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January might mean that we’re deep into winter in Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean our calendar is any less full. The city’s galleries and restaurants are bustling, local stores are offering great deals, and the mountains are primed for outdoor adventures. So throw on an extra layer, grab an umbrella, and head out to enjoy one of the many cultural events happening around Vancouver this January.

Keeping the Song Alive at Bill Reid Gallery
First Friday of Each Month
As the only public gallery in the country dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Northwest Coast Art, the Bill Reid Gallery is a respected destination for exploring the cultures of the Coast’s historic Peoples. An acclaimed artist, writer, broadcaster and mentor, Bill Reid was pivotal in building bridges between Indigenous communities and others. There are two shows currently running: Keeping the Song Alive (a look at music’s role in cultural knowledge and ceremonial life) and True to Place: stímetstexw tel xélte (the works of 10 Indigenous painters exploring the boundaries of historical and contemporary aspects of place).

The Sunday Service 
Every Sunday
Each Sunday night at the Fox Cabaret in Mount Pleasant, you’ll find The Sunday Service serving up deliciously funny improv and storytelling. It’s casual, it’s fun, and it’s a mere 20 bucks. You never know who might pop in to play around with them; just a few weeks ago, comedic royalty (and star of Better Call Saul) Bob Odenkirk spontaneously joined the troupe on stage.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival
January 20 – February 5
With a handful of Michelin stars being scattered around the city for the first time recently, dining in Vancouver is an exciting proposition right now! While the food and drink scene is dynamic and colourful throughout the year, the perennially-popular Dine Out Vancouver Festival takes things to another level. This year, more than 300 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, and suppliers are coming together for culinary adventures that range from special menus priced between $20 and $65, to a Chinatown dumpling masterclass, a food truck festival, and beyond.

Frozen In Concert 
January 21 & 22
Torn between taking the kids to a family-friendly movie, or a richer live music experience? Why not combine both (and put yourself in solid running for a Parent of the Year award), by nabbing tickets to a screening of Frozen with accompaniment by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra? Conductor Nicholas Buc will lead the orchestra through the flick’s Academy Award-winning score while the movie is presented on the big screen above. Set aside extra time for a little wander around the 90-year-old Orpheum theatre, where the stage has hosted everyone from Fred Astaire to Erykah Badu.

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Photo Credits
Feature Image: Vancouver Skyline: Adita Chinchure on Unsplash
Bill Reid: via Bill Reid
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Sunday Service: via Sunday Service Instagram Account
Dine Out Vancouver Festival: via Destination Vancouver
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Frozen: via Frozen Official Website