Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)


There have been a ton of great events this year, but we’re not done yet! There’s still lots to see and do in Vancouver. Grab a loved one and make the most of your last weekend in 2019 with some of these great events!

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Friday December 27

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)

2019 Year In Review

Where: The Improv Centre
What: Elections, mass demonstrations, climate change, impeachment scandals and perennial Vancouver favourite – ‘affordable housing’ dominated the news headlines in 2019. Bid farewell to all that doom and gloom as Vancouver TheatreSports’™ 2019 Year in Review takes an improvised look at these top stories and adds a much-needed comedic perspective as we prepare for the coming year.
Runs Until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

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Contact Winter Music Festival

Where: BC Place
What: Tiësto, Major Lazer, Kaskade, and Rezz will headline Contact Winter Music Festival’s seventh edition, taking place December 27 and 28 at BC Place. Presented by Blueprint and Live Nation Canada, Contact is Canada’s largest indoor music festival hosting more than 34,000 guests annually and featuring state-of-the-art technical production, pyro, and lighting across two stages.
Runs Until: Saturday December 28, 2019

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December Pay What You Can Nights at MOV

Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: Learn something new about the city this holiday season at the Museum of Vancouver! Experience MOV’s intriguing exhibitions including Haida Now: A Visual Feat of Innovation and Tradition, Wild Things: The Power of Nature in our Lives and There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools. Admission is by donation after 5 pm.
Runs Until: Saturday December 28, 2019

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Yuk Yuks presents Jacob Samuel

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Jacob Samuel is a stand-up comic, cartoonist, and writer known for his clever and insightful comedy. Jacob has taped multiple national TV performances for the CBC, The Comedy Network, and Crave and has wowed audiences at both the Just For Laughs and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals. On radio, he can be heard on SiriusXM and on CBC’s The Debaters. Jacob has also had several cartoons published in The New Yorker even though he did terribly in middle school art class.
Runs Until: Saturday December 28, 2019

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Food Bank Donation Nights at MOV!

Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: Museum of Vancouver is hosting a Food Drive in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank! We are super excited about the work the Food Bank is doing; providing access to healthy fresh food for its members. Your donation will help! Bring in 2 of the top 10 most needed items to MOV on the evenings of Friday, December 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019 (5-9 pm) and receive complimentary admission to Museum of Vancouver.
Runs Until: Friday December 27, 2019


Saturday December 28

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Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet The Nutcracker

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: One of the city’s favourite holiday traditions returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage this festive season, featuring live music from the acclaimed Vancouver Symphony Orchestra! This magical production is set to delight audiences young and old and will include a local cast of over 70 children from the Lower Mainland, some as young as the age of eight!
Runs Until: Monday December 30, 2019

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CAG Family Day | Material Explorations

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: On the last Saturday of every month, CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Join us for this multi-station Family Day to experiment with natural materials pulled from the local environment and industrial supplies to create your own unique artwork.

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Vancouver Canucks v Los Angeles Kings

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.”

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)

Contact Winter Music Festival

Where: BC Place
What: Tiësto, Major Lazer, Kaskade, and Rezz will headline Contact Winter Music Festival’s seventh edition, taking place December 27 and 28 at BC Place. Presented by Blueprint and Live Nation Canada, Contact is Canada’s largest indoor music festival hosting more than 34,000 guests annually and featuring state-of-the-art technical production, pyro, and lighting across two stages.
Runs Until: Saturday December 28, 2019

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)

December Pay What You Can Nights at MOV

Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: Learn something new about the city this holiday season at the Museum of Vancouver! Experience MOV’s intriguing exhibitions including Haida Now: A Visual Feat of Innovation and Tradition, Wild Things: The Power of Nature in our Lives and There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools. Admission is by donation after 5 pm.
Runs Until: Saturday December 28, 2019

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)

Yuk Yuks presents Jacob Samuel

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: Jacob Samuel is a stand-up comic, cartoonist, and writer known for his clever and insightful comedy. Jacob has taped multiple national TV performances for the CBC, The Comedy Network, and Crave and has wowed audiences at both the Just For Laughs and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals. On radio, he can be heard on SiriusXM and on CBC’s The Debaters. Jacob has also had several cartoons published in The New Yorker even though he did terribly in middle school art class.
Runs Until: Saturday December 28, 2019

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)

Nutcracker Suite

Where: The Improv Centre
What: This winter season enjoy the Karen Flamenco Dance Company performance of Tchaikovsky’s classical Nutcracker Suite. The one-hour performance will set the season spirit with traditional flamenco, bringing this magical story to life.
Runs Until: Saturday December 28, 2019

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Sunday December 29

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Contemporary Art Gallery

CAG Sunday Afternoon Tour

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Join us for a Sunday afternoon tour of the current exhibitions: Ingrid Koenig’s Navigating the Uncertainty Principle, Sreshta Rit Premnath’s Those Who Wait, and Olivia Whetung’s Sugarbush Shrapnel. No reservation required, simply just turn up!

