Events and Entertainment Around Town – February Edition


Goodbye January. Hello February! The second month of the year will see couples being loved up around the city, as well as, families celebrating Family Day long weekend. So whether you’re looking for date ideas,  family-friendly or cultural events, we got you covered with what’s happening in Vancouver!

Sting – Commodore Ballroom
Event date: February 1 | Time: 8pm

Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 2 | Time: 7pm

Push International Performing Arts Festival – Various locations
Event dates: January 16-February 4 | Various times

Throwndown – The Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: February 1-4 | Various times
Presenting local comedy teams in around robin competitions.

Alessandro Sciarroni – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event dates: February 2-4 | Time: 8pm
The boundary-bustin works of Italian choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni range freely between dance, theatre, performance art and anthropology. In FOLK-S, he deconstructs the schuhplttler, a Bavarian folk dance where the performers slap their shoes and legs with their hands, and refines it to its most essential elements, reactivating the movements in a contemporary context.

Nikki Glaser – The Comedy Mixx
Event dates: February 3-4
Executive producer and star of the Comedy Central series, ‘Not Safe with Nikki Glaser.’

Canada’s Women’s National Soccer Team – BC Place
Event date: February 4 | Time: 2pm
A celebration match, playing against Mexico.

Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 4 | Time: 7pm

Juxtapoz X Superflat – Vancouver Art Gallery
Event dates: November 5-February 5
Juxtapoz x Superflat is a manifesto for new creative practices that can no longer be adequately described by the traditional categories of art and production. Presenting the work of more than 30 artists from Japan, China, Korea, Europe, the US and Canada, this remarkable exhibition offers a unique insight into contemporary art and its place in cultural life.

2017 Dine Out Vancouver – Various restaurants
Event dates: January 20-February 5 | Time: Lunch and Dinner
Annual dining fest in Vancouver, featuring set menus at reasonable prices.

Salmon Girl – Presentation House Theatre
Event dates: January 26-February 5 | Various times
Raven Spirit Dance’s Salmon Girl explores the world of water and salmon. Through theatre, dance, music and puppetry, this piece for all ages follows the journey of a young girl into this magical world.

The New World Symphony – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: February 4-5 | Time: 2pm and 8pm
One of the brightest lights on the Finnish classical music scene, Juho Pohjonen makes his VSO debut performing Prokofiev’s flat-out exciting Piano Concerto No. 1 with his countryman, conductor Pietari Inkinen. Two different sides of Prokofiev are on display in this concert, as we also hear his throwback to the Classical style of composition. Dvorak’s New World Symphony is one of the best-known and most-loved symphonies ever written, a delicious soundscape of melodies, orchestral colours and musical styles.

Dierks Bentley What the Hell World Tour – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 9 | Time: 730pm

Grupo America – Scotiabank Dance Theatre
Event date: February 9 | Time: 12pm
Get ready for a Latin dance extravaganza! Las Americas is an exuberant explosion of colour, which takes us on a journey through the dances of South and Central America and up to the US. Vibrant Latin dances such as salsa, tango, cha cha and samba will be performed in addition to captivating traditional folkloric routines that are steeped in culture and history, including Mexican Zapateado, Cumbia, Afro-Latin dances, and more.

Gina Brillon – The Comedy Mixx
Event dates: February 9-11
Her first one hour special, Pacifically Speaking, was produced by Gabriel Iglesias and debuted on Nuvo TV and she also headlined the Ethnic Show at Just For Laughs 2016 comedy fest.

Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: February 10-11 | Time: 8pm
Michael Krajewski is one of the most accomplished Pops conductors in the world today, holding posts as Music Director of the Philly Pops, and Principal Pops Conductor in Atlanta, Jacksonville and Houston. he leads a program that features AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle, who have performed their remarkable tribute to legendary folk-rock artists Simon and Garfunkel to sold-out houses for over a decade.

As I Lay Dying – Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre
Event dates: January 19-February 12 | Various times
Witness this classic novel come to life in a highly imaginative production where drama and dance intersect. The Bundren family embarks on a 40-mile funeral procession to bring their mother to a final resting place and fulfill her dying wish. Through their calamitous journey, each member struggles with the promises made to the departed, revealing secrets and confronting their own selfish desires along the way. Faulkner’s expressive characters leap from the stage to present a gripping and unforgettable examination of humanity – with all its virtues and vices.

