January 9 edition: The Big Freeze is coming

Plus: Vancouver’s top doughnuts

Hey there. Did you hear it’s going to be absolutely freezing this week? Of course you did, -10 degrees is big news!

If you’ve got to go out, wrap up warm, allow plenty of time on the roads, and stick a baked potato in your pocket to keep your hands toasty. If you’ve got the means, donate to winter gear drives, too.

And if it’s still miserable this weekend—at least the Hot Chocolate Festival is back.

— V.
Associate Editor


Every Metro Vancouver SkyTrain station, ranked

A photo of the SkyTrain travelling down North Arm Bridge

A ranking for everyone who’s ever got lost in Shops at New West while trying to catch a train.


Commentary: It only costs $500 to advertise on Vancouver City Hall. Who’s up next?

A photo of Vancover City Hall in the evening. The clock face is glowing right red, as is a projected logo of the Rolling Stones' big lips.

It’s cheaper to get your logo on Vancouver City Hall than it is to get an influencer to pretend to love your home-delivery meal kit.

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Clinical excellence, caring, and fun in the heart of East Van

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Inside the public art project offering free wi-fi in East Van

Two people look at a mobile phone in a park.

Stolon Mesh, a new decentralized wi-fi network, puts participatory art into practice.

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On Our Radar: Fearbirds’ unrelenting “Pulled Down the Hill by Dogs”

Four men with tattoos pose in front of a metal bridge

Underneath the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, the local scene vets get some canine companionship.

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The Dine Around Victoria Gala Returns!

Save the date! The Dine Around and Stay in Town Gala returns January 25th, 2024 to kick off this Victoria celebration’s tasty 20th anniversary. Over 50 local eateries will prepare bite-sized samples of what’s to come in the 17-Day Dine Around program, running from January 26th to February 11th, 2024.


The 10 best doughnut places in Metro Vancouver

An array of shapes, colours, and textures of donuts are arranged atop a white wooden surface.

What makes a perfect doughnut? A group of friends spent countless hours finding out.


FILM: Shoplifters director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns with the layered masterpiece Monster. (Jan. 9 and 11 @ VIFF Centre)

ART: North Shore artists present works from 2024’s You Are Here calendar. (Jan. 10 to Feb. 4 @ Silk Purse Arts Centre)

MUSIC: Waterfront Station and Always… Patsy Cline lead Colleen Rae Lornie join forces for a First Impression Theatre fundraiser. (Jan. 10, 7:30pm @ Deep Cove Shaw Theatre)

ART: West Van art instructors show off their work in Staying Curious. (Jan. 11 to Feb. 4 @ Ferry Building Gallery)

FUNDRAISER: KPU’s New Moon Gala includes a silent auction to raise money for Indigenous scholarships. (Jan. 11, 5pm @ KPU Surrey)

BOOKS: Authors Y-Dang Troeung and Carmen Aguirre read excerpts from their revolutionary refugee memoirs. (Jan. 11, 6:30pm @ Museum of Vancouver)

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

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