Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Catch a show, grab a bite, but don’t you dare miss the water-skiing squirrel at Vancouver’s International Boat Show. But seriously, there are lots of great events on this weekend, so take advantage of the sunshine we’ve been promised and get out there!

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Friday February 7

Arts Club Theatre Company presents CIPHER

Where: Granville Island Stage
What: After 63 years, the Beacon Hill Body remains a Vancouver Island cold-case murder. Forensic toxicologist Grace Godard thinks her scientific expertise is leading her close to an answer, closer than anyone has come before. But when she meets Aqeel Saleemi, a young man with a personal stake in the mystery, their efforts to crack the case have consequences neither of them imagined. This theatrically innovative and exhilarating world premiere will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Runs Until: Saturday March 7, 2020

Carmen: Sounds Of Spain

Where: Bell Performing Arts Centre & Orpheum Theatre
What: Maestro Tausk takes us on a musical tour of Spain with two works from Manuel de Falla and Bizet’s beloved Carmen Suite No. 1. Rising Canadian-Tunisian vocal star Rihab Chaieb will captivate you and de Falla’s comic ballet will have you dancing in the aisles. ¡Viva la música!
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

Root; an afrocentric art experience for black history month

Where: Commercial Street Café
What: Root is an afrocentric art experience, exploring aspects of Black identity on Coast Salish territory honoring art as a vehicle for social change and collective liberation. Root celebrates Black identity through creative expression and utilizes art as a modality of healing and documenting history. A celebration of the senses, this intimate event will combine collaborative art, live music performance by Naomi Grace, Tonye Aganaba and Star Trickey, food by Kula Kitchen, and an alcohol-free artisan cocktail bar.

Feb Fest: A One-Act Festival!

Where: Pacific Theatre
What: A cagy, retired teacher and a reckless young woman find themselves doing laundry at a laundromat in the middle of the night; Santa’s reindeer are questioned after Rudolph files a harassment complaint; and an awkward young couple head to New York for their honeymoon in Stone’s Throw’s Productions eclectic one-act play festival, Feb Fest.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

Forget Me Not

Where: Secret Location
What: Welcome to “The New Now”—a time when written language has been suppressed and forgotten and hand-drawn love letters have become a powerful act of defiance. Becoming a puppet chorus, the audience both witnesses and propels the story as it unfolds. An inspiring theatrical love letter for increasingly uncivilized times.
Runs Until: Sunday March 1, 2020

PuSh Festival: Kismet, things have changed

Where: Historic Theatre
What: A show about fate and destiny, a decade in the making. Ten years ago, four artists in their late 20s travelled across the country and interviewed 100 people, aged 1 to 100, about what they believed in. Now, with three deaths, four marriages, and five kids between them, the artists are in a very different place in life, and their concerns aren’t about what to believe in, but how to survive. So the team set out to find the remaining people and interviewed them again. What they discover on the road is revealed in a complicated, yet intimate, portrait of change.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

PuSh Festival: Anywhere But Here

Where: Vancouver Playhouse
What: This production marks the first time in Canadian history that a Latinx work of this size makes its world premiere on a major stage. From North to South, a family reverses the refugee’s path in this darkly humorous vision of exile. The action is set in 1979, along the border between the US and Mexico. Inventively staged, inflected by magic realism and boasting stunts, a terrific musical score and two rap tracks by uno Award-winning hip hop artist Shad Kabango, Anywhere but Here pulls out all the stops in its portrayal of a Latinx family and its hopes, fears and fantasies. It’s a feverish commentary on the power of the state and the condition of statelessness, and as such it carries a special resonance today.
Runs Until: Saturday February 15, 2020

The 2020 Vancouver International Boat Show

Where: BC Place
What: An annual event for over 50 years, the Vancouver International Boat Show is the premier boating event in Western Canada. It’s also the largest showcasing of the recreational boating industry in British Columbia. If you’re a boat fanatic, you’ll want to be there! At the event there are fishing boats, pleasure yachts, jet skis, kayaks, and other sorts of vessels, motors and marine equipment on display. If boats aren’t your thing, don’t miss Twiggy, a famous, water-skiing squirrel, who will be one of the highlights of the show.
Runs Until: Sunday February 9, 2020

