Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

January may be winding down, but this first weekend in February packs a punch. Escape the rain and enjoy Lunar New Year and Black History Month celebrations, PuSh Festival performances, and be sure to grab your final bites of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival before it wraps up for another year.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing


Friday January 31

Street Food City 9

Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Celebrating its ninth anniversary, Street Food City is your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location. Last year over 10,000 people feasted on fare from over 20 of Vancouver’s best street food vendors. Balloons, picnic tables and music make for a festive mid-winter outdoor picnic!  This is a great family-friendly event. Special Dine Out Vancouver Festival creations and pricing will be available.
Runs Until: Thursday February 6, 2020

Metro Theatre presents Always A Bridesmaid

Where: Metro Theatre
What: For more than thirty years four Southern belles have been making “the long walk” to support each other’s various marriages. This includes wearing some of the funniest bridesmaids dresses ever designed. They test the patience of the determined and experienced wedding planner to the max, particularly when one songstress threatens to shatter the good crystal. Her voice has been described as “like a herd of cats fighting over a bagpipe “. This is down-home Southern charm at its funniest.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Romantic Bruckner Plus Gidon Kremer Plays Schumann

Where: Orpheum Theatre
What: Gidon Kremer’s legendary combination of dazzling technique and painstaking musical insight will show us the brilliance of Schumann’s subtle and intimate Cello Concerto in this transcription for violin. Bruckner’s 4th and most popular Romantic symphony creates an almost Wagnerian world of delicate birdsong, medieval towns, and mounted knights bursting out into nature
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Spine

Where: Havana Theatre
What: Spine is a pan-generational and heart-breaking call to arms for our modern age that charts the explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Mischievous activist pensioner Glenda is hell-bent on leaving a political legacy and saving Amy from the Tory scrapheap because “there’s nothing more terrifying than a teenager with something to say.”
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Studio 58 presents Urinetown, The Musical

Where: Studio 58/Langara College
What: In a city gripped by a severe drought, a large corporation holds a monopoly on all toilets and citizens must pay to pee! Heroic Bobby Strong incites the masses to revolt in this Tony Award-winning musical satire about capitalist greed, environmental catastrophe, and hope.
Runs Until: Sunday February 16, 2020

PuSh Festival: Flying White –

Where: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
What: This dynamic, intercultural performance features six dancers from Wen Wei Dance, as well as 12 musicians brought together from Turning Point Ensemble and Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra. The title refers to a rare form of Chinese calligraphy in which the brush touches the paper in long, light strokes, evoking grace and delicacy but also powerful velocity.
Runs Until: Sunday February 2, 2020

Yuk Yuks presents Byron Bertram

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Byron Bertram travels well. His innate talent for voices and accents mixed with a confident vulnerability has taken him across the world and established him internationally as one of the top Canadian comics working today.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

CF Pacific Centre – Lion Dance Ceremony

Where: Pacific Centre
What: You’re invited to celebrate the Year of the Rat and welcome the Lunar New Year with us on January 31 in the Rotunda. Receive a lucky Red Pocket and enjoy exciting cultural experiences including a traditional Lion Dance at 3:30PM and celebratory dance performance at 6:00PM. Sponsored by Purdys Chocolatier.

Harlem Globetrotters

Where: Abbotsford Centre
What: The Harlem Globetrotters are worldwide icons, synonymous with family entertainment and great basketball skills. The Globetrotters represent 90-plus years of breaking down barriers, acts of goodwill and a commitment to fans that goes beyond the game.

Theory of a Deadman

Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Songs make statements at just the right time. Born at the intersection of insurgency and inspiration, music props up a sounding board for the people to be heard. Theory Of A Deadman amplify this voice on their seventh full-length offering, Say Nothing. The award- winning multiplatinum Los Angeles-based Canadian band flip the pulse of the world into scorching songcraft, integrating experimental vision, rock ‘n’ roll attitude, and clever pop ambition.

