Events and Entertainment Around Town – November Edition
How is it November already?! Now that Thanksgiving and Halloween have come and gone, we’re all ramping up for winter socials and holiday parties. But before we get to that, there’s still lots of things to see and do in Vancouver during November.
Here are all the happenings this month!
Ballet BC’s Program 1 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: November 3-5 | Time: 8ppm
This evening by Ballet BC Resident Choreographer Cayetano Soto, a vibrant voice in contemporary ballet, launches the season with four works that display a unique range of creativity and originality throughout his choreographic career.
Ian Bagg – The Comedy Mixx
Event dates: November 3-5 | Various times
In 2015, Ian was a fan favourite and placed in the Top 5 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
3rd Annual Vancouver Tea Festival – Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden
Event date: November 5 | Time: 10am-6pm
Did you know that the history of tea dates back to ancient China, almost 5,000 years ago? To learn more and taste some of the best teas all in one place, join thousands of guests to the Vancouver Tea Festival.
BC Lions vs Saskatchewan Roughriders – BC Place
Event date: November 5 | Time: 4pm
Ages of the Moon – Presentation House Theatre 333 Chesterfield Avenue
Event dates: October 27-November 6 | Various times
Bryon and Ames are old friends, reunited by mutual desperation. As the Earth cast its shadow on the distant lunar landscape, fifty years of love, friendship, and rivalry are put to the test with hostilities erupting, subsiding and flaring again.
20th Vancouver Asian Film Festival – Cineplex Odeon International Village
Event Dates: November 3-6 | Time: Various times
Celebrate the vibrancy and creativity of Asians in film. The festival will screen 35 features and shorts over four days, and also boasts over 40 filmmakers and special guests in attendance.
VSO at the Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: November 5-6 | Time: 2pm and 730pm
The movie that started it all! The original Indiana Jones adventure, re-mastered and presented on the big screen at the Orpheum, with the orchestra playing the famous, award-winning score by John Williams live on stage.
100 Guitars – 100 Very Good Reasons Why… – Roundhouse Community Centre
Event date: November 6 | Time: 3pm and 5pm
The collaborative undertaking will bring together 100 amateur and professional electric guitar players, of varying ages and background.
Anna Federova – Vancouver Playhouse
Event date: November 6 | Time: 3pm
Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and astounding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was a child, and she has appeared in soem of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America and Asia.
Il Divo: Amor y Pasion – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: November 6 | Time: 730pm
Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 7 | Time: 730pm
Lauryn Hill – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: November 8 | Time: 8pm
American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards, broke several sales records and was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums of all time.
Got7 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event Date: November 11 | Time: 3pm and 8pm
South Korean boy group formed by JYP Entertainment in 2014. The group consists of seven members who hail from South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and the US.
War/Poet – 24th Remembrance Day Concert – St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church
Event date: November 11 | Time: 8pm
From Walt Whitman, Rupert Brooke, and Frances Ledwidge to the unnamed bards of folksongs, poets have forged their greatest works in the crucible of war. Chor Leoni focuses on this powerful poetry as expressed in musical setting by Gustav Holst, Stephen Smith, and Michael McGlynn in a beloved Remembrance Day tradition.
Suitcase Stories – Pacific Theatre on Hemlock and 12th
Event dates: October 28-November 12 | Various times
With only her tiny suitcase in tow, Maki leaves her home in South Korea and takes off for Canada, simply because her brother had a map of Toronto.
Toby Hargrave – The Comedy Mixx
Event dates: November 10-12 | Various times
Voted the ‘Funniest Comedian in Vancouver’ at the 2005 Vancouver Comedy Festival and has appeared at such notable comedy clubs across North America as Yuk Yuks, The Laugh Shop, the Comedy Mix, The Improv, The Ice House, Hermosa Comedy Magic Club, The Comedy Store, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and The Laugh Factory and the Comedy Underground!
An Evening with Kevin Smith – West Convention Centre
Event date: November 12 | Time: 8pm
Kevin Smith made fans all over the world with his beloved movies including Clerks, Mallrats, and Dogma. He shares his stories live onstage at Fan Expo Vancouver 2016.
