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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend December 9-11, 2022

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There’s lots of lights, festivals, markets, and music to enjoy this weekend in Vancouver. Miss604 is proud to sponsor Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village and Christmas at Canada Place – both free events to enjoy all season long! Find these activities and many more things to do in Vancouver this weekend listed below:

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend
December 9-11, 2022

Friday, December 9, 2022
Sponsored by Miss604: Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village
Sponsored by Miss604: Christmas at Canada Place
Fleurs de Villes
Free Movie Night: Polar Express
Combine Art Fair
The Greatest Snowman
The Cultch Presents: In My Day
The Dance Centre: Arash Khakpour and Emmalena Fredriksson
City Soul Choir – Hope Comes
Postmodern Camerata presents My Wish Tonight
Holiday Pop-Up in the Square, Downtown Vancouver
Weirdos Holiday Market
Make It Show
Happy (Hectic Holidays) at the Improv Centre
Ongoing Attractions:
Vancouver Christmas Market
Holiday Splash
Beyond King Tut at Canada Place
Lights at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Cloverdale Christmas Trees 
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Lumagica Surrey
Winter Fun at the Sea to Sky Gondola
VanDusen Festival of Lights
St Paul’s Lights of Hope 
VanDusen Festival of Lights 
Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Vancouver
Shine Bright New Westminster
Steveston Winter Tram
Christmas in Williams Park
FlyOver Canada: Soar with Santa
Steveston Festival of Trees at Gulf of Georgia Cannery

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Beyond Van Gogh in Surrey

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Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience coming to Surrey February 1 to March 5, 2023. This three-dimensional experience will feature more than 300 of the Dutch artist’s paintings.

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience coming to Surrey

Beyond Van Gogh in Surrey

  • Where: Agriplex at Cloverdale Fairgrounds (17798 62 Ave, Surrey)
  • When: February 1 – March 5, 2023
    • Sunday – Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm (last entry at 7:00pm)
    • Friday – Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm (last entry at 8:00pm)
  • Tickets: Tickets go on sale at 9:00am Thursday, December 8 on the Van Gogh Surrey website
    • Prices start at $31.99 for adults and $23.99 for children (ages 5-15), plus ticketing fees may apply

While journeying through Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, witness the iconic masterpieces as highly-detailed projections. These projections include instantly recognizable classics as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers” and “Café Terrace at Night”, in addition to many revealing self-portraits. 

“This distinctive and unique multimedia artistic adventure is deeply resonating with audiences. Encompassing a refreshing new twist unlike art lovers have seen before, Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience gives a new appreciation of this tortured artist’s stunning work. Unsurprisingly millions of people all over the world credit Van Gogh with enhancing their relationship with art. Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will only strengthen that connection.” – Justin Paquin, producer at Paquin Entertainment Group

Cinematic Van Gogh exhibitions have crossed the ocean from European cities to North America in recent years and have been met with great critical acclaim, with sold-out audiences in every market. During its first Canadian stops in Montreal and Quebec City, the unique Imagine Van Gogh exhibition received widespread praise. Before closing in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Montreal received close to 200,000 visitors and thereafter 75,000 in Quebec City. The exhibit was also very successful during a very similar exhibition in Vancouver in 2021.

Follow Van Gogh Surrey on Facebook and Instagram to learn more, your own photos on social are encouraged to share the experience!

Light a Life with Canuck Place – Donations Triple Matched

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Children with life-threatening illness and their families need complex medical care. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides critical care to support families facing an unimaginable journey. But not without your gift through the annual Light a Life Campaign. With your gift, to “light a life” you let families know that every life is precious, no matter how long it shines.

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Light a Life with Canuck Place

Canuck Place lights a difficult journey for children and families

For the Hall family, learning to find hope in unimaginable circumstances was a difficult journey.

When Chris and Hollie Hall’s daughter Lily was 13 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare, malignant brain tumor. After many years of treatment, the Hall family found their way into Canuck Place Children’s Hospice care in 2017, when Lily was 16 years old.

Canuck Place supports families in holding hope, while facing the uncertainty and understanding that their child will live a short life. Canuck Place supports children with life-threatening illnesses and families like the Halls to navigate the complexities of grief, while cherishing the precious time they have left together.

“At first we were not happy to see Canuck Place staff because we knew they were a hospice for children to go to die,” Hollie explains. “It was scary and confusing. We had so much hope that Lily would recover.”

This is a common feeling of fear for families who are introduced to the Canuck Place program. Coming to terms with the understanding that their child’s illness is incurable, is devastating. Lily passed away at 19 years old on November 25, 2020.

