Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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This weekend begins with the recognition and remembrance of those who have served in preserving peace, many of whom lost their lives and still have an impact on people alive today. On Saturday, it is the day commemorating Louis Riel, the late 1800s Métis political leader who also sought to preserve rights and culture in Canada. Enjoy peace, culture, and celebration all weekend with a ton of diverse events.

 

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday November 11

Remembrance Day | image by G.S. Matthews | Flickr

Remembrance Day | image by G.S. Matthews | Flickr

Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade
Where: Victory Square, 9:45am
What: The program begins with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande, followed by a parade of veterans, military marching units and bands to Victory Square. Somberly observe Two Minutes of Silence, during which a 21-gun salute by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment will be heard from Portside Park. The enduring In Flanders Fields will then be sung and wreaths will be placed at the Cenotaph.

Circle Craft Christmas Market

Circle Craft Christmas Market

Circle Craft Christmas Market
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
What: Over 300 clothing designers, potters, wood and metal workers, glass blowers, jewelers, toy makers, candle makers, soap makers, and other makers will be selling their giftable wares so you can get your shopping done local and early.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey

All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey

All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: Performed by four male dancers, choreographer Frédérick Gravel attempts to deconstruct the stereotypes of the typical North American male, from T-shirts, beer, and baseball to violence, confusion, and mood swings.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

Fan Expo Vancouver

Fan Expo Vancouver

Fan Expo Vancouver
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
What: A comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event where you can get your geek on and meet other fans. Enjoy family-friendly activities and celebrity guests such as Carrie Fisher, Kevin Smith, Christopher Lloyd, Alex Kingston, and Tom Felton.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

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Chor Leoni Men’s Choir Presents War/Poet
Where: West Vancouver United Church West & St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church
What: From Walt Whitman, Rupert Brooke, and Frances Ledwidge to the unnamed bards of folksongs, poets have forged their greatest works in the crucible of war. Chor Leoni focuses on this powerful poetry as expressed in musical settings by Gustav Holst, Stephen Smith, and Michael McGlynn in a beloved Remembrance Day tradition.
Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

Lapsley

Lapsley

Lapsley
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: An English singer, songwriter, and musician.

Bully

Bully

Bully
Where: The Biltmore
What: From Nashville rock band, on tour to support their debut release “Feels Like”.

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Quiz Show 2
Where: Hot Art Wet City
What: Comedian Graham Clark presents Quiz Show! A night that cherry picks the best segments of game shows and presents them all in one bizarre event! Prizes to be won, heads to be scratched.

Got7

Got7

Got7
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: With five mini albums, one Korean studio album, and one Japanese studio album under their belts, GOT7 has a growing number of awards chart-toppers.

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Donovan Woods
Where: The Fox Cabaret
What: A Juno Award nominee, was raised in the small city of Sarnia, Ontario, to the sounds of country music, with a healthy dose of folk and pop.


 

Saturday November 12

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Louis Riel Day Celebration

Louis Riel Day Celebration

Louis Riel Day Celebration
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre
What: V’ni Dansi preserves traditional Métis dance and also creates innovative contemporary works. Eagle Spirit is a contemporary solo choreographed and performed by artistic airector Yvonne Chartrand, which probes themes of death and rebirth, and the eagle’s connection to the spirit world. The Louis Riel Métis Dancers, V’ni Dansi’s traditional dance troupe, will perform the joyous jigs, reels and square dances that Métis culture is famed for, to the music of a live band. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

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Pretty Good
Where: York Theatre
What: A new show by writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and poet and musician Vivek Shraya. Join these two artists as they revisit family origins, sing about scars and skeletons, and perform brand new material from their new books Tomboy Survival Guide and The Boy & the Bindi.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Live Musical Accompaniment

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Live Musical Accompaniment

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Live Musical Accompaniment
Where: The Cinematheque
What: The fantastical story of a sinister fairground hypnotist and the somnambulist he uses to do his deadly bidding. It’s a paranoia-filled tale of monstrous authoritarianism and madness! With live music (because it’s old! It’s black and white and otherwise would be silent.)

