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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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A Call for Justice Exhibit Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Sunday, December 29, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
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Fighting for Japanese Canadian Redress (1977-1988) September 22 – December 29, 2013 (closed December 23-28) A Call for Justice tells a story of human rights and the enduring perseverance of the Japanese Canadian community who suffered so much from 1942-1949. In honour of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Redress Agreement with the Government of Canada in 1988, the Nikkei Nation... Visit Website

A Marco Polo Bridge Exhibition

A MARCO POLO BRIDGE: IAIN BAXTER : VENICE / SUZHOU / VANCOUVER As the first European to have visited Suzhou (in 1276), Marco Polo was positioned to make the first "Occidental" report concerning the now world-famous classical Chinese garden traditions in that city. From June 1 to November 30, 2013, as a link to crucially important Venice/Suzhou cross-cultural conjunctions, the Sun Y... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mary Poppins

Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe The Magical Broadway musical Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again!... Visit Website

Bill Reid Gallery presents - Sky Blanket exhibition

Sky Blanket features the work of Haida-Kwakwaka'wakw-Irish textile artist, Meghann O'Brien. Meghann explores the emergence of the human spirit face in Raven's Tail textiles, evoking memory and the importance of objects in constructing the past, present, and future. Inspired by her ancestors' works, ideas about gifts from the spirit world and lineage, and the mountainous landscape of sky and sno... Visit Website

Capture 2013

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - Friday, November 15, 2013
  • Location: various locations
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Vancouver's first annual city-wide photography festival launches October 1st, 2013. Capture, a not-for-profit festival, is dedicated to celebrating local and international photography and lens-based art. The festival aims to foster emerging talent, encourage active community participation, and initiate public conversation about photography as an art form, as a means of communication, and as a mode... Visit Website

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, Exhibition July 20, 2013 to March 9, 2014 Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, designed to complement both the James Hart: The Dance Screen and Charles Edenshaw exhibitions, presents some of the important oil paintings which resulted from Carr's trips to Haida Gwaii. Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 2H7 Info Line: 604.662.4719 Administration: 604.66... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents People Like Us

  • Saturday, November 02, 2013 - Saturday, November 16, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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People Like Us November 2nd - 16th, 2013 WORLD PREMIERE - A military policeman returns to Canada following the Gulf War a changed man. His fiercely determined wife fights to restore her husband's health in the wake of war. Along the way she becomes an advocate for powerless veterans battling for support. As she prepares for her daughter's wedding, she reflects on her own marriage - the powe... Visit Website

Gateway Theatre presents Crash

Crash By: Pamela Sinha Shards of memories. Shame. Survival. These are the fragments of Crash, one of Canada's most powerful and memorable one-woman shows. In a play that examines both pain and healing, the performer recalls the details of her past sexual assault in the hope of identifying the criminal and finding peace. One of the Globe and Mail's Top Ten plays of 2012 and winner of four Dora... 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

Jazz Nights at Roedde House presents: Swamp People

Steeped in the bluesy folk-jazz 'swamp music' of the Jimmy Giuffre 3, featuring Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer, Swamp People pays tribute to Giuffre's unique style whilst exploring new boundaries of its own. With Emma Postl (voice), Jared Burrows(guitar) and Geoff Claridge (bass clarinet) The show starts at 7:00PM sharp. This concert is part of a monthly concert series, taking place on the se... Visit Website

KIMSOOJA Unfolding

KIMSOOJA Unfolding - Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (October 11, 2013 to January 26, 2014) KIMSOOJA Unfolding is the first retrospective exhibition to assess the thirty-year career of the Korean-born, Paris- and New York-based artist, and offers an unprecedented opportunity to trace the development of the artist's practice from her earlier works to her more recent production. Kims... Visit Website

MOV presents An Evolutionary Look into Vancouver Street Photography

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - Sunday, January 26, 2014
  • Venue: Museum of Vancouver
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Thursdays until 8:00PM)
  • Location: Museum of Vancouver
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Four contemporary Vancouver photographers examine and respond to Foncie Pulice and his body of work in this photographic exhibition, done in collaboration with Vancouver's Capture Photography Festival. Artists include Lincoln Clarkes, Brian Howell, Angela Fama, and John Goldsmith. Admission Rates All prices include applicable sales tax. Adult        &nb... Visit Website

MOV presents Play House: The architecture of Daniel Evan White

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Sunday, March 23, 2014
  • Venue: Museum of Vancouver
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Thursdays until 8:00PM)
  • Location: Museum of Vancouver
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Thursday, October 17, 2013 to Sunday, March 23, 2014 Daniel Evan White knew exactly how to play with houses. The modest Vancouver architect drove innovation along the west coast from 1960 to 2012, creating homes that his clients claim were life changing. Discover his remarkable work in this first retrospective of his career. Play House Exhibition ventures through Daniel Evan White's mind, ha... Visit Website