Bamboo: Vietnamese and Intercultural Fusions – The Annex on 823 Seymour St
Event date: November 12 | Time: 8pm
The first large-scale concert of our 2016/17 season, will feature the 15-member VICO (Vancovuer Intercultural Orchestra) with virtuoso solo performers on Vietnamese traditional instruments.
Florida Georgia Line (Dig Your Roots Tour) – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 12 | Time: 7pm
V’ni Dansi – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event date: November 12 | Time: 8pm
V’ni Dansi preserves traditional Metis dance and also create innovative contemorary works: the company brings both these activities together in a special double bill for its annual Louis Riel Day Celebration.
Hidden: ITSAZOO – UBC Botanical Garden
Event dates: October 22-November 13 | Time: 8pm
ITSAZOO presents a bone-chilling site-specific horror event: Hidden. Blurring the lines between performance and reality, we will guide audiences of 13 people, armed only with flashlights, on the Lost Lovers Murder Tour – a frighteningly accurate re-enactment of the infamous and unsolved murders that occurred exactly 20 years ago, deep within the forest.
Sultans of the Street – Waterfront Theatre Granville Island
Event dates: October 29-November 13 | Various times
Four children from different worlds – two who want new kites and two with the simple wish to attend school – are trapped in a world of begging on the streets of Kolkata, India. Dressed as golds, they bless the generous and threaten to curse those who are not. Together, they must work to escape servitude and set a course for a new life. In association with the Diwali Fest.
Circle Craft Christmas Market – West Convention Centre
Event dates: November 9-13 | Various times
Over 300 artisans from coast to coast.
A Night in Vienna CMS String Sextet – Vancouver Playhouse
Event date: November 13 | Time: 3pm
For centuries, Vienna stood as the cultural epicentre of Europe, a rich melting pot of music, art, and literature; a city that always cherished tradition while pressing toward the artistic future. This program traces the evolution of musical expression in the city “city of dreams” through music by three of its greatest voices.
Behzod Abduraimov – Piano – Chan Centre for Performing Arts
Event date: November 13 | Time: 3pm
“He has fingers that seem as though they were made to create rainbows” – Los Angeles. “Fingers of fire. He is an electric battery” – Le Temps. These two quotes say it all.
Hong Kong Exile with Mahalia Patterson O’Brien – Roundhouse Community Centre
Event date: November 13 | Time: 2pm
An interdisciplinary arts company made up of three emerging contemporary artists: Milton Lim, Remy Siu and Natalie Tin Yin Gan. The three met as students at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and have been consistently creating and producing work since 2011 when the company was formed. Hong Kong Exile is committed to creating vital and innovative art through collaboartive, interdisciplinary investigation.
Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: November 13 | Time: 2pm
Vancouver Canucks vs Dallas Stars – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 13 | Time: 1pm
Verdi’s Requiem – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: November 12-14 | Time: 8pm
Maestro Tovey conducts one of the greatest and most important choral works in the repertoire, Verdi’s Requiem. The performance of this thrilling, almost operatic masterwork will feature the massed voices of the UBC University Singers an Choral Union, and four outstanding vocal soloists.
Vancouver Canucks vs NY Rangers – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 15 | Time: 7pm
From Russia with Love – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: November 17 | Time: 2pm
There’s nothing like the full-blooded power of the great Russian classics. This concert features music by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and more.
Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 17 | Time: 7pm
Brian Scolaro – The Comedy Mixx
Event dates: November 17-19 | Various times
Brooklyn born Brian Scolaro is an actor and stand-up comedian. He is most known for his half hour Comedy Central special “Comedy Central presents Brian Scolaro”, as Doug on TBS’s Sullivan and Son, and as Stuart on FOX’s Stacked.
Best of Broadway – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: November 18-19 | Time: 8pm
Acclaimed Pops conductor Stuart Chafetz presents a stroll down the Great White Way, in a tribute to the Best of Broadway. You’ll hear music from Guys and Dolls, Chess, South Pacific, West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats and many more all-time Broadway favourites.
