Christmas on stage is back in Metro Vancouver

James: James & Jamesy star in O Christmas Tea. PHOTO CREDIT: Thaddeus Hink.

Live shows are the best part of the festive season for many of us. From uplifting plays to sparkling pantos and from toe-tapping concerts to velvet-voiced choirs, in-person performances can add an extra layer of chestnut-warming fun to anyone’s holiday plans.

But while last year’s live events were mostly cancelled, the 2021 Christmas season is promising a tinsel-tastic return. When I started researching the new edition of my annual Vancouver Christmas Guide site––now in its fifth year––I found a full menu of Yuletide shows gearing up to hit our local stages.

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Christmas on stage is back in Metro Vancouver

The Vancouver Christmas Market Returns with an Expanded Season

After a one-year hiatus, the Vancouver Christmas Market is delighted to return to its seaside home at Jack Poole Plaza (downtown at the Olympic Cauldron). Vancouver’s largest and longest-running Christmas Market – and only European Christmas Market – invites families and friends to reconnect and celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with an expanded six-week schedule from November 13th to December 24th.

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The Vancouver Christmas Market Returns with an Expanded Season

10 Outdoor Halloween Events Around Vancouver in 2021

Parade of Lost Souls

Parade of Lost Souls Photo: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

It’s spooky season in Vancouver! There are tons of fun ways to celebrate Halloween outdoors this year. Choose from family-friendly options like decorated trains and pumpkin patches, or terrifying grown-up attractions like a haunted corn maze or creepy murder mystery. Use our list of outdoor Halloween events around Vancouver to plan your October.

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10 Outdoor Halloween Events Around Vancouver in 2021

Eastside Culture Crawl Visual Art, Design & Craft Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Enhanced Hybrid Visual Arts Event

The Eastside Arts Society welcomes art enthusiasts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved Eastside Culture Crawl and the indelible impact the event has made on the Eastside Arts District community over the past 25 years. The 25th annual Eastside Culture Crawl Visual Art, Design & Craft Festival will take place in person and online over two consecutive weekends, November 12-14 (preview by appointment) and November 18-21, 2021, in strict compliance with public health protocols. Featuring a new artist livestream schedule, a dedicated appointment-based preview weekend, and the Culture Crawl’s traditional open studio series, the event’s landmark edition offers arts patrons an enhanced opportunity to fully customize their Culture Crawl experience and visit the studios of 400+ artists.

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Eastside Culture Crawl Visual Art, Design & Craft Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Enhanced Hybrid Visual Arts Event

A Conversation with Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director of Vancouver Writers Fest, on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Arty Guava – Three Figures

Margaret Atwood. Margaret Laurence. Robertson Davies. Timothy Findley. These were the big names in Canadian Literature (CanLit) who emerged in the 1960s and 1970s and formed an initial literary canon.

Now in 2021, while these names continue to be highly recognized, new and diverse writers increasingly make up the national literary scene.

“They were the canon of CanLit. Clearly, that’s just not a good representation of who we are here in Canada, and I think finally, we’re catching up to that. The result is we get to add many, many different voices to that list of CanLit superstars,” says Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest.

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A Conversation with Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director of Vancouver Writers Fest, on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

JFL Northwest is Back in Vancouver with Trevor Noah Kicking off the Festival in February 2022

JFL NorthWest, in association with SiriusXM, Vancouver’s premium comedy festival is ecstatic to return this winter, taking over the city of Vancouver from February 17 through 26, 2022. Festival programmers have been working around the clock to ensure that the long-awaited 6th edition of JFL NorthWest satiates all comedy enthusiasts who are just as excited as we are about returning.

After persevering through undoubtedly some of the toughest months, JFL NorthWest is proving its resiliency by confirming an arena performance by comedy megastar, Trevor Noah, as he stops in Vancouver on Saturday, February 26 at Rogers Arena with his critically acclaimed tour, Trevor Noah: Back to Abnormal. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 1 at 10 AM at ticketmaster.com.

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JFL Northwest is Back in Vancouver with Trevor Noah Kicking off the Festival in February 2022

21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival Lineup Announced

Ted Littlemore, Solo for Orpheus. Photo: Andi McLeish

The Chutzpah! Festival returns with an exciting and dynamic lineup of performances this November 4-24, 2021, presenting music, theatre, comedy, and dance that reflects the joy of coming back together. For over two decades the Chutzpah! Festival has been an eagerly anticipated and annual highlight of Greater Vancouver’s arts season. Artists will once again grace the stage of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, our festival hub, and share their work in person and via digital streams. Single tickets start at $18 (plus applicable fees and service charges) and are available online on September 15 at www.chutzpahfestival.com or by phone at 604.257.5145.

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21st Annual Chutzpah! Festival Lineup Announced