20 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 11 to 14

Oct 7 2016, 10:34 pm

Thank you Thanksgiving for the greatest gift of all – the four-day week! We’re pretty sure it’ll race past, and soon we’ll be hitting the weekend hard again.

In the meantime, here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from a Bollywood mashup to a dream journey. You know, while you’re digesting all that turkey and all.

Tuesday, October 11

Piya Behrupiuya/Twelfth Night

  • What: A Bollywood mashup of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night by one of Mumbai’s best known theatre groups. The play will be performed in Vancouver with English subtitles to celebrate the upcoming Indian festival Diwali.
  • Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 11 to Saturday, October 22
  • Tickets: Available online or at box office, by phone at 604-251-1363, $25

Sex Work Storytellers

  • What: Learn about the intersection of gender, sex work and housing. As part of Homelessness Action Week, current and former sex workers will speak to the struggles in securing housing, while UBC researchers outline the housing crisis.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, Level 7, Special Collections – 350 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 11, from 7 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Available online or at box office, by phone at 604-251-1363, $25


  • What: This class for women only is rooted in vinyasa-based yoga. Fitness elements are incorporated into the yoga sequence in creative and challenging ways. If you’re craving a little more fire, YogaFit will get your heart racing and help build strength.
  • Where: Public Myth Kitsilano – 2005 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 11, from 6:15 to 7:15 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Groundswell Social

  • What: Local entrepreneurs, activists, and professionals, who are making real positive change, share their experiences. Call it social enterprise, changemaking, or just kicking back with a beer and a room full of curious, smart, heart-centred doers.
  • Where: Groundswell Cafe & Learning Space – 566 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 11, from 5 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10


  • What: Part of the Vancouver International Film Festival, this is the Canadian premiere of Crosscurrent, a poetic, enigmatic and achingly beautiful Chinese film about a connection between a man and a woman from a different time and space.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 11, at 1:30 pm
  • Tickets: On VIFF, $10

Wednesday, October 12

The Zombie Syndrome: Dead In The Water

  • What: A bloodthirsty, interactive Halloween adventure that blurs a lot of boundaries when it comes to theatre and performance, as zombie hunters venture both by land and sea to catch – or evade – the hordes of zombie vampires.
  • Where: Secret location on Granville Island
  • When: October 4 to October 31, multiple shows every evening, many already sold out
  • Tickets: On Tickets Tonight, $18-$27

The VSO at the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho

  • What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be putting on a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic slasher, Psycho, complete with a live orchestral score.
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 12; 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Start at $29. Click here to purchase.

Name A New Park

  • What: A new park will be debuted this week at Yukon Street and 17th Avenue, to much fanfare, including hot drinks, and cookies. More importantly, the City is asking the public to suggest a name for the new park. Parky McPark Face anyone?
  • Where: Yukon Street and West 17th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 12; 8 to 11:30 am
  • Info: On Facebook, or find out more about naming the park here.

Glass Animals

  • What: Glass Animals’ rise has gained the Oxford fourpiece band a legion of fans all over the world. The band’s debut Zaba, released on Harvest Records, has so far sold nearly half a million copies worldwide and amassed 200 million Spotify streams.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 12, doors 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At Ticketfly, $35

Easy No Recipe Dinner

  • What: This cooking class will teach you the tricks to pull off a great dinner, in no time, without recipes or fancy equipment and ingredients. Dishes cooked will include spinach and cheese crispy triangles, potato gratin, and flaky apple tart.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 12, from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $59-$69

Thursday, October 13

Hoots and Howls

A barred owl (mhgstan/Shutterstock)

A barred owl (mhgstan/Shutterstock)

  • What: Bats, beavers, coyotes, and owls… each are adapted to life in the dark, and a nighttime prowl is the best way to find them. This walk begins at dusk with a wine reception to awaken the nocturnal animal within!
  • Where: Lost Lagoon Nature House – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 13, from 6 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $5-$10

TILT! Public Pinball Tournament

  • What: Local pinball collector, All Together Now exhibition contributor and Stacked Pinball League coordinator Kyle Seller, hosts a pinball tournament for the general public. Square off against amateur opponents in a triple elimination tournament.
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 13, from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On MOV, $11-$15

Mechanical Music

  • What: The Vancouver New Music Festival kicks off on Thursday, showcasing music created with mechanical and electro-mechanical movements and sounds. Performing on opening night are Adam Basanta, Sabrina Schroeder and Lucas Abela.
  • Where: The Annex – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver,
  • When: Thursday, October 13, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Brown Paper Tickets, $15-$25

Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon

  • What: Short presentations by Vancouver’s leaders and thinkers to entertain, educate and provoke, hosted by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan. This time round, speakers include wine educator DJ Kearney and karaoke therapist Heather Watson.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 13, from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Tickets Tonight, $29.50, or on the door, $35 cash only

Small Stage

  • What: The Small Stage season, showcasing cutting edge dance on a small stage, starts this week, exploring themes of duet/solo/gender. Pop This! podcast hosts Lisa Christiansen and Andrea Warner will provide irreverent, provocative commentary.
  • Where: The Anza Club – 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 13, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $25

Friday, October 14

Disco Smile

  • What: Experience the soaring sounds of disco with top Vancouver selectors DJ D.Dee, Christa Belle, and MY!GAY!HUSBAND! Seamless mixes of rare and famed disco records will be spinning at this night of vintage dance – for one night only.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 14, from 10:30 pm to 2 am
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $8

Festival MOSAIC

  • What: A musical fusion of Middle Eastern and Western rhythms, showcasing DJBFAD, Katari Taiko Drum Group, Kiss of Africa, and the Eagle Song Dancers, alongside food, rangoli and poetry, to benefit refugee support group MOSAIC.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 14, from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $50

Big Rock Urban Brewery Tour

Photo courtesy Big Rock Brewery

Photo courtesy Big Rock Brewery

  • What: Whether you’re a craft beer newbie or a seasoned cicerone, this 30-minute tour through the brewery is a great way to learn about beer. You’ll also get a delicious tasting, including four 5 oz samples of beer.
  • Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery – 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 14, from noon to 1 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10

Cagematch Comedy

  • What: Cagematch pits the fiercest and most hilarious improvisers against each other to determine who has the best improv in the city. Three teams go head to head every Friday to win your vote and reach the next round, for a chance to win $500 cash.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 14, from 10:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $8


  • What: DreamJourneys is a cosmic multimedia experience in a full dome theatre, with geometer Ari Lazer and healing musicians Matthew Kocel and Theda Phoenix, from the exquisite cycles of the planets in the heavens, into the twisting of our own DNA.
  • Where: H.R. Macmillan Planetarium – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 14, from 6:33 to 11:33 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $33-$55