60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, November 17

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, November 17.



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      Swedish heavy-metal band In Flames plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Red and Arrival in Autumn.

      Canadian singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman blends cabaret pop and glam rock at the Imperial Vancouver.

      The three-day WestCoast Big Band Festival at the Croatian Cultural Centre showcases big bands from the Lower Mainland.

      Blues cabaret chanteuse Ana Bon-Bon performs rocking country blues with drummer Taylor Little and guitarist Mike Kenney at the Princeton Pub and Grill.

      Sue Malcolm and the Swingin' Doors play a Western swing-dance party at Hood 29.

      The 18-woman Sister Jazz Orchestra featuring New York drummer Sherrie Maricle plays the Croatian Cultural Centre.

      Montreal indie-rock band Elephant Stone plays the WISE Hall.

      Singer-songwriter and guitarist Gisun performs acoustic jazz-folk at the Railway Stage and Beer Café.




      The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition presents All Aboard, a two-day celebration of skateboard community and culture on Granville Island.

      The two-day Fall For Local Holiday Market at the Pipe Shop is a curated, modern pop-up featuring independent brands.

      The Vancouver Vinyl Record Show at Heritage Hall features LPs, 45s, CDs, posters, and music memorabilia. 

      The two-day Swedish Christmas Fair at Burnaby's Scandinavian Community Centre features over 30 vendors offering traditional Swedish goods and items for family, home, celebration, and gift-giving.


      FOOD & DRINK


      The two-day Perogy Lunch Weekend at the Ukrainian Hall features homemade perogies, cabbage rolls, borshch, and kolbasa.

      The Radicchio Festival Salon at the Post at 750 features radicchio-themed tasters from local chefs, product demos, and beer, wine, and spirit pairings.

      The Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market on the PNE Fairgrounds features a host of new vendors and fresh products, alongside returning favourites.




      Yoga for Beginners at Tommy Douglas Library teaches simple yoga postures to balance and stabilize your system.

      Two-hour introductory workshop at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House covers the basics of Japanese calligraphy.




      The 20th annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival at Port Coquitlam's Hyde Creek Hatchery and Education Centre lets kids observe salmon up close and learn about their life cycle through interactive displays and demonstrations.    



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      Comedians Ola Dada, Emma Cooper, Steev Letts, Alistair Ogden, Tammy Vanderkamp, and Emily Bilton (above) share their stories about digital dating at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club's Tinder Tales.

      The Scrawny Show Double Feature at the ANZA Club features standup comedy by headliners Sean McDonnell and Randee Neumeyer.



      Eastside Culture Crawl

      The Eastside Culture Crawl is four-day celebration of visual arts, design, and crafts, featuring works by 500 artists in studios throughout Vancouver’s Eastside.

      Join Christelle Becholey Besson for a tour in French of the current exhibitions at Contemporary Art Gallery.

      Quatsino First Nation member Tiger Leonard Williams leads a Cedar Weaving Workshop at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

      Cirque du Soleil presents a performance of Luzia under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Concord Pacific Place.

      The Chutzpah Festival features performances of comedy, theatre, dance, and music at multiple venues across Vancouver until November 24.



      A mixed program of contemporary dance at the Orpheum Annex features new creations by local choreographers Olivia Shaffer and Kelly McInnes.

      American dance troupe UNA Projects performs its show Coloring at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, with opening guests Vanessa Goodman and Belinda McGuire, as part of the Chutzpah Festival.



      Flutist Paul Hung and pianist Bogdan Dulu perform works by Francis Poulenc, Béla Bartòk, and Ernst von Dohnany at Langley's Rose Gellert Hall.

      Violinist Nancy DiNovo and pianist Monica Pfau perform works by Beethoven, Copland, Bloch, and Kreisler at St. Paul's Anglican Church.

      The Genesis Trio--Markus Masaites (piano), Nina Weber (viola), and Jonathan López (clarinet)--performs at Knox United Church.



      Performance at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of the romantic musical The Sound of Music.

      Final performance at the Historic Theatre of Kuroko, about an extreme recluse who has spent the last six years in her bedroom exploring virtual reality.

      Western Gold Theatre presents its final performance of Escaped Alone, Caryl Churchill’s new play which unleashes an acutely female view of the apocalypse.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of A Bunch of Amateurs, a comedy about an aging Hollywood action hero playing King Lear in an amateur dramatic society.

      Final performance at Presentation House Theatre of Jake's Gift, a drama about a Canadian WWII veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France.

      The 2019-2020 CapU Theatre Series opens with Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies, at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Dalliance Theatre Collective presents a one-night-only staged reading of Laura Wade's POSH, a satirical dark comedy about wealth, power, and no consequences.




      Final day to see Views of the Collection: The Street--which focuses on the street as a source of inspiration and site for the production and enactment of culture, with works by Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, Hong Chan Park, Judy Radul, Jack Shadbolt, Danny Singer, and Ian Wallace--at Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Cindy Sherman at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the development of Sherman’s work from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day, with selections from each of her major series, including new and rarely seen works.

      Transits and Returns at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the dynamic between place and movement in the work of twenty-one Indigenous artists from around the Pacific.

      Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.



      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 printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.

      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      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.



      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

      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.

      Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem-pole collection, Cliffwalk, and Treetop Adventure. 

      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.

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

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.



      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of Martin Scorsese's new gangster flick The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of the documentary Advocate, about Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemelas part of the Crave Hot Docs Showcase.

      Screening of the sci-fi action-comedy Men in Black at Bells and Whistles as part of the Sunday Night Movie Series.


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