With live fashion shows, family theatre productions and more festive goings-on than you can shake a candy cane at, this week's cultural calendar is bursting at the seams.
For the full list of events worthy of adding to the diary between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, see below.
Indigenous Fashion Week
Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week, arguably the city's most celebratory, vibrant and diverse fashion event, is returning to the Queen Elizabeth stage with a bang from Monday. Following its two-year, COVID-related hiatus the show is dedicated to a more positive post-pandemic world, with new collections from 32 Indigenous fashion designers paying homage to its theme of “rekindling joy in the face of grief.”
Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For times, tickets and the full list of shows and events, visit the VIMF website.
Spirit of the Season
What do you get when you combine ice skating, live music, holiday lights and a firetruck-riding Santa Claus? A jolly good time, and more than a few bizarrely festive photo opportunities. On Saturday, Spirit of The Season festival will kick off at The Shipyards with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving atop a fire truck, and round off with Mayor Buchanan lighting the 30ft Christmas tree. Elsewhere will be dancing performances, artisan markets, stilt walkers, food trucks and a medley of other celebratory goings on - all accessible for free.
Dec. 3, The Shipyards. For the full schedule, visit The Shipyards' website.
A Line That Bends Does Not Break
Fresh to the Vancouver Art Gallery is an arresting exhibition from applauded contemporary Haida artist Guud San Glans Robert Davidson. A Line That Bends But Does Not Break supplements the gallery's own extensive collection of Davidson's graphic works with pieces obtained from private collections, which will be on show until April next year.
On until April 16, Vancouver Art Gallery. For more information on the exhibit visit the gallery's website.
Where The Wild Things Are
The festive season is the ultimate time of year to introduce kids to the magic of theatre, with all good theatres offerings beloved young-audience classics in one form or another. The Presentation House Theatre's warming rendition of Where The Wild Things Are is a seasonal standout, one equally as joyous for its intended audience — youngsters between three and six — as it is parents.
Dec. 2 - 18, Presentation House Theatre. Times and tickets can be found on the theatre's website.
The Sound of Music
The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage is alive, with the sound of music. With treasured tunes like “My Favourite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain", few are unable to resist the evergreen allure of this powerful musical masterpiece. Director Ashlie Corcoran's annual edition, now as much of a required seasonal activity as putting up the tree, will be running until Christmas Eve.
Until Dec. 24, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Visit the theatre's webpage for times, tickets and more information.
Vetta Presents: Bach and Mendelssohn
The latest edition of Vetta Presents, a program presented by the Vetta Chamber Music Society, sees an all woman ensemble explore the deep connections between legendary composers Bach and Mendelssohn. Both a charitable and downright entertaining endeavour, all proceeds garnered from the event will go towards the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. 'Tis the season of giving, after all.
Dec. 3, Grosvenor Theatre, Kay Meek Arts Centre. Tickets can be found via the Kay Meek website.
If the mere thought of venturing overtown and tackling the swathes of mammoth gift-bag toting Christmas shoppers has you chomping on your fingernails, it might pay to look a little bit closer to home for this year's festive stockpiling. Enter: The Polygon Gallery. For another year the gallery's main floor will be jazzed up and brimming with gifts from independent makers and artists, making shopping sustainably, locally, and stress-free easier than ever.
On until Dec. 24, The Polygon. For more information, visit The Polygon's website.
Deliverance: Reinterpreting Coastal Scenes
Local artists Tiffany Blaise and Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki have come together for an exhibition that showcases the duo's ability to create praiseworthy landscape art. Both specializing in sublime coastal scenes, the paintings capture the bewitching nature of the ocean via bold colour use and dramatic brush strokes.
On until Dec. 9, Kay Meek Art Centre. For more information on the exhibition, visit the Kay Meek website.
Happy (Hectic) Holidays
You can always count on those at Granville Island's The Improv Centre to spin any occasion into stand-up material, and the festive season is no exception. Their latest show injects humour into the holidays by delving into the universally bittersweet act of hosting loved ones over Christmas. Worth watching with the whole family, but perhaps not with the distant rellie whose festive visits are dreaded each year - it could hit too close to home.
On until Dec. 23, The Improv Centre. Times, tickets and more information can be found on the Improv Theatre's website.
Vancouver Christmas Market
What better way to mark the Dec. 1 than by attending the city's bustling, bright, brimming Christmas markets? Inspired by the uber festive Christkindlmarkts of Germany, the event sees more than 80 artisan huts offering handcrafted gifts, mulled wine, German and Austrian beers, and a medley of sweet and savoury food offerings so divine you'll want to live there until it shuts for good, on Christmas Eve itself.
On until Dec. 24, Jack Poole Plaza. Tickets can be bought in advance online, via the Christmas Market's website.
For more local happenings, click through to our events calendar.