PuSh Festival: Footnote Number 12

Where: Performance Works
What: A deep dive into the politics of language and the dynamics of privilege, Footnote Number 12 turns the act of reading into riveting theatre. You could call it a subversive piece of literary criticism; it takes a celebrated essay by the late David Foster Wallace and breaks it down in a series of seriocomic monologues, each of them playfully modulated by sound artist Nancy Tam.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

Photo: Taku Kumabe & Alexis Eastman

PuSh Festival: Monday Nights

Where: Anvil Centre
What: Who you are on the court reveals who you are off the court; in this basketball-theatre mash-up, we invite you to lace up your sneakers and get in the game! Every Monday night for over a decade, five men came together to play basketball. Friendships were formed, bonds were strengthened; they shared each other’s victories and losses, triumphs and heartbreaks. The game became a refuge and they left it all on the court.
Runs Until: Sunday February 9, 2020

PuSh Festival: The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information

Where: Western Front
What: One turntable and dozens of records, each one with a story behind it. That’s the simple premise of PME-ART’s party performance; it’s all about the ways in which music helps to organize our memories, beliefs and perceptions. Romantic triumphs and catastrophes, moments of political awakening, tearful valedictions… so many events in our lives are tied to a particular tune.

Photo: Maxine Bulloch

Robson Square Ice Rink

Where: Robson Square Ice Rink
What: This winter, renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Robson Square’s outdoor skating rink is open, so celebrate winter in style with skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It’s a magical place to enjoy the winter season with your friends, family and loved ones.
Runs Until: Saturday February 29, 2020

The Dance Centre presents Dana Michel

Where: The Dance Centre
What: The audacious and original works of Montreal-based dance artist Dana Michel have earned international attention and prestigious awards including the Jardin d’Europe Award at ImPulsTanz (Vienna), and the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale. Michel breaks through conventions with her daring choreographies, rejecting stereotypical physicality and identity, and creating a liberated world of shape-shifting metamorphosis, incorporating elements ranging from sculpture and comedy, to psychology and social commentary
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

Romance Week

Where: The Improv Centre
What: In honour of Valentine’s Day, Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS) is celebrating the fun, funny, and spicy of all things love and romance with Romance Week. It’s common knowledge that romance thrives when sprinkled liberally with laughter. There’s no better place for a little romance and a lot of laughter than at a Vancouver TheatreSports™ show. Memories created by an evening of laughter will last a lot longer and can be more meaningful than any bouquet of roses. Are you single and think that Valentine’s Day is a big yawn? Come on down anyway. Grab a gaggle of equally single friends and have a fun night together.
Runs Until: Saturday February 15, 2020

The Gateway Theatre presents Straight White Men

Where: Gateway Theatre
What: In this satirical comedy, three brothers return home for the holidays. Regressing to trash-talking and sibling pranks, they are caught off guard by a shift in the family dynamic, forcing them to examine the effects of traditional masculinity.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

The Lind Prize 2020 Exhibition

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Established in 2016, the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize is awarded annually to an emerging BC-based artist working in mediums of film, photography, or video. Artists are nominated for the prize by staff and faculty from established arts institutions, organizations, and post-secondary programs from across the province.
Runs Until: Sunday March 15, 2020

The Love Of Your Life

Where: The Improv Centre
What: Developed former Artistic Director and current ensemble member Denise Jones, The Love of Your Life – An Improvised True Romance premiered at the 2019 Fringe Festival where it played to packed houses. The show is a comedic and romantic look at one real couple’s relationship as revealed through interviews and interpreted by VTS improvisers.
Runs Until: Saturday February 15, 2020

Yuk Yuks presents Rebecca Kohler

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: When not writing for one of Canada’s top television comedy series, Canadian Comedy Award winner Rebecca Kohler takes to demolishing stand-up stages in both Canada and the US. Balancing an innate benevolence with a tongue like an acid attack, Rebecca has the ability to dissect the darkness of life’s truths while maintaining a cheeky adorability. With a focus on connecting as humans and an aversion to low-hanging fruit, Rebecca Kohler’s stand-up will educate, comfort and eye-open all while inducing laughter.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East
What: The Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show provides an upscale adult playground dedicated to enhancing lifestyles, encouraging romance, personal betterment and all things Taboo. Enjoy entertainment, provocative and educational seminars, unique shopping, fashion shows and live demonstrations.
Runs Until: Sunday February 9, 2020

The Beaches

Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Juno Award-winning rock band The Beaches will embark on ‘The Professional Tour’, a 16-date cross-Canada headline tour in support of their most recent EP, The Professional.

