15 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 3-9

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The first week of January is upon us, so let’s dive into the New Year with fun events all over the city.

From Hidden Wonders magic to the Abbotsford Canucks, outdoor ice skating and more, here are 15 things to check out January 3-9.

Vancity Comedy Extravaganza Vol. 3

Vancity Comedy Extravaganza Vol. 3 / Submitted

What: Want to start the new year with a laugh? Check out Dino Archie and a range of stacked stand-ups at Vancity Comedy Extravaganza. The third edition of the All-Star Comedy Showcase takes place on January 8, 2022, at Vogue Theater and features JUNO Award winners, Just For Laughs veterans, and more.

When: January 8, 2022
Time: Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Or: Vogue Theater – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $ 30, purchase in line. Use promo code DINGY2022 for a discount.

Abbotsford Canucks

What: The Abbotsford Canucks continue their inaugural AHL season in January with games against the Bakersfield Condors on January 5, 7 and 9.

When: January 5, 7 and 9, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. (Wednesday and Friday), 4 p.m. (Sunday)
Or: Abbotsford Center – 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
Cost: Miscellaneous, purchase in line

Deck the Halls in South Granville

What: A number of South Granville retailers have transformed their storefronts with floral decorations, creating a holiday promenade full of glee and glee. The facilities are part of the South Granville Business Improvement Association’s (SGBIA) Deck the Halls, which creates a festive vacation experience along its popular shopping district.

Each participating retailer worked with Granville Island Florist to design their own unique winter display, providing plenty of Insta-worthy photo opportunities.

When: Now until early January 2022
Or: South Granville Street from the Granville Bridge to 16th Avenue.
Cost: To free

Make yourself comfortable with a new must-read book

What: There is no shortage of shiny new books this month. We’ve curated a collection of the best just for you. With a selection of explosive debut fiction novels, gripping and immersive non-fiction releases, and exhilarating psychological thrillers, there is something for every reader on the list in January.

These are the 10 best books we recommend this month.

Winter Discovery Days at Fraser River Discovery Center

What: The Fraser River Discovery Center celebrates the holiday season with Winter Discovery Days, a series of fun, festive and family-friendly activities. On January 3, participants will learn the science behind snowflakes while creating 3D models of different types of snowflakes.

When: January 3, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Or: Fraser River Discovery Center – 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Cost: $ 3 to $ 6, Family (2 adults + 4 children) $ 15. Children under 2 are free. Register now in line.

Vancouver Warriors vs. Colorado Mammoth

What: The Vancouver Warriors continue the new National Lacrosse League season at Rogers Arena with a clash against the Colorado Mammoth on Jan. 7.

When: January 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Or: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Cost: Miscellaneous, purchase in line

Imagine Picasso

What: Imagine Picasso is a collaboration between the creators Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, the art historian Androula Michael and the figurehead of the French architectural movement Rudy Ricciotti. The experience will feature over 200 Picasso paintings presented together for the very first time.

The paintings will be projected onto nine fully-fledged origami-style structures, which will offer a unique perspective on the work of the great Picasso. The experience will last about an hour. Non-commercial photography is permitted and the organizers encourage guests to share their photos online.

The organizers stress that Imagine Picasso is designed as a contactless experience. It will have limited capacity and timed entrances, and the event will be fully compliant with current public health ordinances.

When: Now until January 8, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last admission 1 hour before closing
Or: Vancouver Convention Center – 1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
Tickets: In line

Whistler Sliding Center

whistling sliding center

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What: You don’t have to be an Olympian to ride like one in Whistler. Try your hand at passenger bobsled and public rides at the Whistler Sliding Center.

You can glide in a four-person bobsleigh driven by a skilled pilot through 10 turns of the track at speeds of up to 125 km / h. For public skeleton, guests can traverse the last six turns of the track, reaching speeds of up to 100 km / h on their own individual skeleton sled. Participants must be at least 16 years old. No experience is required.

When: Now until March 27, 2022
Time: Various times
Or: 4910 Glacier Lane, Whistler
Cost: Each ride costs $ 199 per person, with all proceeds going to the boardsports and athletes who train in the non-profit organization. Delivered in line.

