Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

A scene from the Irish film Metal Heart.

From Nov. 22-Dec. 2, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) presents its annual European Film Festival. Among the more than two dozen films, the selections include a ghost story from Malta, a political comedy from Croatia, and a coming-of-age story about two fraternal twins from Ireland. See more about these films and others below.

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Irish coming-of-age film Metal Heart and five more to see at this year’s European Film Festival

New Big Fun comedy festival breaks up the November blahs with laughs a-plenty

Jena Friedman.

Big Fun is a new week of comedy and drag. (The media release also promises music, art and food, though details are scarce). The inaugural event takes place Nov. 20-24 with over 15 events at various Vancouver venues.

Headliners include Eugene Mirman and Jena Friedman. Other performers include Trixie Mattel, Zack Fox, Puppyteeh, Claude von Stroke, Mixed Gems, and more. Special events include a “flipped script” show in which drag performers read the script for an episode of the TV series Friends. For more info, see below.

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New Big Fun comedy festival breaks up the November blahs with laughs a-plenty

Thousands of twinkling lights on display as Canyon Lights returns to the Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Image courtesy of Capilano Suspension Bridge

The most dazzling display of the winter season is coming back this Friday, November 22, 2019, when the Capilano Suspension Bridge opens its gates for Canyon Lights!

On until January 26th, the Canyon Lights Winter Festival will feature hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights decorating the entire park. You’ll also get the chance to see the “eight tallest Christmas trees in the world!

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Thousands of twinkling lights on display as Canyon Lights returns to the Capilano Suspension Bridge

5 Diverse Must-See Artists at the Culture Crawl

Artwork by Andrea Alcaraz

By Rachel Rosenberg

If you’ve never been to the Eastside Culture Crawl, you are missing out on a perfect opportunity to discover the work of some of Vancouver’s most talented and unique artists. It can be a dizzying experience — 471 artists, featuring various forms of arts, design and crafts. Along with viewing their work in the space where it’s created, you have the opportunity to meet the people themselves. Set across 67 buildings located in the Commercial-Sunrise Hastings area, it is a maze of talent.

You can access the program online, and the page also gives a map of pick up locations for print copies. For more information about the festival, which is from November 14-17, visit their site.

Below, I’ve chosen five artists that you should definitely drop in on.

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5 Diverse Must-See Artists at the Culture Crawl

Share Joy and Sparkle at the VanDusen Festival of Lights

VanDusen festival of lights

Are you ready to jump into the holiday season? Mark your calendars to share the joy and wonder of the VanDusen Festival of Lights, a magical winter wonderland with over one million lights sparkling around VanDusen Botanical Garden from November 30 to January 5.

A beloved holiday season event for Vancouverites, the Festival of Lights is back for another year of holiday cheer. I’ve been attending since I was a child, and it’s 100% my favourite holiday season tradition. Here’s what to expect for 2019!

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Share Joy and Sparkle at the VanDusen Festival of Lights

Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

Remember to wear your poppy this weekend as you go see a Raffi performance, the Asian Film Festival, as you browse Christmas markets, or watch the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker. There are also Remembrance Day performances of Timothy Findley’s The Wars and song by Choir Leoni and the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Vancouver

Five films to see at this year’s Vancouver Turkish Film Festival

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Now in its sixth year, the Vancouver Turkish Film Festival presents award-winning feature films and documentaries from Turkey. The three-day festival takes place at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s (149 W. Hastings St.) Nov. 15-17, 2019. This year’s selections include a political satire, a documentary about a legendary Turkish-Armenian photographer, and a biopic about a singer who faced more than his share of hardships.

Find out more below.

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Five films to see at this year’s Vancouver Turkish Film Festival