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Special Events for January 2014
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January 1 to February 28, 2015
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

January 2 - 3, 2015
This timeless classic is brought to life in an hilarious new way as the evil Fairy Nightshade curses the beautiful Princess Rosebud to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die before her 18th birthday. But maybe true love and a swashbuckling hero can save her! Lasting just two hours and full of spectacular costumes, scenery and special effects, life, laughter, music, corny old jokes and hilarious new ones audience participation is encouraged in this truly Traditional British Panto. Don't miss the best panto in BC (British Canadian)- tickets are selling fast.
Performances 3pm & 7 pm
Tickets $10 - $27.85
SURREY ARTS CENTRE - 606-501-5566
Dec 19 - 28
THE ACT, MAPLE RIDGE - 604-476-2787
Jan 2 & 3

January 2 - 31, 2015
29th Annual Brackendale Eagle Festival - Squamish.  Celebrate the 29th Annual Brackendale Eagle Festival, a month long festival featuring a special line up of concerts, lecture series, art shows, group tours, and the 29th Annual Bald Eagle Count held on the first Sunday in January. 41950 Government Rd., Squamish,

January 7, 2015
YouTube Sensation to Teach Free Poi Class
Nick Woolsey, considered to be the world's leading poi dance instructor (with over 10 million views of his poi YouTube videos), is the founder and owner of Playpoi. On Wednesday January 7, 2015, Woolsey is hosting a FREE introduction to poi class from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Studio East, 1480 Frances Street, in Vancouver. For more information and to register, visit:

January 9 - 24, 2015
Rent or Buy artwork right off the gallery walls! The Art Rental collection is featured semi-annually in a salon-style exhibition and includes over 400 pieces of original artwork created by over 100 local artists.
The Art Rental Programme is a convenient and affordable way to enhance any space with original art. We have a keen and loyal clientele consisting of corporate clients, the movie and television industry, home stagers and realtors, and individuals and families. There is something for everyone as the collection has a diverse range of style, subject and medium with affordable rental fees that range from $10 to $50 a month.
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC  V7M 2G3
T: 604.988.6844 W:
E: exhibitions@nvartscouncil

January 11, 2015
Feu/Feuer: Roedde House Second Sunday Concert Series - Vancouver.  Violinist Nancy DiNovo and pianist Stephen Smith make a return visit to the Roedde House parlour with a concert entitled Feu/Feuer: French ardour and German passion in sonatas by Fauré and Brahms.
1415 Barclay St., Vancouver

January 15, 2015
Learn how Buddha?s teachings offer lasting solutions to our daily problems such as anxiety. A wonderful way to begin the new year. The talk will include a guided meditation. Experience for yourself the peace and freedom of positive and undistracted mind. Everyone welcome!
Teacher: Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is a Buddhist nun who is an internationally renowned meditation teacher.
She is much loved for her pure example and inspirational teachings
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University.
49 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door
Space is limited and booking ahead is recommended.
Click on the link below

January 17, 2015
An Evening With Rabbi Shmuley Boteach - A Lively Talk on "Kosher Lust: Why Love is Not the Answer" - Vancouver
From his most recent provocative book, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach explains why the prioritizing of love and companionship in marriage is all wrong. It is not love, Rabbi Shmuley shows, but lust that is the glue of a marriage. In this evening with Rabbi Shmuley, have a nosh, schmooze with the author, and learn how to restore lust to its rightful place as the central pillar of marriage. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, '"America's Rabbi,' has been called "the most famous Rabbi in America" by The Washington Post and Newsweek, and "the best-known Orthodox Jew in the world," by the New York Observer.
Norman Rothstein Theatre 950 W. 41st Avenue Vancouver

January 17, 2015
Get Ready to boogie with Marnie and her Rock n' Roll Band. Voted West Coast Families Magazines favourite Children's Band, 3 years in a row. This theatrical show will put ants in your pants and have everyone movin' and groovin. Mumbu the Funky Monkey, Tula the Kangaroo and Jethro the Cowboy will be there to dance with you too. Stay after the show and get a free, professional 5 x 7 photo with Marnie, courtesy of bopomo pictures.