Steven Shearer at the Polygon Gallery

What: A solo exhibition featuring Vancouver artist Steven Shearer at the Polygon Gallery, Canada’s first major investigation of the artist’s work in the past 20 years, the exhibition showcases the importance of archives Shearer’s monumental photographs and print and how he continues to act as a source of works in a wide range of media.

When: February 13, 2022
Time: Wednesday, 10 am-5pm; Thursday, 10 am-8pm; Friday-Sunday, 10 am-5pm
Or: The polygon gallery 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: Sorry

Singletree Winery Di Vine Domes

What: Singletree Winery in Abbotsford has two dazzling domes set up for comfortable wine tastings. The Di Vine Domes are open from Wednesday to Sunday and several packages are available. Each dome has a theme, guests choose whether they want to drink in the ambiance of an enchanted forest or a Canadian cabin. Guests will enjoy Fraser Valley cheese and hyper local dishes inside the domes accompanied by their wine.

When: from wednesday to sunday
Time: Various times
Or: 5782 Mount Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Reservations: In line

Skate Plaza at the shipyards

City of North Vancouver

What: The large covered outdoor square of the shipyards has been converted into a free ice rink for the season. The rink will be open for skating seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The area is approximately 12,000 square feet and is covered with a retractable roof. Skaters can bring their own skates or rent a pair of skates on site, although quantities are limited. Helmets and skating aids are free. Figure skating and hockey will not be permitted at the rink.

When: Every day until the end of the season
Time: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Or: The Shipyards Commons, North Vancouver
Admission: Free, skate rental is available at a cost of $ 7 (quantities are limited)

Grouse Mountain Christmas Summit

What: Grouse Mountain’s whimsical Peak of Christmas experience includes a beautiful light walk around Blue Grouse Lake, as well as outdoor ice skating with an incredible view of the 8,000 square foot Mountaintop Skating Pond. Other fan favorite events include breakfast with Santa and photos at Santa’s Workshop with a donation that will benefit BC Children’s Hospital.

This year, for the health and safety of those enjoying the Grouse Mountain Christmas Peak, proof of vaccination will be required for all guests born in 2009 or earlier. In addition, face masks will be mandatory at all resort facilities.

When: Now until January 3, 2022
Time: Various times
Or: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free with an annual Locals or Snow pass, a mountain entry ticket or a special family rate of $ 109 for two adults and two children.

Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo: the exhibition

What: Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo: the exhibition invites visitors to discover the 34 frescoes on the Vatican ceiling in close-up, life-size. According to the organizers, the frescoes were reproduced using “state-of-the-art technology from high-definition photos under exclusive license.”

Visitors will be able to see reproductions of works such as The creation of Adam and the Last judgement, down to each color and brush stroke. The exhibit will operate with limited capacity, scheduled entry, and in accordance with British Columbia public health guidelines.

When: Now until January 23, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Or: Vancouver East Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A, 999 Canada Place
Tickets: Starting at $ 12.60 (plus service charges), in line

Hidden wonders

What: Hidden Wonders is Shawn Farquhar’s next edition of Cabaret of Wonders, and the acclaimed magic show takes place at a secret location in downtown New Westminster. All shows will be performed in accordance with BC Health measures.

Shawn is a world champion in magic, starred on Ellen, cheated on the Las Vegas Penn & Teller headliners twice on Fool Us, and his magic has been featured on shows like Fringe, Shut Eye, and X -Files.

When: Different dates in January and February 2022
Time: Various sessions
Or: Secret place in New Westminster. Guests will receive an address and password
Tickets: In line

SuperFiller exhibition at the Lipont gallery

What: that of Jeff Wilson SuperFiller Series is now on display in Richmond and it’s a chance to get up close and personal with familiar snacks and treats. From Cool Ranch Doritos to White Rabbit Milk Candy, you’ll see a ton of familiar and colorful foods in a new way in this junk food gallery. The exhibit even looks a bit like a supermarket, with shelves full of bags of crisps and a shopping cart.

It’s free to pass to the Lipont Gallery in Richmond right next to Aberdeen Station and you can register online in advance.

When: Now until January 5, 2022
Time: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or: Place Lipont – 4211, chemin 3, Richmond
Cost: To free

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