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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: February 19 to 23

Daniel Chai Feb 19, 2018 5:28 am 1,096

Brand new week means new events to check out in Vancouver. Here is our list of 35 things to do from Monday, February 19 to Friday, February 23. Vancouver Canucks, WWE, Winter Jazz and more.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

12 Girls Band – Chinese New Year Celebration

  • What: The 12 Girls Band is an internationally-renowned phenomenon, having presented more than 2,600 performances around the world. Retaining the rich colour of Chinese music while working with various musical styles, the 12 Girls Band was the first Chinese music group to be nominated for a Grammy Award.
  • When: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

“A Ribbon Around a Bomb”: Frida Kahlo’s Universal Appeal

  • What: Frida Kahlo’s popularity continues to grow more than 60 years after her death. Why is there Frida-mania? How did a Mexican Communist woman artist become a symbol of transgression and courage for so many people in completely different socio-political circumstances? Who and what inspired her? Frida Kahlo’s work (and myth) will be examined along with many of her extraordinary paintings.
  • When: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Ferry Building Gallery – 1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Ladies Wrench Night

  • What: A night of learning and meeting fellow members of Vancouver Motorcycle Co-Op. Get riding season ready, meet new friends, and make future plans.
  • When: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Motorcycle Co-Op – Unit #2 – 1126 Franklin Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Norman Nawrocki: New Dramatic Readings

  • What: Montreal author, actor and violinist Norman Nawrocki will give dramatic readings of his newest short plays & fiction, accompanying himself on looped violin. Nawrocki is the author of 14 books of poetry, fiction and a novel. He teaches about community-engaged theatre at Concordia University, and is co-artistic director of the Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival.
  • When: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Time:  7 pm
  • Where: Spartacus Books – 3378 Findlay Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

#LinkedInLocal Vancouver Meetup

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  • What: A non-profit event all about taking LinkedIn connections ‘offline’ to form meaningful relationships that create opportunity & innovation. Featuring panel discussions, speakers, networking and more.
  • When: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Café littéraire / Francophone Book Club

  • What: If you appreciate literature and would like to engage in discussions about it in French, join in the monthly Francophone book club at Le Centre. Themes, genres, movements, specific books and authors will all be discussed, guided by Jerome Baco. Reading the book is not mandatory; excerpts will be available at Le Centre.
  • When: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver – 1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Cosplay Corner

  • What: Work on your props, embellishments or even full wardrobe pieces of your current cosplay. Share your skills and learn together to take your cosplay to the next level.
  • When: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 3 pm
  • Where: Geek Crossing – #105- 20285 Stewart Crescent, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


  • What: Producer and singer Rostam, formerly of Vampire Weekend, plays Vancouver in support of his debut, Half-Light. Featuring guest Joy Again.
  • When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Vancouver Canucks versus Colorado Avalanche

Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with Colorado Avalance at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Thrive Series: 3 major employment risks your business doesn’t know about and how to manage them.

  • What: This presentation will introduce you to three often-overlooked employment liabilities: unpredictable court severance awards, hidden employment standards liabilities, and the perils of “misclassifying” contractors.
  • When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Time: 7 am
  • Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, Tuscany Ballroom – 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$50


Chutzpah! Festival & The Norman Rothstein Theatre/Facebook

  • What: Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists.
  • When: Now to Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Available online

Bike Club Free Teen Drop-in

  • What: Bike Club is a free drop-in bicycle mechanics program based out of Kickstand Community Bike Shop for people aged 12 to 19 years old. Teens can get free support servicing their bicycles, volunteer in exchange for a bike if they do not yet have one, learn bike mechanics skills and hang out in a supportive community atmosphere.
  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: Kickstand – 1739 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Fuggles & Warlock Brewmaster’s Dinner

  • What: Fuggles & Warlock and Craft Beer Market team up for a Brewmaster’s Dinner. Ticket includes a welcome beer, plus four courses each paired with F&W beer.
  • When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $60

Rise Above Plastics

  • What: Learn about the life-cycle of plastic and its implications to the ecosystem and human health. Attendees will also learn about The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and hear about how The Ocean Legacy Foundation has teamed up with LUSH to turn plastic pollution into recycled packaging and many other options.
  • When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BC Home + Garden Show

HGTV stars of Backyard Builds, Sarah Keenleyside and Brian McCourt

  • What: ​​Find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodelling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof.
  • When: ​Wednesday, February 21 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $16 adult, free admission for children ages 12 and younger.

Improv Against Humanity: Cupid’s Revenge

  • What: Looking for love in a horrible place? Join The Fictionals for a Valentine’s edition of Improv Against Humanity. Featuring CAH comedy, audience tournament and chocolatey prizes, and more. Who will be the first Most Horrible Person in Vancouver of 2018?
  • When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway , Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12


  • What: This hit musical is a rock concert, back kitchen party, and love poem that will move, shake, and wake you. An Arts Club Theatre Company production.
  • When: Wednesday, February 21 to Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $29-$49

Metamorphosis Butoh

  • What: Choreographed by Argentinian artist Gustavo Collini-Sartor, Metamorphosis Butoh explores the spirit of death and rebirth, a recurring theme in the Japanese aesthetic of Butoh. Inspired by the work of Kazuo Ohno, co-founder of Butoh, this dance stems from the premise that transformation is essential to the continuum of life and personal growth.
  • When: Wednesday, February 21 to Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $33-$36. $15 opening night