Canuck Place Counsellor, Andrea Johnson, worked very closely with Lily.  “Adolescents and young adults who are living with advanced disease are often navigating between wanting to live aspects of their life they lived prior to their disease and living with the changes in their life introduced by advanced disease,” says Andrea.

“Supporting families of children and youth living with life-threatening illnesses requires whole family care and attention to everyone’s needs. As the Canuck Place counselling team, we support young people living with disease and their parents and siblings who love and closely walk with them,” says Andrea.

On average, a child is part of the Canuck Place program for seven years and their parents and siblings remain on the bereavement program for an additional three years. This is an incredibly difficult and lengthy road to endure, but Canuck Place walks alongside families with complex pediatric palliative care and helps create a safe space to navigate their complex journey of grief. All at no cost to families.

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“Canuck Place has offered continuous support that helps us walk through tender moments,” says Hollie. “The care at Canuck Place is unique because they take care of the entire family and nurture everyone in a holistic way.”

Canuck Place continues to support Chris and Hollie in their grief and loss of Lily. They meet regularly with Andrea and they attend a bereavement group with other Canuck Place families.

Andrea explains that the loss of a child introduces raw and sharp grief to the parents and family members who love them. “Living with grief is an intentional and effort-full process as families integrate their grief and loss of their child and create a different life informed by this integration.”

When faced with a life-threatening diagnosis, the complex and ever-changing emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial needs can seem overwhelming to children and the family members who love them. Canuck Place counsellors understand this and are trained to help families cope with raw grief and adjust to each stage of the illness and beyond. This past year alone, Canuck Place saw a 27% increase in grief and bereavement counselling sessions.

Canuck Place is there with love, care, and guidance when and where families like the Halls need it most. Grief support doesn’t take away the pain of losing a child, it helps families find coping mechanisms, learn to express their grief, and continue to live while holding their grief.

“To be witnessed and seen in grief, is extremely meaningful and can push back against the isolation that grief can impose,” Andrea notes. The Canuck Place counselling team journeys closely with families and supports them along this complex path.

Donations Triple Matched

With your support, Canuck Place gives short lives the chance to shine. Donate now through December 31st and your gift will be triple matched! Light the way. Give today.

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Just for Laughs Vancouver 2023

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Just for Laughs Vancouver, presented in association with SiriusXM, is returning for another year of larger-than-life laughs. Tickets for shows including comedy stars such as Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, the Office Ladies, Jonathan Van Ness, Patton Oswalt, and many many more go on sale Friday, December 9, 2022.

Just For Laughs Vancouver 2023

  • When: February 16-25, 2023
  • Where: Various venues all across the Vancouver metro area
  • Tickets: Friday, December 9, 2022 at 10:00am PST on JFLVancouver.com
    • Note: Single ticket or 3+ shows package options are available

