I am by NO MEANS the social activities gal. I am working on it though. If you are like me and have complained in the past that there's nothing to do in Vancouver (in the fall/winter) other than shopping, movies, and eating, then fear no more! I have compiled a list of wonderful things happening in Vancouver (mostly indoors) that will make this depressing, rainy November awesome.
This list is based on my interests, so if this bores you, I am sorry. #sorrynotsorry
OH! Don't forget about Movember in support of men's health in the month of November!
NIRBHAYA the Play: November 3 - 14
Assembly/Riverside Studios (India, UK, Canada) in partnership with Diwali Fest
The Cultch 2015/16 Presentation
York Theatre - 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
"On December 16, 2012, a young woman boarded a bus in Delhi heading for home. What followed changed countless lives forever. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Yael Farber (Mies Julie) has created a searing new work that cracks open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by violence. The draw: Rave reviews and dozens of awards including the coveted Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award."
(For ages 16+. Contains adult themes and mature content.)
c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city at MOA: until December 30
Price: $9 on Tuesday evenings (5pm-9pm) or $16.75
Museum of Anthropology - 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
"Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) partnered on a transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver's nose. A series of three unified exhibitions that connect Vancouverites with the ancient village and burial site upon which Vancouver was built. Exhibitions include soundscapes, original videography and family-friendly interactivity."
Roundhouse Radio (98.3FM) Presents Guilt & Co LIVE with Sister Says: November 15 @9:00PM
Guilt & Co - 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
"Broadcasting live from Vancouver's premiere intimate live music venue, Guilt & Co LIVE features live-to-air performances from emerging local, nationa, and worldwide talent. Hosted by musician, Tonya Aganaba, this broadcast brings together the energy of live concerts and the intimacy of artist-to-artist conversations. With her soulful spirit and lush voice, Tonye's interviews capture the essence of an artist's life and creative process.
Sister Says is a soulful genre-bending pop duo/band based out of Vancouver fronted by siblings, Gillian and Robert Thomson. Not your typical soulful jam or singer-songwriter duo. their music pulses with the soul telling heartbreak tales and stories about wonder-ful and ever-changing conundrum that is life."
Snarky Puppy with Special Guest UnoMas: November 23 @8:00PM
The Vogue Theatre - 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
"Ears-wide smiles all around as these Texas-born, Brooklyn-based, Grammy winning fusion heroes blow the roof off the house! Led by bassist/composer Michael League, Snarky Puppy mixes jaw-dropping virtuosity with the giddy joy of discovery. Complex melodic patterns wrap around pulsing drums, and composed parts push into the stratosphere through spirited improvisation. With dazzling musicianship (members have contributed to the likes of Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, and other heavy hitters), an utterly infectious culture of discovery and musical camaraderie, and explosive live performances, their "perfect balance between improv and groove" (The Guardian) leaves ecstatic crowds wondering, "how can so many musicians fir into a pocket?!"
A Vancouver opus, UnoMas' music embraces a unique modern sound that is rooted in soul-jazz fusion and peppered with funk, hip-hop, reggae, drum & bass, and Latin grooves. With orifinal guitar by Kelly Brown, bass by Dino DiNicolo and drums by Travis Nelson, these boys have one of the freshest, groove-based live acts Vancouver has to offer. After narrowly surviving a multiple roll-over highway MVA in late 2010, their passion, gratitude and connection with one another, shines through their music in every performance."
Tribute to Weather Report Ft. Brad Turner, Dave Say, Chris Couto, Sean Drabitt and Randall Stoll: November 27 - 28 @8:00PM
Frankie's Italian Kitchen & Bar - 765 Beatty Street, Vancouver
"The influential band, Weather Report, defined the jazz-infusion genre throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Their initial style mixed jazz and rock with a strong rhythmic pulse. Latin influence and funk-oriented rhythms evlved as they embraces successive generations of technology adding synthesized textures to their unique sound. Paying tribute is an all-star Vancouver band featuring Brad Turner keyboards, Dave Say saxophone, Christ Couto percussion, Sean Drabitt bass, and Randall Stoll drums."
Emotions - The Open Mic Experience
Price: $10 at the door
MIA - 350 Water Street, Vancouver
"On the last Sunday of every month, Team Emo brings you Emotions - The Open Mic Experience. This event is catered to anyone who is brave enough to stand in front of a crowd and express themselves through various art forms. Some choose to sing or recite poetry, others choose to display original art pieces. If music, poetry, art, spoken word interests you, this is definitely a night you want to attend.
If you are not interested in performing and would rather sit back and enjoy the show, MIA has a great bar menu to choose from. You can go for a glass of wine or a few rum and cokes and enjoy the show. So if you are on a date or just want a place to hang out before the work week is in full effect, MIA has you covered."
Hastings Park Winter Market: every Sunday from November 8 - May 1, 2016 @10:00AM-2:00PM
Hastings Skatepark - Renfrew Street, Vancouver
"After a successful trial season last year, Hastings Park Farmers Market returns for a full winter season! Located within a thriving community close to the highway and the Second Narrows Bridge, the market will feature a great selection of local produce; nursery items, fish, meat & dairy; artisan prepared foods, baking and treats; the best in local crafts, and of course, hot food trucks."
- FREE parking at Gate 2
- Market money available
- Located on bus routes #10 & #135
Nat Bailey Winter Market: every Saturday from November 7 - April 23, 2016 @10:00AM-2:00PM
4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
"Each week, you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat, and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft. Find a selection of food trucks and hot drink vendors along with market musicians for your enjoyment. There will be plenty of covered seating areas and warming stations too!"
Circle Craft 42nd Annual Christmas Market: November 11 - 15 open Wed-Sun @10:00AM
Price: $10 (ages 13-15 & 65+) $12 (ages 16-64) or $14 for 2 people on Wed-Fri after 5PM
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Exhibit Hall C - 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
"Circle Craft is proud to present its 42nd annual Christmas Craft Market! Generations of locals a visitors have attended and enjoyed a Market where they come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work: wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewelry designers, toy-makers, and many more. Located in the Vancouver Convention Centre West, this has become a seasonal tradition for many."
19th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl: November 19 - 22
"The purpose of the Eastside Culture Crawl Society are:
- To educate and increase public appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, presentations and displays;
- To preserve and promote the development of, and excellence in, the visual arts in Canada by providing opportunities to enable artists to train and produce their work where such facilities are difficult to obtain or otherwise not available;
- To advance education and increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the arts by providing opportunities for workshops and seminars in the arts, as well as presentations to the community.
The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 4-day visual arts festival in November that involves artists on Vancouver's Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Dr., and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established."