5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (November 10-16)

An architecture and design film festival, Grammy-award winning gospel choir and a queer docuseries screening.

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.

Credit: ADFF: Vancouver, Still from Outside In

1. The Architecture and Design Film Festival

November 9-12

We all know Vancouver’s favourite spectator sport is real estate. If you love keeping tabs on housing trends, nerding out on design and architecture or just enjoy niche film festivals (and popcorn, of course) then the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF: Vancouver) is for you. This year, there are 15 full-length documentary films and shorts from 10 countries, guest speakers and some post-film directors Q and As all happening at the Hollywood Theatre and VIFF Centre. Be sure to check out the schedule or take a look at our top festival picks and let us help you design the perfect festival-going experience.

When: November 9-12
WhereHollywood Theatre and VIFF Centre
Cost: From $15
More Info: adfilmfest.com

Credit: The Arts Club

2. The Sound of Music at the Arts Club

November 10-December 24

Want your hills to be alive with the sound of music? Arts Club is presenting the classic romantic musical, The Sound of Music this season at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Join the cast and live musicians as they bring to life all the hits like “My Favourite Things” and “Edelweiss” so you can have them stuck in your head all the way ’til the New Year. Join Maria for a family-friendly evening of singing (if you’re into it, there are even designated sing-a-long nights) and dancing (in your seat) while you wish your kids could harmonize half as well as the Von Trapps.

When: November 10-December 24
Where: The Arts Club
Cost: From $43
More Info: theartsclub.com


Credit: Stephen Garnett

3. Grammy-Winning Soweto Gospel Choir

November 12

Caravan World Rhythms is presenting the three-time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this Saturday for an inspirational evening of song that celebrates hope and human resilience. The concert, “Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming,” draws from music that inspired and supported both South Africa’s Freedom Movement and the American Civil Rights Movement and promises to inspire and uplift audiences, particularly after the socio-political tumult of the past few years.

When: November 12
Where: The Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Cost: From $29
More Info: sowetogospelchoir.com


Credit: Presentation House Theatre

4. Foolish Man at the Presentation House Theatre

November 13

Come celebrate the words and music of the late, self-proclaimed foolish man, David King (1949-2021) taking place for one matinee only at the Presentation House Theatre in North Van. As a playwright, King accomplished 25 productions, won two Jessie awards and was a former CBC variety show writer in Vancouver and Winnipeg. Known for his uniquely clever lyrics, he’s written over 50 songs many of which will be featured in the stage show created and produced by popular singer Wanda Nowicki. Nowicki will also perform, along with Peter Hill, King’s former partner in the Foolish Man duo, King’s nieces Amy King and Emily Jane King, actors Dave Hurtubise and Janet Hodgkinson along with a full band.

When: November 13
Where: North Van’s Presentation House Theatre
Cost: $25
More Info: phtheatre.org

Artwork by Sonia Lorenz

5. Queer VancouverThe PastPresentand Future Public Screening Premiere

November 13

This Sunday at Eastside Studios there’s an exclusive advance screening of Queer Vancouver: The Past, Present, and Future, ahead of its official release. It’s six-episode documentary series explores Vancouver’s vibrant queer community as queer filmmakers Steph and Katie Burlton highlight the lives of queer women and other marginalized members of Vancouver’s queer community whose stories often go untold. Through a collection of interviews, the filmmakers introduce a diverse group of local activists, artists, and performers, including queer trailblazers of the past 50 years, and the next generation of community leaders. The docu-series also explores queer nightlife and queer-run spaces in Vancouver, as well as organizations doing important advocacy work in the city. For a sneak peek before this sneak peek, watch the series trailer here.

When: November 13
Where: East Side Studios
Cost: Pay What You Can
More Info: queervancouver.eventbrite.ca