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Keeping Busy in Vancouver

It can sometimes be difficult to appreciate all the wonderful things Vancouver has to offer when you’re stuck in the library for what feels like days on end, staring out the window to the grey, rainy, crow-filled skies of BCIT.

However, British Columbia was recently voted one of the happiest provinces in the country, while Canada was ranked the second best country. So it’s fair to say that we’re doing pretty well here. But, if you’re like me, you’re just longing for the warm summer days where we’re actually able to get outside and take advantage of how great this city is; to return to the trails for a nice hike or to the patios for a nice cold beer. Unfortunately, those sun filled days are still a few months away, and in the meantime, we have to find different sources of entertainment to keep ourselves busy.

So, to help you keep busy in during this cold season, here are a few events going down over the next few weeks that are fun and affordable.

Biltmore Guilty Pleasure

Okay so everyone is talking about it meaning I think it’s okay to finally admit it; a good amount of us turned into Beliebers over the past few months. Doesn’t matter how much you disliked him before, the Biebs has come out with some pretty catchy stuff on his newest album. (Is it too late now to say sorry?)

Luckily, the Biltmore has dedicated a night to guilty pleasures (with J-Biebs only being among the list). This Friday February 5th head down to the Biltmore at 2755 Prince Edward St. for a fun night of those songs you love to hate and hate to love.

Tickets are only $5 but if you show up before 11pm you get in fo’ free! Doors open at 10:30pm so bring your ID and get ready to enjoy all the shameless 80s, 90s, and Y2K hits you can handle.


Guilty Pleasures

David Bowie Tribute Night

Too many great lives from the entertainment industry have been lost already this year. If you’re feeling the sting of losing David Bowie, the Rickshaw Theatre is hosting a night to honour the great legend. Featuring an amazing collection of Vancouver independent rock, punk and roots musicians coming together to celebrate the work of an artist who inspired them all, the Rickshaw will be hosting a David Bowie Tribute night.

So get some friends together on February 26th and head down for 7:30pm. Tickets are only $10 and proceeds from the evening’s event will go to the Canadian Cancer Society and Keep A Child Alive.


VSO Pixar night

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has a great deal available to students. Any seat at any show is available to you for only $15 with valid proof of student ID, given that it is available when you book.

While the classic orchestra music that is most commonly featured at these shows isn’t always the biggest hit with students, the VSO will, once in a while, throw in some fun shows that appeal to the masses. They recently had a bugs bunny show which featured some of the classic cartoons accompanied by a live band for example.

In the coming months, the Orchestra will be hosting even more pop-culture type shows. Among them, a Pixar themed evening which will feature the unforgettable tunes from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille.

Not a Pixar fan? Not a problem. The VSO will also be playing the Godfather at an upcoming show in March, again, with the original scores being played live by the musicians. Or maybe the May “Broadway Rocks” performances will be more up your alley; featuring music from the likes of Mama Mia, Lion King, Dreamgirls, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, and more!


Some of these events are still a few weeks away but tickets tend to sell out quickly so if you’re interested, now is the time to buy!