NOVEMBER-EVENTS in North & West Vancouver

November Events in the North Shore

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Holiday Bazaar, Toy Drive, Book Sale, Christmas Trees, Theatre, Music and More!

When: Friday, November 28 
5:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 29 
12:00 – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 30 
12:00 – 6:00pm
$2 or $5 for a season pass
The Market is back for Christmas! Get into the festive spirit early as you browse amongst the 50 artisan stalls packed into the beautifully decorated Pipe Shop building. Enjoy live music, festive light displays and food from your favourite food trucks. It’s a great way to kick-start your Christmas shopping and reduce your list. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 23rd.
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue

Friday Night Live

When: Friday, November 28 
$10/children under 12 are FREE
The last Friday Night Live of 2014! FNL’s Matt Grinke, the amazing and most-talented improvising accompanist on the planet, has rounded up some of his Capilano University “Jazz Studies Program” pals to form a Dixieland Jazz Band and they will be the special musical guests. AND, rumour has it, they plan to stay and provide an extended set following the show with some great adaptations of well-loved dance tunes, as well as some Christmas songs to get you into the holiday spirit (it will be the first week of Advent, after all!) and to allow those who want to, a chance to dance the night away for as long as the audience is willing and able! If you’re going to take in only one FNL show this year, this is the one to see.
Where: Lynn Valley United Church  3201 Mountain Highway

North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar

When: Saturday, November 29 
Sunday, November 30
10:00am – 4:00pm  $2
If you were a fan of the Delbrook Christmas Craft Fair and are devastated that it is no longer in operation, we have good news for you… The Delbrook Christmas Craft Fair is under new ownership and has a new name, the North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar! With over a hundred vendors each day, many of your favourite artisans from previous years, along with some great new ones, buying a gift for everyone on your list will be a breeze. There will be music, food stands, refreshments, face painting and entertainment for the kids and more!
The first 150 guests each day will receive FREE admission.
where: Carson Graham Secondary School  2145 Jones Avenue

5th Annual Family Services of the North Shore Toy Drive

When: Saturday, November 29 
10:00am – 4:00pm
Bring a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy or gift for a child, senior or a person with disabilities. The Christmas Bureau will distribute all toys and gifts to North Shore families in need this holiday season. Please drop by with a new unwrapped gift or toy and enjoy treats and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Let’s make this year’s Toy Drive another successful event!
Where: Northshore Auto Mall

Friends of the Library Christmas Book ‘n Bake Sale

Saturday, November 29 
11:00am – 4:00pm  FREE
Home cooked treats and great deals on books! Hardbacks, paperbacks, magazines and multimedia from $0.25 to $3.00 per item.
Where: North Vancouver City Library  120 West 14th Street

Capilano Canyon Lights

When: Saturday, November 29 to Saturday, January 3 
11:00am – 9:00pm
You’ll be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on the CLIFFWALK. A children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band are all back by public demand and new this year, create your own Christmas card and enjoy holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park  3735 Capilano Road

Dundarave Christmas Fair

When: Saturday, November 29 
Noon to dusk
This is a Christmas tree decorating party like no other. Enjoy an afternoon of free festive concerts in the festival’s longhouse and the Dundarave Nativity Pavilion. The magic happens at dusk when the official lighting of the festival’s Christmas tree forest takes place and everyone’s hard work is brought to life.
Where: Dundarave Park  West Vancouver

Holiday Crafternoon

When: Saturday, November 29
1:30 – 3:00pm
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Join Denise from Thrifty By Design for an afternoon of crafting your own handmade decorations using upcycled and repurposed materials. Ornaments and home decor created from wine corks, cereal boxes and wool sweaters with scrap yarn, miscellaneous buttons and old jewelry to embellish your creations. No registration required. This workshop is free and open to all ages and abilities. Supplies included.
Where: North Vancouver City Library  120 West 14th Street, 3rd floor

