Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

title-May7

The weekend that concludes Vancouver Bird Week includes a whole lot of things to potentially do with your mom (hint) whether it’s shopping for the most unique records, Mexican wrestling, eating tacos, attending the ballet, panning for gold, hi-fiving strangers downtown, or even a fancy Sunday brunch.

 

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday May 8

 

Ballet BC

Ballet BC

Ballet BC: RITE
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8:00pm
What: This interdisciplinary evening in two parts features world premieres inspired by The Rite of Spring, which more than a hundred years after its premiere in Paris, is widely considered one of the most influential works that shaped 20th century art and remains revolutionary to this day.
Runs until: Saturday May 9, 2015

The Grouse Grind – opens today
Where: Grouse Mountain
What: Shake off your Netflix-binging weakling winter legs – the grind opens today, and it is wonderful and terrible. Get ready for another summer of swearing you’ll do it this season (or is that just me?)

Anti-Spectacle
Where: Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender, Tinseltown) opening reception 7:00pm
What: An art show with new works by artists Jim Carrico, Jamie Bizness, Sai Win Myint OO, and Peter Ricq.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 2015

Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar

Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar

Musical TheatreWorks presents J. Caesar (opened this week)
Where: Performance Works (Granville Island)
What: The year is 2415, natural disaster, societal collapse, and a great plague has wiped-out males of every living species. Only the women have survived; some of them. They banded together. They became a force so strong not even nature could crush them. Countries became continents. Continents became Earth, and what is left of Earth became Rome. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday May 17, 2015

Musical TheatreWorks presents Miss Shakespeare (opened this week)
Where: Performance Works (Granville Island)
What: It’s the 1600s and women are banned from the stage, but the suppressed female mind is finding it difficult to stay, well, suppressed. Behind the dingy walls of The Cage Tavern, six women explore the seductive power of the theatre. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday May 17, 2015

Lucha Libre: A Night of Mexican Wrestling
Where: The Commodore (868 Granville), 7:00pm
What: For one night only, Lucha Libre Mexican-style wrestling will be landing in Vancouver for an evening of high-flying, over-the-top action! Read more here.

It's Not Me You See

It’s Not Me You See

It’s Not Me You See
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main) opening reception 7:00pm
What: A group art show that explores glitched or obscured identity. Erika Altosaar, Holton Brock, Randy Grskovic, Roselina Hung, Margot Klingender, Ed Spence, Andrew Pommier and Marc Williams approach the fantasy of anonymity in drawing, painting, and collage.
Runs until: Saturday May 30, 2015

The Vancouver Chopin Society presents Nikolay Khozyainov
Where: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton), 7:30pm
What: Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt-Busoni. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

 

The Men Who Fell to Earth: A Rap OperaThe Men Who Fell to Earth: A Rap Opera
Where: The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main), 7:00pm
What: Born to a planet with no music or dance, Two brothers are exiled and sent on a journey to find a utopia for personal expression. By Vancouver collective, Rap Goofz, The Men Who Fell To Earth is a multimedia musical production that incorporates video, puppetry, and props to explore societal rebellion through expression.

Paradis / Paradise
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial)
What: Exploring the relationship and breadth of dance through live music. Raw, eccentric and bold palates of sounds, imagery and movement projecting the body, with its internal paradise (pure sensation), out to the external world.
Runs until: Saturday May 9, 2015

The Ironwork Sessions: Violinist, Dale Barltrop
Where: Ironworks Studio, 8:00pm
What: Pianist Jane Coop has a great idea: invite brilliant musician friends, plan a series full of gorgeous and unusual repertoire, invite videographers to contribute to each evening, and present the concerts in an intimate and relaxed cabaret setting. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

Ruff Sex: Fighters, Wingmen, and Mimics

Ruff Sex: Fighters, Wingmen, and Mimics

Vancouver Bird Week: Ruff Sex: Fighters, Wingmen, and Mimics
Where: Vancouver Public Library, 7:00pm
What: Ruff sandpipers have three types of males that differ distinctly in breeding plumage, courtship behaviour, and genes.  Learn how and why dark plumaged territorial males, light plumaged co-displaying associates, and rare ‘female mimics’ co-exist and which ones females prefer with Dr. David Lank.

