28 things to do in Vancouver this week: November 14 to 17

Nov 13 2017, 3:23 am

November rolls on with our checklist of 28 things to do from Tuesday, November 14 to Friday, November 17. Jersey Boys, Eastside Culture Crawl, and more to experience.

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

Tuesday, November 14

Jersey Boys – Broadway Across Canada

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  • What: Before boy bands were a thing, there was Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The original heartthrobs from Jersey are at the core of this award-winning musical, bringing their classic radio hits to a whole new generation. Get ready for some magical harmonies and off-stage drama with this timeless hit about crooners from the wrong side of the tracks.
  • When: November 14 to 19, 2017
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Ticketmaster; $30.50-$120

Hamilton Leithauser with Courtney Marie Andrews

  • What: American singer-songwriter and musician Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) is on tour to support his latest solo release (with Rostam), “I Had A Dream That You Were Mine”. With guest Courtney Marie Andrews.
  • When: Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Online, $25

The pasta making series: Tortelloni

  • What: Italian-cooking expert Costanza will teach you the timeless techniques of incorporating egg into flour and working the dough into a tasty tortelloni. Knead your very own egg pasta, cut it, fill it with a delicious filling, and finish the night with a small tasting of the pasta with a simple sauce.
  • When: Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: IL CENTRO Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50-$55

SongBird North: Where Writers Sing & Tell 

  • What: Host Shari Ulrich shares the Roundhouse stage with Colleen Eccleston, Keenan Lawlor, and Chris Ronald. Audiences can expect a warm, unplugged vibe, varied and inspiring performances, great stories, and superlative songwriting.
  • When: Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $18

3rd Annual Fundraiser Benefiting Search and Rescue

  • What: Run Wild Vancouver’s 3rd annual fundraiser benefiting BC Search and Rescue. Featuring live music, door prizes and the chance to bid on some great items in the silent auction. Proceeds will be donated to SAR around the Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Corridor.
  • When: Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Two Lions Public House – #500 2601 Westview Drive, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Visual Art Forum: artist talk with Barry Doupé

Visual Art Forums at ECUAD‎

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  • What: An artist talk with Barry Doupé, Emily Carr University of Art + Design alumnus and current outdoor screen exhibiting artist. Following the launch of his work “Object Poems”, commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program for the outdoor screen at ECUAD , Barry Doupé will be discussing the undertaking of this major work and presenting other recent projects.
  • When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Emily Carr University of Art + Design – 520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Songstage with Ivan Boudreau – A Special Evening of Song

  • What: Canadian musician and songwriter, Ivan Boudreau, hosts the evening with special guest songwriters followed by an open mic showcase for writers of original music. Songstage is presented with The Songwriters Association of Canada.
  • When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: The ACT Arts Centre – 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
  • Tickets: Online

Wednesday, November 15

Vancouver Giants vs Red Deer Rebels

  • What: Vancouver Giants face off with Red Deer Rebels in Western Hockey League action at the Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

Musical Mornings: Classical, Cuban, Creative – Clarinet

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  • What: Musical Mornings is a series of salon-style concerts hosted by internationally acclaimed and celebrated pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann. They are joined by Clarinet wizard and verstaile improvisor Francois Houle for an enticing exploration of the sonic world of the clarinet. On the programme will be works by Saint Saens, Bernstein and Cuban composer and jazz-great, Paquito d’Rivera.
  • When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 10 am
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$22

Ancora Champagne Dinner

  • What: Ancora will be hosting an intimate long table Champagne dinner on November 15. This feast will feature a selection of Champagnes by renowned Champagne House Lanson that Ancora’s sommelier team will pair with the restaurant’s signature Peruvian-Japanese dishes crafted by Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde and Sushi Chef Yoshihiro Tabo.
  • When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Ancora Waterfront Dining – 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Price:$195; buy online or call 604-681-1164

The Fictionals’ Sexy Seventh Anniversary!


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  • What: The Fictionals are celebrating their Sexy Seventh Anniversary during Improv Against Humanity at The Rio Theatre, and you’re invited to the party. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake, win sweet prizes, and help crown the latest Most Horrible Person of Vancouver.
  • When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Jessica and Cody from Big Brother at The Pint

  • What: The Pint is bringing Jessica and Cody from Big Brother Season 19 for a Meet ‘n Gree where you can even take a selfie with the duo. Email [email protected] for reservations
  • When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: The Pint – 455 Abbott Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free


  • What: Lisa and Naomi Diaz are the daughters of the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba.
  • When: 
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 867 Granville Street,
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Celluloid Social Club 20 Year Anniversary Screening & Party

  • What: Celluloid Social Club celebrates 20 years of the best in independent provocative short films. Featuring a Q&A with filmmakers, networking, prizes and socializing.
  • When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The ANZA Club – #3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission/Membership: Pay What You Can sliding scale – $5-$10 at the door 

Thursday, November 16

Eastside Culture Crawl

Image: Lee Roberts

  • What: In this long-running Eastside tradition, 500+ artists will welcome 30,000 visitors to their studios over the course of four days. Stretching across 80 different buildings around East Vancouver, the bustling festival environment is a great way to discover new local artists in the hood.
  • When: November 16 to 19
  • Where: Various Locations in East Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Wilderness – Studio 58