North Vancouver Wolf Pack Junior Hockey

When:  Saturday, November 29
 7:00pm  $10 / $5 children 5 & under free
At the half way point of the season, the Wolf Pack is currently in first place in the Pacific Junior Hockey League. They are also at a franchise record 17 game winning streak. This week they play against their division rivals and 2nd place team, the Richmond Sockeyes. North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association alumni are making their mark. Trevor Withers is the current leading goaltender. Twins, Spencer and Dyllan Quon are amongst the top scorers in the league. Troy Ring is on a three game goal streak. NSWC alumni Mitch Crisanti is also atop the league points leader, as is Squamish alumni and Wolf Pack Captain, Brodyn Nielsen. This will be another exciting, action-packed family friendly event so come on out and  “Back the Pack”.
Where: Harry Jerome Arena  123 East 23rd Street

North Shore Celtic Ensemble Presents: Fast Forward

Saturday, November 29
$25 / $15
The North Shore Celtic Ensemble is celebrating their 15th anniversary with a musical extravaganza, a celebration extraordinaire highlighting connections past, present and future!
Where: Centennial Theatre  2300 Lonsdale Avenue

The French Connection – Cap Classical & Choral

When: Saturday, November 29
Sunday, November 30
$25 / $20 / $10
The 150 voices of Capilano University Choirs, accompanied by professional orchestra, present a glorious French repertoire including: Charpentier’s Te Deum, Fauré’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Exultate Deo, Duruflé’s Quatre Motets and Saint-Saens’ Calme des Nuits.
Where: BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts  2055 Purcell Way

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Theatre

When: Sunday, November 30 
$25 / $15 / $12
Brought to you by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly.  High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, airplane, shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing colour all day.
Stick around after the performance for a post-show Q & A session with Mermaid Theatre!
Where: Kay Meek Theatre  1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver

Lynn Valley Christmas Parade of Trees Grand Lighting Ceremony

When: Sunday, November 30
4:30 – 5:30pm
Enjoy music and singing led by Bobbi Smith, lots of free activities for kids including balloon twisting, face painting and more. Stroll amongst the decorated Christmas trees and don’t forget to vote for your favourite tree!  After the ceremony stop by the Lynn Valley Community Association Open House in the Community Room for some seasonal treats and to learn more about the association. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will gladly be accepted for Lynn Valley Legion’s toy drive.
Where: Lynn Valley Village  1277 Lynn Valley Road

Katarzyna Musial – A Tribute to the Great Polish Composers

When: Sunday, November 30
$29 / $19 / $10
Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna Musial  has been described by New York Concert Review as “a pure delight… wonderfully evocative… vividly detailed.” In addition to having won First Prize at the 2011 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York), Ms. Musial was also a prize winner at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music (Cracow).
Where: Centennial Theatre  2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Lantern Making Workshop

When: Sunday, November 23
1:00 – 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 26 
6:00 – 8:00pm  FREE
In preparation for the Lantern Parade on December 1st, take the whole family along to one of our workshops where you will make your very own lantern for participation in the parade. The workshops will be held in the arena and the lanterns take approximately 20 minutes to make.
Where: Karen Magnussen Arena  2300 Kirkstone Road

The Good Person of Setzuan – Live Theatre

When: Friday, November 14 to Saturday, November 22 
$22 / $15 / $10
The gods are in search of a good person but all that is available is a prostitute with a golden heart. Yet, in order to maintain her goodness, she must commit bad deeds disguised as a man. Love, power, mercy and money tear her apart. Director Stuart Aikins sets this adaptation by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) in East Vancouver’s Hastings Street and brings Brecht’s politics to Vancouver. Almost a musical, this play with songs is a joy to watch. Join our cast as they break as many theatrical conventions as they can.
Where: BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts  2055 Purcell Way

Don Quixote’s Dream and Mixed Repertoire – Ballet

When: Friday, November 21
$30 / $22
Coastal City Ballet opens its 2014-2015 season with a performance of the enchanting Dream scene from Don Quixote.  The evening’s program showcases the diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet with world premieres by award winning local choreographers, Wen Wei Wang and Erica Trivett. Also in the program, a piece inspired by a Pablo Neruda poem choreographed by Alice Gerbrecht, as well as works by Brazilian choreographers Gisele Bellot and Elizabeth Alexandre.
Where: Centennial Theatre  2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Centennial Theatre Tour and Tea

When: Wednesday, November 19
2:00 – 3:30pm
Enjoy a guided backstage tour of Centennial Theatre followed by tea and cookies in the lobby. Space is limited so please call to reserve a spot by Monday, November 17.
Where: Centennial Theatre  2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Makana – Live Music

