January 18 edition: A real Canadian winter

Plus: Canucks, comics, and chef Matty Matheson

Hey there.

I spoke to someone yesterday about snow days. She said they feel surreal—how the world’s a little softer around the edges. It’s like living in a little glistening bubble. 

I asked how she was holding up. “Oh, I’m actually in Mexico,” she said. 

If any of you are reading this from Mexico—I hope you’re having a lovely time. You probably don’t want to come home just yet.

— V.
Associate Editor

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Vancouver drag queen Venus becomes first Indigenous winner of Canada’s Drag Race

The local drag superstar on what it means to be crowned the new Queen of the North.


The Canucks are the NHL’s best team. It’s time to thank Jim Benning.

He might have been fired 13 months ago, but the Canucks’ former GM laid the groundwork for the team’s current top-of-the-league success.


John Vaillant: Fire Weather

Join author John Vaillant on January 31 as he discusses his latest book, Fire Weather, the winner of the 2023 Baillie Gifford Prize.

Through the lens of this apocalyptic conflagration—the wildfire equivalent of Hurricane Katrina—John Vaillant warns that this was not a unique event but a shocking preview of what we must prepare for in a hotter, more flammable world. Fire Weather is an urgent work for our new century of fire, which has only just begun.

Presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and moderated by Am Johal, the event will be followed by a reception and book signing.



Meet the improv teams coming to THE HEAT

Six troupes from four countries are teaming up for Vancouver’s inaugural improv festival.

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David Guetta announces first Lower Mainland stop since 2012

A white man in a plaid shirt stands in front of an electronic green and pink background.

Come on, Guetta, don’t make me wait.


Dance, disease, revolution: The Dance Centre and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival present Tangaj Collective in Ramanenjana

Tibetan spiritual singer Yungchen Lhamo enchants with a trio, January 25.

Grammy-nominated Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz perform jazz and pop classics with CapU Jazz Ensembles, February 2.

UK’s Justin Adams (Robert Plant and Tinawiren) and Italy’s Mauro Durante (Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino) perform mesmerizing worldbeat and blues, February 28.

Soul dynamo Dawn Pemberton grooves with CapU ensemble Kenté, March 1.


Matty Matheson makes Canadian chefs proud at the Emmys

Matty Matheson holds up an Emmy at an awards show, with cast members of The Bear behind him, all dressed in black tie attire.

Canadian food staple and The Bear co-producer Matty Matheson stole the show at the Emmys.


FAN EXPO Vancouver is back February 17-19

Head to the Vancouver Convention Centre from February 17-19 for FAN EXPO Vancouver, an epic fandom celebration. You can stars like Joseph Quinn, Elijah Wood, and Charlie Cox while you enjoy endless fandom shopping, join in on panels, snap amazing cosplay pics, and more. 


Please note that events may not be going ahead as planned due to the weather. Check Instagram profiles and websites for the latest information on specific events.

PERFORMING ARTS: PuSh Festival kicks off in earnest. (Jan. 18 to Feb. 4)

COMEDY: It’s YamJam: a jam session, but for improv. (Jan. 19 @ Slice of Life Gallery)

MUSIC: Hometown rising star Kylie V brings the cool. (Jan 19 @ The Pearl)

THEATRE: Comedy. Nostalgia for the ‘90s. Striptease. It’s time for Seinfeld Burlesque. (Jan. 19 @ Rio Theatre)

VISUAL ART: A massive George Clutesi retrospective ḥašaḥʔap / ʔaapḥii / ʕc̓ik / ḥaaʔaksuqƛ / ʔiiḥmisʔap opens. (Jan. 20 to Jan. 19, 2025 @ Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art)

FILM: Clara Law’s Drifting Petals has its North American premiere. (Jan. 20 @ Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema)

VISUAL ART: Thifted finds for sale at An Art Show Of Questionable Art. (Jan. 20 to 21 @ Stump Monster House)

HISTORY: Glenn Tkach unravels the hidden history of BC in The Queer Frontier. (Jan. 21 @ The Junction)

MUSIC: IndigiDivas in Concert brings storytelling and operatic hits, along with a 40-piece chamber orchestra. (Jan. 21 @ Orpheum Theatre)

Want to know what else is happening in Vancouver? Check out our events listings.

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