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What to See Vancouver

Hollywood North

By LAURA DENNIS

The Marine Building: Fantastic Four, Blade: Trinity, Watchmen, Life or Something Like It, Timecop, Battle in Seattle

The Marine Building: Fantastic Four, Blade: Trinity, Watchmen, Life or Something Like It, Timecop, Battle in Seattle (Photo: KK Law)

  

Vancouver Convention Centre: Robocop, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The A-Team, Human Target, The Killing, Godzilla (Photo: KK Law)

Vancouver Convention Centre: Robocop, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The A-Team, Human Target, The Killing, Godzilla (Photo: KK Law)

Vancouver Art Gallery: Night at the Museum, X-Men: The Last Stand, Continuum, Arrow, The X-Files, MacGyver

Vancouver Art Gallery: Night at the Museum, X-Men: The Last Stand, Continuum, Arrow, The X-Files, MacGyver (Photo: Lilly3/Stockphoto.com)

Vancouver Public Library: Double Jeopardy, Stargate SG-1, The Dead Zone, Smallville, Mr. Magoo (Photo: DannyC23/Stockphoto.com)

Vancouver Public Library: Double Jeopardy, Stargate SG-1, The Dead Zone, Smallville, Mr. Magoo (Photo: DannyC23/Stockphoto.com)

While strolling through downtown, you may feel the persistent tingle of déjà vu. Don’t worry: the architecture seems eerily familiar because for over a century, Vancouver has been used as a skilled stunt double in film. The city, which can replicate anywhere from Seattle to Mumbai to outer space, can be credited with many pivotal scenes in cinematic history. Vancouver follows Los Angeles and New York as the third-largest film production centre in the world—there is a catalogue of 20,000 locations for filmmakers to choose from. Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Convention Centre, Marine Building or Vancouver Public Library for a souvenir shot, and keep your eyes peeled for the many movies and TV shows currently in production. You might even make the blooper reel.

 

Public Art in Vancouver

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Jonathan Borofsky's "Human Structures Vancouver"

Jonathan Borofsky’s “Human Structures Vancouver.” (Photo: KK Law)

The great outdoors just got a little greater. Thanks to the Vancouver Biennale, alfresco art installations are popping up around the city, transforming ordinary outdoor spaces into cool cultural attractions. A tour along the Granville Island and False Creek waterfront takes art aficionados past three recent works: Jonathan Borofsky’s interconnected “Human Structures Vancouver” (pictured above), Cosimo Cavallaro’s playful “Love Your Beans,” and Gustavo and Otávio Pandolfo’s massive “Giants” (pictured below)—perhaps the most buzzed-about addition.

"Giants" by OSGEMEOS. (Photo: KK Law)

“Giants” by OSGEMEOS. (Photo: KK Law)

Spanning six cylindrical cement silos, the larger-than-life graffiti mural may be the most ambitious project yet by the Brazilian twin brothers known as OSGEMEOS. At the very least, Vancouver has some colourful new residents.

Inuit Imagery: Ningeokuluk Teevee

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Ningeokuluk Teevee's "A Lot of Bull"

Ningeokuluk Teevee’s “A Lot of Bull”

In Beyond the Surface: Drawings by Ningeokuluk Teevee (Feb. 14 to Mar. 6), the Cape Dorset artist creates vibrant coloured-pencil and graphite drawings that bring Inuit mythology and stories to life. See works such as “A Lot of Bull” (pictured) in the 25 drawings on display at Inuit Gallery.

Balanchine‘s Bold Ballet

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Beautiful and bold ballet by George Balanchine

Beautiful and bold ballet by George Balanchine

Graceful and groundbreaking, George Balanchine’s choreography revolutionized dance. Now, Miami City Ballet salutes the famed 20th-century choreographer in Balanchine, a sweeping triple bill that showcases his acclaimed career through Serenade, Symphony in Three Movements and Ballo della Regina. Known for his ability to express music through movement, he created ballets that feature works by celebrated composers such as Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Verdi. See this showcase of virtuosity at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Feb. 19 to 21.

Pop’s New Princess Comes to Vancouver

By LAURA DENNIS

Meghan Trainor starts her tour in Vancouver

Meghan Trainor starts her tour in Vancouver

You can’t tune out Meghan Trainor. Her self-love anthem “All About That Bass” topped the charts for eight weeks last year and has been stuck in our heads ever since. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter kicks off her first headlining tour Feb. 11 at the Vogue Theatre. Come for the catchy hooks and stay for unapologetically honest girl-power.