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)

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Vancouver Warriors vs. San Diego Seals

Where: Rogers Arena
What: The Vancouver Warriors are a professional lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League. Don’t miss this hard-hitting lacrosse game with non-stop sports party atmosphere.

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Holiday at the Elbow Room Café

Where: Historic Theatre
What: They’re back! After their bulldozing debut at the York two seasons ago, the eclectic world of Vancouver’s beloved Elbow Room Café returns for a holiday tribute you won’t soon forget. Join Bryan, Patrick, and their wacky customers as they get snowed in at Vancouver’s most iconic eatery—and can’t escape the mayhem! Featuring songs from Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky, creators of the Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical, in a brand new holiday experience directed by Cameron Mackenzie. Leave the kids at home and grab a drink, this one is for adults only!
Runs Until: Sunday December 29, 2019

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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

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Ongoing

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)

Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet The Nutcracker

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: One of the city’s favourite holiday traditions returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage this festive season, featuring live music from the acclaimed Vancouver Symphony Orchestra! This magical production is set to delight audiences young and old and will include a local cast of over 70 children from the Lower Mainland, some as young as the age of eight!
Runs Until: Monday December 30, 2019

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)

Heritage Holidays at the Fort

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
What: Explore charming Fort Langley National Historic Site during the holidays. Taste roasted chestnuts by the cozy stone fireplace or make a craft. Join a guided tour to learn about historic holiday traditions followed by a white glove talk. Kids’ scavenger hunt, play area and more! Visit our website for a schedule of musical performances. Onsite café and gift shop.
Runs Until: Monday December 30, 2019

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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

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)

2019 Year In Review

Where: The Improv Centre
What: Elections, mass demonstrations, climate change, impeachment scandals and perennial Vancouver favourite – ‘affordable housing’ dominated the news headlines in 2019. Bid farewell to all that doom and gloom as Vancouver TheatreSports’™ 2019 Year in Review takes an improvised look at these top stories and adds a much-needed comedic perspective as we prepare for the coming year.
Runs Until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

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The Gateway Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Where: Gateway Theatre
What: Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most well-loved musicals of all time. A joyous re-imagining of the biblical story of Joseph, Jacob, and the coat of many colours, this heartwarming hit will have your whole family humming along.
Runs Until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

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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

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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

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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

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Christmas At Canada Place

Where: Canadian Trail (west promenade) and North Point of Canada Place
What: This holiday season, join us for the 32nd annual Christmas at Canada Place, presented by the Port of Vancouver. Experience the nostalgic tradition of the Woodward’s Windows, Canada’s North light display including “Chrismoose,” our 15-foot tall moose light sculpture, the iconic Sails of Light, and the festive Avenue of Trees.
Runs Until: Wednesday January 1, 2020

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Arts Club Theatre Company presents Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley

Where: Granville Island Stage
What: A holiday confection filled with classic Jane Austen charm; Miss Bennet is a modern sequel about the bookish middle child of the Bennet’s. While Mary starts to dream of a new life beyond her boisterous family, an unexpected visitor at the Darcy household could spell romance. You’ll revel in this sparkling comic play that’s full of seasonal felicity.
Runs Until: Saturday January 4, 2019

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Photo: VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Festival of Lights

Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
What: The dazzling botanical garden will be covered in more than a million lights to help ring in the Christmas season. Grab a hot chocolate and come mini doughnuts and walk through 15 acres of lit trails including Gingerbread Woods, Lantern Alley, and the Make-a-Wish Candle Grotto. All tickets, which can be purchased online or at the gate, include a free ride on the carousel.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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Patrick Street Productions presents It’s A Wonderful Life

Where: Anvil Centre Theatre
What: What would It’s a Wonderful Life have been like if Frank Capra had collaborated with the famed musical division of MGM? This heavenly musical adaptation brings you Capra’s beloved holiday story as a glorious new, classic musical! Featuring classic musical standards like Nice Work if You Can Get It, Rhapsody in Blue, One Life to Live, and Lost in the Stars, as well as traditional holiday carols, this Wonderful Life reminds us, through story and song, just how wonderful life really is – and that, as Clarence tells George, “No man is a failure who has friends.” This wonderful story is now a wonderful live musical for the whole family to enjoy!
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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Festivale Tropicale

