Editor’s Note: Globe B.C. has joined forces with Scout Magazine to give you the best of what’s happening in Vancouver this weekend. For a full week’s worth of listings, head over to the complete Scout List, updated early in the week. See the list in calendar view here.
Trudeau 2.0: There’s a fair chance that Canadians will see a Trudeau return to 24 Sussex Drive after the next federal election. A panel of Canadian historians will gather at Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre’s Fletcher Challenge Theatre on Thursday night to discuss and explore “the past, present, and future of the Trudeau dynasty.” From SFU: “Many Canadians view Pierre Elliott Trudeau as a Canadian hero, perhaps the most charismatic prime minister the nation has ever seen. Yet others are far more critical of Trudeau’s leadership and legacies. Justin, Pierre’s 41-year-old son and current leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, is no less a polarizing figure than his father.” The audience will be encouraged to participate with questions and comments.
Thursday, Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m., Fletcher Challenge Theatre (SFU Harbour Centre), sfu.ca
Laugh: Say Wha?! (Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing) goes down Friday night. If you’re not familiar with it, Say Wha?! is a comedy show wherein performers put their spin on some of the most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing ever found in print. This Friday’s readings, hosted by comedian and Say Wha?! founder Sara Bynoe, will be dedicated to satirizing the Fifty Shades of Grey series – what could be more cringe-worthy and embarrassing than that? Hustle over to Main Street and settle in for a night of laughter.
Friday, Nov. 29, doors 7:30 p.m., Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St.), $10, sarabynoe.com
Cheap art: Looking to start an art collection but daunted by the high price of original work? Time to break into the piggy bank for a one-night art show and sale that features original, one-of-a-kind art for less than $100 with 100 per cent of proceeds going back into the pockets of the artists who created the work. As gallery owner Chris Bentzen puts it: “Think the Cheaper Show but cheaper and a little less curated.” Also, it’s considerably smaller (there will only be 13 artists showing their work). Preview the work between 12 and 5 p.m. from Nov. 28-30, and then head in to buy Saturday night.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main St.) hotartwetcity.com
Santa: The Rogers Santa Claus Parade rips through downtown Vancouver streets this Sunday. The procession of holiday cheer will start at West Georgia Street and Broughton, travel east along West Georgia, turn south on Howe, and finish at Howe and Davie. Scout tip: Be prepared. The coffee shops along the parade route boast lineups of epic length before, during and after the parade, so take your coffee, eggnog, hot chocolate or whatever else with you in a stainless steel Thermos or flask. Also, this is a good day to avoid driving through the downtown core.
Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m., downtown Vancouver, free, rogerssantaclausparade.com
Christmas with the Bach Choir: Did you know there are more than 400 members of the Vancouver Bach Choir? Members are split into four separate choirs: adult choir, children’s chorus, youth choir, and Sarabande. This Sunday brings the opportunity to hear all of these groups sing together in one concert: 400 voices co-ordinated to deliver timeless Christmas carols and “newer seasonal works” – pretty amazing! I know: December? Already? We have to deal with that, so we might as well get into it with a little Jingle Bells right off the bat.
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m., Orpheum Theatre (884 Granville St.), vancouverbachchoir.com