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Special Events for January 2014
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December 31, 2013
New Year’s Eve at the Robson Square Ice Rink
Ring in 2014 with an early countdown at Robson Square. Grab your mittens, jacket and skates and bring the whole family down to the Robson Square Ice Rink this New Year’s Eve for a celebration full of family fun.
The Robson Square Ice Rink is proud to host its fifth annual free family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Vancouver. This year’s festivities will include live music, sugar cookie decorating, DJs and an early countdown with noise makers and glow sticks and of course skating. The rink will be open on New Year’s Eve from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Celebration kicks off at 4:00 pm with the countdown at 7:30 pm.
For more information about holiday hours and events at the Robson Square Ice Rink, visit

January 3, 2014
Blue Rodeo
Blue Rodeo kick off their new across Canada tour - In Our Nature at the Orpheum. Jan 2 & 3, 2014.
More details

January 4, 2014
Recycle your Christmas tree
Lions Club Tree Chipping Event
Bring your tree for chipping to the Lions Club Tree Chipping Event, and help the Lions Club with donations of cash and non-perishable food items for local charities. After the trees are chipped, they are taken to the Vancouver Landfill to be composted.
Bring your tree for chipping to one of the following locations:
- Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot
(5670 East Boulevard, north of West 41st Ave.)
- Kitsilano Beach parking lot
(Cornwall Ave. and Arbutus St.)
- Sunset Beach upper parking lot
(Beach Ave. and Broughton St.)
- Rona Home and Garden, Grandview Store
(2727 East 12th Ave., overflow parking lot north of Grandview Hwy, south of 12th Ave.)

January 4, 2014
Cool Conifers -  Have you ever wondered why certain trees flourish in certain areas? Join us on an exploration of how conifers adapt and thrive in this temperate rainforest!  Stanley Park Ecology Society.,

January 4, 2014
VANCOUVER SPRING SHOW 2014 @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
The Fifth Annual Spring Show is a multicultural variety show featuring artists from around the globe. Audiences can look forward to Beijing Olympics composer Liunian Bian; Paris-based Erhu (Chinese violin) musician Gan Guo; Chinese Idol Yunggiema; The Voice of China singers An Ping and Yinyi Wang; Beijing Dance Drama & Opera lead star Gengxian Lin; acclaimed dancer and choreographer Joel Hanna featuring modern Irish dance troupe The D’Amby Project; traditional Korean drummers Cheondoong Performing Arts Society; breakdance crew Now or Never, and Sons Of Granville. The show will also feature classically trained dancers from Tao’s Motion Artistry Dance and Beijing Little Peacock School of Dance.
Time: 7:30-10:30pm, Tickets: $38-158 

January 10 - 25, 2014
The Art Rental Show
Buy or Rent artwork right off the gallery walls.  Visit CityScape Community Art Space for the semi-annual salon-style exhibition of our Art Rental collection. The Art Rental Show features more than 400 original artworks created by over 100 local artists and will highlight 200 new pieces. This is a perfect opportunity to be inspired by and enjoy original art in your home or office. Artworks rent for as little as $10-$50 a month, therefore a convenient and affordable way to enhance any space. Works are diverse in subject and style; created in watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, photography and mixed media.  There is something for everyone.
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
T: 604.988.6844 W: 

January 10 to February 25, 2014
Suzan finds the natural world a constant source of wonder and inspiration. By exploring the wildness of the landscape, she celebrates the strength and fragility of human spirit, our fragile connection with the manufactured environment, and our ultimate reliance upon the forces which shape our world. Her paintings are an ode to the complexity and interdependence of life, with all of its unpredictability and change. 
Her ceramic work is both functional and exploratory. The alchemy of the glaze and the firing process are the means by which she brings out the depth, subtleties, and beauty of the surface. She creates in rich colours and incorporates driftwood as handles for her decorative ware, pouring vessels, and baskets.
Suzan completed the Studio Art Program at Capilano University in 1999, and finished a BFA at Emily Carr University in 2002. Since then she has worked from her East Vancouver studio and enjoys numerous associations with art collectives around the Lower Mainland.
District Hall, 355 West Queens Road, North Vancouver. Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm. 604-988-6844,

January 11, 2014
Vanouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Join the Vancouver Shogi Club for its debut event! We meet to play shogi (Japanese chess) on the second, fourth (and when applicable, fifth) Saturdays of every month - location varies. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. Cost: $5 (to cover room-rental fees). Nikkei Centre (2nd Floor), Burnaby.

