65 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, December 9

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 65 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, December 9.




      Local blues act the Steve Kozak Band, featuring singer-guitarist Kozak, plays Blue Martini Jazz Cafe.

      Acoustic guitarist and composer Jacob Seyer performs new music at St. James Hall.

      Alternative electronic act from Europe, VNV Nation, plays the Imperial, with guests Holygram and the Rain Within.

      The Saxalamode Quartet plays jazz tunes, movie themes, and tangos at the Vancouver Public Library.

      Jazz Vespers features music by the Mark Glanville Jazz Quintet, interwoven with Christian liturgy, at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church.

      Three Queens--jazz vocalists Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, and Kate Hammett-Vaughn, with trumpeter Brad Turner--play Surrey's Northwood United Church.



      St. Paul's Foundation

      The annual Lights of Hope charity Christmas-lights display on St. Paul's Hospital features more than 100,000 lightbulbs and supports the St. Paul’s Foundation.



      The annual VanDusen Festival of Lights is a winter wonderland featuring approximately one-million Christmas lights.

      The Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza is a Yuletide celebration featuring over 80 vendor huts.



      Eastside Flea is a modern day flea market at Eastside Studios featuring a curated mix of vintage clothing and collectibles, locally handmade goods, and artisan eats.



      Om Edibles

      The O'Cannabiz Conference and Expo at Parq Vancouver is Canada’s first major cannabis conference and expo post-legalization. Speakers include Maya Elisabeth (above), CEO of Whoopi and Maya and the owner and founder of Om Edibles.

      Zoe Green leads a workshop at Semperviva Yoga on how to use everyday props to ease the impact of stress on the body.



      Experience the old-fashioned magic of Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum's Heritage Christmas.



      Instant Theatre presents a battle between two groups of improvisers at Havana Theatre.

      Jokes N Tokes is a weekly marijuana comedy show hosted by Andrew Packer at Cannabis Culture Lounge.



      Curious Imaginings--an immersive sculpture exhibition featuring the hyper-realist, fantastical creatures of Australian artist Patricia Piccinini--continues at Strathcona’s historic Patricia Hotel.

      Douglas Coupland’s radical art installation at the Vancouver Aquarium, Vortex, takes an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, immersing viewers in the ocean-plastic pollution crisis.

      The two-day North Delta Potters Christmas Sale at the North Delta Recreation Centre features functional to funky pottery crafted by guild members.

      The two-day Shiny Fuzzy Muddy at Heritage Hall is an artist-curated collection of fine art, craft, and design.

      Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi leads a tour, in Mandarin, of the current exhibitions at Contemporary Art Gallery.



      Royal City Youth Ballet presents a performance of The Nutcracker at the Surrey Arts Centre.



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      First Nations spoken-word artist Molly Billows leads a storytelling tea salon at Coquitlam's Place des Arts.



      Six-woman a capella group Sweet Scarlet performs holiday favourites at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Bach Collegium Japan performs music by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

      The Universal Gospel Choir performs its annual holiday concert at the Orpheum Theatre, with guests Roy & Rosemary.

      Pianists Rita Attrot and Helen Hall perform holiday tunes at Roedde House Museum.

      Ten Vancouver Academy of Music faculty members perform works by Oesterle, Bartok, Franck, and Mozart at Koerner Recital Hall.



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      Performance at Richmond's Gateway Theatre of a new musical adaptation of the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life, based on the Frank Capra film.

      Performance at Presentation House Theatre of Tim Webb and Kim Selody's family-oriented play, Holiday Baking Time, in which young audience members are invited to become bakers and join in the sugary joy.

      Performance at the Cultch Historic Theatre of Little Dickens, Ronnie Burkett’s raucous, adults-only take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

      Performance at the York Theatre of East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical Land of Oz, aka Nanaimo and Hastings.

      Performance at Havana Theatre of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, in which "the worst kids in the history of the world" take over an annual Christmas pageant.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre of Blind Date, Rebecca Northan's fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants fusion of clown, improv, theatre, and social experiment.

      Seven Tyrants Theatre presents John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Doubt: A Parable, at Tyrant Studios.

      Carousel Theatre for Young People presents A Charlie Brown Christmas and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at the Waterfront Theatre.

      Performance at North Vancouver's Theatre at Hendry Hall of the seasonal pantomime Treasure Island.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the fairy-tale musical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.



      Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest at the Bill Reid Gallery sees guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation trace the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment.

      Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux) artist Dana Claxton addresses the oppressive legacies of colonialism through photography, film, video and performance in Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      The Vancouver Art Gallery presents the Canadian premiere of Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, the first-ever fashion exhibition in the Gallery’s history, which traces the evolution of China’s foremost couturière over 10 years.

      Batia Suter: Parallel Encyclopedia Extended at Polygon Gallery is an installation of photographic reproductions that highlight the proliferation of digital images.

      Polit-Sheer-Form Office at Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite is the first Canadian exhibition by the Chinese contemporary art collective.

      Discover the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection through an exhibition of nearly 90 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures in A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects.

      Looking at Persepolis: The Camera in Iran 1850-1930 at Polygon Gallery features contemporary video and photographic works by Hannah Rickards and Batia Suter.

      The Vancouver Art Gallery presents The Metamorphosis, an exhibition drawn from its collection that examines transformation and change.

      Interface: The Woven Artwork of Jaad Kuujus at Bill Reid Gallery explores the intricate textile works and cedar weavings of the Kakwaka’wakw and Haida artist.



      Marking the Infinite at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features nine leading Aboriginal women who are revered matriarchs and celebrated artists from remote regions of Australia.

      Shakeup: Preserving What We Value at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with Indigenous knowledge and oral history.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers and print makers, collected as early as the 1890s.

      Richmond's Lipont Place hosts Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which focuses on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories through more than 120 authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations.

      Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives at the Museum of Vancouver delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city.

      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.

      In/Flux: Art of Korean Diaspora at the Museum of Vancouver features selected works of Jin-me Yoon, Junghong Kim, and Jin Hwa Kim, artists originally from the Republic of Korea now based in the Vancouver area.



      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, plus ziplines, skiing and snowboarding, a sliding zone, snowshoeing, and a skating pond.

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

      Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

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

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

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

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

      The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.



      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Grant Baldwin's documentary This Mountain Life, with filmmakers in attendance.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Finding Big Country, Kathleen S. Jayme's documentary about former Vancouver Grizzlies basketball player Bryant “Big Country” Reeves.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Italian director Jean Vigo's 1930s films Zéro de conduite and L'Atalante.

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of Puck of the Irish, A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot, and Maze as part of the Vancouver Irish Film Festival


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