Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

This is the last weekend to catch the extended Andy Warhol exhibit! It is also a great time to get to know some birds, get happy at a museum, drink your way through an art gallery, check out some fashion and activism films, or even learn about cement.

 

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday April 24

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FUSE
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Art music, live performance, and a bar! The Vancouver Art Gallery becomes a surreal space of performances that happen everywhere, live music, and interactive experiences all among the gallery’s current exhibits. This is a dress-up or dress-down anything goes affair. Pro tip: hit the bars early, the line-ups can get crazy toward the end of the evening!

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show (opened this week)
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces-stairwells, hallways, and restrooms-in order to ask: what makes us happy?
Runs until: Monday September 7, 2015

Critical Mass
Where: Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 5:30pm
What: Take over the streets to the delight of some (and to the intense annoyance of commuting others) on a huge community bike ride across the city in a cheery and athletic display of organized, polite anarchy.

Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical Photo: Beatty Oei

Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical
Photo: Beatty Oei

Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (opened this week)
Where:  The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables)
What:  An indie-rock musical about the moment when big dreams meet reality checks. Sometimes life is disappointing; singing about it takes the edge off.
Runs until: Saturday May 2, 2015 (select dates)

Mastodon

Mastodon

Clutch and Mastodon
Where: Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville)
What: Rock from Clutch and metal from Mastodon come together in a crowd-pleasing union of guitars, heavy drums, wails and growls.

Eco Fashion Week: Fashion Revolution Day
Where:  Vancity Theatre
What:  Screenings of two films about sustainability and social implications of fashion. Traceable (6pm) explores the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh and talks about how clothing gets to the consumer. Handmade with Love in France (9pm) celebrates the artisans who create haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: M. Gérard Lognon, a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; M. Bruno Legeron, a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and M. Lorenzo Ré, one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making.

Un-Quiet Bodies
Where: Gallery Gachet (88 East Cordova) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: Aja Rose Bond emphasizes the relationship between work, leisure and self-care when accounting for physical and mental limitations. Chandra Melting Tallow explores the implications of ability through the lens of colonial and intergenerational trauma and its physical manifestations in the body.

 


 

Saturday April 25

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Canstruction Vancouver 2015

Canstruction Vancouver 2015

Canstruction Vancouver 2015
Where: West Georgia at Howe (Pendulum Gallery, Pacific Centre Mall, and Four Seasons Hotel)
What: Benefiting the Vancouver Food Bank, 19 teams of engineers, architects, graphic designers, local businesses and students compete to build the best and biggest sculptures out of cans of food.

Sweeny Todd

Vancouver Opera: Sweeny Todd (opens tonight)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: A darkly comical murderous thriller about a barber and his wife.
Runs until: Sunday May 3, 2015 (select dates)

OWL Spring Open House

OWL Spring Open House

OWL Spring Open House (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (3800 72nd st, Delta), 10:00am-3:00pm
What: OWL is an animal rescue group that focuses in raptors! (Not so much the Jurassic Park kind, more birds of prey such as hawks, eagles, falcons and owls, which are completely just as cool as their dino predecessors.) Take a tour of the bird care facility, see the many birds who have been rescued by this fantastic group, and watch newly-rehabilitated birds be released back into the wild.

Ocean Construction Supplies Open House
Where: Granville Island
What: Your chance to get up close to the giants painted on the 23 meter (75 ft) tall cement silos on Granville Island and get to now the wonders of concrete! Honk a horn inside a mixer truck, learn about the many uses of concrete, tour the facilities, and have the kids learn about gardening with an interactive experience by My Green Space. Presented by the Vancouver Biennale.

Wavelength and Blow-Up

Wavelength and Blow-Up

Wavelength and Blow-Up
Where: Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe), 7:00pm
What: The Capture Photography Festival presents a double-bill of highly celebrated avant-garde films from the 1960s. Michael Snow’s Wavelength precedes Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up, which is a time-capsule of London fashion about a photographer who believes he has unwittingly photographed a murder.

Bird Walk
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 10:00am
What: Rain or shine, enjoy a birding tour of the gardens. Free with admission to the garden or with membership.

 

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Nightwish

 

Nightwish
Where: The Orpheum (884 Granville), doors at 7:00pm
What: Symphonic metal from Finland. Dark, heavy music paired with powerful operatic vocals; it is cinematic, moody, and sometimes delightfully goth-cheesy.

Curse of the Livable City: Panel Discussion
Where: Richmond Art Gallery (7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond), 2:00pm
What: Photographer Greg Girard, architect Bing Thom, and associate editor of Canadian Literature and English professor, Glen Deer discuss livable cities.

Man Up: Golden Oldies
Where: The Cobalt (917 Main), doors t 9:00, shows at 11:15 & 12:30
What: A monthly drag show dance party featuring drag kings, and today the theme is the 50s-60s.

