Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Happy long weekend one and all, and a happy Easter, Eostre, Passover, Hanuman Jayanti, Lazarus Saturday, Theravadin New Year and anything else you choose to celebrate or observe over the next few days. This weekend’s lineup includes cosplay, egg hunts, puppet deaths, an outdoor pillow fight, a play about a gay Jesus, and much more.  Be sure not to miss the new ongoing section for theatre, art, Easter, and other recurring events that are happening over this weekend and beyond. There’s a lot ending this weekend so catch it if you can!

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday April 3

 

Fan Expo Vancouver (April 3 - 5)

Fan Expo Vancouver (April 3 – 5)

Fan Expo Vancouver (opens Friday)
Where: The Vancouver Convention Centre
What: A weekend off the pages from the most collected comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming tales of all time. Dress yourself up in the fanciest cosplay, or drag yourself in your most comfort-first sweatpants, socks, and sandals to see the DeLorien that got Marty Back to the Future, a Lego booth, Chad Coleman from The Walking Dead, William Shatner, and more.
Runs until: April 5

 

The Cat Empire (April 3 + 4)

The Cat Empire (April 3 + 4)

The Cat Empire
Where: The Commodore Ballroom, 8pm
What: Australian jazz/reggae/funk/latin/gypsy/hip hop. For over a decade now, and through various recordings, The Cat Empire have carved themselves out a unique place in the musical firmament, as a band with no guitars, with no easily definable style and no corresponding haircut, but a band that can step onto any stage in the world and make the crowd move. With guests Current Swell.

 

The Real McKenzies

The Real McKenzies

 

The Real McKenzies
Where: The Vogue, 8pm
What: Vancouver’s own Canadian Celtic punk band has been making bagpipes and hard guitar riffs work together since 1992. This is what happens when traditional Scottish songs immigrate over to the shores of Canada, frequent our pubs, and start going to punk shows. They are playing with guests Timebomb (a Rancid tribute) and The Putz.

Jeff the Brotherhood (early show)
Where: The Biltmore Cabaret
What: A two-piece band from Tennessee, playing something kinda like psychedelic rock, garage rock, punk and pop.

Twerps
Where: The Fox Cabaret
What: Cheeky, charming, and catchy, Melbourne foursome Twerps are lo-fi pop gems. Formed in 2008, Twerps were called “the best new band in Australia” by Uncut magazine on the basis of their debut EP, and they have toured with the likes of Mac DeMarco, Deerhunter, the Black Lips, Yo La Tengo, and Thee Oh Sees. Tonight they are playing with guests; Pink Lincolns.


 

Saturday April 4

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Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt 2015
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens (Saturday and Sunday)
What: Hunt for eggs in the garden with special areas for children ages 2 to 4, 5 to 8, and 9 to 12 years. Interact with animals at the CinemaZoo exhibit, decorate a clay pot, and plant carrots to take home. Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy chocolate treats, and more.

 

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac
Where: Rogers Arena, 8:00pm
What: Tragically, this show is sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find tickets somewhere if you’re determined. How can one even begin to describe the era-defining 70s rock that is Fleetwood Mac, with softly piercing yet catchy melodies and the dusty dark vocals of Stevie Nicks?

 

Pillow Fight

Pillow Fiiiiight!!!

Vancouver Pillow Fight – 10 Year Anniversary
Where: Outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery
What: If you want to join this flash mob, keep it stealthy until the exact time. Other than that, it’s exactly what it sounds like! Just bring a pillow, and hide it until exactly 3:00pm, then yell “PILLOW FIIIIGHT” and watch the feathers fly for 15 minutes. Don’t just show up to watch – bring a pillow and go nuts!

Spring Carnival – A Work Less Party Party
Where: Astorinos, the Legion on Commercial Drive and more to be announced
What: A (19+) carnival party with six venues connected by a party bus. Includes a body painting competition for the brave and creative!

Andrew Jackson Jihad
Where: The Rickshaw Theatre, 6pm
What: An American folk-punk band from Phoenix, Arizona with guests The Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped

The Cat Empire
Where: The Commodore Ballroom, 8pm
What: Australian jazz/reggae/funk/latin/gypsy/hip hop. For over a decade now, and through various recordings, The Cat Empire have carved themselves out a unique place in the musical firmament, as a band with no guitars, with no easily definable style and no corresponding haircut, but a band that can step onto any stage in the world and make the crowd move. With guests Current Swell.


 

Sunday April 5

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Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt 2015
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens (Saturday and Sunday)
What: Hunt for eggs in the garden with special areas for children ages 2 to 4, 5 to 8, and 9 to 12 years. Interact with animals at the CinemaZoo exhibit, decorate a clay pot, and plant carrots to take home. Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy chocolate treats, and more.