Investigation of Things 格物

Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
What: An ancient Chinese phrase to describe the study of the nature of the world, Investigation of Things focuses on how two different cultures observe, study, and understand individual items and objects, and how they fit into the world around us. Investigation of Things seeks to generate discussions through the differing perspectives highlighted by the ten artists featured in the exhibition, showcasing distinct cultural methodologies, and how these impact our view of the world. The show hopes to open cultural dialogues between Canada and China, through the evocative language of contemporary visual art.
Runs Until: Saturday March 21, 2020

 


Saturday February 8

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Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames

Where: Rogers Arena
What: Rogers Arena is one of North America’s most active venues, and throughout the year, it hosts some of the world’s top entertainers. But nothing gets this state-of-the-art building more electrified than when the Vancouver Canucks take to the ice during hockey season. So whether you’re a diehard hockey fan wanting to witness professional hockey at its highest level or you’re just looking for Vancouver’s biggest party this winter season, head to Rogers Arena and you’ll quickly discover why, as they say in Vancouver, “We Are All Canucks.”

Winter Wander 2020

Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
What: Join us for our annual winter classic! Vanier Park opens its doors on Saturday, February 8th for a full day of family fun. Experience our unique waterfront attractions showcasing art, history, crafts, science and performances from Bard on the Beach and the Vancouver Academy of Music. Enjoy local food vendors and enter to win great prizes!

The 35th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival

Where: Various Locations
What: Set aside the second week of February for an extended literary treat! The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival will warm up your winter nights with an exciting roster of writers from across Canada, the US, Israel and South Africa. The six days of the Festival are packed with inspiring and entertaining literary events including unique meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions, the annual book club event, children’s and youth authors, wellness and food subjects and more! There is something of interest for every age group and literary taste.
Runs Until: Thursday February 13, 2020

Nikkei Mubi: Japanese Canadian Home Movies from the 1930s-70s

Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
What: The Nikkei National Museum has digitized over 40 historical home movies from its moving image collection. These fragile 16mm, 8mm and Super 8 films can now be safely placed in long term storage, and its digitized versions will soon be available online. At this screening, get a glimpse into the personal and public lives of Japanese Canadians from the 1930s to the 1970s on the west coast, throughout Canada, and abroad. Nikkei Mubi presents a unique perspective on Canadian history highlighting generations of the Japanese Canadian community and their resilience in a time of discrimination.

Carmen: Sounds Of Spain

Where: Bell Performing Arts Centre & Orpheum Theatre
What: Maestro Tausk takes us on a musical tour of Spain with two works from Manuel de Falla and Bizet’s beloved Carmen Suite No. 1. Rising Canadian-Tunisian vocal star Rihab Chaieb will captivate you and de Falla’s comic ballet will have you dancing in the aisles. ¡Viva la música!
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

Feb Fest: A One-Act Festival!

Where: Pacific Theatre
What: A cagy, retired teacher and a reckless young woman find themselves doing laundry at a laundromat in the middle of the night; Santa’s reindeer are questioned after Rudolph files a harassment complaint; and an awkward young couple head to New York for their honeymoon in Stone’s Throw’s Productions eclectic one-act play festival, Feb Fest.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

PuSh Festival: Kismet, things have changed

Where: Historic Theatre
What: A show about fate and destiny, a decade in the making. Ten years ago, four artists in their late 20s travelled across the country and interviewed 100 people, aged 1 to 100, about what they believed in. Now, with three deaths, four marriages, and five kids between them, the artists are in a very different place in life, and their concerns aren’t about what to believe in, but how to survive. So the team set out to find the remaining people and interviewed them again. What they discover on the road is revealed in a complicated, yet intimate, portrait of change.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