Danger Thrill Show
Where: Lana Lou’s (362 Powell)
What: A freakshow variety night starring sideshow madman Neil E. Dee, the “world’s fattest contortionist” Matt Alaeddine, international burlesque sensation Melody Mangler & freakshow foxy lady Kata Sita! With pervy country song birdie, Shirley Gnome.

False-O-Ween

False-O-Ween

False-O-Ween VIII: Can’t Sleep Clown Will Eat Me
Where: Studio East (1480 Francis)
What: Halloween in May! A clown/carnival theme whomp-y drumm&bass techno dress-up dance party. Expect this to get a little weird.

Drawing To Save Birds
Where: Riley Park Hillcrest Community Association, 1:30pm
What: Throughout North America, approximately 100 million to 1 billion migratory and endemic birds are killed each year from collision with glass, including commercial buildings and private homes. Presented by Vancouver Bird Week, this workshop aims to show how participants can take actions into saving bird from hitting windows through the activity of drawing.

Balcan-Roma Spring Festival
Where: Grandview Legion (2205 Commercial)
What: Combining the best of Eastern scales and rhythms with indigenous folk melodies, pounding drums and bass and ornamented Roma-influenced playing techniques. Complete with Balkan food and drink specialties and a free Balkan dance-workshop at 7pm. (May 8 – May 9)

Tatiana Speed
Where: The Rickshaw (254 East Hastings)
What: Canadian singer/songwriter Tatiana Speed grew up in Vancouver, BC surrounded by the classical music of her mother’s piano compositions and the cinematography of her 3-time Academy Award winning father.


 

Saturday May 9

top of page

Family Fun Day at the Britannia Mine Museum

Family Fun Day at the Britannia Mine Museum

Family Fun Day at the Britannia Mine Museum
Where: Britannia Mine Museum, 10:00am – 4:00pm
What: To celebrate BC Mining Week, bring the kids for a LEGO scavenger hunt, blacksmith demos, costumes, and face painting. Pan for gold, tour underground, and let your kids learn about mining and metals hands-on.

A Growing Affair

A Growing Affair Plant Sale

A Growing Affair Plant Sale
Where: UBC Botanical Garden
What: Designed to inform and empower plant lovers of all ages and to engage the local community with a deeper appreciation for all things growing, the event combines informative displays for both new and experienced gardeners with an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase. Plants available include garden favourites, rare, and unusual plants.

Hi5Happy Hi-5 Day
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, 1:00pm-3:00pm
What: This project is to transform the energy between strangers in Vancouver. Head downtown with a huge group of like-minded people and create joy, love and connection amongst everyone in Vancouver through high fives. Remember when Canada was winning hockey in 2010 Olympics and it was a hi-5 extravaganza? That’s the aim of this event, along with music, dance, and workshops.

Esperanza Public Open Boat
Where: Burrard Dry Dock, North Vancouver
What: Visit the Esperanza (Spanish for “hope”), the first Greenpeace ship to be named by their supporters. The Esperanza is the largest vessel in the Greenpeace fleet and has been on the front line of activism since February 2002. The “Espy”, as they fondly call her, plays a key role in campaigns, allowing Greenpeace to bear witness and take action to prevent environmental crimes around the world.
Runs Until: Sunday May 10, 2015

The Curious Flea

The Curious Flea

The Curious Flea
Where: Westminster Quay (810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster)
What: Everything from Mid-Century Modern to 60s kitsch to atomic funk to steampunk to upcycled treasures and lots in between. The vendors are artists who create and curate many magical and quirky items for your viewing and shopping pleasure. Bring your amazing oddities and curious curios to the flea on Saturday for a chance to win prizes.
Runs until: Sunday May 10, 2015

Marc Maron
Where: The Vogue, 6:30pm
What: Writer, podcast host and comic Marc Maron comes to Canada as part of his North American tour, The Maronation Tour. Maron has appeared on HBO, Letterman, Leno, Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up, The Green Room and two Comedy Central Presents specials. He has appeared on Conan O’Brien more than any other comedian.

 

neil_haggerty_web1Neil Hagerty & The Howling Hex
Where:
The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main), 7:00pm
What:
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Neil Hagerty honed his subversive approach to rock over the course of two decades in two of the underground’s most prominent bands. In the 80s he fueled Pussy Galore’s anti-rock cacophony and in the 90s he blurred the boundaries between avant-noise and classic rock as one half of Royal Trux. With guests Gretchen Snakes Group and Mormon Crosses.