Andrea Young: Exo/Endo – The Annex at 823 Seymour Street
Event date: November 19 | Time: 8pm
Exploring the dynamic relationship between voice and technology, Andrea Young’s ensemble EXO/ENDO focuses on the release and absorption of energy through sound – where sound is the furnace and the fuel for expressions of internal desire or external wrath.
Dane Cook – Vogue Theatre
Event dates: November 18-19 | Time: 730pm
Cook’s comedy career includes many unique experiences, including selling-out Madison Square Garden, hosting the Teen Choice Awards, and starring in films like Good Luck Chuck and Pixar’s Planes. But performing stand-up is what he enjoys best.
Vancouver Canucks vs Chicago Blackhawks – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 19 | Time: 7pm
Baskerfield Mist – Stanley Industrial Theatre
Event dates: October 20-November 20 | Various times
Maude is on the wrong side of fifty, totally broke and living in a trailer park in Bakersfield, California. Just when things look their worst, she stumbles across a long-lost painting by the renowned Jackson Pollock – or is it? To prove she’s got a masterpiece on her hands, Maude invites a stuffy, world-class art expert to authenticate it. Cultures collide as these polar opposites evaluate the colour of each other’s character and explore their perspectives on what is real, in life and in art.
Wall to Wall Percussion – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: November 20 | Time: 2pm
VSO Principal percussion Vern Griffiths reprises one of the best-loved kids concerts the VSO has ever presented. Vern plays everything including the kitchen sink, and shows how everyday items can actually be cool musical instruments.
Discover Dance: The response – Scotiabank Dance Theatre
Event date: November 24 | Time: 12pm
The response blends contemporary dance techniques with the physicality and attitude of urban culture. Led by Artistic Director Amber Funk Barton, known as an exceptionally fluent and musical dancer, the company forges an immediate emotional connection with audiences through its energetic dancers, juicy, full-blooded movement and exciting music. This performance will feature a selection of dynamic works, plus a sneak preview of an upcoming premiere.
Lights of Hope Community Celebration – St. Paul’s Hospital on Burrard Street
Event date: November 24 | Time: 6pm-8pm
Join St. Paul’s as they turn on the Lights of Hope display for the first time during a community celebration with fireworks, food trucks and entertainment.
Sparkle Brighter – McArthur Glen Outlet Mall
Event date: November 24 | Time: 5pm
The free, public event includes various family-friendly activities such as gingerbread decorating, ornament making, live carolling, and the lighting of the 45 feet Christmas tree with help from special North Pole guests.
Daughter – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: November 25 | Time: 8pm
Indie folk band from England. Fronted by North London native Elena Tonra, they were formed in 2010 after the addition of Swiss-born guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella from France.
The WCSO Goes to the Movies – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: November 25 | Time: 8pm
Featuring music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Lord of the Rings, Pirate of the Caribbean, Avatar, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Psycho and Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.
Miss Shakespeare – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: November 5-26 | Various times
Book and lyrics written by Tracey Power and music co-written by Steve Charles, Miss Shakespeare is a story inspired by the Bard’s daughter, whose own creative aspirations come alive as she leads a group of women in something secret, subversive, and illegal: the staging of a play.
Tom Rhodes – The Comedy Mixx
Event dates: November 24-26 | Various times
Credits include his own sitcome on NBC called Mr. Rhodes, Comedy Central Presents half hour special and his latest special, Light Sweet Crude on Netflix.
Event date: November 26 | Time: 12pm-7pm
Downtown Vancouver’s only free winter festival will transform Mainland Street into a winter wonderland. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street. Holiday shoppers are invited to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown with local merchants as well as a specialty market carrying unique gifts and holiday treats. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music.
ZarYevka Ballet’s Jabberwocky – 808 Richards Street
Event date: November 26 | Time: 11am and 1pm
Free performance – a narrated story ballet performance by ZarYevka Ballet featuring giant puppets, colourful costumes and dancing.
Disney on Ice – Worlds of Enchantment – Pacific Coliseum at PNE
Event dates: November 23-27 | Time: 7pm
Disney on Ice is coming to Vancouver with a new show featuring characters from Cars, Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid and, of course, Frozen.
