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Special Events for November 2014
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November 1, 2014
SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons - Gunilla Klingberg
In the spirit of social gatherings that provide forums for discussion, SFU Philosophers' Café will run two art salons in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery. The subject for this event will be the first Canadian solo presentation of work by Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg, a series of inter-related projects on the gallery façade and off-site. SFU Philosophers' Café

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November 1, 2014
Jug Island Beach
Saturday, November 1
10 am – 12:30 pm
BELCARRA REGIONAL PARK
A moderately strenuous 6 km walk with hills and stairs. Enjoy ocean views from the forest.  www.metrovancouveronline.org

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November 1, 2014
Stanley Park Young Naturalists: Crafting Wood Critters
The holiday season is not far away. Stanley Park Ecology Society's Artist in Residence Kim Hunter will lead this workshop to craft ornaments of Stanley Park animals. For accompanied children ages 5-14. To preregister, email ync@stanleyparkecology.ca.
10:00am to noon; meet at Stanley Park Pavilion (610 Pipeline Road#. $25 for a family membership #includes 12 programs/year). To preregister, contact Celina at 604-718-6522 or ync@stanleyparkecology.ca

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November 1 - 9, 2014
Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
In this Pulitzer Prize winning play, Albee's frank dialogue about everything from incontinence to infidelity portrays aging without sentimentality. His scenes are charged with wit, pain, and laughter, and his observations tell us about forgiveness, reconciliation, and our own fates. Featuring Anna Hagan, Beatrice Zeilinger, Meaghan Chenosky and Matt Reznek, and directed by Terence Kelly. "Edward Albee offers a new play so good it can only exist on the stage. A perfect illustration of why theatre is an indispensable art." NY Times. Presented by Western Gold Theatre. 604-363-5734

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November 1 - 15, 2014
Hunter Gatherers
Staircase Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's wickedly funny play, Hunter Gatherers. Directed by Vancouver theatre veteran Ryan Gladstone, Hunter Gatherers is a darkly comic evening where the line between the civilized and the primal is blurred and where not everyone will survive long enough to enjoy the brownies for dessert. Hunter Gatherers stars Jay Clift, Peter Carlone, Pippa Mackie and Maryanne Renzetti.
Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 778-834-9948

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November 2, 2014
Creative Café
1 – 4 pm
MINNEKHADA REGIONAL PARK
Afternoons of creative activities to discover the park’s natural and cultural history. Meet at the Minnekhada Lodge.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
Presented by the Minnekhada Park Association.

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November 2, 2014
Salmon & Forest
Sunday, November 2
10 am – 12 Noon
TYNEHEAD REGIONAL PARK
Discover the connections between salmon and our local forests.
Ages 6+
$4.25/child/youth/senior, $8/adult
Registration required www.metrovancouveronline.org

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November 2, 23, December 7, 21, 2014
River District 2014 Winter Craft Fair
River District is excited to host its 3rd annual Winter Craft Fair! Come on by the River District Centre to do your holiday shopping and support local artisans!  11AM - 4PM, River District Centre, 8683 Kerr Street.  Please call 604-431-5594 or contact us at events@riverdistrict.ca if there are questions.

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November 3 - 4, 2014
CONNECT Food+Drink+Lodging Expo
The Connect Show will bring together thousands of owners and operators of restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars and more from across BC. Join us and experience the energy and inspiration of this annual two-day show as it promises to deliver informative educational sessions, dynamic keynote speakers, numerous social opportunities to mingle and make lasting connections that drive business profitability and shape the future of the food, drink and lodging industry.
Vancouver Convention Centre West http://www.connectshow.com

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November 4 - 9, 2014
OUXI TAIWANESE PUPPETRY FESTIVAL
UBC's Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is pleased to present the premiere of the Taiwanese Puppetry Festival Spotlight Taiwan is a new initiative focusing on Taiwan's sophisticated multicultural identity and highlighting the performing arts as a key component of the country's rich history. Direct from Taiwan, the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre and the Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe. http://moa.ubc.ca

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November 5, 2014
Jenn Grant and Matthew Barber @ CBC Studio 700
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival presents an intimate evening with two of Canada's favourite singer-songwriters, Jenn Grant and Matthew Barber. Doors at 7:00 pm, show at 8:00 pm. Tickets $22 + s/c in advance. Available online or by phone. 700 Hamilton Street, 604-602-9798, http://www.thefestival.bc.ca

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November 6 - 16, 2014
Cornucopia Food & Wine Festival presented by BlueShore Financial
Cornucopia is the fall festival that celebrates the best of food and wine from Whistler and beyond. The festival offers something for everybody with winemaker dinners, themed food and drink events, interactive seminars, and electric after parties. Whistler, http://www.whistler.com/cornucopia/

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November 7, 2014
BC Lions vs Calgary Stampeders
BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders Friday, November 7, 2014 BC Place Stadium 777 Pacific Blvd Vancouver, BC V6B 4Y8 After each pulled off wins at home in Week 18, both BC and Calgary will look to continue their success and build momentum going into the post-season. http://www.bclions.com