 

Taco FestTaco Fest
Where: Harbour Event Centre (750 Pacific Blvd)
What: An evening of loud music provided by 15 bands and awesome things to put in your mouth: $3 tacos provided by Sal Y Limon. Yes, there will be a taco eating contest.

 

podcasting

Stop Podcasting Yourself

Stop Podcasting Yourself LIVE
Where: The Rio Theatre, 7:00pm
What: Three time Canadian Comedy Award-winning podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself presents a live podcast to benefit Pat Placzek, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. 

Ravel and Falla, with Angela Hewitt
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 8:00pm
What:
Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt performs two passionate pianistic showcases, one being a French classic, commissioned by an Austrian pianist who lost his right arm during World War I. Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin is another work influenced by the First World War, and Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s work harkens back to Second World War times.
Runs until: Sunday May 10, 2015 (afternoon showing on Sunday)

Being Fertile
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre, 7:00pm
What: The official release event of the book: Being Fertile – 10 steps to overcoming the struggles of infertility, getting pregnant, and creating a happy healthy family by Dr Spence Pentland. The evening will be hosted by Lynn Colliar from Global News and includes a series of women sharing their intimate journeys through infertility and creating their families.

ParadisParadis / Paradise
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial)
What: Exploring the relationship and breadth of dance through live music. Raw, eccentric and bold palates of sounds, imagery and movement projecting the body, with its internal paradise (pure sensation), out to the external world.

Ballet BC: RITE
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: This interdisciplinary evening in two parts features World Premieres inspired by The Rite of Spring that together present new perspectives on design, music and dance. More than a hundred years after its premiere in Paris, it is widely considered one of the most influential works that shaped 20th century art and remains revolutionary to this day.

Balcan-Roma Spring Festival
Where: Grandview Legion (2205 Commercial)
What: Combining the best of Eastern scales and rhythms with indigenous folk melodies, pounding drums and bass and ornamented Roma-influenced playing techniques. Complete with Balkan food and drink specialties and a free Balkan dance-workshop at 7pm.

 


 

Sunday May 10

top of page

 Mother’s Day at Bloedel
Where: Bloedel Conservatory
What: A mother’s day for mom and the kids including a jewellery trunk show, a scavenger hunt, orchid advice, and herb garden starter kits within a tropical oasis.

Owl, Foul, Toil and Trouble

Owl, Foul, Toil and Trouble

Owl, Foul, Toil and Trouble
Where: Vancouver Public Library, 7:00pm
What: With Vancouver Bird Week, learn about why and how owls are able to live among people in urban landscapes and the challenges they face with Sofi Hindmarch. Then look at waterfowl grazing adaptations and how land use planning causes behavioural changes that we can harness to alleviate problem wildlife with Holly Middleton.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Sea to Sky Gondola
Where: Summit Lodge at the Sea to Sky Gondola
What: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a fantastic view and a family style brunch. Afterwards, head out on the suspension bridge, Spirit Loop or Panorama Trail for an easy walking experience.  

Mother's Day Brunch at Hycroft

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hycroft

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hycroft
Where: Hycroft (1489 McRae)
What: Situated on 1.5 acres overlooking the downtown core, Hycroft’s panoramic views of the North Shore mountains, lush gardens, and up to 30 rooms of stunning Edwardian design make it a beautiful setting for a very swanky Mother’s Day celebration.

Main Street Vinyl Record Fair
Where: Heritage Hall (1302 Main)
What: A day of music, DJs, discounts and great deals on thousands of vinyl records. Fifty independent vendors and over 50,000 vinyl records on sale.

Vancouver Bird Week Birding Walks
Where: Various parks, various times
What: Join Nature Vancouver bird experts to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with bird walks in parks all over Vancouver. Learn about some of Vancouver’s birds and birding techniques from experienced walk leaders.

 

Get Nude III:

Get Nude III: Sketch Nudes, Listen to Classical, Eat Tacos

Get Nude III: Sketch Nudes, Listen to Classical, Eat Tacos
Where: Astoria Pub (769 East Hastings)
What: The Astoria keeps upping their game with the interesting events. Today is a live nude sketching session with classical music. Tacos will be served. And if you feel like letting out your covered bits, there is even an optional draw to drop your drawers and become the nude model yourself.

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge
Where: Granville Island
What: All ages and levels of skill are encouraged to try something new, whether that be working outdoors for the first time, or simply within the limitations of the challenge rules. Register and join in to win prizes or just head over to watch the creativity fly.

