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DATE February 18 to 29VENUE Various venuesPRICE Varies, some events free or pay what you cantalkingstickfest.ca
“Nobody was coming to Indigenous work of any kind at the beginning,” says Talking Stick Festival founder Margo Kane. In 2001, Kane says, she started the festival with “little support from the local arts community.” Unlike other fests, hers didn’t stick to singular Western forms of art: dance, music, theatre, film, spoken word and powwow were all welcome. “In the past, there has been no place for us,” says Kane, “so we created a venue for any kind of artistic expression to be shared.”
Now in its 19th year, Talking Stick has been a slow build, with growth rooted in support from the local Indigenous community (support that’s exhibited in the 2020 theme chéńchenstway, Squamish for “upholding each other, lifting each other up”). The festival has expanded to include international acts from Australia, Mexico and New Zealand, but still focuses on local voices, and the inspirational, educational and healing qualities they offer within the Indigenous community. And today, there’s no lack of interest: “We think that maybe our festival is too short!” says Kane
Date February 13 to March 28Venue Multiple venuesPrice Price varies by locationartsclub.com
Suburbs, rejoice: the hilarious play following Canada’s favourite Korean shopkeeper is travelling to a theatre near you. (We’re talking North Van, New West, Coquitlam—see online for full tour.)
Date February 19 to 29Venue The CultchPrice From $26
This one-woman comedy is part of the Cultch’s Femme Series, and tells the story of one sister’s 70-pound weight loss through another sister’s eyes.
Date February 21Venue Little Mountain GalleryPrice $5jflnorthwest.com
There’s plenty of celebs in the JFL Northwest lineup, but we suggest catching a show starring the local, queer-identifying funny folks of Uncle Janes, as a treat.
Date February 25 to March 1Venue Queen Elizabeth TheatrePrice From $90vancouver.broadway.com
You know what they say: a hit Broadway musical needs a strong cast—and if you didn’t get that great joke, all the more reason to see the show.
DATE February 29VENUE The OrpheumPRICE From $22vancouversymphony.ca
Fourteen-year-old Deutscher wrote her first concerto at age 12 and has been charming the world in the style of Mozart ever since.
Date February 29Venue Red Gate Revue StagePrice $35vancouvermenschorus.ca
The Vancouver Men’s Chorus transforms into a choir of queens for this drag extravaganza. Expect ballads, showtunes and a whole lotta hair.
Date February 28 to March 2Venue Chinese Cultural CentrePrice Freeheyarchive.ca
Shop smarter and greener at Vancouver’s largest three-day consignment pop-up—one grandpa’s sweater is another gal’s shabby-chic pullover.
Date March 7Venue The CinemathequePrice $12thecinematheque.ca
Transform your own drawings into paper animations (and learn what the heck thaumatropes and zoetropes are) at this beginner’s workshop.
Date March 9Venue Heritage HallPrice $69chefstablesociety.com
Now in its seventh year, the Curry Cup is our city’s hottest family-style meal competition. Come hungry—admission gets you a taste of the curried creations of eight of Vancouver’s top chefs.