Whisky Global – Grand Tasting Hall

Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station
What: This event is a premium tasting gala for ladies & gentlemen to sip, taste & learn about fine whisky while enjoying an evening of live music & culinary delights. Walk the room and taste many of the premium and delicious whiskies available to be sampled. Tour the floor, enjoy the whiskies and learn about what makes them so special. Whisky Global offers a premium tasting landscape where Vancouver’s most dedicated connoisseurs can come together to discuss and sample one of their true loves: whisky.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

The Believers Are But Brothers

Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
What: In this bold one-man multi-media show, writer and theatre-maker Javaad Alipoor explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech – and weaves together their stories. The Believers are But Brothers is an urgent political riff on young men and the internet, weaving together the story of masculinity, fantasy, violence and reality.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Maria-Margaretta: At The Time We Thought No One Would Ever Know

What We Bring With Us

Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Seven emerging Indigenous artists will be creating works on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people that are originally from outside this territory. In What We Bring With Us, the artists’ work speaks to their relationship to this land and kinship founded through displacement in works ranging from photography to performance.
Runs Until: Sunday April 12, 2020

Best of the Decade

Where: The Cinematheque
What: The Cinematheque, founded in 1972, is a film institute and media education centre devoted to understanding the art and history of Canadian and international cinema and the impact of moving images and screen-based media in our lives. Join us for screenings of the top films of the 2010s, as selected by The Cinematheque’s film curators.
Runs Until: Monday February 17, 2020

2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films

Where: Vancity Theatre
What: They’re back! The Oscar Shorts are an annual tradition at VIFF Vancity Theatre. We are pleased to present the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020


Saturday February 1

Dressed in Black: The Journey

Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: A Black History Month exhibition that celebrates the spirit of the Blacks who travelled from Africa to America and then finally to Canada. The photos and narration in the exhibition explore the struggles, the courage and the challenges they faced.
Runs Until: Saturday February 29, 2020

Karen Flamenco School Festival

Where: The Improv Centre
What: Karen Flamenco School Festival 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.
Runs Until: Saturday February 29, 2020

Image by Zoran Jelenic

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Go totally tutu for the world famous all-male ballet company, New York’s Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. For more than 40 years, the Trocks have pirouetted into the hearts & minds of audiences the world over with their wickedly absurd antics and serious dancing chops. Watch as they strut their stuff in size 11 pointe shoes and execute precision-packed fouettes turns with testosterone fueled energy.

The Rocket Man & The Piano Man

Where: Massey Theatre
What: Moon Coin Productions presents ‘The Rocket Man’ A Tribute to Elton John, Starring Ryan Langevin. Backed by a full live band, Ryan sings all of Elton’s biggest hits including Crocodile Rock, Benny & The Jets, Tiny Dancer, Sad Songs, Your Song, Saturday Night’s Alright, Philadelphia Freedom, Candle In The Wind and so many more! Ryan Langevin stars as the Piano Man and gives a genuine & powerful Tribute to the music and legacy of Billy Joel.  An accomplished Vocalist, Pianist and Performer Ryan brings his heart and soul to this music that inspired him as an artist.

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements

Where: SUM Gallery
What: SUM gallery is proud to announce our first exhibition of 2020! Love Intersections curates a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities. Featuring artists Jen Sungshine, Kendell Yan, Kai Cheng Thom, Jay Cabalu, and David Ng.
Runs Until: Saturday April 18, 2020

An Evening With Emily King

Where: The Rio Theatre
What: Emily King has been nominated for two 2020 Grammy Awards – Best R&B Song for her single “Look at Me Now” and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for her album Scenery. The nominations come on the heels of an incredible year for King, who released the critically adored Scenery in February to acclaim from NPR, Pitchfork, Billboard, and many more. Don’t miss this intimate, acoustic set with songs from Scenery, The Switch, Seven and East Side Story.

Black History Month Celebration

Where: Central Library
What: Celebrate the opening of Black History Month with an afternoon of dance, performance, music and art. The Black History Month Project brings communities together throughout the month of February by exploring issues of cultural diversity and history. Events highlight the contributions of people of African descent to Canada with forums, book displays, discussions, film screenings, murals and more. In partnership with The National Congress of Black Women Foundation.

