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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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2014 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

  • Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Friday, February 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)
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January 18 - February 14, 2014 Yes, chocolate lovers, the Hot Chocolate Festival is coming back with 24 local Chocstars, over 60 CRAZY flavours, and don't forget ... Chocolate Makes You Happy!  Hot Chocolate Festival promo video 2014 from CityFood Magazine on Vimeo. For more information please visit http://www.cityfood.com/events/hot-chocolate-2014/  

A Wild Life in the Flathead Valley

Southeastern B.C.’s Flathead River Valley is unmatched in North America for the variety, completeness and density of carnivore species that live and breed there. It is a magical place that has never been permanently settled. Located next to the World Heritage Sites of Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta and Glacier National Park in Montana, it’s the missing piece in the world&r... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents A Brimful of Asha

  • Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Saturday, February 08, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Revue Theatre
  • Location: Revue Theatre
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A BRIMFUL OF ASHA By Asha and Ravi Jain A Why Not Theatre Production Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival A Heartwarming Tale of Love and Marriage You think your mother is opinionated? Then say hello to Asha, who is determined to see her son, Ravi, married-even if she has to arrange it-and is not shy about saying why, in the most droll way, of course. In this unusual... Visit Website

Cavalia's Odysseo

  • Saturday, December 07, 2013 - Sunday, February 02, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: CAVALIA
  • Location: Under the Big Top in Olympic Village
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The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with its newest production that is now touring the globe. Cavalia Odysseo is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Set under a 38-meter tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 50... Visit Website

Destination: The Great White North

Artists across the vast nation of Canada have created a National identity based on the overwhelming influence of the natural surroundings and recognizable locations. In the 19th and early 20th century artists reflected this theme throughout each diverse region of the country, thus creating a distinct identity to present to the rest of the world. This exhibition includes works by John A. Hammon... Visit Website

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden presents A Life of Service

A Life of Service January 6th to February 28th, 2014 Hall of One Hundred Rivers Complimentary with admission Through showcasing the influence of Confucian thought on Chinese culture and beyond, the Garden encourages people to understand the contemporary world through an appreciation of traditional values. Leaders in today's China are studying Confucianism again, a philosophy that spent deca... 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

Emily Carr: Deep Forest

Emily Carr: Deep Forest, Exhibition December 21, 2013 to March 9, 2014 The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to the richest collection of Emily Carr works in the world. We are fortunate to have major pieces from throughout her career, but our collection is particularly rich in her forest paintings from the 1930s, both canvases and works in a medium she began using during that period, oil on paper... Visit Website

Evening Lecture: Vancouver as a Sustainable City: Rhetoric or Reality

Dr. Tom Hutton, Professor at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), will explore the feasibility of Vancouver becoming a sustainable city. Dr. Hutton is an expert in the cultural economy of cities with an emphasis on the built environment and the creative industries. Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 7:00PM University Women's Club at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Avenue in Shaughnessy Vanc... Visit Website

FHS Events & Dine Out Vancouver present Food for Thought - Awaken the Senses: Urban Thai Bistro

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Tuesday, January 21, 2014
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Location: Urban Thai Bistro
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 7:30 pm Awaken all your senses with a night to remember, full of fun times and good people! Music by DJ Kean Musical Performances by Solontra & Dante Jovillar, Vocal Artists from Studio Cloud 30 Fashion Show by Xixo Leather Boutique, featuring Designer Cuadra of Mexico with Creative Style by Dona Special Guest Appearance by Real Housewives of Vancouver Star I... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents Medicine

MEDICINE January 14 - 25, 2014 A Firehall Arts Centre production. Written and performed by TJ Dawe. Back by popular demand!  Fringe Festival legend TJ Dawe shares his funny, at times heartbreaking and enlightening experience with Gabor Maté, the Amazonian psychotropic plant medicine ayahuasca, group therapy and his path to introspection. This popular show sold out its run at ... Visit Website

FlyOver Canada presents Flight of the Dragon

COME SOAR OVER CHINA! See both Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back! JAN 17 TO MARCH 2, 2014 FlyOver Canada is proud to present "Flight of the Dragon", a new flight ride experience never before seen outside of China. For a limited time, guests will get to experience Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back for the regular FlyOver admission price! First, f... 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

Hawksworth Restaurant and Dine Out Vancouver present Side Dishes

Side Dishes - The Best of Hawksworth York Room, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 West Georgia January 18, 21, 25, 28, Feb 1 The name sounds petite but this dinner is sure to satisfy. Inspired by the best of Hawksworth since opening in May 2011, Side Dishes - The Best of Hawksworth will be served longtable dining style in the heritage York Room at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Enjoy a three course ... 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

Live Band Karaoke Tuesdays

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - Tuesday, September 02, 2014
  • Location: Backstage Lounge
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The Backstage Lounge Presents Live Band Karaoke Hosted by: Sami Ghawi & Reuben Avery $2.25 Draft and $4.75 Palm Bay Rock out on stage with a live band and sing your favorite songs! Every Tuesday night at the Backstage Lounge, Sami and Reuben will take your karaoke experience to the next level! Come ch... 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

Off the Eaten Track & Dine Out Vancouver present Food-tography: A Culinary Photography Tour

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Friday, January 31, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Venue: Off The Eaten Track
  • Location: Meet at Cadeaux Bakery
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Tuesday through Friday January 21-February 2, 2014 Tour starts promptly at 3:30 pm; please arrive early! Who doesn't love to take pictures of their food!? On this culinary tour of historic and gritty Railtown, we encourage you to shoot your food and share your pictures with the world. Two local companies, Off the Eaten Track and Vancouver Photowalks, have paired up to create this truly unique... 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

Pacific Theatre presents Measure for Measure

  • Friday, January 17, 2014 - Saturday, February 08, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Pacific Theatre
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare January 17-February 8 When Vienna's ruthless morality laws are revived by temporary ruler Angelo, a young nun is left with an impossible choice: her soul for her brother's life. A surprisingly contemporary tale of scandal, abuse of power, and the balance of justice with grace. A guest production by the Honest Fishmongers.

Science World presents "To The Arctic - OMNIMAX® Film"

To The Arctic Voyage to the top of the world, where a mama polar bear and her seven-month-old cubs navigate the Arctic wilderness they call home. Director Greg MacGillivray's captivating, adventurous and intimate footage gets you up close and personal with the polar bear family's struggle to survive in an environment of melting ice, gigantic glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snowy ... Visit Website

Science World presents Flight of the Butterflies- OMNIMAX® Film

Flight of the Butterflies It's a natural history epic. It's a compelling detective story. It's a scientific adventure at its best. Join Dr Fred Urquhart and discover the monarch butterflies' secret hideaway and experience the most incredible migration on Earth. "Better than X-Men... better than Transformers. SPEC-TA-CU-LAR!!" -103.5 QMFM Morning Announcer, Vancouver January 17, ... Visit Website

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