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Things to Do in Vancouver – January 2024

January 1, 2024 |
Wendy Underwood
Photo of The Burrard's courtyard by Julia Loglisci

Shed the ugly Christmas sweater and put away the Mariah Carey playlist: January is the time to unveil your more cultured self. Vancouver turns a leaf at the beginning of the year, with a full calendar of festivals, performances and exhibitions. Below are four of our top picks for things to do in Vancouver during your January visit to the city.

Diane Evans and Sunlight at The Polygon
Through March 10
An accomplished photographer, expert in her field and instructor at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, Diane Evans was no stranger to The Polygon. In fact, she was Gallery Manager at the institution until she passed away in 2023. In her work, Evans used a variety of cameras, including pinhole cameras, toy versions, and very basic rudimentary models. Diane Evans and Sunlight is a retrospective exhibition of her photographic work, covering a wide range of subject matter but all with her signature handling of natural light and ambience.

Casino Royale In Concert with the VSO
January 12 and 13
For the first time ever, Vancouver audiences can experience the 007 classic Casino Royale with a full symphony orchestra playing the score live! Part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s “Movie Nights with the VSO” series, audiences will thrill to the 2006 version of Casino Royale—the movie that introduced us to Daniel Craig’s Bond—accompanied by the VSO conducted by Julian Pelicano. Upcoming movies in the series also include Black Panther (February 9 and 10) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (March 21 and 22).

Mean Girls: The Musical
January 24 – 28
Just a couple of weeks after the new film version of Mean Girls hits theatres, you can catch the show live in Vancouver. Mean Girls: The Musical is based on the screenplay that Tina Fey wrote for the 2004 movie (which was in turn an adaptation of the book Queen Bees and Wannabees) and ran on Broadway between 2018 and 2020. Cheer along Cady Heron as she hilariously tackles the viciousness of the high school hierarchy and tries to unseat ruthless mean girl, Regina George.  

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
January 18 – February 4
Vancouver’s annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival steps up as the first major cultural festival of 2024. As it has since 2003, the festival showcases work from contemporary local, national and international artists that push the boundaries in live performance art. The event uniquely brings together highly-curated, multidisciplinary and critically acclaimed work from different disciplines under the umbrella of a single festival.  

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Photo Credits:
Feature Image: The Burrard courtyard: Julia Loglisci

Diane Evans, Swing Carousel, 1979: Polygon Gallery website
Casino Royale illustration: VSO website
Mean Girls graphic: Broadway Across Canada website
asses.masses at PuSh: PuSh website