January 12, 2014
Concerts Café Classico -  LCMS Chamber Players
L’histoire du Tango. LCMS faculty Joel Stobbe, cello, Marcel Bergmann, piano, and Paolo Bortolussi, flute will heat up the winter with a programme featuring the music of Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and a new Tango by Marcel Bergmann. Langley Community Music School. 4899 207 Street, Langley.

January 12, 2014
Concerts Café Classico -  LCMS Chamber Players
L’histoire du Tango
LCMS faculty Joel Stobbe, cello, Marcel Bergmann, piano, and Paolo Bortolussi, flute will heat up the winter with a programme featuring the music of Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and a new Tango by Marcel Bergmann.
Rose Gellert Hall, Langley Community Music School. 4899 207 Street, Langley.

January 14 to February 2, 2014
PuSh: International Performing Arts Festival
The PuSh International Performing Arts festival is Vancouver's mid-winter festival representing acclaimed local, national & international artists. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival features adventurous programs of theatre, dance, music & multimedia at venues in & around Vancouver. Various Venues.

January 16, 2014
In celebration of the City of Vancouver's official recognition of January 2014 as Alzheimer's Awareness Month VPL presents Away From Her, the story of a couple in their twilight years.  Directed by Sarah Polley, and based on a short story by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro, this Oscar-nominated movie stars Gorden Pinsent and Julie Christie. Admission is free.  Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level  Central Library. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044,

January 17 to February 2, 2014
Dine Out Vancouver
The Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada's largest celebration of eating out, attracting tens of thousands of local & visiting food enthusiasts annually to experience the city's exceptionally diverse collection of restaurants. Diners can select from more than 230 restaurants each offering unique three-course prix-fixe meals, many complemented by the wines of British Columbia and Kronenbourg 1664. Over the 17 days of the festival, a delicious schedule of culinary events gives festival-goers an opportunity to enjoy unique culinary experiences including dining adventures, food & cocktail tours, cooking classes & demonstrations, wine tastings, street food markets & more. Various Restaurants.

January 18 - 19, 2014
Divers' Weekend 2014 at the Vancouver Aquarium
This 15th annual celebration of diving will engage divers & non-divers alike. Featuring compelling diving demonstrations, exhibits & conversations, Divers' Weekend will inspire visitors to further explore the oceans, exchange ideas & expand their horizons. Divers' Weekend 2014 will feature events including:
Diving Seminar Series including 10 fascinating talks over two days highlighting featuring the themes of Diving Safety & Dive Travelogue; Diving demonstrations by the Canadian Coast Guard; Exhibits by diving clubs, organizations & businesses; Demonstration dives featuring vintage hard hat dive suit; Fun gallery activities for the kids.

January 20, 2014
Join Vesanto Melina for a look at recent highlights in the world of vegetarian, vegan and raw food nutrition.
Vesanto Melina is a registered dietitian, Common Ground columnist,and co author of the popular series Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan, Becoming Raw, Cooking Vegetarian, and Raising Vegetarian Children. Admission is free.  Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level,Central Library. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044,

January 21, 2014
In anticipation of Lunar New Year, VPL presents Jordan Paterson's moving documentary. This film is a cinematic tapestry of Chinese Canadian stories of migration, beautifully filmed in Canada and China's Guangdong province. Admission is free.  Alice Mackay Room, Lower Level, Central Library. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044,

January 22, 2014
Afternoon at the Movies - Hitchcock
Sneak a peak behind the closed set doors of 'Psycho' in this captivating film adaptation of Stephen Rebello's book. Stars Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.
Admission is free.  Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level. Central Library. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044,

January 23 - 25, 2014
Shen Yun 2014
Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating show you will never forget. Shen Yun captures the spirit of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly through regions, dynasties, and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with colour and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world. It is a grand production with nearly 100 artists, 400 costumes, and the only orchestra in the world featuring both classical Western and Chinese instruments as permanent members. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street at Georgia.

