01/09/2015 20:21 EST | Updated 03/11/2015 05:59 EDT

5 weekend events in and around Vancouver, January 9-12

Whether you’re into film, music and photography – or maybe you prefer the great outdoors – there’s no shortage of events this weekend in and around Vancouver.

So get your binoculars out, start practising those Italian phrases, and get ready to groove to some big band jazz!

1. Italian Film Festival

You can see all the greats from Sophia Loren to Marcello Mastroianni to Federico Fellini at this year's Vancouver Italian Film Festival.

It's the second year for the five-day event and if you love Italian cinema then and now, you should head to a screening. The festival also features a photo exhibition honouring Sophia Loren.

- January 9-14

- Vancity Theatre, Vancouver

2. Brackendale Winter Eagle Festival

Make sure you grab your binoculars before you head off to Brackendale, B.C. to spot some of the beautiful birds hanging out near Squamish.

There will be events going on throughout the month, including music and talks, but the real highlight is seeing the birds in their natural habitat. And don't worry - there are also telescopes stationed along the water for you to use! 

- Now through to January 31

- Brackendale Art Gallery, Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park

3. Dee Daniels: A Night Out With the Boys! 

For those that love that big band sound, iconic jazz vocalist Dee Daniels will be joining the VSO to perform a variety of standards from some of the most legendary vocalists of all time.

The show is part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Pops series, which aims to show a totally different side to the orchestra.

Daniels and the VSO will be performing songs from artists including Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder (and plenty more!), all lead by acclaimed conductor Scott Dunn.

- January 9-10

- Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver

4. Kayak at Firehall Arts Centre

This play centres on a suburban, BMW-driving mother who finds herself alone in a kayak on a vast stretch of water while trying to save her student son who has fallen in love with a radical environmentalist.

A touching take on the choices we all have to confront in the face of environmental change, the work is written by Canadian playwright Jordan Hall.

- Now through to January 17

- Fire Hall Arts Centre, Vancouver

5. Exploring Iceland in Coquitlam, B.C.

Stop by the Place des Arts in Coquitlam to see photography depicting the beauty and grandeur of Iceland – from stark glacial landscapes and frozen beaches to gorgeous mountains and valleys.

This is the first exhibition from a group of four Lower Mainland-based photographers, who call themselves the Back of the Bus Photography Collective (BOB).

- Now through to February 7

- Place des Arts, Coquitlam