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 the Lunar New Year and Family Day. So whether you’re looking for date ideas,  family-friendly or cultural events, we got you covered with what’s happening in Vancouver!

Huff – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: February 2-6 | Various times
huff is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their other. With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Cardinal expertly portrays over a dozen characters in his captivating solo performance.

Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 2 | Time: 7pm

An Evening in Roma – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: February 4 | Time: 2pm
Rome, the Eternal City! Celebrate the wonders of Rome with music by Berlioz, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Puccini, Verdi and Respighi.

Vancouver Canucks vs Columbus Blue Jackets – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 4 | Time: 7pm

Phil Hanley – The Comedy Mixx
Event dates: February 4-6 | Various times
Phil Hanley started standup comedy by performing at open mics around Vancouver, often in between bands at music venues. In these establishments he discovered and honed his unique blending of material and crowd interaction that makes no two of his performances the same. Phil’s style can best bet described as unpredictably reflective, delivered with sharp accuracy and rooted in the grand tradition of joke-telling.

The Soul of the Tango – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: February 5-6 | Time: 8pm
The Tango. One of the most passionate and emotional of all dances, with music to match. The VSO and Tango Caliente – extraordinary dancers from Let’s Dance – invite you to a sizzling Symphony Pops program that is muy caliente! You’ll be mesmerized by lush arrangements of some of the best Tango and Latin American music, including Astor Piazzolla, while these incredible dancers light up the stage with their sultry stylings.

The Mozart Experience – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: February 7 | Time: 2pm
A mischievous street musician is caught playing the orchestra’s grand piano, and instead of scolding her, the conductor instead offers her the chance to “be Mozart” for this program about one of the greatest composers of all time. Through the street musician, her prankster companion, and sublime music, the audience experiences Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life as a very human story – as well as, a great musical adventure.

Little One – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: February 9-13 | Various times
Told through the now adult voices of its two main characters, Little One weaves stories of childhood horror and teenage humiliation into a twisted, wryly funny, and ultimately haunting narrative.

Cameron Esposito – The Comedy Mixx
Event dates: February 11-13 | Various times
Cameron got her start in improv comedy at Boston’s ImprovBoston and Improv Asylum, trained at the Second City Conservatory and began her career as a standup in Chicago. Cameron has earned a Chicago Magazine Best of Chicago, toured nationally as a circus ringmaster and created Side Mullet Nation, a solo show that debuted as a part of TBS’ Just for Laughs Chicago and has played across the country, including at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Boom – Granville Island Stage
Event dates: January 14-February 13 | Various times
A multi-media spectacle to define a generation.

Lunar New Year with Avan Yu – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: February 13 | Time: 730pm
Welcome the Year of the Monkey with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver-born, internationally renowned piano sensation Avan Yu, for a very special celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 13 | Time: 7pm

Brad Paisley: Crushin It World Tour – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 14 | Time: 730pm

Chinese New Year Parade and Cultural Affair – Chinatown
Event date: February 14 | Time: 11am-1pm
Parade route starts at Chinatown’s Millennium Gate on Pender Street and heads east, turning south onto Gore Street, then west onto Keefer Street. With more than 50 lions, diverse multicultural dance troupes, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and more, the Chinese New Year Parade is a celebration not to be missed.

Hot Chocolate Festival – Various locations
Event dates: January 16-February 14 | Various times
The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is back for its fifth year, and this time, even ore chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.

PuSh Festival – Various locations
Event dates: January 19-February 14 | Various times
The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.

Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 15 | Time: 7pm

Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks – Rogers Arena
Event date: February 18 | Time: 7pm

Downing’s Phantom of the Opera – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: February 20 | Time: 8pm
A spectacular multimedia work interweaves a screening of Rupert Julian’s dark and haunting 1925 film, The Phantom of the Opera, with live performance by chorus and chamber ensemble. Toronto-based composer Andrew Downing’s mesmerizing score returns by popular demand, offering new intensity and nuance to the cult-classic tale of gothic romance, lurking horror, and the unequaled power of music.

Ari Shaffir – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: February 18-20 | Various times
Stand-up comedian and actor Ari Shaffir describes his comedy as a puppet show, but without the puppets. He grew up orthodox Jewish, spent 2 years in a yeshiva in Israel, and came back to America to lose his religion and become a comic. Now with 2 hour stand-up specials and his own late night TV series coming up, Ari is a “gifted comic unyielding in his art, becoming a real force to be reckoned with.” (LA Weekly)

Exhilirating Soundscapes – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Event dates: February 19-20 | Time: 8pm
Maestro Tovey conducts a magnificent concert that explores a world of exhilarating soundscapes. French composer Darius Milhaud’s The Creation of the World is rich, exotic music written for a ballet based on African folk mythology. The Third Symphony of American composer Philip Glass is a fascinating piece of sonic architecture for string orchestra, and Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks is a beautiful neo-classical Chamber concerto.

Winterruption 2016 – Granville Island
Event dates: February 19-21 | Various times
Granville Island’s exciting and eclectic Winterruption Festival returns for its 11th year with an incredible range of events and performances all across the land. Winterruption promises something surprising around every corner.

Monster Jam – BC Place
Event date: February 27 | 7pm

Betroffenheit – Vancouver Playhouse
Event dates: February 25-27 | Time: 8pm
Two of Canada’s most groundbreaking performing arts companies have come together to create Betroffenheit, an innovative, boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance. Betroffenheit is a unique creative collaboration by Kidd Pivot artistic director and choreographer Crystal Pite, and Electric Company Theatre co-artistic director, writer and performer Jonathon Young.

Free Ice Skating at Robson Square – Robson Square
Event dates: November 29-February 28
Times: Sunday to Thursday: 9am-9pm, Friday and Saturday: 9am-11pm

Pride and Prejudice – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Event dates: January 28-February 28 | Various times
A swoon-worthy adaptation of a beloved classic.

The (Post) Mistress – WestFirst Theatre (Olympic Village)
Event dates: February 4-28 | Various times
The small town musical of sealed secrets.

Harlem Globetrotters – Pacific Coliseum
Event dates: February 27-28 | 2pm

Flight of the Dragon – FlyOver Canada
Event dates: January 1-March 3 | 10am-9pm
2 sets of shows: Flyover China then Flyover Canada

Postsecret: The Show – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: February 17-March 5 | Various times
Back by popular demand! An immersive experience through a crowd-sourced narrative of the stories behind some of the most sexual, sad, funny and controversial secrets.

Go Dog Go! – Waterfront Theatre at Granville Island
Event dates: February 27-March 20 | Various times
PD Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to live on stage in an exploration of movement, colour and music. The dogs delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon. They snorkel. They howl at the moon. They ride a ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees. The musical’s bustle and commotion pauses every so often for a moment or two of reflection and then sweeps us again into the whirlwind of these lovable and goofy dogs.

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out – Science World
Event dates: October 3-March 28
Animal Inside Out features over 100 preserved animal specimens ranging from the common pigeon to an expertly dissected camel. Visitors will be able to check out what’s under the skin of some spectacular animals and determine what makes us the same – and different.

Mashup: The Birth of Modern Culture – Vancouver Art Gallery
Event dates: February 20-June 12
The biggest exhibition in the history of the Vancouver Art Gallery! Occupying 35,000 square feet of exhibition space on all floors and featuring more than 371 artworks by 156 artists!


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