Home for the Holidays – Westside
Event dates: November 26-27
Seasonal self-guided tour and fundraiser which has become an annual tradition with attendees coming from near and far. Five beautiful homes on the Westside of Vancouver, ranging from contemporary to traditional to modern, will have your festive impulse buzzing when you see what our designers have come up with to help make your holiday season memorable.
Lessons and Carols for Advent – Christ Church Cathedral
Event date: November 27 | Time: 3pm
As the beautiful sanctuary of Christ Church Cathedral is gradually transformed from darkness to light, the Cathedral Choir sings music that foretells the birth of the light of the world.
Sampradaya Dance Creations: Pralaya – Roundhouse Community Centre
Event date: November 27
Sampradaya Dance Creations’ Artistic Director, Lata Pada, joins forces with Balinese choreographer Dr. Wayan Dibia on an uncharted journey of Bharantanatyam and Balinese dance in Pralaya – a modern telling of a scene from the magnificent Indian epic – Mahabharata.
The Romantic Piano: Yemtsov plays Rachmaninoff – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: November 26-28 | Time: 8pm
Highly regarded young Australian pianist Alexey Yemtsov makes his VSO debut, performing one of the all-time favourites for piano and orchestra, Rachmaninoff’s towering Piano Concerto No. 3. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 was written for and debuted at a celebration of the composer’s fiftieth birthday, and is one of his most beautiful, though most conflicted, works. Estonian conductor Anu Tali makes her very first appearance in Vancouver.
Bluebird North – Roundhouse Community Centre
Event date: November 29
This intimate musical showcase brings together some of Canada’s most inspiring songwriters, each of whom will give an acoustic performance of his or her songs and share the story about how each song was inspired and written.
Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 29 | Time 7pm
19th Annual European Film Festival – Pacific Cinematheque
Event dates: November 18-30 | Various times
Europe without the jetlag.
Enchanting China: An Orchestra Extravaganza – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: November 29-30 | Time: 8pm
The China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra is coming to Canada for the premiere of their elaborate orchestra production.
Joyce DiDonato – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: November 30 | Time: 730pm
Winner of the 2012 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by The New Yorker.
Poly Culture and VSO present The China Philharmonic – Chan Centre for Performing Arts
Event date: November 30 | Time: 730pm
Poly Culture North America and the VSO are pleased to present the Vancouver debut of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. This event will be a milestone celebration during the 2015/16 China-Canada Cultural Exchange Year, launching Poly Culture’s North American presence through the celebration of music with one of the world’s most inspiring orchestras. Maestro Long Yu conducts, and 12 year old piano prodigy Serena Wang performs Beethoven.
Troilus and Cresida – Studio 58
Event dates: November 17-December 4 | Various times
Shakespeare’s most experimental drama receives a modern spin in Kevin Bennett’s interpretation of this part love story, part war drama where passion and violence are inextricably linked. With the Trojan War raging, Shakespeare shows us a world in which lovers yearl to be true and warriors strive to be brave, but both inevitably fail, betrayed by human nature and time.
Whistler Film Festival – Whistler
Event dates: November 30-December 4 | Various times
Get ready for five action-packed days of fresh films, epic events, industry conections, and time to enjoy the delights of Whistler from skiing to apres, fine dining and more.
Hansel and Gretel – Vancouver Playhouse
Event dates: November 24-December 11 | various times
Baking Time – Presentation House Theatre on 333 Chesterfield Avenue
Event dates: November 25-December 11
Baking Time finds two playful bakers aka Bun and Bap, sifting through magical flour storms, with mischievous doughy characters amidst shelves of baking ingredients and utensils. Bun and Bap will be inviting all the young audience members to become bakers themselves and join in the fun.
ArtStarts Gallery Sat and Sun Free Tours – 808 Richards Street
Event dates: November 5-December 18
The ArtStats Gallery is the only free, public gallery in Canada exclusively dedicated to young people’s art. Drop in for a free 30 minute guided tour.