Where: Bloedel Conservatory
What: Join the celebration of this tropical paradise that first opened its doors on December 6, 1969. Experience the vibrant colours, scents, and sounds of the tropics that have been loved by tourists and Vancouverites for the past 50 years. Already a popular year-round attraction for its 150 free-flying birds, lush gardens and exotic plants and flowers, Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park is decorated for the holiday season with tropical themed décor, lights, and music.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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Glow Maple Ridge

Where: Maple Ridge
What: The City of Maple Ridge is launching Glow Maple Ridge, an annual Holiday event that celebrates the season by lighting up the downtown core and turning Maple Ridge into a winter wonderland. Aside from the traditional red bells, Memorial Peace Park will be decked out with illuminated tress, a light tunnel, giant light ornaments, an illuminated bandstand and much more. Participating downtown businesses will also be lighting up and decorating their store fronts in the “Old Fashioned Christmas village” theme to help add to the Glow Maple Ridge experience.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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Photo by Brandon Artis

Aurora Winter Festival

Where: Hastings Park
What: This holiday season, Hastings Park/PNE will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Experience Canada’s Largest Winter Festival. Escape to a hidden village with a beautiful skating rink, a tube park, massive light displays, a Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters, and plenty of other exciting activities.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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Soak up the Season at the Vancouver Aquarium

Where: The Vancouver Aquarium
What: Make a splash this festive season at the Vancouver Aquarium. With over 60,000 creatures, appearances from Scuba Clause, our new 4-D movie THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4D Experience®, and amazing shows daily, there’s something for everyone this holiday season.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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Glow Gardens

Where: Harbour Convention Centre
What: The world’s largest indoor Christmas festival is now even closer to you, brightening up 11 cities in 3 countries. Join the joyous 1.6 million guests ready to Glow and celebrate the warmth of the season! Bring together the people you love to stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of a million lights. Our playgrounds and interactive features will entertain the kids for hours, while the adults kick back at our licensed bar and enjoy some seasonal beverages, delicious food, and live music. Glow’s illuminated sculptures are the perfect backdrop for selfies and holiday family photos.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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East Van Panto: Pinocchio

Where: The York Theatre
What: When a lonely old ice-cream seller named Gelatto is given a puppet by the mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive, his dreams of having a child suddenly come true. Join a locally famous cricket, an angry orca, and a dastardly fox as poor Pinocchio does his best to tell everyone the truth and become a real boy. But why are Pinocchio’s limbs always growing? Will there be a Cappuccino War between the Abruzzos and the Calabrias? And why are all those kids ditching class to go to Hastings Racecourse? Don’t worry, Pinocchio—just follow your nose!
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas

Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Celebrate the festive season at Grouse Mountain’s annual Peak of Christmas. At Santa’s Workshop, believers young and old can share their special Christmas wishes and take a photo. Visits are by donation with all proceeds raised going to BC Children’s Hospital. Take a spin on Grouse Mountain’s 8,000-square foot Mountaintop Skating Pond surrounded by trees adorned with glimmering lights. When evening falls, visitors will marvel as stunning light installations bring radiance to the winter night on Grouse Mountain’s popular Light Walk. The elves have also been busy decorating in the Peak Chalet, which will feature masterful creations in the Gingerbread Village.  Guests are encouraged to vote for their favourite Gingerbread Village creation to select a grand prize winner, with funds raised also benefiting BC Children’s Hospital.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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Photo by Tim Matheson

Bad Hats Theatre’s Peter Pan

Where: Waterfront Theatre
What: Recommended for ages 4 years and older, including grown-ups who believe in fairies and who secretly never wanted to grow-up. You’re never too old to dream big! This bold new adaptation will take audiences on an incredible adventure where they’ll discover the power of make-believe, imagination and…a little pinch of fairy dust.
Runs Until: Sunday January 5, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Burnaby Art Gallery presents ‘Echoes’

Where: Burnaby Art Gallery
What: As an echo reflects and repeats between entities, this exhibition considers communication between bodies which may be thought to be eclipsed. Here, the bodies of water and the physical remnants of stone, plastic, and land become the houses for the historical traces of change and continuity. Selected artworks contemplate the physical and embodied ways in which memory reappears and continues to resonate within the individual and across generations.
Runs Until: Sunday January 26, 2020

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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2019

Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
What: Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. Once again the 30-ton Douglas firs of Treetops Adventure will receive star treatment. Treetops Adventure is a series of seven suspension bridges attached to eight 250 years old Douglas-firs with viewing platforms, reaching up to 110 feet above the forest floor. These magnificent Douglas firs will be lit above and below the collars, making these trees the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world!
Runs Until: Sunday January 26, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend (DEC 27)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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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