What: Nearly three years after her last Vancouver appearance, Banks returns this spring for a show at the Vogue Theatre on April 17. The Goddess singer released her latest album, The Altar, in the fall of 2016. Lead by single “Fuck with Myself,” the American singer/songwriter proved her musical craft is here to stay. The album is edgy, dark, and has beats to get you dancing. It should be a treat for fans live.
What: Shot in BC (playing Washington) and India (playing Pakistan), Drone is an intense, topical thriller inspired by geo-politics. Starring Sean Bean, Mary McCormack and Vancouver’s Patrick Sabongui, this engrossing suspense drama brings the War on Terror right back home.
Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
What: A bunch of ex-figure skaters got tired of the sequins and sparkles, and the result is Montreal’s free-skating Le Patin Libre. Shedding the over-the-top costumes and routines for contemporary dance on ice, the underdog group has won no love from the conservative world of professional figure skating. Instead, they’ve formed unlikely coalitions with community ice rinks and arts organizations around the world, and will be bringing their love of the sport-cum-art to The Drive’s Britannia Ice Rink.
When: April 18 to 30
Where: Britannia Ice Rink – 1661 Parker Street, Vancouver
What: From April 18 to April 21, celebrate National Canadian Film Days at Edmonds Community Centre. Bring your own blankets or use the centre’s chairs at the free, all-ages event celebrating Canadian cinema. Popcorn and a beverage are included.
Where: Edmonds Community Centre – 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
When: April 18 to 20 at 6:30 pm, April 21 at 10 am
What: Travel from country to country through books that explore food, sports, famous people, holidays and more! The perfect book club if you don’t have time for a long novel, or want to get extra practice with your English. Come talk about books, make new friends and enjoy light snacks. Ages 8-11.
What: Guests will hear from Mic Minhas, CFO at Fuller Family, which founded and still owns the Earls Restaurant chain. Earls has now grown to 62 restaurants and remains a private, family-owned business. Enjoy some delicious food and drinks from Earls and learn how the company stays competitive in Canada’s bustling restaurant market.
Where: Earls Yaletown Loft – 1095 Mainland St, Vancouver
When: April 18 at 5:30 pm
Tickets: Online, Free for CYP Members, Non-Members: $50 +GST. This event is limited to Members of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Company of Young Professionals program and guests aged 35 and under.
What: Learn how to grow your business and brand using the most powerful and effective tool available to entrepreneurs and business owners. This workshop covers the key steps required to design, create and optimize your videos so you can achieve more exposure and reach more people online and offline. Led by Stuart Candiah.
Where: Vancity Credit Union Branch 17 – 5064 Kingsway, Burnaby
What: The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter returns to the city with his “Search for Everything World Tour”. Mayer’s 2017 tour marks the first solo trek for the bluesy pop heartthrob since 2014. The tour should be a hit for Mayer fans, as each concert will include a full band, solo acoustic and John Mayer Trio sets of music.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: Join the UBC Sauder Club of Vancouver for an exclusive CEO Breakfast with the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), David Labistour, to hear about his journey to running one of Canada’s top outdoor retail businesses.
Where: YWCA Metro Vancouver, Welch Room 1, 4th Floor – 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver
What: A stimulating evening of information and conversation. Village Surrey and the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition are hosting Dr. Kent Mullinix from Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Food System.
Where: City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
What: The sixth annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan from April 19 to 23. Featuring South Okanagan wines, ciders, beers, and spirits and of course an outstanding selection of oysters from across Canada. The five-day celebration of all things oysters consists of three big parties and a series of partner events.
Where: A variety of venues in Osoyoos
When: April 19 to 23
Tickets: Individual event tickets and festival packages can all be purchased via Destination Osoyoos
What: A talk and Q&A with Victoria-raised director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, Ararat, Remember). Actor Bruce Greenwood, who stars in the The Sweet Hereafter, will also join the Q&A as a special guest.
Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
When: April 19 at 9 pm
Tickets: Free, Standby only. Tickets will be issued on a first come/first serve basis.
What: Versus is billed as “Canada’s largest alternative literary festival,” and will showcase over 30 events across East Vancouver. The power of words is on prime display here, especially ones used to “support, provoke, protest and inspire.” Perhaps most important this year is the Black Lives Matter Showcase, commemorating the achievements of Vancouver’s local chapter in calling for an end to police brutality worldwide.
What: Chase Padgett, creator and star of 6 Guitars and Nashville Hurricane, swings for the fences with an hour of comedy showcasing music, characters, stories, and his own personal take on why Crossfit is cruel and unusual punishment.
Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
What: The biggest cannabis celebration of the year. Featuring the world’s only open-air public cannabis farmer’s market where people sell all kinds of cannabis and extracts while educating the crowd about medical marijuana, political involvement, activism, and more.
What: A pack of adolescent girls prepares for battle on the soccer field. As they grapple with everything from pop culture to politics, the girls establish their identities as individuals and as a team. The competition is fierce as the championship looms. Who will come out on top?
Where: Pacfic Theatre – 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
What: Every month, Beaty Biodiversity Museum stays open late to offer family-friendly activities. This month’s event is presented in partnership with Big Rock Brewing, and includes a special botanical presentation about every beer drinker’s favourite plant, the Humulus lupulus, also known as hops.
Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum – 12212 Main Hall, Vancouver
What: More than 200 of your favourite Makies (and some new ones too!) are bringing their goodies back to the PNE Forum. Stock up on freshly made accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items and lots of other beautifully crafted, handmade goods.
Where: The PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
What:DECK examines the fine line between perfectionism and obsession, chaos and freedom and why a piece of 2×6 lumber isn’t really two inches by six inches. If you’ve ever started a reno job in your life, or even started a conversation with other DIYers, this will remind you of the good times and the bad.
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
What: Local artisan goods, quality handcrafted items, vinyl records and more from local small businesses, your friends and neighbours. Featuring live music, prizes, tattoos, and food trucks for attendees to enjoy.
Where: Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
What: Taught by experienced hip-hop dancers, this fun two hour class will have your little one groovin’ and shakin’ to the hottest music. Class begins with a fun interactive game, followed by a warm-up stretch routine. Basic dance steps will be taught along with some fun choreography towards the end of the clinic.
Where: Absolute Cheer & Tumbling – 758 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
What: Capture Photography Festival presents the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Book Fair. The event is comprised of a Book Fair and a series of offsite Talks & Workshops.
Where: Grand Luxe Hall at Western Front (303 E 8th Ave), James Black Gallery (144 E 6th Ave)
What: Wrestling legend Jake The Snake Roberts will share his stories for fans of wrestling and comedy. Funds raised will support Survivors Supporting Survivors, a not for profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources for survivors of childhood victimization.
Where: Lafflines – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster