Notable Now Vancouver: February 21, 2014

PoMo ArtsFest (February 20 to 23rd, 2425 Johns Street)
POMO ArtsFest (formerly Port Moody’s Festival of the Arts) is a community presentation of local, national and internationally acclaimed performers. The festival will take place Feb 20-23, 2014 at the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody. A highly anticipated community presentation of local, national and internationally performers, ArtsFest brings world-class entertainment to your doorstep. More details, visit: www.pomoartsfest.ca.

Barrels & Bottles (February 22nd, 905 Dunsmuir Street)
Vancouver’s The Blackbird will host this Saturday’s upcoming Barrels & Bottles event and fundraiser for the BC Craft Brewers and Distillers Guilds. Saturday, February 22nd, 2014, the BC Craft Brewers Guild and Craft Distillers Guild of British Columbia will join The Donnelly Group’s own Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar to help raise funds for both of BC’s Craft Guilds. Sample products from 20 different BC breweries and nine different BC distilleries, including: Deep Cove, Coal Harbour, Parallel 49, Central City, Whistler Brewing, Red Truck, Okanagan Spirits, Merridale Cider, Yaletown Distillery and Liberty Distillery (to name a few). For details click here.

Talking Stick Festival (ongoing, until March 2nd, various venues)
Discover the work of Aboriginal arts and artists at the 13th annual Talking Stick Festival presented by Full Circle First Nations Performance. This year’s festival takes place in venues throughout the city from February 18 – March 2, 2014 with national and international artists. All areas of the performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word and multimedia performance. The artistic disciplines celebrate and honour the traditional Aboriginal culture and heritage and showcase the new, evolving contemporary work of today’s artists. For more details about the festival visit: www.fullcircle.ca.

Chutzpah! Festival (February 22 to March 9th, 950 West 41st Avenue)
Don’t miss the return of this exciting theatrical and creative artistic celebration that takes over The Norman Rothstein Theatre. Catch a stunning array of music, dance, theatre and an exciting, eclectic mix of artists and performers from around the world for this multi-week festival. Worth noting: BODYTRAFFIC, Tiny Music and Judy Gold in 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Learn more and purchase tickets here: www.chutzpahfestival.com/shows

BC Home + Garden Show (February 19 to 23rd, BC Place)
BC Home + Garden Show is set to take over BC Place this weekend offering plenty of insight and advice for closet fixer-uppers. It’s become a trusted resource for every home improvement project featuring big names pros like Bryan Baeumler, Mike Holmes Jr and sister Sherry Holmes, as well as about 425 exhibitors on hand showcasing their wares, tips and tricks. You’re guaranteed to find great inspiration to help freshen up your home space.   http://bchomeandgardenshow.com/BCHGS/EventsHome.aspx.

Northwest Comedy Fest (until February 22nd, various venues)
NorthWest Comedy Fest is definitely worth checking out. As Vancouver’s newest comedy festival taking over various venues for a week of fun – catch stand up favorites, newcomers and pop up performers. The festival features special screenings, podcasts and plenty of great ways to help you laugh off a tough week at the office. Nab tickets to the Bumbershoot Showcase and catch Cloud Comedy with Hip Bang! Bryan Nothling and Jordan Cohen. For more info and tickets visit: www.northwestcomedyfest.com

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