November 30 edition: Selling out City Hall

Plus: New West wants to give you $5k

You might remember a reader survey we ran a few weeks ago. If not—welcome, new friend! 

We went over the data and pulled out some of the best quotes, which can be found here. People didn’t pull any punches with what they loved—and loathed—about us. A personal favourite: “A little more intellectual, please. You’re trying too hard to be witty too often.” 

On one hand, we could use multi-syllable words and high-falutin’ verbiage to prove our mental prowess via the medium of hand-typed digital communique. On the other hand… we could have fun.

And if you were wondering about last week’s GLOW Langley ticket contest—we’ve contacted the winner! But keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways in the future.


Commentary: Renting City Hall to Rolling Stones promoters is peak Sim City cringe

A proection of the Rolling Stones' tongue-out logo appears on the side of Vancouver City Hall in the dark.

No taxpayer money was spent on projecting the Rolling Stones logo onto the side of City Hall. Rather, the promoter paid for the privilege. Here’s why thats actually worse.


Commentary: BC’s new transit-oriented development plan is a win for us all

A view of Main Street SkyTrain tracks, with Science World in the background

BC’s new plan to increase density near transit could lead to more rental homes near SkyTrain stations and bus interchanges—which, Helen Lui argues, is only a good thing.


Mixed Nuts: A Holiday favourite returns!

Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s Mixed Nuts, a holiday family favourite, returns to the Vancouver Playhouse December 15-17.

A modern and engaging twist on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Mixed Nuts brings an assortment of dance styles together for an extra-special holiday treat.

Click here for tickets.

Arts Umbrella Dance Company, led by Artistic Director Artemis Gordon, is Arts Umbrella’s pre-professional repertory company. The company performs innovative works by leading choreographers in its season, which includes Mixed Nuts, Midseason (performed annually in March), and Season Finale (performed annually in May).

AUDC’s performances, along with rigorous technical training, prepares dancers for post-secondary education and/or a career in dance. Graduates can be found dancing in companies around the world, including Kidd Pivot, Ballet BC, Nederlands Dans Theater II, and more.


Gateway Theatre brings a feminist spin to Cinderella

A womn in a silvery dress stands on steps, with a man in princely white attire below her holding her hand.

Gateway Theatre’s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Cinderella puts our heroine in charge of her own destiny.

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Brothers Osborne’s only Canadian tour date is on the West Coast

A black and white photo shows two men, one in a leather jacket and one with a long beard and cowboy hat, looking into the camera

Grammy-winning duo John and TJ Osborne bring their Might As Well Be Us tour to Abbotsford next spring.

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The Dance Centre presents Montreal powerhouse Ebnflōh, December 7-9

Montreal hip hop dance innovator Ebnflōh’s La Probabilité du Néant (The Probability of Nothingness) is an intense and exciting ensemble work which examines the role of the witness through electrifying dance, music and film.

Three shows only, at Scotiabank Dance Centre: get your tickets here.


Smitty’s Oyster House is offering shucking classes

A pile of oystery shells, topped with herbs and lemon wedges

Smitty’s is running three nights of exclusive shucking workshops, in case you want to Go Shuck Yourself.


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Helen Knott, author of Becoming a Matriarch, speaks to author and journalist Angela Sterritt in a webinar. [Free]

Found Footage Fest: Vol 10 at the Rio Theatre | December 1 | 8pm 

Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Colbert Report) return to the Rio Theatre for the latest edition of their weird and wonderful found footage festival. [$30]

The Vancouver International Black Film Festival at Vancity Theatre | December 1 to 3 | 7pm 

The third edition of the film fest celebrates cultural diversity and creative excellence. Multi-ticket passes available. [$12+]  

Do I Hear a Waltz? at Pal Studio Theatre | December 1 to 3 | Various times

A touching bittersweet musical set in 1960s Venice, written by musical maestros Rodgers, Sondheim, and Laurents. [$30+]

Krampusmarkt at Strange Fellows Brewing | December 1 to 3 | Various times 

This Old World-inspired winter market brings some merry lightness and goodwill to the darkest days of the year. [$5]

Baking Time at Presentation House Theatre | December 1 to 17 | Various times

Bring the little ones in your life to this comedic bread-based family theatre show. [$17+]

The Gingerbread Men: A Holiday Cabaret at BMO Theatre Centre | December 1 to 17 | Various times 

With their signature golly-gee charm, toe-tapping tunes, and buttery-smooth harmonies, these crooners are the recipe for a good time. [$39+]

Reflections on Crooked Walking at Firehall Arts Centre | December 2 to 24 | Various times 

The Juno-nominated musical follows four people who find themselves the only ones left awake surrounded by sleeping townspeople. [$30+]

Early Music Vancouver’s A Baroque Christmas at ACT Arts Centre | December 3 | 3pm 

Some of the most beautiful Baroque-era works are reserved for the holidays, and are performed here with era-appropriate instruments. [$32+]

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