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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 22 to 26

Daniel Chai Jan 21, 2018 8:00 pm 1,252

January is speeding by, so slow down and have some fun. Here is our checklist of 35 things to do from Monday, January 22 to Friday, January 26. Street Food City, Adam Sandler, and more.

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

Monday, January 22, 2018

Street Food City Vancouver 2018

  • What: The Street Food City is one of the most exciting events during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival for 2018. Get some good eats in the streets from more than 20 food trucks and cart. Partial proceeds from Street Food City’s Dine Out Vancouver specials will be donated to BC Hospitality Foundation.
  • When: Monday, January 22 to Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday, 11 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza (along Georgia Street between Hornby and Howe)
  • Admission: Free

Women in the Arts: An Open Discussion

  • What: An opportunity for female arts workers in Vancouver to network in a casual environment and have a conversation about shared and diverse experiences in the industry. Part of Femme January at The Cultch.
  • When: Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Whisky Classique 2018

  • What: Vancouver’s Whisky Festival showcases more than 150 of the delicious whiskies available in BC. Meet Brand Ambassadors from around the globe, enjoy a catered dinner, and taste whiskey samples.
  • When: Now to Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $115

Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada

  • What: Follow a mythical dragon and soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery – including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Then take off again for FlyOver Canada, an exhilarating journey from east-to-west across Canada.
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm. Rides start every 15 to 20 minutes
  • Where: FlyOver Canada – 999 Canada Place
  • Tickets: Online

Fireside Chat – Yes, and…NO! Power & Position in YVR Theatre

  • What: Awkward Stage and Carousel Theatre for Young People sits down with guest panelists for an informal, safe, and candid discussion of power and expectations of and by emerging theatre artists.
  • When: Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Festival House – 3rd Floor – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free, $5 donation would be appreciated


  • What: Two African-American brothers are set against each other when only one can come out on top. Coping with racism, gambling, and their troubled childhoods, the two brothers look for easy money in the cards to lift them out of poverty. An off-Broadway production which received the Pulitzer Prize, Topdog/Underdog is all about the life of hustle—and the people you have to climb over on your way to the top.
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Arts Club; $29-$49+

Wafia with Jaira Burns

  • What: Brisbane-based pop singer Wafia stops in Vancouver to support her latest EP release VIII.
  • When: Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm, Show 9 pm
  • Where: The Cobalt – 917 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2017 Forty under 40 Awards

  • What: After 28 years, Business in Vancouver continues to highlight the achievements of BC’s young entrepreneurs, executives and professionals by finding 40 outstanding professionals worthy of the Forty under 40 distinction. Winners are under 40 and have demonstrated excellence in business, judgment, leadership and community contribution.
  • When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Time: 6:15 to 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Ballroom – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $195-$225

Improv X Music aka Impro Allegro!

  • What: Laughter is music for the heart. Join The Fictionals when they mashup comedy and music at Cafe Deux Soleils. The evening of hi-fi hilarity features special guest musician and poet Jess Tollestrup.
  • When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5-$7 at the door

Greasy Spoon Vol. 35 with Letitia Wan of Ask For Luigi

  • What: This dinner series pairs the best chefs in the world with the legendary Save On Meats to create a monthly four-course dining experience. Chefs trade in their tweezers for tongs, creating four courses inspired by diner food. The meal is paired with cocktails made by award-winning bartenders, as well as craft beer and wine.
  • When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Save On Meats – 43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $95; buy via Eventbrite

CEO Series: YVR lifts off

  • What: YVR is now one of the fastest-growing airports in North America, welcoming millions of new passengers every year and establishing connections with key destinations all over the world. Join Craig Richmond, YVR’s President and CEO, to learn more about how YVR’s growth will support businesses and communities for years to come.
  • When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $89-$178

Vancouver Canucks versus LA Kings

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the LA Kings at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

CAG X The Foreshore – Dignity and Access

  • What: Carmen Papalia and Joulene Tse Parent will discuss issues of cultural accessibility and human rights in the city, including Tse’s ongoing research on the history of Indigenous workers on the waterfront, as well as Papalia’s projects leading up to and including his recent conceptual work Open Access.
  • When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – Strathcona Branch – Wo Soon (Mary) Lee Chan Room – 730 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Reign City Cabaret

  • What: Three sets of belly dancers, drag performers, comedy, thrilling live stunts, contortionists, burlesque, and random hilariousness, all in one show. Also featuring a live donut eating competition and a lip sync battle.
  • When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Adam Sandler

  • What: A successful actor, writer, producer and musician, Sandler’s films have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide and include box office hits such as Grown UpsJust Go With It, and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. In 2014, Sandler signed a deal with Netflix to produce and star in four original movies. The first three films, The Ridiculous 6The Do-Over and Sandy Wexler, were the most-watched movies on Netflix to date, which led to Sandler signing another deal with Netflix for four more.
  • When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available via Ticketmaster

Blind Cinema

  • What: With Blind Cinema, theatre artist, Britt Hatzius, brings a truly experimental movie-going experience to the PuSh stage. During the show, audience members will “watch” a movie blindfolded with a row of children seated behind them. The children are tasked with the job of narrating the story in whispers to the blind moviegoers. This storytelling experiment intends to flip the experience of watching a movie on its head with the audience having to depend on the children’s descriptions and their own imagination to “see” the movie.
  • When: Wednesday, January 24, Thursday, January 25, Wednesday, January 31, and Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At PuSh; $28

French Gastronomy Series: East Country Pâtés

  • What: Pâtés are easier than you think, and they are amazing to have on hand whenever you have company. Enjoy them during the class with a glass of wine, or bring them home. Take home recipes and samples​.
  • When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $65; buy via Eventbrite

