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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 Santaland Diaries

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - Thursday, December 20, 2012 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Revue Theatre
  • Location: Revue Theatre
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From the popular humourist David Sedaris comes this merrily wicked tale of his tour of duty as an elf at Macy's SantaLand. From posts as Vomit Corner Elf to Water Cooler Elf to Cash Register Elf, Sedaris works his way up the candy-cane ladder and lives to share his hysterical, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Both outlandish and illuminating, this sardonic comedy is a holiday treat for adults.

ArtStarts on Saturdays: Spin Cycle, with Greg Tarlin and Kristi Heath

  • Saturday, November 24, 2012 - Saturday, November 24, 2012
  • Time: 11am & 1pm
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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The Spin Cycle show features Greg, cool and sophisticated, wowing the audience with the skills that earned him the title of Canadian Juggling champion and showcasing his talent with yo yos, unicycles, ball spinning and more. On the flipside is Kristi, attempting to find out what she should be if she grows up. Her attempts include conducting (featuring a bell ringing routine with children from the... Visit Website

Ballet BC presents In/verse

  • Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Saturday, November 24, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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  Italian choreographer Jacopo Godani has created works for many international companies, among them Netherlands Dance Theatre, The Royal Danish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and The Royal Ballet of Flanders, making him one of the most sought after choreographers on the planet. He makes his Canadian debut with A.U.R.A., originally commissioned by Ballet Mainz and set to a dynamic score... Visit Website

Beaty Biodiversity Museum presents Sea/Life, photographs by David Ellingsen

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Sunday, February 03, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Location: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
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Sea/Life Photographs by David Ellingsen November 15, 2012 - February 3, 2013 In this portrait series of creatures from the deep, Sea/Life addresses the troubled relationship between humans and the oceans. Many specimens from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Fish Collection are featured in this award-winning series. Also on display will be an essay by Rex Weyler, co-founder of Greenpeace Internati... Visit Website

CandyTown: A Yaletown Holiday Festival

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association presents Candytown - the only free winter festival in Vancouver Friday November 23 3-9PM Saturday November 24 12-9PM Come to Yaletown and find the neighbourhood transformed into Candytown. FREE Candytown attractions include: - Outdoor skating rink - Reindeer petting zoo - Horse-drawn carriage rides A combination of local artisans, street per... Visit Website

Cirque du Soleil presents Amaluna

  • Friday, November 23, 2012 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Live Nation Canada
  • Location: Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place
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Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young me... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents Kid Gloves

  • Saturday, November 10, 2012 - Saturday, December 01, 2012 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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KID GLOVES November 10 to December 1 A Firehall Arts Centre Production On the hundredth anniversary of women in policing, playwright Sally Stubbs presents a fictionalized account of Canada's first two female police officers, hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 1912. In this world premiere, Constables Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller take to the streets of Vancouver's Chinatown trying... Visit Website

Heritage Christmas Illuminated

The Burnaby Village Museum illuminates this festive season with spectacular displays of lights that are sure to put you and your family into the holiday spirit! Lights in our parking lot are a teaser of what’s to see inside. Delight in the shimmering Winter Wonderland near the Love Farmhouse, an Angel-Crossing at the bridge, a Holiday Lane and be wowed by the gigantic multi-coloured Christma... Visit Website

James Hart - The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), Exhibition

James Hart, Exhibition The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) November 2012 to March 9, 2014 In late 2009, artist James Hart began designing a large-scale sculpture titled The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) and began carving the work in 2010. This ambitious project brings together many of the principal animal figures from traditional Haida stories, especially creatures that depend on salmon for t... Visit Website

Lights of Hope at St. Paul's Hospital

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Thursday, January 10, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Evenings
  • Location: St. Paul's Hospital
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Join us in celebrating an annual holiday tradition, when the Lights of Hope display returns to St. Paul's Hospital for a 15th year! We will kick off this year’s campaign with a special Lighting Celebration on Nov. 15, which will culminate in fireworks and a festive outdoor community celebration for the entire family. Every year, the Lights of Hope campaign illuminates the exterior of ... Visit Website

Luminescence

Come in out of the cold and enjoy a unique experience of aquatic light that will lift those winter blues. Discover the incredible world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light that exists in the dark depths of the ocean through special exhibits and shows. Find out why and how aquatic animals like anemones, cuttlefish, jellies and corals glow in the deep. Note: Luminescence is a day time program t... 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

Pacfic Theatre presents Side Show

All that zany improv comedy with the PT crew - PLUS Fringe Festival superstars Peter ‘n Chris in their latest sure-to-be-Pick-Of-The-Fringe hit! A double helping of laughs!

Pleased to Meet You: Introductions by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC explores compelling new pairings of timeless treasures in Pleased to Meet You: Introductions by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott from November 3, 2012 to March 24, 2013. The internationally acclaimed potter has combed MOA's collection of artefacts and created groupings based solely on colour, form, shape, and pattern, imbuing new aesthetic perspectives by removing histor... Visit Website

Punch Brothers

  • Saturday, November 24, 2012 - Saturday, November 24, 2012
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: The Chan Center for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia
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Punch Brothers are the New York City-based quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. Their new album Who's Feeling Young Now?, produced and engineered by Jacquire King, contains some of the most exhilaratingly direct, sonically daring performances the group has ever recorded. Already, Vanity Fair ... Visit Website

Race by David Mamet

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Saturday, December 01, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Studio 16
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Mitch and Murray Productions in Association with Rooted Theatre Productions presents the Vancouver premiere of David Mamet's controversial new legal drama "Race".  Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white man accused of raping a black woman in this explosive drama. When: Nov 15th - Dec 1st Where: Studio 16, 1555 West 7th.

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

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 Dickens' Women - Miriam Margolyes

Celebrating the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens, Miriam Margolyes brings her Olivier Award-nominated production to The Cultch as part of its world tour. A BAFTA and LA Critics Circle award-winner, Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Romeo + Juliet) portrays over 23 of Dickens' best-loved characters, setting out to discover the man himself, revealing everything from the raucous humour of his characteri... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Damian Moppett, an offsite exhibit

Damian Moppett's artistic practice uses a wide variety of media to question ideas of mastery, craftsmanship and value. Drawing on broad references from the history of modern art, Moppett uses the mediums of sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and video, often in relationship to each other, as a meditation on the activity of making art. At the Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite location West Geo... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings

The medium of watercolour is one of the most challenging used by artists. After the pigment has been placed on paper, change is not possible and the artist must possess considerable skill to achieve his or her artistic goal. Two major artists working in British Columbia in the first half of the twentieth century used watercolour extensively: Emily Carr and Charles John Collings. At the Vancouve... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Ian Wallce: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography

Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography is a major survey exhibition of the work of one of Canada's most significant contemporary artists. Based in Vancouver, Wallace has played a critical role in the development of contemporary art since the late 1960s. His early experiments with monochromatic painting, his production of large-scale photographic tableaux and his juxtapositio... Visit Website

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 Christmas Market

Step back in time ... Experience the Vancouver Christmas Market! The Vancouver Christmas Market is back for its third year from November 24 to December 24, 2012 on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza! Check out our most exciting news: You pay admission once and enter the whole season for free! Sample our new delicious food items and find your unique Christmas gift! Enjoy seasonal music and a great ... Visit Website

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