8 things to do in Vancouver this week: November 9 to 15

Nov 9 2020, 7:50 am

Please note: As recommended by BC’s provincial health officials, gatherings of any kind and unessential travel to the VCH and Fraser Health regions is not recommended at this time. Please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home. 

Another week means more things to do around the city. However, with the new regional COVID-19 measures in effect, we have opted for some home-based activities for you to enjoy this week.

From a film festival to trivia, here are some activities to check out from the comfort of your home.

South African Film Festival


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What: The highly anticipated South African Film Festival showcases the best of South African film with an award-winning lineup of features, documentaries and shorts that inspire, inform and entertain. This unique Festival reflects the outstanding cinema produced by South Africa’s diverse population, its rich tradition of struggle for democracy and equity and its complex political and economic reality.

When: November 1 to 12
Time: Times vary
Where: Online
Admission: Tickets are available online; all proceeds support Education without Borders programs in Canada and South Africa.

Observe Remembrance Day at home 

Remembrance Day

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With Remembrance Day approaching in the midst of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, public health orders have restricted all gatherings in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions. As such, people are being advised not to attend this year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies in person, but rather observe at home with their household.

Check out this list for 15 ways to observe Remembrance Day at home.

2020 Zero Waste Conference

Zero Waste Conference

Zero Waste Conference

What: For 10 years, the Zero Waste Conference has been at the forefront of Canada’s circular economy journey, offering participants a curated program of local and global thought leaders who share their insights and inspirations about circular economy success stories and waste prevention innovations.

When: November 13
Time: 8:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Online
Admission: Tickets are available online

Jack Of All Trades Battle

JOAT Battle

What: Well-versed street dancers meet in a supercharged atmosphere of exchange, confrontation, and adrenaline. Hosted by an MC, powered by a DJ, and adjudicated by a jury, this dance battle consists of a series of competitions of solo dance, improvised according to strict guidelines.

When: November 15
Time: 7 pm
Where: Online
Admission: $15; tickets are available online

Binge watch some shows 


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What: There’s nothing but time these days, so it’s a perfect time to catch up on your must-watch list. We’ve put together a list of 17 shows to binge-watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ if you need some inspiration!

When: Any day
Time: Any time
Where: Your phone, tablet, computer, or television
Cost: $10 to $12 or a free trial

Classic Simpsons Trivia

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What: Get your teams together in a chat, play some trivia, then watch an episode together and chat about it. Trivia starts at 7 pm sharp.

When: November 15
Time: 7 pm
Where: Online on Twitch
Admission: Free

Tech Talks – What is Biohacking?


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What: Suitable for adults and seniors, Tech Talks bridges the gap between consumer knowledge, products, and services that could help you in your daily life. This week’s talk will focus on the subculture that is biohacking. What are the benefits of biohacking and is it ethical to alter our bodies to incorporate technology in the pursuit of productivity? What are the long term implications of biohacking?

When: November 13
Time: 3:15 to 4:15 pm
Where: Online
Admission: Free; online registration required

Eastside Culture Crawl


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What: Despite the challenges that 2020 has brought to the visual arts community, the Eastside Culture Crawl boasts participation from nearly 250 artists. This year, the Culture Crawl offers both appointment-based in-person and virtual programming options — complete with a brand new digital appointment scheduler for controlled, in-person studio visits.

When: November 12 to 15 and 19 to 22
Time: Times vary
Where: Downtown Eastside
Admission: Free; more information is available online

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