59 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Friday, November 29

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      Looking for something to do on Friday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 59 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, November 29.




      Vancouver-based indie-pop band Harlequin Gold plays the WISE Hall.

      Australian hip-hop group Hilltop Hoods plays the Commodore Ballroom, with guest Adrian Eagle.

      East Van Soul Night at LanaLou's Restaurant features performances by the Vanrays and Preston & Fletcher.

      Seminal San Francisco punk band Toiling Midgets plays CBDBs, with guests Car 87, Crummy, and Triple Fisting.

      North Carolina jazz vets Stephen Riley and Ernest Turner play high-energy, genre-spanning jazz at the Silk Purse Arts Centre.

      Elevate Music Project Night Two at the Biltmore Cabaret features performances by Meltt, Porteau, Noble Son, CamBlake, and ursidae.



      Hockey Helps the Homeless at UBC's Thunderbird Arena is a tournament where amateur players fundraise to skate with hockey greats, with all net proceeds to help Canada's homeless.




      The Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza is an authentic German market featuring more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures.

      The Aurora Winter Festival runs through January 5 on the PNE Grounds, featuring various rides and attractions, including a tube park.

      Community Food & Holiday Market at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House features local food and craft vendors, a low-cost produce market, children's activities, beer, crafty and foodie workshops, and multicultural treats.

      The two-day Vancouver Stamp Fair at the Atrium Inn features dealers selling stamps, covers, postcards, and postal memorabilia.




      Performance at North Van's Presentation House of Where the Wild Things Are, an interactive, guided play experience for ages three to six.

      Once Upon a Fairytale at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre is a family friendly musical-comedy about unlikely heroes who team up to save a kingdom from an evil plot.



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      The Vancouver Warriors take on the Calgary Roughnecks in National Lacrosse League action at Rogers Arena.



      Connect with local and international designers for an evening of inspiration and dialogue focused on radical change at Emily Carr University of Art & Design's Practivism X.



      Vancouver TheatreSports presents seasonal mirth and merriment with Merry Kissmas: A Royal Romance at the Improv Centre.

      Vancouver comedian Randee Neumeyer records her debut comedy album at Little Mountain Gallery.

      Sixteen comedians take part in the standup competition Knockout Punchlines at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Graham Clark's 24 Hours of Standup at Havana Theatre is a comedy marathon with all funds raised donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.



      The three-day Toque Craft Fair at the Western Front features a curated selection of designers, artists, and makers showcasing textiles, ceramics, jewelry, books, bags, and home and body products.

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




      Guest director Ivars Taurins leads soloists with Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Vancouver Cantata Singers in Handel's Messiah at Kay Meek Arts Centre.

      The United Voices Concert at Pacific Spirit United Church features works by Vivaldi, Poulenc, and Haydn.

      Flutist Paolo Bortolussi and Fringe Percussion perform works by Reich, Telemann, and Mozart at UBC's Roy Barnett Recital Hall.

      Vetta Chamber Music presents works by Bach and Piazzolla in Art of the Tango Fugue at West Point Grey United Church.



      Performance at the Firehall Arts Centre of FADO: The Saddest Music in the World, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s fascist past and her own identity.

      Theatre Replacement presents a performance at the York Theatre of the East Vancouver-set family show East Van Panto: Pinocchio.

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

      Performance at the Nest of Seminar, a comedy about four young novelists who sign up for private writing classes with an international literary figure.

      Performance at North Van's Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of the off-Broadway musical Forever Plaid.

      It’s a Wonderful Life meets Modern Family in the Canadian comedy It's a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Performance at the Waterfront Theatre of Bad Hats Theatre's adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan.

      The Search Party presents a performance at the Historic Theatre of French playwight Florian Zeller's The Father, translated by Christopher Hampton.

      Performance at Langley's Trinity Western University of an adaptation of the famous fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen.

      Ron Reed embodies Scrooge and 43 other characters in the classic holiday story A Christmas Carol at Pacific Theatre.



      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.

      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.



      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).

      Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC showcases ceramic works by 11 B.C.-based artists expressing strong opinions on urgent social issues.

      Ship's Company: The Royal Canadian Navy at Work & Play at the Vancouver Maritime Museum features photography by Kathryn Mussallem celebrating the diverse humanity of Canadian naval forces. 

      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.

      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.



      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.



      Late-night screening at the Rio Theatre of Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi’s bizarre 1977 ghost tale House.

      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of writer-director Noah Baumbach's comedic divorce drama Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Portugal's The Dead Queen and Spain's Me, Myself and My Dead Wife as part of the 22nd annual European Union Film Festival.


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