CKNW Community Rundown
980 CKNW has been a part of the Lower Mainland for over 75 years. 980 CKNW is proud to support our community partners:
SPACE EXPLORERS: THE INFINITE
November 15, 2023 – January 14, 2024
Space Explorers: The Infinite is a unique immersive experience inspired by NASA missions, which transports visitors into space aboard the International Space Station.
During this unique journey, visitors have access to never before seen 360 degree videos, captured in space using cutting-edge technology. They will enjoy incredible views of Earth and gain a unique perspective on the daily lives of astronauts through exclusive encounters with the international crew.
Hours: Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday and Saturday Evenings: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
COVENANT HOUSE TRIPLE MATCH CAMPAIGNS
Triple Match Campaign Now to December 31st
Covenant House Vancouver 1280 Seymour St,
Our Triple Match Campaign is on now. Donate today and your gift will be matched for three times the impact to help youth overcome homelessness. Your gift today will go three times as far in providing food, shelter, life skills training, and mental health care for the most vulnerable in our community.
HYCROFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Christmas Family Brunch: Dec 3
Hycroft Manor: 1489 McRae Ave, Vancouver – Get Your Tickets Here!
You’re invited to visit historic Hycroft featuring our 2 Brunches. An exciting and unique shopping experience. featuring various unique gifts, crafts, handmade goods, edible treats and many more! Reserve your ticket today through Eventbrite or call our office at 604-731-4661.
- Sugar Plum Brunch Santa & Storytelling – Sunday December 3, from 11am to 2pm.
CANYON LIGHTS AT CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE PARK
November 17, 2023 – January 21, 2024
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park – Get Your Tickets Here!
Canyon Lights returns to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on Friday, November 17th, 2023, and runs until Sunday, January 21st, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (closed December 25th).
Canyon Lights transforms the Park into an unforgettable holiday experience. Cross the world-famous bridge, lit end-to-end with a multi-colour display above the illuminated Capilano River and canyon. Journey into a magical glowing rainforest and walk high above the forest floor on the glittery Treetops Adventure. Wind your way along the twinkling cliffside pathway of Cliffwalk and experience the Park’s newest light installation. Capture photo-worthy moments, indulge in a cozy cup of hot chocolate while you listen to live holiday tunes and explore the many fun festive activities that await you.
Tickets and annual passes are now available and must be purchased in advance online, at capbridge.com, with a limited quantity of tickets available in 30-minute arrival increments. Don’t forget, BC Annual Passholders need to reserve their entry time online prior to every visit. Book early to avoid missing out!
BRIGHT NIGHTS IN STANLEY PARK
November 30 – January 1st, 2024
Stanley Park – Train ride tickets have sold out, holiday light display at the plaza is free
Bundle up the family and join us for a holiday experience like no other, as our iconic 1961 locomotive once again winds its way through the magical Stanley Park forest, alight with thousands of sparkling lights. Kids of all ages will cherish memories of riding the Bright Nights Train for years to come.
Stroll through the plaza to enjoy even more lights, whimsical displays, and the crowd-pleasing vintage fire truck. Make sure you check out the live entertainment on your way to the North Pole workshop, where you can snap a pic with Santa and his fire fighter friends. For more info check out their website here!
About BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
A favourite holiday tradition for the community and fire fighters alike, Bright Nights is also the single largest fundraiser for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund External website, opens in new tab, which provides life-saving, life-supporting, and life-enriching services to burn survivors and their families from across the province.
The Park Board has donated more than $2.5 million to the Burn Fund since Bright Nights began in 1998
SEA TO SKY GONDOLA SPIRIT OF THE SEASON
December 1st to 31st
Sea To Sky Gondola – 36800 Highway 99, Squamish, BC
The Sea to Sky Gondola is thrilled to announce the return of its highly anticipated holiday event, “Spirit of the Season.” Nestled in the heart of the stunning Coastal Mountains, Sea to Sky Gondola has become a winter wonderland where guests can enjoy a unique and magical holiday experience
Throughout the month of December, guests are invited to immerse themselves in a world of wonder, with activities that include strolling through a festively decorated forest, meeting Santa Claus, indulging in outdoor storytime, and relishing in delightful festive holiday lunches with loved ones. What’s more, the experience continues all season long, spanning from December to February 2023, with a diverse range of activities such as sunset/daytime snowshoe tours, exhilarating tubing adventures at the park, Nordic and backcountry skiing in the alpine forest, as well as winter walks along the suspension bridge and various scenic trails.
