Here's what's up on New Westminster's arts and entertainment scene


Month of November

Janet Anderson has an art exhibition at Burnaby Neighbourhood House North House, 4908 Hastings St., open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Info: or 604-294-5444.

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To Friday, Nov. 30

Emergence: A Showcase of Young and Emerging Talent, in the Plaskett Gallery at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New Westminster. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m., and during performances in the theatre. Info:


To Wednesday, Dec. 5

Black and White, a show and sale by New West Artists at the Network Hub, upstairs at River Market, 810 Quayside Dr., open Monday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Free.


To Thursday, Dec. 6

Charlene Vickers: Speaking with Hands and Territories, an installation at SFU Gallery designed to respond to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and issues surrounding the stewardship and occupation of Indigenous lands. It’s open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. at the galley at Room 3004 (Level 3) in the Academic Quadrangle at 8888 University Dr. Info:


To Saturday, Dec. 15

Face It!, an exhibition of mixed-media art by Ornella Maruccio-Balhomme, at the Amelia Douglas Gallery, fourth floor north, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New West. Info:

Parallel, an exhibition of mixed media work by Susan Jessop, Frankie Watt-Elphinstone and Kenneth Yuen, at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Info: or 604-298-7322.


To Sunday, Dec. 9

Reclaim, an exhibition at the New Westminster New Media Gallery, third floor, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., featuring virtual reality work Biidaaban: First Light by Lisa Jackson, and rock salt construction Detritus by Jonathan Schipper. Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with late evening opening until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Exhibition will resume in the new year from Jan. 4 to 27. Info:


To Sunday, Dec. 16

Forte Theatre Society presents The Shoemaker and the Elves, at Brookfield Hall at Burnaby Village Museum as part of its Heritage Christmas celebrations. Free. Shows at 2, 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For Heritage Christmas info, see


To Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019

Picturing Arctic Modernity – North Baffin Drawings from 1964, at Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave. Special events include In the BAG family Sunday drop-in on Dec. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Info: or 604-297-4422.




Friday, Nov. 30

Student composition concert, featuring new compositions written and performed by Douglas College music students, 7:30 p.m. at Douglas College’s Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, fourth floor north, 700 Royal Ave., free.


Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1

Golden Age Theatre at Century House presents Does Mrs. Claus Have Menopause, 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at Century House, 620 Eighth St. Tickets $8 members, $10 non-members, refreshments served. Call 604-519-1066.


Saturday, Dec. 1

New West Craft Winter Night Market, 6 to 9:30 p.m., featuring food, beverages, live music and shopping from a selection of artisan vendors. Two locations: at River Market, 810 Quayside Dr., and at 100 Braid Street Studios. Free and family-friendly.

James and Jamesy presents O Christmas Tea, a British comedy at Massey Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $34 regular, $19 children. To purchase call 604-521-5050 or see

Nikkei Christmas Boutique, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby, with jewelry, clothing, handmade porcelain, woodwork, Japanese scented soaps, Japanese-inspired treats and much more. Free admission. Info:


Sunday, Dec. 2

Winter Harp and the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir perform a Christmas concert at Massey Theatre, 2:30 p.m. Info: Tickets: or 604-521-5050.


Monday, Dec. 3 to Friday, Dec. 21

Burnaby Neighbourhood House North House hosts an art exhibition by artist Veneesa Gemma, open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open house and meet-the-artist event on Monday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. North House is at 4908 Hastings St. Info: 604-294-5444.


Tuesday, Dec. 4

Gregory Popovich’s Holiday Circus, a comedy pet theatre performance from Vegas, 7 p.m. at Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave., Burnaby, tickets $40 to $50,


Tuesday, Dec. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 23

Un-Natural Landscapes, an exhibition of work by Alyx Essers, at Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., with opening reception Dec. 7, 4 to 7 p.m. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m., by appointment and during productions in the theatre. Info: or 604-517-5900.


Wednesday, Dec. 5

Script Tease, part of Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays, an interactive workshop reading of the new play jew-ish, by Ira Cooper. Audience members can drop their name in a hat to be chosen for a chance to be cast in the blind read. (You can also just watch). By donation. Starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., in the back room at the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia St. Info:


Wednesday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Jan. 27

Arts Council of New Westminster Permanent Collection, a curated exhibition of still lifes and landscapes at the Gallery at Queen’s Park, Centennial Lodge. Open Dec. 5 through 16 and again from Jan. 2 to 27; closed Dec. 17 to Jan. 1. Gallery open Wednesdays 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Info: or 604-525-3244.


Thursday, Dec. 6

Burnaby Neighbourhood House open mic event, 7 to 9 p.m. at the new South Slope community hall, 5024 Rumble St. Performers should arrive at 6:15 p.m. to register (first seven are guaranteed a spot). Open mic from 7 to 8:30, with special guest performer from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Cost to attend is by donation, with suggest donation of $4 per person. Proceeds go towards the renovation and upkeep of the hall. For information, call 604-431-0400 or see


Friday, Dec. 7

Dance Into Christmas, featuring the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Academy of Dance, 7:30 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Tickets: or 604-521-5050.

