What: Jaki McCarrick’s captivating play, Belfast Girls tells the story of five young women who escape starvation in 1850 Ireland by winning passage on a ship bound for Australia as part of Earl Grey’s “orphan scheme.”
Where: Vancity Culture Lab – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
What: Celebrate all things Irish at the Celtic Village and Street Market. Taking over Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, the Celtic Village will be filled with music, dance, food, shopping and more! This weekend-long street fair also features music on the Main Stage and Howe Street Stage, highland games demos, BC’s best pipe bands, street performers, festive vendors, face painting, and more.
Where: Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
What: Paddy Waggin’ is a traditional Irish/Canadian folk rock band hailing from Vancouver. Rooted in traditional Irish folk but with rock/punk influences, they play originals and traditional Irish, plus cover songs from newer Celtic groups. Paddy Waggin’ plays Falconetti’s East Side Grill for St. Patrick’s Day.
Where: Falconetti’s East Side Grill – 1812 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What: Vancouver TheatreSports League’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Irish-themed improv all night long, with Lucky Charm Leprechauns roving the Theatre bringing hilarity and a chance to win a pot o’ gold to all they encounter. VTSL will hold a 50-50 draw at each show, while over in Poet’s Corner, Celtic Colleen will improvise custom limericks tailored to each guest.
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
What: Stickybuds has been touring the world and releasing music for over a decade. DJ, Producer, Teacher and Enthusiast; Tyler has dedicated his life and love to the music that he finds himself immersed in. He has been a resident of Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival for the last 12 years.
What: An improvised Irish family reunion gone horribly awry – based on your suggestion. “What’s the Worst That Could Happen” explores the family life of a single person coming home for the holidays. The catch? Periodically, the host will ask you, the audience, “What’s the worst that could happen?” and then the answer to that question actually happens!
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What: One part roaring sea shanty, one part haunting folk melody, and a solid chaser of gut-crunching street punk:The Dreadnoughts are Vancouver’s biggest, baddest, drunkest, punkest folk band. They celebrate their 10 year anniversary with special guests, new songs and a new member.
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some lean, green fighting machines. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the original live-action feature film adaptation of the cult comic book and the popular animated television show. A quartet of mutated humanoid turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: March down to BC Place with Whitecaps FC supporters groups and check out live Irish music in Terry Fox Plaza before heading in to watch Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC. After the game, head back to Celtic Village for headline Irish Acts and the Mill Street Beer Garden (free admission with your Whitecaps ticket).
What: Join Blackthorn and Guests for a full night of music, dance and craic. With Amy Stephen, Mairi Rankin, Jocelyn Pettit, Mary Brunner and Michaela Cunningham. Also featuring the BC Regiment Irish Pipes & Drums, Shot of Scotch and De Danaan Irish Dancers.
Where: St. Mary’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre – 3150 Ash Street, Vancouver
What: Put a little Irish in your step. Come out for a flat and fast 5 km in scenic Stanley Park, with net proceeds going to support Canadian Diabetes Association. Urban Fare will be hosting the food zone in the outdoor tent, plus Granville Island Brewing will be hosting an afterparty with green beer, food, a DJ and more.
Where: Stanley Park Pavilion – Stanley Park, Vancouver
When: March 18 at 9:30 am
Registration: Online, $33-$38. Donate or raise $100 or more and you will receive a free entry.
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.