Vancouver Weekender: February 28 to March 2nd, 2014

Hit up the CBC Toque Sessions and score some free music post-work Friday. Located right downtown, these free sessions wind up this month, so it’s your last chance to check out local talents live. Taking the stage for last call, catch Hannah Georgas and Ryan Guldemond (frontman for Mother Mother). 

Gam Gallery is hosting the grand opening night reception at 7:30pm to celebrate the launch of its latest buzzed about show: Miniature Land ‘Wish You Were Here’. Painstaking detail has been paid to all facets of tiny dioramas that preserve moments in time from throughout Vancouver’s history and constant change. 

Get your burlesque fix this weekend and check out Beam Me Up Sexy; head to the Wise Hall this Friday for a hilariously sexy evening of burlesque-inspired fun featuring internationally renowned model, actress and performer Little Miss Risk. Tickets are $20 at the door. Click here for info and more details. 

Museum of Vancouver has a brand new exhibition that has opened this past week called ‘Rewilding Vancouver’. Curated by J.B. MacKinnon, the show uses everything from dioramas, video installations, taxidermy and soundscapes to illustrate how humans interact with, shape and are consequently shaped by nature.  

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 
Head up the local hills and be sure to check out Grouse Mountain Park Jams that are back for the season. Featuring plenty of powder-inspired fun, carve your way to winning prizes, contests while you enjoy live entertainment, and more. 

It’s last call at the Robson Square Ice Skating Rink as the ice is set to melt this weekend. Don’t miss your chance to strap on skates and try your hand at this wintery sport. It’s free (rentals cost $2); have fun trying to stay upright!

Wear your plaid with pride and win a prize at this weekend’s Festival du Bois. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, enjoy the boisterous fun at this French Canadian festival featuring entertainment, delicious foods (like poutine, maple taffy and tourtiere) and get into the party spirit with live music by French Canadian, Québécois, Celtic, world, and folk artists.

Vancouver International Wine Festival heads into its final weekend of festivities (officially ending on Sunday). 1,750 wines produced by 178 wineries from 14 countries; that’s a whole lot of awesome! While many events are already sold out, you can still snag tickets to a few of the larger tasting events if you get moving. Not only is Wine Fest a grand and informative time, it also raises money for Bard on the Beach.

The Winter Farmers Market takes over Nat Bailey Stadium Saturday morning at 30th and Ontario  Load up on all the fresh farm picks, grab goods from artisan vendors and enjoy our YVR community offerings like kale, beets, baked goods and more.

ArtShift BC takes over SFU Woodward’s in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on Saturday (starting at 9:30am until 7pm) for a day of hands-on workshops, training and seminars featuring theory and practice. Catch live music and original spoken word performances too.

Saturday afternoon, The Russian Hall is hosting a bevy of distilleries from around the Lower Mainland and beyond. Distillers from Seattle Distilling Co., Victoria Spirits, Long Table Distillery, Odd Society Spirits, Captive Spirits, Bluewater Distilling, Pemberton Distillery, Yukon Shine and Yaletown Distillery will be pouring tastes of their craft spirits. 

2014 Heritage Classic takes place this weekend and pits the Canucks against the Ottawa Senators before 50,000 fans under an open roof at BC Place Stadium. For those lucky enough to score a ticket, enjoy the game. Not one of them? No problem, as the Plaza of Nations is going to be transformed into the NHL Spectator Plaza for the event. Head there to interact with players, check out hockey-themed interactive games, nab giveaways and stay satiated at the Molson Canadian Hockey House.

The Oscars are upon us and with that comes a great opportunity to make your way out to one of several Vancouver theatres opening up for special red carpet-style screenings. Our pick: check out The Morrissey and support their 3rd Annual Oscar Fundraiser for VOKRA (100% proceeds from ticket sales go to help this organization find homes for orphaned kittens and cats in the Vancouver area). 

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Top photo courtesy Grouse Mountain