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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: February 5 to 9

Daniel Chai Feb 05, 2018 8:22 am 1,066

Don’t let February pass you by, Vancouver!

Fill your schedule with our 35 things to do from Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 9. Katy Perry, Science of Cocktails, and more will all be taking place this week.

For even more things happening around town check out our events section.

Monday, February 5, 2018


  • What: Hedley are on tour in support of their seventh studio album, Cageless. The acclaimed Vancouver based four-piece has accumulated more than a million album sales, has 18 number one videos on Much Music, and has been honoured with 11 MMVAs, four SOCAN and two JUNO awards.
  • When: Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online, $39.50, $55, $75 (plus service charges)

Art Focus Artists’ Association 25th Anniversary Exhibit

  • What: Art Focus is commemorating its Silver Anniversary by holding a silver-themed exhibit. Oils, watercolour, acrylics, mixed-media and photography are featured in this show held at the Michael Wright Gallery and in The Outlet.
  • When: Now to February 26, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)
  • Where: Michael Wright Art Gallery – #200-2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Katy Perry

  • What: Katy Perry is no stranger to the pop scene. Her album Teenage Dream gained seven Grammy nominations, and won best International Album of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards. Now she returns with her upcoming fifth album, Witness.
  • When: Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Hard-Boiled Pop-Up

  • What: You’ll find two chefs in the kitchen at this event: Deniz Tarakioglu from Cafe Medina and Brad Miller from Red Wagon Café and Bistro Wagon Rouge. This is a sit-down dinner that will be served family-style, and you should definitely bring some cash for breakfast-inspired cocktails.
  • When: Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Time:  7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: The Red Wagon Café – 2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $55; buy online

Understanding & coping with anxiety: A free public talk

  • What: Explore different types of anxiety with a purpose of better understanding ways that anxiety can affect us. The talk will also discuss coping mechanisms for anxiety, and how engaging in art, dance, and psychotherapy practices can be helpful in addressing anxiety.
  • When: Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Hillcrest Community Centre – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Whose Streets (Black History Month at VIFF Vancity Theatre)

  • What: When unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouiri, August 2014, the predominantly African American residents of the town took to the streets in protests that were seen around the world. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis were right there with them, providing us with an impassioned account of the fury and frustration, the energy and inspiration of Black Lives Matter movement.
  • When: Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Time: 6:20
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $11-$13

Duo Artists Exhibit

  • What: An art exhibit of duo artists Wallace Barber Photography & Resin Works and Tana Lynn Encaustic Works. Taste some amazing brews and view some fabulous art.
  • When: Monday, February 5 to Sunday March 4, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 8 pm
  • Where: Off The Rail Brewing Co. – 1351 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The House of Yes

  • What: The House of Yes is a stylish, independent production put on by a first-time director, Missy Cross, who also performs in the play. Described as a mashup of The Addams Family and Long Day’s Journey into Night, this black comedy will delve into a dysfunctional family’s ultimate need for love and connection.
  • When: Tuesday, February 6 to Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Studio 1393, Granville Island – #101 – 1393 Cartwright St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite; $20


  • What: Electronic dance musician Mako from Los Angeles brings the Breathe tour to Vancouver. Featuring special guests Night Lights.
  • When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Motown The Musical

Image: Joan Marcus

  • What: ​The abridged history of Motown is brought to life through this Broadway musical, featuring label icons like Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Featuring a total of 66 songs from the era, Motown is not only one man’s legacy (the musical based on founder Berry Gordy’s autobiography), but the triumph of African-American music and artists through the historic record label.
  • When: Tuesday, February 6 to Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Ticketmaster; $45-$130

Steve Newton Book Signing

  • What: Join local rock journalist and longtime Tragically Hip fan, Steve Newton as he signs copies of Gord Downie – an essential keepsake containing more than 175 color photographs and reproductions of rare memorabilia. This is the first fully illustrated, comprehensive book paying tribute to Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip.
  • When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Indigo Granville – 2505 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Romance Week at VTSL

Featured Artist Talk: Nicola Tibbetts

  • What: Join Art Rental & Sales at the Vancouver Art Gallery for an artist talk with Featured Artist Nicola Tibbetts, an artist and educator who holds a Master of Fine and Media Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
  • When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:45 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free, space is limited.

Pop-Up Comedy Jam featuring stand-up guest Jonathan Gagnon

  • What: The Fictionals presents the improv and stand-up mashup with special guest Jonathan Gagnon (Canada’s Smartest Person, The Brett Martin Show, Jonny and Carson’s Sunday Funday Talent Extravaganza).
  • When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $7 or $5 for students

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Father

  • What:  The Father follows André, an 80-year old man who was once a tap dancer, and now lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? Either way, he’s still wearing his pajamas and he can’t find his watch. He’s starting to wonder if he’s losing control.
  • When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $15

U40 Networking Social

  • What: Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce U40 Leaders of Tomorrow help motivate young and emerging professionals to come together to network, share ideas and become leaders of Langley. Come and enjoy complimentary appetizers and a business card draw for prizes.
  • When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Earls Kitchen + Bar Langley – 600 – 6339 200 Street, Langley
  • Register: Online, Free

La Poutine Week Vancouver

  • What: Perfectly timed for all the carb cravings caused by winter in Canada, the great French-Canadian classic is cause for celebration when La Poutine Week kicks off in Vancouver the first week of February.
  • Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver
  • When: Now to Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rosewood Conversations with John Wood

