Metropolis at Metrotown Celebrates the Lunar New Year

Friday, February 1st, 2019 — 5:41pm PST
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Metropolis at Metrotown is celebrating the Lunar New Year with two weeks of events and activities in honour of the Year of the Pig, February 1-19, 2019.


Lunar New Year at Metropolis at Metrotown

Where: Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
When: February 1-19, 2019

Starting Friday, February 1, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will be the home to a large Instagram-worthy lantern display. Hundreds of lanterns will be the backdrop for beautiful photos visitors can take with their family or friends!

As well each weekend, Metropolis will be hosting a series of activities including Chinese Calligraphy and Lantern Making, Traditional Chinese Dance performances, and Travel through Asia photo booth.

  • February 1 – 19, 2019: Lunar New Year Red Lantern Display
  • February 2-3, 2019: Chinese Calligraphy & Lantern Making Workshops
  • February 4-6, 2019: Lucky Red Envelope Giveaways
  • February 6, 2019: Lion Dancing
  • February 9-10, 2019: Traditional Chinese Dance Performances
  • February 16-18, 2019: Travel through Asia Photo Booth

With the New Year tradition of red envelopes, Metropolis will be giving away lucky red envelopes throughout the day to visitors in Grand Court from February 4th to the 6th, with a chance to receive a Metropolis at Metrotown gift card or other prizes.

MetLunar Lunar New Year at Metropolis at Metrotown
Share your pics with tag #METLUNAR to enter to win! Photos by Alexis Miles

From February 1-19, visitors can also enter for a chance to win a $1000 Metropolis shopping spree.

Lunar New Year isn’t complete without a traditional lion dance on February 6th, arriving in Grand Court at 10:00am and proceeding through the mall to provide the stores with its lucky blessings.

Share your photos on Instagram using hashtag #METLUNAR and tag @metropolisatmet for a chance to win either a weekly prize package or a grand prize of a $500 Metropolis gift card.

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Early Music Vancouver Presents The King’s Singers: Win Tickets

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 — 1:16pm PST
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Early Music Vancouver (“EMV”) proudly presents one of the world’s preeminent vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers with their programme of Royal Blood: Music for Henry VIII, at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The concert, which is part of The King’s Singers’ 50th Anniversary season and North American tour, investigates King Henry VIII’s life and legacy with compositions from his turbulent court in the early 16th century. Royal Blood will feature works by King Henry VIII, William Byrd, Thomas Weelkes, Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten, and more.

The King's Singers 2017 Photo: Marco Borggreve
The King’s Singers 2017 – Photo by Marco Borggreve

The King’s Singers at the Chan Centre

When: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC, 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver)
Tickets: From $18, call 604-822-2697 or purchase online now »

For their first-ever presentation by EMV, The King’s Singers will share an evening of mostly period music depicting life in Tudor England. King Henry VIII, renowned for his political acumen and celebrated for his intellect and love of music and the arts, presided over one of the most culturally rich courts of renaissance Europe. By delving into 16th and 17th century texts on the themes of death, health, and love, The King’s Singers will explore some of the drama that characterized life under the rule of one of England’s most intriguing and unpredictable monarchs.

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I have a pair of tickets to give away to this performance on February 9th.

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Follow Early Music Vancouver on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more info. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 8:00am on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Cecile!

Indoor Workout at the Vancouver Lookout’s Urban Grind

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 — 10:02am PST
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This spring you can stay in shape, and get entry into one of the city’s top attractions, as you climb up 633 steps at the Urban Grind at Harbour Centre. The Urban Grind returns with great perks!

Vancouver Lookout Photo Kai Jacobson
Vancouver Lookout Photo Kai Jacobson

Participants will be rewarded at the top with a stunning 360º aerial view at the Vancouver Lookout, a refreshing beer, and DJ entertainment.

The Urban Grind

When: Every Tuesday in March 2019; March 5, 12, 19, 26
Where: Harbour Centre lobby, 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $5 (includes unlimited circuits). Climbers will have the opportunity to customize their workout by completing the route as many times as desired between 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Harbour Centre

This year, BC’s very own elite Tower Runner, Shaun Stephens-Whale, will be on site to share his stair climbing tips. His most recent accolades include winning the 2017 Rainier Tower Fight for Air Climb in Seattle, and placing third in the Climb to Abu Dhabi Vertical Marathon and third in the Empire State Building Run-Up.

Each $5 entry ticket includes one beer, DJ entertainment, plus a $5 Harbour Centre Food Court voucher. There will be coat check available by minimum donation to The Kettle Society, a non-profit supporting people with mental illness to lead healthier lives.

Follow Harbour Centre on Twitter, and the Vancouver Lookout on Twitter, along with the tag #UrbanGrind for more information.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 — 5:29pm PST
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Welcome to February! This weekend celebrations begin for the Year of the Pig, and we kick off a month full of festivals, film, theatre, and family fun. To start, here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Weekend Events Flight Path Park

Friday, February 1, 2019
Wickfest Surrey
pARTy@PdA: Books with Burgundy
Dine Out Vancouver Festival
PuSh Performing Arts Festival
There Is No Easy Mode:A Night of Video Game Trivia
Brain & Other Stories
Hoobiyee 2019 Ts’amiks Edition
Aberdeen Centre Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair
Flower Market & Prosperity Tree Gifts Away – Yaohan Centre
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
Annie The Musical
Rendez-Vous French Film Festival
Studio 58 presents CABARET
Langley Players: Half Life

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Wen Wei Dance Presents Ying Yun: Win Tickets

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 — 4:29pm PST
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Wen Wei Dance’s latest choreographic creation, Ying Yun, premieres February 19 – 23, 2019 at Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver. This timely work, born at a heated time in the trajectory of gender discourse, raises the platform of choreographing to the female performers.

Wen Wei Dance
Eowynn Enquist, Daria Mikhaylyuk, Eden Solomon, Stéphanie Cyr, Sarah Formosa.
Photo by Emily Cooper

Wen Wei Dance Presents Ying Yun

When: February 19 to 23, 2019 at 7:00pm
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St, Vancouver)
Tickets: $37 online now, discounts for Dance Centre and CADA Members

The creative process involves a series of dialogues between Ying Yun’s dancers and Artistic Director Wen Wei Wang, with the aim of translating their stories into movement. Ying Yun is the name of Wang’s mother (Ying means Hero & Yun means Cloud), who passed away from ovarian cancer four years ago.

A significant influence on his becoming an artist, Wang dedicates this new creation to her, engaging the dancers in interpreting her story, and in turn expressing their own intersectional experiences.

This exciting full-length dance piece is an extension of Wang’s first all-female performers’ creation, which began in 2017 for the SFU School of the Contemporary Arts. In Ying Yun, Wang channels and melds his emotional association to his mother with elements of Tai Chi: silence and intentional breathing. It is created with research and improvisational methods to ensure a collaboratively creative process with the dancers.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night on February 19th.

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Follow Wen Wei Dance on Twitter and Facebook for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 8:00am on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Catherine!

Family Day Events in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 — 3:41pm PST
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Family Day in BC is coming up on Monday, February 18, 2019. It’s a new date this year – lining up with the rest of Canada’s holiday dates – so the event list is a bit thinner. However, I update this list every day so check back often to see what’s happening around the region:

BC Family Day in Metro Vancouver

Family Day in Metro Vancouver

Feb 18: Family Day Photos at High Street
Feb 18: Kit & Caboodle – Family Day Kit Packing

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