  • What: Six teens are sent off for ‘rehabilitation’ at a remote therapy camp in the great outdoors. In every teen’s worst cellphone blackout nightmare, Wilderness is all about connection—or the struggle to connect—between parents and their kids. Each story deals with the universal pressures of growing up in modern society, including mental health, addition, gender, and sexual identity.
  • When: November 16 to December 3
  • Where: Studio 58, Langara College – 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Tickets Tonight; $14.50-$25

Ilana Glazer & Phoebe Robinson – YQY Tour

  • What: Ilana Glazer (Comedy Central’s Broad City) and Phoebe Robinson (WNYC’s 2 Dope Queens) are teaming up for their 11-city stand-up tour called YQY (aka Yaaas Queen Yaaas).
  • When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Lights of Hope 2017 Fireworks & Display Launch

  • What: An annual tradition at the main entrance of St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver will be particularly special this upcoming Christmas season as it will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Lights of Hope fundraising campaign generates millions of dollars each year for the hospital’s most immediate patient care and equipment needs. Every year, the hospital invites the community to gather outside the hospital for an event that celebrates the campaign’s achievements, featuring fireworks and the launch of the iconic lighting display.
  • When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: St. Paul’s Hospital Burrard entrance – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Dinner by Design Vancouver

  • What: Designers and guests mingle during this dazzling display of amazing tablescapes, while sampling gourmet treats paired with craft cocktails, wine, and beer. Get lost in an environment full of startling surprises and innovative creations. Re-imagine the traditional and witness the possibilities for the forward thinkers. Each ticket includes a complimentary welcome drink, canapés designed by some of Vancouver’s finest chefs, and live entertainment.
  • When: Thursday. November 16, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Price: $75 per person; buy online

Satellites – Solo Collective Theatre

Image: Emily Cooper

  • What: In a direct reflection of the times, Satellites touches our tangible anxieties about local housing and real estate. Abound with cheating realtors, housing activists, and teenagers living in monster mansions, the play examines the disappearing soul of our city, and the loneliness of the people living within it.
  • When: November 16 to 26
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Ticketwire; $28

Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival

  • What: Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival features four days of excitement in the city, with a Gala, Cocktail Night, Film Previews, Talk with Celebrities, Workshops and Awards Night.
  • When: November 16 to 19, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Friday, November 17

Eastside Flea Holiday Markets

  • What: This flea market is more like a party because it has a DJ, beer, and a delicious selection of hot eats from a variety of food trucks. Check out the 50-plus vendors offering plants, collectibles, handmade items, and vintage clothing.
  • When: Every weekend starting Friday, November 17 and ending Sunday, December 17
  • Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $3 admission, $5 for a weekend pass

Giraffage with Sweater Beats

  • What: San Francisco-based producer Giraffage (Charlie Yin) has released numerous remixes of various pop and R&B tracks, amd produced two full-length studio albums: Comfort in 2011 and Needs in 2013. His debut full length album, Too Real, was released on October 20, 2017
  • When: Friday, November 17, 2017
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Just For Laughs presents The Alternative Comedy Tour

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  • What: Just For Laughs presents The Alternative Comedy Tour with headliner TJ Miller (Silicon ValleyDeadpool). Also on the bill are Rhys Darby (Flight of the ConchordsWrecked), and host Nick Vatterott (one of Vulture’s “50 Comedians You Should Know”),
  • When: Friday, November 17, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver (November 17)
  • Tickets: Online, $45.50

Sink or Swim by Beverley Elliot

  • What: Sink or Swim is an evening of songs and stories from actor and singer Beverley Elliot (Granny on Once Upon A Time). Elliott navigates the uncharted waters, big adventures, betrayals, and epiphanies that shape us all into the adults we become, and answers life’s big questions like “Why did I eat the fish food?”
  • When: Now to November 25, 2017
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $29

2017 WE FOR SHE Forum

  • What: The 2017 WE FOR SHE Forum will be one of North America’s largest gatherings of women’s organizations, companies, experts, business leaders, advocates and young women. Now in its fourth year, this year’s forum will build on the WE FOR SHE Call to Action plan as well as focus on the top issues facing gender equity. This event will also mark the release of #Canada150Women book featuring remarkable Canadians from across the country.
  • When: Friday, November 17, 2017
  • Time: 8 am
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – EAST – Ballrooms A & B – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $125-$299

Barenaked Ladies

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Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies (Paul McKinnon/Shutterstock)

  • What: The Fake Nudes Canadian Tour is to promote the Barenaked Ladies 15th studio album, Fake Nudes, which will be released on November 17. On the same day as the album release, the band will be starting off their Fake Nudes tour in Vancouver for two shows at the Commodore Ballroom.
  • When: Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom—868 Granville Street
  • Tickets: $65, available at livenation.com


  • What: Theatrical innovator Evalyn Parry takes her audience on a unique theatrical and musical journey in SPIN, her tribute to the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent for social change. Spinning a web of stories that travel from 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st Century consumer culture, SPIN is inspired by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry – the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1895.
  • When: Now to November 18, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Price: Online, $15-$36
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