Line-up of Shows

  • An Evening with the Office Ladies I February 24 I Queen Elizabeth Theatre I 7:00pm
  • Sarah Silverman: Grow Some Lips I February 23 I Queen Elizabeth Theatre I 7:00pm
  • Fun & Slutty, A Night with Jonathan Van Ness I February 25 I Queen Elizabeth Theatre I 9:30pm
  • Bad Friends with Bobby Lee and Andrew Santino I February 16 I Orpheum Theatre I 8:00pm
  • Patton Oswalt I February 25 I Queen Elizabeth Theatre I 7:00pm
  • Tim Dillon I February 24 I Queen Elizabeth Theatre I 9:30pm
  • Jack Whitehall Live I February 25 I Vogue Theatre I 7:00pm
  • Sugar Sammy: Canadian Tour 2023 I February 17 at 7:00pm | Bell Performing Arts Centre | February 18 I The Playhouse I 7:00pm and 9:30pm
  • Chris Distefano I February 22 I Vogue Theatre I 7:00pm
  • Margaret Cho: Live and LIVID! I February 18 I Vogue Theatre I 7:00pm
  • A Conversation with Phil Rosenthal I February 19 I Vogue Theatre I 5:00pm
  • Pete Holmes I February 19 I Vogue Theatre I 8:00pm
  • Benito Skinner & Mary Beth Barone I February 18 I Vogue Theatre I 9:30pm
  • Ari Shaffir I February 25 I Vogue Theatre I 9:30pm
  • Darcy and Jer IRL (that means in real life, please don’t touch us!) I February 17 I Vogue Theatre I 7:00pm
  • And That’s Why We Drink: On The Rocks Tour I February 24 I Vogue Theatre I 9:30pm
  • Dan Soder I February 24 at 9:30pm and February 25 at 7:00pm I Rio Theatre
  • Joe Pera I February 21 I Rio Theatre I 7:00pm and 9:30pm
  • Ryan Hamilton I February 18 and February 19 I Rio Theatre | 7:00pm
  • Sarah Sherman I February 16 at 9:30pm and February 17 at 7:00pm I Biltmore Cabaret
  • Jared Freid I February 22 at 9:30pm and February 23 at 7:00pm I Rio Theatre
  • Bassem Youssef I February 22 at 7:00pm and February 23 at 9:30pm I Rio Theatre
  • Matt Rife I February 22 at 7:00pm and February 23 at 9:30pm | Biltmore Cabaret
  • Nick Thune I February 23 at 7:00pm and February 24 at 9:30pm | Biltmore Cabaret
  • Becky Robinson I February 19 I Rio Theatre I 9:30pm
  • An Intimate Evening with Adam Pally I February 17 I Rio Theatre I 7:00pm
  • Hannah Berner I February 18 I Rio Theatre I 9:30pm
  • Steve Rannazzisi I February 24 I Rio Theatre I 7:00pm
  • Dave Merheje: MY DEAR ANXIETY I February 16 I Rio Theatre I 9:30pm
  • Pat Regan I February 19 I Biltmore Cabaret I 7:00pm
  • That’s Messed Up: An SVU Podcast I February 20 I Biltmore Cabaret I 7:00pm
  • Joe DeRosa I February 18 I Biltmore Theatre I 9:30pm
  • Steph Tolev: Canadian Darling I February 24 I Biltmore Cabaret I 7:00pm
  • Baron Vaughn I February 17 I Biltmore Cabaret I 9:30pm
  • Podcast but Outside I February 25 I Biltmore Cabaret I 7:00pm
  • Jordan Carlos I February 18 I Biltmore Cabaret I 7:00pm
  • Ali Macofsky I February 19 I Biltmore Cabaret I 9:30pm
  • Gianmarco Soresi: I’m So Lonely I Always Pick The Middle Urinal Tour I February 16 I Biltmore Cabaret I 7:00pm
  • Girl God with Grace Freud and April Clark I February 25 I Biltmore Cabaret I 9:30pm

Best of the West Lineup

The local showcase, Best of the West, presented by SiriusXM Canada, is back to highlight some of Canada’s rising talent.

This year’s line-up includes: Ola Dada’s Black Out Comedy, Camp! Comedy!, Citizen Hurricane, Comedy Bucket, Comedy Feast, Comedy Pants, Comedy World, Cutie Pie Comedy, Drag Brunch with the Established Shanda Leer, Fistful of Kicks: Kickass Asian Comedy, Full Pint Comedy, Maestro, Millennial Line, MSG Comedy, Mufaro Mbudzi’s Scheduled Meditation, New Moon Comedy, Normal Good, Sunday Night Stand Up Comedy, Sunset Comedy, The Ryan & Amy Show, The Sasha Ha-Ha Show and Vancouver Special.

From your favourite stand-up comedians, to top ranking comedy podcasts, and of course TikTok’s latest sensations, this year’s festival is one not to miss. To get in on the action, follow JFL Vancouver 2023 on Facebook.

Pretty Woman The Musical on Stage in Vancouver

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One of Hollywood’s favourite films is coming to Vancouver! Broadway Across Canada has announced that tickets for PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL will go on sale Monday, December 12, 2022.

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Pretty Woman The Musical on Stage in Vancouver

  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver)
  • When: On stage March 29-April 2, 2023
  • Ticket Details: Tickets will go on sale December 12th online or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-889-8457. Tickets may also be purchased at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
    • Note: American Express Cardmembers can get “Front Of The Line” presale access to tickets from December 6-7, 2022. More information can be found here.

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL will star Broadway superstar and Tony Award®-nominee, Adam Pascal, as Edward Lewis and newcomer, Jessie Davidson, as Vivian Ward. The musical’s creative team is led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer, Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

Brought to the stage by lead producer Paula Wagner, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (Summer of ’69, Heaven) and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton. PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL will lift spirits and honour the film.

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL features design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, hair design by Josh Marquette, makeup design by Fiona Mifsud and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke.

Highlighted in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee’s hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman,” which inspired the iconic movie. PRETTY WOMAN the film (produced by Arnon Milchan – New Regency Productions) was an international smash hit when it was released in 1990. PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL also continues to run to great acclaim at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End.

For the latest news, announcements and “backstage” access on all upcoming shows follow Broadway Across Canada on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram. Join the conversation using the hashtags #BACTouring, #BACSub and #BACSuperfan.

Learn more about holiday theatre options to attend prior to next spring, and the 2022-2023 Broadway Across Canada season in Vancouver.