Events and Entertainment Around Town – November Edition
We can’t believe it’s already November! Where did the year go?! Now that Thanksgiving and Halloween are over, 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!
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.
12th Heart of the City Festival – Downtown Eastside
Event dates: October 28-November 8 | Various times
The annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is a cultural and heritage event that serves as a high impact, bridge building force that gives voice to the Downtown Eastside and its low income residents, cultural communities and neighbourhoods.
Snapshots – A Musical Scrapbook – Presentation House Theatre
Event dates: October 28-November 8
A compelling new musical with songs adapted by Stephen Schwartz from his hit shows Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, The Baker’s Wife and more.
Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza – Concord Pacific Place
Event date: October 30-December 27 | Various times
An adrenaline rush of acrobatics in a zany kingdom.
Vancouver Canucks vs Pittsburg Penguins – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 4 | Time: 7pm
The Inkompleat Folksinger – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: November 4-8 | Various times
Pete Seeger was a folk singer, political activist and a key figure in he mid-20th century American folk music revival. He sang in defense of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited; and always to enliven and encourage, to delight and to tell tales.
Program 1 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: November 5-7 | Time: 8pm
NEW WORK – Belgian-born Stijn Celis makes his first work for Ballet BC – an honour, as the in demand choreographer only develops a limited number of new creations outside of his own company. SOLO ECHO – Based in Vancouver, and celebrated globally, Crystal Pite explores recurring themes of acceptance and loss. 28,000 WAVES – When Cayetano Soto’s Twenty Eight Thousand Waves premiered in 2014, it was clear that magic had happened between the Company and the choreographer.
A Christmas Story: The Musical – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Event dates: November 5-December 27 | Various times
The musical adventures of a boy with a dream, that preserves the movie’s cheerfully anarchic spirit.
BC Lions vs Calgary Stampeders – BC Place
Event date: November 7 | Time: 4pm
Ein Liderabend – St Mark’s Anglican Church
Event date: November 7
Opera Opulenza presents a concert of German art songs by Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, Wolf, Wagner, Schoenberg and Strauss.
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: November 7-8 | Times: 2pm and 730pm
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on the big screen – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner – while their extraordinary original scores are played LIVE by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra! This new version of the convert spotlights acclaimed classics like What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville and Rhapsody Rabbit, alongside Eye-popping brand-new Warner Bros. 3D theatrical shorts I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat and Coyote Falls. And don’t miss special guest stars Tom and Jerry!
Russell Peters – River Rock Casino Resort
Event dates: November 7-9 | Time: 8pm
Death in a Dumpster: The Musical – Waterfront Theatre
Event dates: November 7-14 | Time: 8pm
This production is a collaborative venture between some truly talented youth, access to music foundation, Directions Youth Services and professional mentors. Follow Danny on his journey from the Maritimes to find his long-lost mother. He finds himself broke on the streets of Vancouver and meets a host of colourful characters.
A$AP Rocky – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 10 | Time: 7pm
2015 Christmas Craft Market – West Convention Centre
Event dates: November 11-15 | Various times
Generations of locals and visitors have attended and enjoyed a market where they come face-to-face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work: wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptures and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toymakers, and many more. Located in the Vancouver Convention Centre West, this has become a seasonal tradition for many.
Barbarians – Vancouver Playhouse
Event dates: November 13-14 | Time: 8pm
In 2009 Hofesh Shechter wowed Vancouver audiences with Uprising and In Your Rooms. He returns once again with a trilogy of captivating new works. Shechter’s choreography is at once charismatic and beautifully intricate, seductive and intelligent. With Barbarians, Schechter offers three distinct pieces imbued with his signature style.
Jerry Seinfeld – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: November 13-14 | Time: 7pm (930pm on Nov 14)
29th Festival of Trees – Four Seasons Hotel
Event dates: November 13-January 5
For the past 29 years, the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver has been transformed into a forest of beautifully decorated trees, all in support of BC Children’s Hospital.
Canada vs Honduras – BC Place
Event date: November 13 | Time: 7pm
Canada’s Men’s National Team will open the next round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers at BC Place in Vancouver. The all-important, international fixture will pit Canada against Honduras.
It’s a Wonderful Life – Granville Island Stage
Event dates: November 13-December 26 | Various times
The holiday heart-warmer returns!
Sensational Melodies – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: November 14-15
Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts sensational British pianist Stephen Hough, in a performance of Schumann’s brilliant and melodic Classical masterpiece, the Piano Concerto in A minor. Rounding out the program is Wagner’s beautiful Prelude to Act III of Tristan und Isolde, and Bartok’s fantastic Concerto for Orchestra.
Once: The Musical – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: November 17-22 | Various times
Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Arcanto Quartet – Vancouver Playhouse
Event date: November 18 | Time: 730pm
Founded less than a decade ago by four celebrated soloists, the members of Arcanto Quartet are musical soulmates. Since their formation, they have taken the chamber music world by storm with their spirited playing, fuelled by the joy of bringing music to life.
10th Biennial Dance in Vancouver – Various locations
Event dates: November 18-22
Dance in Vancouver celebrates the energy and originality of our contemporary dance scene: four days of performance, showcasing some of BC’s most exciting companies.
Lights of Hope Celebration and Fireworks – St Paul’s Hospital
Event date: November 19 | Time: 630pm
Thousands of Vancouverites and tourists will gather around Burrard Street to experience the annual fireworks display at St. Paul’s Hospital.