PuSh Festival: Footnote Number 12

Where: Performance Works
What: A deep dive into the politics of language and the dynamics of privilege, Footnote Number 12 turns the act of reading into riveting theatre. You could call it a subversive piece of literary criticism; it takes a celebrated essay by the late David Foster Wallace and breaks it down in a series of seriocomic monologues, each of them playfully modulated by sound artist Nancy Tam.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

The Dance Centre presents Dana Michel

Where: The Dance Centre
What: The audacious and original works of Montreal-based dance artist Dana Michel have earned international attention and prestigious awards including the Jardin d’Europe Award at ImPulsTanz (Vienna), and the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale. Michel breaks through conventions with her daring choreographies, rejecting stereotypical physicality and identity, and creating a liberated world of shape-shifting metamorphosis, incorporating elements ranging from sculpture and comedy, to psychology and social commentary
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

The Gateway Theatre presents Straight White Men

Where: Gateway Theatre
What: In this satirical comedy, three brothers return home for the holidays. Regressing to trash-talking and sibling pranks, they are caught off guard by a shift in the family dynamic, forcing them to examine the effects of traditional masculinity.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 2020

Yuk Yuks presents Rebecca Kohler

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: When not writing for one of Canada’s top television comedy series, Canadian Comedy Award winner Rebecca Kohler takes to demolishing stand-up stages in both Canada and the US. Balancing an innate benevolence with a tongue like an acid attack, Rebecca has the ability to dissect the darkness of life’s truths while maintaining a cheeky adorability. With a focus on connecting as humans and an aversion to low-hanging fruit, Rebecca Kohler’s stand-up will educate, comfort and eye-open all while inducing laughter.
Runs Until: Saturday February 8, 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

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Sunday February 9

A Comedy Show For Ryan

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Comedian Ryan Lachance is struggling to make ends meet amid serious health complications that have kept him from working the stage. The stress of paying the bills, along with battling intense daily pain, stemming from a serious infection in his leg, is taking its toll on his mental health – and his friends are coming together to help take some burden off him.

Stories In Sand

Where: Orpheum Theatre
What: Kseniya Simonova is a most imaginative artist and animator who tells stories in sand. In 2009, her appearances on Ukraine’s Got Talent moved audiences to tears, and videos of her work have gone viral worldwide. Children and families of all ages will be entranced as projections of Kseniya’s sand illustrations magically unfold before their eyes while Maestro Tausk leads the VSO.

The Marcus King Band – El Dorado Tour

Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: A 23-year-old guitar phenom and innovative songwriter, Marcus King can simultaneously switch from swaggering rock to supersonic soul, having written songs and performing onstage for half his lifetime. All five members of the band—drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell and the keyboard player—create a blistering, yet soulful unit that has honed their synergy through endless touring.

The 2020 Vancouver International Boat Show

Where: BC Place
What: An annual event for over 50 years, the Vancouver International Boat Show is the premier boating event in Western Canada. It’s also the largest showcasing of the recreational boating industry in British Columbia. If you’re a boat fanatic, you’ll want to be there! At the event there are fishing boats, pleasure yachts, jet skis, kayaks, and other sorts of vessels, motors and marine equipment on display. If boats aren’t your thing, don’t miss Twiggy, a famous, water-skiing squirrel, who will be one of the highlights of the show.
Runs Until: Sunday February 9, 2020

Photo: Taku Kumabe & Alexis Eastman

PuSh Festival: Monday Nights

Where: Anvil Centre
What: Who you are on the court reveals who you are off the court; in this basketball-theatre mash-up, we invite you to lace up your sneakers and get in the game! Every Monday night for over a decade, five men came together to play basketball. Friendships were formed, bonds were strengthened; they shared each other’s victories and losses, triumphs and heartbreaks. The game became a refuge and they left it all on the court.
Runs Until: Sunday February 9, 2020

Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East
What: The Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show provides an upscale adult playground dedicated to enhancing lifestyles, encouraging romance, personal betterment and all things Taboo. Enjoy entertainment, provocative and educational seminars, unique shopping, fashion shows and live demonstrations.
Runs Until: Sunday February 9, 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

