5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (February 6 to 12)

A culinary seafood experience for a cause, world-class cocktails and a jazz concert series.

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.

close up of seafood dishes
Credit: Blue Water Cafe

1. Try Blue Water Cafe’s Unsung Heroes Menu and Support Ocean Conservation

February 1-28

Foodies and fish fiends, this February marks the return of the month-long beloved seafood menu Unsung Heroes at the Blue Water Cafe. Executive Chef Frank Pabst and his team have curated a seafood menu that spotlights delicious yet under-utilized oceanic species—with dishes like whelk ‘donatsu’ and sturgeon-liver ‘pate’— for a foodie’s dream that also supports ocean sustainability. Make your reservation now for a good cause (just not February 14th, as that special day calls for a special Valentine’s-inspired menu).

When: February 1-28
Where: Blue Water Cafe
Cost: From $16
More Info: bluewatercafe.net

Batender pouring a cocktail
Credit: Manhattan x Fairmont Pacific Rim

2. World-Class Cocktails at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

February 7-8

Want a chance to try some of the best cocktails? Fairmont Pacific Rim is welcoming No. 33 on the world’s 50 Best-Ranked Bars list, Manhattan, for a collaborative cocktail and culinary experience. On February 7 and 8, Botanist’s executive chef Hector Laguna and Head Bartender Jeff Savage will welcome the award-winning Singapore cocktail bar for a two-night sensory cocktail-paired dinner, followed by a ‘Guest Bar In-Residence’ pop-up at The Lobby Lounge and Rawbar on February 9. Don’t miss this chance to try some award-winning sips: reservations are now open to the public and can be booked online.

When: February 7-8
Where: Fairmont Pacific Rim
Cost: $298 (plus taxes)
More Info: botanistrestaurant.com


Poster for event with text
Credit: Emily Carr

3. Support Emergency Student Funding With Live Art Event, Drawn By Numbers

February 11

Emily Carr University is hosting its first-ever Drawn by Numbers event which aims to raise funds to support student funding. You can expect a night of art, music, and performances including a silent auction. This event will also connect artists and art collectors in a surprising and fun way, with over 20 contemporary artists participating in creating exclusive and limited edition 8×10 prints. Come support students at Emily Carr while checking out some great art and entertainment.

When: February 11
Where: Emily Carr University
Cost: From $85
More Info: eventbrite.com

Author Barbara Yelin
Credit: 2023 Jewish Book Festival (Pictured) author Barbara Yelin

4. Delve Into Survivors’ Stories Through Illustrators’ Eyes

February 12

But I Live: Three Stories of Child Survivors of the Holocaust has been compared to the genre-breaking Maus for good reason: it’s not just a surprising twist on both the Holocaust survivor story and the graphic-novel form, it’s a superbly executed rendition of both. (No wonder it won a 2022 Canadian Jewish Literary Award.) As part of the Jewish Book Festival, hear from the editor and graphic novelists behind it—Charlotte Schallie, Miriam Libicki, Barbara Yelin and Gilad Seliktar—about the unusual collaborative process and artistic challenges behind the moving, thought-provoking creation.

When: February 12
Where: Jewish Community Centre
Cost: $18
More Info: eventbrite.com


Jazz band with instruments
credit: https://musickit.com/jazntheviolinconcerts/

5. Enjoy some Jazz at the Pyatt Hall Concert Series

February 12

Jazz it up a little, why don’t you? Join violinist Kit Eakle’s group as they open a series of three concerts by some of the finest string musicians out there. It’s a powerhouse group of Vancouver’s finest musicians bringing a range of jazzy musical stylings from then to now… you might even catch a glimpse at the future of jazz violin in the process.

When: February 12
Where: Pryatt Hall
Cost: From $35
More Info: musickit.com/jazntheviolinconcerts