
Runs Until: Sunday December 15, 2019

East Side Flea

Where: 550 Malkin Ave.
What: A warehouse decked to the halls with local vendors, two food trucks per day, hot apple cider, spinning prize wheel fundraiser, great gifts from over 50 vendors, stocking stuffers & more.
Runs Until: Sunday December 15, 2019

Vancouver TheatreSports presents Frisky Friday

Where: The Improv Centre
What: Bring the sizzle to your Friday night as improvisers explore the funny side of naughty. From fetishes to threesomes, no subject will be deemed too scandalous to spoof. Based on audience suggestions this is not a show for the faint of heart, those with delicate sensibilities or anyone under the age of 19. It is for mature adults who want to get their laugh off.
Runs Until: Friday December 20, 2019

Cirque Du Soleil: Luzia

Where: Concord Pacific Place
What: Cirque du Soleil’s delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning production Luzia is coming to Vancouver. Audiences are invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top at Concord Pacific Place to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality.
Runs Until: Sunday December 29, 2019

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Jazz Vespers

Where: First Baptist Church
What: St. Andrew’s Wesley’s Jazz Vespers, is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Every Sunday from 4-5 PM, you’ll be tapping your toes and clapping your hands to the amazing sounds of local and international jazz giants. It’s an hour of jazz interspersed with reflections on love, faith and hope given by Rev. Dan Chambers or Very Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson.
Runs Until: Sunday December 29, 2019

Samuel Roy-Bois

Samuel Roy-Bois: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies is a site-responsive installation – imagined as an intervention into the architectural space of The Polygon—that invokes histories of resource extraction and the forest industry on the North Shore. Roy-Bois’ rustic, handcrafted aesthetic rubs against the steel-and-glass design of the gallery and the surrounding waterfront developments, upending distinctions between interior and exterior, private and public.
Runs Until: December 30, 2019

How Far Do You Travel

How Far Do You Travel

Where: Select B-Line TransLink busses
What: Five Canadian artists — Diyan Achjadi, Patrick Cruz, Rolande Souliere, Erdem Tasdelen and Anna Torma — are being commissioned to graphically wrap the exterior of a series of articulated buses traveling on major routes in Metro Vancouver.
Runs until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

Emily Carr | Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Emily Carr in the Rotunda

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to the finest collection of art by Emily Carr (1871–1945) in the world. Our collection is particularly rich in her forest paintings from the 1930s. This installation in the Gallery’s rotunda reflects Carr’s direct engagement with and great affection for British Columbia’s landscape—for her, a site of artistic and spiritual inquiry. This installation brings together four of Carr’s iconic paintings: Big Raven (1931); Red Cedar (1931); Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky (1935); and Above the Gravel Pit (1937).
Runs Until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

VIFF Screenings

Where: Vancouver International Film Centre
What: Year-round VIFF presents some of the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model.
Runs Until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

Arts Club presents The Sound Of Music

Where: Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
What: The hills are alive! One of the most powerful and romantic musicals of all time, The Sound of Music brims with beloved tunes such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and “Edelweiss.” Journey along with the spirited Maria, who takes a governess position with the von Trapp family, falling first for the children and then the widower Captain von Trapp himself, all against the stirring backdrop of pre-WWII Austria.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

Olivia Whetung – Sugarbush Shrapnel

CAG Presents Olivia Whetung | Sugarbush Shrapnel

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The Contemporary Art Gallery will present the first solo exhibition in a major public institution of Chemong Lake based Anishinaabe artist Olivia Whetung. Whetung’s artistic practice examines, in her words, “acts of/active native presence.” A significant strand of recent research has manifested in beadwork, and explores Whetung’s deep concerns for knowledge as held and carried by land, bodies of water and language.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

Sreshta Rit Premnath – Those Who Wait

CAG Presents Sreshta Rit Premnath | Those Who Wait

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: For his first solo exhibition in Canada, Sreshta Rit Premnath will develop new work in an ongoing series of material and conceptual investigations on the “knot” between ownership and occupation of space, and the conditions of invisibility and misrecognition that define migrant subjectivity. Premnath works across multiple media including sculpture, video, photography and drawing.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