Artist talk by Lisa Jackson about her virtual reality installation Biidaaban: First Light, part of the Reclaim exhibition at the New Media Gallery, 2 p.m., third floor, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Free, open to the public. Info: www.newmediagallery.caor 604-875-1865.


Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8

Hope, Peace, Love at Christmas, a concert by Amabilis Singers, with 8 p.m. concert Friday and 2 p.m. concert Saturday, at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church, 8255 13th Ave., Burnaby. Tickets $25, or $15 for secondary school students, and free for children under 12. Tickets through or 604-897-7258.


Friday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 30

Little Red Riding Hood, a holiday musical romp by the Vagabond Players, at the Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., weekend matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets $17 regular, $15 seniors/youth, or $12 for previews (Dec. 7 evening and Dec. 8 matinee). Info and tix: or 604-521-0412.


Saturday, Dec. 8

A Christmas Story, a concert by musica intima, 2 p.m. at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, North Burnaby. Info and tickets:

Original Legends of Rock ‘n’ roll presents a Rock ‘n’ Soul Christmas, 7:30 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., featuring Garry Moore as Little Richard, Kenny Wayne as Fats Domino, Mike Henry as James Brown and Samira as Tina Turner. Tickets: or 604-521-5050.

Spirit of the Season, an open house at Van Dop Gallery, 421 Richmond St., New West, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: or 604-521-7887.


Sunday, Dec. 9

Carols and Bells, the 21st annual edition of the popular festive concert that includes handbell choirs of varying ages, plus a chance to sing along to familiar carols. Tickets $20 regular, $15 students/seniors, $10 for children (kindergarten to Grade 7). Info:

Holiday Fun, a concert by the junior and intermediate orchestras of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, 2:30 p.m. at Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave., by donation. Invo:


Wednesday, Dec. 12

A Christmas Carol, an audience participation reading of the Charles Dickens Classic, part of the Sips n’ Scripts program at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., 7 to 9 p.m. on the first floor. Veteran actor-musician Dave Clothier appears as Scrooge, and audience members can read a role, throw a snowball, sing along with carols – or just watch and have fun. All ages welcome. Cash bar will be open with seasonal drinks. Call 604-527-4640 for information, or just drop in.


Thursday, Dec. 13

Cory Weeds and his Little Big Band are onstage at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., 8 p.m. Tickets: or 604-205-3000.


Saturday, Dec. 15

When the Earth Stands Still, a Christmas concert with the Coastal Sound Youth Choir and special guests the New Westminster Secondary School Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m. at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church, 8255 13th Ave., Burnaby. Tickets in advance: regular $20, senior/student $15, children 12 and under $10. (At the door, prices are $23/$18/$15.) Buy through


Sunday, Dec. 16

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents A Traditional Christmas, with host Christopher Gaze and guests EnChor and the UBC Opera Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. at Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave., Burnaby. Info and tickets:


Monday, Dec. 17

Christmas carol sing-along at Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas branch, 7311 Kingsway, with songs led by a librarian and accompanied by keyboardist. Lyric sheets provided, all ages and voices welcome. No need to register; just drop in. Info: 604-522-3971.


Tuesday, Dec. 18

A Christmas Story, a concert by musica intima, 7:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, New Westminster. Info and tickets:

Winter’s Lights Singalong, opening night for the Winter Celebrations at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., 7 p.m. Singers from a roster of local choirs offer up an evening of joyful songs, followed by a performance by Quayside Voices. Info:


Tuesday, Dec. 18 to Saturday, Dec. 29

Winter World, 1 to 7 p.m. daily at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. You can walk the wintery labyrinth and enjoy an entertainment stage as Anvil Centre transforms into a frosted wonderland. Free arts, crafts and heritage programs daily from 1 to 5 p.m. Info:


Wednesday, Dec. 19

Indigenous Circle – storytelling and tea, part of the Winter Celebrations at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Free. Info:

Christmas carol sing-along at Burnaby Public Library’s McGill branch, 4595 Albert St., with songs led by a librarian and accompanied by keyboardist. Lyric sheets provided, all ages and voices welcome. No need to register; just drop in. Info: 604-299-8955.


Wednesday, Dec. 19 to Saturday, Dec. 22

Winter Celebrations at Anvil Centre include Snowglobe Dances at 4:30 p.m. daily, with Small Stage presented hip hop, tap and contemporary performances; Festive Mixers from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Global Harmony Pairings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring a different duo each day. Dec. 19: Jodi Proznick (bass) and Natasha D’Agostino (voice); Dec. 20: Cassius Khan (tabla/voice) and David Hodgson (saxophone); Dec. 21: Lan Tung (erhu) and Marina Hasselberg (cello); Dec. 22: John Reischman (mandolin) and Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle). Info:


Friday, Dec. 21

CANCELLED (Forever and Ever: The Christian Musical, a benefit performance for the MS Society of Canada, B.C. and Yukon division, 8 p.m. at Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave., Burnaby. Info:


Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22

A Christmas Carol, a free professional reading of the Dickens classic at the Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St., featuring Russell Roberts as Scrooge. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and children, or 604-521-5050. Info:


Saturday, Dec. 22

Royal City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker, 1 and 4 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New Westminster. Tickets: or 604-521-5050.