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November 7, 2014
Phantoms in the Front Yard is a Vancouver-based figurative artist collective curated by Pennylane Shen, focusing on elevating the human figure's role as muse in the Canadian contemporary art scene. Artists Michael Abraham, Paul Morstad, Jonathan Sutton, Christian Nicolay, Jeremiah Birnbaum, Jay Senetchko and guest member Justin Ogilvie will touch on folk tales and personal family legends with their show Public Dreams, Private Myths. The opening reception will feature food, drink, live entertainment and an array of 2D and 3D artwork. A portion of sales will also benefit the Phantoms affiliate charity Sole Food Farm.
Phantoms in the Front Yard is the sixth in an intimate event series titled Revolving Door taking place at Meccanica's new presentation centre between August - November 2014, aimed at cultivating culture and fostering a deeper sense of community within the Southeast False Creek neighbourhood.
Date: Friday, November 7th, 2014
Time:    12:00PM - 6:00PM  Viewing
7:00PM - 10:00PM  Reception Party
Entry: Free
Location: Meccanica (104 E 1st Avenue)
http://www.cressey.com/meccanica/revolvingdoor-yvr/
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November 7, 2014
Folk Fabulous
Folk Fabulous is an intimate evening of music performed by some of Vancouver's finest musical talent. This collaborative evening will be made up of 7 musicians re-creating the ideal musical party. Performers will be joining in and jamming on each others songs in a seamless evening celebrating a diversity of styles that are tied together in this folk themed musical event. Singer songwriters and multi-talented musicians share the stage for this wonderfully creative musical experience. Come and join the party! Beth Southwell - vocals, acoustic guitar. Jesse Waldman - vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano. Christie Rose - vocals, electric guitar, piano. Monica Lee - vocals, piano, viola. Matt Bryant - vocals, mandolin. Michael Simpsonelli - drums. Michael Rush - bass.
6450 Deer Lake Ave, http://www.shadboltcentre.com

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November 7 - 15, 2014
William Golding's Lord of the Flies
Adapted by Nigel Williams. In the midst of nuclear war, an airplane carrying English school boys crashes on a deserted island. Forced to fend for themselves, the survivors attempt to scrape together a civilized society governed by simple rules and regulations. Afflicted by fear of an evil beast lurking on the island, and as the lust for power and control takes over, the cadre's fragile paradise quickly disintegrates into savage and violent anarchy. Marking the 50th anniversary of William Golding's celebrated dystopian novel, this provocative production explores humanity's dark capacity for evil when fear, power and control are left unchecked. Abbotsford, http://www.gallery7theatre.com

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November 8, 2014: Urban Ecology    
Dwellings Talk Series: Wildlife in the City
Where we live and how we inhabit that space shapes our experiences, our culture, and even who we are.
Each month, the Dwellings Talk Series invites you to join a conversation about the idea of dwellings from three distinct perspectives: urban ecology, youth homelessness, and urban design.
On November 8, meet Metro Vancouver Regional Park Interpreter, Zoey Slater, as we explore Wildlife in the City.
Regional Parks preserve habitat close to urban areas for both wildlife conservation and the health and happiness of our urban population. Investigate urban wildlife with a Metro Vancouver Regional Park Interpreter. Open your eyes to the seen and unseen wildlife co-existing with us. What elements do they require? How have they adapted, expanded with us, or been excluded? Why is exposure to wildlife and the proximity of functional ecosystems so important to an urban population?
Engage in this knowledge exchange with the rest of our community and join the conversation after the talk.
http://artstarts.com/gallery

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November 8 - 9, 2014
Mission Christmas Craft Market
Come down to the market for locally made Christmas goodies. This annual two day event presented by the Mission Arts Council is one of the biggest Christmas Craft Market's in the Fraser Valley. With more vendors than ever before, you'll find presents for everybody on your Christmas list!
7494 Mary Street, Mission; http://missionartscouncil.ca/ChristmasCraftMarket.html

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November 8 - 9, 2014
Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour
Tourism Burnaby is proud to be a partner of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour - coming to Burnaby's Bill Copeland Sports Centre. Each week during the 2014/15 NHL season, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will roll into a different community across the country with a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday, with Ron MacLean hosting live onsite from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio! 3676 Kensington Ave., Burnaby, http://www.tourismburnaby.com/rogers-hometown-hockey-tour

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November 8 - 9, 2014

14th Annual Nikkei Centre Craft & Bake fair

On Saturday, November 8th and Sunday, November 9th from 11am to 4pm Nikkei Centre will be hosting the annual Craft & Bake Fair. From gorgeous traditional textiles to fun and funky contemporary items as well as home baking and other delicious snacks, the always popular Craft Fair has something to suit every taste. Japanese sweets, cookies, chocolate, tea, soaps, pottery, scarves, handbags, miniature bonsai, Japanese fabric crafts, jewelry, cards, children’s items, kitchen items, holiday ornaments, wooden items, and many more unique gift ideas!  Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby; 604.777.7000 | www.nikkeiplace.org

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November 9, 2014
Sonic Playground
In this workshop open to youths aged 8 to12, Sound Out Loud (Justin Devries and Robyn Jacob) will lead participants through an exploration of sound improvisation techniques. Through confidence building games and exercises, participants will be encouraged to produce sounds and noise freely, using instruments, voices, and body sounds. No previous experience is necessary, however those who have taken part in previous Sonic Playground workshops will have the opportunity to build on skills and techniques learned in past sessions. Those who have instruments are encouraged to bring them. Noise making toys are also welcome. Sonic Playground is a free event, however space is limited. Email info [at] newmusic.org or call 604-633-0861 before 5:00PM on Friday, November 7, 2014 to register for the workshop. Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut Street).  More info www.newmusic.org