  • What: An evening with John Wood, founder of Room to Read, for his Canadian book launch of Purpose, Incorporated: Turning Cause Into Your Competitive Advantage.
  • When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Rosewood Hotel Georgia – 801 West Georgia, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $40-$50

Ramen Heads (VIFF Vancity Theatre)

  • What: A mouthwatering survey of culinary history, famous restaurants, and specialty ingredients, this film makes a compelling case for finding Japan’s heart through its stomach.
  • When: Play until Wednesday, February 7 (check dates/showtimes)
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $30; buy via VIFF

No Foreigners

  • What: Chinese shopping malls are in the fluorescent spotlight, in this joint collaboration between local Hong Kong Exile and Toronto’s fu-GEN Theatre. The theatre companies see malls as “racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash,” and uses multidisciplinary performance, along with both Cantonese and English, to explore what No Foreigners really means to Canadian society today.
  • When: Wednesday, February 7 to Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1985 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At The Cultch; $27

My Funny Valentine

Image: Dahlia Katz

  • What: As relevant as when it was first performed eight years ago, My Funny Valentine is back for a remount at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. Written by local playwright Dave Deveau in response to the 2008 fatal shooting of Lawrence King by a fellow classmate, the one-man show catches the community during the aftermath of the hate crime.
  • When: Wednesday, February 7 to Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Theatre Wire; $32

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Scripts and Sips: Beer Edition

  • What: Come listen to or participate in a live play reading at The Anvil Centre. Roles will be chosen from a hat of willing participants just prior to the reading. You also will be able to sip on a beverage chosen to match the play.
  • When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Admission: Free


  • What:  Lowtemp Records founder and electro-funk extraordinaire, Gramatik makes his return to Vancouver with the Re:Coil Tour.
  • When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $28.50 + s/c

Science of Cocktails 2018

  • What: This event brings together the city’s most talented bartenders and chefs who showcase the chemistry, biology, and physics behind preparing modern cocktails and cuisine. Tickets will grant attendees access to the open bar with 25+ bar stations serving unique cocktails crafted by award-winning bartenders, access to special cocktail science activities, and hands-on demos and Science World programming. Guests can also enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres prepped by local chefs.
  • When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $159 regular, $289 VIP; buy online

Flashback Film Festival

  • What: ​​Cineplex is hosting the Flashback Film Festival at select theatres across Canada, where attendees will be able to sit back with some movie theatre popcorn and enjoy their favourite flicks from the ’80s and ’90s.
  • When: ​Now to Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Time: Find showtimes here
  • Where: The Park Theatre – 3440 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $9 for single ticket, $8 each if buying more than three, $75 for full festival pass

The Rocky Mountaineer Job Fair 

  • What: The luxury train company is hiring for three teams. First of all, you can work onboard the train rolling through the breathtaking Rockies, delivering impeccable hospitality to guests. You can also work at Rocky Mountaineer’s stations located in world-class destinations, and thirdly, in the Guest Experience Contact Centre at Vancouver’s head office.
  • When: Thursday, February 8 and Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 7 pm
  • Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Shaping the Next Century: Building a strategic plan for the University of British Columbia

  • What: In his address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, UBC President Santa J. Ono will discuss UBC’s new strategic plan and what it means for the university and the community.
  • When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Park Ballroom – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $79-$158

Baby Show: a THEATRECORPS fun-draiser cabaret

  • What: A fundraiser to support new theatre company THEATRECORPS, with burlesque, music comedy and more. There will also be drinks served and a raffle basket.
  • When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Russian Hall – 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: $5

Friday, February 9, 2018

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF)

  • What: VIMFF is an annual international nine-day community festival, featuring mountain film screenings, live multimedia presentations, photography exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and other special events.
  • When: Friday, February 9 to Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • Tickets: Online

Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair

  • What: Ring in the Year of the Dog and stock up your supplies at this annual Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair. Featuring booths specializing in Chinese New Year themed decorations, traditional snacks, sweets and foods, gifts, toys, fresh flowers and plants, and more.
  • When: Friday, February 9, 2018 – Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Ndidi Onukwulu

  • What: ​British Columbian-born Ndidi Onukwulu won the Maple Blues New Artist of the Year award in 2007, and has performed her unique music around the world.
  • When: Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Sleeping Beauty Dreams

  • What: Sleeping Beauty Dreams re-imagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love and her true self. A contemporary look at this classic tale, Marionetas de la Esquina’s humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry awaken this sleeping princess as never before.
  • When: Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, pay-what-you-can, minimum $10

Family Day at Summit

  • What: Enjoy Family Day with a family baking class, bouncy castle, board games, badminton, popcorn and gym games. All ages welcome.
  • When: Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 5 pm
  • Where: Summit Community Centre – 1450 Parkway Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Dead Talks: Ideas Worth Rejecting W/Keynote Speaker Simon King

  • What: The leading non-experts in Vancouver Comedy will come together for one night of uninspiring, totally pointless and downright offensive talks. Featuring keynote speaker Simon King, plus Mark Hughes, Emma Cooper, Sam Tonning, Megan Milton and more.
  • When: Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10, or corporate plus ticket for $350


  • What: New Zealand pop singer-songwriter Kimbra is on tour to support her upcoming 2018 release Primal Heart.
  • When: Friday,  February 9, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $26.50
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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