40 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, December 17-18


Note: Due to COVID-19, BC vaccination cards and / or masks may be required for entry to some in-person events.

FRIDAY: Stephen King double program at the Rio Theater features screenings by Brian De Palma The brilliant and that of Mike Flanagan Doctor Sleep.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Vancouver comedian Graham Clark runs a 24-hour stand-up marathon to raise funds for the Little Mountain Gallery Eviction Fund.

Rebecca Margolick (left) and Livona Ellis perform at the Dance Center.
Faviola Perez

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: dancers Livona Ellis and Rebecca Margolick are featured in an evening of four solos – plus the world premiere of their first collaboration, Fortress–to Scotiabank Dance Center.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the conductor Erick Lichte conducts the Male choir Chor Leoni in the festive Christmas concerts With Chor Leoni at the recently renovated St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Canadian violinist Lara Saint-Jean joins the Vancouver Symphony in the iconic work of Antonio Vivaldi The four Seasons to Chan Center for the Performing Arts.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Fleurs de Villes CHRISTMAS is a flower art trail that decorates the streets of downtown Vancouver with 40 festive flower art displays.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Coil Causes presents online screenings of Someone like me, a Vancouver documentary that follows a queer group of foreigners unite to support a Ugandan gay man seeking asylum in Canada.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: a large solo exhibition of the works of Steven Shearer is presented at North Vancouver Polygon gallery until February 13, 2022.

Left to right: Tim Howe, Jenny Andersen and Sean Hara appear in Vacation on Broadway.
David Cooper

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: seven singer-musicians perform festive hits from Broadway shows at Vacation on Broadway at Richmond Gateway Theater.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: in Canyon Lights, the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is illuminated from end to end by a bright multicolored display.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Promethean theater company presents his production of Shakespeare King Lear, directed by Isaac Li, at Jericho Arts Center.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Imagine Picasso, an immersive exhibition featuring massive projections of the work of the pioneering Spanish artist, now takes place at Vancouver Convention Center.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Vancouver Museum presents the traveling exhibition Resident X until October 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAYThe Robson Square Ice Rink offers free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with skate rentals and sharpening available.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Canoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh to Vancouver Maritime Museum features the work of 20 Indigenous artists and sculptors along with historical images and information that tell the story of Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength through the canoe of war and all that it stands for. Organized by Indigenous artist and cultural historian Roxanne Charles, the exhibition runs until July 3, 2022.

Amanda Sum (left) and Dawn Petten feature in East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland.
Tim matheson

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: take a trip through the looking glass with Theater replacementthe ninth annual edition of East Van Panto at York Theater.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Grouse MountainThe annual Christmas Summit features family-friendly activities like Santa’s Workshop, Light Walk, and the Skating Pond until January 3.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo: the exhibition–which offers a close-up of Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece – shows at Vancouver Convention Center East Building.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sho Sho Esquiro: Doctrine of Discovery is a personal exhibition of the designer, artist and activist Sho Sho Esquiro which features meticulously crafted couture dresses, textiles, paintings and photographs to celebrate the beauty and resilience of First Nations communities. The exhibition takes place at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art until June 5, 2022.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Vancouver Christmas Market features over 80 artisan huts offering handcrafted gifts through December 24 at Jack Poole Square (downtown at the Olympic cauldron).

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Mitch and Murray Productions features performances from Mike Bartlett’s Generational Conflict Story, Snowflake, to Red Gate review scene.

The Arts Club presents Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol until January 2.
Moonrider Productions

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Arts club theater company present Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, a heartwarming musical based on Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, to Industrial Alliance Stanley Theater until January 2.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: GROWING IN FREEDOM: Yoko Ono’s Instructions / The Art of John and Yoko runs to the Vancouver Art Gallery until May 1, 2022. The exhibition is divided into two parts, the first of which examines Ono’s artistic process, reflecting his radical and unconventional approach, and the second highlighting Ono’s collaborative artistic projects. and her late husband John Lennon aimed at promoting peace.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sankofa: African roads, Canadian roots, an exhibition that explores the relationship between traditional and contemporary African art and contemporary black Canadian art, runs until March 27, 2022 at MOA.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the VanDusen Botanical Garden Beloved holiday event, the Festival of Lights, runs through Jan. 3, with over a million multi-colored lights decorating 15 acres of backyard.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: OG Punk, running in North Vancouver Polygon gallery through Jan. 2, 2022, captures ethics of punk subculture by Vancouver photographer Dina goldstein.

SATURDAY: Vancouver Canucks face off against Toronto Maple Leafs in the action of the National Hockey League at Rogers Arena.

Jimbo from Canada Drag Race is featured in Tits the Season! at the Rio on Saturday.

SATURDAY: Helvetica Productions present Breasts the season!, an oversized festive extravaganza featuring drag, burlesque, circus and variety artists from Vancouver to Rio Theater.

SATURDAY: the Vancouver Cantata Singers performs traditional Christmas carols and contemporary holiday compositions in Christmas Reprise XVIII at Saint-Rosaire Cathedral.

SATURDAY: the Rogue folk club presents blues singer Dalannah Gail Bowen in concert at Mel Lehan Room in Saint-Jacques.

SATURDAY: the intimate music vocal ensemble weaves speech and song in Rosa Mystica, a musical exploration of motherhood, to Christ Church Cathedral.

SATURDAY: the Vancouver Classical Guitar Society presents young brothers Alan and Brayden Liu performing their first concert together at Pyatt Room.

Celebrate Keith Richards birthday and support the Vancouver Food Bank in Keithmas.

SATURDAY: Keithmas, Keith Richards Birthday Celebration and Vancouver Food Bank Fundraiser at Rickshaw theater, features performances by Rich Hope, La Chinga, Elliot Christopher Way, The Bad Beats, Cousin Harley, Carolyn Mark, Pet Blessings, Little Destroyer and Grifters.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: projections at Vanity Theater by director Paul Verhoeven Benedetta, about a 17th-century Italian nun venerated as a mystic and persecuted for engaging in a lesbian affair with another member of her convent.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Bernard Cuffling and Anna Hagan gift Feathers don’t tweet 2, the last part of their ode to letter writing, accompanied by music and songs, to PAL Studio Theater.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir presents performances from their Sing We Now of Christmas program online through January 1.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Royal City Youth Ballet presents integral performances of classical ballet Nutcracker, with score by Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky, at New Westminster’s Massey Theater.

Soprano Rachel Buttress performs with the Vancouver Symphony during a traditional Christmas.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: host Christopher Gaze joins the soprano Rachel buttress, the conductor Karl Hirzer, and the Vancouver Symphony in a traditional Christmas at Orphée Theater.

SUNDAY: projection at the Cinematheque of the 2D version of Werner Herzog2010 meditation on our ancient artist ancestors, Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

SUNDAY: Winter Harp presents harps combined with flutes, violin, rare medieval instruments, percussion, poetry and song in North Vancouver Blueshore Financial Center for the Performing Arts.

SUNDAY: children’s musical animators the Kerplunks perform at the Anvil center as a member of Shine Bright New West series of events.



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