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

Jan 13 2020, 1:00 pm

January is already half over! Slow down and enjoy these 28 events happening in Vancouver from January 13 until January 16, including Dinner with a View, The WonderWombs, and more!

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

Monday, January 13

Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars

Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars

What: VIFF’s Music Mondays series presents Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars. The concert performance of The Boss’ latest album was filmed “in a big old barn down on the farm” and features a string orchestra, special guests, and more.

When: January 13, 2020
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Maritime Museum – Lessons from the Arctic

What: Lessons from the Arctic at Vancouver Maritime Museum is a travelling display that explains how Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person in history to both cross the Northwest Passage and reach the South Pole. The exhibition includes exclusive photographs, diary entries and short informative texts, and is offered in both English and French.

When: Now until January 19, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (until 8 pm on Thursday)
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wildebeest X The Acorn “Roots to Shoots” Winter Harvest Dinner

What: Wildebeest will be hosting a collaboration dinner with The Acorn on January 13 at 7 pm. The all-vegetarian “Roots to Shoots” Winter Harvest Dinner will be a multi-course feast. There is also a vegan option for this meal.

When: January 13, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Wildebeest – 120 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

2020 Chinese New Year Vancouver Carnival at Aberdeen Square

What: Aberdeen Square and Mooby Yoho E-Commerce celebrates the Year of the Rat with a Chinese New Year event. The carnival features cultural performances and authentic food, and it also celebrates the local history of Asian communities in Metro Vancouver.

When: Now until January 18, 2020
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Aberdeen Square — 4000 Number 3 Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

What: The Canyon Lights features thousands of sparkling lights illuminating the iconic suspension bridge and other areas of the park. The 30-ton Douglas Firs of the Treetops Adventure will also be dressed in lights. Standing at an impressive 110 feet above the forest floor, the Douglas Firs that connect the suspension bridges are the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world, according to event organizers.

When: Now until January 26, 2020
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, with annual passes (included with admission) available for BC residents

Odd Trio – Soul Mondays

What: Local and international artists play original tracks and covers of popular Soul, R&B, and Funk songs at Odd Trio – Soul Mondays at The 2nd Floor at Water St. Café.

When: Every Monday
Time: 7 to 10 am
Where: Water Street Cafe — 300 Water Street, Vancouver
Reservations: Online

Intergenerational Drop-In at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

What: The Front Step Project and Broadway Youth Resource Centre hosts an Intergenerational Drop-In at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. People of all ages are invited to connect over crafts, snacks and games.

When: January 13 and January 20, 2020
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House — 800 East Broadway, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Tuesday, January 14

The WonderWombs

The Dust Palace’s The WonderWombs / Facebook

What: The Dust Palace from New Zealand presents The WonderWombs, a feminist circus party with aerial performers, comedy, costumes, and more. Part of The Cultch’s Femme Series.

When: January 14 until January 19, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm (Tuesday to Saturday) 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: York Theatre — 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Revolution of Our Times

What: An exhibition highlighting images from the Hong Kong protests – “Revolution of Our Times” – will be hosted at the Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver  on January 14 and January 26, 2020. The exhibition will feature photos, artifacts, artwork, and “human stories” and will be travelling to other major world cities “with the goal of making the struggle of the citizens of Hong Kong real, and to put their fight into context.”

When: January 14 and January 26, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Polygon Gallery — 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Movies in the Morgue – Fargo

What: Vancouver Police Museum presents a variety of cult classic horror films, thrillers, and comedies in the Old City Morgue. Attendees are welcome to bring pillows and blankets to cozy up in the morgue. There will be fresh popcorn and pop for sale.

When: January 14, 2020
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Vancouver Police Museum and Archives – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Galleria Photography Exhibition: Visibility by Ya-Wei Lin

What: Visibility documents Ya-Wei Lin’s daily observation of the urban landscape. The ongoing series of observational photographic images reflect on and ponder the meaning of the word “visibility” in the broadest sense. The exhibition, in the works since 2016, showcases 11 images taken in the greater Vancouver area.

When: Monday to Friday from January 14 to March 2, 2020
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Richmond City Hall — 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea

What: Available daily until March 22, Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea features eats like a ruby chocolate lace lollipop, mont blanc cream puff, and a roasted spice duck slider, to name a few.

When: Daily until March 22, 2020
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: The Trump Champagne Lounge – 1161 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65 per person or $118 for an additional box of macarons and a glass of bubbles; reserve online

The Next Step: Hear From Newly Established Businesses

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What: Small Business BC’s Waterfront Chats presents a fireside chat with Thomas DuBoyce and Simon Druart of Horizon Eco Builders, and Julie Veres of Port Moody Refillery. They will share tips on how to get started, navigating the industry, and how to grow a business. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, and there will also be time set aside for networking.

When: January 14, 2020
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Where: Small Business BC — 601 West Cordova Street #54, Vancouver
Register: Online

The Parlour Magic Show

What: The Parlour Magic Show showcases local magicians and variety entertainers at Yagger’s Downtown. January 14 features performances by Bryn Williams, Yoosik Ethan Oum, Lola Loops, Kel, and host, Rob Teszka.

When: January 14, 2020
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Yagger’s Downtown Restaurant and Sports Bar — 433 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Wednesday, January 15

Guilty Feminist Podcast

Guilty Feminist Podcast

What: The Guilty Feminist, an award-winning podcast hosted by Deborah Frances-White, is bringing its live show to Vancouver. The podcast explores 21st century feminism — and all the insecurities, hypocrisies, and fears that come with it. The Guilty Feminist has been downloaded more than 60 million times since 2016. It was nominated for Best Comedy Podcast at the British Podcast Awards earlier this year. And for the first time ever, The Guilty Feminist tour is coming to North America.