The Addams Family Musical

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Get to know The Addams Family all over again

Get to know The Addams Family all over again

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. In fact, the oddball family is just as you remember, only now they’ve taken their antics onstage in The Addams Family: A New Musical. Anyone who feels their family is a bit, well… bizarre, will relate to Wednesday Addams when she brings her “normal” boyfriend and his parents home to dinner. Catch all the quirkiness at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, Feb. 6 to 21.

Beauty and the Beast

By SHERI RADFORD

A Tale as Old as Time - Beauty and the Beast

A Tale as Old as Time – Beauty and the Beast

Though it’s been around since the 1700s, the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast is, for most people, synonymous with the 1991 Disney movie and its memorable songs and soaring musical score. Hear all of your favourite tunes brought to life on stage, everything from the Academy Award–winning title song to the irresistibly catchy “Gaston” to the guaranteed crowd-pleaser “Be Our Guest,” when the hit Broadway musical based on the film returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Feb. 3 to 8.

Eagle Float in Brackendale

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Spot iconic bald eagles during a float down Cheakamus River with Sunwolf. (Photo: Logan/Sunwolf)

Spot iconic bald eagles during a float down Cheakamus River with Sunwolf. (Photo: Logan/Sunwolf)

Every winter, a very different sort of visitor flocks to beautiful Brackendale: bald eagles. The tiny town outside Squamish hosts one of the largest populations of the iconic bird worldwide, all thanks to a fantastic feast of spawning salmon. To catch a glimpse of the feathered arrivals, take an idyllic float down the Cheakamus River with Sunwolf. Expect to see dozens of eagles perched along the glacier-fed river, often occupying the same tree—unusual behaviour for the über-territorial bird.

(Photo: Bob/Sunwolf)

(Photo: Bob/Sunwolf)

Equally breathtaking are the views of the Tantalus Mountain Range and surrounding scenery, certain to inspire nature enthusiasts and shutterbugs alike. Afterwards, cozy up in the riverside lodge by the wood stove and warm up with hearty homemade chilli. Avian enthusiasts should note that this rare opportunity is over in the blink of an eye—the season only lasts from mid-Nov. through Feb.

Tee Off at One Under Urban Golf Club

By SHERI RADFORD

Don't worry about the weather at One Under

Don’t worry about the weather at One Under

Winter golf comes with three big drawbacks in Vancouver: rain, showers and intermittent drizzles. The solution? Take it inside. One Under Urban Golf Club boasts six simulation bays, so you can experience what it’s like to tee off at some of the world’s finest courses—no umbrella required. And the menu of pizzas, salads and snacks, complemented by a comprehensive drinks selection, means the festivities can continue long after the last round of golf is played.

Men in Tights

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Men in tights, tutus and toe shoes

Men in tights, tutus and toe shoes

Like any other dance company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo tours with toe shoes and tutus. The difference? The marvellous all-male troupe. Outfitted in drag, the dancers poke fun at classic ballets such as Swan Lake and Paquita, all while en pointe. However, along with the over-the-top costumes and campy comedy is impressive dance technique that’s certainly no joke. Catch this bevy of ballerinas at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Jan. 24.

Into the Blue at Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Jenny Hards' "The By-Way"

Jenny Hards’ “The By-Way”

Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery has the blues—from cyan to cerulean, and everything in-between. Explore the sapphire shade in Mood Indigo, which highlights the cool, calming and expansive qualities of the hue through etchings, monotypes and relief prints. Get lost in Jenny Hards’ serene horizon (“The By-Way,” pictured), and other works by gallery artists, Jan. 5 to Feb. 1.

Abstracts by Eli Bornowsky

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Sleep 1'

“Sleep 1″ by Eli Bornowsky

Vancouver-based Eli Bornowsky is known for his ever-evolving abstracts. The latest addition to his oeuvre includes a series of nearly identical forms that invite a second glance (“Sleep 1,” pictured). So what inspires the prolific artist’s growing portfolio? Expressionism, cubism, Renaissance painting and even his own studio—and that’s just to start. See his prints, drawings and paintings in All Is Unmentionable, Up in the Air at Burnaby Art Gallery (to Jan. 18).