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Well, there’s no denying it, November is really here. Soon the ski hills will be opening and before you it, Christmas will be upon us.
Meanwhile, we’re stuck with a forecast of rain and overcast skies. But fear not, we are here to help you make it through the week whatever.
So here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from sensual salsa to crazy K-Pop.
Monday, November 7
- What: This Monday only, get an intro lesson for only a $5 cover charge at Practica, a weekly night of salsa, bachata and kizomba dancing. Afterwards, DJ Roger will serve up the best beats for experienced dancers and DJ Ron will play a sensual kizomba mix.
- Where: Harbour Centre, 2nd floor – 927 Granville Street, Vancouver
- When: Monday, November 7, from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm
- Admission: $5 on the door, more info here: salsaevents.ca
- What: Meet with staff from shelter operator, the RainCity Housing and Support Society, the City of Vancouver, BC Housing, and Vancouver Coastal Health to learn more about the specific operations of the shelter at 1st and Commercial.
- Where: WISE Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
- When: Monday, November 7, from 6 to 8 pm
- Register: This event is free, but space is limited. Register in advance by emailing [email protected]
- What: Geoff Andrew, writing for Sight & Sound, describes Gimme Danger as one of the great rock documentaries of recent years. Directed by Jim Jarmusch, this “wonderfully eloquent” film examines the rise and fall of Iggy Pop and the Stooges.
- Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
- When: Monday, November 7, at 8:45 pm; more screenings on Tuesday and Thursday
- Tickets: Available at VIFF, $12 adults, $10 students
- What: This weekly comedy night lineup is different every week. Headlining this Monday is Al Val, whose act is described as an explosive mashup of spontaneity vs. well-crafted theories, born out of the oxymoronic nature of being an childish adult.
- Where: Eight and a Half – 151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
- When: Monday, November 7, from 9 to 11:30 pm
- Tickets: $5 on the door, $3.50 Postmark Brewing beers
Tuesday, November 8
- What: Finally, the US election campaign will come to an end on November 8, as US voters head to the polls. Now, you could stay home curled up on the floor, as you listen to the news and rock yourself back and forth whimpering. Or, you could drown your sorrows at the Rio, with their big screen tuned to CNN. For free. Your call.
- Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
- When: Tuesday, November 8, from 9 to 11:30 pm
- Admission: Totally free, on the door
- What: This aerobic style workout uses the principles of classical ballet to tone your entire body in a fun and unique variation to the traditional ballet class. This is not your typical ‘barre workout’ or adult ballet class; no previous experience necessary.
- Where: Public Myth Kitsilano – 2005 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
- When: Tuesday, November 8, from 6:15 to 7:15 pm
- Register: On Eventbrite, totally free
- What: Vancouver, you know you’d better watch out – because multi Grammy Award-winning Ms. Lauryn Hill is as unpredictable as she is talented, so there’s no telling what she’ll have in store for her Vancity fans.
- Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
- When: Tuesday, November 8, at 8 pm
- Tickets: On Ticketmaster from $57 to $127. All ages.
- What: Foxtrot Vineyards is bringing its wine from Okanagan Valleys’ Naramata Bench to YEW for a night of inspired dining served up by Chef Weimar Gomez. This will be an intimate evening with six Foxtrot wines paired with dishes for a four-course dinner you’ll never forget.
- Where: YEW seafood + bar – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
- When: Tuesday, November 8, from 6 to 9 pm
- Tickets: $150, via Eventbrite.
Wednesday, November 9
- What: The Vancouver Firefighter Charities are putting on their third annual Umbrella Day Campaign in support of Snacks for Kids. The team at The Flying Pig in Gastown will be hosting an event and keeping the fundraising festivities going into the evening. At this event expect hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, refreshments, and the chance to meet Vancouver Firefighters.
