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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 — 10:12am PST
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It’s the busiest Saturday of the month for holiday events as everything is officially kicking off across the region. Miss604 is very proud to sponsor the FREE Surrey Tree Lighting Festival on Saturday, November 25th, as well as Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas that launches on Saturday (running through January 5, 2018) and Winter Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam starting on Saturday (running through January 21, 2018). All of these events and so much more is listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, November 24, 2017
Orpheum 90th Anniversary Gala
plastic orchid factory Presents DIGITAL FOLK Strikes Back
Christmas in Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Emily Carr Student Art Sale
Bridge Warming Hosted by CityStudio Vancouver
Black Friday at Metropolis at Metrotown
Black Friday Sales Event Hosted by Lipani Skincare
Seriously Strings at West Point Grey United Church
Pacific Theatre Presents: Almost Maine
Glow Christmas, Fraser Valley Light Display
Hopscotch Festival
Dance in Vancouver
Christmas at Canada Place
Vancouver Christmas Market
The Arts Club Presents: Onegin
Red Light Winter at the Red Gate Revue Stage
The Arts Club Presents: The Day Before Christmas
The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius
Speakeasy Theatre Presents: The Shipment
Gateway Theatre Presents: Sink or Swim
Drew Hayden Taylor’s Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Sponsored by Miss604: Lights at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam
AbbyFest
Riverway Wedding Open House in Burnaby
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Glow Christmas, Fraser Valley Light Display
CandyTown in Yaletown
Portobello West Holiday Market
West End Community Centre Holiday Craft Fair
The 35th Annual Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair
Douglas Park Pottery Club Winter Sale
Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays
Hype City 2
Christmas on Commercial Drive
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Christmas in Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Seasons: A Magical Musical
Family FUSE Weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Darkroom Arts: A Club in Vancouver
Pacific Theatre Presents: Almost Maine
Jewish Book Festival
June Hunter Studio Sale
Opera Mariposa and Heroic Opera Present: Un ballo in maschera
Corks & Forks Longtable at Lonsdale Quay
Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market
Eastside Flea
Graham Clark’s Quiz Show
Emily Carr Student Art Sale
Hopscotch Festival
Dance in Vancouver
Vancouver Christmas Market
Christmas at Canada Place
The Arts Club Presents: Onegin
Red Light Winter at the Red Gate Revue Stage
The Arts Club Presents: The Day Before Christmas
The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius
Speakeasy Theatre Presents: The Shipment
Gateway Theatre Presents: Sink or Swim
Drew Hayden Taylor’s Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth
Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS

Sunday, November 26, 2017
Vancouver Pops Symphony Hollywood Meets Broadway
Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Port Moody Winter Farmers Market
Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays
Seriously Strings at Pyatt Hall
Ivan Sayers Presents 150 Years of Glamour
Family FUSE Weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Cannery Farmers’ Market
Eastside Flea
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas
Sponsored by Miss604: Lights at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam
Emily Carr Student Art Sale
Hopscotch Festival
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
Jewish Book Festival
Dance in Vancouver
Vancouver Christmas Market
Christmas at Canada Place
Red Light Winter at the Red Gate Revue Stage
The Arts Club Presents: The Day Before Christmas
The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius
Speakeasy Theatre Presents: The Shipment
Drew Hayden Taylor’s Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS

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#SkiNorthBC at Hudson Bay Mountain Resort


Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 — 2:19pm PST
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The SnowSeekers team has once again headed to Terrace, Quesnel, Wells, Barkerville, and Smithers to explore and report on some of the amazing conditions, terrain and experiences in Northern BC. This season, follow the second annual #SkiNorthBC on social media and through this story series.

#SkiNorthBC at Hudson Bay Mountain Resort

Finding epic powder and  new friends at Hudson Bay Mountain Resort

The Powder Highway is Bill Myer’s ski nirvana and it’s easy to understand why.


Photo credit: @PowderMatt

“The snow around here is the finest powder, every day,” says Myers. 

Find out more about skiing Hudson Bay Mountain here, opening November 24, 2017.

He should know. He’s made this part of Northern BC at Hudson Bay Mountain his winter home for decades. Its legendary epic snow conditions and the tight-knit community of friendly people keep him coming back every year.


Photo credit: @DaxJustin

Skiing in this part of B.C. is unlike anything else you’ll experience, not only for the snow but the down-to-earth vibe that will make you instantly feel right at home.

Like any passionate skier, Myers plans his ski days around the weather reports, but they weren’t all that accurate in the past around the Hudson Bay ski area.

So he and a couple of his cabin colony neighbours took matters into their own hands. They built weather monitoring systems, so they could pass along the best and most up to date snow reports to the community.

It’s just that kind of place, where everyone pitches in to make the most of what is already one cool place to snap on your skis or board and enjoy some of the best snow you’ll find anywhere.


Photo credit: @DaxJustin

You might just see Myers and his buddies in the day lodge, and they’d be happy share their favourite runs and stashes of that fluffy fine powder.

Want to learn more about #SkiNorthBC? Head on over to SnowSeekers »


If you go

  • Tourism Smithers and Hudson Bay Mountain Resort make it easy for you to ski this season via their Ski and Stay website, home to ski and stay packages.
  • For more on the terrain at Hudson Bay, check out its trail map here »
  • Smithers is home to a convenient airport, with car rental options on site.

