10 things to do in Burnaby in January

Jan 1 2018, 1:28 am

January is here and there are many exciting events happening around Burnaby.

From art openings to game nights and more, here is our checklist of 10 things to do around the city this month.

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

Sylvia Tait: Journey – Opening Reception

  • What: The latest exhibit by renowned Canadian painter and printmaker Sylvia Tait.
  • When: Now to Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

The Brain on Drugs: An Inside Look at Opioid Addiction

  • What: Many countries around the world are currently battling an opioid epidemic and knowing the science behind addictions is one way to help you and your community mitigate harm. This talk by Dr. Deyar Asmaro in partnership with Capilano Universit will introduce biological and pharmacological concepts that are relevant to understanding addiction behaviour.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:45 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Branch – 6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
  • Register: Online, Free

Molly Lamb Bobak: Talk of the Town and Julie McIntyre: Travel Stories

  • What: The opening reception of Molly Lamb Bobak: Talk of the Town and Julie McIntyre: Travel Stories at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Exhibition runs until April 8.
  • When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Coast Salish Stories and Beading Demo

  • What: First Nations educator Kwantlen Elder Helen Carr presents Coast Salish stories and a beading demo at Deer Lake Gallery. Experience and learn about the local Coast Salish culture and history through activities and presentation.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 2 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Nest Box Program

  • What: ​​Help service more than 200 nest boxes that provide homes for wood ducks, flying squirrels, swallows and chickadees. Presented by Burnaby Lake Park Association.
  • When: ​Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • Admission: Free

Gameface – Teen Board Game Night


Board games (Fotyma /Shutterstock)

  • 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

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

Speaking With Spirits – A Writing Workshop

  • What: In Speaking with Spirits, participants will look to ancestors, plants and the land for guidance and inspiration. Workshop participants will be offered collaborative and multidisciplinary writing exercises to reflect upon the stories they carry with them each day, ones that have come before them, and those still to come. Led by Jeff Tanaka. 
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Tatami Room – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, By Donation

Flea Market


Antiques (InnaFelker/Shutterstock)

  • What: ​More than 50 tables of pre-loved items are on display to comb through. Clean out your cupboards or find yourself a great bargain.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Confederation Community Centre – 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free for buyers

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
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