28 things to do in Vancouver this week: February 13 to 16

Feb 6 2018, 7:45 pm

)Enjoy your short work week, Vancouver! Make the most of it with our list of 28 things to do from Tuesday, February 13 to Friday, February 16. Valentine’s Day, The Sheepdogs, and more.

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

  • What: Agatha Christie returns from the dead to perform a one-woman haunted house murder mystery puppet show. World famous mystery author Gertrude Crump has been murdered… mysteriously! Can you solve the case? All the clues are there…
  • When: Tuesday, February 13 to Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Retirement Ready Panel

  • What: As you approach retirement or ponder how you’ll stop working, you have to ask yourself: Are you retirement ready? With the help of leading experts, the BIV Retirement Ready panel discussion will investigate how and when to retire and how to embrace what should be the triumphant years of a longer life.
  • When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: The Shangri-La Hotel – 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59-$69

Empowered Entrepreneur Coffee and Talk

  • What: Leisa Cadotte’s uplifting story will teach you how to overcome obstacles and live with your glass half full. The funny accounts of the author’s chronic pain and illness will inspire attendees to see the possibilities after failure and how to turn them into opportunities.
  • When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Chances Maple Ridge – 22710 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge
  • Tickets: Online, $5-$15

Majid Jordan

  • What: Toronto duo Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman perform at the Orpheum on The Space Between World Tour.
  • When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Fun Home

  • What: Women are in every aspect of this Canadian premiere, based on an acclaimed graphic novel with a lesbian protagonist. The coming-of-age, coming-out musical won the Tony Award for Best Musical – and was the first show written entirely by women to do so. Fun Home looks back on a young woman’s memories of her dysfunctional family, and especially of her relationship with her closeted, funeral-directing father.
  • When: Now to March 10, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Arts Club, Granville Island – 1601 Johnston St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Arts Club; $29-$49+

Where Are You REALLY From? On Being Black in Vancouver

  • What: What does it mean to be asked questions like this? Being Black in Vancouver holds something different for many people who grew up and live in this diverse city. Join Chelene Knight, Juliane Okot Bitek, Wayde Compton, Chantal Gibson, and special guest Randy Clark for a unique mashup of stories on being Black in Vancouver.
  • When: Tuesday, February 13. 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Serena Ryder

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  • What: The Toronto singer/songwriter is coming off of her recently released album, Utopia, which was released on May 26. Concert attendees can also expect to hear songs from critical and commercial hit, Harmony, from 2012, including the single “Stompa.”
  • When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7, show at 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $49.50

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Funny Valentine at VTSL

  • What: VTSL’s improv comedians will make you LOL with a special Valentine’s Day event: My Funny Valentine. Hosted by none other than Cupid himself along with the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite (aka Venus), it’s an all-out love battle of epic proportions as three ‘improv couples’ duke it out in an audience-inspired competition to prove that love conquers all.
  • When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Starting at $10.75 – Tickets available via VTSL

Art classes at Arts Umbrella South Surrey

  • What: A fun, free morning of inspiring classes for young artists ages 2 to 5. Classes include Drawing and Painting, Dress Up Drama, and Mixed Media and Sculpture.
  • When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Arts Umbrella South Surrey – The Shops at Morgan Crossing – N116 – 15850 26 Avenue, Surrey
  • Register: Online, Free

Literary Friends Speed Chatting

  • What: Bring two of your favourite books, or movies based on books, that you would love to tell a new friend about. You’ll have five minutes to chat with each person in the room about your favourites and theirs. A librarian will host the event and help you place holds on the new recommended reads. Light refreshments served, space is limited to 12 participants.
  • When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Public Library – Cameron Branch – 9523 Cameron Street, Burnaby
  • Register: Online, Free

Mason Jennings

  • What: American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mason Jennings is on tour to support his latest release, Wild Dark Metal.
  • When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

An Affair To Remember: A Swingin’ Valentine’s At The Fox

  • What: An ultra-swanky evening of live performance, cocktails, and music inspired by vintage Hollywood glamour and Rat Pack-era cool.
  • When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15 singles, $75 couples

Catfe Valentine’s Day Speed Dating

Catfe Speed Dating


  • What: The team at Catfé is inviting singles to come on down to their spot in International Village Mall and make a love connection with a fellow feline-lover during their ‘Must Love Cats’ speed dating event. Ticket includes a drink and a cupcake.
  • When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 9 pm
  • Where: Catfé – Unit #2035 International Village Mall (88 West Pender Street), Vancouver
  • Admission: $15; email [email protected] for reservations

