December 31: W2 LIGHTS NYE 2013
W2 Lights NYE is a grassroots institution, selling out in advance each year. Ring in 2013 with #W2Belongs2Me friends at one of Vancouver's best annual NYE celebrations featuring some of the West Coast's most innovative live electronic artists, media arts and a progressive community vibe. This year, expect female chanteuses, digital Indigenous, cumbia, and future bass music. Proceeds go to W2, a community media arts centre serving artists and residents of the DTES and Vancouver. Details
December 31: Lucky 13 - NYE 2013 Party
$13 gets you into this New Year's Eve party at the Legion, with the didj thumping beats of SHINE, the fun frivolities of the Carnival Band, DJ Plan, DJ Oker, Calamity Jane, the Jingle Dangle dancers and the bicycle wheel of fantastic great luck - plus, a chocolate fountain. Details
December 31: SUPER HAPPY NYE 2013
Artist work space The Beaumont Studios puts on its annual New Year's Eve party with a live performance from Vancouver's LOVE & ELECTRIK and all-nite dancing with the SUPER HAPPY DANCE DEEJAYS: EVO, HUBBZ, SOO, SPILT MILK and WOOD. Details
January 1: 93rd annual Polar Bear Swim - FREE
Meet at the English Bay Bathhouse at 2:30 pm to join the throngs of fellow swimmers for this annual New Year's Day dip in the ocean. Costumes encouraged. Details
January 4: CreativeMornings/Vancouver - FREE
Every month, the city's creative community bonds over free eats and free inspiration - with a different speaker sharing their story of using creativity in their work and life. The January speaker is famed origami artist Joseph Wu. The lottery for 150 tickets opens at 11am on Monday, December 31. Don't miss this inspiring talk on creativity over bottomless cups of Salt Spring Coffee and W2 Media Cafe's incredible breakfast spread of homemade frittata, pastries, granola and more! Details
January 8: Village Vancouver & Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Potluck and Workshop
Bring something yummy for the potluck (6-7 pm), then stick around for one of the workshops (7-8 pm):
Main St. Community Mapping: Help make a community “transition” map of Main St, using a physical map and eventually posting it to the internet.
Canning & Seed Exchange: Bring something you've canned, seeds you've saved or food you've grown, and exchange it with others!
Tuke and/or Scarf Swap: It's cold and it's Canada; bring a tuke and/or scarf to swap.
January 15-February 3: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Modo is a proud sponsor of Vancouver's 9th annual mid-winter performing arts festival, which presents acclaimed local, national and international artists at venues in and around Vancouver and offers work from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Taiwan and the United States. Details
** Look for upcoming special ticket giveaways for Modo members through our Facebook and Twitter!
January 16: BIG MOUTH: A Speaker Series about Art and Education - FREE
UBC's Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA) and the UBC Art History Students' Association (AHSA) present an evening dedicated to redefining the relationship between the arts and education. Seven speakers from various creative industries will give seven short speeches, sharing their life experiences, perspectives and passions with a crowd of UBC students. Details
January 24: Modo's Annual General Meeting and after-party
Deepen your Modo membership by participating in our AGM, where we'll review the past year for the car co-op and elect two new directors to our board. Afterward, all are invited for our after-party, with food, drinks, music and hi5s!
January 24: Matt Hern: In Defense of an Urban Future
Purple Thistle Centre and Car-Free Vancouver Day founder Matt Hern believes an ecological future has to be an urban future, but that vision requires we reimagine cities as compact, accretive, self-determining places full of commonality and vibrancy. This rendition of density requires a politics that commits to participatory difference, equity, hospitality and friendship. Presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Matt Hern will explore Vancouver's existing seedbeds for a transformative, ecological urbanism. Details