Kinky Boots – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: February 7-12
Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamourous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price and Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

7th Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Various locations
Event dates: January 17-February 14 | Various times
The Hot Chocolate Festival once again makes for a deletable countdown to the sweetest day of the year.

Throwndown – The Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: February 9-14 | Various times
Teams from around the world who bring their A-game to head to head matches with other and local teams. Presenting teams from Mumbai, Oslo, Montreal, Orlando and Seattle.

Elle – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: February 8-18 | Various times
Story of Marguerite de la Rocque de Roberval, a French noblewoman who set out in 1542 for Canada with her uncle, Jacques Cartier to colonize the new-found country. However, she finds herself abandoned on the deserted Isle of Demons as punishment for taking a lover during the voyage.

Brian Posehn – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: February 16-18
Her first one hour special, Pacifically Speaking, was produced by Gabriel Iglesias and debuted on Nuvo TV and she also headlined the Ethnic Show at Just For Laughs 2016 comedy fest.

Tara Cheyenne Performance and Silvia Gribaudi – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event dates: February 16-18 | Time 8pm
Vancouver audience favourite Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Italy’s Silvia Gribaudi collide and embrace in a new collaboration which navigates the role of comedy as a catalyst to understanding and communications, addressing questions of gender, culture and language along the way. Both these seriously funny women have crafted their own expert blends of physicality and characterization to create hilarious but poignant works, which reflects on the absurdities of life and what it means to be human.

Nordic Voices – The Annex at 823 Seymour Street
Event date: February 18 | Time: 8pm
Nordic Voices is an internationally acclaimed six-member a cappella group from Norway.

Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 18 | Time: 7pm

Winterruption Fest – Granville Island
Event dates: February 17-19 | Various times
The West Coast’s favourite winter festival is back with the city’s best music, theatre, art, performance and food.

Dover String Quartet with Avi Avital on Mandolin – Vancouver Playhouse
Event date: February 19 | Time: 3pm
The opportunity to present a combination of the “young American quartet of the moment” with the brilliant young Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital was one we couldn’t resist.

Vancouver Canucks vs Philadelphia Flyers – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 19 | Time: 7pm

Pelleas und Melisande – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: February 18-20 | Time: 8pm
One of the most respected pianists of his generation, Kirill Gerstein performs Brahm’s sprawling Piano Concerto No. 1. Schoenberg’s complex and darkly dramatic symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande is hailed as both helping to pave the way for a new kind of composition and one of the last great works of Romanticism.

Prazak Quartet – Vancouver Playhouse
Event date: February 21 | Time: 8pm
The Prazak Quartet has been an audience favourite for 30 years, they provided the core of the concert series celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Friends of Chamber Music in 1998. And now this group, that brings us the best of the burnished string sound of the Bohemian tradition, play a farewell cncert of Mozart, Janaek and Beethoven, music that allows us to revel in tehir special sound and feeling.

Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather – Pacific Theatre on Hemlock and 12th
Event dates: February 3-25 | Various times
A classic tale of power, destiny, betrayal and honour: what if Shakespeare had written The Godfather?

2017 Vancouver Comedy Fest – Various locations
Event dates: February 16-25 | Various times
The 2017 JFL North West lineup is a ‘who’s who’ of the comedy miz. Names like Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Iliza, Tom Segura, Game Grumps, Piff the Magic Dragon, My Favourite Murder, Colin Quinn, Brian Poseh, and SiriusXM’s Top Comic Showcase, to name just a few.

The Mars Hotel and Kwan Yin – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: February 22-25 | Time: 8pm
Inspired by PW Bridgman’s eponymously titled flash fiction, The Mars Hotel was commissioned for the 2015 Dancing on the Edge Festival and received rave audience responses. Choreographer Ziyian Kwan and performer Noam Gagnon dance a series of humourous, poignant and delightful vignettes about the word love.

BJM (Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal) – Vancouver Playhouse
Event dates: February 24-25 | Time 8pm
BJM returns with a triple bill. Rouge, choregraphed by Rodrigo Pederneiras of Brazilian company Grupo Corpo, is direct, genuine and raw, an ode to resilience and a tribute to indigenous peoples and their musical and cultural legacy. For Kosmos, Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis finds inspiration in the world around us and the excitement people experience every day ina city; moments of reunion, gathering and let go. In Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili’s Mono Lisa, two dancers execute incredible acrobatics in a factory-like atmosphere filled with sounds and visions of iron and steel – a breathtaking pas de deux executed with absolute mastery.

