Buckle up, Vancouver, because this week is going to bring a mix of live music, art exhibits, and yes, a ton of rain. Though if you’re sitting on one of Vancouver’s many heated covered patios, we doubt you’ll even notice the latter. Without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (February 6-10).

Ari Lennox

 

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Courtney Shanade Salter (AKA – Ari Lennox) is an R&B and soul singer and the first female artist to be signed to J. Cole’s record label, Dreamville Records. Her rise to recognition came soon after the release of her first EP, “Pho,” and she’s been growing in fame and accolades ever since.

When: Tuesday, February 7th
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $71.25+

As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic

This month, the Polygon Gallery is hosting a curated exhibit by Elliott Ramsey celebrating the Black community and identities in Canada. The As We Rise exhibit features more than 100 photographs from the Wedge Collection – the largest privately owned collection championing Black artists in the country.

From African diasporic culture to the civil rights movement, the new exhibit (organized by Aperture) will feature powerful photography by a number of talented artists.

When: February 24th to May 14th
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: By donation

Thomas Rhett

 

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American singer-songwriter (and son to country artist Rhett Akins) is set to bring his “Bring The Bar To You” Tour to Vancouver on Thursday, February 9th. The artist has released six studio albums for Big Machine Records, including It Goes Like This, Tangled Up, Life Changes, and Center Point Road.

When: Thursday, February 9th
Where: Rogers Arena
Cost: $54.35

Lace up your skates at the Shipyards

If you haven’t laced up your skates at the Shipyards yet this season, this is definitely the time to do it. There’s no denying that the Shipyards Skate Plaza is one of the most festive places to hit the ice – even after the holiday season, so don’t miss out!

When: Open throughout February
Where: 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free, rental costs vary

Sip some hot chocolate

Luckily for chocolate lovers, there’s still time to enjoy this year’s Hot Chocolate Festival. From Viva Cafe in Kits to Trafiq bakery on Main, here are all the participating cups of cocoa you can sip this month.

When: January 14th to February 14th
Where: Participating locations across Vancouver

Thrift some vintage fits

 

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From Community Thrift to Mintage Mall, to all the hidden gems in between, here are some fantastic places to peruse if you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe with some cool vintage finds. And with Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself.

Where: See our picks above

Weekly specials at Lunch Bar by Kafka’s 

Warm up with a bowl of stew or a hot sandwich at Lunch Bar, Kafka Gastown’s newest venture. And to sweeten the pot, the new Lunch Bar is serving up weekly stew specials for $13.50 – one vegan and one meat. And what’s more, both are served with a slice of fresh-baked focaccia.

Where: 151 West Hastings Street

Take a free class at VPL

In addition to online and in-person educational courses, VPL offers guests all kinds of free workshops, career services, family-friendly activities, book clubs, film screenings, and more. From sound editing to STEAM (science, technology, art, engineering, and math) courses for kids, there are plenty of options to fit any age or skill set. Best of all? All of them are free to attend!

Where: See our picks above

Enjoy some covered patios

Whether it’s just drizzly or full-out storming, there are (thankfully) plenty of covered patios in Vancouver to choose from. Why not make the most of them and sip on a couple of happy hour bevies this week?

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on this week, Vancouver! We hope it’s a great one.