Author & Punisher
Where: Funky Winkerbeans (37 West Hastings)
What: Musician and artist Tristan Shone is a 1-person industrial doom band who uses machines that are custom-designed and hand-built by himself. This is a show where half the experience is watching him play his machines in-person and not to be missed by any fan of industrial music or machines that make noises.

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Big Data
Where: Venue (881 Granville)
What:  Electronic dance-friendly fun pop helmed by producer Alan Wilkis. With guests, The Month & The Flame.

Eastside Flea
Where: The Wise Hall (1882 Adinac) 10am – 4pm
What: Local artists, crafters, and scavengers selling their wares! Hand-made jewelry, vintage clothing, records, collectables and treasures.

Bite of the Underground
Where: Newworld Theatre (1422 William), 8:00pm
What: CBC’s The Debaters star and Just for Laughs alumnus, Charlie Demers hosts a selection of bite-sized performances. Tonight is comedy, animation, jazz, and feminist post-punk.

 


 

Sunday April 26

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Film still: So Sorry Ai Weiwei Cinefest Retrospective

Film still: So Sorry
Ai Weiwei Cinefest Retrospective

Ai Weiwei Cinefest Retrospective
Where: The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway), 12:00pm
What: The Vancouver Biennale presents the Ai Weiwei Cinefest Retrospective, a film series celebrating the world renowned Chinese artist, and activist. Films shown today will be Disturbing the Peace, So Sorry, and The Crab House.

Verses Festival of Words: poetry master classes
Where: The Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial)
What: Amber Dawn’s workshop explores the potent pairing of poetry, social justice, and personal identities at 12:30pm. Robert Priest focuses on techniques for writing micro or ‘seed’ poems (aphorisms, slogans, hook lines) and using them as centering points for longer oral/musical pieces at 3:00pm.

Gwaai Edenshaw Artist Talk
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (639 Hornby), 2:00pm
What: Hluugitgaa, Gwaai Edenshaw will share his knowledge of Haida carving and storytelling. He will speak to the historic and contemporary relevance of the Haida Oral History, Godanxeewaat: Stone Ribs and its connection to the world renowned, Haida Gwaii Rediscovery Program.

Lila Downs
Where: The Chan Centre
What:  A fusion of Mexican folk, rock, R&B, blues and jazz. More about her here.

Jangle & Shout

Jangle & Shout

Jangle & Shout
Where: The York Theatre (639 Commercial)
What: A literary soirée with a wild side, this is your chance to see a sampling of nearly all of the artists in the Verses Festival of Words as they each perform one piece.

Agent Orange
Where: The Rickshaw Theatre
What: This original Southern California punk/surf power trio is one of only a handful of bands who have been continually active since the earliest days of the west coast punk Scene.

Reflections Exhibition
Where: The Ferry Building Gallery (1414 Argyle, West Vancouver)
What: Students from Capilano University’s IDEA (illustration and design) program, exhibit a collection of scenic paintings, calendars, and postcards of Vancouver.
Runs until: Sunday May 3, 2015

WorldBeat 2015 Children’s Choir Festival
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 3:00pm
What: Concert culminating the Festival featuring the White Rock Children’s Choir and groups from around the province. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

 


 

Ongoing

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Andy Warhol exhibit

Andy Warhol exhibit – extended!

Andy Warhol Exhibit (extended – ends this week)
Where: Maison Ai Warehouse (1280 Homer)
What:  What else – a huge Andy Warhol painting exhibit! This is your chance to see the pop artist, character, warehouse-keeper of beautiful artists and icon’s work up-close and in-person.
Runs until: Tuesday April 28, 2015

Theatre Conspiracy presents Foreign Radical: a game of secrets

Theatre Conspiracy presents Foreign Radical: a game of secrets

Theatre Conspiracy presents Foreign Radical: a game of secrets (ends this weekend)
Where: The Cultch (1895 Venables)
What: 20 participants at a time are invited into an intriguing theatrical game world exploring security, profiling, terrorism, freedom of expression and privacy in the age of cyber surveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, they collaborate and compete, investigate and debate, gather evidence, and spy on each other. Depending on personal and group decisions, they are at times in divided in groups to witness different perspectives on dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and ability to win the game. With multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic.
Runs until: Saturday April 25, 2015

A Fateful Meeting of Les Femmes Fatales

A Fateful Meeting of Les Femmes Fatales (ends this weekend)
Where: Havanna Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr)
What: Lesbian home entertainment goes terribly wrong. Long-time couple Beth and Michelle host a role-playing murder mystery evening with their friends. But when real-life ex-lovers, business embezzlement, and illicit entanglements collide with this role-playing fantasy world, murder is in the air.
Runs until: Saturday April 25, 2015 (select days only)

Pi Theatre Presents: Blasted (ends this weekend)
Where: Performance Works (Granville Island)
What: A play about what happens when domestic and war-related violence intersect. Are you ready to be Blasted?
Runs until: Saturday April 25, 2015

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (ends this week)
Where: Various locations
What: The blossoms are in bloom and raining softly on streets all over our city! Join the celebration with events all over Vancouver.
Runs until: Wednesday April 29, 2015