Budget Buffet
Where: The Biltmore
What: All you can eat cereal with childhood cartoon favorites. Mimosa, caesars, beer, and all of your day drinking needs are also available for purchase. (19+)

Ensiferum and Korpiklaani
Where: The Rickshaw (254 East Hastings)
What: Two Finnish folk-metal bands co-headline with guest, Trollfest.

Kodaline

Kodaline

Kodaline
Where: The Commodore (868 Granville)
What: An Irish rock band who comes from perhaps the coolest-named city ever: Swords, Dublin.

Esperanza Public Open Boat

Esperanza Public Open Boat

Esperanza Public Open Boat
Where: Burrard Dry Dock, North Vancouver
What: Visit the Esperanza (Spanish for “hope”), the first Greenpeace ship to be named by their supporters. The Esperanza is the largest vessel in the Greenpeace fleet and has been on the front line of activism since February 2002. The “Espy”, as they fondly call her, plays a key role in campaigns, allowing Greenpeace to bear witness and take action to prevent environmental crimes around the world.

Ravel and Falla, with Angela Hewitt
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 2:00pm
What:
Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt performs two passionate pianistic showcases, one being a French classic, commissioned by an Austrian pianist who lost his right arm during World War I. Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin is another work influenced by the First World War, and Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s work harkens back to Second World War times.

The Curious Flea
Where: Westminster Quay (810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster)
What: Everything from Mid-Century Modern to 60s kitsch to atomic funk to steampunk to upcycled treasures and lots in between. The vendors are artists who create and curate many magical and quirky items for your viewing and shopping pleasure. Bring your amazing oddities and curious curios to the flea on Saturday for a chance to win prizes.

 


 

Ongoing

top of page


DOXA

DOXA Documentary Film Festival (ends this weekend)
Where: Various theatres
What: Documentary films all day, every day! Includes panel discussions, and many free screenings at SFU.
Runs until: Sunday May 10, 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

Fighting Chance Productions presents: Into the Woods
Where: Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery)
What: The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the king’s festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Saturday May 16, 2015

The Show at Emily Carr University
Where: Emily Carr University (Granville Island)
What: Over 300 visual arts, design, and media grads display their grad pieces – the result of years of essays, exploration, studies, construction, critique, and stress. Guided tours are available at select times.
Runs until: Sunday May 17, 2015

Musical TheatreWorks presents J. Caesar
Where: Performance Works (Granville Island)
What: The year is 2415, natural disaster, societal collapse, and a great plague has wiped-out males of every living species. Only the women have survived; some of them. They banded together. They became a force so strong not even nature could crush them. Countries became continents. Continents became Earth, and what is left of Earth became Rome. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday May 17, 2015

Musical TheatreWorks presents Miss Shakespeare
Where: Performance Works (Granville Island)
What: It’s the 1600s and women are banned from the stage, but the suppressed female mind is finding it difficult to stay, well, suppressed. Behind the dingy walls of The Cage Tavern, six women explore the seductive power of the theatre. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday May 17, 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

It’s Not Me You See  art show
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main) opening reception 7:00pm
What: A group show that explores glitched or obscured identity. Erika Altosaar, Holton Brock, Randy Grskovic, Roselina Hung, Margot Klingender, Ed Spence, Andrew Pommier and Marc Williams approach the fantasy of anonymity in drawing, painting, and collage.
Runs until: Saturday May 30, 2015

Throne and Games

Throne and Games

Throne and Games
Where: The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island)
What: An improvised parody, Throne and Games is filled with betrayal, death, eliminations, unlikely alliances, and above all, humour. During each show, three improv “families” (teams of VTSL performers putting their spin on Game of Thrones characters) will descend on the Iron Throne of Games and try to claim it for their own.
Runs until: Saturday May 30, 2015

anti

Anti-Spectacle Art Show
Where: Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender, Tinseltown) opening reception 7:00pm
What: New works by artists Jim Carrico, Jamie Bizness, Sai Win Myint OO, and Peter Ricq.
Runs until: Sunday June 7, 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

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

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

The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural: works by Beau Dick
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
What: A collection of sacred masks and regalia revealing beings from the forest, sea, and supernatural realm. Created for Kwakwaka’wakw potlatches by artist and traditional Chief Beau Dick and other master carvers.
Runs until: Sunday September 27, 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


Comments are closed for this post

Comments are closed.