29 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 21 to 24

Jan 16 2019, 4:41 pm

A brand new week with new events to discover! Here are our picks of things to do in Vancouver from Monday, January 21 to Thursday, January 24, including Street Food City, Wildchild and more.

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

Monday, January 21

Street Food City VIII

Street Food City

East Fries from yvrdctaco (@streetfoodvancouver/Instagram)

What: Now in its eighth year, the food truck extravaganza will take place from January 21 to 27, where foodies can find a rotating selection of purveyors outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, on the north side of the building. Entry is FREE this year, leaving you more cash to spend on some epic eats.

When: Monday, January 21 to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm and Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery), Vancouver
Price: Free entry

Flower Market at Yaohan Centre

What: Visit the Yaohan Centre Flower Market during this time of the year is a great way to get into the spirit of Chinese New Year. The market is the perfect place to soak up in the joy of the festivities and pick up a few items to decorate the house.

When: Monday, January 21 to Monday, February 4, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7
Where: Yaohan Centre – 3700 No. 3 Rd #2220, Richmond
Admission: Free

Mrs. Krishnan’s Party

What: Mrs. Krishnan’s boarder, an overzealous wannabe DJ named James, has invited a few friends into the back room of the corner shop as a special surprise to celebrate Onam and the return home of her son. But when strangers turn up (the audience) and settle in, Mrs. K has no choice but to throw the party of her life. Over one joyous evening, Mrs. Krishnan’s Party magically transforms strangers into friends with a little Daal, a little dancing, and some serious laughs.

When: Now to Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wild Child

What: Austin-based indie pop band Wild Child bring their Expectations Tour to Vancouver with special guests Batty jr.

When: Monday, January 21, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $16

Shred for the Cause at Mt. Seymour

What: For the 2019 season, women can ski and snowboard at Mt Seymour for $15, with $7.50 from every lift ticket going to The Bloom Group. Men are welcome to come out and enjoy the evening as well, with lift tickets for men from 5 to 10 pm for $35. The Bloom Group have been providing social services in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for over 50 years, including low-barrier shelters for women and children. Drinks and food specials are being served in the Rock Chute from 5 pm onwards with trivia and games for prizes and giveaways at 8 pm.

When: Every Monday until March 25, 2019
Times: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Mt Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: Women $15, Men $35. Tickets will be sold out of the ticket booths at the Season Pass & Ticket Office. Ticket and rental packages will be sold in the Alpine Activity Centre.

Loop, Lull

What: In this performance by Company 605, all is laid bare for the spectator: the audience witnessing a process without an endpoint, sharing the space and energy with the performers. This sense of transparency and community is essential to the meaning of Loop, Lull, which hides behind no narrative except bodies and movement in constant negotiation. It’s about people coping with change together, and all the beauty, vulnerability and risk that entails. Part of PuSh Festival.

When: January 21 and 22, January 28 and 29, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Science Fair

What: Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster’s joyful documentary can’t help but inspire hope. Nine science-obsessed teenagers are portrayed in the lead-up to the esteemed Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where the winner stands to pocket a cool $75,000 and perhaps change the world. With entries from 78 countries – a Brazilian girl and a German boy are featured alongside the Americans – the fair is huge.

When: Monday, January 21 to Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, January 22

Italian Brewery & Culinary Tour

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What: Hop on with Vancouver Brewery Tours to celebrate the best of Italian culture, cuisine and craft beer. Part of Dine Out Vancouver.

When: January 22, January 25, January 26, January 29, February 1, February 2, 2019
Time: 3:45 to 7:30 pm
Where: Meet Inside Waterfront Station, 601 West Cordova, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $99

Ehnes Quartet

What: Canadian superstar violinist James Ehnes brings his string quartet to Vancouver. Joining Ehnes is Amy Schwartz Moretti, violins, Richard O’Neill, viola, and Edward Arron, cello. The programme features Mozartian elegance and Schubertian lyricism, via the modern dynamism of music by Janáček.

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where:The Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $55. $60 at the door, $15 for students at the door

Book Launch: Minerva’s Owl by Carol Matthews

What: For 45 years, Carol Matthews has worked as an educator, writer, researcher, as a voice for social justice, and an advocate for the arts and non-profit sectors. Author of four memoirs, her latest is Minerva’s Owl. Part grief memoir, part love story, this account is an exploration of how bereavement after a long-term marriage, can be experienced as part of an ongoing relationship.

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Massy Books – 229 E. Georgia St., Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Story Collider: Kinship

What: The Story Collider features entertaining, true stories about science. Performances by Kayla Glynn, Hilary Agro, Juan Jose Alava, Matt Loeb, and JD Kennedy. Hosted by Glynn and Josh Silberg.

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15

Philip J. Deloria – The Gifts of Fringe Speaker Series

What: Join Dr. Philip J. Deloria, Professor of History at Harvard University, for a keynote address on the comparative and connective histories of Indigenous peoples in a global context. In this lecture, Deloria will discuss the “fringe” art of Mary Sully, a Dakota Sioux artist from the 1930s, whose unique portfolio of work is largely unknown and unexplored in relation to the aesthetic currents of American, European and Indigenous modernisms. Deloria will offer a close reading of Sully’s work through the lenses of modernism, Dakota women’s aesthetics and the American Indian politics of the 1930s. An open discussion, facilitated by Karrmen Crey, will follow.

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Members $12,  General Admission $15, Students and Seniors $10

Nada Community Yoga

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What: Nada offers in-store community yoga classes. Vinyasa/flow classes will be offered on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. This is an all-levels class, suitable for every age and ability.

