10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, February 18

Feb 15 2017, 11:46 pm

Saturday has arrived and we’re ready for new experiences. From an art battle to a tribute to a Vancouver Canucks legend, there are plenty of things to do in Vancouver this Saturday, February 18.

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

Rock out with Matthew Good

  • 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.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 868 Granville Street
  • When: February 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online,$42.50

Explore Winterruptio on Granville Island

  • 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
  • Full schedule: Online at granvilleisland.com/winterruption

Expand your mind at Saturday Morning Lecture Series

  • 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
  • When: February 18 from 10 am to 12:15 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Run wild at RunGo Dash for Dogs

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  • 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 will be lead around while blindfolded by a dog-in-training, 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
  • When: February 18 at 9 am
  • Registration: Online, $10-$35

Dance your face off during the Unicorn Ball at The Imperial

  • 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.

Salute Vancouver Canucks legend Pat Quinn outside Rogers Arena

  • 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. The North Plaza is near the corner of Expo Boulevard and Pat Quinn Way.
  • When: February 18 at 6:15 pm

Sing your heart out with Carmen

  • 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
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$38

Get your art on at Art Battle

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  • 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
  • When: February 18 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Find your light with Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Lantern Workshop

  • What: Build your own lantern at workshops led by Hannah Barss. Lanterns will be incorporated into the VCBF’s Spring Lights immersive light and video art experience.
  • Where: Kerrisdale Community Centre (South Room) – 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: February 18 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Registration: Online, $5 per lantern. Workshop materials will be provided.

Get soulful with The Big Sound Vancouver Black History Month launch

  • What: A celebration of the glory days of classic soul, Motown Records and the Motown sound featuring a 25+ piece band performing hits and deep cuts of the era.
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When: February 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25