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28 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 7 to 10

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Daniel Chai Jan 07, 2019 5:00 am 212

Fill your week with a fun new event! From SAP Networking Event, Blind Date, and more, here are our picks of 27 things to do in Vancouver from Monday, January 7 to Thursday, January 10.

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

Monday, January 7

SAP Networking Event & Live Performance by KT Tunstall

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What: Multinational software company SAP will be hosting a free exclusive networking event in Vancouver for those who are interested in connecting and networking with various diverse members of the SAP community from all over the world. Those attending the event will be able to speak about the opportunities with hiring managers and senior leaders within the company, as well as get an insight into a leading global organization’s company culture. Additionally, SAP has invited award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall to perform live at the event, bringing her unique brand of alternative rock to Vancouver.

When: Monday, January 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street
Price: FREE — Register here to RSVP

Queers & Beers at Northpaw

What: Tri-Cities Pride Society presents Queers & Beers on the first Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome for a fun night of beer specials. Northpaw’s mission is to provide a safe space for all members of the LGBTQ2+ community.

When: First Monday of every month.
Time: 4 to 9 pm
Where: Northpaw Brew Co. – Unit 2150 – 570 Sherling Pl., Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

La Befana Party

What: La Befana is an entertaining family show that tells the story of an old Italian lady who traditionally brings treats to children.

When: Monday, January 7, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – Ballroom – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Full Light of Day

What: A new Film/Theatre Hybrid written by Daniel Brooks and directed by Kim Collier. Set in Canada’s urban financial centres, The Full Light of Day tells the story of a mother who must contend with her husband’s corrupt legacy before she dies.

When: Monday, January 7 to Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mario Kart Challenge

What: The Cascade Room’s first Mario Kart Challenge of 2019. Sixteen competitors will drive at top speed while shrinking and inking their competition for prizes a chance at prizes. Register in person with our bar staff at The Cascade Room.

When: Monday, January 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Cascade Room – 2616 Main Street, Vancouver
Register: In person, $25 entry fee includes 2 drinks, 1 appetizer and prizes

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden

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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 to January 7, 2019
Time: 4:30 pm to 9 pm.
Where: VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Online: Pricing: Adults $18.50 online and $20 at the gate. Prices vary for youth, children and seniors. Tickets available online.

Pedals for the People Volunteer Night at the Bike Kitchen

What: The Pedals for the People program was created by Our Community Bikes with the aim of increasing access to bicycles and bike repair for those who experience barriers to affordable forms of transportation. Through the help of volunteers and donors, bikes are refurbished and given away for free or for by sliding scale donation. The Bike Kitchen has teamed up with OCB to support this program and get more pedals to the people. Attend the Bike Kitchen’s Monday volunteer nights to help build bikes.

When: Every Monday
Time: 6:15 to 9 pm
Where: The Bike Kitchen – 6138 Student Union Boulevard, Room 36, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Tuesday, January 8

Snake Yoga

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What: The Circus Sideshow Reptiles hosts its first ever Snake Yoga class. The class offers he basics of handling the snakes plus a yoga flow class with snake partner. Attendees are welcome to bring their own snakes.

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Where: To be announced
Price: $60, email [email protected] to register

Pop-Up Comedy Jam with stand-up guest Danika Thibault

What: The Fictionals Comedy Co. welcome Danika Thibault to the Improv and Stand-Up Mashup at Cafe Deux Soleils. The evening features improv games inspired by audience suggestions, plus comedy surprises in Best of Both Worlds.

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Admission: $7 adults, $5 students and seniors

Heritage Detectives

What: Join PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives’ resident local historian Bryan Ness in a weekly exploration of different aspects of Port Coquitlam’s heritage and history.

When: Every Tuesday in January and February
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives – 150-2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Climbing Mexico’s Highest Mountains

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What: Along with a screening of their film, Forever Upwards: Mexico, climbers Steven Levkin, Taylor Livingston and Richard Carey will speak of major factors that were difficult to portray in the film. Corrupted video files, snot-freezing windchill and navigating the unknown. These are only a few of the many unexpected challenges this team needed to overcome while climbing Pico de Orizaba, North America’s third highest mountain. Members and non-members welcome.

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: AnzaClub Vancouver – 3 West 8th Ave, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Songstage with Ivan Boudreau

What: Canadian musician and songwriter, Ivan Boudreau, hosts the evening with special guest songwriters followed by an open mic showcase for writers of original music. Songstage is presented with The Songwriters Association of Canada.

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: The ACT Arts Centre – 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Unsettling Perspectives: Subverting the Colonial Gaze

What: The opening reception for Unsettling Perspectives: Subverting the Colonial Gaze. Manuel Axel Strain is a Two-Spirited interdisciplinary artist of Musqueam, Secwepemc, and Syilx descent. He works with painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and video installations.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Interurban Art Gallery – 1 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Rooted: The Story of HURT

What: A screening of Rooted: The Story of HURT. HURT is a 100 Mile Endurance Run designed for the adventurous and well-prepared ultrarunner. Presented by Salomon Vancouver.