When: Every Tuesday and Saturday until January 29, 2019
Time: 8:30 to 9:30 pm (Tuesdays), 8 to 9 am (Saturday)
Where: Nada – 675 East Broadway, Vancouver
Admission: Free but donations are encouraged. All proceeds are split between the instructor and Nada’s current 1% for the Planet partner.


What: In this prizewinning piece, the set is almost bare and broken crockery is the main prop; PALMYRA may seem slight at first glance, but it’s about as rich in implication as one could ask for. The situation can be described bluntly and simply: two men are onstage, and one of them has a plate while the other does not. From this, conflict emerges that ranges from the comical to the brutal. The audience is drawn into the work in surprising and provocative ways. Part of PuSh Festival.

When: Tuesday, January 22 to Thursday, January 24, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, January 23

Itzhak Perlman

What: Itzhak Perlman returns to the VSO stage to perform Mendelssohn’s Romantic Violin Concerto, “the heart’s jewel” of violin concertos, with Maestro Otto Tausk.

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Frozen (a staged reading)

What: Angry, humane, and compassionate, this extraordinary play entwines the lives of a murderer, the mother of one of his victims, and his psychologist to explore our capacity for forgiveness, remorse, and change after an act that seems to rule them out entirely.

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online, $15

Vancouver Canucks vs Carolina Hurricanes

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Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

What: Vancouver Canucks face off with the Carolina Hurricanes at Rogers Arena.

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

I Think I’m Dead by Al Lafrance

What: From obsessing over movies to attempting professional wrestling, with some near-death experiences in between, I Think I’m Dead by Al Lafrance is a one-of-a-kind storytelling journey through the multiverse of insomnia. Presented by Way-Off Broadway Wednesdays.

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show at 7 pm
Where: The Heritage Grill – 447 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Pay what you want

Race Cards

What: “Why do people assume that racism will just passively die out if we wait long enough?” That’s number 307 of 1,000 questions that Selina Thompson has composed and put on cards; in this installation, visitors will enter the site and read as many of them as they wish. They are instructed to answer one card and copy one to take away with them. Part of PuSh Festival.

When: Wednesday, January 23 to Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 12 to 8 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Hot Chocolate Festival

Thierry Hot Chocolate (Leila Kwok)

What: This annual celebration of all things hot chocolate is kicking off on January 19 and runs until February 14 – which means you have tons of days to try all of the participating ‘chocstars’ at this year’s fest. Each cafe, dessert bar, and restaurant has created sugary wondrous concoctions that take classic hot chocolates to a whole new level – there will be 70 drinks in total to explore.

When: Now to February 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Vancouver
More Info: Online

Lion in the Streets

What: Award-winning Canadian playwright Judith Thompson’s seminal play, Lion in the Streets (1990), is a cumulative play whose central character, Isobel, is the ghost of a murdered, nine-year-old Portuguese girl. Returning to the neighbourhood seventeen years after her death, young Isobel drops into the lives of her neighbours and reveals the hauntingly raw underbelly of human nature.

When: Various dates from now to Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Tickets:  Online

Thursday, January 24

Vancouver Giants vs Prince George Raiders

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Image: Vancouver Giants / Facebook

What: Vancouver Giants face off with the Prince Albert Raiders at the Langley Events Centre.

When: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Crazy8s DGCBC 20th Anniversary Fundraiser Screening

What: The Crazy8s DGCBC 20th Anniversary Fundraiser Screening featuring a selection of classic Crazy8s films from the past 20 years. Network with Crazy8s alumni, the community of friends and sponsors, and this year’s winners. Hosted by David C. Jones The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and introductions to the 2019 Crazy8s filmmakers.

When: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm screening 8 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Walk the Aisle in Style

What: Indochino is hosting a wedding mixer designed for engaged couples. Take the opportunity to brainstorm the perfect look for your big day, and have a great time while connecting with their handpicked partners in the process. Come early and you could win some prizes too.

When: Thursday, January 24
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Yaletown Showroom – 1014 Homer Street, Vancouver
Register: onlineFor free

Just for Men – Health Talk

What: Support healthy aging with community connection, relevant presentations by healthcare providers and practical information designed specifically for senior men. Featuring Dr. Romi Fung, ND. Registration required. This event is for ages 55 and over.

When: Thursday, January 24, Thursday, January 31, Thursday, February 28
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: Thompson Community Centre – 5151 Granville Ave, Richmond
Admission: Free

Smash Comedy Festival

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What: Produced by Nasty Women Comedy, the inaugural Smash Comedy Festival is a three-day comedy festival spotlighting Vancouver’s best and brightest women/trans/femme/plus performers. Featuring sketch, improv and stand-up shows, writing and improv workshops, and a 90s dance party. Funds go towards sending underrepresented kids to Improv Camp for the upcoming 2019 season.

When: Thursday, January 24 to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Speaker Series – Dr. Alfredo Ferreira

What: SFU’s Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching and Research presents a talk by Dr. Alfredo Ferreira (lecturer, UBC Vantage College). The topic is institutional and pedagogical perspectives on an innovative content-based academic language and literacy curriculum.

When: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Where: Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching and Research (CELLTR) – 1390 West Mall Centre, Simon Fraser University – 8888 University Drive, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, Free

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
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

Corazón del espantapájaros (The Scarecrow’s Heart)

What: A multifaceted work that explores history, theatre and the ethics of representation. Visual and performance artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa has created an exhibition at SFU Galleries’ Audain Gallery, which will form the set for an intensely physical live presentation staged over four nights. Part of PuSh Festival.

When: Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25, 2019. Exhibition on until March 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Audain Gallery – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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