The Boom Booms

The Boom Booms

The Boom Booms
Where: The Imperial
What: An Indie Soul band from Vancouver, BC.  Their debut album “Hot Rum”, written on their inaugural tour from Vancouver to Panama, blends Latin, folk, reggae and rock.

Bamboo: Vietnamese & Intercultural Fusions
Where: The Orpheum Annex
What: The first large-scale concert of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s 2016/17 season will feature the 15-member VICO with virtuoso solo performers on Vietnamese traditional instruments: Bic Hoang (Vietnamese dan bau – one string zither monochord) and Van-Anh Vo (Vietnamese dan tranh  a 16-string zither, and dan trung – a bamboo xylophone).

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Main Street Vinyl Record Fair
Where: Main Street Heritage Hall
What: Browse record vendors, attend a Q&A with Discogs.com, and check out the Saturday night gala.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

The Trews

The Trews

The Trews
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: A Canadian hard rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Verdi’s Requiem
Where: The Orpheum
What: The performance of this thrilling, almost operatic masterwork will feature the massed voices of the UBC University Singers and Choral Union, and four outstanding vocal soloists.

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line
Where: Rogers Arena
What: An American bro-country duo.

Dune Rats

Dune Rats

Dune Rats
Where: The Biltmore
What: Australian rock.

Fortune 88 Dance Showcase
Where: The Rickshaw
What: An urban dance showcase and party.

DanceSport BC Snowball Classic

DanceSport BC Snowball Classic

DanceSport BC Snowball Classic
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver
What: A dance competition with many levels of skill and age ranges.  Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016


 

Sunday November 13

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Great Russian Nutcracker

Great Russian Nutcracker

Great Russian Nutcracker
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Experience the exceptional dancing of the Moscow Ballet with a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, new and spectacular hand-made costumes, and stunning sets hand-painted in Russia and designed by multi-Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague.  The production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose shooting cannon, and a stunning 2-person dove of peace.

The Jezabels

The Jezabels

The Jezabels
Where: The Imperial
What: Australian indie rock.

Yelawolf

Yelawolf

Yelawolf
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Folksy American hip hop recording artist from Gadsden, Alabama.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Dallas Stars
Where: Rogers Arena
What:Watch some hockey.

Friends of Chamber Music: A night in Vienna

Friends of Chamber Music: A night in Vienna

Friends of Chamber Music: A night in Vienna
Where: The Vancouver Playhouse
What: For centuries, Vienna stood as the cultural epicentre of Europe, a rich melting pot of music, art, and literature; a city that always cherished tradition while pressing toward the artistic future. This program traces the evolution of musical expression in the “city of dreams” through music by three of its greatest voices.

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Where: BC Place Stadium, 1:30pm
What: Canadian football.

 


 

Ongoing

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Suitcase Stories (ends this weekend)
Where: Pacific Theatre
What: With only her tiny suitcase in tow, Maki Yi leaves her home in South Korea for Canada. Her driving force was about leaving and not her destination, and the choice of Canada as her new home boiled down to two factors: she heard that it is safe, and her brother had a map of Toronto. So begins Yi’s real-life journey from Korea across Canada, where she discovers that life in this new country is both everything she hoped for and the most difficult thing she has ever done.
Runs until: Saturday November 12, 2016

Pareidolia Series by Katsumi Kimoto

Pareidolia Series by Katsumi Kimoto

Pareidolia Series by Katsumi Kimoto (ends this weekend)
Where: Kimoto Gallery
What: New abstract works that capture the forest and the natural world.
Runs until: Saturday November 12, 2016

ITSAZOO

ITSAZOO

ITSAZOO (ends this weekend)
Where: UBC Botanical Garden
What: Blurring the lines between performance and reality, audiences of 13 people, are armed only with flashlights on the Lost Lovers Murder Tour – a frighteningly accurate re-enactment of the infamous and unsolved murders that occurred exactly 20-years ago, deep within the forest. Inspired by classic horror movies, audiences will be taken on an experiential journey – part historical murder tour, part outdoor adventure, and part meta-theatrical thriller.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey

