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What to See Vancouver

Easter Egg-stravaganza

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Easter treasures await. (Photo: AbsolutImages /iStockPhoto.com)

Easter treasures await. (Photo: AbsolutImages/iStockPhoto.com)

Easter is a time for family, bunnies, eats and adventures. Enjoy them all and have a good hare day with these fun holiday happenings.

Easter at Lonsdale Quay Kids earn a sweet treat bag by finding all five colours of eggs scattered across Lonsdale Quay Market (Apr. 16), then the Easter Bunny himself drops in for a visit. (more…)

Artist Statement

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Spaced Invaders" by Sonny Assu

“Spaced Invaders” by Sonny Assu

In an era where street art is around every corner, Sonny Assu’s graffiti-esque tags stand out. Except his canvas isn’t brick—it’s Emily Carr’s famed paintings. In We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery (to Apr. 23), Assu interrupts Carr’s works by adding Kwakwaka’wakw-style formline elements, reaffirming First Nations’ place in her landscapes.

A Beautiful Nature

By CHLOË LAI

"Among Flowers" by Katie Cheung.

“Among Flowers” by Katie Cheung.

There’s an element of earthly magic to award-winning artist Katie Cheung’s mixed-media and acrylic-on-canvas paintings. Flowers blossom freely across the scene, inspired by her boundless love of gardening. Born in Hong Kong and trained in Vancouver, Cheung is constantly experimenting with colours and styles, creating lush pieces that dance between realism and dream states. Explore her energetic and introspective works in Beyond Nature II, at Art Beatus until March 31.

High Impact

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Salmon Panel" by Susan Point.

“Salmon Panel” by Susan Point.

In the Coast Salish language, the closest word to “art” is “x ˘al,” a reference to the feeling derived from making a mark. It’s a definition that perfectly suits boundary-bending Musqueam artist Susan Point and a career spent making her mark on paper, glass, wood—and, of course, First Nations art. Known for blending traditional Coast Salish motifs with non-traditional techniques, Point creates intricate, modern works that are sure to leave an impression (“Salmon Panel,” pictured). Find an array of the famed artist’s eye-catching pieces in X ˘al: Making Her Mark at Coastal Peoples Gallery until Mar. 30.

Made For Each Other

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Postmark Blonde and Sevens IPA await the action.

Postmark Blonde and Sevens IPA await the action.

Beer and rugby—it’s a match made in sporting heaven. Especially when it’s a local brew, crafted to team up with the fast-paced HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series that takes the city by storm Mar. 11 and 12. The limited-edition Sevens IPA from Postmark Brewing can be found throughout the province, including at BC Place, the action-packed epicentre. The accessible IPA takes a balanced approach to hops, so it’s as easy to drink as the Rugby Sevens are exciting to watch. Sounds like the perfect pairing.

Get in the Action

By CHLOË LAI

Players run onto the field in a blaze of glory.

Players run onto the field in a blaze of glory.

Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie: the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series (Mar. 11 and 12) crams all the action of a standard 80-minute game into two seven-minute halves. This worldwide tournament throws down a game so fast-paced that you might forget to breathe. Diehard fans and newbies alike are encouraged to join the game-day chaos by donning their most outrageous costumes. And with more than half of Team Canada hailing from BC, there’s plenty to cheer about.

The Great Indoors

The weather outside is sometimes frightful, but the indoor activities are always delightful

By SHERI RADFORD

Take in spectacular views of Canada Place, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean from the Vancouver Lookout's observation deck, 169 m (553 ft) above the city. (Photo: KK Law)

Take in spectacular views of Canada Place, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean from the Vancouver Lookout’s observation deck, 169 m (553 ft) above the city. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Get an unparalleled 360-degree view of the city from the Vancouver Lookout.

2. Learn about balloons, bubbles, bodies, beavers, bears, butterflies, bugs and a whole lot more at Science World.

3. Paint your face blue and green and cheer for the home team at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game in Rogers Arena. Or do up your face in blue and white and root for the Vancouver Whitecaps at a soccer game in BC Place. (more…)

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 (Feb. 17 to 19, 2017). 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 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.