28 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 14 to 17

Jan 8 2019, 10:25 am

Keep the fun going with our checklist of 28 things to do in Vancouver from Monday, January 14 to Thursday, January 17. Check out KNOWSHOW, Dine Out Vancouver, and more.

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

Monday, January 14

The Image Before Us: A History of Film in British Columbia

What: The Image Before Us: A History of Film in British Columbia explores culturally and historically significant work produced in British Columbia. Repatriation, African-Canadian history, and shifting cultural mores are among the topics explored in this fifth season. Curated by Harry Killas, a Vancouver filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film + Screen Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

When: Various dates from now to April 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
Ticket Info: Online

Mingling with Musicians

Sexual Music Festival

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What: Come enjoy a free daily mini-concert featuring City Centre Community Centre’s music instructors in the Community Living Room. This event is for All Ages.

When: Monday, January 14 to Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Admission: Free

RAW Vancouver presents Reflect

What: A special two day event full of live performances, runway shows, live hair and make-up, accessory design and visual art displays. Support over 90 local artists and come out to see the vast talent that exists in Vancouver. One ticket gets you in for both nights.

When: Now to Monday, January 14, 2019
Times: 7 pm to 1 am (Monday)
Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20 in advance, $30 at the door

FARE: Chef Collaboration Dinner

What: Eight of Vancouver’s most innovative chefs are banding together in support of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House to create a multi-course dinner.

When: Monday, January 14, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Torafuku – 958 Main Street, Vancouver
Price:$150; buy online

Lights at Lafarge Lake

What: Lights at Lafarge Lake is one of the largest free light displays in Metro Vancouver, and features more than 100,000 twinkling lights. The outdoor display wraps its way entirely around the lake, leading visitors on a 1.2-km loop through 10 themed zones. The display is located just steps from SkyTrain’s Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station, and the lights will remain on from dusk each night until 11 pm.

When: Now to Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: Dusk to 11 pm daily
Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar: Seafood & Brews Dinner

What: Enjoy a four-course seafood menu to accompany some of the season’s best beers from Black Kettle Brewing, including an exclusive Fanny Bay Oyster Stout along with soul and blues music.

When: Monday, January 14, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market – 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Price: $77; buy online

Pitch, B*tch, or Ditch with Kim Senklip Harvey and Pippa Mackie

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What: Do you have an idea for a show? Join theatre creators and producers Kim Senklip Harvey and Pippa Mackie for an unforgettable night that puts the power in the hands of the patrons. From anonymous suggestions made by the audience, Kim and Pippa will lead patrons through a lively evening of banter and debate—no idea is off limits, no suggestions taboo or too dangerous—let your imaginations run wild. Part of the Femme Series: highlighting the strength and power of female-identifying voices and experiences. Plus there will be a pre-show Women in the Arts mixer from 6 to 8 pm in The Cultch lobby.

When: Monday, January 14, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10

Tuesday, January 15

Judge John Hodgman with guest Louise Burns

What: Judge John Hodgman is a podcast where actor and comedian John Hodgman decides real personal disputes. Featuring special guest Louise Burns.

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $36.50 plus fees

Tech Ladies Vancouver Meetup sponsored by Clio

What: A networking and mingle event at Clio, where attendees can share goals they’re setting for themselves (or their business) in 2019 and how the community of innovative thinkers might be able to help them get there.

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Clio – 300-4611 Canada Way, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $5

Robson Square Ice Rink 2018


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What: The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is open for the 2018 and 2019 season. As per tradition, skating is free for all ages for those who bring their own skates. Those without skates can rent a pair on-site for a fee. An on-site concession stand will also serve warm drinks and snacks.

When: Now to February 28, 2019
Time: Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm – Holiday hours vary
Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson Street and Howe Street)
Cost: Free for all ages, if you bring your own skates (Skate rentals are $5, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time)
Note: Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under. Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only

Sophie Labelle (Assigned Male comics) – Canadian Tour

What: Transgender cartoonist and public speaker Sophie Labelle speaks about her work and activism at Little Sisters. She will also be holding a book signing.

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium 1238 Davie Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, donations welcome

Aaron Pritchett

What: Canadian country superstar Aaron Pritchett brings his Out On The Town Tour to the Vogue with special guests Kira Isabella and David James

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mystery Town Tours

Mystery Town Tours

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What: Mystery Town Tours operates just like the escape rooms that we all know and love (though sometimes really, really hate), but the twist is that you’re not actually trying to escape anything. You’ll actually be following clues throughout the town, receiving information via phone, and replying with your answers to the mysteries presented throughout the day. The tour currently available to play in Vancouver, is the Age of Steam Discovery Adventure that lasts for two to three hours and will have you following clues leading towards at 100-year-old treasure chest. A second Discovery Adventure, Islands and Bridges, is coming soon, according to the Mystery Towns website.

When: Available for registration now
Time: One to five hours
Where: Vancouver and Victoria in BC, and Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Cochrane, Edmonton, and Fort McMurray in Alberta
Tickets: Ranges from $49 to $99 per group, with groups ranging from two to four people

Dakh Daughters

What: Six actresses take musical instruments into their hands in order to create a life-affirming performance about love, freedom, and beauty—which at the end of the day will save the world. Part of the Femme Series: highlighting the strength and power of female-identifying voices and experiences.

