28 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 27 to 30

Jan 27 2020, 1:00 pm

The last week of January has arrived! Enjoy the new week with these 28 events happening in Vancouver from January 27 to January 30, including Dine Out Vancouver, PuSh Festival, and more.

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

Monday, January 27

The Mashup – Beer, Wine and Distillery Tour

What: Vine&hops hosts a tour of three Vancouver-based establishments. The tour starts with beer flights and appy at a local brewery, followed by wine flights and a light dinner at Vancouver’s only urban winery. The night finishes with cocktails and dessert at a local distillery.

When: January 27 and January 31, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Meet across from Starbucks on Mainland and Davie Street at Passenger loading zone
Tickets: Online

An Ocean of Peace: 100 Years of Sikhs in New Westminster

Sikh exhibit

New Westminster Museum and Archives

What: An Ocean of Peace: 100 Years of Sikhs in New Westminster explores and celebrates the Sikh community of New Westminster and its relationship to the Sukh Sagar Gurdwara — the spiritual, political, and social centre of the community. The exhibition was curated by Paneet Singh and Naveen Girn in partnership with the Khalsa Diwan Society New Westminster and runs until May 31, 2020, at the New Westminster Museum and Archives.

When: Now until May 31, 2020.
Time: 10 am to 5 pm with extended hours on Thursdays to 8 pm
Where: The New Westminster Museum and Archives — 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: By donation

Angry Inuk

What: National Film Board presents a screening of Angry Inuk. The award-winning documentary by director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril shows tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting.

When: January 27, 2020
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm

Where: Vancouver Public Library – Carnegie Branch — 401 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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: Now 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

Soar Over Taiwan at Flyover Canada

What: Soar Over Taiwan takes guests through the water at Green Island, above the famous Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, past tea farms and into the heart of bustling cities. Inside the spherical flight-ride, this full 8-minute film was originally shown in Taiwan and created by the renowned Brogent Technologies. It’s the first time the film has ever been shown in Vancouver.

The experience starts with a unique Lunar New Year-themed pre-show celebration before the film, and guests can finish the experience with authentic Taiwanese pineapple cake and Oolong tea available for purchase at the Flying Whale Waterfront Café.

When: Now until February 17, 2020
Time: Every 15 to 20 minutes from 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Flyover Canada — 999 Canada Place Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Transits and Returns at Vancouver Art Gallery

What: Transits and Returns is Vancouver Art Gallery’s newest exhibition and showcases local First Nations artists and those from communities throughout the Pacific region. Transits and Returns explores wide-ranging experiences that are inclusive of both global connections and ancestral knowledge.

Participating artists include Edith Amituanai, Christopher Ando, Natalie Ball, BC Collective with Louisa Afoa, Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick with Nāpali Aluli Souza, Hannah Brontë, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Mariquita Davis, Chantal Fraser, Maureen Gruben, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Taloi Havini, Lisa Hilli, Carol McGregor, Marianne Nicolson, Ahilapalapa Rands, Debra Sparrow, and T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss.

When: Now until February 23, 2020
Time: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Floor 9 Salon Series: Family, An Asian Perspective

What: Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Asia Pacific Youth Council hosts film screening with short films by three up-and-coming film directors. The films explores themes of family, identity, and Asian-Canadian heritage. There will be a short presentation by the directors and audience Q&A after the screenings, and refreshments will be served.

When: January 27, 2020
Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
Where: Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada 900-675 West Hastings Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Tuesday, January 28

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Old Stock A Refugee Love Story – PuSh Festival / Photo by Stoo Metz Photography

What: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story by 2b Theatre Company is a concert and drama hybrid that tells the true story of Chaim and Chaya, Jewish refugees from the pogroms of Romania. The wild, witty, and inventive story shows the audience how they meet in 1908 while awaiting medical inspection in Halifax’s Pier 21 immigration centre, and continues forward to their lives together in Montreal and backward to the horrors of the Continent.

When: Now until January 30, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm (1:30 pm on January 26)
Where: Frederic Wood Theatre — University of British Columbia — 6354 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sea to Sky

What: Port Moody Art Association presents Sea to Sky, new works inspired by local landscapes around us. Juried selections embody interpretations of Sea to Sky, and showcase the varied painting styles of their members.

When: Now until February 27, 2020. Closed stat holidays
Time: 12 to 9 pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), 10 am to 9 pm (Tuesday and Thursday), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Michael Kiwanuka

What: British singer-songwriter and record producer Michael Kiwanuka is on tour in support of his latest album, Kiwanuka. He performs at Commodore Ballroom on January 28 with Sammy Brue.

When: January 28, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Blues Jam

Emotions studio / Shutterstock

What: Anza Club hosts a Blues Jam on January 28, with old standards and more being performed throughout the evening.

When: January 28, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm to close
Where: The Anza Club — 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Coastal Lunar Lanterns

What: The Asian-Canadian Special Events Association has created an iconic installation for Lunar New Year. From January 18 to February 9, eight gigantic lanterns designed by Indigenous artists will be set up and illuminated at the Jack Poole Plaza, using the mountains and water as a backdrop.

When: Now until February 9, 2020
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Chinese New Year Latte Art Competition at House of Funk

What:  House of Funk Brewing hosts a Chinese New Year Latte Art Competition. Local baristas compete to see who can steam the best latte art. One drink is included with each ticket.

When: January 28, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: House of Funk Brewing — 350 Esplanade East, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Civic Theatre – Art Gallery Open House

What: Vancouver Civic Theatres presents a visual arts gallery open house featuring artwork by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki and Pierre Vassura. All ages are welcome, and there will be an artist talk at 6 pm. The open house also showcases work from the Vancouver Community College Jewellery Art and Design Program.

