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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 29 to February 2

Daniel Chai Jan 28, 2018 8:00 pm 1,642

The last week of January is here. Make the most of it with our 35 things to do from Monday, January 29 to Friday, February 2. Ricky Gervais, Murakami’s Birthday Bash After Party, and more.

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

Ricky Gervais Humanity Tour

  • What: Perhaps best known as the creator and star of The OfficeExtras, and Derek, Ricky Gervais has had a busy couple of years with an international theatrical and DVD release, alongside an exclusive partnership with Netflix USA, for mockumentary comedy feature film David Brent: Life On The Road. Last year, Special Correspondents, which Gervais wrote, directed and starred in, was launched on Netflix worldwide, and Gervais also hosted the Golden Globes for a 4th time.
  • When: Monday, January 29 and Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $65.50- $79.50 via Live Nation.

Italian Hot Chocolate and Cookies Workshop

  • What: This workshop will cover how to make Italian hot chocolate as well as cookies that are traditionally paired with it. Participants will get a taste of classic Italian hot chocolate and learn a few new ways to spice it up, as well as learn how to make cookies from scratch using a traditional Italian recipe.
  • When: Monday, January 29, 2018
  • Times: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $35; buy online

Vancouver Women In Tech Regatta

  • What: The Regatta is a curated collection of events, workshops and conversations designed to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, resources and to the power of community.
  • When: Monday, January 29 to Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • Tickets: Online, $127.50-$150

Into The Arctic Exhibition

  • What: An exhibit that encompasses more than 50 Arctic oil paintings and three films from artist Cory Trepanier’s four Arctic expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Canadian North. Due to its extensive scope, the VMM has partnered with Vancouver Civic Theatres for an additional exhibit at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • When: Now to Sunday, March 18, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$13.50. Children 5 and under free with accompanying adult. Maximum of two free children.

Old Crow Comedy Sho v6

  • What: Jane Stanton headlines Old Crow Comedy Sho, with Kody Audette, Ed Hill, Rachel Schaefer Tanner McCoolman and more on the bill. Hosted by Megan Milton.
  • When: Monday, January 29, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Old Crow Coffee Co. – 655 Front Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: $5

Art Exhibition: Flowers Unlimited and Echoes in the Midst

  • What: Britannia Art Gallery presents two new exhibits in January: Flowers Unlimited, paintings and clay art by Amy Lee, and Echoes in the Midst, a mixed media collection by Donna Lynn Ross.
  • When: Now to Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library–Britania Branch – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Manology: #MeToo All-Gender evening

  • What: Manology is an ongoing course for men of all stages, viewpoints, orientations, and ethnicities. It is for men who are interested in looking at how ideas about what a man is and isn’t shape and influence all areas of life. Manology invites women and all-genders/non-genders to join the circle to reflect on the #MeToo movement. Facilitated by Julie Peters and David Hatfield.
  • When: Monday, January 29, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $15

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Vancouver Canucks vs Colorado Avalanche

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver Fringe Festival Lottery Party

  • What: Vancouver Fringe Festival programs the 2018 Mainstage Festival lineup by drawing shows out of a hat. Hosted by Vixn, featuring an artist mix and mingle and more.
  • When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Jazz Jam

  • What: ​Hosted by Cory Weeds, the Jazz Jam features a stellar lineup of local jazz musicians in an improvised evening of music. Bring your instrument to jam, as the event is open to musicians of all ages and abilities. Jazz Jam is a licensed event.
  • When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

2018 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo

  • What: A tradeshow which will give attendees the opportunity to speak face-to-face with experts from more than 50 support programs who provide valuable resources to small businesses. In addition to the tradeshow portion of the Expo, attendees will have the chance to attend four free educational panel sessions created for current and prospective small business owners.
  • When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free


  • What: Through her first three records, Lights built an incredibly passionate fan base, selling out tours around the world, earning 100 million in US streams, more than 200,000 in US album sales, two JUNO Awards, and three Gold album certifications. Lights has played numerous festivals including Coachella, and toured with OneRepublic, Tegan & Sara, Paramore, Kaskade, PVRIS and many others. She will embark on her worldwide headlining tour in 2018.
  • When: Tuesday, January 30 and Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver,
  • Tickets: Online, $40.50

New Generations

  • What: Trinity Western University’s festival of emerging talent where students direct and perform scripts written by other students. Featuring Fight or Flight by Joelle Wyminga and directed by Cheyanne Makelki, Mr. Big by Emmett Hanly and directed by Corben Dunn, and Hugo’s Haunting by Trevor McMahan and directed by Mikayla Wust.
  • When: Tuesday, January 30 to Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Trinity Western University, Freedom Hall, Robert N. Thompson Building – 7600 Glover Road, Langley
  • Tickets: Online, $7.50

The Wombats

  • What: Liverpool’s The Wombats stop in Vancouver in advance of the release of their fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. Featuring special guests future feats and Nations Of Language.
  • When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


  • What: Set in the Republic of Congo during the brutal civil war, Ruined follows the plight of women in a small mining town. Mama Nadi runs a bar and pimps out her waitresses, playing both sides of the conflict to keep the war out of her business. This Pulitzer-winning drama asks some hard questions on what people do for survival.
  • When: Now to Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Pacific; $38.35