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
December 1 – 4
In Theaters and Online Here
After two successful editions, The Vancouver Intl Black Film Festival is back once again with a hybrid version to amplify the voices of Afro-descendants in British Columbia and to foster accessibility across the country. The third annual Vancouver Intl Black Film Festival #VIBFF23, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and co-presented byGlobal BC, is thrilled to announce its official hybrid program and events lineup, running December 1 – 4, 2023. The In-Person screenings and events will take place at the VIFF Vancity Theatre and Studio Theatre.
#VIBFF23’s exciting and diverse programming is presented in a hybrid model again this year, with continued Online programming for accessibility across Canada and the world. Through films and various panels, this year’s festival is aimed at the public from all communities as it highlights the talent of creators from diverse backgrounds and makes room for them to reflect on the issues they face.
The Vancouver Intl Black Film Festival (VIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is a unique festival coupled with entertainment and empowerment. It not only shines a light on diversity, but through film screenings and various discussion panels, this festival is an impactful movement that gives a voice and a platform to marginalized artists.
CANDYTOWN AT YALETOWN
December 2nd – 12pm – 5pm
Yaletown – Bill Curtis Square and Helmcken Plaza
The Yaletown Business Improvement Association (YBIA) announced its 11th annual CandyTown winter festival, Downtown Vancouver’s only free outdoor winter market. Committed to fostering a sense of community and spreading holiday cheer, “CandyTown” will magically turn Yaletown’s Bill Curtis Square and Helmcken Plaza into a captivating winter wonderland, on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST.
This year’s event promises to be better than ever, with exciting new additions that will delight families, friends, and even pets alike. CandyTown is a cherished holiday event adored by locals and visitors. This delightful occasion presents an array of captivating activities, such as enchanting horse carriage rides, mesmerizing live ice sculpting, a station for children to write to Santa, roaming characters such as gingerbread men, candy canes and snowmen, as well as various holiday vendors.
This year, guests can also expect live music from the East Van Horns, carollers and a pet-friendly, Winter Wonderland photo station, styled by The Happy Photo Bus. Meant to encourage festival goers to support and shop local, CandyTown visitors will have the opportunity to purchase their holiday gifts and take advantage of holiday promotions with Yaletown’s Kissmas shopping event. Committed to supporting Vancouver-based charities, the YBIA will be donating the proceeds from the horse-drawn carriage rides to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
CAUSE WE CARE HOLIDAY CARE PACKAGE DRIVE
An empty cupboard can be common during the holiday season for single mother-led families. Many cannot afford gifts or any of the extras that most families enjoy over the holidays, and these care packages offer both necessities and some treats and comforts to help brighten the season for these mothers and their children. We are the largest care package drive in the Lower Mainland.
Cause We Care Foundation works with local companies to secure donated or wholesale cost of items to ensure your donation makes a significant impact.
This year’s drive will take place on December 4th, 2023 at BC Place Stadium. To learn more click here.
SALVATION ARMY HOPE IN THE CITY BREAKFAST
December 6 – 7:30am – 9:00am
Vancouver Convention Centre – Get Your Tickets Here!
The Salvation Army’s Hope in the City Breakfast is a special Christmas tradition in Vancouver. It is an opportunity to come together, ring in the holiday season and recognize and celebrate the importance and impact of philanthropy in our community. Visit HopeInTheCity.ca to learn how to be part of this special morning.
GATEWAY THEATRES PRESENTS: ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
December 14 – 31
Gateway Theatre 6500 Gilbert Rd Richmond
This holiday season, Gateway Theatre presents the enchanting Tony Award-Winning Musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella from December 14 to 31. The Gateway Theatre creative team is bringing this magical production to life with extravagant ball-worthy costumes, an incredible pumpkin carriage and a live band to play this captivating score.
