Vancouver restaurants poutine on the ritz

And four other reasons Vancouver is awesome this week

La Poutine Week

The premise is pretty simple: Eat poutine during La Poutine Week and go online and vote for your favourites. And this glorious event celebrating Canada’s unofficial national drunk food takes place the first week of February each year. In Vancouver, you’ll find special poutines at Bells and Whistles and Fable Diner.

When: Feb. 1-7

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Where: Bells and Whistles (3296 Fraser St.) and Fable Diner (151 East Broadway)


The Wellness Show

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Now in its 27th year, Vancouver’s Wellness Show brings together vendors, practitioners, leaders and experts for a weekend focused on our health, inside and out. Enjoy live demos, panels and speakers, exhibitors and hands-on activities.

When: Feb. 2-3

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, Exhibit Halls A and B


Winter Wander

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Experience the unique waterfront attractions at Vanier Park at this family-focused event, showcasing art, history, crafts, science and performances from Bard on the Beach and the Vancouver Academy of Music. Enjoy local food vendors and enter to win great prizes. Your $5 admission includes entry to the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, City of Vancouver Archives, Vancouver Academy of Music and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

When: Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Ave.


Unicorn Ball

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Unicorns! Sparkles! Balls! ball. The Unicorn Ball us hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society and promises glittery evening of fundraising delight. There will be DJs, surprises, dancing, activities and more. In addition, all proceeds from the event go towards a Vancouver Pride Society bursary fund. The fund assists small, marginalized groups participate in Pride or in creating their own events during Pride season.

When: Feb. 2, 9 p.m.

Where: The Imperial, 319 Main St.


Arkells at the Pacific Coliseum


Hamilton’s Arkells hit the stage at the historic Pacific Coliseum on their Rally Cry tour for a night of alt-rock. The all-ages show opens with indie folksters Lord Huron.

When: Feb. 2, doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.
Where: Pacific Coliseum, 100 North Renfrew St.


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