For more on skiing in Northern BC, set a bookmark to check out the #SkiNorthBC expedition page on a regular basis. More stories and videos will be coming out all season long.

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Published in partnership with SnowSeekers

Yule Duel Choir Battle in Gastown


Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 — 1:28pm PST
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BC’s largest outdoor carolling competition, Yule Duel, returns to the streets of Gastown for a third consecutive year. Hundreds of voices from more than 20 of Vancouver’s best choirs will again echo down the cobblestone streets in support of May’s Place Hospice.

Yule Duel Choir Battle in Gastown

Where: Water Street in Gastown
When: Thursday, December 7, 2017 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Yule Duel, which has attracted thousands each year to hear a choral “battle royale”, will be hosted this year by Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

Visitors wandering down Water Street will see choirs with singers of all ages stationed along the way. They’ll be performing holiday season favorites sung in a range of languages and choral styles including rock, pop, gospel, and barbershop, as each choir tries to stave off elimination in the competition.

For a donation of $5.00, spectators can buy voting ballots to help their favorite choirs get into the finals for the dueling sing-offs. Funds raised will go to May’s Place, a hospice providing compassionate end-of-life care to the most vulnerable in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.

Gastown merchants will also be open during the event which runs from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The Tacofino Food Truck will also be in operation for those looking for a hot bite to eat during the event.

“Last year Yule Duel raised $58,000 for May’s Place. The funds raised are vital to helping us provide the best hospice care to some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Michele Sutherland, Manager of Hospice Services at May’s Place, “It’s wonderful to be part of an event that helps capture the kind-hearted spirit of May’s Place.”

Coming back to defend their titles are past Yule Dule champions Saint James Music Academy, Sweet Scarlet, and the Notre Dame Platinum Girls. “The competition is surprisingly fierce as there are so many talented vocal groups in Vancouver. The choirs have to step up their acts and get more creative every year. The entertainment is outstanding. It’s a must-see,” said two-time judge Mona Edmunson.

Additional highlights include a haunting vocal arrangement called “ice” created by local composer Bruce Sled and performed by The Real Treblemakers that uses sung syllables and spoken sound effects to capture the distinctive sounds of winter weather, and live performances by the Jen Hodge All Stars and Marcus Mosley and his Gospel Choir.

Follow Yule Duel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of Yuel Duel for the second year.

Visit Science World by Donation on Giving Tuesday


Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 — 9:24am PST
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During select hours on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (Giving Tuesday) admission to Science World will be by donation in support of Super Science Club.

Giving Tuesday is an International Day of Giving where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for their favourite cause and think about others. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for Giving Tuesday.

Visit Science World by Donation on Giving Tuesday

Visit Science World by Donation on Giving Tuesday

In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Science World is extending its hours from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on November 28th with admission during this time by donation.

All proceeds will support Science World’s Super Science Club — an after-school program for kids attending underserved elementary schools, in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. This program inspires at-risk children to be inquisitive about the world around them and to develop a long-term interest in science and technology.

All donations are tax-deductible and will be matched by Science World’s Board of Directors. For those who cannot make it to Science World on Tuesday, online donations are accepted online.

Follow Science World on Facebook and Twitter for more information about their #GivingTuesday participation.

Win Tickets to East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves


Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 — 4:27pm PST
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The Cultch presents Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto Snow White & the Seven Dwarves at the York Theatre. With 5 shows already sold out, performances will run from Wednesday, November 29, 2017 through to Saturday, January 6, 2018.

East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Where: York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
When: November 29, 2017 – January 6, 2018
Opening Night Opening Night: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00pm
Tickets: On sale now from $22 via The Cultch’s Box Office by phone at (604) 251-1363, or online. Child tickets just $22 for any seat in the house (must be 18 and under). Family Packs from $135 (Family Pack includes 2 adult & 2 child tickets). Enjoy a post-show Q&A on December 3, 10, 12, & 19, 2017.

Celebrating its fifth year, the East Van Panto is back with an outrageous take on Snow White. In this East Van tale, our hero flees the Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and lands straight into the madness of the PNE, where she dances with SuperDogs, hops a ride on the Wooden Roller Coaster, and befriends washed-up ‘80s rock stars “The Seven Dwarves”. Pure Panto hilarity ensues as they do everything they can to escape the Queen’s wicked clutches.

Theatre Replacement is thrilled that the Panto has developed into a beloved holiday tradition for hundreds of local families. The company is celebrating that spirit of inclusion by continuing to expand the circle of artists who work on the show each year, including an all-star cast featuring Ming Hudson, Chirag Naik, Amy Rutherford and the return of Panto favourite, Allan Zinyk. The cast is joined by three Studio 58 students and fifteen amazing kids from the local community. Theatre Replacement is also excited to welcome the return of writer Mark Chavez and director Anita Rochon to the Panto family.

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I have a family pack of tickets to give away to the 2:00pm performance on Sunday, December 10, 2017! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Follow The Cultch on Twitter and Facebook for the latest performance information.