What: Vancouver’s Matthew Good is taking his latest album on the road, and he’s coming home for two shows. With the release Matthew Good’s EP titled I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight he will embark on a 28 date Canadian tour, in which he will perform Beautiful Midnight in its entirety.
What: Granville Island’s Winterruption Festival returns with lots of free events in the mix this year, including a look behind the scenes of theatre magic, a groove-heavy performance from the Robin Layne Band, and a winter-themed art exhibit.
Where: Multiple locations on Granville Island, Vancouver
When: From Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19, various times
What: A series of lectures open to the general public on a huge range of topics presented by TRIUMF, UBC, and SFU. February talks will address the search for other planets, and the quest for the Higgs Boson, among other scientific matters.
Where: TRIUMF Auditorium at UBC – 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
What: A guided 10 km, 5 km or 2 km run or walk through Stanley Park, with proceeds going to BC and Alberta Guide Dogs. This year, participants will also be able to experience walking with a guide dog, and be lead around while blindfolded, all for a small donation. After the run, there will be a social event with pancakes, prizes, and tunes. Those without dogs are also welcome to participate in the event as well.
Where: Brockton Pavilion – 1151 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
What: Vancouver Pride Society’s winter fundraiser is open to all members of the LGBTQ2+ community and allies. Dress in your most colourful, most sparkly unicorn costumes and outfits to dance the night away, plus enjoy the Love Bus ball pit. Funds raised from this event will go towards making VPS more accessible to all members of the LGBTQ2+ community.
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
When: February 18 at 9 pm
Tickets: $20 available at Little Sisters Bookstore, Our Community Bikes, High Life Records, Vancouver Pride Society and online.
What: The Vancouver Canucks will unveil a statue of Pat Quinn outside Rogers Arena on the North Plaza before their game against the Calgary Flames. The statue also includes “Pat’s Bench” for fans to sit and have their photos taken.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver (North Plaza near corner of Expo Boulevard and Pat Quinn Way)
What: Carmen is filled with some of the most memorable melodies in opera and is one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. Carmen comes to life with Burnaby Lyric Opera’s production team and the best of BC’s operatic talent.
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts– 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
When: February 18, 23 and 25 at 8 pm, February 20 and 22 at 2 pm
What: Live competitive painting night that showcases local artists and connects Vancouver to towns and cities around the world. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process.
Where: Red Room Ultra Bar – 398 Richards St
What: Sarah Ronald shows new drawings, paintings, and installations which spur viewers to seek out the contradictions in our daily lives, specifically around our relationships with wild animals in both suburban and natural environments.
Where: Seymour Art Gallery – 4360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
What: The last night of the latest run by Cavalia, described as “Cirque with horses”. Featuring a cast of 65 equine stars and 48 human performers, the performances promise to be majestic and over-the-top, and even features an actual lake right in the middle of the action.
Where: Under the White Big Top — 299 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Olympic Village)
What: Bubble Guppies will feature a wave of playful characters, energetic song, dance and theatrical magic that will have kids, parents and grandparents singing and dancing along with this rockin’ interactive show.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: Reveries, passions, and vibrant visions fill the air with Berlioz’s Symphony fantastique, an expansive spiritual journey captured in spellbinding sounds. Accompanying this orchestral masterwork is a world premiere by Vancouver composer Benton Roark and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring the winner of the Vancouver Academy of Music’s 2016 Kay Meek Competition, Caitlin Wong.
What: Pancakes and Jam is an inclusive community building event that combines brunch with a live music dance party. Potluck items that complement the pancakes like condiments, or other brunch-like munchies and beverages are always appreciated.
Where: The Woods Studio – 7 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
When: February 19 at 11:30 am
Cost: By donation, $5-$10 recommended. Breakfast is free. Please bring your own cups, mugs, dishes and cutlery.
What: An explorative workshop that will reveal the body’s ingrained intuitive movements, along with unconventional movements. Discover movement through embodiment, interpretation, impulse, physical reaction, and more.
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver. 7th Floor, Judith R Marcuse Studio.
What: Practice your mindfulness, meet new people, and enjoy a flight of beer during an all-levels yoga session. Presented in partnership with Moksha Yoga Burnaby with partial proceeds to benefit Burnaby Hospital Foundation.
Where: Steamworks Beer – 3845 William Street, Burnaby
When: February 19 at 10:30 am
Tickets:Online, $20, proceeds going to Burnaby General Hospital initiatives