What: The BC Provincial Yoyo Championships is hitting Burnaby, giving professionals a chance to show off their looping and inviting newbies to join the fun. There will be demonstrations of different yoyo-ing toys, contests throughout the day for beginners, amateurs, and pros, plus a big trick throwdown.
What: Hosted by Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, this stand-up mingler-style event lets guests taste wines from BC’s top wineries along with seafood-focused cuisine of Boulevard Executive Chef Alex Chen. This event includes a stand-up wine brunch mixer, with two wines from each of the seven participating wineries. The event takes place as part of the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar (at the Sutton Place Hotel) – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
What: One of PuSh Festivals’s most highly anticipated performances, dirtsong will see Australia’s Black Arm Band perform songs in 12 different languages, some of which are now extinct, with a select few episodes based on Aboriginal author Alexis Wright’s writings. This show, named for the eternal link between Indigenous people and the earth, marks its Canadian debut and promises to be a both impassioned and poignant experience.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: Australian electronic music duo Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles first gained attention in 2012 with the release of their Passion bootleg remix. The pair has played numerous shows around Australia, Asia, and North America, and they will be hitting Vancouver this weekend.
What: Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier Saint-Georges was one of the earliest musicians of the European classical tradition to have African ancestry. Known as “Le Mozart Noir,” this son of a slave overcame adversities of class, race, and prejudice to become a major musical star all over Europe. This programme includes several of his violin concertos, orchestral works by Mozart and one of Haydn’s Paris Symphonies.
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: Sequential Circus is an ongoing twice-yearly event series in Vancouver, featuring a full lineup of live-performance electronic music (live-pa) acts, with a focus on local talent and cutting-edge performance technologies.
Where: Open Studios – 252 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
What: Doll-headed portraits will once again be filling the gallery for Andrea’s fifth solo show. “Toy Baby” marks a return to a theme Andrea drew upon for her first solo show at Hot Art Wet City, while building upon the subject by adding objects used in subsequent work.
Where: HOT ART Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
What: A day of music, science, history, and art. Explore the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives with the whole family. Plus enjoy performances from the Young Shakespeareans from Bard on the Beach, VAM students, Gamelan Bike Bike, and storytelling by VPL.
Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
When: February 4 from 10 to 5 pm
Tickets: Available the day of at MOV, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre or Vancouver Maritime Museum. $5, children 5 and under free
What: This information-packed day will give you the basic tools and information you need to build on and hone your screenwriting skills. The day is part exercise and part lecture, with topics including story structure, formatting, character introduction and development and dialogue.
Where: InFocus Film School – 306 Abbott Street, Vancouver
When: February 4 from 9 am to 5 pm
Register: Online, $149 – $199. Buy 3 get 1 Free deal for upcoming courses also available
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.