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Ongoing

The 35th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival

Where: Various Locations
What: Set aside the second week of February for an extended literary treat! The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival will warm up your winter nights with an exciting roster of writers from across Canada, the US, Israel and South Africa. The six days of the Festival are packed with inspiring and entertaining literary events including unique meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions, the annual book club event, children’s and youth authors, wellness and food subjects and more! There is something of interest for every age group and literary taste.
Runs Until: Thursday February 13, 2020

PuSh Festival: Anywhere But Here

Where: Vancouver Playhouse
What: This production marks the first time in Canadian history that a Latinx work of this size makes its world premiere on a major stage. From North to South, a family reverses the refugee’s path in this darkly humorous vision of exile. The action is set in 1979, along the border between the US and Mexico. Inventively staged, inflected by magic realism and boasting stunts, a terrific musical score and two rap tracks by uno Award-winning hip hop artist Shad Kabango, Anywhere but Here pulls out all the stops in its portrayal of a Latinx family and its hopes, fears and fantasies. It’s a feverish commentary on the power of the state and the condition of statelessness, and as such it carries a special resonance today.
Runs Until: Saturday February 15, 2020

Romance Week

Where: The Improv Centre
What: In honour of Valentine’s Day, Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS) is celebrating the fun, funny, and spicy of all things love and romance with Romance Week. It’s common knowledge that romance thrives when sprinkled liberally with laughter. There’s no better place for a little romance and a lot of laughter than at a Vancouver TheatreSports™ show. Memories created by an evening of laughter will last a lot longer and can be more meaningful than any bouquet of roses. Are you single and think that Valentine’s Day is a big yawn? Come on down anyway. Grab a gaggle of equally single friends and have a fun night together.
Runs Until: Saturday February 15, 2020

The Love Of Your Life

Where: The Improv Centre
What: Developed former Artistic Director and current ensemble member Denise Jones, The Love of Your Life – An Improvised True Romance premiered at the 2019 Fringe Festival where it played to packed houses. The show is a comedic and romantic look at one real couple’s relationship as revealed through interviews and interpreted by VTS improvisers.
Runs Until: Saturday February 15, 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

Photo: Maxine Bulloch

Robson Square Ice Rink

Where: Robson Square Ice Rink
What: This winter, renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Robson Square’s outdoor skating rink is open, so celebrate winter in style with skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It’s a magical place to enjoy the winter season with your friends, family and loved ones.
Runs Until: Saturday February 29, 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

Forget Me Not

Where: Secret Location
What: Welcome to “The New Now”—a time when written language has been suppressed and forgotten and hand-drawn love letters have become a powerful act of defiance. Becoming a puppet chorus, the audience both witnesses and propels the story as it unfolds. An inspiring theatrical love letter for increasingly uncivilized times.
Runs Until: Sunday March 1, 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

Arts Club Theatre Company presents CIPHER

Where: Granville Island Stage
What: After 63 years, the Beacon Hill Body remains a Vancouver Island cold-case murder. Forensic toxicologist Grace Godard thinks her scientific expertise is leading her close to an answer, closer than anyone has come before. But when she meets Aqeel Saleemi, a young man with a personal stake in the mystery, their efforts to crack the case have consequences neither of them imagined. This theatrically innovative and exhilarating world premiere will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Runs Until: Saturday March 7, 2020

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

The Lind Prize 2020 Exhibition

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Established in 2016, the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize is awarded annually to an emerging BC-based artist working in mediums of film, photography, or video. Artists are nominated for the prize by staff and faculty from established arts institutions, organizations, and post-secondary programs from across the province.
Runs Until: Sunday March 15, 2020

Investigation of Things 格物

Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
What: An ancient Chinese phrase to describe the study of the nature of the world, Investigation of Things focuses on how two different cultures observe, study, and understand individual items and objects, and how they fit into the world around us. Investigation of Things seeks to generate discussions through the differing perspectives highlighted by the ten artists featured in the exhibition, showcasing distinct cultural methodologies, and how these impact our view of the world. The show hopes to open cultural dialogues between Canada and China, through the evocative language of contemporary visual art.
Runs Until: Saturday March 21, 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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