Had enough of the cold? Head down to Granville Island and warm up with great music, theatre, visual art, dance, food and more at the annual Winterruption Festival, where you can check out aerial acrobatics under the Granville Bridge, catch great live jazz and blues, take an artisan walking tour, build an instrument and join a kid-friendly procession, see pop-up dances all around the island and more (winterruption.com).
Oscars at Vancity
Get decked out in your glittery best and see the stars in larger-than-life HD as the Vancity Theatre offers a free screening of the Oscars - complete with a running commentary on the red carpet, Academy Award predictions, food and drink and more. Reservations accepted online until midnight Saturday (Sunday, viff.org).
Stairclimb for Clean Air
Show your lungs who's boss as you tackle one of Vancouver's most formidable climbs - and raise money for a fantastic cause - at the 10th annual, and 48-storey, Stairclimb for Clean Air, a sky-scraping fundraiser for the BC Lung Association. Then treat your stomach to a post-climb brunch, compliments of the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel (Sunday, bc.lung.ca).
Watch your favourite Vancouver Canucks go head-to-head against their teammates at the Canucks Superskills Competition, where top players compete to be the fastest skater, most accurate shooter, power play scorer and more. Arrive by noon and you can also catch a Canucks alumni game featuring Moe Lemay, Dave Babych, Garry Valk and others. Tickets are just $10; proceeds go to the Canucks for Kids Fund and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund (Sunday, ticketmaster.ca).
Experience the ancient and the modern, east and west, in the music of Mohsen Namjoo, a famed vocalist, composer and setar player who has been dubbed "the Bob Dylan of Iran" - and isn't afraid to step outside well-worn cultural norms (Saturday, ticketmaster.ca). More eclectic sounds from the Middle East? Don't miss infectious beats and hip-hop grooves by Israel's Balkan Beat Box - performing as part of the Chutzpah! Festival (Sunday, chutzpahfestival.com). And make sure to see the VSO perform the Canadian premiere of Doctor Atomic Symphony - made up of music from John Adams's opera about the notorious A-bomb tests in the New Mexican desert (Saturday and Monday, vancouversymphony.ca).
The mercury says it's definitely still winter, but spring is just weeks away - so might as well get an early jump on your garden at VanDusen Garden's Seedy Saturday, where you can pick up heritage and organic seeds from more than 30 growers and enjoy seed-minded activities for the little sprouts. Admission by donation (Saturday, vandusen.org).
She has roasted celebs from Jean Simmons to Joan Rivers, appeared on the Tonight Show, and torn a strip off everyone from vegans to the Virgin Mary; now you can catch famed insult comic Lisa Lampanelli. Just avoid the first few rows like the plague (Saturday, ticketmaster.ca). For a performance with reflection of a completely different kind, see Joe Ink's dusk - a dance piece that explores human memory and reality, relationships and surrender (Saturday, firehallartscentre.ca).
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