January 20 - 21, 2015
So Blue (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
Presented by PuSh Festival, 149 Arts Society and DanceHouse. For 30 years, Louise Lecavalier has pushed the limits of human movement. With the daring of an acrobat, the ferocity of a wild animal, she explodes in her latest dance creation.  SFU's Goldcorp Centre For The Arts.

January 20 to February 8, 2015
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival - Vancouver
In 2015 the PuSh Festival marks its 11th edition at venues across Vancouver. This year's festival includes works by artists and companies from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, and the United States. The 2015 festival features almost 200 performances and events over 20 days, including 22 Main Stage shows, three weeks of performances at Club PuSh, networking events at the PuSh Assembly, the free PuSh Film series, dinner/theatre experiences with Dine Out Vancouver, and many artist talks and other ancillary events. Various Venues.  Details at our website:

January 21 - 24, 2015
The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
By Tim Watts, presented by PuSh Festival and Vancouver International Children's Festival. The oceans have risen and Alvin Sputnik is on a mission to save the world. This delightful work of puppetry and animation evokes the enchantment of childhood wonder and age-old storytelling
Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver; Website

January 22 - 24, 2015
Re-calculating - Vancouver
Realwheels Theatre is proud to present Re-calculating, the newest play from this award-winning, disability-based professional theatre company. Co-written by Lucas Foss and Liesl Lafferty, Re-calculating is a one-man show featuring quadriplegic drummer Dave Symington. Re-calculating will take you on one man's personal journey as he navigates his way through identity and relationship struggles, a drum kit his constant companion. Re-calculating will run for only three performances at CBC Studio 700 and include nightly post-show talk backs.
CBC Studio 700,

January 23 - 25, 2015
Vancouver Turkish Film Festival - Vancouver
Turkish Cinema reveals its heart in the 1st Annual Vancouver Turkish Film Festival (VTFF), with an opening Gala event at Vancity Theatre. 2014 has been one of the most internationally successful and prolific years for Turkish films. It is evident that the time is ripe, and the atmosphere conducive, to host a film event of this calibre in Vancouver - a city full of film lovers of all kinds! Come and join us at the inaugural VTFF!
1181 Seymour Street,

January 23 - 25, 2015
2015 Motorcycle Show - Vancouver
he 2015 Motorcycle Show - Vancouver is coming to the Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford (Tradex) January 23rd-25th, with the world's top manufacturers showcasing their newest makes and models alongside vintage bike displays, an abundance of industry exhibitors, and shows by some of the most talented stunt and trials riders in North America.
Tradex - Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre
1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5
Admission: Adults $14.00; Juniors (6-14)/Seniors (65+) $10.00;
Children (under 6) FREE with adult purchase; Family Pass $38.00 (2 adult & 2
junior passes);

January 23 to February 15, 2015
Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society (PuSh Festival) - Vancouver
By Grace Schwindt, presented by PuSh Festival and Contemporary Art Gallery. A film installation that challenges viewers to question the notion of freedom and who has access to it. Nothing is neutral; every word and gesture has social, political or economic implications. Free event.
Contemporary Art Gallery,

January 24, 2015
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - Vancouver
World-infamous, all-male ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo return to Vancouver for a sensational, one-night only performance. For their first appearance on Canada's west coast since 1985, this dazzling New York-based company will perform ridiculously re-interpreted classical ballets, including Swan Lake and Paquita. A hilariously highbrow production, audience members will be blown away by the glittering display of athletic and artistic skill. Queen Elizabeth Theatre,

January 24, 2015

Rogue Folk Club

An evening with Canadian Music Legend Roy Forbes
St. James Hall, Vancouver

Tickets: $28. $24 for members, $25 for seniors, $14 for students
Tickets Available at: Highlife Records, Rufus’ Guitars, Prussin Music, Red Cat Records or online at

January 24 - 31, 2015
Whistler Pride and Ski Festival - Whistler
Don't miss one of the biggest and best gay ski weeks in the world: Whistler Pride and Ski Festival (previously known as WinterPRIDE). The celebration features a full slate of events including snowmobiling adventures, wine tastings, a pool party, snowball dance, fantastic skiing and snowboarding and everything in-between.

January 25 to December 30, 2015
cesna?em, the city before the city at MOA - Vancouver
Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) partner on a transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver's nose. A series of three unified exhibitions that connect Vancouverites with the ancient village and burial site upon which Vancouver was built. Exhibitions include soundscapes, original videography and family-friendly interactivity.

