Hello Vancouver: Your Guide to 2017 Happenings

Posted on January 3, 2017 - Nothing says the holidays like eating your way through December while routinely watching Elf, Four Christmases, and Home Alone (only the ones with Macaulay Culkin because of your loyalty to Kevin McCallister). But the season is coming to an end and we know that makes you sad. Do not fret, nothing says new year like a list of remarkable events to look forward to. Thank us by clearing some space on your calendar.


Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017

When: January 20th – February 5th
Where: Participating Restaurants in the Lower Mainland

Is there a better way to begin a new year than with Tourism Vancouver’s annual Dine Out Festival? No. No, there is not. Put your new year resolutions and your fitness goals on hold for a few weeks and embrace tacos, tapas, pizza, pancakes, waffles, and much more.

Pro Tip: Eat all the calories. Let there be none left.


When: February 19th – 21st
Where: Granville Island

If you’re not still in a food coma from the Dine Out Festival, Vancouver’s annual winter festival is back again for its 11th year with more food, improv comedy, face painting, skits, movie screenings, and music.

Come for the food, stay for the art.


As I Lay Dying

When: January 19th – February 12th
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

As I Lay Dying has to be William Faulkner’s magnum opus, for every word in it rubs you raw. Set in Mississippi and narrated in turns by every member of the family, and even their neighbours, it tells the story of the death and burial of Addie Bundren, who is survived by her husband and five children. It would be a dream to watch this classic piece of literature come to life on stage, especially if you are just finding out that As I Lay Dying was a Faulkner masterpiece before it became a James Franco movie.


When: April 11th – 16th
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Yes, there have been countless retellings of Cinderella and our beloved Ella has lost a shoe, an iPod, and a phone. Nevertheless, this is a Rodgers & Hammerstein Cinderella. This is magic. This is a work of art.

Serious question: Will they auction off the glass slippers after the show or just give it to the 100th guest? Asking for a friend.


Ariana Grande

When: March 24th
Where: Rogers Arena

Grande’s “Side to Side” was arguably the soundtrack of Summer Sixteen and is still in every five song rotation of every playlist. And with each new album, from Yours Truly to Dangerous Woman, she proves that she is no longer the sweet and childlike Cat Valentine from Nickelodeon. Buy a ticket to be blessed by her amazing vocals, and maybe if you’re lucky, she’ll lick a donut.


When: March 25th
Where: Orpheum Theatre

Passenger’s voice is a tender, warm, and sweet-sounding whisper that can make you feel so many things all at the same time. His 2013 single, “Let Her Go” screams melancholy but is still one of the most beautiful folk songs of our time. His aching falsetto will haunt you from the start and break your heart in the most graceful way.

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

When: April 1st
Where: Rogers Arena

Because the end of Game of Thrones is now a reality and you will need a live concert experience to help you celebrate all that was good about GoT, like Joffrey Baratheon dying during his own wedding, Jon Snow’s resurrection, and every minute in The Battle of the Bastards.

Lionel Richie (With Special Guest Mariah Carey)

When: April 27th
Where: Rogers Arena

Long before there was Rihanna, Beyonce, The Weeknd, Kehlani, or Bryson Tiller, we had Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey. You should never need a reason to see Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey in concert, okay? Because Lionel Richie and MARIAH CAREY. What a time to be alive.

Bruno Mars

When: July 26th and 27th
Where: Rogers Arena

It is a universal truth that you cannot be in a bad mood while listening to “Treasure,” “Uptown Funk,” “24k Magic” or any Bruno Mars track. This is the concert you need to make your Summer Seventeen the greatest because with his 24 Karat hat, stylish dance moves, and 90’s swagger straight out of a D’angelo music video, no one is cooler than Bruno Mars. Fingers crossed that he shows up in a silk shirt and with every member of the Jabbawockeez.


Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

When: February 10th
Where: Vancouver Playhouse

You may know Minhaj as the senior correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, or remember him from that episode of Arrested Development where Tobias travels to India. But did you also know that he is an insanely talented comedian who is going to be in our city very soon?Now you do. You’re welcome.


Wine For Waves

When: April 28th
Where: Four Seasons Hotel

Naramata Bench Wineries (Read: The wine gods of Okanagan) in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium brings you a wining and dining experience like no other, with help from wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants in BC.

Question: What is better than a night filled with wine and seafood?
Answer: Knowing that you are also contributing to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program.

It’s the best of both worlds.


The Moth Mainstage

When: May 20th
Where: Vogue Theatre

The Moth is an awe-inspiring live storytelling event that is finally making its way down to Hollywood North. If you’ve ever thought your life could double as a 1950s sitcom, a parody horror film or be your ticket to stand up comedy, then let the wonderful performers at The Moth give you a lesson on the art of storytelling.

In case you are wondering what kind of person I am, I once googled, "How to Apologize." More articles by Adesuwa Okoyomon
  • Oseghale Okoyomon

    This is beautiful, very well written.

  • Theo S A Barango

    Incredibly well written

  • Youngadultstan

    You better write, Desu.

  • Ralitsa Wilcox

    Wish I were in Vancouver for those music concerts and maybe a show or two ❤️

  • Karen

    Looking forward to As I Lay Dying. The book was not an easy read and the movie was terrible so I’m curious to see how they will interpret this on stage.

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