When: Tuesday, November 18
$35 / $32
“He’s lean, young, expressive, with impressive stage presence and jewel box precision… He is a master, for certain, but blessed with sizzling showmanship.” – Honolulu Advertiser
There is something potent that happens the moment you set foot in Hawaii and breathe in the flower-scented air. It’s transformative, just like the music of Hawaii’s new musical superstar, Makana. Back by popular demand, this supremely talented slack key guitarist, singer, composer and activist transports his audience through his tasteful adaptions of old and new Hawaiian tunes and simultaneously entertains with his charm and humour. He’s played for the Obamas at the White House, opened for bands such as Jason Mraz, Sting and Elvis Costello and composed and performed tunes for the haunting score of the Oscar-winning film The Descendants. Let this up and coming international star take you on a musical holiday right here on the North Shore.
Where: BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts

Craft Market

When: Sunday, November 16 
10:00am – 4:00pm
The craft market is a one-stop-shop opportunity to find handmade items for everyone on your list. Everything from jams and jelly, fabric arts, jewellery, soaps, lotions, make-up, cards, pottery, handbags, accessories, candles, hats, crocheted items, children’s clothing, photography, paintings, and those great wool socks you’ve been looking for.
West Vancouver Community Centre  2121 Marine Drive

Berlioz, Rachmaninov & Stravinsky

When: Sunday, November 16
By Donation
The West Coast Symphony Orchestra presents quality performances of orchestral repertoire to audiences throughout the Vancouver region. The orchestra is comprised of professional and non-professional players, music educators, doctors, lawyers, engineers and folks from a host of other professions who come together for the love of making music. Performances are infused with an excellent and genuine passion that often brings audiences spontaneously to their feet.
It is the mandate of the orchestra to provide access to quality musical performances to anyone for whatever they are able to pay, so admission to concerts is by donation and no one is turned away.
Where: Centennial Theatre  2300 Lonsdale Avenue

North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar

When: Saturday, November 15 & Sunday, November 16 
10:00am – 4:00pm
$2 / Under 12 FREE
If you were a fan of the Delbrook Christmas Craft Fair and are devastated that it is no longer in operation, we have good news for you… The Delbrook Christmas Craft Fair is under new ownership and has a new name, the North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar! With over a hundred vendors each day, many of your favourite artisans from previous years, along with some great new ones, buying a gift for everyone on your list will be a breeze. There will be music, food stands, refreshments, face painting and entertainment for the kids and more!
Where: Carson Graham Secondary School  2145 Jones Avenue

 St. Martin’s Fall Market

When: Saturday, November 15 
10:00 – 2:00pm
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Fall Market, it’s a great place to find new and gently used items for your home or to give as gifts. You’ll find collectible dolls, china, crystal, silver and linens, books, DVD’s, CD’s, attic treasures, jewellery, Christmas decorations, gifts and more. There will also be a silent auction and refreshments in the tea room.
Where: St. Martin’s Anglican Church  195 East Windsor Road

Local Government Elections

When: Saturday, November 15
Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, November 15. Electors in the District and City of North Vancouver will each have the opportunity to elect one Mayor, six Councillors as well as School Trustees. This is your opportunity to shape the future of your community.
Where: There are 20 voting places around North Vancouver
More info: North Vancouver District Website

North Shore Mompreneurs Holiday Shopping Event

When: Saturday, November 15
1:00 – 5:00pm
A holiday shopping event put on by local mompreneurs. You can find items for health, beauty, children’s clothing, toys, books, tea, cookware and so much more. Vendors have donated items to be raffled off to benefit our local Family Services Christmas Bureau.
Anne MacDonald Hall  333 Chesterfield Avenue

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival – Reel Rock 9

When: Saturday, November 15 
$17 / $15
In its ninth year, the REEL ROCK Film Tour features a special presentation of the highly-anticipated feature-length film ‘Valley Uprising’. The greatest untold story of American counterculture is that of the Yosemite Valley rock climbers. For the past fifty years, Yosemite’s massive cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite. The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an “extreme bohemian” lifestyle in the Valley, living on red wine and boiled potatoes, clashing with National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on Earth. The torch has been passed down across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination. ‘Valley Uprising’ is the riveting, unforgettable tale of this bold tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity and the laws of the land.
Where: Centennial Theatre  2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Where the Wild Things Are – Live Theatre

