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From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to the Festival of Lights in late December, festivals and other exciting events are happening all the time in Vancouver.

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2012 Special Events at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Vive les voyageurs Winter Festival January 28-29 Historic Boot Camp & Historic Half Marathon February 18-19 Spring Break March 10-25 Easter Egg Hunt April 8; Easter Egg Hunt 1 pm Victoria Day May 21 Learn to Camp Weekend June 16 (pre-registration required) Aboriginal Day at Fort Langley June 23 Canada Day July 1 Parks Day July 21 The 2012 Prospera Valley Granfondo July 22 Ride into History Jul... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel By Lynn Nottage A richly textured love story It’s 1905. New York City. 35-year-old Esther is an independent African-American woman who makes a good living sewing exquisite undergarments and corsets for brides-to-be. But she yearns to wear one of her own creations. When a mysterious stranger from the Caribbean strikes up a pen-pal relationship, the romance that blooms p... Visit Website

Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe

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Aboriginal Culture

Bill Reid was in awe of the elegant traditional Northern-style sea-going canoe and what it represents visually, symbolically, and culturally. To him, the canoe was more than a means of transportation; it was art. Reid, who called himself “a maker of things”, was convinced that the canoe played a generic role in the evolution of Northwest Coast art. In his words, “Western art sta... Visit Website

Courses & Lectures at UBC Botanical Gardens, February-June 2012

For more information, please visit http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/courses. Nearly a Century -- BC Native Plants Education and Research at UBC Botanical Garden Monday, February 13, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Center, 6804 SW Marine Drive $5 at the door (free for UBC students)   Botanical Watercolour Course Friday & Saturday, March 3 & 4, 201... Visit Website

Craft Council of BC: The Life and Times of Abigail Tackle by Mariko McCrae

  • Thursday, February 16, 2012 - Friday, March 30, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The CCBC Gallery
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The Life and times of Abigail Tackle chronicles the artistic dreams and aspirations of a fictitious elderly woman from the Prairies. Gabriola Island ceramist Mariko McCrae merges Abigail's dreams of one day visiting the oceans wide with her handbuilt ceramic efforts that are often anchored to historical examples. The result is a booty of work lifted from the annals of Christie's and Sotheby's au... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents Chelsea Hotel

  • Friday, February 03, 2012 - Saturday, March 03, 2012 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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Chelsea Hotel... the music and words of Leonard Cohen Previewing: February 3-7, 2012 Opening February 8 and running to March 3, 2012 Leonard Cohen's powerful and inspirational music and lyrics are the heartbeat for CHELSEA HOTEL, an illusory world full of enchantment, desire, passion and love. As the Writer seeks inspiration for a new song, muses from his past battle for his attention while ... Visit Website

Mexico Fest 2012

  • Sunday, September 05, 2010 - Sunday, September 16, 2012
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Various
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Mexico Fest 2012 encompasses 11days of art exhibit, music, culinary celebration, a gala dinner, a golf tournament and the 5th edition of the Fiesta Mexico Independencia. This year's focus will be on the beautiful Banderas Bay and the preferred tourist destinations of Western Canadians: Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. The Fiesta Mexico Independence will be on Saturday September 8th from 12:... Visit Website

Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver [Special Exhibition]

Visitors will get a glimpse of Vancouver's big city lights of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s in this exhibition of the MOV's neon sign collection. The remarkable signs, some lit for the first time since they were rescued from the junk yard, are accompanied by the tale of how the city went through a war of aesthetics that resulted in a transition of the very way Vancouver imagines itself. In this ... Visit Website

Rogers Arena Tours

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2011 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Rogers Arena
  • Location: Rogers Arena
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For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's a... Visit Website

Talking Stick Festival 2012

  • Monday, February 20, 2012 - Sunday, March 04, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Various venues
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Aboriginal Culture

TALKING STICK FESTIVAL 2012  Festival Flex Pass The TSF Flex Pass enables you to mix and match whatever shows you want and when you want. Come to six different shows - or bring 5 friends to one show! The choice is yours! It also includes unlimited access to the Artist Talks, Workshops and all Pay What You Can programming For full festival programming go to www.fullcircle.ca P... Visit Website

The Cultch presents Ignorance

Ignorance By The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with Anonymous Contributors  “Mind-blowing originality... [The Trouts] are boldly reshaping puppet theatre into sophisticated adult entertainment.” - Fast Forward Magazine “Pure joy. Great, great theatre” - CBC Radio Ignorance is a puppet documentary about prehistoric humanity – about the time when we lived in ca... Visit Website

VAG: Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

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Aboriginal Culture

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture February 25 to June 3, 2012 Using hip hop and other forms of popular music and culture, this new generation of artists break with traditional representations of Aboriginal identity to create surprising new cultural hybrids-in painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video. Check out more info at http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca.

VAG: Lights Out!: Canadian Painting from the 1960s

Lights Out!: Canadian Painting from the 1960s February 18 to April 29, 2012 The Vancouver Art Gallery holds a rich collection of paintings from the 1960s that reflect the diversity and strength of this tumultuous era. Works range from the colour-field works of Jack Bush and bold optical images of Claude Tousignant, to the haunting figurative works of Jack Chambers and Jean-Paul Lemieux. Check... Visit Website

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

  • Monday, February 27, 2012 - Sunday, March 04, 2012
  • Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West
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The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada's premier wine show, will run from February 27th to March 4th, 2012. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. In 2012, the Theme Region will be Chile and the Global Focus, Cabernet(s). The Festival features a week of special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, win... Visit Website

Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company & The Cultch present Catalyst Theatre's Hunchback

  • Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Saturday, March 10, 2012 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company
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A darkly romantic musical set amid the buttresses and shadows of Notre Dame Cathedral, Hunchback tells the tale of a tormented priest, a beautiful dancer and the deformed bell ringer Quasimodo. Swept up in a vortex of lust, fear and the desire to control a destiny that will ultimately destroy them all, they are consumed by love in its most potent, merciless and obsessive form. This surprising new... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Encore!

ENCORE! A Musical Improv Series will have you singing the praises of improvisational comedy. New and original music-based formats will be presented every week. New genres, themes and formats will tantalize your improv ear drums, so be repared to hear your favourite musical genres re-invented in a way you’ve never heard before. Whatever the genre of music or theme of the night, this show ... Visit Website