November 2021 at Place des Arts
home to our arts community

The days are getting shorter, the nights colder and yet, I'm still excited for this November! We have so many fantastic things going on that I'm excited to share.

First off, our Online Auction is coming to a close! Make a bid, buy an item outright at full price or donate today. I may be biased, but if you donate to us, you are donating to a great cause. I have seen the positive impacts the arts can have on people who walk through our doors, and I'm happy that our auction will pay for spots in our art programs for underserved members of the community.

This month, our 32nd Positively Petite Miniature Exhibition begins on November 12. This exhibition is always a hit since there's such a variety of work on display. This year we have over 30 local artists participating. Find out more below.

We also have our Holiday Artisan Shop starting on November 12. Stop by our facility to grab some great gifts from artisans in the community. We have so many different things, and a lot of wonderful seasonal gifts, that will help you check off everyone on your list. The online shop will be up again this year, and will be available for viewing on November 19.

Our annual Reflections Festival is also back! Despite all the changes caused by COVID, we've never let this event slide, and it's because we understand how important it is to offer family-friendly, engaging events. Find out more about this and other events on at PdA below!


Aurora van Roon
Communications Coordinator

P.S. Here is a picture of my dog in her Halloween costume. Hope this gives you all some cheer this month!
what's on
Come visit our Holiday Artisan Shop!
Find one-of-a-kind presents for everyone on your gift list. Explore finely handcrafted housewares, accessories, skincare, décor, cards, ornaments and more, made by talented local artists.

In-Person: November 12 – December 18
We encourage individuals or small groups to make an appointment to visit the Shop by calling 604-664-1636 ext. 0. Admission is FREE! Sales begin at 9:30am on November 12.

Online: November 19 – December 16
View all the items up on our website starting on Nov 19. Items can be reserved by email or by phone. Full details are up on our website.
The Reflections Festival is starting this month!
A Seasonal Celebration of Arts & Heritage

Join us to discover arts and heritage through a variety of accessible and interactive events. The centrepiece of the festival, Reflections, takes place on December 5 at Place des Arts and Mackin House. Come and dive into the theme of transformation through an immersive and interactive retelling of A Christmas Carol. Registration opens in November.

Check out all the events and activities that are part of the Reflections Festival:
Celebrations of Light at Mackin House
Nov 27, 2021 | 11:30 – 12:30pm, 1:30 – 2:30pm

PJ Storytime in the Parlour with CPL at Mackin House
Dec 1, 2021 | 7:00pm
Christmas Ghost Stories & Games at Mackin House
Dec 4, 2021 | 11:00 – 12:00pm, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Reflections: A Christmas Carol at Place des Arts, Fraser Mills Train Station & Mackin House
Dec 5, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:00pm
Registration link coming soon!
what's new?
October Exhibitions Opening Reception
From November 12 - December 16, come visit Positively Petite, our annual miniature exhibition unique to Place des Arts. This exhibition showcases small artwork created by local artists.

This year's show features artworks in various mediums including painting, ceramics, fibre arts, sculpture, photography, printmaking and mixed media from over 30 local artists.

The pieces in this exhibition make unique gifts for the art lover on your list or those you want to introduce to the beautiful world of art. All purchases directly support cultural programming at Place des Arts and the exhibiting artists.

The online exhibition will be published on the page linked below on Friday, November 19, 2021 by 9:00am.

get inspired
Get inspired at one of our upcoming events!
Painting and Prosecco is an evening to inspire the artist in everyone! In the warm and comfortable setting of Place des Arts’ Leonore Peyton Salon, you will be led by one of our visual art instructors in an evening of painting to unleash your inner artist. In a social and relaxed environment (perhaps with a glass of Prosecco), come have some fun with paint and get creative! Supplies included.
No-host, cash bar available with a selection of beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

Tickets are almost sold out! Grab yours today.

Join us for our annual celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robbie Burns! Fiddler Rosie Carver with Celtic band Blackthorn and a special guest piper feature the musical traditions of Scotland with a special focus on Burns’ songs and poems. Heart-wrenching airs and ballads, humorous songs with rousing choruses and lively jigs and reels are brought to life with Blackthorn’s luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.

Keep an eye out for our events guide coming out soon!
Come make music with us!
Workshops for strings and woodwinds players

The North Shore Celtic Ensemble (NSCE) is a dynamic community of young musicians whose goal is to help kids develop good musicianship in a fun and inspiring environment. In these workshops, students will get together in similarly skilled groups to play and share Celtic music while being guided by NSCE instructors. Students are invited to come learn new skills, make friends and have fun!

For students 8 years old and up.
Novice Level: 1-2 years of playing, up to RCM 2 (or equivalent)
Intermediate Level: RCM 3-4 (or equivalent)
Advanced Level: RCM 5+ (or equivalent)

Cost: The workshop is $19.25 per hour. Students will be at the workshop for 60 or 90-min depending on their level. There are two NSCE workshop opportunities this season:
  • January 30, 2022: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • April 10, 2022: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

get informed
Our 2021 online fundraising auction is coming to a close!
The auction closes at 9:00 pm on November 6, 2021.

Funds raised will support low-barrier and inclusive arts programs at Place des Arts through program subsidies and outreach initiatives benefiting under-served children, youth and adults in our community!

There is something for everyone this year with items ranging from outdoor activities, cultural adventures, health and fitness packages, self-care experiences, restaurant gift cards and more. Here's a peek at some of the packages up for grabs:
Place des Arts closed for Remembrance Day
We will be closed Thursday, November 11, 2021 for Remembrance Day.
in the community
November 12-14 | 18-21
Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 4-day visual arts, design, and crafts festival. Over 500+ visual artists are participating; painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, furniture, leatherwork, glass and textiles.

Saturday, November 20, 2021: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Will Stroet of Will’s Jams performs high-energy rock and pop songs full of witty wordplay and sing-along choruses. His bilingual music in English and French inspires kids to be active, creative, caring and community-minded.
transformation inspiration

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” 

James Baldwin
Novelist and Activist