January 31, 2015
Free Public Event:
Ending the War With Our Bodies: How to Obtain a Positive Body Image
Presented by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign in partnership with Vancouver Public Library.
Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye rooms, Lower Level
Experts, and individuals who have struggled with body-image, talk about self-esteem, eating disorders, prevention awareness, and early intervention of eating disorders. This panel discussion is in recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Month will include a recovered individual, a therapist, and a dietitian who specializes in eating disorders.,

Ongoing until January 11, 2015
When Sky Was Sea
The exhibition When Sky was Sea demonstrates the breadth of the artist's practice, works in the exhibition reveal an essential correspondence to things elsewhere in a wider world, insisting on our grasp of the continuity that exists between art and (non-art)
Shimabuku (1969, born in Kobe, Japan) lives and works in Berlin. Selected solo exhibitions include: Sea and Flowers, Barbara Wien Wilma Lukatsch, Berlin; City in the sea, Air de Paris, Paris; Flying Me, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2014); Something that Floats/Something that Sinks, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK and Noto, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2013); Leaves Swim, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, Spain (2012);

Ongong until  January 11, 2015

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

The Vancouver Art Gallery will be transformed into the Court of China's Emperors for the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors. From October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015, nearly 200 treasured objects from the collections of Beijing's Palace Museum will come under the spotlight at the Gallery.

Ongoing to February 10, 2015
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Gigaemi
Gigaemi grew up in North Vancouver and belongs to the Squamish Nation Band.  In his youth he spent a fair amount of time in Europe visiting galleries and museums, which later inspired him to attend the Vancouver School of Art.
Gigaemi;s approach to his art practice is playful and explorative. He often incorporates vibrant colours, loose strokes, shapes and layers that embody the traditions and myths of his culture.
District Library Gallery
Lynn Valley Main Library
1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Ongoing until March 28, 2015
Sharing Our Stories Exhibit
The exhibit, Sharing Our Stories, features oral histories and memory boxes highlighting the experiences of some of our Canadian Iranian residents. They speak to why they chose to live here, and about their challenges creating new lives on the North Shore.
3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver,

Ongoing until March 28, 2015
From Seabeds to Cityscapes, An Exhibition of Young People's Art
From Seabeds to Cityscapes is an exhibition of young people's art that explores how where we live and how we inhabit that space shapes our experiences, our culture, and even who we are. Dwellings invites you to explore the many ways in which students across BC have reflected on their immediate surroundings and examined the concept of dwelling in both human and natural worlds. Investigate how creatures in different habitats interact with the spaces they inhabit, envision the human body as a dwelling space, imagine habitations for people in the future, and delve into many other creative contemplations on where we dwell.  ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver,

Ongoing until March 30, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery Presents: Offsite - Robert Youds - Vancouver
Victoria-based artist Robert Youds' light installation, For Everyone a Sunset, draws upon the architectural vernacular of downtown Vancouver. Youds references the urban surroundings by using their associated materials-aluminium framework, salvaged glass, LED lighting-to construct a sculptural query that creates a space for audiences to contemplate the urban experience.  Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite is located on West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets in downtown Vancouver.

Ongoing until April 4, 2015

PigaPicha! A Century of Portrait Photography in Nairobi

In the exhibition 'PigaPicha!', the East African photo tradition is presented and documented as a chapter of its own in the international history of photography. 'PigaPicha!' highlights the history of portrait photography in Nairobi and gives a comprehensive overview of this form of urban culture, which is one of the most creative fields in modern East Africa. The exhibition is produced by Iwalewa-Haus and the Afrikaarchiv (DEVA) of the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Join us for a special opening party on November 25 at the Museum of Anthropology.
Museum Of Anthropology,

Ongong until April 31, 2015
Discover New Westminster's indoor farmers market!
Over 100 years ago settlers came from great distances to shop the Royal City Winter Farmers Market.

