56 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, December 1

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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 1.



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      Rhode Island experimental rock band Daughters plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Lingua Ignota.

      Singer-songwriters from Australia and Vancouver, Elspeth Tremblay & Eric Brent West, play Guilt & Company.

      Singer-songwriter and storyteller Barry Greenfield performs a show at Yaletown Roundhouse that also includes a puppet play.

      All-day Jazz Walk at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre features organist Chris Hazelton, drummer Roy McCurdy, and tenor saxophonists Grant Stewart and Stephen Riley.



      The third annual Disney on the Drive at Café Deux Soleils is a night of Disney songs with all proceeds going to purchase items from B.C. Children's Hospital's wish list of items needed.




      The Retro Design & Antiques Fair at the Croatian Cultural Centre features 185 tables of vintage, retro, and antique finds, including jewelry, retro glam accessories, funky 50's kitsch, paintings and prints, and memorabilia.

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

      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 Rockin' Holiday Craft Market at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver features local artisans showcasing their handmade crafts and specialty food items, with proceeds to the Tri-City Transitions Society.

      Festival of Lights is a winter wonderland with over one-million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden, where visitors can stroll through themed areas, watch the dancing lights show, and sing along to holiday classics.


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



      The Polar Express at Squamish's Railway Heritage Park is a 50-minute train ride with cookies and hot chocolate, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and gingerbread-cookie decorating.

      The Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver features marching bands, choirs, and festive floats.

      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.

      Winter Mosaic at the Vancouver Maritime Museum celebrate the holidays in the Lower Mainland through multicultural crafts, activities and musical performances.



      Yoga instructor Sarah Harvison leads a free slow flow and deep chill class at Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio.




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



      Ten Vancouver improvisers paired up as improv-comedy duos in Mix and Match at Havana Theatre.

      The Anxiety Show at the Kino Cafe is a variety alt-comedy show featuring booked and open-mic comedians.



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

      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.

      Celebrate the first birthday of Pacific Arts Market with live music, a cash bar, cake, crafters, and artists.




      The Capilano University Festival Chorus, Capilano University Singers, soloists, and professional orchestra perform Handel's Messiah under conductor Lars Kaario at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      The 21-piece Vancouver Brass Collective performs at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

      Trinity Western University’s Christmas at the Chan brings together four of TWU’s choral ensembles at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

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




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

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

      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.

      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.



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

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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).

      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. 

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

      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. 

      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.

      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 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 The Irish Pub, Gaza, The Dig (above), and Extra Ordinary as part of the Vancouver Irish Film Festival.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Greece's When Tomatoes Met Wagner, Latvia's The Mover, and Denmark's Winter Brothers as part of the 22nd annual European Union Film Festival.

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


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