28 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 2 to 5

Dec 31 2017, 6:24 pm

Happy New Year, everyone! Now you’ve shaken off your New Year’s Day hangover, start your 2018 off the right way.

Here’s our list of 28 things to do from Tuesday, January 2 to Friday, January 5, from catching a Canucks game to tackling square dancing!

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

Tuesday, January 2

Vancouver Canucks versus Anaheim Ducks

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Bev Ellis | Art Exhibition

  • What: Bev Ellis’ installation is an exploration of relationships, identity and isolation. Ellis transforms clay to mimic tree bark and contemplates human emotions of vulnerability, imperfection and raw beauty through nature. Clay allows Ellis to represent texture in captivating forms. She will also be holding an artist talk on January 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm.
  • When: Now to February 23, 2018
  • Time: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Where: CityScape Community Art Space – 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Underneath the Harlem Moon featuring Krystle Dos Santos

  • What: “Underneath The Harlem Moon’ is a Smokey Soul-era Harlem cabaret curated and produced by Krystle Dos Santos. Each month features a variety of spoken word and vocal guests backed by the Harlem Moon band; Derek Di Filipo, Jonny Holisko, Jonny Tobin, and Mike Meroniuk.
  • When: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: Guilt & Co. – 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver (Downstairs)
  • Admission: Pay what you can

Nature Story Time

  • What: Join Surrey Nature Centre by the cozy fire for nature story time. Stories will change each day.
  • When: Now to Saturday, January 6, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm daily
  • Where: Surrey Nature Centre – 14225 Green Timbers Way, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Las Divas

  • What: From gritty blues to shimmery pop, Las Divas delivers a high energy performance that offers something for music lovers of all ages.
  • When: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Revel Room – 238 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports rocks the laughs with its annual improv celebration, Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival. Throwdown welcomes TheatreSports teams from around the world for head-to-head matches with each other and local teams comprised of VTSL’s top improvisers.
  • When: Tuesday, January 2 to Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Final Hurrah Closing Party At the Backstage Lounge

  • What: The Backstage Lounge, one of Vancouver’s longest standing live music venues, is closing its doors for good. Celebrate 38 years of live music on Granville Island and the clearing of the liquor cabinet with the help of funk, R&B and soul band, The Phonix and DJ Niña Mendoza!
  • When: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Wednesday, January 3

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

  • What: The botanical garden is covered in more than a million lights. Reindeer and Scandinavian gnomes also roam the trails, and visitors can walk through the gingerbread wood, lantern alley, and Make-a-Wish candle grotto.
  • When: Now toSunday, January 7, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $18.50 for adults, available online.

That Dog Was A Band Now & Coldwater Road

  • What: Two prolific folk acts are coming together to warm up one of the first winter evenings of 2018. That Dog Was A Band Now has been making folk-ish music since meeting at a Northern Californian clown school in 2013. Coldwater Road’s songs were born around the campfire of BC’s Nicola Valley and seasoned on the seawalls of Vancouver.
  • When: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10

The Napping Princess

  • What: From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) comes The Napping Princess, a genre- and universe-blending film that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to discover your past.
  • When: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
  • Time: 1:45 pm
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

LiveWire DJ Night

  • What: LiveWire returns to the Anza club for a DJ night with fusion music. Beginners and observers are always welcome – no partner required, and make sure you come for the beginner lesson at 7:30 pm.
  • When: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: AnzaClub – 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Pay what you can, $12-$20

The X-Files Season 11 Premiere Party

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David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files (Fox Broadcasting Company)

  • What: Storm Crow is showing the season 11 premiere of the X-Files hosted by the rogue agents of X-files podcasting: Courtney & Alison of the XX-Files Podcast. Along with the screening, there will be spooktacular raffle prizes, fan contests and themed drinks for the evening. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Downtown East Side Women’s Centre.
  • When: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Storm Crow Tavern – 1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wiki Wednesdays: Karaoke Night in the Tiki Bar

  • What: The Tiki Bar presents Wiki Wednesdays, a night strictly dedicated to serving modern Tiki inspired cocktails. Carefully crafted by their dedicated team of bartenders, Tiki Bar come up with an exotic menu to cater to everyone’s palates. Plus sign up to sing karaoke.
  • When: Every Wednesday
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: At the Waldorf – 1489 East Hastings, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Uranus Goes Direct Fox Hole

  • What:  Celebrate Uranus no longer being retrograde with Fox Hole Comedy. Featuring headliner Melanie Rose, Paul Danke, Chelsea McNabb, Pam Choi, Charlie Cook, Elise Gallois, Beth F Mariam, and Arash Narchi. Hosted by Jackie Hoffart.
  • When: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
  • Time: 9:05 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret Projection Room – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5

Thursday, January 4

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

  • What: More than three million dazzling lights decorate acres of the dark forest, reaching as high as the forest canopy for Bright Nights in Stanley Park. The attraction is also accompanied by a train ride, musics, snacks, entertainment, and even visits with Santa and his elves.
  • When: Now to Saturday January 6, 2018.
  • Time: Times vary, check website for details.
  • Where: Miniature railway area at Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Admission: Bright Nights entry by donation ($4 is suggested), Christmas train tickets available on Ticketleader, from $6-$12.