When: Friday, November 14 to  Tuesday, November 18 
10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
This award winning, internationally acclaimed production is an intimate ‘guided play’ experience for ages 3 to 7 and adults. Adapted from the beloved classic, the audience helps transform Max’s bedroom into a forest, then becomes the Wild Things as we are each given a mask and encouraged to ‘let the Wild Rumpus begin!’ With the leadership of the performers, the audience helps bring Max safely home.
Where: Presentation House Theatre  333 Chesterfield Avenue

Shipyards Christmas Market

When: Friday, November 14  5:00 – 9:00pm 
Saturday, November 15 
12;00 – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 16  12:00 – 8:00pm
$2 or $5 for a season pass
From the people who brought you the Friday night market at the Shipyards, get into the Christmas spirit as Shipbuilders’ square is transformed into a winter wonderland. There will be over 50 local artisans inside the pipe shop building, food trucks, live music, and a festive light display.
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue

Light Up The Village at Park Royal

When: Friday, November 14 
5:30 – 7:30pm
The countdown to Christmas begins with the annual tree lighting ceremony in The Village at Park Royal. There will be complimentary steamy hot cocoa and tea, mini donuts, cookie decorating, face painting & fun with Santa’s Elves, live music with Ross Curran’s Jazz Trio, singing trio ‘Noel’, an illuminated wristband giveaway and an opportunity to have your photo taken with classical characters in their most intricate costumes from Vancouver’s famous Goh Ballet – The Nutcracker. Return on Saturday morning to welcome Santa as he arrives at Park Royal South. The first 100 kids to sit on Santa’s knee will go home with a free Rogers’ Chocolates advent calendar.
Where: The Village at Park Royal  West Vancouver

FANS Tribute to the Arts

When: Friday, November 14 
7:00 – 10:00pm
$25 each or 2 for $40
Musician Shari Ulrich and Designer/Sculptor Brent Comber will receive the Distinguished Artist Award and will be honoured at the 2014 FANS Tribute to the Arts. Local theatre celeb, Jay Brazeau, is master of ceremonies for an evening filled with great wine, delicious food and good cheer! The Fund For the Arts on the North Shore (FANS) celebrates and supports the North Shore artists.
Where: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canada  2121 Lonsdale Avenue

Annual Deep Cove Heritage Fundraiser

When: Friday, November 14 
7:00 – 11:00pm  $20
Plan for a fun-filled evening including a ticket to see “Bullshot Crummond” presented by First Impressions Theatre (a hilarious comedy by Ron House, Diz White, John Neville Andrews, Alan Shearman and Derek Cunningham – directed by Darlene Manchester). Included in your ticket will be tantalizing snacks and a silent auction. Tickets must be purchased in advance and do sell out, so book now!
Where: Deep Cove Shaw Theatre  4360 Gallant Avenue

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival – Mountain Bike Night

When: Friday, November 14 
$17 / $15
The Mountain Bike Show will feature two winning short films from the North Shore Mountain Biking Association Film Festival: ‘Easy Riders’ (Director Max Berkowitz) and ‘VAYA BIEN’ (Director SheGNARnigans), both films are 5 minutes long and will get you primed up for the feature film ‘Won’t Back Down’. Freeride superstar and North Vancouver local, Geoff Gulevich, will host the show. Gully, as he’s affectionately known by his peers, made 5th-place finishes at both the Red Bull Rampage and Crankworx Whistler, the two biggest contests in freeride mountain biking, and has firmly established himself as one of the most photographed and filmed freeriders in the sport.
Where: Centennial Theatre  2300 Lonsdale Avenue  604-984-4484

50 and Fabulous: A Fashion Show Fundraiser

When: Saturday, November 1
1 2:00 – 4:30pm
Celebrating  the Library’s 50th Birthday they’re holding a fashion show hosted and curated by local fashion historian, Ivan Sayers, who will be showcasing fashion from the 1950s and 1960s from his personal collection. Dave Obee, historian and editor-in-chief at the Victoria Times Colonist, will also be at the event, highlighting elements of North Vancouver history to accompany the fashion show. A delicious afternoon tea will be served after the show (included in the ticket price).
When: Highlands United Church 3255 Edgemont Boulevard