January 25, 2013
The Family Fun Fair is a FREE event bringing together parents and kids with engaging and entertaining exhibitors and vendors, in the heart of historic New Westminster. 30 tables will provide parents with information, resources, products and services. Kids of all ages will be entertained by music, face painting, balloon art crafts, and a special guest appearance. Ideally situated at New Westminster’s River Market at the New Westminster Quay.
Location: River Market at 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster;

January 26, 2014
Family Day at PdA!
Sunday, January 26, 1:30 – 3:30PM
1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 |
Gather up the family and tour four diverse exhibitions, then participate in a variety of all-ages, drop-in style workshops based on the content and media of the artworks. The Van Goh Café will be open serving light snacks and beverages. Don't be intimidated by art, get engaged in it!  Admission by donation. Register online at or by phone at 604.664.1636

January 30, 2014
First Nations’ Rights and Law Series:
Grand Chief Edward John will examine the conflict between Canadian and international law. Grand Chief John is a lawyer, Hereditary Chief of Tl'azt'en Nation and a representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Admission is free.  Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044,

January 30, 2014
Countdown Night to Chinese New Year of the Horse at Aberdeen Centre
Join us as we countdown to Chinese New Year from 8pm to 12:30pm at Aberdeen Centre. This event is a robust night of entertainment & celebration! When you're not watching the events on the main stage, you can browse the shopping centre or dine at one of the many on-site establishments. Featuring countdown shows by Fairchild Radio & Fairchild TV.

January 30 to February 1, 2014
605 Collective: Inheritor Album
Next up in our Global Dance Connections series, in our annual partnership with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival we present 605 Collective in a newly-imagined version of the hit Inheritor Album. An exploration of the concept of inheritor and predecessor, the work weaves multiple short pieces together to build an album of extraordinarily affecting images and movement. Performed by six thrillingly athletic dancers, the piece is set to an atmospheric electronic score and integrates stunning animations by LA-based media artist Miwa Matreyek.

January 31, 2014
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (

January 31, 2014
Chinese New Year at the Lansdowne Centre
As spring approaches each year, Richmond pulls out all stops to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, one of the most important annual events for the city's large Asian community. Giant dragons & lions twist & dance to drums, cymbals & cheering crowds. Restaurants introduce special menus for the holiday & quickly fill their reservation books for extravagant New Year's feasts. In 2014, Richmond marks the start of the Year of the Horse in the week leading up to January 31!

January 31, 2014
Golden Dragon and Lion Dance at Aberdeen Centre
Take in the sights of Chinese New Year with a performance of the Golden Dragon & Lion Dance at Aberdeen Centre. Show starts at 11am in the outdoor courtyard.
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond;

Ongoing to January 5, 2014
MARY POPPINS. Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film—“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”—plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Ongoing to January 5, 2014
Foncie's Fotos - Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver presents an exhibit of the works of Foncie Pulice, the last man standing from Vancouver's great era of post-war street photography. Creator of about 15 million images over his lifetime, Foncie captured Vancouverites in action as they strode the city streets. His photographs trigger vivid memories for long-time residents who recall the particular day, the hour, their companions, the circumstances.