Stayed On Freedom: A Musical Celebration of Black History Month

Where: Christ Church Cathedral
What: The Marcus Mosely Chorale and the City Soul Choir are pleased to present the 9th annual Stayed On Freedom: A Musical Celebration of Black History Month. We are beyond thrilled to announce that our very special guest this year is the extraordinary vocalist, Dee Daniels! Ms Daniels is an internationally renowned talent, and her Vancouver performances are rare, so the shows are sure to sell out fast. Also on the bill are these ever-popular and soulful artists: Dawn Pemberton, Will Sanders (of The Sojourners fame), and Ndidi Cascade. Emcee is Marc Lindy, doing double-duty as sousaphone player in the joyful Homegoing Brass Band.

Harlem Globetrotters

Where: Pacific Coliseum
What: We’re pushing the limits of basketball and having even more fun. Don’t miss the one and only Harlem Globetrotters in an all-new tour. There will be new high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, a new record-breaking attempt and unforgettable family moments. See the Pushing The Limits World Tour live.

Metro Theatre presents Always A Bridesmaid

Where: Metro Theatre
What: For more than thirty years four Southern belles have been making “the long walk” to support each other’s various marriages. This includes wearing some of the funniest bridesmaids dresses ever designed. They test the patience of the determined and experienced wedding planner to the max, particularly when one songstress threatens to shatter the good crystal. Her voice has been described as “like a herd of cats fighting over a bagpipe “. This is down-home Southern charm at its funniest.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Romantic Bruckner Plus Gidon Kremer Plays Schumann

Where: Orpheum Theatre
What: Gidon Kremer’s legendary combination of dazzling technique and painstaking musical insight will show us the brilliance of Schumann’s subtle and intimate Cello Concerto in this transcription for violin. Bruckner’s 4th and most popular Romantic symphony creates an almost Wagnerian world of delicate birdsong, medieval towns, and mounted knights bursting out into nature
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Spine

Where: Havana Theatre
What: Spine is a pan-generational and heart-breaking call to arms for our modern age that charts the explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Mischievous activist pensioner Glenda is hell-bent on leaving a political legacy and saving Amy from the Tory scrapheap because “there’s nothing more terrifying than a teenager with something to say.”
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Yuk Yuks presents Byron Bertram

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Byron Bertram travels well. His innate talent for voices and accents mixed with a confident vulnerability has taken him across the world and established him internationally as one of the top Canadian comics working today.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Whisky Global – Grand Tasting Hall

Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station
What: This event is a premium tasting gala for ladies & gentlemen to sip, taste & learn about fine whisky while enjoying an evening of live music & culinary delights. Walk the room and taste many of the premium and delicious whiskies available to be sampled. Tour the floor, enjoy the whiskies and learn about what makes them so special. Whisky Global offers a premium tasting landscape where Vancouver’s most dedicated connoisseurs can come together to discuss and sample one of their true loves: whisky.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

The Believers Are But Brothers

Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
What: In this bold one-man multi-media show, writer and theatre-maker Javaad Alipoor explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech – and weaves together their stories. The Believers are But Brothers is an urgent political riff on young men and the internet, weaving together the story of masculinity, fantasy, violence and reality.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Sinéad O’Connor

Where: Vogue Theatre
What: Sometimes controversial, always outrageous, Sinead O’Connor is on tour again, marking her first live shows in North America for six years. A musician, songwriter, activist and philanthropist, O’Connor has always made her own way in her career, and never given in to pressure to change her look or sound.

