35 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 15 to 19

Jan 10 2018, 8:14 am

A new week means new experiences all over Vancouver. Keep your January going with our 35 things to do from Monday, January 15 to Friday, January 19. PuSH International Performing Arts Festival, Dine Out Vancouver, and more.

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

Monday, January 15

Support Our Pal – A Fundraiser For Christian and Larry

  • What: The Parlour pizza restaurant in Yaletown is hosting a fundraiser for Christian Zelichowski and Larry Claypool, two Vancouverites who were seriously injured in the Burrard Bridge crash before Christmas. Their friends are holding an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet to give everyone a chance to show their support in person. All funds raised during the evening will be shared between Zelichowski and Claypool.
  • When: Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm to 1 am
  • Where: The Parlour – 1011 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite or in person, $50

Trade Accelerator Program – Greater Vancouver

  • What: World Trade Centre Vancouver has recently launched Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), an initiative that has been successfully operating by the Toronto Regional Board of Trade since 2015.
  • When: Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Pan Pacific Hotel – Oceanview Suite 5 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Apply: Online

Strange Art Sessions

  • What: Enjoy a beer and an evening of unexpected creativity. Each Strange Art Session will explore a different theme, technique, or material, such as Still Life Drawing.
  • When: Monday, January 15 and Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Strange Fellows Brewing – 1345 Clark Drive, Vancouver
  • Admission: $10. RSVP by emailing [email protected]ng.com.

Parenting Workshop – How to keep your children safe in the modern world

  • What: The goal of this workshop by Vancouver Hebrew Academy and Chabad of Richmond is to empower parents with the knowledge and skills to create an environment for every child that is safe from the chance of dangers of abuse.
  • When: Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Chabad of Richmond – 200-4775 Blundell Road, Richmond
  • Admission: By Donation

Norman Rudy’s Comedy Night

  • What: A night of entertainment with comedian Tyler Morrison and live music by The Funky Snow Monkeys.
  • When: Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Norman Rudy’s – 40900 Tantalus Road, Squamish
  • Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 604-815-7978 for tickets.

Art Exhibition: Flowers Unlimited and Echoes in the Midst

  • What: Britannia Art Gallery presents two new exhibits in January: Flowers Unlimited, paintings and clay art by Amy Lee, and Echoes in the Midst, a mixed media collection by Donna Lynn Ross.
  • When: Now to Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library–Britania Branch – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

My Story Mondays

  • What: Speakers share authentic stories of facing fears, overcoming adversity, accomplishing achievements, and experiencing great adventures. Featuring Story Academy Leader Winston Yeung.
  • When: Third Monday of every month
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: XY – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Tuesday, January 16

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

  • What: PuSh Festival’s 14th edition will bring together artists from 11 countries, offering its distinctive fare of novel, boundary-pushing performance arts shows. With as many as 28 Main Stage and Club PuSh shows, as well as numerous other performing arts and industry events, this year’s festival offers a lot to munch on.
  • When: Tuesday, January 16 to Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Select venues all across Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online or contact PuSh Festival Audience Services. Passes from $20-$236; prices for single tickets are listed on show pages.


  • What: RED FANG returns to Vancouver to celebrate their Only Ghosts album. Featuring special guests We Hunt Buffalo.
  • When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Black Boys

  • What: A raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness. Three individuals seek a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world, subverting the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed.
  • When: Tuesday, January 16 to Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $22-$49

Waterfront Chats – Business Resolutions Roundtable

  • What: Get a jump start on your business goals and resolutions for the New Year with Small Business BC’s Business Resolutions Roundtable Meetup Event. Connect with other small business owners to discuss your main goals and key metrics for 2018. Get insights and feedback from your fellow entrepreneurs on how you can best execute your plans to meet your objectives.
  • When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC Suite 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $10

How to Make Nut Milks at Home

  • What: Zach Berman and Ryan Slater, founders of the Juice Truck, will introduce their new book on juices, smoothies, nut milks and living a plant based life, and demo how to make your own nut milks at home. They will be joined by Colin Medhurst, co-author of The Juice Truck cookbook and co-founder of Feed Life and Blue Heron Creamery.
  • When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Whole Foods Market – 925 Main Street, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25

A Journey to Understand and Save the Person of the Forest

  • What: Leif Cocks, founder and president of The Orangutan Project, speaks about his experiences with orangutans, some of the challenges facing the species, and what TOP is doing to save the orangutan.
  • When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library-Central Branch – Alice MacKay Room – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

The Chorus: Screening and Book Launch

  • What: Cineworks and Western Front present the debut of The Chorus, a new work of contemporary-artist cinema by Dan Starling.  Figured as a marginalized representative of  “the people”, the wandering chorus of ancient Greece enters the structures of contemporary fiction through Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. By way of narrative insertion, Starling probes the decline and eventual dismissal of the chorus from epic drama.
  • When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wednesday, January 17

Girls Rock Camp Fundraiser

  • What: Jo Passed, The Charm Offensive, and Sorry Edith perform to raise funds for Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, a non-profit society that builds self-esteem in female youth through music creation and performance.
  • When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10 donation

What’s Wrong With Being Poor – Speakers Series Event

  • What: Anti-poverty advocate Penny Goldsmith will present and share stories on her work as part of the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre’s ongoing Speakers Series. Following the presentation, Penny will be joined by legal advocates from CHIMO to talk about poverty issues in Richmond.
  • When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: The Caring Place – Room 340 – 7000 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
  • Register: By phone at 604-279-7060 or by email at [email protected]