Patrick Maliha – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: November 19-21
Patrick Maliha is the world record holder for most impressions in one minute – beating out the previous record holder, Dana Carvey. His act has been described as Ray Romano meets a 21st century Don Rickles.
Lights of Hope – St. Paul’s Hospital
Event dates: November 19-January 4
An annual fundraising campaign to support St. Paul’s Hospital. This spectacular display features more than 200 shining stars and 10km of twinkling lights all built by volunteers using donated materials.
Candytown at Yaletown – Mainland Street
Event date: November 21 | Time: 12pm-7pm
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.
Vancouver Canucks vs Chicago Blackhawks – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 21 | Time: 7pm
Choral Masterpiece: Faure’s Requiem – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: November 21-23 | Time: 8pm
Maestro Bramwell Tovey presents a performance of Faure’s luminous and profoundly beautiful Requiem. Stravinsky’s deeply moving Symphony of Psalms and Haydn’s rich and aristocratic Military Symphony set the stage for Faure’s choral masterpiece.
Social Studies – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: November 21-December 5 | Various times
A new Canadian play by Trish Cooper about a South Sudanese “lost boy” adopted by a well-intentioned Winnipeg family. This rich comedy takes on Canadian values and cultural differences, yielding hilarious results.
2015 Vancouver Christmas Market – Queen Elizabeth Plaza
Event dates: November 21-December 24 | Time: 11am-9pm
Discover an array of terrific food, drink and Christmas gifts – in the spirit of Germany’s Christmas Market. Closes at 6pm on December 24.
Leif Ove Andsnes – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Event date: November 22 | Time: 3pm
Described by New York Times as a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insights.
Vancouver Canucks vs New Jersey Devils – Rogers Arena
Event date: November 22 | Time: 7pm
Disney on Ice Presents: Frozen – Pacific Coliseum
Event dates: November 25-29 | Various times
Book of Love – Roundhouse Performance Centre
Event dates: November 25-December 5 | Various times
Performed by Kokoro Dance. Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabayashi, Molly McDermott and Billy Marchenski perform Book of Love with Standing Wave.
Classics at the Movies – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: November 26 | Time: 2pm
Great classics appear not only in concert halls throughout the world, but in many movie soundtracks, too. In this concert, you will hear popular works featured in movie soundtracks, works by Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Johann Strauss.
Raven Spirit Dance: Earth Song – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event dates: November 26-28 | Time: 8pm
A double bill of contemporary Aboriginal dance works which move from spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, and traverse territories of impulse and memory, singing the land and body.
Christmas Queen 2 – You Better Watch Out! – Vancouver Theatre Sports League
Event dates: November 26-December 19
This year’s version in the continuing Christmas Queen saga, Christmas Queen 2 is set at the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop. VTSL’s popular improvised fairytale sees the larger-than-life, blue-haired Christmas Queen drop in on Ol’ Saint Nick and create a little chaos in the week leading up to the big day.
Peter and the Starcatcher – West First Theatre (Olympic Village)
Event dates: November 26-December 27 | Various times
The Peter Pan prequel for all of us who never grew up.
2015 Bright Night Christmas Train – Stanley Park Miniature Train
Event dates: November 26-January 2 | Various times
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights.
Holidays at Vancouver Aquarium – Vancouver Aquarium
Event dates: November 26-January 4 | Time:10am-5pm
Home to everyone’s favourite holiday guest: Scuba Claus! Come marvel at the holiday tree, its glimmering lights powered by the resident electric eel. Leave more about the North Pole and Arctic waters through snowy displays and festive programming.
Maximilion Hornung – Vancouver Playhouse
Event date: November 27 | Time: 3pm
This young German cellist is taking the international music scene by storm – don’t miss this exciting Canadian debut. Accompanied by Benjamin Engeli on piano.
Fifty Years of Bond…James Bond – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: November 27-28 | Time: 8pm
Hi name is Bond. James Bond. And he has provided not only some of film’s most exciting moments in his fifty-year screen history, but some of the most exciting music too. Celebrate Fifty Years of James Bond with a reprise of one of the VSO’s most successful Pops concerts ever. Just in time for the release for the release of 007’s twenty-four movie, SPECTRE, you will hear the most memorable songs and music from Dr. No through Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, From Russia with Love, For Your Eyes Only and all the way up to the Oscar-winning Skyfall.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge – Capilano Suspension Bridge
Event dates: November 27-January 3 | Time: 4pm-9pm
The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment.
Peak of Christmas – Grouse Mountain
Event dates: November 27-January 4 | Time: 9am-10pm
Have breakfast with Santa, visit his workshop, meet real reindeer, watch Christmas movies in the Theatre in the Sky or listen to joyful Christmas carols.
Home for the Holidays – 570-789 W. Pender Street
Event dates: November 28-29
The 11th annual Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holiday is a seasonal self-guided tour of five beautiful homes on the west side of Vancouver where Vancouver designers team up with local retailers providing unique displays of holiday decorating.
Lessons and Carols for Advent – Christ Church Cathedral
Event date: November 29 | Time: 3pm
As the beautiful sanctuary of Christ Church Cathedral is transformed from darkness to light, the Cathedral Choir proceeds through the church singing music that foretells the birth of the light of the world.
Winter Solstice – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: November 29 | Time: 2pm
Travel to the majestic, magnificent and mysterious Mount Assiniboine on a musical journey through the amazing Canadian Rockies. Encounter the magical faeries who call these mountains home, each hypnotically voiced by their own musical instrument.