When: Tuesday, January 15 to Saturday, January 19, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $24

Wednesday, January 16




What: Canada’s premiere lifestyle trade show is a B2B marketplace where the top names in lifestyle fashion brands unveil their seasonal products to Canadian retailers. Entering its 14th year, visitors can expect hundreds of unique retailers, as well as both preeminent and emerging brands. Retailers will also have a chance to spectate the season’s latest trends, styles, and products.

This year’s edition of KNOWSHOW will feature over 260 brands, a KNOWHOW mini-conference, and a number of opportunities to network and connect with industry leaders and style-makers. KNOWSHOW is an exclusive event to those working in the industry, and as such, priority attendance is given to retailers, who will be able to attend for free. Non-retailers in the industry will have the opportunity to apply and can attend the event for $150.

When: Wednesday, January 16 to Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: January 16 and 17 from 9 am to 6 pm; January 18 from 9 am to 4 pm
Where: The Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Registration available online

Reel Big Fish

What: California ska-punk band Reel Big Fish bring their Life Sucks… Let’s Dance! Tour to Vancouver with guests MEST and Bikini Trill.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $25 plus fees

Free Yoga at Gateway Theatre

What: In advance of their upcoming production of Yoga Play in February, Gateway Theatre has partnered up with Perfect Hearts Yoga to offer free yoga classes.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 8:45 to 9:45 am
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road Richmond
Admission: Free

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers

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What: Vancouver Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival at Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Vancouver TheatreSports welcomes TheatreSports welcomes teams from other cities who bring their A-Game to head-to head matches with each other and local teams comprised of VTS’s top improvisers. The visiting line-up features SAK Comedy Lab (Orlando, Florida), Curious Comedy Theatre (Portland, Oregon), On the Spot Improv (Honolulu,Hawaii) and Ryan Stiles’ company Upfront Theatre (Bellingham, WA).

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2018

What: Thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate 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. Also returning to this year’s festival is the Snowy Owl prowl, gingerbread cookie decorating, and sing-along carols with a holiday band.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019 (closed on December 25)
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: $46.95 for adults, $42.95 for seniors, $34.95 for students, $27.95 for youth (ages 13 to 16) $14.95 for children (ages 6 to 12) and free for children under six

Beyond Inclusion, a public talk with Michèle Stephenson

What: The UBC School of Journalism presents a public talk by Asper visiting professor Michèle Stephenson. In the talk, Stephenson muses on how her personal life experiences have shaped not only the art or work she does or how she sees the world, but how they have required her to be accountable for her actions — conscious or not.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: UBC Robson Square – HSBC Theatre – 800 Robson Street Room, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Thursday, January 17

15th Anniversary: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019

PuSh Festival

PuSh Festival

What: The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s signature mid-winter cultural event. The PuSh Festival presents audiences with groundbreaking, contemporary works of theatre, dance, music, and multimedia, by acclaimed local, national, and international artists. This year’s PuSh Festival will showcase 26 works from 24 companies from 13 countries – including six world premieres.

When: January 17 to February 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Richmond Resilient Communities Workshop – Cambie

What: Join the staff of Emergency Programs for this workshop, which is part of the Richmond Resilient Communities Program. Specifically designed for each community, workshops enable participants to build knowledge and awareness of risks and hazards, create basic family emergency plans to share with family and friends, learn about emergency notification systems, specifically Richmond BC Alert, and develop neighbourhood community emergency response maps and plans. This event is for Adult (ages 18+) and 55+ (ages 55 and over).

When: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: East Richmond Community Hall – 12360 Cambie Rd, Richmond
Price: Free, Register Online


What: American rapper YG is on tour to support his latest 4hunnid Records release, Stay Dangerous.

When: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $49.50 plus fees

Unspeakable: Screening and Q&A with Showrunner Rob Cooper

What: Pacific Screenwriting Program welcomes award-winning Executive Producer and Showrunner, Robert C. Cooper. He will take attendees through the writing and production of Unspeakable TV, a limited series for CBC and AM Studios based on the Canadian Tainted Blood Tragedy. The presentation will include a screening, a presentation on the intricacies of the writing process, legal and network feedback and a Q&A session.

When: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Film School – 390 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $12

A Prayer for Owen Meany

What: Owen Meany believes he is an instrument of the divine. As he and his best friend John navigate the turbulent America of the 1960’s, Owen pulls the strings of a plan invisible to everyone but him and – perhaps – God. An epic tale of faith, absurdity, and the power of a single voice.
Can one person change the world?

When: Thursday, January 17 to Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dine Out Vancouver – The Grand Tasting

What: Get a jump-start on the 2019 Dine Out Vancouver Festival with the gala launch at Rocky Mountaineer Station. This gala pre-opening event, celebrated in partnership with Festival Partner, The Wines of British Columbia, will feature a delicious array of restaurant tasting tables, craft breweries/cideries, and over 20 British Columbia wineries. Proceeds raised go  to the BC Hospitality Foundationthis event is no minors, wheelchair accessible.

When: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $99

Beaty Nocturnal: A Botanical Time Machine

What: What’s it like to be a botanist? Come and find out at a special Nocturnal, where attendees will explore the museum’s herbarium collection with curator Linda Jennings.

When: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 5 to 8:30 pm
Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum – 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Admission: By donation

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