Image Credit: Allison Tanner

The Lights of Hope and the Living Light at St Paul’s Hospital

Where: St Paul’s Hospital
What: Come visit the 22nd annual Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital! You’ll be in awe as you take in over 200 glimmering stars made up of over 100,000 shining lights that span St. Paul’s. You’ll also be able to light a star yourself with our new Living Light, an interactive art piece that shines brightly when you donate, and fades when it goes too long without support. Explore each star and marvel as this iconic installment lights up the city, and donate to the Living Light to help keep hope alive for the patients of St. Paul’s.
Runs Until: Monday January 6, 2019

Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: This exhibition brings the extraordinary and timely art of Wael Shawky to the west coast for the first time. Shawky’s ambitious, multilayered film productions look at the ways in which history and mythologies are recorded, highlighting the fallibility of cultural memory, while offering critical perspectives on our current narratives of uncertainty and change.
Runs Until: Sunday January 12, 2020

Lessons from the Arctic: How Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole

Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: Lessons from the Arctic celebrates Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, the first person in history to both traverse the Northwest Passage (1903-06) and reach the South Pole (1910-12), paying special attention to the three years that he spent living with the Inuit.
Runs Until: Sunday January 19, 2019

Royal Portrait

Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coastal Art
What: A solo exhibition of carvings, jewelry, and portraits by contemporary Ts’msyen artist Morgan Asoyuf. Asoyuf challenges the classical definition of the “royal portrait” with new photographs of activists wearing crowns, frontlets and headdresses.
Runs Until: January 19, 2020

Absolut’ly Dragulous

Where: 43 W Hastings
What: Voted the Number 1 drag show, Absolut’ly Dragulous is a drag show mix of classic glamour to punk rock to legendary ballads. Hosted by Vancouver’s own legendary Queen of the West End Carlotta Gurl.
Runs Until: Saturday January 25, 2019

Vancouver Art gallery presents Transit and Returns

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Transits and Returns presents the work of 21 Indigenous artists whose practices are both rooted in the specificities of their cultures and routed via their travels. These forces of situatedness and mobility work in synergy and in tension with one another, shaping the multiple ways of understanding and being Indigenous today. Within the exhibition, these dual realities are explored through themes of movement, territory, kinship and representation, with many artworks inhabiting multiple categories.
Runs Until: Sunday February 23, 2020

Offsite: Erwin Wurm

Where: 1100 West Georgia Street
What: Vienna-based artist Erwin Wurm alters and re-envisions recognizable forms in order to challenge our psychological perceptions of what is well known, including our bodies and familiar architectural forms. This 19th installation in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite series will incorporate three sculptural works from Wurm’s oeuvre that highlight his wry sense of humour and his ongoing interest in the body. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, local artist Mike Bourscheid will develop a series of performative interventions.
Runs Until: Sunday February 23, 2020

Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story

Where: Museum of Surrey
What: The first major exhibition in Canada to shine a spotlight on Surrey’s Punjabis, showcasing their stories of struggle and success. The exhibition is intended to be a catalyst for discussion and sharing, while also documenting histories of this diverse community.
Runs until: February 23, 2020

Ambassadors

Where: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
What: Ambassadors, the first exhibition of its kind at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, celebrates the staff family and faces of the Cultural Centre while highlighting their strong sense of connection to their land, their cultures, and each other. Visitors to the exhibit will learn about our Ambassadors’ deeply-rooted connections to our immersive Cultural Centre, and the passion they share in belonging to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Lil’wat7ul.
Runs Until: Sunday March 1, 2019

Vancouver Art gallery presents Cindy Sherman

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: This major exhibition explores the development of Cindy Sherman’s work from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day. Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, Sherman (b. 1954) manipulates her own appearance by deploying material inspired by a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising, and fashion.
Runs Until: Sunday March 8, 2020

Xuuya Gaada White Raven by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

Bill Reid Gallery: Out of Concealment

Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
What: Out of Concealment is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Haida artist, performer, activist, and lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson. Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii are re-imagined through photomontages, film, and sound to convey origin stories and oral traditions from the Haida Nation. Passed on from generation to generation, these are important narratives that illustrate the Haida laws, values, customs, rituals and relationships with earthly and metaphysical realms.
Runs Until: Sunday April 5, 2020

Ingrid Koenig – Navigating the Uncertainty Principle

CAG Presents Ingrid Koenig | Navigating the Uncertainty Principle

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Navigating the Uncertainty Principle is a major solo exhibition by Vancouver-based artist and educator Ingrid Koenig, presenting large scale drawings across the gallery façade and off-site at Yaletown-Roundhouse station.
Runs Until: Sunday April 5, 2020

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