Women’s Maker Meet Up

  • What: Whether you are a seasoned maker or someone who has only made things in your head and have been too nervous to give it a go in real life, head to the Women’s Maker Meet Up to meet other makers and dreamers. This event is for cis and trans women and those who are gender non-binary, gender-fluid and femme-identified.
  • When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: MakerLabs – 780 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants versus Calgary Hitmen

  • What: Vancouver Giants take on the Calgary Hitmen in Western Hockey League action at Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

Gallery Sessions with George T Montebruno

  • What: George T Montebruno from 2Days&Counting performs live at The Gallery at Queen’s Park.
  • When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: The Gallery at Queen’s Park
  • Tickets: Pay what you can

Unconscious Bias Series: Leading Inclusively to Drive Employee Behaviour

  • What: How exactly does an organization’s desire to be diverse and inclusive become part of its culture? Find out at the Women’s Leadership Circle’s Unconscious Bias series. The featured panel of leaders are recognized within Greater Vancouver’s business community for their culture, diversity and inclusiveness initiatives.
  • When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Time: 7 am
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $49-$79

Foxconn Frequency (No. 3): For Three Visibly Chinese Performers

  • What: Three performers, part of the up-and-coming Hong Kong Exile crew from Vancouver, work with seven video outputs, five speakers, piano keyboards, and 3D printers in a one-of-a-kind multimedia piano concert.
  • When: Wednesday, January 31 to Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At PuSh; $39

Two Feet

  • What: Rising vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Two Feet brings his first ever headlining North American tour to Fortune Sound Club, with guests to be announced.
  • When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $18

Thursday, February 1, 2018


  • What: Perhaps unknown to some, Antonio Sánchez, composed the film score for the 2015 Oscar-winning movie, Birdman, and he is coming all the way to Vancouver to give us a taste of his musical genius in person. Birdman: Live offers a rare opportunity to watch the critically acclaimed film, starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Edward Norton, with Sánchez playing live percussions on stage. 
  • When: Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Ticketfly; from $36

Night Shift: Untamed

  • What: Indigenous burlesque comes to Museum of Anthropology with a live show by Virago Nation and DJ Kookum. Enjoy an evening of humour, seduction and striptease at Night Shift.
  • When: Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

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: Thursday, February 1 to Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Vancouver Canucks vs Chicago Blackhawks

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Dine Out Vancouver 2018

  • What: Dine Out Vancouver is back for another year, bringing with it a crowded calendar of food events, with almost 300 restaurants participating in this year’s exciting event. The popular annual fest features hundreds of restaurants, each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages).
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Where: Various locations throughout the city
  • Tickets: $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages)

Sleeping Beauty Dreams

  • What: A contemporary look at this classic tale, Marionetas de la Esquina’s humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry awaken this sleeping princess as never before. An international collaboration between Presentation House Theatre and Marionetas de la Esquina (Mexico City).
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Presentation House Theatre — 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

A Delicate Balance – Exhibit Opening

  • What: Local illustrator Aaron Wolf brings a new suite of work to the walls of Kafka’s for his exhibit, A Delicate Balance.
  • When: Friday, February 1, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Kafka’s Coffee and Tea – 2525 Main Street, Vancouver,
  • Admission: Free

Friday, February 2, 2018

Murakami’s Birthday Bash After Party

  • What: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Canada’s first-ever retrospective of international art icon, Takashi Murakami. The collection is set to feature more than 55 works of art, from Murakami’s earliest paintings to his recent large-scale projects, including a newly-created five-metre-tall sculpture, as well as two multi-panel paintings created especially for the Vancouver exhibition. To celebrate the opening of Murakami’s first retrospective in the country, and also the artist’s birthday, the Vancouver Art Gallery will be hosting a Birthday Bash for the artist.
  • When: Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $350 – Available via Vancouver Art Gallery


  • What: In one of the most experimental shows at PuSh this year, artist Annie Dorsen puts together a participatory event inspired by karaoke and famous historical speeches. Instead of singing popular songs, participants will get to perform classic speeches made by the likes of Ronald Reagan and Socrates.
  • When: Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At PuSh; $25

Our Mortal Coil

  • What: Distress Signal is a sketch comedy troupe made up of published writers, professional actors, dexterous artists, and disgruntled philosophers. Our Mortal Coil is the troupe’s debut show.
  • When: Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: 7 and 9 pm
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Neüterhead: Ace Of Spays

  • What: Neüterhead: Ace of Spays is a registered non-profit organization that uses rock ‘n’ roll to raise funds to help responsible pet rescue groups cover the costs of spaying and neutering. The fourth annual fundraiser features members of 3 Inches Of Blood, Bison, and more.
  • When: Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10 at Long Live Cats and Dogs, $15 at the door

Uh Oh! A YTV Burlesque Show

  • What: The Geekenders presents a live burlesque tribute to the ’90s era of YTV. Featuring host Scott Yaphe aka Wink Yahoo.
  • When: Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Hot Chocolate Festival

  • What: Back for another year, chocoholics will love this cocoa-fuelled festival, which features an unbelievable array of exotic and specialty hot chocolates. You have 22 days to try all 35 of the participating ‘chocstars’ at this year’s fest, all of which are local purveyors.
  • Where: Multiple venues around Vancouver
  • When: Now to Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 Branscombe House Artist Residency Launch

  • What: Alaska’s Portugal, The Man stop in Vancouver in support of their album Woodstock. Featuring special guests Hollerado.
  • When: Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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