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November 11 - 16, 2014
Since 1973, Circle Craft Co-operative has presented a Christmas Market, Originally in the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, “The Cultch”, then moved under the sails at Canada Place, and currently in the Vancouver Convention Centre West location.  The success of this inaugural event has resulted in 40  Markets to date, Generations of Vancouverites and visitors have attended, enjoying 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 jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more,  We welcome you to join us for our 40th anniversary show! http://www.circlecraft.net/Christmas-Market

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November 12, 2014
Marketer of the Year, one of BC's most prestigious marketing events, is around the corner again! Experience Victoria with us on November 12th at the Westin Bayshore as Tourism Victoria gives us a taste of their award-winning strategy and shares what makes the city unique. Here are the top three reasons to participate in MOY 2014, one of the most highly anticipated marketing events of the year:
Explore Tourism Victoria's strategy to creating an integrated and successful three-year Marketing campaign that helped position the city as a world-class tourist destination.
Connect with some of the best and brightest individuals in BC's marketing community.
Celebrate in style at the Westin Bayshore with a three-course dinner and giveaways throughout the night including <<add in giveaway details from Tourism Victoria when received>>
http://www.cvent.com/events/

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November 12 - 23, 2014
Solo Collective Theatre Presents: Small Parts
Small Parts is inspired by David Hudgins' real life experience directing his mother's first play, while learning that she was dying of ovarian cancer and dealing with his mentality ill sister. Funny, heartfelt and musical, this very personal, yet theatrical memory play is rich in little truths and big questions. At its heart, Small Parts is about the courage to face our mortality by living through our most basic of human connections.
Performance Works, http://www.solocollective.ca/shows/small-parts/

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November 13 - 22, 2014
Gateway Theatre presents How to Disappear Completely
Gateway Theatre presents How to Disappear Completely Part documentary. Part memorial. All heart. Gregarious raconteur and lighting designer, Itai Erdal (known as "the storyteller" among his friends) returned to Israel in 2000 after his mother was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. A film student at the time, Itai packed up his gear and put full focus on his mom. Gateway Theatre

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November 15, 2014
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents The Gloaming
Uniting five musicians with deep roots in the music of the Emerald Isle, The Gloaming navigates between the contemporary and the traditional, with music that is haunting and beautiful in equal measure. The Irish Times calls The Gloaming "one of the great forces in Irish music."  Chan Centre

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November 15, 2014
Winter Bird Behaviour
Saturday, November 15
9:30 – 11:30 am
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Observe courtship, dominance displays, and preening behaviours in over-wintering waterfowl.
Ages 15+
$4.25/youth/senior, $8/adult
Registration required. www.metrovancouveronline.org

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November 15, 2014

9th Annual Louis Riel Day Celebration
Compaigni V’ni Dansi invites Vancouver to
the 9th annual Louis Riel Day Celebration on Saturday November 15, 2014 featuring Compaigni V'ni Dansi Artistic Director, Yvonne Chartrand in Sara Riel: The Long Journey.  Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews.  For more information, please call 604.358-RIEL (7435) or email info@vnidansi.ca or http://www.vnidansi.ca/

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November 15 - 16, 2014
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
Join the adventure on this popular November weekend as the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival celebrates the annual return of this majestic bird. The festival is a free, two-day family event held at various sites throughout the valley.
It has fun & educational activities for all ages: expert speakers, jet boat eagle tours, indoor fun, live eagles, nature & wildlife walks, souvenirs, interpreters, First Nations entertainment and culture & a range of great food. The festival runs rain or shine. Various Locations,Mission, British Columbia; http://www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca

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November 16, 2014
Main Street Vinyl Record Fair 10
Buy & Sell - LPs, 45s, 78s, turntables, vintage audio gear, record storage and more! 50 independent vendors! Over 50,000 vinyl records on sale! Featuring DJs - The Knights of the Turntable. Plus thousands of records available by donation in support of local charities. One table per vendor means only the best stuff at the best prices! Discover rare records and stock up on bargain classics at Vancouver's largest record sale of the season!  Heritage Hall - 3102 Main Street, Vancouver; 604-288-2698, www.VinylRecordFair.com

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November 16, 2014
15th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival
In celebration of the return of the salmon to their spawning grounds, the Hyde Creek Watershed Society and co-sponsor, the City of Port Coquitlam will present the 15th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival. Special thanks to Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association, Fortis BC, Port Metro Vancouver and Vancity-Port Coquitlam for sponsoring this event. Free family event from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Located indoors and out at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre & at Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery. Informative and interactive displays and exhibits. Live raptors, endangered species, see salmon close up, build a bee box or bird house, learn about making honey, children's crafts, decorate a salmon cookie, enjoy salmon burgers & chowder. Four special children's shows.
1379 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam, http://www.hydecreek.org

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November 16, 1:00pm
FIELD2: ALL AGES WELCOME!  Too rarely experienced on the big screen, MGM's enchanting classic THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)is a cinematic gift to behold: a pillar of Hollywood's Golden Age and a cogent reminder of cinema's astonishing power to transport.

