27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: January 10 to 12

Jan 10 2020, 1:00 pm

Another Vancouver weekend full of fun events to enjoy. From We Will Rock You to Gluten Free Expo, here are 27 things to do from January 10 to January 12.

And for more things happening around town, be sure to check out our events section.

Friday, January 10

Burrard Arts Foundation Opening: Cindy Mochizuki, Howie Tsui, Candice Okada

Burrard Arts Foundation / Facebook

What: Join Burrard Arts Foundation to celebrate the opening of BAF Gallery’s new Winter 2020 exhibitions: The Sakaki Tree by Cindy Mochizuki, Parallax Chambers by Howie Tsui, and new Garage installation Emergency Situation from Candice Morgan Okada.

When: January 10, 2020. Exhibition runs January 10 until March 7, 2020
Time: Opening Night Party from 7 to 11 pm. Exhibition is open 12 to 5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday
Where: Burrard Arts Foundation – 258 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

NORCECA Men’s Tokyo Qualification Tournament

What: The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) hosts a three-day round-robin tournament in January at Pacific Coliseum. Canada, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico will play to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, with Canada needing to finish first in order to qualify.

When: January 10 to 12, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 N Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

We Will Rock You: The Musical on Tour

What: An original story musical set to the songs of Queen, and written by Ben Elton. We Will Rock You takes the audience to iPlanet, a distant future earth where revolutionaries Galileo and Scaramouche go on an epic quest to save Rock N’ Roll. Featuring more than 24 Queen hits including “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “We Will Rock You.”

When: January 10 and 11, 2020
Time: 8 pm (January 10 and 11), 2 pm (January 11)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Port Moody Film Society Film Night

What: Port Moody Film Society hosts monthly film nights at Inlet Theatre. Expect a lineup of acclaimed independent films from around the world. January’s movie selection is Les Innocentes.

When: The second Friday of every month: January 10, February 14, April 9, 2020.
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Admission: At the door, $7 or $5 for members. Membership $5 a year.

Vanhoover Pony Expo

My Little Pony

My Little Pony ( HOHLOVMIHAIL / Shutterstock)

What: Vanhoover Pony Expo gives Canadian pony fans a convention to call their own, and gives the entire fandom a place to celebrate all things pony in Vancouver. Despite its name and theme, organizers note that Vanhoover Pony Expo is in no way affiliated with Hasbro, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and related media belong exclusively to Hasbro and/or its subsidiaries.

When: January 10 to 12, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Executive Airport Hotel — 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Registration: Online

Unplugged at Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse

What: Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse in Port Coquitlam has hosted its Unplugged series for over 15 years. Local musicians from across the Lower Mainland have performed to help raise funds and awareness for the hospice. Attendees are also welcome to perform in the open stage segment of the evening.

When: January 10, January 24, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, open stage 7:30 pm, feature performer 8:30 pm
Where: Gathering Place – 200-2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam
Admission: $5

Cove Rat Comedy

What: Rachel Schaefer and Shawn Lawrence host Cove Rat Comedy, a monthly comedy show at Spade Coffee & Spirits. This month’s show features headliner Julie Kim, as well as Andrea Jin, Dave Harris, and more.

When: January 10, 2020
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm

Where: Spade Coffee & Spirits — 1858 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saturday, January 11

Gluten Free Expo

Gluten Free Expo/Facebook

What: Canada’s largest gluten free event is returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre East with hundreds of products to check out. Hear and learn from registered dieticians, nutritionists, doctors, and chefs.

When: January 11 and 12, 2020
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

2020 VSO New Music Festival

What: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival takes place from January 11 to 16, with a variety of performances that explore this year’s theme of (re)creation. Highlights include Kaija Saariaho and Unsuk Chin, Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face led by Music Director Emeritus Bramwell Tovey, pre-concert panels and discussions, post-concert Q&A’s, and more.

When: January 11 until January 16, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Hands On Scientist Barn Owls

What:​ Owl researcher Sofi Hindmarch hosts an evening of interesting owl-study insights and a walk to look for signs of owls at Campbell Valley Regional Park.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park — 20285 8 Avenue, Langley
Register: Phone 604-432-6359. $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per adult 65+

Skate Plaza at The Shipyards

What: The Shipyards’ large, covered outdoor plaza has been converted into a free ice rink for the season. The rink will be open to skating seven days a week from 12 to 7 pm.

The skateable surface is approximately 20,000 sq. ft., including the floor area of the 12,000-sq-ft plaza and the adjacent 8,000-sq-ft summertime water spray area, both of which are covered by a retractable roof. Skaters can either bring their own skates or rent a pair of skates on-site for $7, although quantities are limited. Helmets and skating aids are free.

When: Daily until the end of season
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: The Shipyards Commons, North Vancouver
Admission: Free, skate rentals are available at a cost of $7 (quantities are limited)

House and Home

What: The world premiere of House and Home by Jenn Griffin. An insightful comedy about Vancouver’s current real estate crisis, the play follows Hilary and Henry and their struggles to keep their house. Directed by Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer.