- Where: The Flying Pig – 102 Water Street, Vancouver
- When: Wednesday, November 9, from 6 to 10 pm
- Tickets: $75, for purchase at Flying Pig locations across Vancouver and Wild Tales in Yaletown
- What: This photography series is based around women’s alter egos, and on Wednesday, organizers will be hosting an exhibition where 12 women reveal their most guarded selves, a self that until now has been buried and kept hidden, in secret.
- Where: 1755 W 3rd Avenue, Vancouver
- When: Wednesday, November 9, from 8 to 11 pm
- Register: On Eventbrite, totally free
- What: English glam rockers The Struts had all the buzz before they even released their first album, when they opened for the Rolling Stones. Known for their lavish stage presence and magnetic appeal, this will be one show fans don’t want to miss.
- Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
- When: Wednesday, November 9 at 8 pm
- Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $25
- What: Society goes about its daily routine oblivious to the psychological, physiological, macroeconomic and technological forces at work. Are we sleepwalking? Can we wake up to what is happening and affect it? Do we even have a choice? This conference speaks about the hidden systems that affect our daily lives.
- Where: Unbounce – 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
- When: Wednesday, November 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
- Tickets: $25-$35 on Eventbrite
Thursday, November 10
- What: Vancouver’s Rykka is releasing her new LP Beatitudes, featuring hit single “Bad Boy” which has been streamed over 55,000 times on Spotify. Rykka is charged to hit the roadon a tour across Canada – including this month’s homecoming stop.
- Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
- When: Thursday, November 10 at 7 pm
- Tickets: On Ticketfly for $12
- What: This iconic play from China will be touring for a limited engagement, chronicling the 50-year rise and fall of a teahouse. Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles, this is an enduring epic drama of Chinese culture and politics.
- Where: Centre for Performing Arts – 777 Homer St, Vancouver
- When: Thursday, November 10, doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8 pm
- Tickets: From Frontline Ticket, $40-$233
- What: Chef Chris Whittaker will prepare a dinner paired with wines from the Southern Okanagan. Some of the wines being served are sold out, like the Cab-Zin Ambra, so this tasting at Forage is an incredible opportunity for wine lovers.
- Where: Forage – 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
- When: Thursday, November 10, from 6 to 9 pm
- Tickets: $118.67, via Eventbrite.
- What: Interesting Vancouver is an annual community gathering showcasing our city’s most fascinating people and the way they express their creativity through their hobbies, passions and obsessions.
- Where: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
- When: Thursday, November 10, from 6 to 10:30 pm
- Tickets: $28 on Eventbrite
Friday, November 11
- What: Lest we forget. Friday is Remembrance Day, and as usual there will be a ceremony at the cenotaph in Victory Square, the sounding of the Last Post, two minutes of silence, a 21-gun salute, a fly past by the airforce, and a parade.
- Where: Victory Square Cenotaph – 150 W Hastings St, Vancouver
- When: Friday, November 11, ceremony starts at 11:30 am
- Info: legionbcyukon.ca/remembrance-day
- What: The past year has seen Låpsley move from sixth form college student to recording Long Way Home, her debut album for XL. It is testament to her talent, and her musical and emotional maturity, as well as to the fact she is that exceedingly rare thing: a young artist who knows her own mind.
- Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
- When: Friday, November 11, doors open at 8 pm
- Tickets: $22.50 on Ticketweb
- What: Fan Expo is an intensive three-day pop-culture event that mixes sci-fi, comic, horror, anime, and gaming and features a sketching duel, over 230 local exhibitors, photo ops, cosplay, and exclusive programming.
- Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
- When: From Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13
- Tickets: $10-$199 online
- What: K-Pop boy band GOT7 is coming to Vancouver for the first time for two special fanmeets. GOT7’s members hail from South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the US, and have already had huge success in South Korea and gained recognition globally.
- Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver
- When: Friday, November 11, first show at 3 pm, second show at 8 pm
- Tickets: Available at Frontline Ticket, $95-$300, plus GST and service charge