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Events Vancouver

Eastside Culture Crawl

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Alley Variations #5” by Richard Tetrault

“Alley Variations #5” by Richard Tetrault

For 20 years, art admirers have taken to the streets to ponder paintings, pottery, photography and more at the Eastside Culture Crawl (Nov. 17 to 20, 2016). The popular festival draws over 25,000 studio-hoppers as they tour the creative spaces of nearly 500 local artists. Download a map from the Crawl’s website and embark on a self-guided tour to 78 venues in edgy East Van. The souvenir-savvy snag one-of-a-kind pieces, such as relief prints by Richard Tetrault (“Alley Variations #5,” pictured).

Gift Rapt: Circle Craft Christmas Market

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Felted bowls by Hold

Felted bowls by Hold

It’s never too early to start making your list and checking it twice. The Circle Craft Christmas Market (Nov. 9 to 13, 2016) makes gift-giving merry and bright with handmade pieces perfect for everyone on your list—naughty or nice. The event showcases over 300 artisans and their wares, including wraps by Chloë Angus Design, wooden toys by Fidoodle, textiles by Hold (pictured) and everything in-between. It’s holiday shopping, all wrapped up.

Ghouls’ Night Out

By SHERI RADFORD

Get into the Halloween spirit with an assortment of seasonal goodies

bat mug1 Serve witches’ potions and brews in a bat-shaped mug. Available at HomeSense. (more…)

Dazzling Dance

By SHERI RADFORD

The Thousand Yard Stare by Jessica Lang Dance. (Photo: Takao Komaru)

Jessica Lang Dance. (Photo: Takao Komaru)

Since its founding five years ago, Jessica Lang Dance has become one of the most acclaimed troupes in the United States. See their Canadian debut at the Vancouver Playhouse (Oct. 28 to 29, 2016) when they perform a mixed repertoire that includes The Thousand Yard Stare, their latest work, honouring those affected by war.

Ghosts in Vancouver

Haunting tales and tours of spooky sightings in the city

By LOUISE PHILLIPS

Vancouver has its share of restless spirits

Vancouver has its share of restless spirits

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night
Good Lord, deliver us!

You might want to utter that old Scottish prayer on a tour of haunted Vancouver. This is a young city, but we have our share of restless spirits and other supernatural phenomena.

On a 90-minute walk with Ghostly Vancouver Tours, owner-guide Stephanie Watts leads guests into the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to describe the city’s best-known ghost, the Lady in Red. A 1940s patron fond of dancing at the hotel with her husband, the forever-young socialite has been spotted many times on the 14th floor, drifting through closed doors and standing outside a window where there is no ledge. One unsuspecting guest waited for the elevator with the Lady in Red, who joined a man and a child already in it, then all three vanished together. They are thought to be the spirits of the Cox family, who died in a 1944 car crash. (more…)

Mulan the Musical

By SHERI RADFORD

A scene from Mulan the Musical

A scene from Mulan the Musical

East meets West in Mulan the Musical, based on an ancient story about a girl who disguises herself as a male and takes her elderly father’s place in the Chinese army. Filled with drumming, kung fu and dance, this timeless tale of loyalty and devotion always entertains the whole family. See it Oct. 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Celebrate Diwali Fest

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A theatre performance for Diwali Fest

A theatre performance for Diwali Fest

Diwali, the ancient Hindu festival of lights, celebrates victory over darkness with a blaze of candles, lanterns and fireworks. Join the celebrations at Diwali Fest (Oct. 11 to Nov. 30), where a confetti of citywide events fête the annual holiday. Signature events include family-friendly Diwali Downtown (Oct. 29) and cabaret-style Chai House (Nov. 20), plus activities aplenty, such as Bollywood dance, music, food and theatre (pictured).

Splashy Gala: Toast to the Coast

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

African penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: KK Law)

African penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: KK Law)

Where better to raise a glass to ocean conservation than in the company of 50,000 aquatic animals? At the Vancouver Aquarium’s annual fundraising gala Toast to the Coast (Oct. 14, 2016), take style notes on black-tie attire at Penguin Point (no one pulls off a tie and tails like African penguins); meet rescues like Chester, a false killer whale; and go face-to-fin with a menagerie of marine life. Plus enjoy some of BC’s best wines, delectable Ocean Wise dishes, a silent auction and live music. For 10 years, the gala has helped support the aquarium’s conservation, education and research programs. We’ll drink to that.

Reel Fun: Vancouver International Film Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Catch a flick at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Catch a flick at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Attention, movie buffs and cinephiles: grab a giant tub of popcorn and settle in, because the Vancouver International Film Festival (Sep. 29 to Oct. 14, 2016) is celebrating its 35th year with screenings of more than 300 thought-provoking films from around the world. The True North series focuses on Canadian storytellers, while the Gateway series shines the spotlight on adventurous artists from East Asia. Stories on the fringe move to centre stage in the Alt series, and the Next series concentrates on virtual reality, gaming, music and various emerging digital platforms. Lights, camera, action!

Playtime: The LEGO Imagine Nation Tour

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A giant LEGO sculpture at the LEGO Imagine Nation Tour

A giant LEGO sculpture at the LEGO Imagine Nation Tour

Since 1932, LEGO has built fun brick by brick. Now, the LEGO Imagine Nation Tour (Sep. 30 to Oct. 2, 2016) is taking the colourful building blocks across Canada for an out-of-the-LEGO-box experience. Kids of all ages can pose alongside 20 life-sized sculptures, find inspiration in the mountainous brick pit, learn construction tips and tricks from one of the world’s few master builders, and put engineering skills to the test in a bridge-building challenge. The tiny bricks have even gone digital, letting LEGO architects bring their creations to life by scanning them into an interactive game. Plus, there’s plenty more to build, play with and purchase. In this LEGO universe, having fun is child’s play—unless, of course, you happen to step on a brick while barefoot.

Oktoberfest-Themed Fun at Harvest Haus

By SHERI RADFORD

Harvest Haus. (Photo: Jonathan Evans, jonnypicture.com)

Harvest Haus. (Photo: Jonathan Evans, jonnypicture.com)

Raise a bierstein to Harvest Haus (Sep. 29 to Oct. 9, 2016), which returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza this fall for its third annual Oktoberfest-inspired party. The full German experience includes beer, bratwurst and brass oompah bands—plus pretzels, spaetzle, lederhosen, lip-syncing competitions and more. The best part? No passport required.

Made In Canada: Etsy Vancouver Market

By SHERI RADFORD

The Etsy Vancouver Market: Made in Canada. (Photo: JuMi Story)

The Etsy Vancouver Market: Made in Canada. (Photo: JuMi Story)

Seeking a special souvenir? Circle Sep. 24 and 25, 2016 on your calendar, because that’s when The Etsy Vancouver Market: Made in Canada returns. Newly expanded to two days, and now taking place in the spacious Pipe Shop Building, this year’s marketplace is bigger than ever. Browse all the quirky creations by local artists and artisans, including wooden coasters from Reclaimed Print Co., cozy toques from Woolvan Knits, sweatshirts from My Cat Is People and pocket squares from Vancity Squares.