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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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2013 Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas Market will open its gates again for the fourth year at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza in Downtown Vancouver. Open for 4 weeks through to Christmas Eve, daily from 11 am to 9 pm come and enjoy the magic of a European Christmas in a festive atmosphere guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. And more great news for our valued visitors - our FREE Season's Pass is back! ... Visit Website

2013 Vancouver Festival of Trees

The 27th annual Festival of Trees Vancouver launches November 20, 2013  and will remain on display until January 2, 2014. Set in the hallways of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Pacific Centre Mall, this event is a must-see holiday tradition in Vancouver. For information on how to sponsor your own tree, please review the Festival of Trees Vancouver sponsorship package. For more... Visit Website

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

Burnaby Village Museum presents Illuminations at Heritage Christmas

Burnaby Village Museum   Stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past—wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. Unique and shimming lights display are throughout the Village including the opportunity for you to create your own magical holiday show with sound-reactive lights at the bandstand. Make a noise then watch... Visit Website

Culinary Christmas Walking Tour in Cambie Village presented by Off The Eaten Track

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - Sunday, December 22, 2013 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Venue: Off The Eaten Track
  • Time: Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm
  • Location: Benton Brother Fine Cheese
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November 20 - December 22, 2013 Wed & Fri: 5-7pm | Sun: 4-6 pm It’s that time of year again—time to eat, drink, be merry and struggle to find gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. Join Off The Eaten Track for a delicious 2 hour tour of festive Cambie Village where you will be treated to over 6 tasting samples and given the opportunity to shop for some unique and tasty gi... 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

Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink!

  • Friday, November 15, 2013 - Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Location: Robson Square
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The Robson Square Ice Rink is officially open from now until the end of February 2014. This winter, renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun. Come celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It's a magical place to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones.   November 15, 2013 (at 1pm) to February 28, 201... Visit Website

Grouse Mountain presents Peak of Christmas 2013, Celebrate the Magic of Snow!

Treat the kids (or the kid in you) to our annual holiday festivities begin November 23. Snow Much Fun with Just One Ticket SOS Children's Gingerbread Village (Nov. 29-Jan 1, 10am-10pm): Stroll through and vote for your favourite sweet creation. 'Picture Yourself' in a Winter Wonderland (9am-10pm): See what you would look like as a snowman. Santa's Workshop (Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 & 8 - 12... 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

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

Shine, Shop and Dine Trolley Tour

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Saturday, December 21, 2013
  • Time: 4:30PM - 9:30PM
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This festive season it is the West End's turn to shine. In support of the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation, the West End BIA and Robson Street are joining forces to kick off the holiday season in style with the Shine, Shop and Dine Trolley Tour. Anchored by the St. Paul's Lights of Hope, residents and visitors alike can hop aboard the free trolleys from any of one 12 site Saturdays fro... 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 Columbia presents Sunday Blues Revue

  • Sunday, February 03, 2013 (Every Sunday)
  • Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Location: The Columbia
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Enjoy the New Orleans style venue, newly-renovated, for some blues by some of the finest musicians in this vintage show lounge every Sunday night for Sunday Blues Revue. Date: Every Sunday evening starting February 3, 2013 Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM Location: The Columbia, 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster Visit the website at http://www.thecolumbia.ca for more information.

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.

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

VERB WOMAN: the wall is in my head/ a dance of forgetting by Margaret Dargu

  • Sunday, November 17, 2013 - Sunday, January 12, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Richmond Art Gallery
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This will be Governor-General Award Winner Margaret Dragu's first Gallery-based solo exhibition with a new video work to be launched at the Opening Reception. Exploring conflict and forgetting within public and private contexts, Dragu's lens focuses on footage from Berlin and Belfast as well as documentation from her 2009-2011 performances of VERB WOMAN: a dance of forgetting (dedicated to her... Visit Website

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