Margaret Cho

  • What: Five time Emmy- and Grammy- nominated Margaret Cho takes the stage on a wildly funny night with Fresh Off the Bloat content that will have you rolling in the aisles. Part of Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, mature audiences only.
  • When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Whistler Conference Centre – 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler
  • Tickets: Online, $60-$100

Vancouver Giants versus Spokane Chiefs

  • What: Vancouver Giants face off with the Spokane Chiefs in Western Hockey League action at Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

I’m Not Here

  • What:  I’m Not Here by Irish artist, Doireann Coady, is a show about someone who is no longer here. Performed (almost) entirely solo, Doireann takes the audience on a journey through the “soundscapes of grief.” The show is a meditation on life, death, and the relentless process of mourning, presented through a series of songs, poems, anecdotes, and a duet between Doireann and her brother, who has been dead for 3,104 days. 
  • When: Wednesday, January 24 to Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At The Cultch; from $22


  • What: MEETING by Australian artists Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe is a unique dance/music performance featuring two dancers and 64 robotic percussion instruments providing the dance track. Each of the 64 robotic percussion instruments are preprogrammed to tap, chime, and click at specific intervals, while the dancers respond to the sounds with beautifully intricate, rhythmic movements.
  • When: Wednesday, January 24 to Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At PuSh; $39

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tacofino Craft Beer Dinners 2018

  • What: Tacofino is teaming up with six local craft breweries to host a monthly series of five-course Beer Dinners at their Hastings location. The inaugural event will have two seatings, and will feature Red Truck Beer Company and eats from Tacofino Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann and Head Chef James.
  • When: Last Thursday of the month from January to June 2018
  • Time: 6 and 8:30 pm
  • Where: Tacofino Hastings – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $50 per person via Eventbrite

Northern Vision, National Opportunity: Planning for the sustainable development of Canada’s North

  • What: The Northwest Territories (NWT) has all the ingredients for strong economic growth, including abundant natural resources, and significant participation and support for economic development from Indigenous-owned businesses and governments, but they can’t capitalize on these advantages without a plan. NWT Premier Bob McLeod leads a discussion on how all Canadians can join with the territorial and federal governments to create a plan for developing the north.
  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Downtown Vancouver – Location TBC
  • Register: Online, $69-$138

Quick Tings at Calabash Bistro

  • What: Quick Tings is an interactive experiential cooking event like no other. Experience the flavours, sounds, and unique atmosphere that can only be found in the Caribbean. No need to pack; however. Food, drinks, art, music and a warm environment included.
  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm to 1 am
  • Where: Calabash Bistro – 428 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $52 to $59; buy online

Lil Xan

  • What: Get betrayed with Lil Xan as he brings his Xanarchy Tour to VENUE with Steven Cannon $C for an all ages show.
  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Cosmic Nights: Beyond Our Universe

  • What: Rekindle your love of the night sky at this themed party at the planetarium, with a decidedly 19+ affair featuring local beer, wine and board games. At Cosmic Nights, take in a staple planetarium show or attend a lecture on Multiverse theory, as the Space Centre opens late for one special evening.
  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite; $20-$25

Cosplay Night – Basics of Sewing

  • What: Learn the basics of sewing during Big Pete’s first cosplay night. There will be sewing machines and materials to play around with, and the evening will end off with a general cosplay Q&A.
  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Big Pete’s Collectibles – 128 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Chalk Talk featuring Linda Edgecombe

  • What: Learn how to navigate your world with more commitment, passion and strength. Chalk Talk, presented by Self-Advocates of Semiahamoo, promises to be an engaging evening with motivational speaker Linda Edgecombe. Linda has been featured in the Wall Street Journal as an expert in “Shifting Perspectives” and has been voted one of the top 60 motivational speakers in the world.
  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Semiahmoo Society – 15306 24 Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Friday, January 26, 2018

Tyler, The Creator

  • What: Tyler, the Creator is an American rapper, record producer, and music video director. He rose to prominence as the leader and co-founder of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future. He is also the founder of Golf Wang clothing company.
  • When: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6 pm
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $47

Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse Presents JES

  • What: JES is Jane Slemon, Ellen van der Hoeven, and Susan Larkin. A tight braid of voices backed by a tapestry of instruments, the members of this musical friendship often can’t help but get themselves mixed up with one another. JES brings a diverse repertoire that includes Celtic, folk roots, and original songs.
  • When: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Gathering Place – 200-2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: $5

Joseph Keckler

  • What: Joseph Keckler is as versatile and talented a vocal artist as they come, expertly blending multiple musical styles that most wouldn’t dare put together. Moving effortlessly from lowbrow to highbrow, Keckler performs a combination of monologues, opera, pop, and torch in a one-person musical variety show that is sure to be a hit with concertgoers and music lovers.
  • When: Friday, January 26 to Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster; The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Anvil Centre & PuSh (for The Fox Cabaret shows); from $25

Gameface – Teen Board Game Night

  • What: Bring your friends or mingle with other teens during this casual board game night. Board games and snacks will be provided. For youth, grades 6 to 9.
  • When: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch – 4595 Albert St, Burnaby
  • Register: Online, Free

12th Planet

  • What: Dubstep pioneer and leader of SMOG Records, 12th Planet makes his return to Vancouver for the Sooo Sick Tour.
  • When: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

In Conversation: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

  • What: Join #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings as they sign and discuss Zenith, the first book in The Androma Saga.
  • When: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Chapters Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Passion Pit

  • What: Passion Pit’s first tour since 2016 will span new songs and fan favourites from the band’s diverse catalogue.  Joining founder/songwriter/producer Michael Angelakos in the Passion Pit live band will be Chris Hartz, Aaron Harrison Folb and Giuliano Pizzulo.
  • When: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $39.50
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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