December 28 edition: Our absolute favourites from 2023

Plus: win $150 from Bar Susu!

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2023 in review

Two actresses in the 2023 film Bottoms

It wasn’t all bad! From timeless TV to awe-inspiring albums, we count down some of our straight-up favourites that have brought joy to our lives this year.


Outdoor ice skating rinks to check out this season

A person wearing red gloves ties up a pair of white skates on an outdoor ice rink

Looking for an affordable, wholesome winter activity? Metro Vancouver has some great outdoor skating rinks that offer unbridled fun—no matter how old you are.

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Choreographer Rakesh Sukesh takes a multi-layered look at racism

Rakesh Sukesh in movement for i love the diversity

In “i love the diversity”, Rakesh Sukesh combines dance, speech, text, and music to ask tough questions about identity and bias.

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Why is mainstream music suddenly so sad?

The three members of supergroup boygenius stand in a row looking off to the side

Gen Z loves sad music—really, deeply loves it. Our resident 20-something representative Angela Vannatter explores why.

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Happy New Year from the Saint James Music Academy!

The Saint James Music Academy is a free after school music program for children in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. We make music lessons accessible to families who otherwise wouldn't have access to it. Please consider making a year end gift and giving a student music education in 2024. Happy New Year!


BC beer and wine for your New Year’s Eve celebration

Five friends cheers their glasses of beerr

Why not ring in 2024 by sipping (and supporting) local? Here are some ideas.


Cool Fun Holiday Break Show @ ANZA Club | Dec 30 | 8:30pm

Cool Fun’s Pro Stand-up Comedy Showcase features headliner Damonde Tschritter. [$15] 

Alaska @ Vogue Theatre | Dec 29 | 7pm

The American drag queen and recording artist brings wintery, campy magic to our fair city. [$35+]

FLØVER / Weak Knees / Isobel / Twinn @ The Pearl | Dec 30 | 8pm

A night of independent rock and pop to send off 2023 in style. [$20]

2023 & Me @ The Improv Centre | To Dec 30 | 7:30pm

Share what made this year unique, fantastic, or a total bust and watch The Improv Centre recreate your experiences. [$28+]

Gigantic! The 90s NYE Party @ Heritage Hall | Dec 31 | 8pm

Dance to the best hits of the ‘90s with themed drinks, DJs, and snacks. [$40+]

The evening will feature drag performances from some fabulous local talent, hosted by Vancouver’s own Dislexia. [$15]

New Year’s Eve Skate Party @ Rolla Skate Club | Dec 31 | 9pm

Expect great music, a lively atmosphere, and a chance to show off your skating skills.

Want to know what else is happening in Vancouver? Check out our Events Listings.

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