“We invite audiences to join us at Gateway this holiday season to experience the magic of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” said Barbara Tomasic, Gateway Theatre’s Director of Artistic Programs. “This newly updated fairy tale still warms the hearts of children and adults alike, and we are delighted to share this award-winning show with our audiences. The story was adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity. In 2013, the production earned nine Tony Awards nominations and won three Tony Awards when it first premiered on Broadway. Not only does it have a sweeping score, but this beloved fairy tale has also been beautifully contemporized for the stage, with a new focus on female empowerment and resiliency.”
Show times: 1pm Matinee & 7:30PM Evening Performances
Ticket Price: Starting at $40 (Children 0-12 $25)
Box Office: 604-270-1812
SALVATION ARMY KETTLE CAMPAIGN
On Now to December 24
Throughout The Lower Mainland – Find Out More…
The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events. There are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.
BACKPACK BUDDIES HOLIDAY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
On Now to December 24
Donate Online HERE!
This holiday season, you can put hope on the table for a child in need. For just $20, you can provide a hungry child with a bag of food from Backpack Buddies filled with meals and snacks to last the weekend and beyond. Children Across BC are Hungry. Families are in crisis. The ever-increasing cost of rent, household expenses and childcare has created an affordability crisis for families. One in eight families experiences food insecurity. For those that depend on school meal programs to help feed their children, every weekend brings renewed stress to keep food on the table.
BC CANCER FOUNDATION: LIFE BEYOND CANCER FUNDRAISER
On Now to December 31st
Whether you’re a BC Cancer expert researching new treatments, a donor inspired to give, or a patient facing their greatest challenge, the dream is the same – life beyond cancer. With the help of the BC Cancer Foundation, life beyond cancer is within reach.
For every family facing cancer, the dream is the same – life beyond cancer. Your donation fuels the BC Cancer innovation that has saved the lives of patients like Chris, who survived testicular cancer and now has the family he always wanted. It starts with you.
The BC Cancer Foundation raises funds for BC Cancer to support world-leading scientists and clinicians across the province — as they advance global innovation and accelerate access for all British Columbians to cutting edge cancer care, close to home.
CANUCK PLACE LIGHT A LIFE FUNDRAISER
On Now to December 31st
Light a Life at Canuck Place. At Canuck Place, all lives are precious, no matter how long they shine. This holiday season, light a life at Canuck Place and help short lives shine bright.
From now until December 31, your donation will be triple matched thanks to our generous sponsors John & Claire Nicola and Friends/Nicola Wealth, the Coromandel Foundation, and LMS Steel and friends, and the Douglas C Gordon Family.
We provide innovative, interdisciplinary clinical care in our hospices, in community hospitals, and at families’ homes throughout BC and the Yukon. Our compassionate experts care for children aged 0 to 19 with progressive, life-threatening illnesses. We offer family support, respite care, management of pain and symptoms, end-of-life care, and grief and bereavement counselling.
SURREY HOSPITALS FOUNDATION: KEEP HEARTS BEATING CLOSE TO HOME
On Now to December 31st
Surrey is the only large city in Canada that does not yet have a cardiac catheterization lab. A cath lab is a specialized care area that allows cardiologists to perform tests and procedures that open up arteries during a heart attack and prevent future heart attacks from occurring.
SMH’s new cath lab will be the first one built south of the Fraser River. This means that residents of Surrey will no longer be subject to traffic patterns and bridge access in order to receive care for one of the leading causes of sudden death.
Within 18 months, Surrey Memorial Hospital will open two brand new cardiac catheterization labs (cath labs), where cardiac specialists will perform minimally invasive tests and advanced life-saving cardiac procedures. Surrey Hospitals Foundation is proud to partner with the Fraser Health Authority and the Provincial Government in supporting and fundraising for our cath labs.
Your donation today can help fund these new cath labs so we can bring life-changing health care to our communities south of the Fraser River.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE: LIGHT THE HOUSE
November 1 – December 31
At Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon, they ensure that families who are far from home can celebrate together even while they are going through the most difficult of times as their child receives life-saving treatment.
Every year, the Ronald McDonald House transform the House into a festive place for families who are away from home during the holidays. To do this, they depend on support from community groups and generous donors to help us Light the House.
