Enjoy a final month of celebrations during Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and year as a Cultural Capital of Canada:
The Soul Gardens mural on the Astoria Hotel investigates the Downtown Eastside’s cultural history through stories of food, gardening, and community.
The Women in Leadership Foundation’s Celebrating 125 Years of Leadership in Vancouver event highlights the achievements of Aboriginal women leaders of all ages (Dec.1)
Shadow Catch, a new Japanese Noh-inspired chamber opera, weaves together stories of the dynamic pre-war history of the Powell Street neighbourhood (Dec.2-4).
Vancouver 50: Vancouver Archival Video Festival offers a glimpse into the city’s political and artistic past with gems from VIVO Media Arts Centre’s 4200+ title archive (Dec.2).
221A and Artists Walking Home invites citizens to join artist M. Simon Levin in False Creek for a reflective walk and talk about what it is that makes Vancouver special (Dec.3).
Stroll through Vancouver’s neighbourhoods like a giant with Radix Theatre’s YVR: The Articulated City, a suspended paper replica of the city (Dec.3-9).
A book launch for The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver will celebrate the late author’s magnum opus and contributions to Vancouver (Dec.6).
ALIVE Arts Winter Festival & Dialogue is a cultural showcase with Aboriginal performing artists, an urban aboriginal artisan Christmas sale, children’s art program, traditional dancers, and community meals prepared by W2 Media Cafe.
Vancouver Schools at 125: this online yearbook explores Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, First Nation heritage and cultural diversity through Vancouver’s public schools.
Access Gallery’s Paragraph of Possibility exhibition engaged the imaginations of Ross House, Urban Native Youth Association and Bombast Furniture (through Dec.17).
Polar Bear: Native to Vancouveris a new public art project by Tony Pantages on Canada Line video screens (through Dec.18)
Thunderbird Then and Now, a digital storytelling project with Thunderbird youth and elders, will host a screening at the Thunderbird Community Centre (Dec.12).
The“Believe in Brit” Youth History and Sign Project is a youth-driven educational and skill development project to create signs for and about the Britannia neighbourhood.
Bold 125 Celebration honours the culture, heritage and success of Vancouver’s older lesbian women in a final event at Rhizome Café (Dec. 15).
UNIT/PITT Projects’ Ill Repute: Emerging artists present works of critical reflection on the history of one of Vancouver’s oldest artist-run centres (through Dec. 17).
ArtStarts Gallery’s The Kingsway Project is a photo exhibition featuring work by 120 grade 3 to 7 students at Sir Guy Carleton and Charles Dickens schools (opens Dec.6).
Paul Anthony’s Talent Time – Vancouver Special: This comedy-variety show presents “Futuristic Vancouver. Live taping at the Biltmore Cabaret (Dec.7), and the show will also air at a later date on ShawTV and www.TalentTime.tv.
Pi Theatre’s Visions of Vancouver, a set of four short plays written by local playwrights, was performed live earlier this year and is now available in podcast format as well.
South Hill Community’s INSIDE STORIES includes a dialogue event (Dec.17), a website and giant outdoor photomurals on Fraser Street at 44, 45 and 47 avenues.
Paradox in Harmony: How Building a Garden Shaped the Future of a City, a documentary about the 25-year history of Vancouver’s classical Chinese garden has its first screening at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden as part of the Winter Solstice Festival (Dec.21).
Audain Gallery hosts Mapping the Everyday: Neighbourhood Claims for the Future in partnership with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (until Feb.2012).
Creative Content – a series of events and exhibitions featuring works by Emily Carr University of Art + Design Alumni Association members: October 2011 through March 2012.