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Events Vancouver

A Fan-Tastic Weekend: Fan Expo Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Fan Expo Vancouver is the perfect time to break out your best costumes

Mar. 1 to 3, 2019 Whether you belong to the “May the Force be with you” or the “Live long and prosper” galaxy of geekdom—or another one entirely—you’re sure to find like-minded uber-nerds at Fan Expo Vancouver. Fanboys and fangirls of all ages don elaborate costumes and line up to meet celebs such as George Takei (Star Trek), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars), Pamela Anderson (Baywatch), and Cary Elwes and Wallace Shawn (both from The Princess Bride). Will you try to be there? As Yoda said, “Do or do not; there is no try.”

Vancouver International Wine Festival Features Californian Wines

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Vancouver International Wine Festival photo by Marjo Wright

Feb. 23 to Mar. 3, 2019 There’s a lot to celebrate at the 41st annual Vancouver International Wine Festival. There are over 1,500 wines, 15 countries, 160 wineries and 54 events—trust us, the math is easier before the bacchanalia begins—which all adds up to one epic event. This year, California dreamers come out on top with 53 attending wineries from the Sunshine State, the showcase region in 2019. Take part in seminars, vintage tastings and winery dinners, or head straight to the festival’s hub: the International Festival Tastings. Ready, set, sip!

Celebrating the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo courtesy Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver

Multiple Dates, 2019 Usher in Lunar New Year by going whole hog—it’s the year of the pig, after all. On Feb. 10, the Spring Festival Parade winds through Chinatown, as traditional lion dancers join dance troupes, martial artists and more. The annual Temple Fair at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (Feb. 10) fetes the occasion with a full line-up of activities. And the celebrations at International Village Mall (Feb. 8 to 10) include souvenirs, live entertainment and delectable bites. Gung hay fat choy!

Two of a Kind: Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery Exhibits Two Top-Notch Printmakers

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“The Ridge” by Betty Jean Drummond

Jan. 23 to Feb. 24, 2019 Look back on the careers of two powerhouse printmakers at Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery. The best of both their worlds is on display in Betty Jean Drummond and Marijke Nap: A Retrospective of Two Highly Regarded Resident Printmakers. See Drummond’s richly textured landscapes (“The Ridge,” pictured) alongside Nap’s whimsical assemblage works. Both draw from a wealth of inspiration—Drummond studied with contemporaries like A.Y. Jackson, while Nap’s Brazilian upbringing is visible in her work. Two printmakers are better than one.

Like a Rock: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band live at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Photo by Ken Settle)

Feb. 7, 2019 Those in the mood for some “Old Time Rock and Roll” are in luck: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band are on their final farewell tour, and they’ve brought their catalogue of classics along. After five decades of chart-topping songs and sold-out stadiums, one of the world’s best-selling artists is ready to “Turn the Page” and retire from the road. Catch the “Travelin’ Man” and his band at Rogers Arena.

New Year, New Art at the Contemporary Art Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jan. 2018

“Abandoned Details 4” by Anna Torma (Photo courtesy the artist/Esker Foundation)

Multiple dates Starting the New Year off with a bang, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents three—nearly simultaneous—January exhibit openings. On Jan. 18, two solo shows take over the gallery space: Chair for a Woman, featuring imaginative sculptural works by Anne Low, and If No One Asks, Aslan Gaisumov’s thought-provoking still and moving images. They join off-site exhibit How far do you travel?, which takes over the streets as of Jan. 17. The innovative exhibition wraps city buses in works by five Canadian artists, such as “Abandoned Details 4” (pictured) by Anna Torma. Consider it a cultural tour de force.

KISS’s End of the Road Tour Hits Rogers Arena

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Jen Rosenstein

Jan. 31, 2019 If you’ve been waiting your whole life to “Rock & Roll All Nite,” wait no longer. This month, KISS  explodes onto the stage at Rogers Arena for the very last time. The legendary fire-breathing, blood-spitting, pyrotechnics-loving rock stars are kicking off their End of the Road farewell tour, which means this may be your last chance to see them in all their costumed glory. “Creatures of the Night,” take note: the time to rock is now.

Canadian Artist Paul Ygartua’s Vivid Works at Ukama Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Fiesta” by Paul Ygartua (Image courtesy the artist)

Jan. 18 to 31, 2019 Depth of colour and feeling combine in vibrant works by Canadian artist Paul Ygartua. His pieces create dimension through a unique backdrop of canvas and plexiglass—a medium he developed back in 1980 (“Fiesta,” pictured). Peruse his paintings at Ukama Gallery’s Primordial Abstraction: Depth & Illusion.

Mind-Bending Magic: The Illusionists

By CHLOË LAI

The Illusionists dazzle audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from Jan. 15 to 20

Jan. 15 to 20, 2019 The explosive entertainers behind The Illusionists have more than a few mind-blowing tricks up their sleeves. Styled as eccentric characters with names like The Escapologist and The Anti-Conjuror, these masters of deception have been astonishing sold-out audiences all over the world with their high-tech hijinks, fiery pyrotechnics and seemingly impossible physical feats. Catch their amazing act at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre—and try not to let your jaw hit the floor too hard.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Zvizdal (Photo by Frederik Buyckx)

Jan. 17 to Feb. 3, 2019 For an evening spent on the edge—of your seat, that is—head to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Now in its 15th year, the annual fest celebrates groundbreaking theatre, dance, music and visual arts in 26 works by globetrotting artists from 13 countries. This year’s line-up features six world premieres, including contemporary dance by MACHiNENOiSY, and Afrobeat-infused dub poetry by D’bi. Not to be missed: Zvizdal (pictured), a provocative documentary that follows an elderly couple who refused to leave the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Get ready to bend your boundaries.

Electric Company Theatre’s World Premiere of The Full Light of Day

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo by Don Lee

Jan. 7 to 12, 2019 What do you get when you combine traditional theatre with 14 live-streaming cameras and huge on-stage projections? The Full Light of Day, a provocative new work by Electric Company Theatre. The company is known for producing innovative shows that also tell a strong story, and this new piece is no exception. A modern allegory, it focuses on a terminally ill woman who takes a huge risk to redeem her family, and it uses larger-than-life projections to smash through the customary limitations of live theatre. Catch this groundbreaking show at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Museum of Anthropology: Marking the Infinite

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Women Ceremonies at Watanuma” by Wintijiya Napaltjarri (Photo by Sid Hoeltzell. Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl. © Wintijiya Napaltjarri. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd. Courtesy Papunya Tula Artists)

To Mar. 31, 2019 In the Museum of Anthropology’s latest exhibit, it’s hard to decide what’s more fascinating: the art or the artists. Marking the Infinite features pieces by nine Aboriginal women, all celebrated artists from remote Australian communities. Each brings her own ancient cultural traditions to her work, but they also connect with larger contemporary themes. Explore the life and work of artists like Wintjiya Napaltjarri (“Women Ceremonies at Watanuma,” pictured). Her bold red shapes and swoops often represent flying-ant eggs and hair-string skirts. Now that’s fascinating.