Garrick Ohlson plays Brahms – Chan Centre for Performing Arts
Event dates: February 24-25 | Time: 8pm
Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts the music of one of the greatest of composers, Johannes Brahms, both the last great Classicist and a Romantic at heart. Hear his powerful Second Place Concerto performed by one of the world’s most commanding pianists, Garrick Ohlsson, a famous Hungarian Dance, and the extraordinary Second Symphony of Brahms.

Jon Dore – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: February 24-25
Named one of “10 comics to watch” by Variety, Ottawa-born comedian, host and actor Jon Dore is renowned for his offbeat humour and unique bait-and-switch style.

Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 25 | Time: 7pm

The Audience – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Event dates: January 26-February 26 | Various times
From Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher, through Tony Blair and right up to David Cameron, the Queen has held a weekly meeting, or “audience,” with each of her twelve prime ministers. Peter Morgan’s imaginary glimpses into these tête-à-têtes provide a droll and fascinating portrayal of a lioness of history—one who, over the span of six decades, transforms from an uncertain young monarch into the revered figurehead of today.

42nd Street – Studio 58
Event dates: February 2-26 | Various times
The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re in the Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo”, “Dames”, “I Only Have Eyes for You” and of course, “42nd Street”. Based on a novel by Brandford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells this story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.

BC Home and Garden Show – BC Place
Event dates: February 22-26 | Various times

Benjamin Beilman (Violins) – Vancouver Playhouse
Event date: February 26 | Time: 3pm
Recipient of a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a 2012 London Music Masters Award, Benjamin Beilman is one of his generation’s fastest rising stars. To be accompanied by Yekwon Sunwoo on piano.

Fugitive Voices – Orpheum Annex
Event date: February 26 | Time: 730pm
This concert features mezzo-soprano marion Newman in two compelling works – Bramwell Tovey’s Fugitive Voices honours the lives of escaped slaves who fled via the Underground Railroad to safety in Canada; Anna Hostmn’s Nuyami Kulhulmx – Singing the Earth – describes the beauty and spirit of British Columbia’s Bella Coola Velley in an immersive, multimedia setting.

Robson Square Ice Rink – Robson Square
Event dates: December 1- February 28 | Various times
Free for all ages, if you bring your own skates. Otherwise, skate rentals are $4 and rentals end 30 minutes before closing times. Note: helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under.

Japan Unlayered – Fairmont Pacific Rim
Event dates: January 27-February 28
Exhibit on Japanese art, architecture and culture.

Vancouver Canucks vs Detroit Red Wings – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 28 | Time: 7pm

Cavalia Odysseo – White Big Top at Olympic Village
Event dates: January 31-March 5 | Various times
With a production double the size of Cavalia’s eponymous creation, which enjoyed a very successful run in Chicago in 2009, Odysseo is a show unlike any other on the planet, an immersive theatrical experience in which horses are front and centre.

The Men in White – Granville Island Stage
Event dates: February 9-March 11 | Various times
When Abdul’s crickeet team decides to take action to end their losing streak, they talk of recruiting Abdul’s brother, Hasan, who is an expert at the sport. But bringing Hasan from India to Canada will take more than just a plane ticket, and not all members of the team agree with the high cost. Follow this heartwarming story of how home can be found in sport and unite family across nations.

Dr Seuss The Cat in the Hat – Waterfront Theatre
Event dates: February 25-March 19 | Time: Various times
The quintessential Seuss, The Cat in the Hat returns to the CTYP stage with extraordinary physical theatre, magic and movement. The Cat and his Hat appears one rainy day and turns The Boy, Sally and the Fish’s world upside down. At first it is fun, but Sally and the Boy soon find themselves in a chaotic predicament. They need to tell that Cat that his mischief is just too much.

Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures – Vancouver Art Gallery
Event dates: December 3-April 17
Presenting works by forty artists, the exhibition encompasses a range of approaches and reinvigorated explorations of surrealism, abstraction, and conceptual practices.

The Cultch – Various theatres
Event dates: October 4-June 3 | Varius times
Comic relief, international hits, daring drama, family fun, movement, and mash ups!


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