When: Tuesday to Sunday from January 11 until January 25, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre — 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Brackendale Eagle Festival – The Matinee concert

What: The Brackendale Eagle Festival features an all-ages live concert by The Matinee on January 11 at the Brackendale Art Gallery

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Brackendale Art Gallery — 41950 Government Rd, Brackendale
Tickets: $30

Nature Work Parties

What: Help take care of Surrey’s unique urban forest in Hazelnut Meadows Community Park by removing invasive plants and litter. No experience is required and everyone is welcome to take part. Tools, training and light refreshments will be provided.

When: January 11 and February 8, 2020
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Hazelnut Meadows Community Park – 14069 68 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Raincouver-Themed Afternoon Tea at Notch8

Raincouver Tea

Courtesy Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

What: Notch8, located on the main floor of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, presents new tea offering Raincouver Afternoon Tea. The tea features both sweet and savoury treats.

Tea lovers can expect fare like a Crab Profiterole made with Dungeness crab, green apple, smoked roe and fennel, and sweet eats like the Chocolate Mud Tart served in a dark chocolate pastry shell, filled with chocolate crémeux, chocolate ganache and chocolate “soil,” to name a few.

When: Wednesday through Sunday from January 11 until April 12, 2020
Time: 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65 per person; book online or call 604-662-1900

Herring Sale for Autism

What: Autism Community Training is hosting an Herring for Autism Sale, sponsored by Oceanside Fisheries, to raise funds for ACT. Last year over 20,000 pounds of herring was sold.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: 7th Avenue Wharf – 3080 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free. Each 20lb (9kg) bag is $20 with all proceeds going to ACT.

Bowie Ball 2020

What: An annual celebration of the music, art, theatre, fashion, and philosophy of David Bowie featuring performances by a variety of Vancouver musicians. The event is also a fundraiser for The Canadian Cancer Society.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E Hastings Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, January 12

Theo Katzman

What: Los Angeles singer-songwriter Theo Katzman performs at VENUE on January 12 with special guest Rett Madison.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: VENUE — 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

2020 Chinese New Year Vancouver Carnival at Aberdeen Square

What: Aberdeen Square and Mooby Yoho E-Commerce celebrates the Year of the Rat with a Chinese New Year event. The carnival features cultural performances and authentic food, and also celebrates the local history of Asian communities in Metro Vancouver.

When: January 11 until January 18, 2020
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Aberdeen Square — 4000 Number 3 Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Robson Square Ice Rink

Robson Square

Image: Robson Square

What: The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is open for the 2019/2020 season, and as per tradition, skating is free for all ages. Wedged under the covered outdoor plaza at Robson Square, the rink is operated seasonally by the government when temperatures begin to dip.

Skating is free for all ages for those who bring their own skates. Those without skates can rent a pair on-site, for a fee. An on-site concession stand will also serve warm drinks and snacks.

When: Daily until February 29, 2020
Time: Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm. Holiday hours vary
Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson Street and Howe Street)
Price: Free for all ages, if you bring your own skates. (Skate rentals are $5, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time.) Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only. Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under.

Beethoven & Beyond

What: St. Paul’s Anglican Church presents Beethoven & Beyond, the second in their chamber music concert series. The performance will include Beethoven Sextet Opus 81b for 2 horns and string quartet, Shostakovich Quartet Op 110, and Mendelssohn Quartet Op 13.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Church — 1130 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Admission: Donation

Sunday Night Movie Series at Bells and Whistles

Bells and Whistles

Bells and Whistles Exterior (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

What: Enjoy movies every Sunday night at Bells and Whistles. January screenings include Galaxy Quest on January 12. Enjoy free popcorn.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 9 pm
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna

What: For the first time in Western Canada, Egyptian artist Wael Shawky will be showing a collection of his latest work with Al Araba Al MadfunaShawky’s contemporary artwork gives visitors the chance to see how history and mythology blur together, or become interchanged as we search for meaning and narrative in real life.

Check out screenings of the multilayered film productions Al Araba Al Madfuna I and Al Araba Al Madfuna II, which will take place during the run of the exhibition on select days. Each explores how mythologies are recorded alongside our current narratives of uncertainty and change.

When: Tuesdays to Sundays from now until January 12, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm, closed Mondays
Where: The Polygon Gallery — 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Lights on the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs

What: Harrison Hot Springs will be overflowing with Christmas spirit this holiday season, thanks to the return of its annual Winter Light Festival. Light displays on the Harrison Lakefront will showcase the mythical creature hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, and windsurfing. The event will also feature a Christmas tree trail and a brand-new synthetic outdoor ice rink.

When: Now until January 12, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Harrison Hot Springs
Admission: Free

In the BAG Family Sundays

What: Visit Burnaby Art Gallery for a different family-friendly art project at Family Sundays.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 1 to 4 pm, beginning on the hour and half-hour mark with the last at 3:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Kay Meek RESONATE Series – Classic “HITS”

What: Kay Meek presents baroque and classical masterworks performed by Gaël Chabot-Leclerc, Greg Samek, Daniel Tones, Colin Van de Reep, and Paolo Bortolussi. The performance features works by Debussy, Steve Reich and John Wyre, and Telemann and Mozart.

When: January 12, 2020
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Where: Grosvenor Theatre – Kay Meek Arts Centre — 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Family Board Games

What: Vancouver Public Library – Renfrew Branch hosts a weekly Family Board Games gathering on Sunday afternoons. Everyone is invited to play one of the library’s games while making new friends. For grades K to 7.

When: Every Sunday until March 29, 2020
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library – Renfrew Branch — 2969 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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