Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: April 13, 2017

It’s a weekend of vibrant colour! You know it’s spring when the fields of Abbotsford turn to multi-coloured bands of thousands of tulips. There are also the vibrant Vaisakhi day festivals this weekend, which mark the Sikh New Year and, for Easter, the pastels of bunnies and chocolate egg hunts are all over the city.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: April 13, 2017

Easter Egg Hunts in Vancouver for 2017 Easter Long Weekend

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Image courtesy of Barney Moss | Flickr

After a long, dreary March, nothing could be more exciting than the upcoming Easter long weekend! If you’re more excited about the prospect of searching for chocolate eggs rather than an excuse to sleep in, there are plenty of organized egg hunts happening around the city from April 15-16, 2017. Unfortunately, most of these egg hunts have an age limit of ~10 and below. But, if you have a kid, you can always live vicariously through their frantic attempts to locate plastic eggs hidden amongst the garden!

If you are hoping to get into the Easter spirit this upcoming long weekend, check out some of the events below to give you a few egg-celent ideas that will please everybunny

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Easter Egg Hunts in Vancouver for 2017 Easter Long Weekend

Visual art, Inuk throat-singing and German cabaret part of the first Vancouver Opera Festival

Tanya Tagaq, pictured here performing in Vancouver in 2011, is one of the performers at the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival. Ashley Tanasiychuk photo.

Beginning April 28 and running until May 13, Vancouver will host its first opera festival. Presented by Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver Opera Festival includes three operas as well as concerts from celebrated Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq and German cabaret stylist Ute Lemper, an art installation by Vancouver artist Paul Wong, and more. Festival-goers will also be able to party and talk opera at an opera bar and tent set up on the plaza outside Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St.) in downtown Vancouver.

That’s not all, as we learned in a conversation with Tom Wright, Director of Artist Planning.

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Visual art, Inuk throat-singing and German cabaret part of the first Vancouver Opera Festival

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: April 6, 2017

This weekend Vancouver is bringing it with a bunch of diverse activity options. We’ve got monster trucks, cherry blossom activities, a Harry Potter symphony, art, floral fashion, African dance, world music, and a festival of BC’s best distilled spirits.

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: April 6, 2017

Mr/Ms Cobalt’s Sixth Year of East Van Drag: April-May, 2017

Peach and Isolde | Photo courtesy of Mikul Culvez Photography

By Maiden China

The revivification of Vancouver’s drag scene is owed in overwhelming part to the tireless efforts of the scintillating Queen of East Van, Isolde N. Barron, and her wife/husband the incomparably loving and sweaty community leader, Peach Cobblah. This power couple is responsible for such shows as Apocalypstick, Queerbash, The Gay Agenda, and Hustla, creating safe and queer spaces in East Van for those under the LGBTQ2+ spectrum who don’t feel quite at home in the West End.

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Mr/Ms Cobalt’s Sixth Year of East Van Drag: April-May, 2017

Stop and Smell the Roses at the Fleurs de Villes Flower Event

L’Occitane / Maureen Sullivan display – Winner, Best in Show | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Imagine standing in the centre of a bustling mall, eyes closed. As you take a deep inhale, your nose fills with the scent of fresh flowers, as though you were standing in the middle of a fully-bloomed flower garden.

When you open your eyes, you’re drawn to the visually-intriguing, intricately-designed vintage gowns, goddess bikinis, and fanciful headdresses that surround you, all made up entirely of Spring’s most beautiful blossoms.

Thanks to Fleurs de Villes‘ cross-Canada Bespoke Flower Events tour, you can experience this dreamlike state in real life. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s floral fashion series, on at Metropolis at Metrotown from April 5th to April 9th.

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Stop and Smell the Roses at the Fleurs de Villes Flower Event

Opening this week – a cartoonist’s work comes to musical life in new collaboration

A small-scale model of CKCK, the television station depicted in George Sprott. Model by Seth.

In what promises to be one of the top visual arts events of the season in Metro Vancouver, Omnis Temporalis opens this week at Richmond Art Gallery.

The new, multi-media work, which runs from April 8 – June 25, is based on George Sprott: 1894-1975, by Guelph artist Seth. Vancouver musician/composer Mark Haney has written and recorded a full album’s worth of material inspired by the graphic novella. Seth himself has designed an immersive installation, which includes an entire cartoon space devoted to the construction of a television station that is the setting for much of the story, including a large-scale 3D cardboard model of the station, and drawings and enlargements from the book itself.

As well, eight live performances are scheduled during the exhibits run. These performances feature actors as characters from the book and live performances of Haney’s compositions by a group of musicians, including the composer.

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Opening this week – a cartoonist’s work comes to musical life in new collaboration