All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey

All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey (ends this weekend)
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre
What: Performed by four male dancers, choreographer Frédérick Gravel attempts to deconstruct the stereotypes of the typical North American male, from T-shirts, beer, and baseball to violence, confusion, and mood swings.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

Empire of the Son

Empire of the Son

Empire of the Son (ends this weekend)
Where: The Cultch
What: Returning after an extended and completely sold out run, Empire of the Son, written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio One’s The Roundup), is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

Fan Expo Vancouver

Fan Expo Vancouver

Fan Expo Vancouver (this weekend only)
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
What: A comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event where you can get your geek on and meet other fans. Enjoy family-friendly activities and celebrity guests such as Carrie Fisher, Kevin Smith, Christopher Lloyd, Alex Kingston, and Tom Felton.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

recordfair

Main Street Vinyl Record Fair  (this weekend only)
Where: Main Street Heritage Hall
What: Browse record vendors, attend a Q&A with Discogs.com, and check out the Saturday night gala.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

sultans

Sultans of the Street (ends this weekend)
Where: Waterfront Theatre
What: Four children from different worlds – two who want new kites and two with the simple wish to attend school – are trapped in a world of begging on the streets of Kolkata, India. Dressed as gods, they bless the generous and threaten to curse those who are not. Together, they must work to escape servitude and set a course for a new life.
Runs Until: Sunday November 13, 2016

Circle Craft Christmas Market

Circle Craft Christmas Market

Circle Craft Christmas Market (ends this weekend)
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
What: Over 300 clothing designers, potters, wood and metal workers, glass blowers, jewelers, toy makers, candle makers, soap makers, and other makers will be selling their giftable wares so you can get your shopping done local and early.
Runs until: Sunday November 13, 2016

artofmagic

The Art of Magic
Where: 1212 Commercial Drive
What: A magic show that blends different forms of art and magic for a unique experience. Join Camilo at Havana Theatre for a night where you and Camilo will create a masterpiece together.
Runs until: Saturday November 19, 2016

trumpcard

Trump Card Winner Takes All
Where: The Improv Centre
What: From now through November, everyone’s attention will be glued to a high-stakes game that will affect the world for generations to come – the US election. Vancouver TheatreSports League ups the ante with its own improvised election interpretation.
Runs until: Saturday November 19, 2016

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Bakersfield Mist
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: Maude is on the wrong side of fifty, totally broke, and living in a trailer park in Bakersfield, California. Just when things look their worst, she stumbles across a long-lost painting by the renowned Jackson Pollock—or is it? To prove she’s got a masterpiece on her hands, Maude invites a world-class art expert to authenticate it. Cultures collide as these polar opposites evaluate the colour of each other’s character and explore their perspectives on what is real, in life and in art.
Runs until: Sunday November 20, 2016

Soar Over America
Where: FlyOver Canada
What: Soar over 10,000 miles across some of the United States’ most beautiful landscapes including Hawaii, Alaska, New York and more. Like FlyOver Canada’s ride film, FlyOver America was shot over all four seasons from coast to coast – just a little further south.
Runs until: Wednesday November 23, 2016

Shed Yr Skin

Shed Yr Skin

Shed Yr Skin
Where: Hot Art Wet City
What: In Nomi Chi’s first solo exhibition, Shed yr skin features a new collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures primarily depicting chimeric, sometimes monsterous figures struggling with themselves or otherwise interacting with each other as well as other creatures inhabiting fictitious landscapes.
Runs until: Saturday November 26, 2016

Miss. Shakespeare

Miss. Shakespeare

Miss. Shakespeare
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: Book and lyrics written by Tracey Power and music co-written by Steve Charles, Miss Shakespeare is a story inspired by the Bard’s daughter, whose own creative aspirations come alive as she leads a group of women in something secret, subversive, and illegal: the staging of a play.
Runs until: Saturday November 26, 2016