VGH & UBC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION HOLIDAY ANGEL CAMPAIGN
November 1 – December 31
From November to January, the holiday trees at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), UBC Hospital and GF Strong Rehab Centre will be filled with hundreds of angels carrying messages of love and gratitude to friends and family, medical teams and hospital staff, and all the Angels in our lives.*
Thanks to generous donors, the Angel campaign has raised over $4.5 million since 2001. Your donation will fund vital research, recruit, and train world-class health care workers, and equip them with the cutting-edge tools and technology they need to save and improve lives. Donate now.
THE VSO 2023 CONCERT SEASON IS ON NOW!
Multiple shows, to see their schedule click here.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) announces its 2022/23 Season: its 104th season of irresistible musical experiences and one of its most exciting to date. From Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven, to the music of Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, The Police and Harry Potter, there is something for everyone’s musical tastes next season at the VSO.
Led by Music Director Otto Tausk since 2018, the VSO performs more than 150 concerts each year, throughout Vancouver and the province of British Columbia, reaching over 270,000 people annually. On tour the VSO has performed in the United States, China, Korea and across Canada.
The orchestra presents passionate, high-quality performances of classical, popular and culturally diverse music, creating meaningful engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Recent guest artists include Daniil Trifonov, Dawn Upshaw, James Ehnes, Adrianne Pieczonka, Gidon Kremer, Renée Fleming, Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Tan Dun, and more.
To get your tickets and to see what else the VSO is up to this season visit their website here.
THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
2023 Calendar of Events
Tickets and Info Online Here
Check out the newest updates on the ground breaking and creation of the new Vancouver Art Gallery Here!
Become a member to discover how art opens access to a full year at the Gallery, ideas to share with others, and experiences like no other. Support the Gallery and enjoy a wide range of fantastic benefits that are most important to you. Start your experience now!
Here is a list of exhibits and installments that are coming up at the Vancouver Art Gallery!
FASHION FICTIONS – On now to October 9th
MARIE KHOURI – I LOVE – On now to November 19th
JERRY SEINFELD RETURNS TO VANCOUVER
January 5th and 6th
Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Get Your Tickets HERE!
America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, comes to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage in Vancouver, BC, to perform his newest stand-up routine on Friday, January 5, 2024 at 7pm, and Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 7pm & 9:30pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 2, at 10am! Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere.
Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: “Seinfeld.” The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe, and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the
best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.
MADONNA THE CELEBRATION TOUR – RESCHEDULED
February 21, 2024
All tickets sold for the original show date will be honoured at the door! Madonna was forced to postpone the North-American leg of her Celebration tour after a life-threatening illness. He European tour is under way and the Iconic Madonna has announced her rescheduled north American tour! Live Nation is pleased to confirm that most of the North America dates of Madonna’s Celebration Tour have been rescheduled and will take place immediately following the originally announced UK and Europe dates.
DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! The Tour
March 12, 2024
Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Get Your Tickets Here!
MRG LIVE PRESENTS DANCING WITH THE STARS: Live! The Tour: Starring Dancing with the Stars Professional Dancers Brandon Armstrong, Rylee Arnold, Alan Bersten, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, and Britt Stewart. Plus celebrity guest stars to be announced! For more info and to sign up for this FREE membership, go to DWTSTour.com
Following last year’s fan-frenzy that led to a spectacular run of sold-out shows, MRG Live is proud to present Dancing with the Stars at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC on March 12, 2024. This year’s all-new stage show will feature your favorite professional dancers from the hit television series performing dazzling, sexy, high energy, brand-new live production with glittering
new numbers as well as some of the unbelievable showstoppers featured in season 32. Tickets for the Vancouver show on sale now at admitone.com.
CHELSEA HANDLER ‘LBB’ TOUR
March 29, 2024
Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Get Your Tickets Here
Grammy-nominated comedian, television host, best-selling author and advocate, Chelsea Handler, is extending her highly-acclaimed Little Big B**ch Tour into 2024. Presented by Live
Nation, this expansive tour continues to bring Handler across North America, featuring over 20 remaining stops in 2023 and 15 newly added dates for the coming new year thanks to
overwhelming fan demand.
