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Where to Go Vancouver

Singin’ in the Rain: Springtime Activities

Put up your hood and open your umbrella for 20 activities that can be enjoyed rain or shine

Mar. 2018

The seawall is scenic in every weather. (Photo by KK Law)

1. Stroll through Stanley Park. The city’s 400-hectare (1,000-acre) forested oasis is a can’t-miss activity. On a drizzly day, skip the seawall and head into the park’s interior for extra protection from the green canopy above. (more…)

Making Moves: Vancouver International Dance Festival 2018


The Goh Ballet presents a selection of excerpts from classical and contemporary works

Mar. 1 to 24, 2018 Newbies and aficionados alike always find much to love at the Vancouver International Dance Festival. This annual fest takes over local stages for three weeks, showcasing everything from ballet to butoh. Don’t miss Vancouver’s own Goh Ballet (pictured), performing both traditional ballet and contemporary works; Shen Wei Dance Arts, which always incorporates striking design to create fascinating kinetic stagescapes; and White Wave Dance, which interweaves music, poetry, visual arts and dance.

Pitch-Perfect Performances at Chutzpah! Festival


“An Evening with Mary Walsh” features the comedian’s best comedic bits and characters

To Mar. 15, 2018 No kvetching allowed: whatever you’re in the mood for, the Chutzpah! Festival’s international line-up of acclaimed Jewish comedians, musicians, dancers and actors is sure to hit the spot. Hone in on the humour with shows like An Evening with Mary Walsh (pictured), featuring the award-winning Canadian performer and co-creator of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Catch the world premiere of Salomé: Woman of Valor, a fearless spoken-word opera. Or rock out to Troker, a genre-busting Mexican band that fuses jazz, funk, mariachi and more to create perfectly blended chaos. At Chutzpah!, every spectacle is spot-on.

Laugh It Up: JFL NorthWest


Trevor Noah fuels the fun at JFL Northwest 2018

Mar. 1 to 10, 2018 Have you heard the one about…? The JFL NorthWest festival is bringing belly laughs to multiple venues across Metro Vancouver. Prepare to have your funny bone tickled by the likes of Trevor Noah (pictured), host of The Daily Show; Bill Burr, best known for Chappelle’s Show and Breaking Bad; Maria Bamford, with her self-deprecating jokes about depression and anxiety; and lots more stand-up folks.

For Peat’s Sake: Visit Vancouver’s Hidden Whisky House

Feb. 2018

Sam Heather with a flight of whisky, at Shebeen. (Photo by KK Law)

Venture into the back of Gastown’s The Irish Heather to find Shebeen Whisk(e)y House. The well-concealed snug is one of the coziest salutes to whisky anywhere, a fact not missed by the Irish Pubs Global Awards 2017, who named it the Best Irish Whiskey Experience in North America. Owner Sean Heather offers an array of whiskies from all over. His favourite? Redbreast from Dublin’s Midleton. “It’s a pure pot still, which is the Irish equivalent to a single malt,” says the amiable publican.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre: Motown the Musical


Motown the Musical comes to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. (Photo copyright Joan Marcus)

Feb. 6 to 11, 2018 If there’s one thing Motown produced in abundance, it’s hits, from “ABC” to “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.” Hear all the big ones in Motown the Musical (Queen Elizabeth Theatre), based on Berry Gordy’s autobiography. The songwriter and record producer founded the legendary label, which launched the careers of luminaries such as Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder.

Katy Perry Roars Into Vancouver


Katy Perry brings Witness The Tour to Rogers Arena on Feb. 5-6, 2018. (Photo by Rony Alwin)

Feb. 5 and 6, 2018 She may be a California gurl, who also kissed a girl, but Katy Perry has come a long way since those early hits first catapulted her into the spotlight. Her 2015 Super Bowl performance attracted the largest TV audience ever for a half-time show. She’s the first female in history (and only the second artist ever, after the late Michael Jackson) to have five number-one singles from one album. What’s next? Two concerts at Rogers Arena—then world domination, clearly.


The Comic Strippers: Shirtless Improv-Comedy Shenanigans


The Comic Strippers leave it all on the stage.

Feb. 3, 2018 If you’re a fan of both exotic dancers and improv comedy, then this is definitely the show for you. Partially undressed and totally unscripted, The Comic Strippers elevate comedy to new heights by taking off (most of) their clothes, whipping out new jokes and exposing the comedic underbelly of stripping. Catch this extremely revealing show at York Theatre.

Ricky Gervais Performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre



Ricky Gervais is scheduled to tickle some funny bones at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. (Photo by Ray Burmiston)

Jan. 29-30, 2018 If Ricky Gervais’s attempt at a music career in the ’80s had succeeded, the world might never have discovered a truly great comedian. Fortunately for comedy fans everywhere, his pop career fizzled, and instead Gervais co-wrote, co-directed and starred in The Office for the BBC. The series has since been remade for markets around the world, including the United States, Sweden, France, Germany and Brazil. See the real-life David Brent in two stand-up shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Vancouver Opera Presents L’Elisir d’Amore



“L’Elisir d’Amore” gets a small-town Canadian makeover. (Photo by Michael Cooper)

Jan. 21 to 27, 2018 It’s a classic tale of sweet love and opportunistic swindling: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy buys “love elixir” (i.e. cheap wine) from a con artist masquerading as a doctor, and comedic confusion ensues. Vancouver Opera brings Gaetano Donizetti’s rom-com-style L’Elisir d’Amore back to Vancouver for the first time in nearly a decade, this time set in a small, quaint Canadian town in the early 1900s. Performed by award-winning opera singers and accompanied by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, it’s the perfect way to warm your heart this winter.

PuSh Festival: On the Edge


“Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster” by Nicola Gunn. (Photo by Sarah Walker)

Jan. 16 to Feb. 4, 2018 Ready to bend your boundaries? Then head to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Now in its 14th year, the annual fest celebrates groundbreaking theatre, dance, music and visual arts in 28 works by artists from 11 countries. See works such as Inside/Out, BiRDMAN LiVE or Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (pictured), a provocative performance that examines human behaviour through a lens of peace and conflict, with moving results. It’s an evening spent on the edge—of your seat, that is.

Over the Moon: Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Kick off the Lunar New Year with parades, performances and Peking duck

Jan./Feb. 2018


Colourful dragon dancers in the Spring Festival Parade. (Photo by Michael Wheatley/Tourism Vancouver)

It’s time to bid zàijiàn (farewell) to the year of the rooster and usher in one of the friendliest animals in the Chinese zodiac: the dog. But before you board the Canada Line SkyTrain to nearby Richmond—home to a thriving majority Chinese population—check out the spectacular celebrations happening throughout downtown Vancouver. (more…)