Ongoing until October 13, 2015

Movies in the Morgue at the Vancouver Police Museum

Tuesday. Lowly little Tuesday. Too early in the week to be loved, not early enough to be dreaded, Tuesday can be a little slow for all of us. What makes Tuesday better, though? Movies! And what can make movies even better? Watching them in the morgue, of course! The Vancouver Police Museum is proud to present Movies in the Morgue, a monthly series of film screenings held right here at the old Vancouver city morgue. Come join us on the second Tuesday of each month for a gritty drama, a classic comedy or a heart-pounding action film, all while surrounded by the ghosts and gadgets of Vancouver’s past.  Recurring monthly on the 2nd Tuesday,

Kid's Meditation, Sundays 10-11:15 am
All parents wish for their children to be happy. In an uncertain and busy world, children and parents need a place to go together to learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to help calm our minds and strengthen our families. The Kid?s Meditation Class is designed for children ages 4 to 11.  We learn about giving, sharing and loving everyone. Activities include a spiritual topic, story time and arts and crafts. Classes are taught by experienced Dharma practitioners. Parents are welcome to stay with the children or enjoy Prayers for World Peace being offered in the adjacent meditation room. There is no charge for this class.  Donations are accepted but not expected.  Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver,

February 6, 2015
Purple for #PEDAW!
Presented by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign.
Wear purple February 6th & show your support for Eating Disorders Awareness!
Tweet @loveourbodies or share photos wearing purple on our Facebook event page:  or

February 7, 2015
Family Day Open House – a fun, free day at the Port Moody Arts Centre.  Meet the artists, make some artwork, create a ‘Clay City’ and try your hand at different art forms. 11am to 2pm. Free!  Information via

February 7 - 9, 2015
Looking for something unique to do on Family Day? Learn to make pysanky Ukrainian eggs the traditional way with beeswax and dyes with local expert Joan Brander. This two and a half-hour workshop is appropriate for families and kids of all ages and is offered on February 7, 8 and 9, 2015 at Baba's Beeswax Pysanky Studio in Richmond.

February 9, 2015
Children's Arts Festival
Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
The Richmond Cultural Centre will be transformed into a vibrant and colourful festival atmosphere involving fully interactive workshops, activities and performances tailored for children ages 2 thru 12. Through music, visual, literary and performing arts, professional artists will unleash the inner Picasso of every participant using a healthy balance between an organized learning environment and a happy chaos.,

February 15, 2015
Weaving with Invasive Plants and Garden Waste Workshop with Sharon Kallis (Adults 16+)
Learn the fundamentals in how to  discover the "good" weaving plants in your own environment. What to look for, how to assess a plants weaving characteristics, and a few basic weaving techniques will be introduced. No experience necessary. 10:00am to 3:30pm
Registration and information:

February 21, 2015
Join Marnie and her Rock n' Roll Band and all of their fun and furried Characters at Kerrisdale Community Centre. This 3 time West Coast Families Magazines Readers Choice Gold Winning Children's Band is bound to put ants in your pants. Their high energy catchy tunes inspire everyone to move and groove. Come join their musical mosh pit Saturday Feb 21st and boogie away your winter blues. Mumbu the Monkey, Tula the Kangaroo and Jethro the Cowboy will be there too! The perfect family event.
Tickets and INfo:

February 21 - 22, 2015
Seedy Sat/Sun brings together gardens of all levels, urban farmers & seed savers who are passionate about gardening.
Bring your seeds to swap, visit garden, seed & plant vendors, workshops and best of all we have 8 wonderful speakers over 2 days.......including BRIAN MINTER & THOMAS HOBBS. Please see blog for dates & times of speakers/ workshops.
For the KIDS?....Feb. 22 at 12:30 pm we have the talented Kim Greenwood teaching a children's garden workshop on how to plant and take home a wonderful planter .....$75 for cost of supplies.
10 am to 3 pm.
Admission by donation.    Door prizes
Historic Harris Barn, 4140 Arthur Dr, Ladner.
Harris Barn is located on bus route 601
For more info:

March 3, 2015
The second annual Curry Cup competition returns as eight acclaimed BC chef teams prepare unique curry dishes and compete for the ultimate Curry Cup Championship. Join us as the competition unfolds and taste flavours of curry from around the world.
the Heritage Hall at 3102 Main St., 6:30pm- 9:30pm

April 26, 2015 - May 3, 2015
EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival.
New hands-on workshops, exclusive guest chef dinners and special events throughout the city. EAT! Vancouver at BC Place May 1st to May 3rd with over 250 exhibitors including celebrity chefs celebrating all things food, drink and cooking.

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