58 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, December 31

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 58 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, December 31.

       

      CONCERTS/NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES

      Metropolis Noir New Year's Eve at the Rickshaw features local bands Black Mountain, BISON, S.T.R.E.E.T.S., Needles//Pins, Pride Tiger, Oldage, Seven Nines and Tens, the Waning Light, and Blackout Lights performing Tragically Hip songs, with proceeds to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.

      New Year's at the Hotel Vancouver features music by Smalltown DJs, Wmnstudies, Waspy, Kenny Mac, Zynth and Co., Tainted Lovers (above), the Orchid Club, Phil David, Niña Mendoza, Mr Pablo, Doza, Ingrid Hakanson, Kelso, Sivz, Innezz, Switch feat. Roxy Motorola, Syd Woz, and Donna C.

      Frozen In Time NYE 2018 Vancouver at the Harbour Events Centre features local DJs Physik, Arems, Maiyah, and Chimes.

      Classic Rock-n-Roll NYE Celebration at the Molson Canadian Theatre at Hard Rock features Brent Stewart's Rod Stewart tribute, the Dreams Fleetwood Mac tribute, and Colin Wiebe's Guess Who tribute.

      Celebrate the new year at the Railway Stage and Beer Café with music by High Stakes, Where We Wander, Mollys Reech, ELdjLOCO, and Rex the Drummer.

      New Year's Eve 2018 Glitz and Glamour Gala at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown features music spun by DJs Alibaba, Earl da Pearl, Daddy Mikey, El-Nino, Rexx, Redemption Sound, Supafly, and Kemo.

      Celebrate the New Year at the WISE Hall with live sets by Queer As Funk and DJ Slade.

      Ring in the New Year at the River Rock Show Theatre with music by Nate Evans and the Temptations Revue.

      Celebrate NYE at the ANZA Club with music by Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark and Her New Best Friends, and Hank and Lily.

      The Roxy Cabaret and Wet Ape Productions present Raise 'Em Up New Year's Party at the Vogue featuring Blackjack Billy.

      Backdoor NYE at Vancouver Art and Leisure features dance music spun by DJs Josh Cheon, Eug, Christa Belle, regularfantasy, and D.Dee.

      Nordic Trax presents music by Brett Johnson and guests Luke McKeehan and Joel Armstrong at Open Studio's NYE 2018.

      Celebrate the new year at New Westminster's MagnetiQ Club Lounge with live Latin band Rumba 7 and four DJs.

       

      BENEFITS

      See more than 30 gingerbread creations designed by students, professionals, and amateur culinary artists at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, with proceeds to Make-A-Wish B.C. and Yukon.

       

      ETCETERA

      Celebrate the new year with an evening of burlesque, circus, music, magic, and fashion at Second Floor Eatery + Bar's Times Square Cabaret.

      Evening of contemplation and fellowship, live music, and storytelling at St. Paul's St. Labyrinth's New Year’s Eve Celebrations.

       

      KIDS' STUFF

      New Year’s Eve Pizza Party with the Kids at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. includes pizza making, balloon twisting, face painting, and an early New Year's Eve countdown.

       

      TAKE ACTION

      Celebrate the new year and the Cuban revolution at New Westminster's Heritage Banquet Hall with food, drinks, live music, a salsa-dance lesson, and DJs.

       

      CHRISTMAS

      Van Dusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights features outdoor light displays, dancing light shows, stories with Santa, live entertainment, a fireside lounge, the Make-A-Wish candle grotto, and sing-alongs.

      Bright Nights in Stanley Park features a train ride through the forest decorated with lights, displays, and performers, with proceeds to the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund.

      See thousands of lights adorning the Capilano Suspension Bridge, canyon, Treetops Adventure, and Cliffwalk at Canyon Lights.

      Annual Lights of Hope display at St. Paul's Hospital features over 100,000 sparkling lights and raises funds for the St. Paul's Foundation.

      The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain features holiday light installations around Blue Grouse Lake, Christmas movies, crafts, sleigh rides, skating, a gingerbread village, reindeer, storytime, and breakfast with Santa.

      Lights at Lafarge features outdoor light displays, live entertainment, roving performers, hot chocolate and cookies, photos with Santa, family-friendly crafts, a holiday market, and choirs at Coquitlam's Town Centre Park.

      Join Santa on a flight across Canada and on to the North Pole as he searches for his missing elves at Christmas at Flyover Canada.

      Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory features seasonal lights, music, and a holiday scavenger hunt.

       

      COMEDY

      New Year's Eve at Yuk Yuk's features standup comedy by feature act Kathleen McGee, guest Byron Bertram, and MC Jane Stanton.

      New Year's Eve at the Comedy Mix features local comedian Charlie Demers hosting an evening of standup by Dino Archie, Graham Clark, and Simon King.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

      Cirque du Soleil presents the final Vancouver performance of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, a new production that takes you into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space, and dimension, at Concord Pacific Place.

       

      MUSIC

      The Quiring Chamber Players, violist Reg Quiring and pianist Rosemary O'Connor, present a concert at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre with cellist Rebecca Wenham and violinist Ian Swenson.

       

      THEATRE

      Theatre Replacement's East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is a kid-friendly production at the York Theatre that sees the title character flee the wicked Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, landing at the PNE.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Onegin--Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille's musical about a dissipated rogue whose romantic charms stir the passions of the residents of a country estate--at Granville Island Stage.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, a stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning animated film.

      Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Joseph Robinette's adaptation of the C.S. Lewis book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, about four siblings who step through a wardrobe into an enchanted land, at Waterfront Theatre. SOLD OUT.

       

      GALLERIES

      Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery offers insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in Canada.

      Polygon Gallery's inaugural exhibition, N. Vancouver, explores how a specific locale can be reflected through existing and newly commissioned artworks by artists from Vancouver and beyond.

      Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 90 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture highlighting both the richness of the Royal Collection and the complex relationship that the British monarchy has had with artists for the last three and half centuries.

      True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada at the Vancouver Art Gallery highlights the enduring legacy of Scandinavian design principles in Canada through works by Niels Bendtsen, Bocci, Karen Bulow, Kjeld and Erica Deichmann, Thor Hansen, Andrew Jones, Janis Kravis, molo, Carl Poul Petersen, Rudolph Renzius, and Marion Smith.

      Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive at the Vancouver Art Gallery presents the latest findings of Vancouver-based artist Sawyer's ongoing research project that deftly reconstructs the life and work of the genre-defying, fictional artist Brettschneider.

       

      MUSEUMS

      The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC takes visitors on a journey through the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving.

      Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities.

      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

      City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism at the Museum of Vancouver explores the history of Vancouver's street protests through over 650 images of street demonstrations, protests, and riots from the early 1900s to present day.

      The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

      Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding, lessons, chairlifts, terrain parks, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.

      Celebrate winter with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Robson Square Ice Rink.

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, as well as ziplines, a wildlife refuge, helicopter tours, paragliding, dining, and the Grouse Grind.

      West Vancouver's Cypress Mountain features skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      The new Parq Vancouver features two luxury hotels, a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, gardens, beaches, and West Coast rain forest, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8 kilometre seawall.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks provided by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

       

      MOVIES

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Age of Innocence, Martin Scorsese’s Edith Wharton adaptation which investigates the manners and mores of nineteenth century New York society.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Brimstone & Glory, director Victor Jakovleski’s documentary about the 10-day National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of director Malcolm D. Lee's raunchy comedy Girls Tripabout four old college friends who take a trip out to New Orleans.

       

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