O’wet

Where: Historic Theatre
What: In O’wet, a woman falls through a black hole in her little blue house on the reserve. There, she meets her Granny Rose in the shape of a wolf, who guides her on a spirit canoe journey to retrieve her soul from the land of the dead. Musqueam writer and performer Quelemia Sparrow has created an unforgettable adventure story—an odyssey full of magic, beauty, and power
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Photo: Emily Cooper Photography

PuSh Festival: Skyborn – A Land Reclamation Odyssey

Where: Historic Theatre
What: A black hole, hungry ghosts, a Grandmother wolf—Quelemia Sparrow’s Skyborn is an epic odyssey grounded in Indigenous ancestral knowledge. Guided through the universe on a river made of stars, Sparrow makes a journey by canoe to recover her lost soul from the land of the dead. This adventure is deeply rooted in the cosmology and teachings of her Musqueam heritage. It invites the audience to bear witness to a reclamation of culture, land and self.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Pacific Theatre presents: Gramma

Where: Pacific Theatre
What: Korean-born Maki is excited to begin her new life in a Regina basement suite, but her elderly landlady seems determined to treat her as nothing more than a servant. Playwright and actor of Suitcase Stories Maki Yi returns to Pacific Theatre with a poetic new tale of human connection in the loneliest of circumstances. What does it mean to connect?
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

BBQ, Fried Chicken & Brewery Tour

Where: Meet Inside Waterfront Station
What: Now in our 7th year with Dine Out Vancouver Festival, we’ve handpicked three of our favourite businesses in Vancouver for this satisfying tour. What’s included? Lots of meat! Each tour includes a meal and beer at Juke Fried Chicken, meal at Memphis Blues, along with a flight of beer at Container Brewing. Optional drinks can be purchased at each restaurant. Full transportation is also included with the Vancouver Brewery Tours bus including pick up and drop off, and our knowledgeable and fun beer guides will lead the brewery tour at Container Brewing.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Hawksworth Long Table Dinner Series

Where: Hawksworth Restaurant
What: Hawksworth Restaurant is pleased to present Hawksworth Long Table Dinner Series in our private dining space, The York Room. Offering a 5 course BC tasting menu paired with local wines, guests will be able to enjoy this experience guided by Chef Antonio Sotomayor and Wine Director Bryant Mao.  Fresh and vibrant carefully sourced organic and oceanwise ingredients are conjured into enticing and wholesome dishes by our talented and highly skilled culinary team.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

UBC Theatre presents: The Changeling

Where: Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
What: A tale of hidden sexual desires, bloody deeds, and characters who realize their intentions are less than pure, Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling is one of the darkest and most sensual of the 17th century English tragedies. The beautiful Beatrice falls hard for Alsemero, who shares her feelings, but Beatrice’s marriage to Alonzo de Piracquo, approved by her father Vermandero, is planned. Being a Jacobean tragedy, the solution turns to murder.
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

Introduction to Dim Sum

Where: Jade Dynasty Restaurant
What: Whether this is your first time of you have been enjoying Dim Sum for years, this entertaining activity will answer questions and take your enjoyment of Dim Sum to a deeper level. Your host, Thomas Robson, is a longtime resident of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Thomas is a retired chef and author. He was host of the Emmy-nominated cooking series, “Entree To Asia” so guests will enjoy an exclusive introduction to Dim Sum through his expertise
Runs Until: Saturday February 1, 2020

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Sunday February 2

Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Where: Central Library
What: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Vancouver Public Library! Join us at the Central Library for a full day of activities for all ages including a lion dance, tea ceremonies, calligraphy demonstrations and more.

Friends of Chamber Music presents Han Finckel Setzer Trio

Where: Vancouver Playhouse
What: This returning ‘supergroup’ includes both artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and present and past members of the Emerson String Quartet. The Trio will play early music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn’s brilliant first trio, and Schubert’s melodious second trio.

