What: A playful exhibition featuring more than 30+ works including original paintings and prints is an opportunity to experience the childlike world of kawaii (cuteness) Sleepless Kao has created plus the lighthearted artworks of Jodi Sam.
Where: Branches & Knots – 3128 W. Broadway, Vancouver
When: Friday, February 10 to Tuesday, February 28; from 11 am to 6 pm Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 7 pm Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 pm on Sundays. Opening reception on Friday, February 10, from 6 to 9 pm
What: Jewellery designer at Katami Designs, Luyi Wang, is offering to create your very own pet portrait for free. Bring in your four legged furry friend and any pictures you’d love to recreate or that show off their personality.
Where: Katami Designs Gallery and Studio – 138 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Artist Sarah Ronald shows new drawings, paintings, and installations which spur viewers to seek out the contradictions in our daily lives, specifically around our relationships with wild animals in both suburban and natural environments.
Where: Seymour Art Gallery – 4360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
When:From Thursday, February 2 to Sunday, March 5, from 10 am to 5 pm daily; artist talk on Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm
What: Artist Andrea Hooge is back with more doll-headed portraits, with hidden jokes and meanings, and a few surprises! These portraits of mid-century toys are created using cutout shapes to feature paintings and scratchboard illustrations.
Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
When:From Thursday, February 2 to Saturday, February 25, from noon to 5 pm, closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Opening reception on Friday, February 3 from 7 to 11 pm.
What: This exhibition features acrylic on canvas paintings, mostly of flowers, by Katie Cheung. Although she does not subscribe to any one painting method or style, each of her works seem to exude a distinct splendour and a playful lushness.
Where: Art Beatus – 108 – 808 Nelson Street, Vancouver
When:From Friday, February 3 to Saturday, March 31, from 10 am to 6 pm, closed weekends. Opening reception on Friday, February 3, from 3 to 6 pm.
Enjoy Tuesdays at the Art Gallery
What: Make your Tuesdays a little more artsy, during the gallery’s ‘by donation’ night. But even if your pockets are empty, you can still check it out.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St. Vancouver
What: Flashion is a free youth-led community event focusing on fast fashion and its environmental impact, including a clothing swap, an eco-fashion show with pieces designed by youth, and guest speakers from eco-fashion and eco-art design industries.
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
What: With influences ranging from Foo Fighters, The Doors, Tom Petty, Muse, Sam Roberts, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, Robb Hill’s music gives the listener a combination of high energy guitar, memorable lyrics, and a danceable element.
The Regal Beagle – 2281 W Broadway, Vancouver, on Thursday, February 2 at 8 pm
The Brighton – 2471 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, on Friday, February 3 at 9 pm
What: This unique bilingual evening features a staged reading in English with Chinese surtitles of Fallacy of the Fist, which tells the story of a siege during China’s Boxer Rebellion in 1900, and the absurdity of war which has trapped both the besieged and the besiegers. The reading will then be followed by a performance of the play in Chinese, with English surtitles, and a post-show talk.
Where: Dorothy Somerset Studio – 6361 University Boulevard, Vancouver
What: An intimate poetry reading from Kara-lee MacDonald (Eating Matters), Jane Byers (Acquired Community), Elizabeth Bachinsky (The Hottest Summer in Recorded History), and Leanne Dunic (To Love the Coming End, BookThug.)
Where: Notional Space – 1523 East Pender Street, Vancouver
What: Now in its seventh year, the annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival finds cafes, sweet shops, and restaurants serving up special cocoa-y creations that hot chocolate lovers can enjoy and tick off their Festival must-do list.
What: Cartems is joining forces with Platform 7 coffee, and to celebrate they’re throwing a party. They’ll be giving out free donut and coffee samples. And if you post a photo of your coffee and donut on Instagram, you’ll get a whole free donut on them.
Where: Platform 7 Coffee – 2300 West Broadway, Vancouver
What: Hobiyee is an annual celebration of the waxing crescent moon, during the latter part of winter, celebrated by Nisga’a people wherever they live – including Vancouver. The Nisga’a invite the general public to share First Nations culture and dance, and celebrate the strength, beauty and diversity of indigenous cultures.
Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
When:Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4, from 10 am to 9 pm both days
What: Marvel at large-scale and eye-catching lantern displays suspended from the ceilings of the Pacific Centre, and enjoy a traditional Lion Dance, eye-dotting ceremony and Lucky Red pockets with a chocolate coin for shoppers.
Where: CF Pacific Centre – 701 West Georgia St, Vancouver
What: Enjoy a lion dance at Wesbrook Community Centre, tea tasting, fortune telling, Korean drumming, karate demos, and Chinese tie making at this New Year celebration – and leave with a red envelope of your own too.