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2018
Time: 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Salomon Store Vancouver – 900 Main Street #C4, West Vancouver
Admission: Free

Wednesday, January 9

The Arts Club’s Blind Date

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What: From January 9 to 19, Rebecca Northan’s improv comedy Blind Date will be playing at Surrey Arts Centre. Viewers will get a chance to experience the exhilaration (and hilarity!) of new love as Mimi, the lead character of the show, goes on a blind date with a different man every night. There’s a catch though – her date is picked right out of the audience.

When: Wednesday, January 9 to Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: Showtimes vary based on date
Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Voice: Who should tell your story? with Patricia Sandberg

What: Using her own memories and the stories told to her by over 150 people who lived in her hometown in northern Saskatchewan, Patricia Sandberg has penned a dramatic illustrated work of narrative non-fiction – Sun Dogs and Yellowcake – Gunnar  Mines, a Canadian Story. Patricia’s talk will be about the voice she used to tell the story and how that carries into the self-publishing decision she made. She will discuss how self-publishing can be a great option and sometimes the best option.

When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, Suite 100 – 938 Howe Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

TechVancouver July 2018

What: TechVancouver’s Meetup brings together Vancouver’s tech leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts. The speakers are highly curated leaders and innovators who share their expertise and experiences through 5 minute TED-style presentations.

When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $24

Shot in the Dark Opening Film — Three Identical Strangers

What: The first film of Shot in the Dark’s Winter 2018 series is Three Identical Strangers, an American documentary film directed by Tim Wardle. This film won a Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Shot in the Dark – Langley Film Nights is a non profit organization and a member of the Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival

When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Cineplex Cinemas Langley – 20090 91A Ave, Langley
Tickets: $10 at the door

Workshops: Printmaking & Pinot Series

What: Explore different printmaking techniques with Burnaby Art Gallery’s expert instructors while sipping on your choice of pinot. Wine included in the fee.

When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Register: Online

Wednesday Night at the Movies: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

What: A free screening of Joel and Ethan Coen’s classic O Brother, Where Art Thou? at Vancouver Public Library Renfrew Branch. Three convicts escape from a prison farm in Mississippi and travel home in hopes of recovering buried loot before it’s lost forever in a flood.

When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library – Renfrew Branch – 2969 East 22nd Ave., Vancouver
Admission: Free

Free Yoga at Gateway Theatre

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

Thursday, January 10

Unscriptured: Expanded Edition

What: Unscriptured is the completely improvised church service for a religion made up on the spot — all based on an audience suggestion. Formerly a one man show, this new expanded version features a choir, live music, and “guest preachers” from around the Vancouver comedy community. Created and hosted by Travis Bernhardt, winner of 2018 Vancouver Pick of the Fringe.

When: Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $5

Open Reception: Breathing Space and Learn • Create • Live

What: Start 2019 with an evening of art, conversation, wine and other refreshments at the opening reception for Port Moody Arts Centre’s January exhibitions Breathing Space and Learn • Create • Live, on display January 10 to February 7, 2019.

When: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

What: Easy-going and neurotic personalities clash when two women become roommates. While Olive is messy, untidy, and unconcerned about the state of her apartment, Florence is obsessively clean, tidy, and obsessed with hygiene. Olive’s easy-going outlook on life soon clashes with Florence’s highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit. Written by Neil Simon, directed by Richard Wiens, and starring Angela Bell as Olive Madison and Corrine Out as Florence Unger.

When: Various dates from Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 19, 2018
Time: 8 pm (matinee performance at 2 pm on Saturday, January 13)
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online, $19-$24

Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes

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Vancouver Canucks

What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena.

When: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Lighthouse Labs Vancouver Demo Day

What: Lighthouse Labs grads show off what they’ve learned in just 10 weeks. Enjoy pizza, beer, a chance to rub shoulders with an incredible network of developers and entrepreneurs, and get an inside look at the skill set of the new graduates.

When: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Devhub – 401 West Georgia #600, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Ian Maksin and Zaria – Songs of the Vagabond Cello

What: World-renowned cellist, composer and multilingual vocalist Ian Maksin and his international Zaria band are back in Vancouver for Songs of the Vagabond Cello, a magical musical journey across the time and space.

When: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Columbia Theatre – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Online, $25-$70

Tea & Trumpets: The VSO at 100

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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What: Celebrate the VSO’s 100th Anniversary in a concert that features the very first piece ever performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture – and celebrated works important in the VSO’s history.

When: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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Daniel Chai
Daniel Chai is a writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC.

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