Pizza Palooza

  • What: At the 3rd annual Pizza Palooza you’ll get the chance to taste many types of pizza from Neapolitan to Roman to NY style, South Indian, Lebanese and more. Each participating restaurant will be serving up grub for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.
  • When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: Multiple restaurants in Vancouver
  • Price: $35 to $60; buy online

Romeo + Juliet – Ballet BC

Ballet BC

Romeo and Juliet/IMDb

  • What: It won’t be cupid’s month without Romeo + Juliet, but here’s a fresh retelling by French cheoreographer Medhi Walerski. The press release states: “Reflecting on the divisions that persist in today’s world…[Romeo + Juliet] will offer a thought-provoking contemporary take of the classic that profoundly resonates today.”
  • When: Wednesday, February 21 to Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Ticketmaster; $35-$100

Rainbow Mixer 2018

  • What: Catfé is hosting a Rainbow Mixer speed dating event for LGBTQ+ folks, featuring ice-breaking games and cuddling with cats. Proceeds raised from the event will go towards the BCSPCA through the National Cupcake Day drive initiative.
  • When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm to 9 pm
  • Where: Catfé – Unit #2035 International Village Mall – 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $15; email [email protected] for reservations

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Whose Live Anyway?

  • What: Whose Live Anyway? features Ryan Stiles along with fellow comics Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray. Together, they perform many of the hilarious games made famous on their Emmy-nominated TV series, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which aired from 1998 to 2004 and returned to the airwaves in 2013.
  • When: Thursday, February 22 to Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam (Thursday and Friday), River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond (Saturday)
  • Tickets: Online, $54.50

Lunch & Learn With Scott Friesen And Simpletivity

  • What: Through real-world examples and a healthy dose of humour, Scott Friesen will teach how to optimize to-do lists and organize schedules for maximum clarity.
  • When: Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 1:30 pm
  • Where: West Coast Seeds Ltd – Office and Warehouse (Yellow House) – 5300 34B Avenue, Delta
  • Register: Online, $10-$15

Ninth Floor

  • What: Ninth Floor tells the story of how a peaceful student protest against Professor Perry Anderson’s allegedly racist behaviour escalated into the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969. Told through interviews with survivors and newsreel footage and audio recordings. Filmmaker Selwyn Jacobs will be available after the film for a moderated Q&A.
  • When: Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tacofino X Tofino Brewing Company Dinner

Tacofino Dinner Series

Tacofino offerings (Photo: Amy Ho)

  • What: Vancouver’s favourite family of taco restaurants is teaming up with six local craft breweries to host a monthly series of five-course Beer Dinners at their Hastings location
  • When: ​Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Tacofino Hastings – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50

Immortality (Javdanegi)

  • What: Impressively shot in a single continuous take, Iranian writer-director Mehdi Fard Ghaderi’s first feature spins a tale of six different families on a long train journey through a rainy night.
  • When: Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$12

The Death and Life of the Single-Family House

  • What: Nathanael Lauster, Professor of Sociology at UBC, has studied the city’s dramatic transformation to curb sprawl. He tracks the history of housing and interviews residents about the cultural importance of the house as well as the urban problems it once appeared to solve. 
  • When: Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Emily Heller

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(Emily Heller / Facebook)

  • What: Fast rising stand-up Emily Heller (Baby Geniuses, Conan, @midnight) performs five shows at the Comedy Mix.
  • When: Thursday, February 22 to Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: the Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Friday, February 23, 2018

Small Business BC Awards Gala

  • What: Small businesses are acknowledged for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their community and the BC economy. Join more than 600 small business owners, supporters, providers and government officials, for a night of networking and celebration.
  • When: Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 11 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Tickets: Online, $109


  • What: Dutch DJ and record producer Headhunterz has performed at electronic music festivals all over the world, including Electric Daisy Carnival and Tomorrowland.
  • When: Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45.48

Winter Jazz: A Cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder

VAncouver jazz festival series

Jazz music horn ( Ezume Images / Shutterstock)

  • What: The short but sweet series will feature a total of seven local and international groups, including Scandinavian jazz quintet Atomic, Juno-nominated bassist Jodi Proznick, singer/songwriter Marin Patenaude, roots rockers, The Sumner Brothers, vocalist Alicia Hansen, Thelonious Monk-inspired jazzers Monk’s Music, and indie fave Jasper Sloan Yip.
  • When: Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
  • Time: Showtimes vary, see website for details
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Giants versus Everett Silvertips

  • What: Vancouver Giants take on Everett Silvertips in Western Hockey League action at Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania

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Image: WWE / Twitter

  • What: WWE Superstars take over Rogers Arena on the Road to WrestleMania. This will be your chance to see your favourite WWE RAW Superstars live, including Braun Strowman, Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Alexa Bliss, Kane, Matt Hardy, Sasha Banks and many more.
  • When: Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Notice Me! Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic

  • What: Comedy Open Mic hosted by Alex Biron. All experience levels welcome.
  • When: Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Time: Sign-up 8 pm, show at 9 pm
  • Where: Kings Cafe – 2223 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: By donation, with free cover for comics

Carnaval 2018

  • What: Celebrate Brazilian culture, dance to live bands and DJs, and enjoy caipirinhas at the expanded Carnaval 2018.
  • When: Friday,  February 23, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Croatian Culture Center – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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