After Hours: Arts festivals to keep you busy during January and February

Catch these concerts, parties, plays and exhibits ASAP.

Push Festival

Credit: Push Festival

Catch these concerts, parties, plays and exhibits ASAP

Shove it

The Push International Performing Arts Festival returns to Vancouver from January 19 to February 5. As always, the festival hosts a wide array of events at locations across town, from concerts and dance parties to plays and multimedia exhibits. Highlights this year include Ivo Dimchev’s Selfie Concert, in which the Bulgarian artist skips over the boundary between artist and audience, and Are We Not Drawn Onward to New Era, a palindromic take on the climate crisis from Belgian-based theatre performance group Ontroerend Goed. for more information


Freeze fest

If there was an award for most aptly named music festival in the province, one would have to consider Prince George’s Coldsnap—taking place January 27 to February 4—for the honour. The event has been a staple in the area since 2007 and this year’s edition features acts like Vancouver indie rock foursome Hyaenas—who have shared the stage with indie darlings The Pack AD and Fake Shark—and Indigenous husband-and-wife duo Burnstick, who were recently nominated for a Juno. Somehow, you might not think about the cold so much. for more information