Come dressed as your favourite Oz character and have your face painted by the talented makeup artists from Vancouver's New Image College of Fine Arts. They'll be on-site from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.

NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED! Children + Youth $6 // Adults $9
The Cinematheque
1131 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC
604.688.8202
e: info@theCinematheque.ca
w: http://www.thecinematheque.ca/cinema-sunday/the-wizard-of-oz
 
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November 18 - 23, 2014
The Cultch presents Loon
November 18-23, 2014 Wonderheads (Portland) Historic Theatre A man. The moon. A most peculiar love story. The team behind Grim & Fischer return with a love story that whisks a man to the moon and back! In their signature full-face mask style which has been described as "pure magic" by the CBC, the Wonderheads step into the life of a terribly lonely man to ask the question: can a man truly love the moon?   http://thecultch.com/events/cultch-141

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November 19, 2014
Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown 2014
Make your mark in the sustainable seafood movement as 15 of Vancouver's top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head with their original, ocean-friendly seafood chowders for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Taste all 15 delectable sustainable chowders paired with craft beer, and cast your vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 7:00PM- 10:00PM Vancouve Aquarium 845 Avison Way Vancouver, BC Admission: $50.00 + GST.  Vancouver Aquarium

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November 19 - 22, 2014

Pacific Theatre presents a guest production in association with Soulpepper Theatre SUBWAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS by Ins Choi
From a homeless vagabond to the heart of God. Pacific Theatre presents Subway Stations of the Cross, created and performed by Ins Choi, a guest production in association with Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company. A homeless man stands on a cardboard platform with a sign that reads “PREPARE”; the beginnings of a peculiar message from God. Choi’s unpredictable, mashed up meditation on the sacred and everyday is told through the songs, stories, and poetry of a nameless vagabond. Playing Nov 19-22 8pm with 2pm matinee on Saturday at Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave. For tickets ($19.99-29.99, taxes and fees not incl.) call 604.731.5518 or visit www.pacifictheatre.org.


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November 20, 2014
You are warmly invited to The 17th Annual Art Studios Winter Sale & Silent Auction
Great Items. Great Prices. Great Event.
Thursday, November 20th, 2013, 12-8pm
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, V5T 3G7
For more information: 604-871-9788
Come join our festive ambience and view the members’ work. There will be live music as well as art demonstrations. Remember to check out The Silent Auction where you can view donations by varied compassionate Vancouver businesses that are willing to make a difference within our community. Bid for any number of gifts and don't forget our door prizes and raffle!  Profits from the Silent Auction go into The Members' Fund. This fund pays for specialized art supplies and workshops.  Admission by donation.  https://www.vch.ca/artstudios

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November 20 - 23, 2014
Eastside Culture Crawl
A four-day celebration of art, creativity, and community in all its beautiful and bizarre manifestations. The event involves artists who live in Vancouver's Eastside in an area bounded by Main St, 1st Ave, Victoria Dr & the Waterfront. Painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, writers, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those of international fame. These are just a sampling of the exciting talents featured during this unique chance to meet local artists in their studios. Purchase something that strikes your fancy, commission something to be uniquely yours, or just browse through the studios & meet the artists.
Vancouver's Eastside (Around Strathcona), http://www.eastsideculturecrawl.com

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November 21 - 23, 2014
Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End]
Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End] provides Vancouver's wildly explosive underground arts scene with a unique departure from typical arts affairs. This three day event boasts over 50 jury-selected artists, musicians, performers and designers, in a celebration and promotion of unbridled creativity. VALT encompasses wearable art, music (from solo musicians to full contemporary bands to electronic artists), drawing, painting, mixed-media works, sculpture, film (documentary, art film and narrative), performance art (from short theatrical works, to interpretive dance and beyond), photography and interactive installations. 19+ Event - ID Required! Doors Open: 6:00 pm, Show: 7:00 pm-11:00 p
Maritime Labour Centre, Vancouver, http://www.VALT.ca

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November 21 - 30, 2014
Bullying and Teen Suicide Movingly Explored in Touchstone’s 2014-15 Season Opener Late Company.  Playing at The CULTCH, Vancity Culture Lab (1895 Venables St.), Vancouver; http://www.touchstonetheatre.com/

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November 21 to December 20, 2014
The 10th Annual Anonymous Art Show
All artwork is priced at $100
The Anonymous Art Show is a great fundraising event and group exhibition. It is truly inspiring to see the talent, scope of style, diverse subject matter and media, including oil, acrylic, mixed media and photography created by local established and emerging artists. There are hundreds of artworks to choose from by hundreds of artists so there is something for everyone. All works are created on unframed 8  x 8  x 1 canvas or wood panel. The sale of each piece is divided fifty/fifty between the artist and the NVCAC and the artist remains anonymous until after the purchase.
North Vancouver Community Arts Council, 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3
mailto:exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca  604.988.6844 www.nvartscouncil.ca

