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What to See Vancouver

Cavalia: Odysseo Rides Into Vancouver

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Cavalia: Odysseo

A stunt-rider at Cavalia: Odysseo

Cavalia: Odysseo gallops into the big white top in False Creek, bringing 65 horses and 48 riders, acrobats, aerialists and musicians along for the ride. The show is making a big splash with viewers—and we’re not just talking about the grand finale, when the stage is flooded with 150,000 litres (40,000 gallons) of water. (more…)

Winterruption

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Warm up with live entertainment at Winterruption. (Photo: Granville Island)

Warm up with live entertainment at Winterruption. (Photo: Granville Island)

If winter has you feeling left out in the cold, don’t miss Winterruption. Back for its 12th year, this festival puts a freeze on the winter blues with a line-up of live music, theatre, dance and more. Grab a hot chocolate and watch artist Ola Volo’s mural come to life, take in performances by the Vancouver TheatreSports League, catch a pop-up dance or enjoy the laid-back jazz of Black Gardenia. Or simply wander Granville Island, pop into the Public Market (page 17) and start warming up to spring.

24 Hours of Action at Grouse Mountain

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Speed down the mountain while the stars come out. (Photo: Lijuan Guo/Dreamstime)

Speed down the mountain while the stars come out. (Photo: Lijuan Guo/Dreamstime)

Hit the slopes at sunrise and keep shredding through the night. On Feb. 11, Grouse Mountain is open around the clock for 24 Hours of Winter. Snow junkies can enjoy a full day of all their favourite alpine action, including skiing, snowboarding and mountaintop ice skating, while live music, games and giveaways provide plenty of fun between runs. Whatever your sport, make sure you don’t stop till you get enough!

Larger than Life

By SHERI RADFORD

Cavalia: Odysseo rides into Olympic Village. (Photo: Dan Harper)

Cavalia: Odysseo rides into Vancouver. (Photo: Dan Harper)

Jan 29-Feb 26, 2017 There’s no horsing around in Cavalia: Odysseo. The largest touring show on the planet comes to the Olympic Village and features precise choreography of 65 horses and 48 riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians. The end result is an epic production filled with breathtaking moments: horses galloping through sweeping vistas (thanks to the world’s largest projection screen), a giant merry-go-round filled with live horses, and an on-stage lake for the water-filled grand finale. You heard that straight from the horse’s mouth.

Bold & Bright

By SHERI RADFORD

A bright mural lights up Ian Tan Gallery even on grey days. (Photo: KK Law)

A bright mural lights up Ian Tan Gallery. (Photo: KK Law)

Is the wet winter weather getting you down? For a reprieve, head to Ian Tan Gallery on South Granville. On the outside wall you’ll find a kaleidoscopic mural sure to brighten even the drabbest of grey Vancouver days—and make a blue-sky day even better. The cheerful mural is based on a piece by Ontario artist Kristofir Dean, whose vibrant paintings are displayed inside the gallery. According to Dean, colour “stirs the mind, heart and spirit.” We couldn’t agree more.

Flexible Foodies

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Catch food and flips at Cuisine & Confessions

Catch food and flips at Cuisine & Confessions (Photo: Alexandre Galliez)

What happens when you combine food, acrobats and intimacy? You get Cuisine & Confessions, which tumbles into the Vancouver Playhouse from Jan. 25 to 29. In this meld of dance, theatre and circus, an acrobatic troupe takes over a giant kitchen to craft a meal. Bodies bend, fold and fly as utensils pass around the room and ingredients are creatively mixed. Amidst the culinary gymnastics, acrobats share family recipes, childhood memories and other personal recollections, making the night one to remember.

On the Brink: PuSh Festival 2017

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Mess is showing at the PuSh Festival. (Photo: Edmund Collier)

Mess is showing at the PuSh Festival. (Photo: Edmund Collier)

Jan 16-Feb 5 Ready to bend your boundaries? Then head to the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Now in its 13th year, the annual fest celebrates groundbreaking theatre, dance, music and visual arts in over 27 works by artists from 11 countries. See works such as Mess, Sweat Baby Sweat or Macbeth: Third World Bunfight, a provocative piece that sets Verdi’s opera in the Congo, with machete-sharp results. It’s an evening spent on the edge—of your seat, that is.

Fine Lines

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

'Aquatic #2' by Pat O'Hara

‘Aquatic #2’ by Pat O’Hara

Jan 7-18 Some pull strings, others paint them. Contemporary artist Pat O’Hara uses energetic brushstrokes to apply strings of paint on canvas, finishing the super-saturated works with a glossy resin finish. The BC native, who now lives in Vancouver, often draws from her own environment and experiences to create her varied, layered pieces. She favours a bold, playful palette, using shades that evoke nature, from sunrise to seaside. See the artist’s abstract acrylic-on-canvas pieces in Linearity at Bau-Xi Gallery.

Potty for Potter

By SHERI RADFORD

The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience

The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience

Dec 13-24 Muggles and wizards alike are sure to be charmed by Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience, a zany play that spoofs all seven Harry Potter books in just 70 hilarious minutes. The magical show casts its spell over the Vogue Theatre, so don your best robe, grab your favourite wand and get ready to cheer for The Boy Who Lived—and boo He Who Must Not Be Named.

Making Spirits Bright in Vancouver

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Fireworks kick off the annual Lights of Hope display at St. Paul's Hospital. (Photo: Jill Von Sprecken)

Fireworks kick off the annual Lights of Hope display at St. Paul’s Hospital. (Photo: Jill Von Sprecken)

Around the city, festive light displays make Vancouver merry and bright. In downtown, the Lights of Hope dazzle with 100,000 twinkling bulbs, while the Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting brings a 15-m (50-ft) tree to Robson Square. Bright Nights in Stanley Park is a magical display of three million sparkling lights. Near Olympic Village, Enchant brings festive fun for the whole family with the world’s largest Christmas light maze. Farther flung but worth the trip, Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge raises hundreds of thousands of lights to spectacular new heights.

Little Red, Big Laughs

By SHERI RADFORD

Little Red comes to the York Theatre. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

Little Red comes to the York Theatre. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

To Dec 31 Get ready to cheer for the plucky heroine and boo the dastardly villain as East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood takes over the York Theatre for a month of groan-worthy puns, superb slapstick and sustained silliness. What foes does Little Red face in the wilds of East Vancouver? Everything from wicked bicycle thieves to distracted drivers to the granddaddy of all fairy tale villains, The Big Bad Wolf himself. Will Little Red make it to Granny’s house? You’ll have to see the show to find out.

Sweet Street

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Just one of the many sweet creations along Gingerbread Lane.

There are plenty of sweet creations along Gingerbread Lane

Maybe you can’t catch the gingerbread man, but you can catch Hyatt Regency’s Gingerbread Lane from Dec. 4 to 27. The 26th edition of this sweet event features dozens of eye-catching creations by professional chefs, amateur culinary artists and local secondary school students. Previous displays include a towering building and the Gastown Steam Clock in cookie form, and a new selection of sugary masterpieces promises to impress. Stroll down the lane free of charge, and be sure to vote for your favourite.