We’ve crossed the threshold from the Spooky into the Festive season, meaning more and more Holiday picks will open over the coming week.
Illuminations: November 2nd to 6th, the Lumière Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary by spreading light across downtown Vancouver with a series of illuminated artworks, light-based projections, dynamic performances and interactive workshops.
Festival: The 2023 Chutzpah! Festival returns November 2-23 with a dynamic program of performances of music, theatre, comedy, dance, multimedia arts, and film.
Heart: Until November 5th, the 20th Anniversary Heart of the City Festival focuses on listening and learning from the cultural practices of the Downtown Eastside community.
Buddy: Join Buddy the Elf on his expedition from the North Pole to New York City when Elf: The Musical plays at The Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre until December 31st
OZ: Follow the Yellow Brick Road as CTORA Theatre brings The Wizard of Oz (RSC Version) to the Granville Island Stage, November 3rd to 12th.
Mothers: The Cultch presents the frank theatre company’s production of How Black Mothers Say I Love You, a raw, compelling look into family dynamics and strife that explores the complicated perceptions of immigrant mothers, at the Historic Theatre, November 2-12
Kitchen: There’s more than hors d’oeuvres heating up in the kitchen, as The Catering Queen takes the stage at Metro Theatre, Vancouver until November 18th.
Stand: November 2-12, Presentation House Theatre co-present the Theatre Series in the 3rd annual STAND Festival, a celebration of immigrant and refugee performing artists.
Pop: Korean-American musician, actor and television personality Eric Nam brings his House On A Hill Tour to the Vogue Theatre tonight supported by Jamie Miller of The Voice UK
Music: From Nov 3-6, Music on Main presents the 2023 Modulus Festival with an inspiring and invigorating line-up of live performances at various venues around Vancouver.
Relations: November 2-3, The Shadbolt Centre, James Cowen Theatre, welcomes The Arts Club on Tour with Mark Crawford’s The Birds and The Bees, a Canadian comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.
Dancers: Ballet BC opens its 2023/24 season with HERE, November 2-4, at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, featuring Enemy in the Figure from William Forsythe, and the World Premieres of Little Star from Stephen Shropshire, and BOLERO X from Shahar Binyamini.
Roar: It’s a Grey Cup playoff weekend at BC Place, when BC Lions host the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Semi-Final on Saturday November 4th
Kicks: Sunday November 5th another playoff match comes to BC Place when Whitecaps FC play LAFC in the second match of their best of three MLS round one playoff series
Pucks: On Saturday, Vancouver Canucks host Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena
Crisis: Wrapping up November 5, 2023 at The Richmond Art Gallery, Sonja Ahlers’ Classification Crisis takes a look at the 30 years of Ahlers careers as an influential voice for generations of feminists through her D.I.Y. approach to collage art, poetry, zines, mail art, and other publications.
Gallery: Until November 19th, The Vancouver Art Gallery is showing the landmark exhibition, Parviz Tanavoli: Poets, Locks, Cages – the first major presentation of works by Iranian-born, Vancouver-based artist Parviz Tanavoli in Canada.
Pets: On display until November 29 at Janaki Larsen Studios, fine art photographer Michelle Leone Huisman presents the Vancouver premiere of her new solo show CMYK9, the exhibition features hand-painted photographs and imagines how dogs may have experienced the pandemic.
Peace: Celebrate the era of peace and love and protest while admiring the new Disco Nap collection created by Olivier Salvas Artiste on display at Bean on Hastings, 175 West Hastings Street until January 31, 2024
Carr: Until September 2024, the Vancouver Art Gallery is showing a yearlong exhibition featuring highlights from its permanent collection of Emily Carr paintings. Emily Carr: A Room of Her Own explores the intersection between celebrated Canadian artist Emily Carr and the Vancouver Art Gallery.