January 12 at the Cultch
SYML — the moniker of musician Brian Fennell — translates to “simple” in Welsh, but the work of the Seattle artist is anything but. With piano, strings, synth, and affecting vocals, SYML makes stirring soundscapes filled with delicate depth. His first headlining show in Vancouver this month comes on the heels of the rising success of his 2016 debut EP, Hurt For Me.
HOT BROWN HONEY
January 9-27 at York Theatre
As part of the Cultch’s Femme January — a month-long dedication to and celebration of the female voice — this genre-bending production from Australia’s Brief Factory empowers while unapologetically and boldly confronting issues to do with cultural stereotypes, sexism, and politics.
ABOVE THE HOSPITAL
January 12-21 at Red Gate Revue Stage
In what may well be very familiar a situation for many Vancouver millennial, a couple — a nursing student and an aspiring musician — who live together in a small, over-priced apartment spend a night reminiscing the past and contemplating the uncertainty of the future. Above the Hospital marks the debut original theatre production of Midtwenties Theatre Society’s Beau Han Bridge.
BRENDAN LEE SATISH TANG
January 11-March 10 at Burrard Arts Foundation
In his new exhibition, meatspace, local artist and BAF’s Winter Resident Brendan Lee Satish Tang moves away from his usual ceramic medium practise and works instead with black foam core and hand-sawn strips of wood to create abstract sculpture installations that explore themes of motif and an in-flux state.
DTES ARTIST RESOURCE FAIR
January 20 at Carnegie Community Centre
Calling all DTES artists! The first-ever Artist Resource Fair, held at Carnegie, will provide opportunities to connect with community resource providers about project funding, rehearsal and exhibition spaces, classes, workshops, and more.
LIFT CANNABIS EXPO
January 13-14 at Vancouver Convention Centre
Canada’s biggest cannabis tradeshow features about 200 exhibitors, cooking and growing demos, talks, a vapour lounge, and a career fair. If you’re looking for a chance to really learn more about this booming industry, don’t miss out.
January 31 at the SFU David Mowafaghiab Cinema
The contemporary Japanese artist — well known for his collaborations with Pharrell, Kanye West, and fashion house Louis Vuitton — will be in lecture reflecting upon 30 years of work, as well as discussing the methods to his diverse practice and his new exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, which runs from February 3 to May 6.
January 24 at Vancouver Public Library
Presented by the Vancouver Writers’ Fest, the first event of Incite’s new season will feature readings and discussions from four critically-acclaimed poets including Vancouver’s Cecily Nicholson who’s forthcoming collection, Wayside Sang, traces the histories of the black diaspora near the Windsor and Detroit borders.
January 16 at Vancouver Public Library
The founder and president of the Orangutan Project, a charity to help save the orange apes from extinction, will share the fascinating story of his life’s work, alongside some of the current challenges the species is facing and what can be done to contribute to conservation.
January 19 at the Imperial
Everyone’s favourite local electronic duo are releasing their newest EP, The Feels, later this month on the 26th and are kicking off their supporting tour right here at home.