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Five Vancouver arts highlights to warm your cockles this winter



Cold, wet weather and cocooning go hand in hand if you live in Vancouver. But the local arts and entertainment community has done its darndest to get you off the couch and kick those winter blahs to the curb. Here are five winter arts highlights to get you through the season. 

Ballet BC presents Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Let a little Christmas into your coal black heart when Ballet BC presents the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker. You know the one: music by Tchaikovsky, the dance of the sugarplum fairy, people in tights.

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Dec. 7 to 9 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre


21st Annual European Union Film Festival

Mademoiselle Paradis screens as part of the Cinematheque’s European Union Film Festival Nov. 23 to Dec. 4.

Billed as “Europe without the jetlag,” the Cinematheque’s annual celebration of new cinema from the European Union showcases films from 26 countries including… Malta! And good luck finding any of these on Netflix.

Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 at the Cinematheque


East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz

East Van Panto gets swept up by the Wizard of Oz, Nov. 28 to Jan. 6 at the York Theatre.
East Van Panto gets swept up by the Wizard of Oz, Nov. 28 to Jan. 6 at the York Theatre.

Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto returns to the York Theatre for its annual skewering of local culture and “in the know” references. This time the gang takes on the Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical Land of Oz, a.k.a. Nanaimo and Hastings, after a pipeline bursts. Hopefully she’ll remember, there’s no place like PoCo, there’s no place like PoCo.

Nov. 28 to Jan. 6 at the York Theatre


Neko Case

Singer-songwriter Neko Case belts it out at the Vogue Theatre Nov. 30.
Singer-songwriter Neko Case belts it out at the Vogue Theatre Nov. 30.

Powerhouse singer-songwriter Neko Case returns to her old stomping grounds in support of her latest, greatest album Hell-On. As an added bonus, Vancouver’s enigmatic indie rockers Destroyer open.

Nov. 30 at the Vogue Theatre


Christmas with the Bach Choir

Back in Bach! The Bach Choir hosts its annual Christmas concert Dec. 2 at the Orpheum.
Back in Bach! The Bach Choir hosts its annual Christmas concert Dec. 2 at the Orpheum.

If this doesn’t warm your cockles, nothing will. The Bach Choir’s annual family-friendly holiday tradition returns with eight choirs and the chance to sing-a-long to traditional carols. “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is going to be “lit,” as the kids like to say.

Dec. 2 at the Orpheum Theatre



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ARTS AROUND: Enjoy magic and comedy at the Capitol Theatre






Join the Rollin Art Centre in January for a family friendly fundraiser, featuring Canada’s Master Illusionists Murray Hatfield and Teresa.

They don’t just do magic, they are magic! Combining breathtaking magic, interactive comedy and some of the newest, most exciting and most up-to-date stage illusions, this will be an evening of exceptional entertainment that is completely unique and world-class.

The show takes place Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. All tickets are $30.00 and are available at the Rollin Art Centre or online ( What a GREAT Christmas gift!



“Preserving Memories, one jar at a time” is the title of the whimsical and heartwarming exhibit currently showing at the Rollin Art Centre.

Featured artist Joanne Thomson displays her collection of mason jars painted in watercolors. This exhibit is beautiful and takes you back to a time of simplicity. It runs until Nov. 23.



Transport yourself back in time. McLean Mill will be all decked for the holidays at this year’s McLean Mill Christmas Market from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

Every year, the Community Arts Council brings a variety of artisans and crafters to the mill to ring in the Christmas Season. This year, we are partnering with McLean Mill Historic Park to be bigger and better, with the mill light-up, trains, bon-fires, a s’mores bar, carollers and even breakfast with Santa.

The market will be open in the evenings to bring a bit of magic while you stroll the historic Mill site and shop for all those extra special holiday gifts. Trains will run each night and one Sunday morning.


For the first time, artist Gittan Klemetsrud is offering three felting workshops to teach the traditional and the contemporary techniques of felting.

1.) Scarf Workshop – Feb. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $330 + materials.

2.) Bowl/Lantern Workshop – Feb. 19 and 20, 5 – 9 p.m., $150 + materials.

3.) Handbag Workshop – Feb. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $270 + materials.

Register for all 3 workshops and receive a 30 percent discount. Call Rollin Arts Centre to register today. Space is limited to ONLY seven spots per workshop.


The Magic Cottage will be brimming with an amazing assortment of affordable, one-of-a-kind items for the 11th annual craft and gift sale. This unique shopping experience is sure to please, with artwork, original fashions, fine jewellery, home and garden décor, natural body care products, delicious gourmet treats, vintage collectables and much more.

Open Nov 16 (6-9 p.m.), Nov 17 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Nov 18 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Nov 23 (6-9 p.m.), Nov 24 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Nov 25 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at 3945 Fourth Ave, between Morton and Maitland.



Come and enjoy the Barkley Sounds Community Choir’s concert, “WELCOME YULE” on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the ADSS Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, from choir members and at the door. Tickets are $15 (under 12 free).


Timbre! Choir has been entertaining this community for 46 years!

Our Christmas concert this year is entitled “HEARTH & FIRE” and is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. There will be familiar and some not-so-familiar carols with music by Bob Chilcott and John Rutter. Get your tickets early for Sun., Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at ADSS Theatre.

The choir is joined by Danielle Marcinek on piano and several members of Chor Leoni’s Men’s Chorus from Vancouver. There will also be entertainment in the lobby provided by the AV Community Band, directed by Cory Miller.

Tickets are on sale at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, Finishing Touches, Salmonberry’s and from choir members. Tickets for Adults/Seniors are $20 and $5 for students and children under 18. Check out our new website at and complete the contact form if you any questions.


Advanced tickets available at Char’s Landing or the Rollin Art Centre

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., James Gordon of “Frobisher Bay”

Friday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m., Friday Night Dance Party with David Gogo Band

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Maddie Storvold – “Open Book” Western Canada Tour

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412.

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Giving thanks for our arts opportunities




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Arts tip sheet: Eastside Culture Crawl




Are you a regular at the Eastside Culture Crawl? Here are a few new faces on the massive open-studio tour that you may want to check out Thursday to Sunday (November 15 to 18):

Jake Bull


Kool-Aid colours and a pop-art vibe bring to life portraits of everyone from Mexican wrestlers to merry-go-round horses and creepy clowns. It’s eye candy with an edge—no surprise, as Bull’s an alumnus of London’s advertising industry.

Mo Sherwood

1641 East Georgia Street

The art director of the cult Canadian animated series Yvon of the Yukon brings the same quirky sensibility to everything from funky wooden sharks to stylized portraits of Motown singers.

Laurie M. Landry

BC Artscape Sun Wah

We love the way Landry’s oil paintings reflect her experience of deafness, especially the portraits of gesturing hands—sometimes beautifully wrinkled or pudgy—captured as her subjects talk about themselves through American Sign Language.

Jason York

The Arc

With raw, brushy expression and bold hues—a favourite is pure, screaming orange—York’s abstracted works definitely speak with their own voice. But don’t be surprised if you see a bit of Jean-Michel Basquiat or a hint of Andy Warhol in his imagery.

Claudine Gévry

Parker Street Studios

The Montreal-bred artist’s sculptures and paintings fall clearly into the abstract category, but the forms feel so organic that you’ll swear they came from nature. Seek out her unique mobiles, with their ethereal, textured metal discs that bob and float.

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