The Holidays are roaring towards us, with many more seasonal activities adding to our picks of the week…
Chapel: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building, opening this Friday November 19th, inviting visitors to experience the 34 frescoes adorning the Vatican ceiling in breathtaking, life-sized close-up.
Market: The 2021 Vancouver Christmas Market brings arts, crafts and tasty goodies back to its home at Jack Poole Plaza (Olympic Cauldron) until Christmas Eve
Cook: Cook along with The Cultch’s Farm to Fable, an online one-woman comedy / cook-along performance, a new style digital dinner-theatre
Festival: The Chutzpah! Festival continues on stages and screens until November 24th, for weeks of exciting and dynamic performances including music, theatre, comedy, and dance highlighting the joy of coming back together.
Lights: Bring light to the darn evenings with Lumiere Festival turning on the lights and illuminations around downtown until November 30.
Craft: This weekend, Got Craft holds two markets, Virtual Holiday Market November 17 – 28, 2021 online and an In-Person Holiday Market December 18- 19, 2021 10am – 5pm @ Croatian Cultural Centre, both packed with local artists and crafters
Modern: Imagine Picasso brings the works of another Master, of modern art, to life in another brilliant immersive exhibition at Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place) showing until January.
Dolly: The Arts Club Theatre Company welcomes audiences back with its 2021–2022 season opener Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, starting November 18th at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Dolly Parton’s music and lyrics put a heartwarming country twist on a Christmas classic.
Culture: This weekend, explore the ateliers, galleries, studios and workshops while visiting the local artists and makers participating in the 2021 Eastside Culture Crawl
Makers: The 2021 Portobello West Holiday Market takes place November 20 – 21 from 10am – 5pm @ Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, welcoming visitors to shop in-person from 60+ local artists, designers and makers
Singing: The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby welcomes singer-songwriter Mariel Buckley to the stage on Thursday evening.
Expo: This weekend, learn about all things plant-based at Planted Expo at Vancouver Convention Centre West November 20-21, Canada’s largest plant-based event features over 200 vegan edible and lifestyle businesses in one place plus a host of insightful, informative, inspirational speakers from around the world.
Reading: Friday evening “Housewarming” the latest in the Unbound Reading Series at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts celebrates Black voices by welcoming six creative writers share readings of poetry and prose
Concerts: From November 18th to 20th at The Ironworks, Coastal Jazz & Blues Society brings audiences a selection of autumn tunes, the IronFest: A Fall Jazz Concert Series; is six live in-person performances over the three nights.
West: For a limited run, experience The Real Wild West, a unique look over the American West playing at FlyOver Canada from November 4 until December 5
Architecture: From November 18th to December 18th, the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia (AFBC) presents Emerging From Architecture, an exhibition highlighting architecture practitioners
Voices: Saturday evening, Hasalala Danxalax: Marion Newman & Friends wrap up the Chan Centre’s Fall Performances, with their Four powerful operatic voices reframing European music alongside extraordinary melodies and styles that have resonated across this land since the beginning of time.
Podfest: The Vancouver Podcast Festival, presented by DOXA, returns for a one-day, virtual experience on Saturday, November 20th, with a focus on education with workshops and panels for the local and national podcasting community
Yoko: Until May 2, 2022, Vancouver Art Gallery presents GROWING FREEDOM: The instructions of Yoko Ono / The art of John and Yoko celebrating the work of the renowned conceptual and performance artist.
Solo: The Polygon Gallery presents Steven Shearer, beginning November 20th 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
Gallery: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is presenting the Canadian premiere exhibition of Sho Sho Esquiro: Doctrine of Discovery, a solo exhibition by award-winning designer, artist, and activist Sho Sho Esquiro on show until June 5, 2022
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: Now on view until next year at MOV: Boarder X is a travelling exhibition that features work by contemporary artists from Indigenous nations across Canada, drawing parallels to urban areas prohibiting skateboarding, related to the landscapes and territories we occupy.