February 15, 2017

Extreme Adventure on Film

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival continues until Feb. 18 with amazing adventures captured on film. Traverse some of the toughest hiking terrain in Canada on a multi-day hike, take a wild trip by foot and paraglider across North America's highest mountains, ski the European Alps and U.S National Parks, and take an incredible journey from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean in a self-made, bicycle powered boat. See these and other films this week at VIMFF.

February 10, 2017

Crawl Space: A Real (Estate) Dream

Inspired by a real life experience (or nightmare), playwright and performer Karen Hines serves up a timely tale of buying real estate in an overheated market. Guests are invited to join host Hines in a dreamy re-incarnation of her hellish little house in a hip neighbourhood as she entertains Scheherazade-style. But, rather than language steeped in poetry, history and philosophy, this darkly comic play offers up the vernacular of floor plans, cut-lines from MLS one-sheets, and erotic incantations inspired by Pottery Barn catalogues. See it at The Fishbowl, Granville Island until Feb. 18.

January 31, 2017

Visit Vancouver in the 70s

Vancouver in the Seventies zooms in on key themes and moments from Vancouver’s coming of age: a time of protest, political upheaval, economic prosperity and cultural blossoming. Based on the book Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed a City, the Vancouver Museum exhibition features photos from the Vancouver Sun archives and memorable items of the decade until Feb. 26.

January 30, 2017

Celebrate Spring Festival with a Visit to the Garden

To celebrate the lunar new year and Spring Festival, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year. The exhibit highlights the four major themes of Chinese New Year: decorating, eating, connecting and celebrating. Through interactive and educational displays, visitors are introduced to the meanings behind important cultural practices that have endured from antiquity to today. The exhibit runs through Feb. 24. See more at Chinese Garden.

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.