Easter at Lonsdale Quay
Where: Lonsdale Quay (North Vancouver) 10am – 1pm
What: An Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny! Kids can find 5 different coloured eggs in the market and hand the empty plastic eggs in to receive an Easter treat bag! Treat bags might include chocolate, a free dance class at Perform Art Studios, a hot cross bun from Cobs Bakery, and other treats!

George Ezra
Where: The Commodore Ballroom, 7pm
What: Bluesy folk rock from England. With guests Ruen Brothers

 

Res-Erection presented by Kitty Nights

Res-Erection presented by Kitty Nights

 

Res-Erection: An Undead Burlesque Revue
Where: The Biltmore Cabaret
What: Burlesque of the undead! Sexy zombies strut, sway, and tease, while fiddling with their tattered burial clothes. Presented by Kitty Nights.


 

Ongoing

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Easter at the Cannery (ends this weekend!)
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site 10:00am to 5:00pm
What: A family event including Easter + fishy-themed activities, including crafts, games, and Easter salmon egg hunts.
Runs until: Sunday April 5, 2015

Easter Train in Stanley Park (ends this weekend!)
Where: Stanley Park (via the West Georgia Street park entrance)
What: Ride the Easter Train, visit the Easter Bunny, go on an Easter egg hunt, join in games and craft workshops, and get your face painted.
Runs until: Monday April 6, 2015

Fan Expo Vancouver (ends this weekend!)
Where: The Vancouver Convention Centre
What: A weekend off the pages from the most collected comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming tales of all time. Dress yourself up in the fanciest cosplay, or drag yourself in your most comfort-first sweatpants, socks, and sandals to see the DeLorien that got Marty Back to the Future, a Lego booth, Chad Coleman from The Walking Dead, William Shatner, and more .
Runs until: Sunday April 5, 2015

Theatre Pandora presents Antigone (ends this weekend!)
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive)
What: Antigone wants to bury her dead brother. Creon, the king, has declared him an enemy of the state, whose rotting corpse should serve as an example to others. Theatre Pandora invite you into the claustrophobic and paranoid world of the Theban war room; a place in which the personal and political catastrophically collide. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight
Runs until: Saturday April 4, 2015

 

Obaaberima - Photo: Jeremy Mimnagh

Obaaberima – Photo: Jeremy Mimnagh

The Cultch presents Obaaberima (ends this weekend!)
Where: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
What: Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and sexualities.
Runs until: Saturday April 4, 2015

 

Pigapicha! Photos: JWK Photographers 1970s, Kennedy Mungai, Nduka Photo Studio 1990

Pigapicha! Photos: JWK Photographers 1970s, Kennedy Mungai, Nduka Photo Studio 1990

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) presents Piga Picha! (ends this weekend!)
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology 10am – 5pm
What: Originally conceived and presented in Nairobi in 2009, the exhibition shines a light on the evolution of one century of West African portrait photography.
Runs until: Saturday April 4, 2015

 

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

 

Ghost Light Projects presents Corpus Christi (ends this weekend!)
Where: Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street)
What: A portrayal of Jesus as a gay man. Known as The Jesus Play, it has been a topic of debate for its depiction of homosexuality and the church.
Runs until: Saturday April 4, 2015

 

Exit The King

Exit The King

Ghost Light Projects presents Exit The King (ends this weekend!)
Where: Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street)
What: A comedy about a megalomaniacal ruler, King Berenger, whose incompetence has left his country in near ruin. Despite the efforts of Queen Marguerite and the other members of the court to convince the King he has only 90 minutes left to live, he refuses to relinquish any control.
Runs until: Saturday April 4, 2015

Come Fly AboveUSA!
Where: FlyOver Canada
What: A multi-sensory ride/film found right downtown! Soar over the USA and enjoy the scenery.
Runs until: Sunday April 12, 2015

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Where: Arts Club Theatre Company – Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
What: Christopher Durang’s witty mash-up of Chekhov characters and smartphones for our hyperconnected era. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live an angst-ridden, melancholic existence on their family farm until their glamorous movie-star sister, Masha, swans in for a surprise visit-along with her hunky 20-something boy toy, Spike.
Runs until: Sunday April 19, 2015

Contemporary Art Gallery Presents Jeremy Shaw – Medium-Based Time
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery, 12pm-6pm
What: This show features Berlin-based Canadian artist Jeremy Shaw, including a black and white 16mm film of transgender voguer Leiomy Maldonado, a video installation that reworks archival ethnographic film into a dystopian science fiction narrative, and a new series of light-activated UV prints.
Runs until: Sunday April 19, 2015

The Cultch presents Famous Puppet Death Scenes
Where: The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
What: Through the magic of puppetry and a collection of famous scenes culled from the absolute best puppet shows in history, the Old Trouts promise to cure your fear of death. They will deconstruct your traumatized psyche and reconstruct you so that death means nothing to you anymore.
Runs until: Sunday April 19, 2015

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

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

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. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight
Runs until: December 30, 2015

 

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me and the rest of Vancouver in the comments below.


 

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