When: January 28, 2020
Time: Doors 5 pm, artist talk 6 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Wednesday, January 29

Girlfriend Material

Girlfriend Material

What: Indie rockers Girlfriend Material, featuring members of Tokyo Police Club and Hollerado, are on tour to support their latest release, Cool Car. They perform at Fox Cabaret on January 29.

When: January 29, 2020
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret — 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Believers Are But Brothers

What: Artist, director, writer, and activist Javaad Alipoor performs The Believers Are But Brothers, an award-winning multimedia show about a generation of young men facing a crisis of masculinity.

When: Now until February 1, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Shakespeare’s EM

What: Pi Theatre invites the public to peek behind the curtain of their new adaptation of Othello, based on the point of view of character Emilia. From January 29 to 31 from 12 to 5 pm, attendees can see Pi Theatre choosing text, working on the show tech, and talking about characters. On January 31 from 2 to 4 pm, Pi Theatre will be performing scenes.

When: Now until January 31, 2020
Time: 12 to 5 pm

Where: Anvil Centre Theatre — 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Feasts of Coquitlam: Lunar New Year Dinner

What: Coquitlam Heritage hosts Feasts of Coquitlam in celebration of Lunar New Year. Cook Jessica Yue will teach attendees how to make three traditional Chinese dishes: Chinese Lions Head (Braised Pork Meatballs), Abalone Lucky Bag with XO sauce and sesame balls for dessert. She will also share info about Lunar New Year traditions, and join participants for the feast.

When: January 29, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Coquitlam Heritage — 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

The Fever

PuSh Festival

What: The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN asks the questions “How much can we trust other people? How do we form our conceptions of them? What does it take for us to work together?” The theatrical performance is a study of community, caring and mutual reliance; limits will be tested and bonds will form. There is a post-show talkback on January 31.

When: January 29 to February 2, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: ANNEX — 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Carved Out and Stitched Together

What: Nehiyaw Métis visual artist,Adele ᒪᐢᑿ ᐃᐢᑵᐤ Arseneau uses wood carving, beadwork, and digital art to reclaim her displaced heritage and language. Carved Out and Stitched Together is showcased at the Roundhouse until the end of February.

When: Now until February 29, 2020
Time: 9 am to 9:45 pm (Monday to Friday),  9 am to 4:45 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – Window Gallery – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Spine by Clara Brennan

What: Spine by Clara Brennan is presented by Backbone Theatre Company, and tells the story of an “explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Kate Besworth portrays both Amy and Glenda in this one woman acclaimed show.

When: January 29 until January 31, February 4 until February 8, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre — 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, January 30

Jackie Fabulous

What: Jackie Fabulous was a semi-finalist on the 2019 season of America’s Got Talent and was the only contestant Simon Cowell walked on stage to hug. She has been featured on the Arsenio Hall show, Gotham Comedy Live, FOX, BET, Last Comic Standing, Kevin Harts LOL Network and more.

When: January 30 until February 2, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: House of Comedy BC — 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster,
Tickets: Online

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

What: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche takes the audience back to 1956, where the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are meeting for their annual quiche breakfast. Will the group be able to maintain their cool when Communists threaten their blissful town?

When: January 30 until February 2, 2020
Time: 7 pm (plus 2 pm on Sunday)
Where: GO Studios — 210-112 E 3rd Avene, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

KDOCS presents Because We Are Girls

Because We Are Girls

What: KDOCS presents Because We Are Girls, which tells the story of a conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia that must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning when they were children. After remaining silent for nearly 25 years, the sisters decide to come forward, not only to protect other young relatives but to also set an example for their daughters.

The film subjects Jeeti Pooni, Kira Pooni, and Salakshana Pooni. Director Baljit Sangra will be in attendance, and Karen Snowshoe will be the keynote speaker. Health and wellness counsellors will also be on-site for the screening.

When: January 30, 2020
Time: 3;30 to 7:15 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University — 12666 – 72 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free, register online

Urinetown: The Musical

What: Studio 58 at Langara College presents Urinetown: The Musical, the Tony Award-winning satire about capitalism, environmental disaster, and hope.

When: Tuesday to Saturday from January 30 to February 16, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Studio 58 at Langara College — 100 W 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


Frontera – PuSh Festival / Adrián Morillo

What: Frontera is a multimedia performance that teams Montreal post-rockers Fly Pan Am with choreographer Dana Gingras and her dance company, Animals of Distinction. Frontera is one of the most accessible shows at PuSh: the show is deaf and hard of hearing friendly, with relaxed view spaces available for attendees. It is the first time VocalEye has been used in a dance show in Vancouver. The show also features scenography by United Visual Artists.

When: January 30, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

A Community of Castles

What: Oakridge Centre and LunarFest presents A Community of Castles, an art installation and photo opportunity to celebrate the Lunar New Year. LunarFest has created four structures to pay homage to the distinct architecture. cuisine and celebration style of four Asian cultures. The Castles and The Lifestyles made by Taiwanese and Canadian artists display scenery from Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, and China, with the unique carvings portraying food and gatherings often found during the Lunar New Year.

When: Now until February 10, 2020
Where: Oakridge Centre – 650 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

An Evening with Wrestling Legend: Raven

What: Pro wrestler Raven has competed with some of the biggest promotions in the world, including ECW, WCW, WWF/WWE, TNA, and more. He shares his story at the Rio Theatre on January 30, answers questions from the audience, and chats with Vancouver’s own Randy Myers.

When: January 30, 2020
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre — 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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