Christmas Reprise XVI, a concert by Vancouver Cantata Singers, 7:30 p.m. at Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave., tickets $10 to $35,


Sunday, Dec. 23

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, featuring young American violinist Benjamin Beilman, 2 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., or 604-521-5050.

Return of Light, a concert featuring four pairs of musicians: Jodi Proznick (bass) and Natasha D’Agostino (voice); Cassius Khan (tabla/voice) and David Hodgson (saxophone); Lan Tung (erhu) and Marina Hasselberg (cello); John Reischman (mandolin) and Mark Meroniuk (guitar/mandolin), 7 p.m. at Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St. Tickets $20 adults, $10 students and children, or 604-521-5050. Info:


Thursday, Dec. 27

The interactive magic of Travis Bernhardt, a family-friendly magic and comedy show, 7 p.m. at Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St., $10 adults, $5 students and children, or 604-521-5050. Info:


Friday, Dec. 28

Hot in Here, with DJ Softieshan, a femme forward pop and hip hop dance party, 7 p.m. at Anvil Centre, $10 adults, $5 students, or 604-521-5050. Info:



Friday, Dec. 29

Family Ceilidh with Blackthorn, 7 p.m. at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., $5, or 604-521-5050. Info:


Thursday, Jan. 24

International Guitar Night 2019, 7:30 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Tickets $35 regular, $25 student/senior, $15 for children under 18. See or call 604-521-5050.


Saturday, March 9

ABRA Cadabra, a tribute to the music of ABBA, an all-ages show at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., 7:30 p.m. Early-bird ticket special until Dec. 7. See or call 604-521-5050.



LitFest New West short story competition is open for entries from both emerging and established writers, adults and youth. This year’s theme: Compassion through sharing stories of loss, grief and healing. Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to the top three finishers in the adult category and in the youth (15 to 18 years) category.Entries $20 for adults, free for youth. See full details at


Royal City Literary Arts Society is calling for proposals for worksho9ps to take place in New Westminster in 2019, with some happening Saturday afternoons at Anvil Centre and others during LitFest New West. Proposals should be centred on the art of writing and may include the business/art of writing, prompts, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screen and stage and more. Deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 31. For full details, see


Women invited to send submissions to Caitlin Press for BIG: Thoughts on a Plus-Size Life, an anthology of writing from women of all ages, orientations, colours and backgrounds. Non-fiction works between 2,000 and 4,000 words are invited. See for the full submission details. Submissions are open now and ongoing until April 1, 2019.


Circuit Fridays, featuring underground house music with DJ’s Darius Kramer, Dezyman and Hixz, with special guests, the second and last Friday of the month at Magnetiq Nightclub, 27 Church St., $10 at the door, doors 9:30 p.m.


Burnaby Arts Council is calling for submissions for Luminescence IV, the fourth edition of its show celebrating the spring equinox with works on the theme of light. Visual artists in all media encouraged to apply. Show will be held March 16 to April 16, 2019. Submission deadline is Jan. 16, 2019 at 4 p.m. Info:


Burnaby International Folk Dancers, meets Tuesdays at Charles Rummel Centre, 3630 Lozells Ave. Info: 604-522-7468 or


Queen’s Academy offers a non-profit musical theatre program in Burnaby for children aged two to 12. Registration now open at


New members called to join Vivo Children’s Choir for a new season of music making. Three choir levels for children in Grade 2 and up; no auditions required, and all are welcome. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at Olivet Baptist Church in New Westminster. Choir performs two main concerts a year. Info:


Volunteers required to help the Burnaby Arts Council in a variety of capacities, including gallery coordinator and volunteer coordinator. Prospective volunteers should fill out an application form – it’s available at - and return it to the gallery. For more details, see or call 604-298-7322.


Dance and laugh the night away with round dance and/or square dance lessons. Round dancing is choreographed ballroom dancing done in a circle; lessons Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Charles Rummel Hall, 3630 Lozells Ave. Modern square dancing is done to modern music with groups of eight people in a square; lessons Tuesdays from 7 to 8:20 p.m. at the Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts St. Couples and singles welcome, no special clothes required. For info, contact Pat at 604-521-7497.


Poetry New Westminster, presented by Royal City Literary Arts Society on Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. (except holiday weekends) at the Heritage Grill back room, 447 Columbia St. Each Sunday features two poets and an open mic. Search for Poetry New Westminster on Facebook for the latest schedule.


Paint and Sip Nights at 100 Braid Street Studios, offering a night of beverages, refreshments and a chance to receive step-by-step instruction from a professional artist to create your own painting. Each night costs $35, or $60 for two adults registering together, and runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. A variety of upcoming themes are offered. See


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