Sharing Our Stories: Preserving Multicultural Histories on the North Shore

When: October 30th – March 28, 2015 Tuesday – Saturday
12:00 – 5:00pm
North Vancouver has undergone many changes in recent years. We see this in changing skylines, advertisements about new businesses and festivals, and in the diversity of people now residing within our community. It is important to recognise and document the multicultural history of our dynamic community. This is being done through the Diversifying History Project, a North Vancouver Museum & Archives’ oral history initiative which documents the arrival stories of new Canadians. The display, Sharing Our Stories, features reminiscences shared by some Canadian Iranian North Shore residents about why they chose to live here, and about their experiences creating new lives and memories on the North Shore.
Where: Community History Centre 3203 Institute Road

MEC Race 5

When: Sunday, November 2
This is the grand finale of the MEC North Vancouver race series, with 5k, 10k and 15k distances. The top 3 overall finishers in each distance will receive a custom medal and there’s free coffee, bananas and massages for all participants at the end of the race. New for this race, if you are commuting to the race by bike there will be a bike valet available at the race. Drop your bike off and it will be secured and washed while you race!
Where: Gazebo at Seymour Valley Trailway end of Lilooet Road

St. Thomas Aquinas Craft Fair

When: Sunday, November 2
10:00am – 4:00pm
With over 120 Crafters you’re sure to find something for everyone on your Christmas list. Local artisans will be selling warm woolly knits, sparkling silver jewelry, goodies and gifts galore.
Where: St. Thomas Aquinas 541 West Keith Road

Lions Gate Sinfonia – The Romantic Hero

When: Sunday, November 2
North Vancouver cellist Desmond Hoebig performs Antonin Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, a grand-scale outpouring of melody and rich romanticism.
Where: Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Avenue

Diabetes Forum

When: Tuesday, November 4
7:00 – 9:00pm
Presented by Deborah Braun, a registered counsellor living with Type 1 Diabetes. Experiencing negative emotions when you have a chronic disease is very common, but they don’t have to damage your quality of life. Learn what you can do! Registration required, register by phone or email.
Where: Lions Gate Hospital, MDC Gymnasium 231 East 15th Street

North Shore International Film Series

When: Wednesday, November 5
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council and the Toronto International Film Festival Group proudly present the North Shore International Film Series.
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and that the days are getting tedious. When the celebration of his 100th birthday approaches, which Allan isn’t interested in at all, he decides to escape his boring everyday life.
Where: Cineplex Odeon 333 Brooksbank Avenue

Speech Sound Screening Clinic for 3-5yr Olds

When: Friday, November 7
10:00am – 12:00pm
Administered by registered Speech Language Pathologist, Amanda Goodison, this clinic is for parents and caregivers who have questions or concerns about their child’s speech sound productions, pronunciation, or articulation. Drop-ins will be accepted but it is recommended that families call to book a clinic time.
Leap Therapy for Kids 1093B Roosevelt Crescent

Kid’s Toy & Clothing Sale

When: Saturday, November 8
2:30 – 4:30pm
Sunday, November 9
2:00 – 4:00pm
A great place to shop for lightly used kids’/infants’ clothing and toys. Different vendors each day!
Lynn Valley Community Recreation Centre 3590 Mountain Highway

Grandparents and Grandchildren Apple Fair

When: Sunday, November 9
3:00 – 5:00pm
Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren for an afternoon of fun. Enjoy tastings, door prizes, games snacks and more. Registration is required as space is limited, email or phone to register.
Where: North Shore Neighbourhood House 225 East 2nd Street

Max & Ruby in The Nutcracker Suite

When: Wednesday, November 12
MAX & RUBY bring to life a wonderful holiday tradition as they take to the stage in their most magical performance yet! As Grandma reads the story of the Nutcracker, MAX & RUBY are whisked away to a magical land where they become characters in the beloved ballet. Dancing, singing and delicious treats follow, as the bunny pair experiences the wonder and excitement of the classic story. The dazzling adventure, guided by the classic notes of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, is full of delectable dance and holiday magic perfect for the whole family.
Where: Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Avenue