PuSh Festival: Flying White –

Where: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
What: This dynamic, intercultural performance features six dancers from Wen Wei Dance, as well as 12 musicians brought together from Turning Point Ensemble and Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra. The title refers to a rare form of Chinese calligraphy in which the brush touches the paper in long, light strokes, evoking grace and delicacy but also powerful velocity.
Runs Until: Sunday February 2, 2020

Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Where: Various locations
What: Dine Out Vancouver Festival has grown from humble beginnings into Canada’s largest food and drink festival. Today, the festival brings together hundreds of chefs, more than 200 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, suppliers and more for 17 days of dining, food-forward events and experiences designed to give local and visiting culinary enthusiasts the opportunity to taste the best flavours of the city.
Runs Until: Sunday February 2, 2020

Flights & Bites Tour

Where: 901 West Cordova Street
What: Beer and good food go hand and hand. Join the team at Canadian Craft Tours as we venture to three of our favorite Vancouver Breweries and pair beers with a few hidden gem snacks along the way. Cheese goes well with Wine, but have you tried award-winning cheese with the right beers? There are a few special treats along this tour as well as a tasty dessert. Tour includes 3 flights of beer (3 Flights of 4x4oz) and snacks at each venue. Yes, there is an option to purchase a little more food along the way for those who want a full tummy-filling meal.
Runs Until: Sunday February 2, 2020

Coffee Roast & Delightful Bites Tour

Where: 901 West Cordova Street
What: Join Canadian Craft Tours to explore why Vancouver’s Coffee Scene is seen as top tier on the world stage. Throughout the minibus tour, we learn about the Roasting process, how different drinks are made as well as try a few of our favorite drinks with paired snacks.
Runs Until: Sunday February 2, 2020

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Ongoing

Street Food City 9

Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Celebrating its ninth anniversary, Street Food City is your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location. Last year over 10,000 people feasted on fare from over 20 of Vancouver’s best street food vendors. Balloons, picnic tables and music make for a festive mid-winter outdoor picnic!  This is a great family-friendly event. Special Dine Out Vancouver Festival creations and pricing will be available.
Runs Until: Thursday February 6, 2020

2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films

Where: Vancity Theatre
What: They’re back! The Oscar Shorts are an annual tradition at VIFF Vancity Theatre. We are pleased to present the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Where: Various Venues
What: The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.
Runs Until: Sunday February 9, 2020

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Metropolis at Metrotown

Where: Metropolis at Metrotown
What: To usher in the 2020 Lunar New Year, Metropolis at Metrotown will be hosting over 2 weeks of family-friendly festivities along with a popular Instagram-worthy lantern display. Each weekend, Metropolis will be hosting a series of activities including traditional & modern Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dance performances, live music performances, paper craft & cookie decorating workshops, fortune telling workshop & consultations, and Travel through Asia photo booth.
Runs Until: Sunday February 9, 2020

Arts Club Theatre Company presents: The Shoplifters

Where: Granville Island Stage
What: Meet Alma, a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over any senior citizen’s deal. When a grocery store theft goes awry, her elaborate life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous security guard and his affable mentor. With sharp-witted comic observations, Morris Panych has expertly drawn a cast of misfit characters that will leave you rooting for all sides to come out on top.
Runs Until: Sunday February 9, 2020

Studio 58 presents Urinetown, The Musical

Where: Studio 58/Langara College
What: In a city gripped by a severe drought, a large corporation holds a monopoly on all toilets and citizens must pay to pee! Heroic Bobby Strong incites the masses to revolt in this Tony Award-winning musical satire about capitalist greed, environmental catastrophe, and hope.
Runs Until: Sunday February 16, 2020

Best of the Decade

Where: The Cinematheque
What: The Cinematheque, founded in 1972, is a film institute and media education centre devoted to understanding the art and history of Canadian and international cinema and the impact of moving images and screen-based media in our lives. Join us for screenings of the top films of the 2010s, as selected by The Cinematheque’s film curators.
Runs Until: Monday February 17, 2020

Arts Club presents Noises Off

Where: Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
What: Noises Off, hailed as the funniest farce ever written, treats audiences to a hilarious peek at a second-tier acting troupe performing a show. With egos, insecurities, and tempers flaring backstage—and forgotten lines, missed cues, and misplaced sardines onstage—this cast threatens to strike the old adage “the show must go on.” Michael Frayn’s dizzying play-within-a-play classic is sure to leave you doubled over with laughter.
Runs Until: Sunday February 23, 2020

