14 things to do in Vancouver this week: February 8 to 14

Feb 8 2021, 3:00 pm

Please note: As recommended by BC’s provincial health officials, gatherings of any kind and unessential travel in the province is not recommended at this time. Please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask or face-covering in public indoor and retail spaces. If you are sick, please stay home. 

A new week means new things to do around Vancouver. From online events to physically distanced outdoor activities and more, here are 14 things to keep you busy this week.

Indigenous history in Colour Exhibit


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What: This solo exhibition by Luke Parnell is a powerful exploration of the relationship between Northwest Coast Indigenous oral histories, conceptual art, and traditional formline design. Indigenous History in Colour’s playful juxtapositions and bold commentary is inspired by history, pop culture, and Bill Reid. Parnell’s multidisciplinary analysis of the shifting perspectives of Northwest Coast art in modern history challenges contemporary discourse on notions of reconciliation, repatriation and representation today.
When: Exhibition runs February 3 to May 9
Where: Bill Reid Gallery — 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Arctic Voices

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What: Debuting on February 11, Arctic Voices is an 8,000-sq-ft exhibition that takes visitors on an immersive journey over the tundra and into the world’s northernmost biome. The experience will showcase the people, ecology, wildlife and way of life in the region.
 Opens February 11
Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online

A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake

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A Future for Memory

What: The exhibition commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 2011 triple disaster that saw a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown hit the eastern region of Japan. The exhibition will be an important opportunity for those of us living in Canada to consider the impact of natural disasters — as the coast of BC is at risk from potentially major earthquakes and tsunamis.
When: February 11 to September 5
Where: Museum of Anthropology — 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver
Time: 10 am to 5 pm, Closed on Monday
Tickets: Available online

Beaty Biodiversity Museum online collections tour

What: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum on the UBC campus is offering online tours of its impressive exhibits for groups during the pandemic. Discover tetrapods, marine invertebrates, the herbarium, entomology, fish, fossils and their connection to BC with an interpreter. The tours can be catered to school groups, families, or community groups. There’s a maximum of 30 people per group.
When: Choose a date through the museum’s online booking form.
Where: Online via Zoom
Time: Tours are available at 10:15 am and 12:15 pm
Admission/ Tickets: $60 per group

Inaction exhibit at the Richmond Art Gallery

What:  Inaction is a new solo show by renowned Canadian contemporary artist Brendan Fernandes. The exhibition, co-produced with the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, is RAG’s first collaboration with a U.S.-based institution. Inaction addresses violence against queer and POC bodies, as well as the potential for change
through collective action.
When: February 12 to April 3
Where: Richmond Art Gallery — 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: By donation

Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives and Collections 

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Morris Lum, Xam Yu Seafood Restaurant, Toronto, 2016

What: This exhibit at Griffin Art Projects in North Vancouver brings together an art history of Chinatowns and their communities by historical and contemporary Canadian artists.
When: Until May 1
Time: The museum is open on Saturdays from 12 to 5 pm
Admission: Free
Where: Griffen Art Projects — 1175 Welch Street North Vancouver

Check out the BC’s Black Pioneers online exhibit

What: This exhibit examines how 800 Black immigrants who were invited to settle in BC by Governor James Douglas helped establish and stabilize British colonial communities. The digital exhibit has been curated by the BC Black History Awareness Society.
Where: Online
When: Any time

Inclusive Artificial Intelligence workshop 

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What: This session from Athena Pathways is designed to help participants understand what AI is, and the unique potential it offers, while examining why it creates significant fear of change for many in our workforce. There’s also a strong emphasis on why we need people of diverse backgrounds to help shape AI strategies and solutions, to ensure a more inclusive future for everyone.
When: February 11
Time: 3 to 6 pm
Register: Online

Take an illuminated snowshoe trek on Cypress Mountain


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What: Cypress Mountain is offering a magical snowshoe experience this winter with Lights to the Lodge, an LED lights-lit trail in the Old Growth Forest. The trail is a one-kilometre, self-guided, snowshoe trek lit with LED lights that lead to one of the most popular Cypress Mountain destinations, the Hollyburn Lodge.

When: Now until the snow melts
Where: Cypress is at 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, 6000 Cypress Bowl Road
Tickets: Various rates, check the website for details

Check out a new show

Disney Plus

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What: There’s nothing but time these days, so it’s a perfect opportunity to catch up on your must-watch list. Binge away on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ — don’t forget the popcorn.

When: Any day
Time: Any time
Where: Your phone, tablet, computer, or television
Cost: $10 to $12 or a free trial

Art from the Heart 

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Art from the Heart

What: Art From The Heart is Paint night event creating memorable experiences that  encourage you to get creative,  explore a new skill and experiment through painting. This February 11th Art From The Heart brings you a special virtual Valentines Day Paint Night to help spice up your date night, celebrate Galantines day or treat your self to a solo evening of fun.
When: February 11
When: ZOOM, link provided upon ticket purchase
Tickets: Online

Try an online fitness class

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What: New year, new you. A number of local studios and businesses offer online classes, giving you the perfect opportunity to keep your body moving and your mind active in 2021.

Here is a list of several online workouts and classes to try in Vancouver while supporting local businesses.

Us – A Black Peoples Month Festival 

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Ensemble Theatre

What: A free online arts festival celebrating Black artists is happening in Vancouver this month. In celebration of Black History Month, the Ensemble Theatre Company is presenting Us: A Black Peoples Month Festival curated by Black artists Adrian Neblett and Mariam Barry.
When: January 28 to February 25, 2021, new releases on Thursdays
Where: Online via Ensemble Theatre
Tickets: Free to access through individual show pages, no tickets needed. Donations are optional

Celebrate Lunar New Year at home with delicious local eats

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What: With some tasty celebrations around the corner, we had to ask ourselves, where can we find the best Lunar New Year eats in Vancouver? Whether it’s a dine-in feast, a show-stopping take-home spread, or a delightful cocktail, all of these offerings will ensure your holiday celebration is a delicious one.
Where: Check out this list for local restaurants to support

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