Top 10 UBC Events to Attend in January 2019

This month, attend UBC’s biggest hockey game, the Winter Classic, check out the opening reception to a new exhibition at the Belkin Art Gallery, and much more.

January 10: Hexsa’a̱m: To Be Here Always – Opening Reception

Working together at Kingcome Inlet in Summer 2018, a group of artists used film, video, social media, weaving, animation, drawing, language and song to address the urgent threats to the land and water. A manifestation of the relationships formed between the participants over this past year, this exhibition is based on sharing knowledge and respectful collaboration. Simultaneously research, material, media, testimony and ceremony, Hexsa’a̱m: To Be Here Always challenges the western concept that the power of art and culture are limited to the symbolic or metaphoric, and that the practices of First Peoples are simply part of a past heritage. This exhibition runs from January 11 to April 7 at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

January 12: UBC Student Leadership Conference – Beyond Your Lines

As one of the largest student-run conferences in Canada, the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) is an opportunity to explore your abilities, a hub for amazing individuals in the community, and a platform that inspires action. The SLC features well-known keynote speakers, workshops, featured presenters, and learning labs which all revolve around this year’s theme, Beyond Your Lines.

January 13: On the Button Bonspiel

HURRY HARD! Sweep those winter blues away with a fun night of curling. Whether it’s your first time on the ice or you’re a seasoned sweeper this tournament is a great way to try a national pastime. Teams of 4–6 people compete in this exciting curling tournament.

January 15: The Phil Lind Initiative Presents: Robert Bullard

The Phil Lind Initiative 2019 series will explore the theme of “America and the Climate Crisis” with some of the foremost intellectuals on the climate crisis. We begin the series with Robert Bullard, considered the “Father of Environmental Justice” and a Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University.

January 17 – February 2: UBC Theatre Lion in the Streets

Award-winning Canadian playwright Judith Thompson’s seminal play Lion in the Streets centres around Isobel, the ghost of a murdered nine-year-old Portuguese girl. Returning to the neighbourhood seventeen years after her death, young Isobel drops into the lives of her neighbours and reveals the hauntingly raw underbelly of human nature. Ultimately hopeful, Lion in the Streets devours with devastating beauty.

January 18: Winter Classic

UBC Thunderbirds’ biggest hockey game of the year is back for the fifth time! Come early for the pre-game festival on the arena concourse and cheer on the Thunderbirds. In addition to the hockey game, your ticket gets you access to an outdoor festival zone in front of the arena with live music and DJs, dance teams, hockey skills games, giveaways and prizes, face painting and poster making stations, and lots of food and drinks. This is a great UBC tradition and a fantastic way to start your weekend. 

January 21: Lunar New Year Dinner 2019 – Year of the Pig

A centuries old tradition, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in many countries across Asia and around the world. In celebration of the Lunar New Year, please join Professor Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of British Columbia, for a special five-course dinner at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

January 25: UBC Model U.N. 2019

This year’s UBCMUN will be held this from January 25–27 at the Westin Bayshore hotel in downtown Vancouver. Please visit for more information about committees, topics, and conference logistics.

January 30: Light and Perspective

This program of contemporary works with electronics plays on the subject of light and perspective. From the image of negative light (shadows), to animated light and perspective (Fireflies), to a work reacting to mass refugee migration and light as a metaphor for life (Displaced light), to the source of light on our planet – the sun (Keith Hamel’s Corona – written for Megumi Masaki). Outstanding Canadian pianist Megumi Masaki will join UBC Faculty Paolo Bortolussi, Keith Hamel and Jose Franch-Ballester to present this unique multimedia concert.

January 31 – February 3: The Magic Flute

Die Zauberflöte, better known by its english title The Magic Flute, is one of Mozart’s most beloved works. With famous arias like the Queen of the Night’s devilishly tricky Der Hölle Rache and Pamina’s heartbreaking Ach ich fühls, this opera is an audience favourite and a delight to perform for students and professionals alike.

There’s more to check out at UBC in January. To stay up-to-date with all the campus events, follow @UBCevents.