20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: November 11 and 12

Nov 10 2017, 11:43 am

Remembrance Day weekend is here, and it is filled with events you should check out, including Remembrance Day ceremonies, TEDxVancouver and more. Here are 20 things to do this weekend, Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11, 2017.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Victory Square Cenotaph

  • What: Parade, ceremony and performances to honour Remembrance Day at Victory Square.
  • When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • Time:
    • 10 am: Performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande
    • 10:10 am: Veterans, military marching units, and bands will be led to Victory Square by the Vancouver Flag Party for the cenotaph ceremony. Shortly afterward, there will be a combined performance by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.
    • 11 am: the Last Post will be sounded. Two Minutes of Silence, during which a 21-gun salute by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment will be heard from Portside Park. Lament and Rouse will follow. The Royal Canadian Air Force will conduct a fly-past moments later, weather permitting. The enduring In Flanders Fields will then be sung by the Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande and wreaths will be placed at the Cenotaph.
    • Parade: The Remembrance Day parade will begin once the ceremony finishes. Participants will march west along Hastings past the reviewing stand between Homer and Richards, turning right at Richards, east on Cordova, then south on Cambie.
  • Where: Victory Square – 200
  • Price: Free

Port Moody Remembrance Day Ceremonies & Parade

  • What: Events start with a non-denominational service at Kyle Centre. Then the parade goes around the block to Port Moody Arts Centre for a two-minute silence, act of remembrance and laying of wreaths at Port Moody Arts Centre Monument. Ceremony finishes with a 21-Gun Cannon Salute at Seymour Artillery.
  • When: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street Port Moody
  • Price: Free

Surrey Remembers

  • What: A Remembrance Day service commemorating Canadian soldiers will take place at 10:25 am. Organized by the Cloverdale Legion, the large annual event typically draws crowds wishing to pay their respects. Visitors are invited to warm up at the Surrey Archives from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm for family friendly activities, including refreshments, crafts, wartime displays and the opportunity to write postcards for war veterans.
  • When: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Where: Veterans Square – 17671 Highway 10 (56 Ave), Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Coquitlam Remembrance Day Ceremony

  • What: The Royal Canadian Legion #263 will host a traditional Remembrance Day ceremony at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph. The ceremony will start at 9:45 am at Como Lake Middle School (1121 King Albert Ave.), followed by a parade starting at 10:30 am along Winslow Avenue to the cenotaph on Veteran’s Way. The service at the cenotaph will begin at 11 am,, followed by a veteran, police and Fire/Rescue parade to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 263 (1025 Ridgeway Ave.) Grandchildren and great grandchildren are invited to march with the veterans. Lunch will be available at the Legion for a nominal fee, followed by live music and other activities.
  • When: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 9:45 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Starts at Como Lake Middle School, 1121 King Albert Avenue Coquitlam
  • Price: Free

Richmond Remembrance Day Ceremony

  • What: The City of Richmond invites the public to observe and participate in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony. Parade will start at 10:20 am, and official ceremonies at the City Hall cenotaph will begin at 10:40 am. Two minutes of silence will take place at 11 am followed by wreath-laying. All in attendance are invited to a reception in the City Hall Galleria.
  • When: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 10:20 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Richmond City Hall – 6911 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
  • Price: Free

Port Coquitlam Cenotaph Remembrance Day

  • What: Events start with a non-denominational service at Kyle Centre. Then the parade goes around the block to Port Moody Arts Centre for a two-minute silence, act of remembrance and laying of wreaths at Port Moody Arts Centre Monument. Ceremony finishes with a 21-Gun Cannon Salute at Seymour Artillery.
  • When: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 11 am to 11:30 am
  • Where: Veterans Park – 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
  • Price: Free

EAT! Vancouver

  • What: This fun food festival features the award-winning chefs from across the country leading expert workshops, culinary experiences, and top notch dinners all in support of Project CHEF, a charity aimed at teaching young students about healthy food.
  • When: November 6 to November 11
  • Where: Multiple venues in Vancouver
  • Price: Ticket prices vary depending on the event; buy online


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Halsey at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum, Los Angeles. Jaguar PS/Shutterstock

