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26 Things To Do in Vancouver this February

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Ah, February, short but sweet. Also maybe a little cold. And dreary. Doesn’t mean you can’t have fun though, right? We rounded up the best things to do this month, from concerts to film screenings to festivals.

First up, concerts!

Arkells with Lord Huron

This band from Hamilton, Ontario has been cooking up some pretty darn good alt-rock for over a decade now. They’ve got Lord Huron opening up for them as well, making for a great one-two punch of an evening.

When: Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 PM
Where: Pacific Coliseum
Tickets: Starting at $54.95 with tax, get them here

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Ready to start working on your night moves? You better be, because the legendary Bob Seger is coming to Rogers Arena. The guy (and his band) is a bonafide rock god, so do not try to take your date to a disco, you won’t even get them on the floor. You know them- all they want is some old time rock n’ roll.

When: Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 PM
Where: Rogers Arena
Tickets: Starting at $96.35 with tax, get them here

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y- The 2009 Tour

Coming to the Commodore Ballroom (a way more intimate setting than Rogers Arena), Wiz and Curren$y are sure to bring great energy and chemistry. Everyone knows about Wiz (rightfully so), but Curren$y is a rapper’s rapper, he was an original member of Young Money, and has collaborated with every, from Future to Mos Def.

When: Saturday, February 9 at 8 PM
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Tickets: Starting at $138.04 with tax, get them here

Justin Timberlake- Man of the Woods Tour

After taking time off to recover from bruised vocal cords, JT is back for a rescheduled double-header concert at Rogers Arena. His latest album infuses just a little country-twang with classic pop Justin and works surprisingly well. Please JT, feel the full pull and do a cover of Rocky Mountain High, you know you want to.

When: Thursday and Friday, February 14/15 at 7:30 PM
Where: Rogers Arena
Tickets: Starting at $66.65 with tax, here’s a link for Thursday and Friday

Snoop Dogg & Friends

No, the friends’ portion is not Nardwuar on stage (although I’m sure we can expect a great interview). Instead, Snoop is bringing rap legends Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Kurupt, as well as longtime collaborator Warren G and Oakland OGs Luniz. Basically, it is a who’s who of 90s rap, and we can’t think of a rapper we would want to support more than Snoop, the guy is a treasure.

When: Friday, February 22 at 8 PM
Where: Rogers Arena
Tickets: Starting $113.05 with tax, get them here

Joji

Can you believe it’s been 7 years since the Harlem Shake came out? Can you believe that a guy dancing in a pink bodysuit would become one of the leading figures in R&B? And help build an entire wave of global appreciation for Asian artists as part of 88rising? This is definitely the weirdest timeline, and we’re loving every second of it.

When: Friday, February 22 at 7 PM
Where: Fortune Sound Club
Tickets: Available on StubHub for around $130, get them here (or wait a year before he comes back in a bigger venue)

Next up, Sports!

Super Bowl LIII at Parq Vancouver

You can watch the Super Bowl anywhere and it’ll be a great time, but if you feel like going big you might as well head to Parq. They’re turning basically every bar/restaurant in the place into a viewing party. Pair that with drink and food specials and draws for cash/prizes throughout the day, and you’ve got a winning combo. Heck, bet your friends $20 on who’s taking it home then take your cash to the blackjack table after.

When: Sunday, February 3, 12PM-9PM
Where: Parq Vancouver
Cost: Free to $39.95 depending on the deal, check it out here

WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania

Uhhh, maybe this will be fun? We’ve got no idea. On the one hand, it is pure entertainment and is fairly athletic. On the other hand, professional wrestling reminds us of that hyper 12-year-old down the street who owned all WWE gear and played the games religiously on their PS2. So it’s a toss-up, really.

When: Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 PM
Where: Rogers Arena
Tickets: Starting at $61 with tax, get them here

Craving a little festival or convention action? We got you.

Just for Laughs Northwest Comedy Festival

Just for Laughs returns mid-February for its second year in Vancouver. For 10 days, the city will be full of comedians and performers that can, at the very least, put a smile on your face. Our top 3 from this year’s lineup are Fred Armisen, Ken Jeong, and Reggie Watts.

When: February 14 to February 23
Where: Throughout the city
Tickets: Prices vary, but you can get a 3-Show Pass for $85 plus tax here

Sneaker Con

We’ve previously written about Sneaker Con, but in a nutshell, it’s a convention for buying and selling popular or rare sneakers.

When: Saturday, February 9, 12PM-7PM
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
Tickets: $28.55 with tax, get them here

Vancouver Comic and Toy Show

Now in its 16th year, the comic and toy show has moved to the PNE Forum for an even bigger experience. There’s going to be guest speakers, food trucks, door prizes, and over 200 vendors. Perfect for your friend that likes Deadpool, but really encourages you to read the graphic novel.

When: Sunday, February 24
Where: PNE Forum
Tickets: GA is $12, kids under 13 are free!

