Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Jan 22-24

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Cool sunny days, and tasty hot chocolate! We have some mid-winter fun in the city, with gallery exhibits, online arts performances and more things to do in Vancouver this weekend:

Summer Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, January 22, 2021
The Cultch Presents: The Cave
Regional Black Canadians Forum
Vancouver Short Film Festival 2021
Gisun – Live from Vancouver
Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO at Science World
Jordan Klassen – Tell Me What To Do – Live
Surrey Arts Centre: A Brimful of Asha
Valerie Arntzen & Seema Shah: Collage Works
Burrard Arts: Annie Briard, Sandeep Johal and Josephine Lee
The Eraser by Kriss Munsya Art Exhibition

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D.O.A. Joe Keithley Documentary Kickstarter

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There’s a new Kickstarter campaign that launched today for Something Better Change, a documentary about legendary band D.O.A., and Joe Keithley. The film will cover Keithley’s political pursuits which led to a campaign victory in 2018 in his hometown of Burnaby, and filmmakers will also follow him as he enters into the next election for his city councillor seat in 2022.

DOA Joe Documentary

D.O.A./Joe Keithley Documentary Kickstarter

“I am always attracted to a good underdog story,” says Something Better Change director Scott Crawford. “Not only have I been a longtime fan of D.O.A., but Keithley’s David versus Goliath story of affecting change from within the political ecosystem is one that I think will resonate with audiences—especially given our current political climate.”

As an elected official, Joe Keithley continues to carry on the same battles and ideals he has always stood for in D.O.A.: the fight against racism, the fight for new climate-change policies and women’s rights issues.

While in office, Keithley has worked hard on securing affordable housing, daycare, helping the most vulnerable citizens in his hometown.

Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Scott Crawford (Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC and CREEM: America’s Only Rock’n’Roll Magazine) and produced by Paul Rachman (director, American Hardcore, co-founder of Slamdance Film Festival) they’ve got a great team in place to share the story with the world.

Some of the Kickstarter pledge rewards include autographed LPs (by Joe Keithley), guitars, t-shirts, hoodies, patches and more. At the time of publishing the campaign was at $7,749 of the $37,855 goal.

Looking Back with Gratitude: Covenant House Impact Report

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The #CHVCatchUp is a monthly series featuring the latest updates and news from Covenant House Vancouver. Miss604 is proud to be the Official Blog Partner of CHV. The following post has been contributed by their team:

Looking Back with Gratitude

Looking back on 2020 it was a year with new and unique challenges, and these have been devastating times for so many youth in our community. 

Covenant House 2020 Impact Report

But at Covenant House Vancouver we knew we were never alone and that our community was by our side. 

While CHV continues the fight to end youth homelessness, know we are so grateful to have the friendship of dedicated supporters, who walk alongside these vulnerable and courageous youth in their journeys to overcoming homelessness. 

The Covenant House Family has come together in the video below to show you our gratitude.

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Vancouver Mural Festival Winter Arts in February

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In the spring of 2020, the Vancouver Mural Festival (“VMF”) brightened streets and inspired hope with over sixty murals on boarded up storefronts for #MakeArtWhileApart. Then in the summer, VMF expanded beyond Mount Pleasant again to reach nine neighbourhoods, connecting people through public art at a time we were all apart.

This season, VMF Winter Arts will blur the line between the real and virtual world. Public space across Vancouver’s core will be transformed into an interactive, open-air gallery art (via Augmented Reality) by local and international artists. 

VMF Winter Arts

Vancouver Mural Festival Winter Arts

When: February 12 to 28, 2021
Where: Downtown Vancouver and East Van (View Map)

Winter Arts will feature international artists from Vienna, Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh, Dallas and 10 local artists from Vancouver, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh. BIPOC artists and curators make up over 50% of the 2021 roster.

“More than ever, we’ve seen the positive impact that public art and public space brings to communities. This has driven us to harness technology in a way which demonstrates the transformative power of art in our cities. Until we can reconvene, we will continue creating live experiences in public. We really hope this experiment brings joy and inspiration to everyone downtown and beyond.” – Andrea Curtis, VMF Executive Director (Interim)

With the help of VMF’s mobile app (available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play), Vancouverites can safely explore the city and find all AR locations while following COVID protocol. Alternatively, downloadable maps can be found on the VMF Winter Arts website.

VMF Winter Arts

When you’re near a Winter Arts installation, open the camera on your phone and hold it over the unique QR code found at that location. Select Instagram or Facebook, and watch the magic happen!

Win a BMW Raffle for a Cause

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Disclosure: Sponsored Post — Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch BC Please review the Policy & Disclosure section for further information.

It’s the first-ever Win a BMW raffle in BC, and there’s only just over a week left to get tickets! You can enter to win a luxurious BMW 228i Gran Coupe — including your first year of automobile insurance courtesy of All West Insurance — from Brian Jessel BMW and Chabad Lubavitch BC.

Win a BMW

Win a BMW Raffle for a Cause

Tickets: Available online now! 3-Ticket Pack $135; 5-Ticket Pack $180 (single tickets sold out). Final deadline 4:00pm, Sunday, January 31, 2021. The draw takes place at 6:00pm the same day.

By purchasing a Win a BMW ticket, you directly enable Chabad Lubavitch to enrich and positively impact countless families across BC who have and are being negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be dedicated to outreach, education, food, and helping the those in need. So far in 2020, Chabad Lubavitch has distributed over 2,000 food packages to vulnerable BC residents during COVID-19 and are planning their next winter camp for children in need of social support.

View full rules of play online and get your tickets before January 31 to enter to win!