5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (February 5-11)

A poetry night to kick off Black History Month, exclusive documentary and film screenings and a unique play with a childlike twist.

Here’s your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to kdonaldson@canadawide.com.


1. Celebrate Black History Month with Poetry and Art at Pacific Arts Market

February 3-24

Kick-off Black History Month with the power of the spoken word. Starting with an electrifying poetry night from local Black talents on February 3rd, the celebration continues all month with live music, art, workshops and talks at the Pacific Arts Market. It’s a vibrant tribute to Black creativity you won’t want to miss.

When: February 3-24
Where: Pacific Arts Market
Cost: $22.63
More info: eventbrite.ca

Image still from Union Street

2. Catch the National Premiere of Union Street at the VIFF Centre

February 2-7

This award-winning documentary by BC’s own Jamila Pomeroy shines a light on Vancouver’s Black community. Delve into its challenges, the legacy of Hogan’s Alley and see iconic spots brought to life with contributions from legends like Jimi Hendrix. It’s a must-see during Black History Month.

When: February 2-7
Where: VIFF Centre
Cost: $15
More info: viff.org


3. Have a Happy Joyful Time at the Lido

February 6

Add some laughs to your week with Chicago’s very own Mark Thomson headlining at the Lido this Tuesday, bringing with him a hilarious stand-up comedy lineup that includes the Juno-winning comic Ivan Decker.

When: February 6
Where: The Lido
Cost: $15
More info: eventbrite.com


4. Take in Four Short Documentary Screenings by Afro-Cuban Filmmaker Sara Gómez

February 8

Catch a free screening of Sara Gómez’s films at The Cinematheque and dive head first into the visionary work of this pioneering Afro-Cuban filmmaker with not one but four documentary shorts—that’s four for the price of none (it’s free!) A deal and an experience you don’t want to miss.

When: February 8
Where: The Cinematheque
Cost: Free
More info: thecinematheque.ca


5. Come Get CHILD-ish at Pacific Theatre

February 9-March 9

It’s a play for adults but the content is pulled from interviews done with kids all about love, life and all those big scary questions. Think: Kids Say The Darndest Things meets existential anxiety.

When: February 9-March 9
Where: Pacific Theatre
Cost: From $24
More info: pacifictheatre.org


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