Due to the current restrictions on events, I have modified this post to be a list of local things to do:
Lights are on during the day. Experience Capilano Suspension Bridge with the festive lights on during these shorter winter days.
Ski, board, Tube, snowshoe! Tubing is open Wednesday to Sunday.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Note: Grouse opens for the 20/21 ski season as of Friday November 20th.
In line with Grouse Mountain’s PureClean Commitment to health and safety, skiers and riders can expect a number of new protocols in place for the winter season. Advance Skyride reservations are required for all access to and from the Mountain. Advance online ticket purchase is recommended to reduce lineups and interaction. Capacity on the Skyride is also reduced.
Face coverings are required inside all Resort facilities as well as in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained including while queuing, loading and riding on the Skyride and chairlifts. Individual chairs will be limited to families or household groups who are riding together.
In addition, physical distancing measures are in place throughout the Resort. Hand sanitizer stations are available to guests and increased sanitization and scheduled cleanings are being conducted in all areas of the Resort.
You can purchase Lift Tickets or access your Digital Pass. You can also visit grousemountain.com or call our Snowphone at 604.986.6262.
Online and In-person classes for ages 2-22
There are so many fantastic programs for kids including virtual offerings, such as online writing classes and creative dance. They will also be holding in person classes, with strict safety measures in place. These include: creative drama classes, parent & me visual art classes and creative dance. Most of these classes are directed to their youngest students (2-6). Browse the schedule and register via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Student Services team during business hours at: 604-681-5268 | Granville Island or 604-535-1127 | Surrey
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents the Western Canadian premiere of Indigenous History in Colour from February 3–May 9, 2021. This solo exhibition by Luke Parnell is a powerful exploration of the relationship between Northwest Coast Indigenous oral histories, conceptual art, and traditional formline design. Indigenous History in Colour’s multidisciplinary analysis of the shifting perspectives of Northwest Coast art in modern history challenges contemporary discourse on notions of reconciliation and representation today.
“Indigenous History in Colour invites audiences to engage with the vibrant and dynamic qualities of Indigenous art, while also looking beyond the surface of popularized perspectives,” says Beth Carter, curator of the Bill Reid Gallery. “Inspired by oral traditions, history, pop culture, and Bill Reid, Parnell’s playful juxtapositions and bold commentary shine a spotlight on the work still needed to bring about authentic reconciliation for Indigenous peoples.”
A virtual opening celebration, featuring Parnell and Carter in conversation, will be hosted via Facebook Live on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6pm PST. For full details, visit billreidgallery.ca.
Tickets on Sale and Pre-Registration for ALL Events on January 15. Running February 20-25, 2021. With a special Prologue event with Yosef Wosk on February 11. Online and at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
Tickets: Most Events are Pay-What-You-Can / Gold Pass $90 for All Feb 20 25 Events Tickets and Info
NEW: COVID COMPASSION PRICING
The COVID Compassion Pricing will range from $15 to $35 for all performances. If patrons can afford a $35 ticket, they can choose to pay that; if $15 is more financially feasible, patrons can choose that ticket price or any other amount up to $35. Performances at the Firehall Arts Centre take place Tuesdays to Sundays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm. The matinee performances on Wednesdays at 1:00pm will remain a Pay-What-You-Will admission. Available online at firehallartscentre.ca or by phone at 604.689.0926
Looking for something fun to do with the kids while stuck at home over the holidays? Get up to snow good with Science World’s Winter Activity Pack! Catch the magic of the auroras with citizen scientists, travel across the tundra with a celebration of polar bears and create your very own winter decorations all from the comfort of your home. Donations go to support Science World, a non-profit organization.
As a part of your pack, you’ll be able to:
- Watch the Science Theatre at home. Chasing Steve is a documentary about a group of unwitting Alberta aurora chasers who discover a new phenomenon in the night sky and name it. Get the popcorn ready and use the password Aurora to stream this Science Theatre show at home.
- Revel in some at-home experiments. Enjoy some fun-filled winter-themed activities with household ingredients including:
- The science of light helps to keep you extra-visible on dark Canadian winter nights – learn how to Identify the difference between visible and invisible and much more.
- Ice Cube Towers. Create chilly architecture and investigate how liquids and solids interact.
- Grow Your Own Crystals. Try “planting” this overnight garden.
- Musical Bottles. Check out how the speed of vibrations affects pitch in this musical experiment.
- Watch the Polar Bear Cam. A virtual Tundra Buggy trip in Churchill, Canada to see polar bears as they wait for winter sea ice to form on Hudson Bay. Courtesy of our friends at Polar Bears International.
- Make some Bird-tastic Winter Decorations. Printable ornaments featuring our favourite local feathery friends.
- Go on Virtual Arctic Field Trips. Watch the sun set on the Arctic Henge located in one of Iceland’s most remote northern villages, watch snow coverage from space and check out the glittering glaciers and steep-walled fiords of the Auyuittuq National Park.
Imagine Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience – March 19 – May 9, 2021
A spectacular and immersive exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, will take viewers on a unique journey inside the artist’s paintings.
Imagine Van Gogh, is an exhibition where one can admire The Starry Night, Irises and Sunflowers, or be drawn into the intimacy of his Bedroom in Arles.
