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

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

Read on for this week’s lineup.

Credit: Ancora

1. Dine Like Royalty at Ancora’s Caviar Festival

November 2 to 22

Looking to treat yourself this week? (Come on. You deserve it. You work really hard.) Ancora’s annual caviar festival kicks off on Tuesday at both False Creek and North Shore locations. The fish egg-focused menu combines Peruvian and Japanese cuisine—for example, the False Creek resto is serving up Carabinero Tartar, made up of Spanish red king prawn marinated in leche de tigre, acevichado sauce and Northern Divine sturgeon caviar.

When: Tuesday November 2 to Monday November 22
Where: Ancora restaurants (both False Creek and Ambleside)
More Info: ancoradining.com

Credit: we the same

2. Stream We the Same from the Cultch

November 3 to 7

This touching two-hander tells the story of a mother and six children who fled Vietnam in 1979—or rather, the story the mother shares with her daughter 40 years later. It involves surviving pirate attacks, typhoons, starvation and shipwreck… all based on a true story). And you can watch it from the safety of your sofa.

When: Wednesday November 3 to Sunday November 7
Where: Livestreamed from the Cultch
Cost: From $29
More Info: thecultch.com

Credit: Ibeji Project, by Stephen Tayo (Nigeria), 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

3. Visit the MOA’s Newest Exhibit

November 4 to March 22 2022

This new exhibition features works from both Vancouver and Nigeria, and explores the relationships between African art and Black Canadian art. Look out for local Chantal Gibson’s multimedia installation, Souvenir, which features 2,000 souvenir spoons from countries all over the world.

When: Opens Thursday November 4
Where: The Museum of Anthropology
Cost: $15 for adults
More Info: moa.ubc.ca

Credit: Ballet BC Dancer Anna Bekirova, photo by Marcus Eriksson.

4. See Ballet BC’s Return to the Stage

November 4 to 6

For the first time since early 2020, Ballet BC dancers are lacing up and taking the stage again. This week’s performance is called Unfold + Give, and features three world premieres from Canadian artists: Stadium, choreographed by Toronto’s Ethan Colangelo, After We Glow by Vancouver’s Company 605 and Lean-to by Vancouver choreographer Lesley Telford. It’s also a big night for artistic director Medhi Walerski: his piece, GARDEN, will see the live stage for the first time in North America.

When: Thursday November 4 to Saturday November 6
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Cost: From $52
More Info: balletbc.com

Credit: What Flowers They Bloom

5. Watch the Vancouver Asian Film Festival

November 4 to 13

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival runs both online and in person over the next two weeks—check out the schedule here. One program we’re extra-thrilled about is the Elimin8Hate collection of films, on this Sunday. It includes three films (including What Flowers They Bloom, a local film from director C. Hudson Hwang, pictured above) and a panel all tackling anti-Asian racism. Moderating the panel is another local, cartoonist Zoe Si (we’re big fans, check out her doodles here).

When: Thursday November 4 to Saturday November 13
Where: Online and in-person at Cineplex International Village
Cost: Varies
More Info: festival.vaff.org