Bonnie Northgraves Trio

  • What: Bonnie is a trumpet player, vocalist and pianist based in Vancouver. Drawn to vintage jazz at an early age, she performs music from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s and composes her own original music in the vintage style.
  • When: Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Falconetti’s East Side Grill – 1812 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Thursday Artist Talk on Public Art in Surrey

  • What: What kind of public artworks does Surrey have? How do they get chosen? If you find yourself asking these questions, chances are you’d enjoy learning about the City’s Public Art Program at this free talk by Public Art staff.
  • When: Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where:  Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Talent Time: Anti-S.A.D BBQ!

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Talent Time (Paul Anthony)

  • What: Paul Anthony and Talent Time battle Seasonal Affective Disorder with an old fashion BBQ. There will be a picnic on the stage under the hot sun, Ukrainian song and dance by Slava and Anya, comedy by Gavin Matts and Nayana Fielkov, and more.
  • When: Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

She Hangs Brightly

  • What: Psychedelic folk surf rock with Vernon’s She Hangs Brightly.
  • When: Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Heatly – 696 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Writers at the Bookstore

  • What: Local writers are invited to spend time writing and developing their current projects. Bring your own mug as tea will be served. Hosted by Western Sky Books and TriCities Wordsmiths.
  • When: Every Thursday until March 29, 2018
  • Start: 2 pm
  • Where: Western Sky Books – 2132- 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Like Bears with Good Buoy

  • What: Double feature of live music at The Roxy, with Like Bears and Good Buoy taking the stage.
  • When: Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: The Roxy Cabaret – 932 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline, $7

Friday, January 5

TELUS Future Home

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Smart fridge/TELUS

  • What: Located at the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival at the PNE, the concept condo gives you a sneak peek at smart-home innovations on the horizon. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the most cutting-edge technology. Although some of the technologies inside the home are now available, many are still a few years out so you’ll get to channel some futuristic vibes while you’re there.
  • When: Now until Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Time: Sunday to Thursday, 5 to 10 pm, Fridays, 5 to 11 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival, at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Admission to the future home included in festival ticket, $13.50-$19.00

Ghost Spring

  • What: Ghost Spring is a two-person show by Dilara Akay and Derya Akay looking at funeral practices within their own family in Turkey. This mother and son team explores the rituals around death within their own family, passing down information from one generation to the next.
  • When: Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Misery: An Arts Club on Tour Presentation

  • What: Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car crash by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up in her secluded home in the mountains of Colorado. While Annie nurses him back to health, Paul soon realizes that he is not her guest, but her captive. Angered that he has killed off her favourite character, Annie forces Paul to resurrect her in a new book—and Paul soon finds himself writing for his freedom…and his life. Based on the novel by Stephen King.
  • When: Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Kay Meek Centre – 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29-$50

Women & War

  • What: Women and War shares the stories of generations of women impacted by conflict from the Great War to the War in Afghanistan. From housewife to switchboard worker, young bride to nurse, mother to widow, and young woman to soldier, these are tales of sacrifice, love, determination and hope told by those who bravely persevered on the home front and on the battlefield. Directed by Larisse Campbell.
  • When: Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street,
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$20

Square Dance at the Wise Hall

  • What: Beginner friendly square dance taught and called by Paul Silveria with live music by Booth Shot Lincoln featuring Shiho Muzumoto on fiddle. Opening set by The Royal Coachmen, all genders and orientations welcome. Come to watch or come to dance, bring a partner or find one there.
  • When: Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Italian Film Festival Opening Gala: Tulipani

  • What: Presented by VIFF Vancity Theatre, the Italian Cultural Centre and the Italian Consul, the Vancouver Italian Film Festival kicks off their fifth year with an Italian/Canadian/Dutch coproduction, Tulipani.
  • When: Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Time: 5:45 pm
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Foolish Fresh.

  • What: The Biltmore presents hip hop, trap, grime, and rap from 2010 to today. Featuring Dj Kookum and Dj Denise,
  • When: Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 pm
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: RSVP for free entry before 11pm to [email protected]
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