A new month is here along with a lineup of engaging, fun, and entertaining events. Over the next few days there’s a hockey tournament, a performing arts festival, theatre, concerts and more. Find these and many more things to do in Vancouver this weekend listed below:
Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend February 3-5, 2023
Tickets are now available for the winter 50/50 raffle to support Canuck Place children and families. Half of the jackpot goes to a lucky winner and the other half supports exceptional care in Canuck Place hospices in Vancouver and Abbotsford, and in communities across BC and the Yukon.
Canuck Place 50/50 Raffle
Tickets: Buy online for 3 for $5, 7 for $10, 50 for $20 or 150 for $50
Ticket Sales End: Midnight, Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Draw Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 at 11:00am
50/50 tickets may be sold and purchased only in British Columbia. Ticket purchasers must be 19 years of age or older. Know your limit, play within it.
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is British Columbia and the Yukon’s pediatric palliative care provider. Over 830 children living with life-threatening illnesses and families from five provincial health regions receive Canuck Place inpatient and community care (in home/in hospital).
Canuck Place operates 13 patient beds and 8 family suites through two hospices in Vancouver and Abbotsford. Services include medical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, provincial 24-hour clinical care line, music and recreation therapy, education and art, grief, loss, and bereavement counselling, as well as end-of-life care.
With your support, in 2022 Canuck Place increased medical respite care by 24% ensuring families needing care during tough times were given rest and renewal, with 1,917 family members receiving overnight respite at our hospices.
They saw a 33% increase in inpatient admissions for children and families requiring pediatric palliative care, and had a 36% increase in in-person consults with children and families in-home, and in hospital.
Canuck Place counselling sessions increased by 27%, supporting children and families through incredibly difficult circumstances. They were also able to ensure that 100% of urgent hospice admissions were met within 24 hours.
For over 25 years, Canuck Place has been providing exceptional complex medical care, while helping children and families embrace living fully with the time they have left together. But not without donor support. That’s where your 50/50 ticket purchase can make a difference.
Because of supporters, they’re able to make the most of the time that is left for a child and empower children and families to make important choices:
A choice for care focused on comfort, the relief of suffering and symptoms and quality of time;
a choice for the place of end-of-life;
and a choice for emotional, social, spiritual, and bereavement support
Visitors can experience Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation culture, art, and food through this new limited event series which will support Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks‘ work in restoring and furthering the nation’s lands, language and culture.
Held at the Tla-o-qui-aht-owned Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, you are invited to gather inside the resort’s conference centre which has been transformed to look and feel like a traditional longhouse.
Throughout this three-hour event, experience cultural presentations depicting the Nation’s history through song, dance, and traditional carvings coming to life over a delicious dinner.
“I want folks to come in and have an experience that they’re proud of, that we’re proud of sharing, that they’re proud of hearing, and send them off knowing a little bit more,” says Hjalmer Wenstob, naaʔuu co-producer.
“With Truth and Reconciliation, we’re at the truth point still and this is an opportunity for us to share some truth, and for folks to ask questions and learn a little bit and just know where they are.”
Proceeds from naaʔuu ticket sales will go towards keeping Tla-o-qui-aht homelands protected and restored via the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks program (which you can read more about here).
“Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks established a no-go zone for much of their homelands against logging and mining which has kept this area as many know it,” explains Wenstob. “Through naaʔuu, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation invite you into their long house, to join in the experience and live through naaʔuu’s definition ‘come together and feast‘.”
Carousel Theatre for Young People, in partnership with Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People, presents the Canadian premiere of Oz, at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre from March 1-26, 2023. Set in 1899 Chicago, the play is a whimsically imagined backstory for how L. Frank Baum’s best selling children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, might have been written.
Carousel Theatre Presents Oz
Oz invites audiences to witness the unfolding of the classic children’s story, as Baum – with the help of his housekeeper, a playful young girl, and a collection of everyday objects – develops the characters and story we all know and love.
In Oz, Baum is struggling to complete the manuscript for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Like the cyclone in the story, his housekeeper, Bridgey, and Dot, a mischievous runaway, get swept up in the frenetic creation of his tale. They’re quickly transported to a magical land, where the author’s footstool becomes Toto and a birdcage, an overcoat and a fire grate become the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion. As the trio work to resolve Baum’s writer’s block, they ultimately craft a happy ending not only for the characters in the story, but for themselves as well.
Written by production and costume designer and playwright Patrick Shanahan, Oz premiered in Kansas City in 1994, and has since debuted on stages across the U.S., as well as at the London-based children’s theatre, Unicorn Theatre.
Directed by Jennica Grienke, the cast includes Stephen Thakkar as L. Frank Baum, Melanie Yeats as Bridgey, and Megan Zong as Dot. Set Designer is Ryan Cormack, Lighting Designer is Rebekkah Johnson, Costume Designer is Donnie Tejani, and Props Designer is Monica Emme.
Oz will feature several special events throughout its month-long run, including a mandatory masked performance on March 4 (11:00am), a relaxed performance on March 5 (2:00pm), a Vocal Eye performance on March 18 (2:00pm), and ASL Interpretation on March 26 (2:00pm).
In partnership with Victoria’s Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People, Oz will also appear in Victoria following its Vancouver run, from March 30-April 9, 2023.
Discover BC’s agricultural bounty with the Farm Explorer BC map, featuring more than 400 farms across the province.
Find Hundreds of BC Farms With This Map
Farm gate shopping isn’t just limited to strawberry, apple, or pumpkin season. In BC, you can visit and support our local farmers using this handy guide to shape your next road trip or weekly shopping excursion.
Map: Search the interactive map, pick a region, and discover the diverse array of farms in your area. Find farms selling products, offering visits, tours, recreation, educational activities, and other agriculture-related experiences.
Farm Listings: Click on each listing for instant information on what farms offer and how you can easily connect with them.
Farm Stories: Discover farms’ unique offerings! Get the inside scoop on a cranberry farm, apiary, nursery, dairy, and other farm experiences and how they contribute to our agriculture systems.
Farm Explorer BC builds upon the success of Grow BC, BC Agriculture in the Classroom (“BCAITC”)’s GIS commodity site launched four years ago. Grow BC features 60+ commodities – everything from apples to asparagus, beef to beans, carrots to chickens, floriculture to forage, and beyond. The site is one of BCAITC’s most popular resources across all grade levels and its stories dig deep into the who, what, when, where, and why of BC’s agriculture industry.
Use Farm Explorer BC to plan a fun road trip through your favourite part of our province and enjoy an interactive experience, or take a fun virtual journey through BC’s farms.