It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through January?! Seems like we’re in a vaguely familiar pandemic pattern of uncertainty but there’s still entertainment to be found in this week’s picks…
Chapel: Now held over until February 20th! Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition with its 34 larger than life frescoes, continues to bring the Vatican ceiling to Vancouver Convention Centre East Building
Canyon: It’s your last week to catch this year’s Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park before it closes January 23rd, see the world-famous bridge lit, end to end, with a multi-colour changing display. Explore the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world surrounded by the Treetops Adventure.
Cheese: Keep tasting, Vancouver Foodster Grilled Cheese Sandwich Challenge…of which I’m pleased to be on the judging panel. As you taste the gooey goodness for yourself, then vote for your favourite melted memory until February 6, 2022.
Dine: Canada’s largest food and drink event, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back for its 20th Anniversary, with unique experiences, multi-course set menus-at four price ranges: $20-$29, $30-$39, $40-$49, or $50-$59, with January 31, 2022.
Hot: Until February 14, the newly renamed, Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival (formerly Hot Chocolate Fest) continues for the 12th year, bigger and better than ever to celebrate humble hot chocolate during the West Coast Winter.
Festival: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival opens Tomorrow, bringing a world of unique arts and performances to the stages and virtually until February 6th.
Solo: The Polygon Gallery presents Steven Shearer, until February 13th, the acclaimed Vancouver artist’s first solo show in Canada in over a decade, the expansive exhibition showcasing Shearer’s personal archive of more than 74,000 images
Fly: For a limited time, FlyOver Canada invites guests to celebrate the Lunar New Year whilst seeing spectacular Taiwan from above as Soar Over Taiwan, taking flight only until February 13th.
Arts: Until March 19, 2022, Burrard Arts Foundation presents a pair of exhibitions;
The Golden Section by Karin Jones features geometric arrangements made from human hair extensions that Jones purchased from a local beauty supply shop.
Sanda Rd Key Dhund by Sara Khan its Urdu title translating to Mists of Sanda Rd, referring to an area of Lehore, Pakistan, where the artist resided before moving to Vancouver in 2014.
Exhibition: From Jan. 22 to April 3, the Richmond Art Gallery (RAG) is presenting a new exhibition, NOURISH, by curator Nan Capogna. Featuring American poet and writer Jane Wong and Vancouver-based artist duo Mizzonk (Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen).
Designer: Continuing at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is the Canadian premiere exhibition of Sho Sho Esquiro: Doctrine of Discovery, by award-winning designer, artist, and activist Sho Sho Esquiro on show until June 5, 2022
Roots: At MOA until March 27th, Sankofa: African Routes, Canadian Roots celebrates different ways of understanding the world through the lenses of African and Black communities, the wealth of their cultural and art practices, and their inspiring legacy, through the works of contemporary artists from Lagos, Nigeria, and Vancouver
Canoe: In the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s featured exhibition, on until July 3, 2022, Canoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh War Canoes and the Gifts They Carry Forward, Indigenous artists and knowledge holders share their gifts through the war canoe in this multi-sensory journey.
Skate: Until October at MOV: Boarder X is a travelling exhibition, featuring work by contemporary artists from Indigenous nations across Canada, drawing parallels to urban areas prohibiting skateboarding, related to the landscapes and territories we occupy
Folios: Witness a piece of history as Vancouver Art Gallery’s For All Time: The Shakespeare FIRST FOLIO celebrates the University of British Columbia Library’s recent acquisition of a complete first edition of William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, on display until March 20th.