Vancouver Aquarium After Hours Valentine’s Day Edition

  • What: Singles and couples alike are invited to spend Valentine’s Day with a drink in hand while they explore the galleries after dark. Take in the Animal Sex Talk presented by the Aquarium’s head vet, Dr. Martin Haulena, and learn about coral sex, otter love and what positions a shark prefers. There will also be a “naughty puppet show” and alcoholic beverages available for purchase throughout the Aquarium.
  • When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $27 for members and $35 for non-members.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Classical Coffee Concert: At the Movies

  • What: Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, aka the Bergmann Piano Duo, are famous for their razzle-dazzle playing and eclectic music choices. They will perform music from the big screen, including Oscar-nominated songs by Jerome Moross (The Big Country) and Ennio Morricone (The Mission). This will be topped up with George Gershwin’s jazz-influenced symphonic poem American in Paris and a selection of Leonard Bernstein’s songs from 1961’s West Side Story.
  • When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$32

Salt-Water Moon

  • What: A bold, lyrical interpretation of David French’s classic Canadian play. A Factory Theatre production touring with Why Not Theatre, directed by Ravi Jain.
  • When: Thursday, February 15 to Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$55

Guided Tour at Lulu Island Winery

  • What: Learn the process of winemaking from harvesting to crushing to bottling.  Complete the tour with wine tasting, including famous Canadian ice wine, with soft cheese and fruits to pair with. Lastly, bring home a little gift to share with friends and family.
  • When: Thursday, February 15 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Lulu Island Winery – 16880 Westminster Hwy., Richmond
  • Admission: Free with advanced booking. RSVP by calling 604-232-9839

Steveston Folk Guild Presents Jana Seale

  • What: West Coast acoustic guitarist and vocalist Jana Seale has mesmerized audiences from all over the world with her unique and gentle style. Jana reinterprets folk, country and singer/songwriter favourites covering decades from the ’60s to modern times.
  • When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Britannia Shipyards – Chinese Bunkhouse – 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
  • Tickets: $10

The Sheepdogs

  • What: Proud purveyors of guitar-driven modern-day retro rock, triple Juno Award-winning The Sheepdogs stop in Vancouver in support of their latest album, Changing Colours.
  • When: 
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $38.75 + s/c


  • What: Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists.
  • When: Thursday, February 15 to Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Available online

Fool For Love

  • What: Paying homage to award-winning playwright Sam Shepard, who passed last summer, an “ad hoc” collective of artists get together in the retelling of a classic. The prolific playwright is known for his bleak, poetic settings on the outskirts of American society, and Fool About Love is no different. About two transient lovers in a seedy motel out in the Mojave desert, ABB Collective brings Shepard forward for a new generation.
  • When: Now to February 24, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Shop Theatre – 3030 E Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At TheatreWire; $25

Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrating Métis Art

  • What: Join Lisa Shepherd, Métis Artist, as she leads a free drop-in workshop that explores traditional Métis beadwork through an easy-to-draw pencil crayon project. Everyone’s individual completed art piece will be collected at the end of the workshop and displayed together in a larger collective art piece. Free bannock and prize giveaways. Open to Métis Youth and anyone interested in learning about Métis Culture.
  • When: Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 6 pm
  • Where: City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

A Steady Rain

Image: Seven Tyrants Theatre

  • What: It’s hard to mount such a notorious play like A Steady Rain (the breakout play establishing the career of TV writer Keith Huff), but the rarely-seen private rooms above the Penthouse will more than help set the mood. The ambitious production is a no-holds-barred back and forth between the two leads, made famous through the Broadway performances of Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman. Pressure’s on, gents.
  • When: Friday, February 16 to Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Penthouse Studio Theatre – 1019 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Square Up; $25

Chinese New Year Toonie Skate

  • What: Celebrate Chinese New Year with ice skating, face painting, crafts and games.
  • When: Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Kensington Recreation Complex – 6159 Curtis Street, Burnaby
  • Admission: $2, includes helmet and skate rental

Senseless: A Night of Sensory Deprived Standup Comedy

  • What: Some of Vancouver’s most accomplished stand-up comedians do their sets while blindfolded and wearing noise-cancelling headphones. Featuring Kyle Bottom, Sophie Buddle, Graham Clark and more.
  • When: Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • WhereLittle Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline, $10

Owl Prowl

  • What: Look and listen for owls and discover the many fascinating sounds of a winter’s night.
  • When: Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Deas Island Regional Park – 6090 Deas Island Road, Delta
  • Register: Online, $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

Lanterns in the Garden

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  • What: ​​Get ready for one of the most magical light spectacles of the season. This stunning folktale-themed light festival will vividly illustrate the most classical figures and myths stories in Chinese culture, making the garden a land of fairytales, fantasies, and dreams.
  • When: ​Friday, February 16 to Saturday February 17, Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25, Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available via Lanterns in the Garden

Vancouver Giants versus Edmonton Oil Kings

  • What: Vancouver Giants face off with the Edmonton Oil Kings at the Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online
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