Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend there’s music in the air as the Vancouver Opera Festival begins with shows and activities for all ages, celebrating fairy tales and fables. There’s also a festival dedicated to world music, an international art fair, dance, and some Game of Thrones comedy.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Nerd slam poets and more at East Van alternative literary festival

Portland slam poet Julia Gaskill co-hosts Spoken Nerd as part of Verses Festival of Words.

Billed by organizers as “Canada’s largest alternative literary festival,” Verses Festival of Words returns for another celebration of spoken word, poetry, graphic novels and marginalized voices. From April 25 to May 5, in venues across East Vancouver, the festival features writers, spoken-word performers and more.

See below for some highlights.

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Nerd slam poets and more at East Van alternative literary festival

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

It’s Easter weekend, and between hunting for eggs and filling yourself with pastel-encrusted chocolates, you can check out reconstructed realities from India-based artists, find out what a mermaid purse is at the Aquarium or browse locally made handcrafted items at Make It.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

5 things to discover at the North Shore Shipyards Night Market (Open May 3!)

Shipyards Night Market | Photo: Vancouver’s North Shore Green Markets

For foodies in Vancouver, Friday nights in the summer are all about the North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market.

With over 40 food trucks flanking the oceanfront pier, it is no mystery why the Shipyards Night Market has fast become one of the most popular summer activities in Vancouver.

To celebrate the fast-approaching opening date of the market, we’re listing a few of our favourite things to discover. Check out the list below!

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5 things to discover at the North Shore Shipyards Night Market (Open May 3!)

VIFF Immersed Showcases the Industry’s Best Extended Reality Storytelling

Save the date for VIFF Immersed (September 28-29).

This fall, Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will shine a spotlight on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) with the industry’s leading creators gathering for a multi-day public exhibition.

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VIFF Immersed Showcases the Industry’s Best Extended Reality Storytelling

Getting down and dirty with pre-Code Hollywood at Cinematheque

Damaged Lives was the first feature from Austrian émigré and future Poverty Row auteur Edgar G. Ulmer (Detour).

Film noir, horror, and “sheer Poverty Row audacity” are on the menu in Cinematheque’s Down and Dirty in Gower Gulch: Poverty Row Films Preserved by UCLA.

Most of the features date from Hollywood’s less-censorious pre-Code era. All were produced on Hollywood’s so-called Poverty Row in small, fly-by-night studios that churned out inexpensive pictures for the B-movie markets. These bargain-basement stakes made for a certain artistic freedom: controversial or risqué subjects the big studios wouldn’t touch could be explored; and directors enjoyed a degree of licence.

The program of lurid, low-budget treasures runs from April 11-29 and includes six films. And, in a throwback to how movies used to be presented in that era, each feature will be preceded by a newsreel and short subject. All titles were restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. According to Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the archive: “These ‘orphan films’ are worthy of restoration and presentation. They visualize many of the repressed or forbidden themes that preoccupy the nether regions of the American psyche. Get ready for a wild ride!”

Find out more below.

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Getting down and dirty with pre-Code Hollywood at Cinematheque

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend, you’ll probably want to head to the Aquarium for an otter party. If you’re into running you may want to head to the Sun Run. And if you love spring blooms, there are celebrations for both cherry blossoms and tulips going on.

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