An experience that brings viewers to the heart of its images, Imagine Van Gogh is accompanied by the music of the great composers Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes and Satie.
Open Daily 9am – Midnight
Reserve your tickets online to walk around the gardens. Public art and other classes are available throughout the year. Check out their website for current events and classes.
UPROOTED (you tube video) is a digitally adapted theatre production that stems from conversations with over
one hundred diverse youth who are anxious about climate change. What was to be presented live in May 2020, this
production has been re-staged and filmed at the York Theatre due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Written by youth
with professional playwright Valerie Methot, and produced by a team of youth and professionals across Canada,
UPROOTED strengthens response to climate change and promotes mental health management.
Three friends on an annual camping trip must suddenly face a threat to the BC forest they love. Will they take a
stand for future generations and protect what they view as sacred? Watch UPROOTED now
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has renewed their popular TD All-Access Pass program that allows full-time Secondary and Post-Secondary students to subscribe to TheConcertHall.ca for half-price.
A full year of access to the VSO’s performances, will now cost a student only $64.99 + taxes. There are other subscriptions that provide access for different periods of time. For more information on subscriptions, visit theconcerthall.ca/pricing.
To register for the TD All-Access Pass, all students need to do is fill out a form and within 48 hours, once the Customer Service team verifies their full-time student status, a coupon code will be emailed to them.
- The Music Room is a new virtual education space hosted in the TheConcertHall.ca, presented by TELUS
- Families and Educators are invited to discover symphonic music geared to youth, curated education materials, and get backstage access to learn directly from the VSO’s musicians and maestros
- Families can subscribe for just $59.99 for the full season
- Educators can subscribe at the classroom, school or district level
A MONTH OF MOZART AT THE VSO
The VSO celebrates the New Year and Mozart’s birthday with a Month of Mozart! The virtual mini-festival on TheConcertHall.ca features Mozart’s first and last symphonies, the Gran Partita for wind ensemble, as well as music influenced by Mozart from Mahler, Alfred Schnittke, Friedrich Gulda, and former VSO Composer-In-Residence Jocelyn Morlock.
“Mozart always lifts the spirits,” comments Maestro Otto Tausk, “As we head into another year of turbulence, but with hope on the horizon, nothing seems more appropriate than to celebrate Mozart and his impact on our musical world. This music brought much joy to me and the musicians of the VSO as we recorded it. I hope you will share in this emotion as we dive into a new year.”
Mo-Zart! – Release date January 17
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Mozart: Gran Partita, the Serenade No. 10 for winds in B-flat major, is notable for its beauty as well as its key appearance in the film Amadeus. Scored for 12 winds and string bass, the work highlights the orchestra’s clarinets and their big brothers the basset horns, in music that is richly textured, intricate and playful. Listen for contributions by the VSO’s Jeannette Jonquil (principal clarinet), Roger Cole (principal oboe), Michelle Goddard (basset horn), Julia Lockhart (principal bassoon), Olivier de Clercq (principal horn), and their colleagues.
Also on the program is Zart (2006) by former VSO Composer-In-Residence Jocelyn Morlock. The work is inspired by the sweeter side of Mozart, The Magic Flute in particular.
A Tale of Two Mozarts – Release date Jan 22
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One of history’s greatest prodigies, Mozart wrote his first sonata at the age of five and his first symphony at the age of eight. This program contrasts Mozart’s astonishing 1st Symphony with his last and greatest symphonic achievement, the Symphony No. 41, or “Jupiter” Symphony. Composed just three years before the composer’s tragic, early death at 35, the “Jupiter” is among the most transcendent music ever written, featuring a melody which echoes back to the 1st symphony.
Viennese Reflections – Release date Jan 29
Viennese jazz/classical composer-pianist Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000) was renowned for his interpretations of Mozart. Echoes of that genius can be heard in his Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra (1988), a surprising and dazzling collage of lyrical tunes and frenetic dances. The performance features the VSO’s newly appointed principal cellist Henry Shapard. At just 21, Shapard is the youngest musician to hold this position with a major orchestra in North America.
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) adored Mozart and, as a conductor, was in large part responsible for the revival of his music on opera and concert stages. The gorgeous Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, scored for harp and string ensemble, was a declaration of love to his wife Alma.
Finally, the great Russian postmodernist Alfred Schnittke dissects Mozart and his mentor Haydn in Moz-Art à la Haydn (1977), a clever and virtuosic piece of musical theatre. The work features musical quotations played by two violins, highlighting VSO Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster Nicholas Wright and Timothy Steeves.
Special Event: Otto Tausk & Rodney Sharman in conversation – Thursday, Jan 21, 2pm
A conversation about Mozart, with Maestro Otto Tausk and former VSO Composer-In-Residence Rodney Sharman. Sharman has spent significant time studying the works of Mozart, extending the master’s works into new compositions, and even uncovering the original notes Mozart wrote for his first symphony – before his father Leopold made a few “corrections.”
HOW TO WATCH
All performances available for streaming in TheConcertHall.ca, the virtual home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
30-day passes for a Month of Mozart are available for only $15.99 CAD. Includes access to all previously released concerts as well as new releases.