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November 22, 2014
Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair
Join us for our 32nd annual holiday craft fair. There will be thousands of handmade crafts, 140 local artisans, entertainment, child minding services, food trucks and prizes. Over 2000 people attend each year and find wonderful gifts and goodies for their friends and families. New at the fair - prepared foods! You'll find cakes, cookies, jams and jellies and much more! $3 at the door. $2 in advance. 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
4747 Dunbar St., http://www.dunbarcentre.ca

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November 22, 2014
Highstreet's 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Love a good show to get you in the holiday spirit? We're having one that includes an 80-piece marching band. And at more than 60 feet tall, we think our Christmas tree might be one of the tallest in all of Canada! We'll have dancers, stilt walkers, and the most special guest of all (besides you): Santa! The snow will fall - we guarantee it, and we've planned a tree lighting ceremony you won't want to miss. Save the date.
4:00 pm-5:00 pm Preshow: Crafts and DJ Performance. 5:00 pm-6:00 pm Holiday Show. 11:00 am-7:00 pm Holiday Market.
3122 Mt. Lehman Rd., Abbotsford, http://highstreetfv.com

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November 22, 2014
Movember Moustache Miler - presented by Skullcandy
Join us by taking your 'stache on a scenic 5 km tour of Stanley Park. Run, walk or board the route and then join us for a kickin' after party at Brockton Pavilion. Men everywhere will thank you for creating awareness and helping fundraising efforts for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. All net proceeds go to Movember Canada. http://www.moustachemiler.com

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November 22, 2014
Natural Trekking presents: Breakaways, The Christmas Express
A hit last Christmas, this is the tour to kick off the Festive Season. Shopping, food, wine and chocolate - need we say more! This tour is not to be missed! http://www.breakaways.ca

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November 22 to December 24, 2014
Vancouver Christmas Market
This German Christmas Village market brings unique holiday shopping experiences, seasonal entertainment & traditional food right to downtown. The festively decorated outdoor Village features rows of illuminated wooden huts & thousands of sparkling Christmas lights. Sounds of bells, trumpeters & the delicious aromas of mulled wine & spicy gingerbread make the Village an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Vendors from Germany & Canada offer traditional handmade arts & crafts, Bavarian & German-style food & drinks.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, http://www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com

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November 22 to December 31, 2014
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Enjoy all the lights, boughs, red bows & all the other old-fashioned ornaments & decorations throughout the village & farmhouse. The season features traditional entertainment, demonstrations, hands-on activities & exhibits from the early 1900s. Highlights include: Father Christmas, Footlight Theatre, Baking in the Farmhouse, a Christmas scavenger hunt. Musicians, entertainers, demonstrators, storytellers, community choirs & heritage crafts are also scheduled throughout the season. Also, the heritage 1912 carousel delights all who ride (or just watch)! Check the website for more details. CLOSED DEC 24 & 25.
6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, British Columbia; http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

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November 23, 2014
The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! series: 605 Collective
The Discover Dance! noon series is a great opportunity to sample the diversity of BC's dance scene. Entertaining, informative and suitable for all ages, each show combines performance with artist talkbacks, and sometimes audience participation. Duration of each show: approx 60 minutes including artist talkback 605 Collective Regarded as one of Canada's most electrifying dance companies.  Scotiabank Dance Centre

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November 23, 2014
Family Day at PdA: Lantern Making & All Things Small

Sunday, November 23, 1:30 – 3:30PM

1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 | placedesarts.ca
Gather up the family and tour three exhibitions, including the annual Positively Petite miniature show, meet the artists and participate in several all-ages art workshops based on the artwork you’ve seen. Admission is free; register by phone at 604.664.1636 or online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/772377.
· Create an origami taxidermy inspired by Julie Dives exhibition;
· Make a miniature clothespin easel for mini art and tiny dolls using clothespins and yarn;
· Build your very own lantern in preparation for our free all-ages celebration of light, A Lantern Affair on December 6.

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November 25 to April 4, 2015
PigaPicha! A Century of Portrait Photography in Nairobi
In the exhibition 'PigaPicha!', the East African photo tradition is presented and documented as a chapter of its own in the international history of photography. 'PigaPicha!' highlights the history of portrait photography in Nairobi and gives a comprehensive overview of this form of urban culture, which is one of the most creative fields in modern East Africa. The exhibition is produced by Iwalewa-Haus and the Afrikaarchiv (DEVA) of the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Join us for a special opening party on November 25 at the Museum of Anthropology.
Museum Of Anthropology, http://www.moa.ubc.ca/home.php

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November 27, 2014
2014 CFL Awards
Come celebrate the best of the best from 2014 at the CFL Awards. A perennial Grey Cup Week favourite, the 2014 CFL Awards will take place at the majestic Queen Elizabeth Theatre in the heart of downtown Vancouver. This annual event recognizes the achievements of our league's outstanding athletes and celebrates the spirit of competition.
Tickets are $70-$150 plus applicable services and taxes - Available now at www.ticketmaster.ca. http://www.102greycupfestival.ca

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November 27, 2014
Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
Christmas is finally here in Surrey with the annual Tree Lighting Festival! Santa & Frosty will flip the switch & light up the city's Christmas tree. Bring your holiday cheer & have some hot chocolate, watch ice-carving demonstrations, kids crafts & loud music. Free family event & concert: 12 pm-8 pm.
10153 King George Blvd., http://www.surrey.ca/treelighting/

