What: Join in on Holi at one of four free events that Raise Your Hands Against Racism is holding across the Lower Mainland. The signature wrap-up event at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre will include speeches, cultural performances, and activities for the entire family. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Holi, putting a colourful handprint on the event’s anti-racism tableau.
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver; Vancouver Public Library’s Terry Salman Branch – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver; Surrey Public Library’s City Centre Branch – 10350 University Drive, Surrey; White Rock Sea Wall close to the White Rock Museum – 14970 Marine Drive, White Rock
When: March 11 from 12 to 4 pm (Roundhouse from 1 to 4 pm)
What: Rae Spoon is an award-winning Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and author. They were the subject and composer of the score for the musical-documentary My Prairie Home, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Carole Pope has won three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie Award. 4 gold, 1 platinum and 1 double platinum album. They join forces for Live at the Wise.
Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
What: The official party experience of HSBC Canada Sevens Rugby. This year’s Prop House will transform The Commodore Ballroom into the best Video Dance Party of the 90s. Come as you are or suit-up in your best Rugby Sevens “fancy dress” costume.
Where: The Commordore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: An international contest series inviting snowboarders to showcase pure style in a thrilling jam format. Touring across the US, Canada, China, Korea and France, the Vans Hi-Standard Series will feature an original big air format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 allowed.
Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
What: The BC Uncorked Food & Wine Festival is an event that showcases BC wine and food artisans. Festival-goers here can expect 45 first class BC wineries, and with gourmet offerings from local restaurants, gastro-pubs, and caterers. The event also enlightens the wine enthusiast by offering an exclusive master class prior to the general tasting that adds to the pleasure of enjoying the world class wines of British Columbia.
Where: Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club – 3251 Plateau Blvd, Coquitlam
When: March 11 from 7 to 9:30 pm; Master Class tickets from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm
What: The familiar tale of the enmity between Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots is retold with ferocious iconoclasm and boundless wit by Scotland’s most popular and contemporary playwright. Presented by Vitalsparktheatre.
What: Construction innovation, trends, quality materials, contemporary architecture, green technologies and solutions will be in the spotlight during The Construction Expo. The event is also an opportunity to exchange ideas for all those interested in supplying quality products and services.
What: Sebastian Maniscalco is one of comedy’s fastest rising new stars. He can be seen in the 2016 season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee as well as in the upcoming feature films The House and Nut Job 2. Maniscalco also stars in his own wildly popular The Pete and Sebastian Show podcast every Friday night.
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: The 21.1 km course circles Burnaby Lake, giving you the opportunity to enjoy fresh air, exercise and chances to view birds and animals in this wilderness environment. St. Patrick’s Day themed race so feel free to dress up. Includes medals and draw prizes.
Where: Burnaby Lake Clubhouse – 3760 Sperling Ave Burnaby
What: Vive Tu Vida Fitness is hosting a Spring Open House filled with free demo classes all day long to celebrate a successful first five months in New West, and the arrival of Spring. Drop by to try out some classes, get exclusive in-studio deals, and enter to win some awesome prizes.
Where: Vive Tu Vida Fitness – #202-627 Columbia Street, New Westminster
What: Want to build a car for Beer Can Derby but don’t know where to start? Head down for BCD’s Car Building Day. They will supply glue, cans, weights and some bits and pieces for decorating, though you should bring some fun items along as well. Car building kits will also be available for $10
Where: #207 – 877 East Hastings Street, Vancouver.
What: The Free Market returns to celebrate life without money every other Sunday at Grandview Park. This Week they will be putting significant effort into sharing seeds and other forms of spring plant sowables (bulbs, tubers, root stocks etc.). Come share the seeds that you’ve collected during the last year and don’t forget to label and date them if possible.
Where: Grandview Park – 1657 Charles Street, Vancouver
What: Nunavut-born Tanya Tagaq came to international attention when she appeared on superstar Björk’s 2004 Medulla album and tour. Since then she has created four albums that have all received widespread critical acclaim. The Polaris Prize-winning throat singer combines Inuit tradition with modern electronica, industrial, and metal influences in a riveting, visceral vocal performance that communicates a universal language.
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: To celebrate the release of their newest crowd-funded album, The Dukes of Alhazred, the Darkest of the Hillside Thickets will bring their brand of musical madness to the Storm Crow Alehouse. It will be only the second acoustic Thickets show ever.
Where: Storm Crow Alehouse – 1619 West Broadway, Vancouver
What: Blarney Stone kicks off St. Patrick’s Week with a Sunday party. Featuring Irish brunch, Guinness, and Caesars, with entertainment by Neezar the Stilts Walkers, Face Painting, Hula Hoop fun, and Irish Dancers!
Where: Blarney Stone – 216 Carrall Street, Vancouver
What: Bringing the hip-hop community together to help raise donations for the New Westminster Food Bank. Featuring Madchild of Swollen Members, with Taylor Fresh King Matty, Westcoast Dream, King Lucius, and guests. Hosted By: Rrkade and Mr.Twixxz.
Where: Magnetiq Club Lounge – 27 Church Street, New Westminster
What: Join curator Nuno Porto (Africa and Latin America) on a tour of “Amazonia: The Rights of Nature.” Commenting on the sophisticated artworks from Amazonian indigenous cultures on display, this tour explores the importance of traditional knowledge for our common future.
Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
When: March 12 from 1 to 2 pm
Cost: Free with museum admission
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.