Saturday Jazz in the Mews – Roundhouse Community Centre
Event dates: November 5-December 18 | Time: 1030am-1230pm
Jazz inside the lobby area every Saturday morning with a full slate of local musicians, including Royal Aloha Monday Orchestra, Cambridge Street Combo, Asheida and Friends, John Pippus and Friends, Stringz Aloud, and Rain City Swing.
Christmas Queen 3: The Bachelorette Edition – Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: November 23-December 23 | Various times
Her Royal Meanness returns as the star of her own reality show. Will Christmas be ruined for her suitors? Who will receive the frozen rose?
The Day Before Christmas – Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre
Event dates: November 24-December 24 | Various times
Alex is a perfectionist who is desperately holding fast to her Christmas traditions. While juggling family and work – and a movie star – she loses control of her holiday plans, and her home becomes a disaster zone. Can she save the turkey from the dog and salvage a broken-down tree? Find out in this infectious comedy that is sure to make the holidays bright.
Scuba Claus at the Aquarium – Vancouver Aquarium
Event dates: November 24-December 24
Celebrate the holidays with all your aquatic friends at the Vancouver Aquarium! Don’t miss Scuba Claus as he makes his daily dives.
Make a Joyful Post – Harbour Centre
Event dates: November 28-December 24
See a special large scale installation, create your own handwritten card for display and make a $5.00 minimum donation. The cards and 100% of the proceeds will then be distributed to the Kettle Society community to provide housing, employment and support services for those struggling with mental health in Vancouver.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island
Event dates: November 26-December 28 | Various times
Good grief! The cherished holiday classic comes to the CTYP stage in a lively musical adaption that also features a live jazz trio. Join Charlie Brown on his quirky journey as he tries to direct the school Christmas pageant. With some help from his friends and a ragged little tree, Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of the season.
2016 Vancouver Christmas Market – Jack Poole Plaza
Event dates: November 26-December 30 | Various times
A treasured holiday tradition for both locals and visitors alike.
Avenue Q – Granville Island Stage
Event dates: November 17-December 31 | Various times
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q contains full puppet nudity and other vulgarities that will induce laughter.
Enchant 2016 – 1st and Crowe Street
Event dates: November 24-December 31 | Time: 4pm-10pm
World’s largest Christmas light maze!
Bright Nights in Stanley Park – Stanley Park Miniature Train
Event dates: November 28-January 1 | Varius times
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights.
Heritage Christmas – Burnaby Village Museum
Event dates: November 19-January 2
A stroll down the streets of the Village is magica; the cedar boughs, soft coloured lights, wreaths and big red bows are welcoming. Vintage-themed shop window displays highlight special winter and Christmas items. The light displays throughout the site will delight.
Christmas at Flyover Canada – Flyover Canada
Event dates: November 24-January 2 | Time: 10am-9pm
Polar Express 4D Experience – Vancouver Aquarium
Event dates: November 24-January 2
Festival of Trees – Four Seasons Hotel and Pacific Centre Mall
Event dates: November 25-January 2
Now on its 30th year – make a donation and vote for your favourite decorated tree.
The Peak of Christmas – Grouse Mountain
Event dates: November 25-January 2
Believe in the jolly man, in elves, in magic and in reindeer. Believe in all things Christmas. Experience it all at Vancouver’s North Pole where you can have breakfast with Santa, visit his workshop and meet real reindeer. This Christmas, believe again.
All Together Now – Musuem of Vancouver
Event dates: June 20-Jan 8 | Various times
Check out the Museum of Vancouver’s latest exhibition of the weird and wonderful stuff collected by the residents of Vancouver, including artistic taxidermy, artificial eyeballs and antique corsets.
Canyon Lights – Capilano Suspension Bridge
Event dates: November 24-January 8
The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.
Walker Evans: Depth of Field – Vancouver Art Gallery
Event dates: October 29-January 22
The American photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) is among the most influential artists of the 20th century. Covering the full arc of his career, Walker Evans: Depth of Field present the most comprehensive look at Evans’ work ever mounted in Canada.
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.
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Is the Christmas Wish Breakfast at the Pan Pacific being held this year. I haven’t heard anything about it.