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November 27 - 28, 2014
Calgary Grey Cup Committee Pancake Breakfast
The Calgary Grey Cup Committee will bring their western hospitality to the TELUS Street Festival, providing FREE pancakes for thousands! During the event the CGCC will be joined by a country band, their mascot (Charlie Horse), the Calgary Stampede Queen, her two Princesses, the Indian Princess and 2 members of city council.
The CGCC has been going to the host Grey Cup city every year since 1948 promoting the City of Calgary and the Calgary Stampede. Today's CGCC consists of over 75 volunteers who work tirelessly for 12 months planning logistics and events.
Telus Street Festival Canada Place Way
http://www.102greycupfestival.ca

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November 27 - 29, 2014
Grey Cup Festival - Nissan Family Zone
Come down to the Nissan Family Zone for three days of activities for everyone in the family.
Be sure to check out the talented performers on the Canadian Direct Insurance Stage.
Admission is FREE.
Jack Poole Plaza
http://www.102greycupfestival.ca

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November 27 - 29, 2014
Telus Street Festival
A Grey Cup Festival tradition that offers fun for the entire family, and it's FREE! Don't miss the interactive fun, plenty of games, and entertainment on the www.PlayNow.com Main Stage. Starting daily at 11:00 am - rain or shine.
Canada Place Way
http://www.102greycupfestival.ca

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November 27 to December 27, 2014
Arts Club Theatre Company presents A Twisted Christmas Carol
A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL THE HOLIDAY ANTI-CLASSIC "You haven't really lived until you've seen Helen Keller as the Ghost of Christmas Past" -The Georgia Straight A hilarious take on the Christmas favourite! Using your suggestions and Dickens's holiday classic, a group of talented, nutty, and inspired actors will improvise their hearts out. http://artsclub.com/

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November 28 to December 1, 2014
Canadian Football Hall of Fame Weekend
Football fans in the great white north have another opportunity to celebrate the greatest in the game at the second CFHOF Weekend. Launched in 2013, the exclusive event returns at the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 28th to December 1st with two great packages for the MVPs and All-Stars out there. Be seated among legends when the Induction Class of 2015 is announced at the official Hall of Fame Party.
655 Burrard Street
http://www.cfhof.ca/events/grey-cup-event/

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November 28 to December 24, 2014
The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
A favourite Vancouver holiday tradition. Santa Claus, reindeer, ice skating, sleigh rides, carollers, holiday movies in The Theatre in the Sky. During the month of December, the spirit of Christmas comes alive with a magical celebration & a multitude of festivities atop Grouse Mountain. http://www.grousemountain.com

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November 29, 2014
Christmas on the Peninsula
An annual event organized by the non-profit Christmas on the Peninsula Society. It takes place on the last Saturday of November, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, to kick-start the Christmas celebration in White Rock and South Surrey. It is followed by a month-long Christmas events and activities on the Peninsula. The main venue is at White Rock Community Centre. There are about a dozen other venues around town putting on Christmas activities simultaneously. The Festival is in old fashion style and classic European tradition. It offers music performances, arts and crafts, kids activities, mini-parade, tree lighting ceremony, choirs and caroling, nativity scenes, outdoor holly and food/beverage vendors, and indoor concessions and markets with organizers dressed in Victorian costumes.
15154 Russell Ave, White Rock, http://www.christmasonthepeninsula.com

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November 29, 2014
Grey Cup Festival Parade
Come line the streets with thousands of your closest CFL friends at the Save-On-Foods Grey Cup Festival Parade.
Winding through the streets of downtown Vancouver, the parade will be a celebration of Canadian football, spirit, and the coveted Grey Cup will make an appearance! It promises to be an event filled with floats, marching bands, smiles, and fun. Get ready to ROAR on the Shore starting at 10:00 am!
Downtown Vancouver, http://www.102greycupfestival.ca

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November 29, 2014
Natural Trekking presents: Breakaways Birds of a Feather Eagle Tour
Today's journey is one not to be missed! Harrison Mills is now home to one of the world's largest concentrated gathering of eagles, drawn to the region by millions of spawning salmon travelling up the Fraser River. Celebrate this incredible phenomenon with us; up close and in complete comfort & style on board a custom designed all weather jet boat.
Biologist David Hancock, with 60 years of dedication to the preservation of the bald eagle, will be with us on this exclusive Eagle Tour on the Fraser River. Our adventure will then take us up to Kilby Historic Site to tour the museum and farm. A home-style, 'made from scratch' soup & sandwich lunch will be served at the Kilby Café. http://www.breakaways.ca

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November 29, 2014

Christmas Faculty Performance: Once Upon a Winter’s Night
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 7:30PM
1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 | placedesarts.ca
‘Tis the season! Harpists Rebecca Blair and Judy Henry will join soprano Megan Goudreau and fiddler/recorder player Deborah Jackson to get you into the holiday spirit with a feast of seasonal songs and Christmas carols from many lands. Let their enchanted music and stories, both old and new, warm a winter's night. Tickets: $13.00 Seniors & Students / $15 General + tax. Purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets or call 604.664.1636

