From family-friendly plays to early holiday events and more, here’s what to add to your calendar this month
1. How Black Mothers Say I Love You – Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 12
Photo of Celeste Insell, Alisha Davidson, Kerën Burkett by Zuleyma Prado
From November 2 to 12, The Cultch presents the Frank Theatre company's production of How Black Mothers Say I Love You. This play tells the story of a working immigrant mother who left her two young daughters behind in Jamaica as she tries to build a better life for the family in America. Grab your tickets now to see executive director Fay Nass’s perspective on the immigrant experience.
The Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $29; Details online
2.The Wizard of Oz – Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 12
This musical adaptation of the classic novel by L. Frank Baum features all the songs from the original 1939 film. Brought to you by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this production brings the epic tale to life as Dorothy ventures to the magical land of Oz with her ruby slippers.
Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $18; Details online
3. Boundless by Chor Leoni – Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11
Juno-nominated Chor Leoni is back for its 32nd annual Remembrance Day concerts. "Through folk, pop and modern choral works, you’re invited to listen, reflect on the cost of war, and heal through the search and hope for peace." The choir will be made up of 70 voices, accompanied by special musical guests, such as pianist Tina Chang, cellist Jonathan Lo, organist Angelique Po and trumpeter Katherine Evans.
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United, 1022 Nelson Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $20; Details online
4. From Slander’s Brand – Friday, November 10 to Sunday, February 4, 2024
The Polygon Gallery will be hosting an exhibition featuring the works of Hannah Darabi, Rachel Khedoori and Ron Terada. The three artists explore transformative moments in time and the way art plays a pivotal role as an interlocutor during those times. Each reflects a different moment: the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Iraq War of 2003 and the COVID-19 pandemic.
101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver; Free entry; Details online
5. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical – Tuesday, November 14 to Saturday, November 18
Innovation Arts and Entertainment is bringing Broadway’s bestselling holiday show to Vancouver. This classic musical tells the story of how the Grinch discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
The Centre Vancouver, 777 Homer Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $65; Details online
6. Eastside Culture Crawl – Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, November 19
With nearly 450 artists, Eastside Culture Crawl is back with a bang for its 27th annual event. You can find all types of artistry here—from painting, jewelry and furniture to leather goods and glass works. The four-day open studio event is free to join, along with artist demos, the 10th annual Moving Art film series and a multi-gallery exhibition called ‘Out of Control’. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or someone who just enjoys the arts, there is something here for everyone.
Various locations; Free entry; Details online
7. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen and Encanto – Wednesday, November 22 to Sunday, November 26
Follow along for the magical adventures of Elsa, Anna and Maribel as their stories are transported onto the ice. With world-class ice-skaters and aerial acrobats, this performance is sure to captivate the hearts of adults and children alike.
Pacific Coliseum, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $25; Details online
8. Back to the Holidays – Thursday, November 23 to Saturday, December 23
The Improv Centre presents their holiday offerings, including this family-friendly festive performance. This play pays homage to both Back to the Future and A Christmas Carol, spotlighting an eccentric scientist who explores the holidays through the past, present and future. Running Thursdays to Saturdays from November 23 to December 23, this comedic play is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $26.50; Details online