Winter Jazz Festival

Located on Granville Island and put on by Coastal Jazz, the Winter Jazz Fest is 3 days of free concerts. Vancouver’s jazz scene is pretty darn lively, so this is as good an opportunity as any to dip your feet in. grab a donut from Lee’s, hit Granville Island Brewery, and listen to some amazing musicians.

When: Friday, February 22 to Sunday, February 24
Where: Granville Island
Tickets: Free!

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

Spanning a whopping 10 days at the end of February, the VIMFF is a celebration of all things outdoors. There will be guest talks, workshops and a whole boatload of movies, ranging from climbing to skiing to adventure and more,

When: Friday, February 22 to Wednesday, March 3
Where: Theatres around the city
Tickets: $17-$40 depending on the event

Taboo Show

This convention is also a toy show if you catch our drift. Vancouver is a progressive city, and we would be remiss if we didn’t showcase the largest adult retail convention in Canada. There will be live entertainment, seminars and door prizes, so if you’re feeling adventurous go check it out.

When: Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 10
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East
Tickets: $20 cash at the door

Itching to see a great movie? Here are our top picks for the month.

Roma

This film has received 10 Academy Awards nominations and won two Golden Globes as well as four Critics’ Choice Awards. Set in Mexico City between 1970-71, the film follows the life of a live-in housekeeper to a middle-class family. While the film is available on Netflix, it’s always better to check it out in theatres.

When: Showtimes throughout February
Where: Vancity Theatre
Tickets: $11

Seven Samurai

A masterwork from master director Akira Kurosawa, this 1954 film has been called the best non-English film of all time. It’s always probably the best war film of all time too. Set in 16th century feudal Japan, the film follows seven samurai (surprise!) as they defend a village against bandits.

When: Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 7 PM
Where: The Cinematheque
Tickets: $19, get them here

Rafiki

Disclaimer: We at Curiocity recognize the relative complexity and historicity of Black History Month, and simply want to present that which champions Black social realities in all their manifestations.

In celebration of Black History Month, VanCity Theatre is putting on a variety of films that focus on Black social reality and culture, so we picked our top 3. Rafiki is a Kenyan film about a lesbian relationship in Nairobi. By North American standards this is now pretty tame (20 years ago? Not so much), but homosexuality is a criminal offence in Kenya, and the film was banned there for its positive portrayal of queer love.

When: Monday, February 4 at 6:30 PM
Where: VanCity Theatre
Tickets: $13, but you can get a 3-show pass for $30 here

Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed

Shirley Chisholm was the first Black Congresswoman in America and was the first female to run as the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. To quote Chisholm, “I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and equally proud of that […] I am the candidate of the people of America.” You know what, we’re just going to link her entire speech on Youtube here.

When: Monday, February 25 at 6:30 PM
Where: VanCity Theatre
Tickets: $13

BlackKklansman

We don’t care that Spike Lee was a little heavy-handed in his latest film, BlackKklansman brought the rawness of art house cinema to the big screen in a way that is funny and heartfelt. Until you get to the last 5 or so minutes, and the entire point of the film changes.

When: Monday, February 25 at 8:10 PM
Where: VanCity Theatre
Tickets: $13

Feeling artistic? Here are a couple of exhibitions opening in February.

A Handful of Dust

Showcasing photography over the past 100 years, A Handful of Dust focuses on, unsurprisingly, dust. Obviously, there’s a little more nuance than that, and there are over 20 artists being represented, from Man Ray to Georges Bataille to Bruce Nauman.

When: February 8 to April 28
Where: The Polygon Gallery
Tickets: By donation!

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse

Looking at a century of French modernism (1850-1950), this exhibition will feature 60 different pieces that run the gamut of French art genres. Artists include Degas, Rodin, Cézanne among others, and is a perfect way to explore how the modern Western art canon developed.

When: February 16 to May 20
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
Tickets: $24 for GA, get them here

Lastly, here are a few miscellaneous activities that you won’t want to miss.

46th Annual Chinatown Spring Parade

We’ve written a full guide for the Chinese New Year, and this is our top pick. This historic parade will transform Chinatown and attracts around 100,000 viewers each year. The website describes it as a ‘cultural extravaganza’, and we’re inclined to agree with it.

When: Sunday, February 10 at 11 AM
Where: All around Chinatown, check the map here

Michael Landsberg- Darkness & Hope: Depression, Sport & Me

One of the biggest names in Canadian broadcasting, Michale Landsberg has been a proponent of mental health awareness for quite some time. This talk will emphasize the importance of overcoming the stigma of mental health as some sort of weakness. With 1 in 5 Canadians affected by mental health issues, now is as timely as ever for people like Landsberg to speak up.

When: Wednesday, February 13 at 7 PM
Where: Congregation Beth Israel, 989 West 28th Avenue
Tickets: $10, get them here

Valentine’s Day After Hours at the Aquarium

This is probably the most memorable After Hours of the year. It’s Valentine’s themed and adults only and will feature drinks, a lewd puppet show, and various talks about ocean mating rituals.

When: February 14, 6-11PM
Where: The Vancouver Aquarium
Tickets: $35 per person, get them here

That’s it from us Vancouver, hope your February is a fun one!

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