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November 29, 2014
North Otter Elementary Holiday Craft Fair Fundraiser!
The North Otter Elementary School located in Aldergrove, BC is kicking their fundraising into high gear!  As of September 23rd our playground was deemed unsafe by the school board and has been fenced off to our students?  We are a small school of 230 students, raising funds from anywhere in range of $50,000-$100,000 for a new playground is a hung undertaking.  We have created a ?Playground Committee? and have come up with a few new ideas to kick off our fundraising year!  Our first event will be our Holiday Craft Fair, Saturday, November 29th, 2014 from 10:00am-3:00pm.  We are selling tables to local vendor $25.00.  We look forward to getting a variety of local artisans to showcase their crafts or home-based business.   778-245-2245 or nfranklin22@gmail.com

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November 29 to December 31, 2014
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year - laying claim to the home of the world's tallest living Christmas tree! Standing 46.4 m (152 ft) tall, this Douglas-fir will be adorned in thousands of sparkling lights.Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christmas tree, Capilano's 250 year old Douglas-fir rises above the competition. Park guests will be dazzled by the thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge & on CLIFFWALK. A children's scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band are all back by public demand and new this year create your own Christmas card and enjoy holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion.
Free shuttle service available from Canada Place. http://www.capbridge.com

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November 30, 2014
102nd Grey Cup Championship Game
The two top CFL teams will face off for the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Kick off is 3:00 pm.
BC Place, http://www.102greycupfestival.ca

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Ongoing until to November 2, 2014
Dressed in Drama
"Dressed in Drama", an exhibit of Peking Opera theatrical costumes, shoes, head-pieces and jewelry, last seen 10 years ago in Toronto, is Vancouver's chance to appreciate gorgeous pieces of art sewn with great consideration to design and colour. Collection of William Lau, acclaimed Chinese-Canadian artist specializing in the art of Peking Opera. http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/calendar/dressed-in-drama/

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Ongoing until November 9, 2014
The 11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Featuring over 90 events at over 25 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside
What an amazing decade it has been since the founding of the festival in 2014. With our 11th annual festival we are excited to begin our second decade working with and for the Downtown Eastside. The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is an annual cultural and heritage flagship event for the Downtown Eastside. The festival serves as a bridge building force that gives voice to the Downtown Eastside and its low income residents, cultural communities and neighbourhoods.
To celebrate and launch the second decade of the festival, the theme of the Festival this year is ‘Keeping the home fires burning.’ As we prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of the coming decade, we are inspired by the residents and artists of the Downtown Eastside who carry the flame of our community: they warm our hearts, shed light on pressing concerns, illuminate stories old and new, fire our imaginations, and keep the torch burning for the future.
Most events are free or by suggested donation. Visit www.heartofthecityfestival.com for full details.
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Ongoing until November 10, 2014
Festival of Chocolate
The Fall Festival of Chocolate showcases everything one can learn about cocoa and chocolate. The magical mystery of these ingredients is explored through seminars and pairings held at local chocolate shops, wineries, breweries, restaurants, cafes, and bakeries across the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Don't miss out on this delicious opportunity to celebrate all things chocolate.  http://www.festivalofchocolate.ca

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Ongoing until November 10, 2014
Lost Souls of Gastown
Venture into our city's most gruesome history - when Vancouver was a frontier town of hustlers and thieves, vagabonds and bawdy girls. You will hear stories of: Vancouver's first madam, who built a glamorous Gastown bawdy house before the city even had a school; a long-forgotten plague that clutched the city in its feverish grasp; the terror of the fire that ate-up Gastown in minutes and sent people sprinting for their lives down Water Street; a Klondike Gold Rush beauty, who had her heart broken - and her pocketbook looted - by a ruthless theatre magnate; and, the city's oldest unsolved murder - the death of prospector John Bray. The tour ventures through Gastown, where many of Vancouver's most historic buildings are located.  www.forbiddenvancouver.ca

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Ongoing until November 15, 2014
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Domestic Interventions
Through distinctive installations, sculptures, paintings, mixed media and textiles, three accomplished artists explore domesticity, roles and identity. Artists: Monique Motut-Firth, Janet Wang, Carlyn Yandle
CityScape Community Art Space
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
604.988.6844. www.nvartscouncil.ca

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Ongoing until November 21, 2014
Il Mercato: Italian Night Market Vancouver 2014
IL CENTRO Italian Cultural Centre is proud to host and present Il MERCATO, the city's first Farmer and Italian Night Market starting Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 3:00pm at the Italian Cultural Centre (located at 3075 Slocan Street at Grandview Highway in East Vancouver). The MERCATO will run every 3rd Friday of the month from 3:00pm-7:00pm until Friday, November 21st, 2014.  http://italianculturalcentre.ca/

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Ongoing until November 28, 2014
Victorian Vancouver: Family Portraits
In its 128-year history, the city of Vancouver has seen immense change and amidst its iconic city of glass buildings, it's hard to see visible traces of an older history. Opening on Saturday August 30th at the Roedde House Museum, a new exhibit called "Victorian Vancouver: Family Portraits" will tell the story of three families from distinct cultures who were foundational pioneers in Victorian-era Vancouver.  http://www.roeddehouse.org

