What: Seattle folk rockers The Head and the Heart are in town on their first tour not to feature lead singer Josiah Johnson, who is taking a hiatus from the road while seeking treatment for addiction; guitarist Jonathan Russell and band friend Matty Gervais will take over vocal duties.
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 884 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Ebisu is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with 10 days of specials. The Japanese restaurant is offering a different daily special each day, along with $11.99 pitchers of Sapporo, and prizes including daily gift cards and two grand prize draws.
What:Firecracker! features an all-star cast of female improvisers, resulting in stories told from a uniquely female perspective. The ensuing comedy is inventive, unpredictable and uproarious – shattering stereotypes and sparking a lot of laughs
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
What: The 31st annual concert features performances by Biscuit Blues Band, Jayleen Stonehouse, Billy Dixon Soul Train Express, Cecile Larochelle, Keith Bennett, Murray Porter, Les Is More, David Gogo, Jason Buie, Dalannah and Owen, Mike Machado Band, Steve Kozak Band, Cannery Row, Steve Sainas, and the Bobcats.
Where: Fairview Pub – 898 West Broadway, Vancouver
When: Monday, December 5, doors at 7:15 pm, show at 8 pm
What: Fresh from a tour of Australia, where they surprised fans by recording a live album at a gig in Brisbane, the Dandy Warhols are set to tear the roof off here. Expect songs spanning their two decade-long career, but no encore as per band tradition.
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Let’s get real: we’ve all screwed up at some point. F**kup Nights is a casual speaker series aiming to build collective wisdom. This week’s entrepreneurs, creatives and thought leaders will share what they’ve learned from a business or project failure.
Where: Guilt & Co. – 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
What: In this three-hour beginners’ woodwork course you’ll make a cutting board to take home, and learn how to safely and confidently use various machinery and hand tools in the shop, including the mitre saw, band saw, drill press, and sanders.
Where: Union Wood Co. – 1340 E Pender St., Vancouver
What: You’d be hard pressed to find another singer who’s ever worked as hard as American soul/R&B legend Lee Fields, who’s been making soul and funk anthems since 1969. Now he’s on tour to support his latest release, Special Night.
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main St, Vancouver
When: Wednesday, December 7, doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
Tickets: At Red Cat Main St, Red Cat Hastings St, Zulu, and Highlife record stores.
What: Considering getting backyard chickens? trying to convince your loved one to embark on this new hobby? At this workshop, you’ll learn the basics, including Vancouver’s four-hen bylaw, coop construction/setup, and chicken health.
Where: Homestead Junction – 649 E Hastings St, Vancouver
What: Melbourne quintet The Paper Kites are on the road promoting twelvefour, a concept album featuring songs written only between the hours of midnight and 4 am. Please note – tickets for both concerts will go “off sale” at 4pm on show day.
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
When: Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 at 7 pm
What: Three top chefs from Mexico City are setting up shop in Vancouver eateries to showcase their cuisine over a three-night event series. Menus will feature high-end Mexican cuisine made with rare and hard-to-find ingredients.
Chef José Manuel Baños of Aguamiel – Homer Street Cafe and Bar – 898 Homer St, Vancouver
Chef Mario Espinosa of La Encomienda Polanco – Burdock & Co. – 2702 Main St, Vancouver
Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo of Nicos – Cacao – 1898 W 1st Ave, Vancouver
When: From Thursday, December 8 through Saturday, December 10
What: Ballet BC’s annual production of The Nutcracker, this time starring the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. This heart-warming ballet is full of surprises, including traditional Canadian scenes such as a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
When: From Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 11, at 7:30 pm, matinees also available
What: Make It is one of the most popular craft fairs in Canada, featuring more than 265 artists, makers, and designers from all over the country selling handcrafted items made with love. Plus, there’s a beer garden, good music and food trucks.
Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
When: FromThursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 11, times vary
Tickets: Available online, $5, or buy on the door for $7
What: Stevie Nicks has survived a breakup, addictions, and a bout of big hair in the 80s. Between solo work andFleetwood Mac albums, Nicks has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: In this fictional play of writer Kevin Kokoska’s own life, a skinny counsellor-in-training meets his first ever client – a man with a binge-eating disorder. An awkward, often funny journey, of two men who look different, yet feel the same.
Where: Orpheum Annex – 823 Seymour St, Vancouver
When: Friday, December 9, at 8, and Saturday, December 10 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Tickets: Available online, $20 – includes post-show Q&A
What: Tales of A Charlie Brown Christmas features jazz legend Jerry Granelli, an original and only surviving member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, who composed the original Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.
Where: Kay Meek Centre – 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver