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December 5 edition: the holliest jolliest bars and restaurants in town

Plus: Experimental music, a new country fest, and a free VSO show

Good morning, Vancouver!

It’s winter. You know what that means? Atmospheric river time.

Stay safe, stay dry, and do your best to keep going strong even as the long nights and lack of sunshine absolutely wrecks your mood. Have a hot drink and check out what the city has in store.


L’Rain on the transformative power of repetition

A red-cast photograph of a Black woman with medium-length blond hair, wearing a gold neklace and a suit jacket.

You might think an album titled I Killed Your Dog is capital-s Serious. But L’Rain shares the humour and joy in her experimental, enchanting third record.

Catch her surreal soundscapes live at The Pearl this Thursday!


Commentary: Decrim training for BC police highlights big gaps in our drug policy

A white RCMP officer stands at a counter with his back to the camera.

Long-time outreach workers Tyson Singh Kelsall and Liam Michaud explain how BC’s decriminalization has been set up to fail.


Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is putting on a free concert

Take in the majesty of the VSO for free at the Orpheum this January.

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Coast City Country festival announces inaugural lineup

Luke Bryan, a white man with a basebll cap and light stubble, plays guitar and sings on stage.

Yee-haw: there’s a new country festival coming to town in April, headlined by megastar Luke Bryan.

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Vancouver’s most festive bars and restaurants

A grand entrance way decked out with hug silvery Christmas tree, wintry flrl wreaths, and a snowy centrepiece.

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Food is My Teacher screening and panel at Food Stash Foundation | December 5 | 6:30pm 

Food Stash Foundation and Vancouver Food Runners host this documentary about the healing power of food. [$22.63]

AMPS II at Centennial Theatre | December 5 | 7pm 

The second Aspiring Musicians Performance Series at Centennial Theatre features alt-pop duo Velavox and jazz-rock singer Michelle Creber. [$20] 

VSA Student Christmas Art Show at VSA Studio | December 6 to 23 | 1pm-4pm 

A showcase of artwork from the youth art foundation’s young students, available to peruse or purchase. [$20]

Tales for Late Night Bonfires book launch at Massy Arts Society | December 6 | 6pm 

Author G.A. Grisenthwaite and host Molly Cross-Blanchard celebrate the new book.  [Free]

Writer in residence finale at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch | December 6 | 6:30pm 

Say farewell to 2023’s writer in residence Aren X. Tulchinsky with literature and drag. [Free] 

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

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