  • What: Halsey in collaboration with PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX will be performing live in Vancouver in support of her album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.
  • When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 6.30 / Show at 7.30 pm
  • Where: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: LiveNation, $29 to $79.50

The Ridiculous Darkness – Alley Theatre

Image: Wendy D

  • What: A satirical modern mashup of Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now, this German play has swept across Europe and will be having its North American premiere right here in town. Understanding ‘the other’ in a comical journey of discovery by two soldiers, the play begins on Remembrance Day and ends, fittingly, on the UN-sanctioned World Toilet Day.
  • When: November 11 to 19
  • Where: The Annex – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Theatrewire; $29-$36


  • What: National Anthem – Ronald Dario, Patrick Dodd, Kerri Donaldson, Allie Entwistle, and Geoffrey Walter – present another hilarious improv show with fun stories, and special guests.
  • When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Park Ballroom) –  791 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free – RSVP via Eventbrite

Sunday, November 12, 2017


  • What: TEDxVancouver aims to build the premiere TEDx platform that will project the unique and innovative ideas of Vancouver onto the global stage. Speakers announced so far are Joely Fisher, Wesley Williams, Michael Ableman, Cameron Herald, David McCann and Bal Arneson. Vancouver’s own Olympic bronze medalist and Canadian international soccer sensation, Karina Leblanc, will be hosting the event.
  • When: Saturday, November 12, 2017
  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse –  600 Hamilton Street
  • Satellite venues: Microsoft Vancouver, Hootsuite head office, and Vancouver Film School
  • Tickets: Via TEDxVancouver

Dark Side of the MOONS – Pink Floyd Live Band Burlesque

  • What: A psychedelic trip through the profound musical landscape of Pink Floyd in Kitty Nights burlesque fashion. Featuring acts to the entirety of Dark Side Of The Moon, plus more Pink Floyd memorable favorites.
  • When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $18

Circle Craft Christmas Market

  • What: The Christmas spirit is coming to Vancouver a little early this year, as the Circle Craft prepares for its 44th annual market. The Circle Craft Christmas Market hosts more than 300 different artisans and vendors from across Canada, and features everything from pottery to fashion to craft distilleries.
  • When: Now to Sunday November 12, 2017
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Price: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Save $2 on advance tickets when you buy online

City of Burnaby 5th Annual Wedding Show & Swap

  • What: Planning a wedding? Know someone who is planning a wedding? Swap and visit with a full range of vendors offering new and used items as well as any service you might need for that special day.
  • When: Sunday, November 12
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Riverway Clubhouse – 9001 Bill Fox Way, Burnaby
  • TicketsOnline, Free

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Winter Farmer’s Market

Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Image: Gulf of Georgia Cannery

  • What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market has products from local food producers and artisans who follow a “Make it, Bake it, Grow it, Catch it” philosophy. BC-produced vegetables, fruits, and meats are the central draw to this market, but there is also entertainment and guided tours of the heritage site (pay by donation).
  • When: November 12 and 26
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Fall Mason Beekeeping

  • What: ​Help harvest mason bee cocoons and prepare the bee house for spring.
  • When: Sunday, November 12
  • Time: 10 am to noon
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Nature House – 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
  • Price: Free

Gem and Mineral Show

  • What: The Richmond Gem and Mineral Society present a display of gems and minerals, demos and interactive games.
  • When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

Noah Gundersen

  • What: American singer-songwriter Noah Gunderson is on tour to support his latest release “White Noise”. Featuring special guest Phoebe Bridgers.
  • When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $17

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth – Firehall Arts Centre

  • What: Back in the sixties, Aboriginal kids were taken away from their families and ‘adopted’ into white households and schools. Thus followed a systematic (and state-sanctioned) obliteration of Native language and culture, coupled with themes of abuse, abandonment and identity. Written by Indigenous playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, the play was originally produced by the Firehall in the nineties and is now back for another go-around.
  • When: Now to December 2
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Firehall; $20-$33

TEDxSFU 2017


  • What: Brazilian Cultural Festival and Capoeira Batizado in partnership with the Roundhouse, featuring Aché Brasil’s awe-inspiring acrobatic dance/martial arts Capoeira, spectacular Samba dances with dazzling costumes and more.
  • When: Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Granville Island Stage – 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $50 – Tickets available via Picatic
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