Top Vancouver Events Nov 17-20: Get your fix of poutine, art, and music

Get your poutine fix at this weekend's annual Poutine Festival. Photo credit: Food Guy Montreal

There's nothing I love more than art, music and poutine. So given that there's an event for each this weekend, I'm considering myself pretty lucky. Read on for all of our top picks of the week. 


Top Picks

Nov 18-20 | EastVan | Free

The Crawl is a free annual 3-day November event that involves artists on Vancouver's Eastside opening their studio to the public (yes free). It started in 1997 with 45 artists in 3 Strathcona area studio buildings and was attended by a few hundred people. Since that time the event has grown to include over 300 artists, craftspeople and designers attracting an audience of more than 10,000. Definitely worth checking out.

Adham Shaikh and the Dreamtree Project
Nov 17 | 9 PM-2 AM | Red Room Ultra Bar | $15

Beats Without Borders proudly presents Adham Shaikh and the Dreamtree Project, the Indian Dub Fusion project of Ethno-Electronic master Adham Shaikh, and Sitar virtuoso Uwe Neumann. This dynamic duo weaves a magic carpet ride of Classical Indian Raga afloat a Dub cloud of swirling Tabla, mystical Flutes, spacey beats, and swirling bass lines. Dreamtree conjures a fertile space for all who long to be seduced by the ritual power of music and the possibility of enlightened communal engagement.

Cute Cats & Arab Spring: When Social Media Meet Social Change
Nov 20 | 7 PM | Chan Centre at UBC | Free

Activists around the world are turning to social media tools as they are pervasive, easy to use and difficult for governments to censor. In this 2nd annual Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, looks at "the cute cat theory" of internet activism, as it helps explain the Arab Spring protests, aggressive internet censorship in countries like China and Vietnam, and the challenges for the corporate owners of social media platforms in an era of online speech.

Honorable Mentions

Practivism 4: Collaboration in Sustainable Design
Nov 18 |  6-10 PM | CIRS @ UBC | $20/$28
The 4th annual Practivism event casts a spotlight on how interdisciplinary teams are collaborating to mobilize sustainability initiatives. Local speakers  will illustrate how graphic designers, clients, researchers and businesses are working together to reach their social, economic and environmental goals, followed by a lively round table discussion. Learn about how graphic design is adding value, supporting and activating sustainability within our own community.

Festival de la Poutine de Vancouver
Nov 19 | 12 PM-2:00 AM | 4500 Arbutus Street | Free / $20

Terra Madre Day: The Joy of Preserving Food, Culture & Knowledge
Nov 19 | W2 Media Cafe | By donations ($15 suggested)

This year’s theme for Terra Madre is The Joy of Preserving. Look at the big picture of preserving food: conserving the land it’s grown on, supporting the people who grow our food, and learning about different cultures and their ways of preserving. There’s an amazing list of people and groups gathering for the festivity. We hope you’ll stop by and join them for some tasting and sipping, and learn about food issues that affect all of us, locally and globally.

THRIVE Film Screening and Discussion

Nov 20 | 4-6:30pm |  Rio Theatre
Join our local community at Vancouver's favorite independently owned and operated theater. Thrive is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's really going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, Thrive offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

What's Going On Salons Workshop | The Secret Weapon for Film, TV, Web & Transmedia Projects: Keyword Research & Online Data
Nov 22 | 9am-12pm | W2 Media Cafe | $75
Every successful media project starts with a good story, but on its own this will not help make you a living as a screen media creator. In this 3 hour workshop, you will learn the key sources of online audience/market data, social media market research skills & data specific to your project and how to use this information for funding applications & digital marketing plans and much more.

Youth Venture Changemaker Challenge
Nov 23 | 6-8 PM | UBC Robson Square(C300)| Free

Come to the Be a Changemaker Challenge Selection Panel to watch the top teams of SFU and UBC students pitch their ideas for creating their own social ventures. The Selection Panel will bring together six business and social entrepreneurs who will select the winners. Join business and social venture leaders from around B.C. to hear the newest ideas from the next generation of changemakers!

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