5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (January 1-7)

A critically-acclaimed Japanese film, a hilarious stand up comedian and a winter farmer's market for your week.

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. Night One of the Elevate Music Project Showdown

January 5

Prepare for a vocal showdown as local talents belt it out for the top spot and major bragging rights! Think “The Voice” or “X Factor,” but with a local twist. This Friday, the battle royale kicks off featuring Temia, Aversions, Tya, BADMNY, Hyaenas and Francis Baptiste in a fierce fight for fame, fortune and cash prizes. The real winners? Us and Vancouver’s music scene!

When: January 5
Where: The Biltmore Cabaret
Cost: $10
More Info: elevatemusicproject.com


2. Live Laugh Love With Comedian Fortune Feimster at the Vogue Theatre

January 6

Come laugh with the very funny US comedian Fortune Feimster at her show Live Laugh Love. You probably recognize her from everything, her brand of humour is relatable and very charismatic (A.K.A how I’ve asked everyone to describe me!)

When: January 6
Where: Vogue Theatre
Cost: From $36.50
More Info: admitone.com


3. Experience Kore-eda’s Emotional Masterpiece, Monster, at the VIFF Centre

January 7

Not even a week into 2024 and critics are already hailing the Japanese drama from director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) as one of the standout films of the year. If that didn’t pique your interest, it includes an introspective score by the late great Ryuichi Sakamoto so you know it’s bound to make you think or cry (or both!) Here’s the trailer (if you’re one of those people.)

When: January 7
Where: VIFF Centre
Cost: $15
More Info: viff.org


Photo by Luciana DAnunciacao.

4. Witness a Flexible Return Policy in Nellie Gossen’s Performance Installation Returns 

January 7- February 3

It’s dance performance meets retail therapy (kind of?). Nellie Gossen’s Returns is a transformative art experiment, reshaping garments creatively over 30 days into new forms, danced and reimagined, then meticulously restored to their original state for a full refund—and Aritzia won’t take back my jeans even though I “don’t have a receipt and have clearly wore them as I am wearing them right now!”

When: January 7
Where: The Dance Centre
Cost: Free
More Info: thedancecentre.ca/event/nellie-gossen


Credit: Facebook

5. Get Your Fun and Grocery Shopping Done at the Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market

January 6

Happening every Sunday (until the end of April), it’s got local goods, treats, food trucks and more! It’s also located on the PNE Fairgrounds meaning you can cap off your shopping with a quick and well-earned ride on The Beast.

When: January 6
Where: The PNE Fairground
Cost: Free
More Info: www.pne.ca