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS for Capture Photo Festival (ends this week)
Where: Untitled Art Space (436 Columbia)
What: An all-girls, all-analog photography exhibition celebrating the female. Seven female film photographers from across the country showcase their portraits of girls in an exhibit that aims to empower female artists, photographers, models, muses, and girls in general as it highlights the collaboration of women in art and photography.
Runs until: Friday May 1, 2015 (Fridays and Saturdays)

Menno Kitty: New Works by Andrea Hooge

Menno Kitty: New Works by Andrea Hooge

Menno Kitty: New Works by Andrea Hooge
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main)
What: Drawing from her childhood interpretations and understandings of the world around her, Hooge includes images of kittens, dolls, and babies mixed in with an array of objects that act as personal symbols.
Runs until: Saturday May 2, 2015

Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical
Where:  The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables)
What:  An indie-rock musical about the moment when big dreams meet reality checks. Sometimes life is disappointing; singing about it takes the edge off.
Runs until: Saturday May 2, 2015 (select dates)

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Farewell, My Lovely
Where: Arts Club Theatre Company – Granville Island Stage
What: Crooks. Dames. Smoking guns and crystal balls. More dead bodies than your average graveyard. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight
Runs until: Saturday May 2, 2015

Vancouver Opera: Sweeny Todd
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: A darkly comical murderous thriller about a barber and his wife.
Runs until: Sunday May 3, 2015 (select dates)

New Works by Rachel Stableford, Kevin Ledo, James Knight, Kaz Simpson, Tina Yan
Where: Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender, 2nd floor)
What: A haven for both emerging and established artists, don’t miss the Ayden Gallery’s latest collection. From Stableford’s colourful pop to Ledo’s sometimes ethereal mix of graphics and realism.
Runs until: Sunday May 3, 2015

Reflections Exhibition
Where: The Ferry Building Gallery (1414 Argyle, West Vancouver)
What: Students from Capilano University’s IDEA (illustration and design) program, exhibit a collection of scenic paintings, calendars, and postcards of Vancouver.
Runs until: Sunday May 3, 2015

Capture Photography Festival Feature Exhibition: Images that Speak
Where: Satellite Gallery (560 Seymour St.)
What: The exhibition showcases ten local and international contemporary artists, many showing in Vancouver for the first time, whose works call into question how photographic images speak to us.
Runs until: Saturday May 16, 2015

Cézanne and the Modern at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: This exhibition comprises some fifty works and includes major paintings by Edgar Degas, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh among others, as well as sculpture by Paul Gauguin, Wilhelm Lembruck and Jacques Lipchitz.
Runs until: Monday May 18, 2015

Baker’s Market 2015
Where: Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert St.) 11am-3pm
What: Every Sunday, find beautifully decorated iced sugar cookies, cupcakes, French macarons, croissants, breads, scones, toffees, chocolates, marshmallows, gluten-free, organic, baked goods, and much more.
Runs until: June 14, 2015 (Sundays)

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces-stairwells, hallways, and restrooms-in order to ask: what makes us happy?
Runs until: Monday September 7, 2015

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast is a journey through the individual stories, strategic operations and accomplishments of our local RCN during the wars of the 20th century.
Runs until: Spring 2015

Material Future, The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
What: An exhibition featuring the work of renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the design architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building.
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Cesna?em, the City Before the City
Where: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
What: A transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver’s nose.
Runs until: December 30, 2015

 

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me and the rest of Vancouver in the comments below or tweet me directly at @lextacular


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4 Responses to Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

  1. Mike

    Critical Mass is not a “thing to do”, it’s a thing to abolish. It’s illegal, dangerous, and gives the city no positive benefits, unless you call tying up bridges and inconveniencing thousands of commuters (including other cyclists) a positive thing. Stop promoting stupidity and law breakers.

  2. Alexis Baran

    Hi Mike,

    You are certainly not alone in your opinion, however Critical Mass is a police-escorted legal thing to do in Vancouver. Not everyone is going to like everything there is to to do in the city, and my aim is to share a diverse selection of stuff that’s going on. If you’d like to learn more about Critical Mass, their events and their background, check out their blog: http://vancouvercm.blogspot.ca

  3. Why are you advertising ‘Critical Mass’? This has nothing to do with bike advocacy anymore. It is a non-sanctioned and sometimes [isolated] violent protest that does nothing but cause maximum disruption and frustration for commuters trying to drive home during the busiest time for commuters after a work week/month. I’ve seen several times these ‘protestors’ gang up on and assault drivers and vehicles just trying to get around them to go home. Please stop advertising and/or condoning these passive-aggressive protestors. In light of this me and my company will be boycotting your website and pulling all support of this site.

    • Alexis Baran

      Hi Ollie,

      My aim is to inform people of things to do, not necessarily to “promote” or to “advertise.” You are very welcome to not join in Critical Mass, and instead do one of the many other activities suggested.