January 24, 2017

Tour the Watershed

A Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tour is a fun and active way to learn about the connection between snow and our supply of drinking water. Cost is $18 if you bring your own snowshoes, or $25 with snowshoes included. The tours run in February and March. Get more info at Metro Vancouver.

January 23, 2017

Lions Dance for the Rooster

The Chinese New Year Parade (officially titled the Chinatown Spring Festival Parade) welcomes the Year of the Rooster on Jan. 29. The event in Vancouver's Chinatown boasts the largest gathering of lion dance teams in Canada. The colourful lion dancers are meant to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune, according to legend. The parade also features multicultural dance troupes, marching bands and martial arts performers. The event typically attracts more than 100,000 spectators.

January 21, 2017

Tribute to Guitarist Paul Leahy

As he spends his last days in a Surrey hospice, fans and friends of guitarist Paul Leahy plan to celebrate with a concert Jan. 27 at the Richshaw Theatre. The longtime New Westminster resident is well known in Vancouver's Indie Rock circles. The tribute and benefit concert features several bands - Pointed Sticks, Polly Suit (members of Polly and Pleasure Suit), the Furniture, Slip-Ons, Swank, the New Black, China Syndrome and Tayt Modern - sharing stories and playing songs from Paul's back catalog. Also on the program is Finn Leahy, Paul's son. Tickets for the The Super Duper Show: Tribute to Paul Leahy are available at Neptoon, Highlife, Red Cat and Zulu Records. You can also get tickets at Ticketfly or charge by phone at 1-888-732-1682.

January 20, 2017

MOA Exhibit Ends Soon

Last chance to see In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man at the Museum of Anthropology (UBC). The exhibit takes visitors to the Sepik River of Papau New Guinea, a seldom visited yet wildly beautiful river system. The river is home to a large ethnic group known as the Iatmul people who live along its banks in autonomous villages. Known for their art, folklore and elaborate totemic systems, the Iatmul villages have become a destination for tourists and adventure travelers. But you need not book a trip across the Pacific to see the art of the Sepik River. Works of the Iatmul are on display at MOA until Jan. 31.

January 18, 2017

Connexion Opens in the BAG

Burnaby Art Gallery presents Hank Bull: Connexion, a sculptural installation highlighting the interdisciplinary artist’s collection and archives amassed over four decades. As artist and arts organizer, Bull is viewed as an influential leader in Canada's contemporary art community. His works are held in the permanent collections of the Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Connexion opens with a free public reception Jan.19 and runs until Apr. 6.

January 17, 2017

Push Lights Up the Arts Scene

International in scope and ambitious in programming, the Push Festival is a veritable smorgasbord of the arts with performances in theatre, dance, multimedia and music. There are main stage and club shows, film screenings, creative workshops and talking head presentations. The roster of corporate, government and foundation partners spans two full pages in the program guide. Venues (18 in all) run the gamut from the venerable Queen Elizabeth Theatre to the funky Fox Cabaret. In other words, it's a major performance arts festival with lots of push. Get the details at Push.

January 16, 2017

Winter Cycling Tips

Be Seen. Visibility can be worse with heavy rain, snow or fog. Use proper lights and lane positioning to help increase your visibility.
Take your time. Roads and routes may be wet and slippery. On colder days, watch for black ice. Take turns slowly and give yourself more time to brake.
Stay warm. Good gear helps keep you warm and dry. If you dislike riding in bad weather, figure out what key items would make you more comfortable and get them.
If you encounter poorly maintained bike routes, report them to the municipality responsible with a request for maintenance. For more tips and tactics on safe riding in all weather conditions, visit Bike Hub.