The Little Big B**ch Tour gives fans a retrospective look at what made her the person and comedian we all have grown to love. This run follows her successful Vaccinated & Horny Tour
which saw her perform over 115 shows in over 90 markets during the last year & a half and garnered her a People’s Choice Award for Best Comedy Act along the way. The Vaccinated &
Horny Tour marked Handler’s return to standup after a six-year hiatus, reminding her of her love of the craft; it was also taped for Handler’s new special, Revolution, now available for streaming
Get your tickets to the show early with pre-sale code VOCALS starting October 26; General On Sale Starts Oct. 27 at 10AM at LiveNation.com
VANCOUVER SUN RUN 40TH ANNIVERSARY
April 21, 2024
Downtown Vancouver – Early Bird Registration Opens October 3rd!
The Vancouver Sun Run, Canada’s largest 10K race, is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership as it gears up to celebrate its 40-year anniversary. Herbaland Naturals, a trail blazing Canadian enterprise devoted to promoting health and wellness, has united with the Vancouver Sun Run to invigorate community connections, inspire active lifestyles, and elevate the culture of achievement.
Mark your calendars, as pre-sale registrations for the 40th-anniversary Vancouver Sun Run will go on sale starting October 3rd, 2023. Early bird registration, offering special discounts and incentives, will kick off on November 1st, 2023. With this partnership, participants can look forward to an even more exceptional and memorable Sun Run experience as they lace up their running shoes to join the celebration of fitness, achievement, and community spirit.
As the largest running event in the country, the Vancouver Sun Run draws between 30,000 and 40,000 participants of all ages each year, and its charitable efforts have raised more than $3.3 million dollars since its inception. New for 2024, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Children’s Foundation and Hope Air will join the BC Cancer Foundation, BC Epilepsy Society, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, Charlford House Society for Women, Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Raise-a-Reader, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and Family Services of Greater Vancouver as the official beneficiaries of the 2024 event.
YWCA WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS
May 13, 2024
Do you know an inspirational woman or workplace in our community? Only a couple of weeks to submit a nomination for the 41st Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards! Learn more and nominate today: ywcavan.org/wod
Join us and celebrate exemplary women and workplaces in our communities at the 41st Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards! Tables & Tickets on sale now here.
ROLLING STONES HACKNEY DIAMONDS TOUR 2024
July 5, 2024
BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd Vancouver
The Rolling Stones return to BC Place on Friday, July 5. Fans can expect to experience Mick, Keith and Ronnie play their most popular hits as well as fan favorite deep cuts and music from their new album HACKNEY DIAMONDS. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1 at 10am. This is your chance to see the Stones! Check out their tour page here!
TYLER CHILDERS MULE PULL TOUR 24′
August 8, 2024
Rogers Arena – Tickets go on sale to the public October 11th!
Tyler Childers will continue his global “Mule Pull ’24 Tour” through next summer with newly confirmed shows at Chicago’s United Center, Boulder’s Folsom Field, Washington State’s Gorge Amphitheatre, Alpharetta’s Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (two nights), Tampa’s MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Vancouver’s Rogers Arena and Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome among many others. See below for complete itinerary. Special guests on the tour include Adeem The Artist, Willi Carlisle, S.G. Goodman, Wayne Graham, Shakey Graves, Valerie June, Laid Back Country Picker, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Allison Russell.
Fans are being asked to register before tickets go on-sale to help block bots and scalpers, reduce resale and get tickets directly into the hands of real people. Registration for the pre-sale is open
now until Sunday, October 8 at 11:59PM ET—sign up HERE.
LAINEY WILSON COUNTRY’S COOL AGAIN TOUR 24
September 26, 2024
Rogers Arena – Get your tickets here!
Tickets go on sale October 27th through Live Nation! multi-award-winning singer songwriter and breakthrough actress, Lainey Wilson announced she will be performing 35+ dates across North America on her headlining “Country’s Cool Again Tour”. Already in 2023, Wilson has won four ACM Awards, two CMT Music Awards, three PCCA Awards, in addition to being honored as Billboard Women in Music’s 2023 “Rulebreaker,” and the most nominated artist at this year’s CMA Awards with a record breaking nine nominations.