When: January 15, 2020
Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street (Venue is 19+, ID required)
Tickets: $40 (including GST, plus service fees) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Fog Lake

What: Indie rocker Fog Lake aka singer-songwriter Aaron Powell performs at Biltmore Cabaret with Foxes in Fiction on January 15.

When: January 15, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Biltmore — 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Shoplifters

What: Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters tells the story of Alma, a longtime shoplifter who favours the “five-finger discount” over a senior citizen’s discount. When a theft at the grocery store is thwarted by an over-enthusiastic security guard and his good-natured mentor, things take a comical turn. Presented by Arts Club Theatre Company.

When: Tuesday to Sunday from January 15 until January 25, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre — 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Dinner With A View – Vancouver

Dinner With A View Vancouver


What: Dinner With A View Vancouver starts when guests enter their assigned a dome that’s been transformed into a terrarium with a distinct terrain: tundra, tropical, grasslands, etc. Each dome seats a minimum of four and a maximum of six people.

Inside guests will find luxurious pillows, blankets, and decor as they enjoy a three-course meal prepared by a celebrity chef. Diners can choose between blind menus, which will accommodate several different dietary restrictions including meals that can be made meat-, fish-, and vegan-centric.

When: January 15 until February 16, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver
Price: $199.99 for dome reservations and $109.99 per dinner per person; tickets online

Half Moon Run

What: Indie-rock band Half Moon Run is coming to Vancouver on the Canadian leg of their A Blemish in the Great Light world tour.

The four members, Conner Molander, Dylan Phillips, Devon Portielje, and Isaac Symonds released their first album, Dark Eyes, in 2012. After the record went platinum in Canada, Half Moon Run followed up their success with 2015’s Sun Leads Me On. They received a JUNO nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2016.

When: January 15, 2020
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, show starts 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street
Price: Starting at $29.50 (plus service charges) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

2020 VSO New Music Festival

What: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival takes place until January 16, with a variety of performances that explores this year’s theme of (re)creation. Highlights include Kaija Saariaho and Unsuk Chin, Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face led by Music Director Emeritus Bramwell Tovey, pre-concert panels and discussions, post-concert Q&A’s, and more.

When: Now until January 16, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online


What: Detonate showcases local Vancouver artists playing a range of Hard Dance sub genres, from Hardstyle to Frenchcore. Performers include Dangerouz, KYRLK, VANDALL, Afterparty, and B-Structive.

When: January 15, 2020
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: MIA Nightclub — 350 Water Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, January 16

Future Proofing Talent in the Age of Digital Transformation

What: Head to BrainStation on January 16 to hear from industry leaders implementing digital transformation initiatives, including reskilling, hiring, and building a digital-first culture ready to adapt to the pace of technology.

BrainStation’s 2019 Digital Skills Survey found that 74 per cent of organizations are involved in a digital transformation. This means that the roles, workplaces, workflows, and skill requirements are changing and fast. What does this mean for you, your team, and your company? And how do you prepare for the digital changes to come?

When: January 16, 2020
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: BrainStation — 455 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25, reserve online


What: Singer-songwriter, producer, and 2019 CCMA Album of The Year nominee, Tebey brings The Good Ones Tour to Vancouver on January 16 with guest Kristin Carter.

When: January 16, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Changeling

What: The Department of Theatre and Film at UBC presents The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, directed by MFA Director Luciana Silvestre Fernandes. The Changeling is described as one of the darkest and most sensual of the 17th-century English tragedies.

When: Wednesday to Saturday from January 16 until February 1, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre — 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Lion in Winter

What: Stage 43 presents The Lion in Winter, set in Christmas 1183 in Chinon, France, with aging King Henry II hosting a reunion to name a successor to the throne of England. A play of backstabbing, deceit, and family dysfunction.

When: January 16 until January 19, January 22 until January 25, 2020
Time: 8 pm (matinee performance at 2 pm on January 19)
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

QS World MBA Tour Vancouver

What: QS World MBA Tour is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to pursue an MBA. Attendees will be able to meet in person with admissions directors from top business schools from local colleges as well as from around the world. They will also be able to get advice on their applications from industry experts, network with peers, and get resume and career guidance as well as a free professional headshot for their LinkedIn profile. Attendees are also eligible to apply for a pool of scholarships, worth up to $7 million USD, to help finance their MBAs.

When: January 16, 2020
Time: 4:30 to 9 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver — 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

LunarFest 2020 Year of the Rat

What: LunarFest brings cultures and traditions together in a variety of events in January and February. Check out Lunarfest Visual Arts at Oakridge Centre from January 16 to February 10, and Coastal Lunar Lanterns at Jack Poole Plaza from January 18 to February 9. And then explore the Lunarfest Celebrations, with live performances, community booths, crafts and more, at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza on January 25 and 26.

When: Various dates from January 16 until February 9, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

King Princess

King Princess/Live Nation

What: Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter King Princess will be performing live at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with special guests on Thursday, January 16, 2020, during her Cheap Queen tour. In 2018, her debut single “1950” became an instant hit, garnering more than 200 million streams to date.

When: January 16, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street 
Price: $29.50, $39.50, $55.00, $59.50 — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

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