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: November 2016

Diwali Fest

Diwali Fest

Diwali Fest
Where: Various Locations
What: Diwali is known as the festival of lights, a spiritual festival celebrated every autumn. Its spiritual significance is that of light over darkness, good over evil, and hope over despair. The festival is committed to incorporating the inclusion of all cultures and communities with its theme of unity in diversity, uniting people from different cultures through celebratory events and allow South Asian art forms to evolve through other cultural influences, while at the same time influencing others.
Runs until: Wednesday November 30, 2016

fall-for-arts

Fall for Arts
Where: Whistler, BC
What: Festivals, art shows, markets, movie nights, and arts events all over the city.
Runs until: December 2016

Untangled Figures by Guillaume Leblon

Untangled Figures by Guillaume Leblon

Untangled Figures by Guillaume Leblon
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Creating fictional landscapes or altering an existing space has long been Leblon’s favoured technique for fuelling uncertainty and doubt in order to undermine the stark purity and perfect finish of the museum.
Runs until: Sunday January 1, 2016

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds
Where: The Museum of Vancouver
What: 20 beautiful, rare, and unconventional collections, with something for everyone including corsets, prosthetics, pinball machines, taxidermy, toys, and much more. In this exhibition both collector and collected are objects of study, interaction, and delight.
Runs until: Sunday January 8, 2016

White, Steel, Slice, Mask

White, Steel, Slice, Mask

White, Steel, Slice, Mask
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Working together for over a decade, the duo’s interdisciplinary practice typically instigates community-based models of participation in order to re-imagine a material record of the present. They investigate tactics of cultural representation while utilizing the methods of anthropology to examine various forms of collecting, interpretation and display.
Runs until: Sunday January 8, 2016

Walker Evans: Depth of Field

Walker Evans: Depth of Field

Walker Evans: Depth of Field
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975) is among the most influential artists of the 20th century. Covering the full arc of his career, Walker Evans: Depth of Field presents the most comprehensive look at Evans’ work ever mounted in Canada.
Runs until: January 22, 2017

In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man

In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man

In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: The Sepik River of Papua New Guinea is one of the largest river systems in the world, extraordinarily beautiful, but seldom visited. It is here that the Iatmul people, who live along its banks, have created internationally renowned works of art primarily inspired by stories of the majestic crocodile as the primordial creator. This unique exhibition will showcase the most comprehensive collection of contemporary Sepik art in North America for the first time. In addition to highlighting the exquisite carvings of Papua New Guinea’s latmul people, the exhibition will delve into their economic, cultural, and spiritual connections to the river system, drawing urgent attention to the logging and mining operations that pose environmental threats to the region.
Runs until: January 31, 2017

Juxtapoz x Superflat

Juxtapoz x Superflat

Juxtapoz x Superflat
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: A manifesto for new creative practices that can no longer be adequately described by the traditional categories of art and production. Presenting the work of more than 30 artists from Japan, China, Korea, Europe and the United States this remarkable exhibition offers a unique insight into contemporary art and its place in cultural life.
Runs until: February 5, 2016

Judy Chartrand, What a Wonderful World
Where: The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
What: Her beautiful and provocative work presents her own personal history and insights into life in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and commentary on racism and post–colonial relations between Indigenous and non–Indigenous cultures.
Runs until: February 19, 2016

Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Farmers Market

Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Farmers Market

Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Farmers Market
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Don’t fret the summers Farmers markets packing up – winter is here, and you can still shop local for fresh produce, preserves, baked goods, and crafts.
Runs until: April 22, 2017

Hastings Park Farmers Market

Hastings Park Farmers Market

Hastings Park Farmers Market
Where: Hastings Park (near the PNE)
What: The Hastings Park Farmers Market features a great selection of local produce; nursery items, fish, meat & dairy; artisan prepared foods, baking and treats; local crafts, and of course, food trucks.
Runs until: April 30, 2017

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me and the rest of Vancouver in the comments below or tweet me directly at @lextacular

 


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