Museum of Anthropology presents THE MARVELLOUS REAL: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011

MOA at UBC invites visitors on a twisting, mind-expanding journey with The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011 featuring works from luminary artist Frida Kahlo, Betsabeé Romero, Dr. Atl and more. Drawn from the prestigious FEMSA Collection and curated by Nicola Levell, the exhibition features 54 artworks that encapsulate Mexico’s particular, fantastic form of magic realism... Visit Website

Offsite: Mark Lewis, Exhibition

Offsite: Mark Lewis, Exhibition October 18, 2013 to March 30, 2014 The silent moving images of Mark Lewis' latest film project captivate a mobile audience at Offsite, the Vancouver Art Gallery's outdoor public art space. Using the formalist language of cinema to explore our experience of urban and natural environments, Lewis' films both contrast and complement the surrounding cityscape. Van... Visit Website

RezErect: Native Erotica

The Bill Reid Gallery presents Rez Erect: Native Erotica, a fresh, playful, provocative insight into sensuality and sexuality. The exhibition features works by 27 mid-career and internationally recognized First Nations artists from the Northwest Coast and central Canada. Co-curated by Haida Artist Gwaai Edenshaw and Curator/Programmer, Kwiaahwah Jones, this exhibition celebrates that essenti... Visit Website

Sound Play at the ArtStarts Gallery

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Saturday, March 15, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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When is a bike also a musical instrument? What sound does a Qarkabeb make? How can you make sound visible? Visit the ArtStarts Gallery and be immersed in an exciting sonic experience. Sound Play is an interactive exhibition exploring music, acoustics, composition and sound-making, featuring installations and artwork by students from across BC and by professional artists working with young peopl... Visit Website

Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael's Residential School

Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael's Residential School grew out of a unique opportunity to present the personal experiences of First Nations children who attended St. Michael's Indian Residential School at Alert Bay, British Columbia. During the late 1930s, one student at the school had a camera and photographed many of her friends and classmates there. She recently donated t... 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 The God That Comes

Hawksley Workman stars in this contemporary take on the Greek tragedy, The Bacchae. In a world governed by greed, rules, and order, the people take to the hills in a hedonistic revolt fuelled by wine, ritual madness, and ecstasy. This live performance fuses the chaotic revelry of a rock concert with the captivating intimacy of theatre. Have a drink, hear a story, and get lost in the music.

Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art - "On the High Seas" Exhibition, November 2013

November 2013 On the High Seas This exhibition explores the tradition of marine painting, an invaluable record of human design and invention, great battles and sailings throughout history.  Artists including Samuel Walters,Vilhelm Arnesen, Haughton Forrest, Carl Martin Soya-Jensen, and John A. Hammond capture the grandeur of the voyage and experiment with the illusionistic effects of wate... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Charles Edenshaw Exhibition

Charles Edenshaw (October 26, 2013 to February 2, 2014) Charles Edenshaw was recognized in his time as an exceptional Haida artist and remains an iconic figure in Northwest Coast art. With over 200 pieces assembled from public and private collections from around the world, this first major survey of Edenshaw's work features the full range of objects that he produced. Haida art and culture is r... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents TheatreSports Throwdown

Vancouver TheatreSportsTM League presents TheatreSportsTM ThrowDown. It's an epic improv showdown as six teams of champions compete in a month long tournament for ultimate comic supremacy. Each and every scene they will need all their skills to incorporate audience suggestions and vicious challenges into completely improvised scenarios. Thrill to the spectacular entrances, gasp at the incre... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Ultimate Improv Championships

UIC is Vancouver's most dangerous improv and pits two blood-thirsty teams of improvisers against each other in a non-stop timed challenge. At the end of each performance the audience votes who will be the Ultimate Improv Champion, with the winning team returning the following week to defend their title. “Ultimate Improvisers” are among the best-trained and well-conditioned athletes in... Visit Website

Yaletown Farmers Market on Thursdays

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Thursday, December 19, 2013 (Every Thursday)
  • Time: 12:00PM (noon) - 4:00PM
  • Location: Curtis Square
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Yaletown Farmers Market, Thursdays EXTENDED! The market has been held over until December 19 @ 12:00PM - 4:00PM each week Mainland Street between Davie and Helmcken at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Stop. This is the only mid-week market during the winter! Market booths will feature fresh produce direct from the growers, artisan foods and baking, as well as a limited selection o... Visit Website