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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

9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Varies
  • Location: 25 Different Venues Throughout Downtown Eastside
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With a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside, the ninth annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver. The festival features 12 days and over 80 events comprising of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken wor... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Master Class

Inspired by the legendary Maria Callas, this Tony Award-winning play opens in a master class at Juilliard, where the world's greatest soprano is more interested in teaching life lessons than opera. The tempestuous yet vulnerable diva muses on her past-her transformation from stocky to sleek, triumphs at La Scala, feuds with rival singers, and a doomed affair with billionaire Aristotle Onassis. Not... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents She Stoops to Conquer

  • Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Sunday, November 18, 2012 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Arts Club Theatre Company - Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
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Romantic tomfoolery and mistaken identities abound in Goldsmith's classic comedy of manners. When shy-with-the ladies Charles Marlow sets off to the country to meet his blind date, Kate Hardcastle, a practical joke convinces him that Hardcastle manor is a luxury inn. Treating one's prospective in-laws as hired help is hardly advisable, but when it appears that Charles is quite a charmer with women... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Unplugging

Two women seek shelter in a freezing, desolate landscape of post-apocalyptic Canada. They must rely solely on each other for survival. To their surprise, they begin to thrive, reviving the skills for living off the land that were taught to them by their elders. But their hard-won peace is interrupted by the sudden arrival of a charismatic young man, whose very presence threatens their existence. ... Visit Website

Awkward Stage Productions presents Dracula: The Musical?

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Saturday, November 03, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Chapel Arts
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Dracula: The Musical?  By Rick Abbot   October 24 - November 3rd Nightly @ 7:30 and 2pm matinees Sat/Sun additional 'Trick or Treaters' performance 5pm Oct. 31   Dracula/Jonathan:    Xavier de Salaberry Mina Seward:                         Ranae Miller Sophie Seward:          ... Visit Website

Axis Theatre Company presents The Number 14

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - Sunday, November 18, 2012 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Waterfront Theatre
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One Show Added! Sunday, Nov 18 @ 7:30PM. THE NUMBER 14 20th Anniversary! October 23 - November 18, 2012 The Number 14 is a Canadian success story extraordinaire! In an amazing theatrical tour-de-force, six of Vancouver's finest performers strut, swing, sing and talk their way in and out of adventures aboard Vancouver's #14 bus that is part Monty Pythonesque, part Mr. Bean and wholly engaging.... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents Chelsea Hotel

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. Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a Writer checks into New York's infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song. Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face ... Visit Website

Gregory Bateson & The Rhizome Century

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - Thursday, October 25, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Daily from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Granville Island Performance Works
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On October 23-25 a group of renowned international speakers will assemble in Vancouver to speak and share insight on current social awareness based on the important work of Gregory Bateson and Lynn Hoffman, called the Rhizome Century. The event has been organized by the non-profit group the Rhizome Network, an expansive social network used as a point of connection for individuals in various human... Visit Website

Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park: SCARY FAIRY TALES

  • Friday, October 05, 2012 - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Stanley Park Miniature Train
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Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park FEE FI FO FUN! The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost train presents SCARY FAIRY TALES!!!  Scary Fairy Tales The train has left the station and there's no turning back! You're in the deep dark woods now! Might as well just bite the apple, hang on to your beanstalk and spot as many golden eggs as you can. Come see what's crawling up Rapunzel's hair?...and why... Visit Website

Museum of Anthropology presents Luminescence: The Silver of Peru

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Aboriginal Culture

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents a rich & radiant exploration of Peruvian history and culture in its new exhibition Luminescence: The Silver of Peru. The first-of-its-kind in Canada, the exhibition traces the country’s long history of silverwork – from the pre-Columbian era to the modern age - and the fascination with the metal’s luminescent qualities. For ... Visit Website

North Shore International Film Series

  • Monday, October 01, 2012 - Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 3, Oct 24, Nov 14
  • Location: Park & Tilford Cineplex
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North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents The North Shore International Film Series.  All films are screened at Park and Tilford Cineplex, 333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver. Please see http://nvartscouncil.ca/events/north-shore-international-film-series for complete film bios and preview.

Pacific Theatre presents The Spitfire Grill

  • Friday, September 21, 2012 - Saturday, October 27, 2012 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Pacific Theatre
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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A young woman leaves prison, only to learn that a second chance isn't easy to come by. From the beloved film, an uplifting and inspiring story of personal redemption and the reawakening of a small Wisconsin town.  

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

Sense of Place: Exhibition of Young People’s Art at ArtStarts Gallery

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - Friday, March 15, 2013 (Recurring every week day)
  • Time: Gallery open Tuesdays to Fridays 9am to 5pm.
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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Sense of Place, a new exhibition at the ArtStarts Gallery, showcases artwork made by young people from schools across British Columbia in collaboration with professional artists. The students’ work explores themes of identity, land, community and home, fostering their sense of individuality as well as their sense of belonging. The gallery is free and open to the public from Tuesdays to Frid... Visit Website

Seven Tyrants Theatre presents Judge Dee and the Chinese Garden Murders

A haunted house like no other in the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown WARNING: Not for young children or the faint of heart! THIS HALLOWEEN...... the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden...... is HAUNTED. In a distant Chinese town, you're hot on the heels of a cold blooded killer. You make your way through the narrow streets as chaos erupts among the frightened citizens. Barbarians outside the walls... Visit Website

TEA FOR TWO AT THE VANDUSEN GARDENS

Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden is now serving a ‘proper' Afternoon Tea complete with three-tier tray of goodies, ceramic tea pots and cups, organic and private label teas. Afternoon Tea in the Garden is offered for $35.00 for 2 OR $60.00 for 4 and includes: Choice of daily sandwich Freshly made scone Large croissant Coconut macaroons and shortbread cookies ... Visit Website

The Cultch presents Cozy Catastrophe

Horrific events are overwhelming the entirety of human civilization. Four strangers must decide what to do with what could be their final hours. Should they pray? Fight back? Repopulate the earth? Or just get to know each other a little better? Cozy Catastrophe is a dark comedy about ordinary folks bound together by extraordinary circumstance.

The Cultch presents Gold Mountain

David Yee is trying to piece together the broken jigsaw of his father's life. In an epic journey from a small village in China, to war-torn Liverpool, through the horrors of the Atlantic convoys, follow Yee Lui's story of friendship, addiction, and adversity. This stunning production features breath-taking imagery, engaging film, moving music, and extraordinary soundscapes.

Vancouver Art Gallery presents TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM; Tuesdays 10:00AM-9:00PM
  • Location: Vancouver Art Gallery
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September 29th, 2012 marks the opening day of the Vancouver Art Gallery's TRAFFIC exhibition, featuring Conceptual Art in Canada from 1965-1980. For more detailed information visit http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_traffic.html

Vancouver Heritage Foundation presents Brown Bag Talks: Gastown Revitalization

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
  • Time: 12 - 1:30pm
  • Location: BCIT Downtown Campus
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Join the Vancouver Heritage Foundation to discuss revitalized businesses like Save On Meats and new projects in Gastown. Speaker: Mark Brand Wednesday, October 24, noon-1:30pm, BCIT downtown campus. Tickets $12. For tickets and more information see http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/workshops.html