What: Tennis ace Serena Williams, Tesla pioneer Elon Musk, and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan are just a few of the high-profile speakers coming to Vancouver for TED2017 this week. Tickets to TED2017 are sold out, but you will be able to watch some of the TED talks in screenings at various movie theatres around Vancouver.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
When: April 24 to 28
Tickets: Sold out for the event itself – but you can get tickets to screenings at local movie theatres at the TED Cinema Experience.
What:A new exhibition featuring 10 paintings by Richmond artist, Paul Clarke. This series investigates the emotional dialogues that occur in the various relationships in his life. Clarke explores these emotions through multiple layers of colour, which build as they communicate with each other and come to a final state of closure.
Where: Richmond City Hall – 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond
What: Greater Vancouver Board of Trade dives into the first 100 days of the new US presidency, and discuss what the next four, or more, years could mean for Canada-U.S. relations, key BC industries, and your business.
Where: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
Join Adrienne Clarkson in forum hosted by 6 Degrees (6DegreesVancouver)
What: Join Canada’s former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a conversation about inclusion and citizenship in British Columbia. The event, which is hosted by 6 Degrees Vancouver, will bring 250 participants together at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. The day-long forum will be moderated by Clarkson and John Ralston Saul.
Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts — 149 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: Just because you know what social media is, does not mean that you necessarily understand how to use it to grow and develop your business. This workshop focuses on understanding social media, what is it and how it’s connecting people. Presented by Mhairi Petrovic of Out-Smarts Marketing Inc.
What: The Imaginarium is a laboratory for creative exploration. Utilising an open gallery space and access to many different materials, participants can dive head first into new avenues of creation alongside fellow creators. At the end of this seven week experiment into personal creativity, there will be a collective art show for all who participated
Where: The Gam – 110 East Hastings Steet, Vancouver
When: April 25 to June 15, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm
Cost: $25 for studio space and access to all materials, $20 if you bring someone to collaborate with. Email [email protected] to reserve or check availability.
What: In this femme-focused showcase of Verses Festival of Words, bear witness to the brilliant magic of Amber Dawn, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Kama La Mackerel, and Kai Cheng Thom. Born of community and coven, care and creativity, the four artists build each other up in a world that pushes us to the verge of burning it all down.
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
What: The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light’s first-ever Open House. Tours of the facility depart every 15-20 minutes, and is a chance for the public to walk through the facilities. The Salvation Army Vancouver will be sharing information about programs, art and writing from Learning Centre students, and more.
Where: The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light – 119 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: The xx are on tour to celebrate the release of the band’s highly anticipated third album, I See You. The album is the follow up to the majorly successful xx and Coexist that have sold over three million copies worldwide.
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
What: ANZAC day is an important date for Aussies and Kiwis, no matter where they live. If you’re an ANZAC living in Vancouver, the best way to pay homage our fallen brothers is to attend the Commemorative service hosted by CANZBA at Victory Square. Everyone is welcome. Afterwards, head to Moose’s Down Under for celebrations with fellow ANZACs.
Where: Victory Square – Corner of West Hastings and Cambie, Vancouver
What: Vancouver Vogue Jam is open to all ages, levels, races, and genders to learn about Vogue and Vogue Ballroom Culture. Taught by Ralph Escamillan, who has trained with Freshgroove productions and danced with Sick Stylz and 247Comapny and crews Kill The Lights, House of Ladouche, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro(box4) and Toronto collective Gadfly.
Where: Karma Teachers – 45 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
YouTube star Lilly Singh is coming to Metrotown (IISuperwomanII/Facebook)
What: One of YouTube’s biggest stars IISuperwomanII (aka Lilly Singh) is coming to Vancouver on Wednesday, April 26. Fresh off the release of her new book How to Be A Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, Singh will be signing copies and meeting with fans at Metrotown’s Chapters location.