Ongoing to January 5, 2014
Christmas at FlyOver Canada
Over the Christmas holidays, guests to FlyOver Canada will enjoy a Christmas-themed pre-show before taking off on an exhilarating flight-ride experience. Additional highlights include ice sculpture carving demonstrations, live performances of holiday music & tasty treats (including hot apple cider, hot chocolate, waffles & candied nuts). Admission is $19.95 for adults (ages 18 & older), $17.95 for students, youth & seniors & $14.95 for children (ages 4 to 12). Closed Christmas Day - Dec 25th. Dec 24 show times are 10-5 pm.  Canada Place,

Ongoing to January 14, 2014
Sarah Northcott and Diane Espiritu
District Foyer Gallery
2D Sarah Northcott (abstract paintings):  Sarah likes to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and how intrinsically interesting and aesthetically pleasing our everyday can be. She was introduced to art by her grandpa who loved to show her how to get her hands dirty in clay and paint.
3D Diane Espiritu (Ceramics): A ceramic designer with a passion for crafting elegant, functional tableware and architectural decor. Diane finds purpose and pleasure working with her hands to execute each stage of the process of creating. She is motivated by the beauty of a fleeting moment, aspiring to capture the essence of her experiences and ideas in an art form that evokes emotion.
District Hall, 355 West Queens Road;

Ongoing to January 20, 2014
Love our Bodies, Love Ourselves Wristband Challenge!  Presented by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign.
The challenge is open to residents of all ages across B.C.  We are looking for photos that feature our Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristbands.  Be creative!  Photos that are submitted by January 20th, 2014 will be considered for our featured photo of the day throughout the month of February in order to spread awareness around eating disorders.  Don't have a wristband yet?  Email us with your mailing address and we'll send you one for FREE: 
Full details are available here:

Ongoing to January 22, 2014
Luminescence at Vancouver Aquarium
Get into the holiday spirit by exploring this celebration of aquatic light. Gaze at a display of 100-plus origami jellyfish, marvel at an electric eel-powered holiday tree & learn how sea creatures create & reflect light. Take a virtual tour through the depths of the ocean with a deep-dive installation & don't miss the exhilarating 4-D film Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Afterwards, continue the journey to a winter wonderland in Canada's Arctic Gallery & meet Scuba Claus. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for students, youth & seniors & $14 for children (ages 4 to 12).

February 7 - 22, 2014
Shrek the Musical.  Shrek the Musical, a new musical comedy, will be making its debut in Western Canada in February, 2014. The show is based on the Oscar-Award winning Dreamworks movie, and follows the hilarious story of Shrek and Donkey as they embark on an unexpected journey to rescue a beautiful princess with an ugly secret. Becoming an unlikely champion, Shrek is enlisted to petition the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad.
Michael J Fox Theatre,

February 21, 2014
Day of the Arts: Around the World
Friday, February 21, 2014, 8:45 – 3:45pm
Calling kids from Kindergarten to grade 5! Take an artful journey around the world in this SD43 Pro-D day art camp. Discover dance styles of different cultures; learn the Indian art of “painting” with rice; use your imagination to create a traveling story through drama and lots more fun activities. To view the full time-table and class descriptions, visit or pick up a brochure at Place des Arts. Register now online, by phone at 604.664.1636, or in person at 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam.
Place des Arts |

Ongoing until February 2, 2014
Vancouver Art Gallery Presents: Charles Edenshaw Exhibition
Charles Edenshaw (1839-1920) was recognized in his time as an exceptional Haida artist and remains an iconic figure in Northwest Coast art. His work serves as a testament to a tremendous individual spirit and a singular talent. 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 and is organized around five central themes: Haida Traditions, The Narrative, the Style, the New Forms and the Legacy.

