Celebrate Indigenous feminine power, enjoy world-class coffee, parade through East Van + more
1. Cindy Sherman — Until March 8, 2020
Vancouver Art GalleryFeaturing 170 works by the American artist known for her conceptual portraits, this exhibition focuses on Sherman’s manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion. Organized by the National Portrait Gallery (London), in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, it is the first retrospective of Sherman’s work in Canada in 20 years.
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver; Details online
2. Out of Concealment — Until April 5, 2020
Bill Reid GalleryTerri-Lynn Williams-Davidson honours Indigenous feminine power by reimagining supernatural figures from Haida tradition. Her vivid portraits—which feature the artist herself and have been compared to Cindy Sherman’s style—use photographic collage, creative design, and even the subtle integration of designs by renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson.
Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver; Details online
3. Campari Presents Dante NYC at Homer Street Café and Bar — Friday, November 1 to Tuesday, November 5
Facebook/Dante New York CityNYC meets YVR at Homer Street Café and Bar when Dante NYC (voted "The World’s Best Bar 2019") takes over for five nights of apertivo-style cocktails, including a negroni fountain and Italian-inspired bites. Caffe Dante opened in 1915, was renamed in 2015 and recently received the top ranking in the 2019 World’s Best 50 Bars Awards in London, UK, honoured as 2019 World’s Best Bar by Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
Homer Street Café and Bar, 898 Homer Street, Vancouver; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Details online
4. Why I Design — Saturday, November 2
Facebook/Museum of Vancouver Why I Design explores and celebrates innovation in action with 25 designers stationed throughout the Museum of Vancouver’s galleries. Extending beyond traditional art display or trade show, it provides an alternative to standard presentations by removing walls between disciplines and between designers and the public. Truly, a rare local opportunity to interact with the designers of the products and environments that shape our lives.
Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver; Tickets $25 or $22 for MOV members; 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Details online
5. Lumière Vancouver — Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3
Facebook/Lumiere Vancouver Get lit for the annual celebration inspired by light and artistic expression, Lumière Vancouver. This year, the three-day event includes more than 25 interactive art installations at four sites: English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza, Lot 19 and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery).
Free; Details online
6. Parade of Lost Souls: SOS — Saturday, November 2
Facebook/Parade of Lost Souls Get nautical with the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret as the Parade of Lost Souls returns with a marine-themed parade through East Vancouver. Look out for floating jellyfish, secret dance parties and theatrical performances throughout the night. (Kids can join in the family-friendly Parade of Little Souls at 7 p.m.)
Parades from the Britannia Library 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., with after-party at the Wise Hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $10 suggested donation; Details online
7. Beanstock Coffee Festival — Saturday, November 2 & Sunday, November 3
Facebook/Beanstock Coffee Festival Beanstock Coffee Festival features 30 independent micro-roasters, including Agro Coffee Roasters, Luna Coffee, Prototype Coffee, Pallet Coffee Roasters and Rooftop Coffee Roasters. Early bird tickets start at $25, and include two tokens that can be exchanged for 100-gram samples of roasted coffee. (VIP Weekend Passes cost $75, and include unlimited priority entry access to both days of the festival, as well as a Beanstock tote bag containing premium samples and a branded ceramic cup to take home.)
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m; Tickets from $25; Details online
8. Comedypants — Saturday, November 2
Facebook/ComedypantsHosted by award-winning comedian Alistair Ogden, Comedypants celebrates its first birthday with an incredible lineup, merch and prizes. Since its inception a year ago, Comedypants has featured dozens of incredible Vancouver comics in a uniquely intimate setting: the partially-abandoned Chinatown Centre Mall. Buy advance tickets to guarantee a seat in the small space.
The Avant Garden, 729 Gore Avenue, Vancouver; Tickets $10 in advance, or $15 at the door; Details online
9. Bear Creek Park Lights — Saturday, November 2 to Friday, November 15
City of SurreyIlluminated trees and light displays dazzle visitors from the water park to the playground, with added activities on November 2nd that include an activity zone, roving performers, food trucks and a shuttle service.
Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Free; Details online
10. Cascadia Wedding Show — Sunday, November 3
Facebook/Cascadia Wedding ShowCanada’s only sustainably-focused wedding show supports local businesses dedicated to sustainable practices. Come and get inspired about how to create an ethical wedding... without breaking the bank. You can also sign up to try a creative workshop (like calligraphy, to help create your dream wedding invites.)
The Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way and The Wallace, 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver; Tickets $25 to $65; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Details online