Vancouver Adventures – Our To Do Picks for November 9-15

This Week: Do yoga with beluga whales, have an eargasm at Sound Play, enjoy a spoonful of sugar with Mary Poppins, and more

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Mary Poppins – Nov. 7 to Jan. 5

Everyone’s favourite childhood nanny can be found flying over local rooftops this winter. The Arts Club will be running Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical at the Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage until January 5. Featuring classic hits and a few new songs, this show is guaranteed to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Purchase in groups of 10 or more for a discounted rate.

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23rd Annual Vancouver Health Show – Nov. 9-10

If you like to be in-the-know about everything health and fitness, be sure to stop by the Convention Centre this weekend. The Vancouver Health Show features two days of seminars and workshops by Brad King, Lisa Kilgour and Tommy Europe that will refresh your healthy lifestyle inspiration. Expect a plethora of booths offering the latest trends in tasty (and healthy) foods, effective health products and hands-on treatments. Plus you will be shopping at a special event discount, so it’s the perfect chance to stock up on the latest in good-for-you goods. Purchase tickets online now to save. 

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Poppy Run – Nov. 10

Enjoy the rich fall colours of Stanley Park as you show off your patriotism and pride this weekend at the Poppy Run. With options ranging from a 4K Fun Walk to an 8K Hill Run, the seasonal event is open to all skill levels. The event will begin at Lumberman’s Arch with two minutes of silence, followed by the national anthem before the various individual races commence. Relax after the run with musical performances and refreshments. Plus, for every “share” of Poppy Run’s Facebook page, you will earn yourself or a fellow runner a yummy cup of hot chocolate.

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Remembrance Day Ceremony in Downtown Vancouver – Nov. 11

Slow down and take part in a moment of silence this Sunday to pay respect to the fallen Canadian men and women of past wars. There will be numerous Remembrance Day events across the province, but if you’re in Vancouver this weekend, the largest one will be taking place on Monday at Victory Square (Hastings St. and Cambie St.) starting at 10:30 am.


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Hopscotch Festival – Nov. 11-17

In it’s 18th year, Hopscotch is Vancouver’s biggest and best festival celebrating whisky, beer and spirits. The main event, the Grand Tasting Hall, takes place Nov. 15 and 16 at the PNE Forum, where guests can taste more than 350 products from over 100 exhibitors. Satellite dinners will be taking place at restaurant venues around the city that include informative guest hosts and custom meals made to pair with particular whiskeys. Master classes are also being held which bring world-class experts to town to share their knowledge about specific liquors. Tickets for all events can be found online.


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Yoga with Beluga Whales – Nov. 14

Many Vancouverites have practiced yoga in a studio, in a park and even in a hot room before. But not many have posed in downward dog beside whales at the aquarium. This month, instructor Celeste Lyon will be teaching a gentle Hatha yoga class for all levels inside the Canada Arctic Gallery exhibit as resident belugas Qila and Aurora swim by. To take part in this unique experience, purchase tickets online ($21 for aquarium members and $31.50 for non-members).


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Fumbling Towards Ecstasy featuring Sarah McLachlan – Nov. 14-16

In the ultimate collaboration of Canadian arts, the Alberta Ballet hits the stage performing to music by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. The Vancouver premiere will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with performances starting at 8 pm. The ballet, which has already received rave reviews, depicts a woman’s spiritual journey from first romance to mature love.

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Eastside Culture Crawl – Nov. 15-17

Take a cruise through the studios of over 300 local artists, craftspeople, and designers to get a taste of Vancouver’s local artistic talent. Whether you’re interested in filling an empty space on your wall, retiring some tired furniture or simply getting a glimpse into the creative life of an artist, the Culture Crawl is a guaranteed good time. The 15,000 plus attendees of last year’s event stand as proof!

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Photography Exhibition at Equinox Gallery – Nov. 2-23

As part of the Capture Photography Festival, three great artists are exhibiting their work at Equinox Gallery (525 Great Northern Way) this month. Fred Herzog displays his photographs of gritty Vancouver city life from decades past; David Hockney will show his 1970s diary-like photos of world travels; and Geoffrey James (a 2012 Governor General’s Award winner) presents his black and white photographs that look at the relationship between humans, architecture and space.

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Sound Play at the ArtStarts Gallery – Now-March 15

Can a bike be a musical instrument? What sound does a Qarkabeb make? How can you make sound visible? Find out the answers to these questions and more with your kids Tuesday through Saturday at the ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards St). Sound Play is an interactive exhibition exploring music, acoustics, composition and sound-making, and features installations and artwork by students and professional artists from across B.C. Visitors can take part in a variety of activities, including pedalling sound-making bicyles, experimenting with visible sounds in the cymasium and playing with musical instruments from around the world. It’s a perfect rainy-day activity and best of all, admission is free for everyone.