Where: CF Pacific Centre – 701 West Georgia St, Vancouver
What: Granville Island’s Winterruption Festival returns with lots of free events in the mix this year, including a look behind the scenes of theatre magic, a groove-heavy performance from the Robin Layne Band, and a winter-themed art exhibit.
Where: Multiple locations on Granville Island, Vancouver
When: From Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19, various times
What: Ready for something different this Valentine’s Day? This class starts out as a yoga class and turns into a yoga dance party and chocolate feast, celebrating life and love. Come alone or with a friend, and be prepared to laugh, dance, sweat and sing.
Where: Semperviva Yoga City Studio – #110-1985 West Broadway, Vancouver
What: The Dinner Party and Big Love Ball are teaming up to hold this free Valentine’s Day event for singletons, all about flirtation, fun and the potential for love. Dress code – wear pink. And prepare yourself to “practice connection.”
Where: Zend Conscious Lounge – 1130 Mainland St, Vancouver
When: Wednesday, February 15, from 7 to 10 pm
Admission: Totally free, but to gain entry you must bring two members of the opposite sex that you are not romantically involved with. And wear pink.
What: Borrow a ‘human book’ from a curated collection of topics such as: recovering hoarder, battered woman and same-sex marriage warrior. The 20-minute one-on-one conversations take you on a personal journey with personal stories.
Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia Street
What: A series of lectures open to the general public on a huge range of topics presented by TRIUMF, UBC, and SFU. February talks will address the search for other planets, and the quest for the Higgs Boson, among other scientific matters.
TRIUMF Auditorium at UBC – 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
What: Come learn exactly how you can conquer peaks safely and experience the draw of the wilderness for yourself. Mountain guide Brian Jones will be regaling guests with tales and photos of his own ski touring trips and explaining how to do it yourself.
Where: Arc’teryx Vancouver Brand Store – 2033 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
What: Jules Koostachin, the 2017 VPL Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence is holding several different meet and greet events in libraries around Vancouver, for anyone who wants to learn about he experiences.
What: Want veggies this spring and summer? Crunchy homegrown lettuce and hearty kale and other greens? West End Urban Garden Club presents this two-part in-depth workshop covering the basics of planning, preparing and starting a food garden.
Where: West End Community Centre – 870 Denman Street, Vancouver
What: Canada is neither free from oppressive and divisive ideologies nor immune to their open resurgence—and the country is struggling to confront this reality. Peacetalks will explore how to talk about racism in Canada to affect positive change, with a panel of speakers who have deep experience in confronting racism.
Where: HiVE Vancouver – 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: Qi Gong is a gentle flowing movement class taught by master Hing Tse.
This is a class that everyone can participate in from youngsters to seniors. Hing will show you how to move your body for greater flexibility, balance and well-being. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. All levels welcome.
Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano – 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
What: If you have ever been diagnosed with a cancer or have been directly impacted by cancer join the Summit Vancouver group to mark World Cancer Day as they hike Quarry Rock in North Vancouver – then enjoy champagne at the top!
Where: Meet in Panorama Park in Deep Cove at the base of the walk – Panorama Dr, North Vancouver
When: Saturday, February 4, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
What: Ninjitsu is the ancient art of the ninja shadow warriors of Japan. Through the practice of Ninjitsu you’ll learn to move your body & mind in a more poetic way, through breath & traditional exercises.
What: The Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver, is open all through the Christmas Holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise, rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Square, Vancouver
When: The rink is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 9 am to 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays, until February 14.
What: Break up the work week and join these ladies for an early evening of networking, snacks, wine and great conversation from some of today’s leading ladies in Vancouver’s tech and business community.
Where: iQmetrix – #1210 – 250 Howe Street, Vancouver
What: Love solving puzzles? With friends? While eating and drinking? Then Puzzled Pint is for you. All you have to do is solve a puzzle to figure out where it’s being held… then when you get there, do more puzzles!
Where: It’s a mystery – to figure it out, solve the puzzle, which will be posted online on February 10
When: Tuesday, February 14, at 7 pm
Register: Free to attend… but bring some cash for some food and drink.
What: To celebrate Black History Month, this is a free screening of the film, In Our Heads About Our Hair, which examines issues black women confront regarding hair and self-esteem. Followed by live tutorials and one-on-one consultations.
Where: The Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
When: Sunday, February 19, doors at noon, show starts 1 pm
Tickets: Email [email protected] with subject line: “Afro Hair Savoir Faire”.
Limit of four free tickets per household.
What: No censors, no apologies, The Bitter End is a hard edged, intelligent and aggressive approach to the issues of the day. Enjoy a live taping of a talk show like none you’ve ever seen before. Hosted by Simon King with guests TBA.
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver