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5 Things to Do in Vancouver This October

From female indie acts to nonna-approved pasta, discover the top activities in Vancouver this month.

Food & Drink

Pepino’s Spaghetti House

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Al Dente

A modern nod to checkered-tablecloth-and-Chianti joints, Pepino’s Spaghetti House delivers perfectly executed Italian-American fare on Commercial Drive. Crowd-pleasing classics include crispy fried calamari and Lady and the Tramp-worthy spaghetti and meatballs.


First Aid Kit

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First Aid Kit

The Swedish sisters honed their sighing, dreamy harmonies, but the folk duo’s latest songs showcase a rougher edge.

October 2,
Queen Elizabeth Theatre,


Courtney Barnett and Waxahatchee

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Courtney Barnett and Waxahatchee

Aussie powerhouse Courtney Barnett’s deadpan delivery and punchy riffs perfectly complement the wry, moody, guitar-buoyed musings of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield.

October 9 and 10,
Vogue Theatre,;



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Though her commanding anthems and energy are formidable enough to fill stadiums, Mitski’s raw performances feel as intimate as a bedroom-mirror hairbrush serenade.

October 30,



Photo: Britt Gill

Backpack to the Future

Sprawling over 5,000 square feet in Gastown, the new Herschel shop is the only brick and mortar location of the Canadian backpack and accessories brand. More than just a store, the futuristic space features artist-designed woven sculptures shaped like people and screens broadcasting Herschel happenings from around the world.