Whistler Film Festival
The feisty festival that could is bigger than ever in its 18th year. Programmers whittled down 1,000 submissions to 85 films—a selection that comprises 69 percent Canadian content and 46 percent female-directed films. On top of that, 14 awards totalling $146,500 in cash and prizes will be handed out. A festival that celebrates films more than stars, more than 1,000 industry executives are expected to descend on the snowy village to share intel, connect and deal, not to mention see great films.
(Whistler: Nov. 28-Dec. 2)
FUSE and Metamorphosis
Two happenings at the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend: Metamorphosis, an exhibition of works by Sonny Assu, Beau Dick, Lyse Lemieux, Marianne Nicolson and others who explore transformation and change opens, and on Friday, FUSE, the gallery’s popular late night party takes over the entire venue. It’s a prime time to experience ways musicians, DJs and performers respond to the exhibitions. Shows include the extraordinary Guo Pei: Couture Beyond as well as Dana Klaxon’s provocative Fringing the Cube.
(Vancouver: Nov. 23)
More art crawl? Bring it on! More than 40 local artists open their studios to the public—but that’s not all. As you drift through the spaces, dancers and musicians will perform, and the Art Jam invites all to be creative.
(Vancouver: Nov. 24)
East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz
It’s back! East Van Panto returns to the York Theatre for the sixth year, and this time, the prolific, provocative and award-winning playwright Marcus Youssef joins Theatre Replacement’s creative team for a twisted, locally relevant spin of Wizard of Oz. From the press release: “Poor Dorothy! When a pipeline bursts, Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical Land of Oz – Nanaimo and Hastings. There, Dorothy embarks on a magical journey to the World’s Greenest City in search of brains, heart, courage…and yoga pants!” (Vancouver: Nov. 28-Jan. 6)
Pacific Arts Market
One of the BC Alliance’s newest members, Pacific Arts Market, has taken over the second floor space at 1448 W. Broadway, and the grand opening party for the one-stop-shop for locally made arts and crafts offers a chance to mingle with some 20 participating artists and to enjoy drinks and snacks.
(Vancouver: Dec. 1)
City Drinks at Seaforth Armoury
Leave it to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation to host its annual fundraising event in one of the city’s coolest buildings: the historic Seaforth Armoury. Inside the Scottish Baronial style barracks, completed in 1936, guests will enjoy music, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.
(Vancouver: Nov. 22)