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December 5, 2014
Vancouver Education & Career Fair
Vancouver Convention Centre (West)
ECF's mission is to provide attendees with a variety of post-secondary options from around the world. Our Exhibitors come from North America to Australia to represent Colleges, Universities, Trades, Career Training Institutes, Volunteer or Employment opportunities. Whether you are still in high school, looking for a job, or looking to make a career change? your future begins with ECF!
$5 on the door, or free with pre registration via the ECF website.  604-639-3928, info@educationcareerfairs.com

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December 5 - 6, 2014
TOQUE is a curated craft fair produced and presented by Western Front, Canada?\'s longest established artist-run centre. The event showcases 25 local vendors featuring everything from art publications, ceramics and jewelry, to artisanal caramels, children's books and eco-fashion.  The event draws 2500-3000 visitors over two days; expect the arts community in attendance, plus in-the-know individuals and families looking for a fun and unique shopping experience. The 2014 edition will see new vendors such as Maggie Boyd Ceramics, Dear Pony, Olla Flowers and Woodlot, as well as returning favourites?1UP Caramels, Erin Templeton, Fieldwork, Gailan Ngan, Henderson Dry Goods, and Simply Read Books. Vancouver-based artist Casey Wei has been invited to design the annual limited edition tea towel for the event.  604-876-9343, development@front.bc.ca, www.front.bc.ca/toque

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December 6, 2014
A Lantern Affair Celebration of Light
Saturday, December 6, 5:00 – 7:30PM
Free Admission | All Ages

1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 | placedesarts.ca

Come celebrate light at this dark time of year during A Lantern Affair Celebration of Light at Carré Heritage Square. Create your own lantern and other seasonal crafts; visit with Father Christmas; watch an old-time radio play, enjoy live music and song, decorate some gingerbread, browse the festive market and take part in many more fun activities.

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Ongoing until December 7, 2014
North Delta Winter Farmers' Market
Every 2 weeks on Sunday from September 28, 2014 to December 7, 2014
If you enjoyed the Firehall Farmers' Market over the summer, this is the event for you! The market has moved inside, but that hasn't slowed it down. Artisan breads, baked goods, fresh & local produce, seasonal artisan gifts, cooking demos, food trucks and more! Market opens at 11am to 4pm.
Sunbury Hall, 778-688-3663

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Ongoing until December 20, 2014
Abbotsford Farm & Country Market
The Market remains a premier shopping experience offering an array of fresh produce, processed foods, garden plants, arts & crafts. The selection changes from week to week as fresh produce, fruit, plants & other agricultural products come into season. http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com

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Ongoing until December 21, 2014
Weekly Family Programs - Art & Education at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Weekly Family Programs Every Sunday throughout the year, the Gallery offers unique activities geared towards children 12 & under and their families. Join the team of Art Agents as they bring the exhibitions to life. Then move on to The Making Place, to experiment with themes, processes and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities. Weekly Family Programs are free with Gallery admission. *Sundays FREE for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery

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Ongoing until December 31, 2014
Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth
Location: UBC Museum of Anthropology, O'Brian Gallery
Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth looks at the diverse ways urban Aboriginal youth are asserting their identity and affirming their relationship to both urban spaces and ancestral territories. Unfiltered and unapologetic, over 20 young artists from across Canada, the US, and around the world define what it really means to be an urban Aboriginal youth today.  Visit Website

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Ongong until  January 11, 2015
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
The Vancouver Art Gallery will be transformed into the Court of China's Emperors for the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors. From October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015, nearly 200 treasured objects from the collections of Beijing's Palace Museum will come under the spotlight at the Gallery.  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_forbiddencity.html

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January 24, 2015
Rogue Folk Club
Presents An evening with Canadian Music Legend Roy Forbes
St. James Hall, Vancouver
Tickets: $28. $24 for members, $25 for seniors, $14 for students
Tickets Available at: Highlife Records, Rufus’ Guitars, Prussin Music, Red Cat Records or online at www.roguefolk.bc.ca

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Ongoing until March 28, 2015
From Seabeds to Cityscapes, An Exhibition of Young People's Art
From Seabeds to Cityscapes is an exhibition of young people's art that explores how where we live and how we inhabit that space shapes our experiences, our culture, and even who we are. Dwellings invites you to explore the many ways in which students across BC have reflected on their immediate surroundings and examined the concept of dwelling in both human and natural worlds. Investigate how creatures in different habitats interact with the spaces they inhabit, envision the human body as a dwelling space, imagine habitations for people in the future, and delve into many other creative contemplations on where we dwell.  ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver, http://artstarts.com/gallery

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Ongong until April 31, 2015
Discover New Westminster's indoor farmers market!
Over 100 years ago settlers came from great distances to shop the Royal City Winter Farmers Market. www.rcfm.ca

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Ongoing
Kid's Meditation, Sundays 10-11:15 am
All parents wish for their children to be happy. In an uncertain and busy world, children and parents need a place to go together to learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to help calm our minds and strengthen our families. The Kid?s Meditation Class is designed for children ages 4 to 11.  We learn about giving, sharing and loving everyone. Activities include a spiritual topic, story time and arts and crafts. Classes are taught by experienced Dharma practitioners. Parents are welcome to stay with the children or enjoy Prayers for World Peace being offered in the adjacent meditation room. There is no charge for this class.  Donations are accepted but not expected.  Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver, http://kmcvancouver.org/









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