Lezervations Vancouver – Volume XIV

  • What: Have a taste of some delicious eats paired with the perfect glass of wine and a chance to get to know others in the local LBTQ community. The evening starts with a cash bar, then dinner in a private room. Seating is assigned to ensure new connections.
  • When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Nicli Antica Pizzeria – 62 East Cordova, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $74.80; buy online

Thrive Series: Exponential selling strategies with Shane Gibson

  • What: Closing in sales is a process, not an event. Shane Gibson will share the three vital components of a successful sales process, the impact that CRM and social media use has on quota attainment, the six types of SaaS/Cloud-based sales tools your team must use to compete and win, and sales coaching tips and processes for sales leadership.
  • When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 am
  • Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, Tuscany Ballroom – 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30-$60

Make Brioche

  • What: Discover the secret of this sweet dough: Brioche, and all the recipes you can make with it. You’ll bring home recipes and pastries.
  • When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Kensington Community Center – 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver
  • Registration: $50; buy via Kensington Community Ctr

Underbelly by Jayson McDonald

  • What: Jayson McDonald’s Underbelly transports the audience to the 1950s’ counter culture of the Beat Generation. Underbelly is a fictitious take on the voice, vices and venom of William Burroughs, along with his sidekicks Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
  • When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Heritage Grill – 447 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Admission: Pay-what-you-want

Comedy Open Mic at Triple Play Pub

  • What: Wrong Side of the Laugh Tracks present an Open Mic Comedy session, where anyone aspiring to be a comedian is welcome to try their humour on a receptive audience. Featuring headliner Kevin von Helvete.
  • When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Time: Signup 7 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: Triple Play Pub – 45975 Wellington Ave, Chilliwack
  • Admission: Free

Thursday, January 18

LinkedIn X Vancouver 2018

  • What: The first ever LinkedIn event is coming to Vancouver this January, offering connectivity and innovation with more than 200 people expected to attend.  A whole host of speakers are set to appear at the non-profit event, inspiring attendees to leverage emerging opportunities and create meaningful professional relationships.
  • When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Where: UBC Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available through Picatic, $17-$23

Business Excellence Series: Understanding Blockchain

  • What: Blockchain, a ledger of the transactions of bitcoin, is revolutionizing the financial industry as a secure and transparent system. But its disruption remains often misunderstood and treated skeptically as an untrusted element of financial technology. This discussion demystifies blockchain, evaluates its opportunities in BC, and examines its power and potential for the global financial economy.
  • When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59-$69

Molly Lamb Bobak: Talk of the Town and Julie McIntyre: Travel Stories

  • What: The opening reception of Molly Lamb Bobak: Talk of the Town and Julie McIntyre: Travel Stories at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Exhibition runs until April 8.
  • When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free


  • What: This multimedia show by gender-fluid artist, Silvia Calderoni, combines dance, text, video, music, and speech to produce a visceral, contemplative, and euphoric performance or what might be better described as an “intellectual dance party”. In this provocative display of artistry, Calderoni wears a number of different costumes and identities to break down conventional ideas of sexuality and gender.
  • When: Thursday, January 18 to Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At PuSh; $39

Matoma: One In A Million Tour

  • What: Known for his dynamic productions, Norwegian producer Matoma brings the One In A Million Tour to Vancouver with support from Elephante.
  • When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $36

Story Story Lie: Pillow Talk at The Rio Theatre

  • What: Vancouver comedians and storytellers will share intimate, dubious and embarrassing stories that seem too strange to be true. The twist is that someone’s lying. Take part in the interrogation, spot the liar first, and win prizes.
  • When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Beer & Board Games

  • What: A night of beer, donuts, and board games. Open to all-ages, but must be 19+ to purchase beer. Games will be provided but feel free to bring your own.
  • When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Cartems Donuts – 3040 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Friday, January 19

Dine Out Vancouver 2018


  • What: Dine Out Vancouver is back for its 16th year, bringing with it a crowded calendar of food events, with almost 300 restaurants participating in this year’s exciting event. The popular annual fest features hundreds of restaurants, each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages).
  • When: Friday, January 19 to Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Where: Various locations throughout the city
  • Tickets: $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages)

Smooky MarGielaa

  • What: A$AP Rocky protégé Smooky MarGielaatakes over VENUE for an all ages show with Illy Miniachi & ACdatyoungnigga.
  • When: Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12.50

Whooo’s Hoot Owl Prowl

  • What: ​Join naturalists on a night prowl for owls and discover why owls are such great hunters of the night.
  • When: Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Campbell Valley Regional Park
  • Register: Online, $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

Drawing Vegetables

  • What: This one-day workshop explores how to draw some seasonal vegetables: squash, root veggies, winter greens, and more. Learn how to capture their natural beauty through fun exercises using live examples with different drawing techniques with pencil, pen and colour washes. Watercolour and brushes will be provided. Bring your own 11×14 multimedia sketchbook, and an HB or 2B pencil.
  • When: Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $60


  • What: Humans bring their tour to the Imperial Vancouver with guests MA/AM + Sam Demoe in celebration of their newest EP The Feels.
  • When: Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $18

Economic Outlook Forum Presented by National Bank

  • What: Each year the Economic Outlook Forum provides business leaders a detailed and insightful look at the year ahead by blending local, national and international perspectives.
  • When: Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Time: 7:15 am
  • Where: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Grand Ballroom – 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $179-$358

2018 Branscombe House Artist Residency Launch

  • What: This free special launch event kicks off the third annual Branscombe House residency to welcome Richmond’s new 2018 artist-in-residence, Keely O’Brien. At the event, O’Brien will share examples from her career as a professional theatre artist and speak about some of the free community programs, activities and workshops she plans to offer this coming year.
  • When: Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: City Hall – 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free
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