Ongoing to February 28, 2014
Robson Square Ice Rink Open for Free Skating
The Government of British Columbia’s Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver will be open all through the Christmas Holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise, rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. The Robson Square Ice Rink is open until February 28, 2014.  For more information about events at the Robson Square Ice Rink visit
-  Sunday to Thursday:        9 am to 9 pm
-  Friday and Saturday:        9 am to 11 pm
-  Christmas Eve (Dec. 24):            9 am to 9 pm
-  Christmas Day (Dec. 25):            12 Noon to 5 pm
-  Boxing Day (Dec. 26):                  9 am to 9 pm
-  New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31):          9 am to 11 pm
-  New Year’s Day (Jan. 1):            9 am to 9 pm
-  Skates       $4
-  Helmets     $2
-  Ice Cleats  $2

March 1, 2014
Jonathan Crow, violin
Andrew Wan, violin
Eric Nowlin, viola
Brian Manker, cello
Canada's top string quartet…they've taken our chamber music scene by storm….” (CBC 2013)
In the short time since its creation in 2009, the New Orford String Quartet has seen astonishing success, giving annual concerts at the Orford Arts Centre for national CBC broadcast and receiving unanimous critical acclaim, including two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year. Hailed for their “ravishingly beautiful tone” as well as their “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship” the members of the New Orford String Quartet are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.  Langley Community Music School. 4899 207 Street, Langley.

March 1, 2014
Rose Gellert Concerts Daniel Bolshoy, Guitar
Mr. Bolshoy has performed as a soloist with many orchestras internationally and across Canada as well as performing for many prestigious festivals. A guitar virtuoso, he has recorded several CDs and will be performing works from his new CD featuring works by Paraguayan composer Agustín Pío Barrios, the Spanish composers Joaquin Rodrigo and Regino Sainz de la Maza. Langley Community Music School. 4899 207 Street, Langley.

March 2, 2014
Kids Camp Expo 2014!
Are a busy parent living in the Lower Mainland looking to find the best camps for your child?  If so, visit the only Kids Camp Expo in BC to get all your information in one location on one day!
What to expect:
- Choose from programs for kids ages preschool to 18 years old.
- Meet face to face with camp directors and former camp attendees.
- See informational videos, experience camp activities, and pick up brochures.
- Choose from overnight and day camps that focus on: sports, education, empowerment/leadership, arts, outdoors, and special needs.
- Listen to experts give talks on
Visit or call (778) 588-9332 or email us at

Ongoing until March 1, 2014
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 people.
Pedal sound-making bikes, listen to original songs, experiment with a cymasium, play with musical instruments from around the world, and more. Come play with us! The ArtStarts Gallery is located at 808 Richards Street (at Robson) in downtown Vancouver. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.  For more information, visit

Ongoing to April 6, 2014
Steveston Winter Farmers & Artisan Market
Come join us for amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market & enchanting entertainers at the 2013 Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market. Sundays bi-weekly from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning October 20 - rain or shine! Inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, corner of 4th Ave & Chatham St, Steveston. 604-729-7326,

Ongoing to April 19, 2014
Royal City Farmers Market
Join us every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 11am to 3pm for an exciting and family friendly indoor farmers market!  We’ve 20 to 24 vendors at each market offering fresh local produce, prepared foods and handmade crafts as well as award winning River Market restaurants. Every market we feature live music & kids’ activities!
Come and visit our Kids’ Place upstairs and discover:
• Free Crafts by River Market Volunteers
• Free Yo-Yo Club drop in after 1pm
• Music Box class drop in for kids under 3 (12:30–1:15pm) $6
Royal City Farmers Market is yours to discover on those cold winter days, we’ll keep you warm, dry and happily entertained!
River Market, 810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster,BC just steps away from the New Westminster Skytrain Station. For more information visit our website at

Ongoing to April 26, 2014
Vancouver Winter Farmers' Market
Check out our Winter Farmers Markets. Everything from organic & conventional produce, meat, cheese & seafood, preserves, baking & bread. Plan to grab lunch from our on-site Creperie or sausage vendor. Warm up with a hot coffee on a cold winter day & start shopping. We'll also have select craft vendors selling high quality craft items for gifts & treats for yourself. Don't forget your reusable bags & parking in the area is limited so walk, bike or take transit if you can.
Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm, 4610 Ontario St. Vancouver;, 604-879-3276

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