56 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, December 16

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 56 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, December 16.



      Philadelphia indie-rockers Kurt Vile and the Violators play the Commodore Ballroom, with guest Jessica Pratt.

      Brooklyn indie-pop singer Tor Miller plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Ana Bon-Bon's Music Saloon & Social at the Princeton Pub features guitarist Dave Dykhuizen and drummer Taylor Little playing soulful country blues led by chanteuse-accordionist Ana Bon-Bon.

      Beijing-born, Vancouver-raised neo-soul/pop artist Zizi plays Guilt and Company.

      Local jazz vocalist Mario Ho celebrates Christmas with her quartet at Frankie's Jazz.

      Chicago tribute band West Coast Chicago plays the Two Lions Public House in North Van.



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      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.



      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.



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



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      The Vancouver Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.



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

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



      Ocean Wise

      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.



      Christmas with Chor Leoni is a traditional holiday concert of seasonal songs at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.

      Winter Harp features traditional carols and new carols at Maple Ridge's ACT Arts Centre.



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

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

      Final 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.

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

      Final 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.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of King Arthur's Court, a whimsical tale about a boy who becomes a king.

      Performance at North Van's Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of the seasonal pantomime Santa in Space.



      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.



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      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.

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

      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.

      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.



      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of Roma, director Alfonso Cuaron's drama about the goings-on in a middle-class household in Mexico City in 1970.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Jean-Luc Godard's 1986 made-for-TV film noir The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company.

      Screening at the Rio of the new remake of Dario Argento's horror classic Suspiria, starring Dakota Johnson.

      Film historian Michael van den Bos presents a collection of classic Christmas-themed cartoon shorts at Vancity Theatre.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of French director Olivier Assayas's 1996 comedy Irma Vep.


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