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

Dressed in Black: The Journey

Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: A Black History Month exhibition that celebrates the spirit of the Blacks who travelled from Africa to America and then finally to Canada. The photos and narration in the exhibition explore the struggles, the courage and the challenges they faced.
Runs Until: Saturday February 29, 2020

Karen Flamenco School Festival

Where: The Improv Centre
What: Karen Flamenco School Festival 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.
Runs Until: Saturday February 29, 2020

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Where: Various Locations
What: When it launched in 2011, The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival was the first city-wide festival of its kind in the world. This January it returns for its 10th year, bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream makers coming together to make the humble hot chocolate hotter than it has ever been before. In the damp and gloomy days of our Westcoast winter, you’ll find our motto to be true: “Hot Chocolate Makes You Happy!”
Runs Until: Saturday February 29, 2020

I Spy: Elizabeth Zvonar

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Elizabeth Zvonar is a Vancouver artist who works extensively with collage techniques and sculpture. Zvonar draws material from a broad spectrum of sources to produce savvy, sardonic, and often comical juxtapositions that critique socio-cultural norms. Her works—vivid, colourful, and alluring—are examinations of subliminal power dynamics and ideologies in visual culture.  Her exhibition, I Spy, features two new large-scale murals and recent photographic collages that allude to how we look at and make sense of photographs.
Runs Until: Sunday March 1, 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

Family Fun Nights

Where: Cypress Mountain
What: Pizza, S’mores, Fire Pits, Music and more! Bring the whole family up and hang out, every Friday night.
Runs Until: Friday March 27, 2020

MOA Presents Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary

Where: Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC
What: Showcasing a group of 11 highly celebrated BC-based artists, this premiere exhibition of ceramic works, expresses strong opinions on urgent social issues and offers subtle perspectives on the state of our contemporary world. In Playing with Fire, the artists defiantly challenge the notion that all things made of clay are required to be functional; in their works, clay is released from this constraint and elevated into extraordinary works of art. Visitors are invited to explore the many layers of understanding each of these provocative works embody, boldly demonstrating clay’s myriad discursive possibilities.
Runs Until: Sunday March 29, 2020

Night Skiing Begins!

Where: Cypress Mountain
What: Grab your skis and snowboards and get ready for some extra runs! Hours of operation have been extended until 10pm.
Runs Until: Tuesday March 31, 2020

CAG Presents The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to presentThe Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom, a group exhibition challenging our society’s profound assumptions about where and by what means “serious” artwork gets produced. Taking place across CAG’s B.C. Binning and Alvin Balkind Galleries, the exhibition shares the perspectives of ten Canada-based artists whose practices are attentive to these assumptions, and to the very real temporal, spatial and monetary constraints that bind and shape their work. Their contributions to the show address a multitude of labours—whether physical, emotional, reproductive or otherwise—that are often inextricable from artistic production.
Runs Until: Sunday April 5, 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

What We Bring With Us

Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Seven emerging Indigenous artists will be creating works on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people that are originally from outside this territory. In What We Bring With Us, the artists’ work speaks to their relationship to this land and kinship founded through displacement in works ranging from photography to performance.
Runs Until: Sunday April 12, 2020

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements

Where: SUM Gallery
What: SUM gallery is proud to announce our first exhibition of 2020! Love Intersections curates a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities. Featuring artists Jen Sungshine, Kendell Yan, Kai Cheng Thom, Jay Cabalu, and David Ng.
Runs Until: Saturday April 18, 2020

Photo – Pardeep Singh, Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries

Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life – Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries is on view from December 7, 2019 to June 28, 2020. Drawn primarily from the Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents an expanded view of the diverse creative practices of women in this region during the first four decades of the twentieth century. Presented in conjunction with Carr’s paintings of forest interiors are works by Indigenous creators such as Amy Cooper (Th’ewá:li), Mary Little (Nuu-chah-nulth), and Placida Wallace (Líl̓wat Nation).
Runs Until: Sunday June 28, 2020

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

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