What: ACE Productions presents the Canadian premiere of End of the Rainbow, based on the true events of Judy Garland’s last comeback attempt in England in 1968. End of the Rainbow stars Janet Gigliotti as Judy Garland, Jeffery Hoffman, Gordon Roberts, Matthew Simmons, and Colin Parker, with direction by Claude Giroux.
When: April 26-May 20
Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
What: Join Eve Lazarus, journalist, author and blogger who has a passion for unconventional history and a fascination with murder. She discusses the unsolved murder of Jennie Eldon Conroy, whose murder from 1944 has never been solved.
Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: Mesa, Arizona’s Jimmy Eat World are tour in support of their ninth album, Integrity Blues. With warm production and a powerful upbeat groove, Integrity Blues features the first single “Sure and Certain”.
When: April 26 at 8 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom –868 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: The bullying and violence between teenage girls takes a personal turn, based on 14 year-old Reena Virk’s murder in Victoria. Playwright Joan MacLeod leans on personal experiences for this one-woman show by Lindsey Curl on the progression of bullying and its violent ramifications.
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
When: April 26 to 29
Tickets: Festival Seating; Pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth
What: Bastille is touring its sophomore album, Wild World, which debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the UK albums charts. The album is the follow up to 2013’s Bad Blood which has sold more than four million copies worldwide. Bad Blood also included the 5x Platinum single, “Pompeii,” arguably one of the biggest tracks in 2013.
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
What: Original, hilarious, knee-slapping sketch comedy with twists on Vancouver’s pop culture, and musical and magical interludes along the way. All net proceeds from the show go to the Alzheimer Society of BC.
Where: PAL Studio Theatre – 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
What: Comic book artist Sean Karemaker provides an illustrated talk on his work, and demonstrates the art of the autobiographical comic. Learn how to use personal stories to create your own one-page comic. All art materials provided.
Where: Richmond Art Gallery– 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
What: Cosmic Nights feature two showings of the planetarium show, Journey to Mars, where guests will experience the journey to Mars that past robotic missions like Curiosity have taken, and show how humans may travel there in the future. There will also be a lecture at 8 pm and 9 pm, by Dr. Melissa Rice from Western Washington University, who will speak about the Curiosity and Exploration Rover missions, as well as plans for NASA’s next missions.
When: April 27 from 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: H.R MacMillan Space Centre, Vanier Park – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
What: Five former classmates come together for their 30th high school reunion. Hilarity ensues when the friends attempt to relive their glory days via their old drinking game. The more alcohol they consume, the closer they come to confronting their demons and the realization that being grown up doesn’t mean that they’ve got it all figured out.
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
When: April 27 to 30 and May 3 to 6
Tickets:Online, $15-$22. Partial proceeds from all tickets sold to this production benefit the I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society.
What: YVRFF kicks off on April 28 with an Opening Gala, followed by five Screening Sessions showcasing the final selection of Virtual Reality films from around the world on Day two. This immersive film-going experience will be a treat, not only for virtual reality enthusiasts and early adopters, but also for those new to the virtual reality experience.
Where: CBC Studio – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: With light, imaginative creations, Hocus Focus will lead you through a short form game of Kryptonite followed up with Family Quilts, a long form invented by the group itself. With special guests, Five by Five, the night will be packed full of laughs.
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
What: Learn four types of diverse cultural dances in celebration of International Dance Day. The next day enjoy multicultural dance performance in celebration of Canada 150. Produced by Sudnya Dance Academy and Clarkson Events.
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
What: An opportunity to mingle with technology and product leaders, as well as talented engineers. The meet-up event hosted by Realtor.com invites everyone to share their expertise and learn from the experience of others.
Where: BrainStation HQ – 1110 Hamilton Street #410, Vancouver
What: A new spin on Robin Hood set to popular pop, rock and hip-hop songs of the past decade, and combining circus, burlesque and storytelling. Presented by Toofly Productions, Robin Hood: Prince of Tease reimagines the hero of Nottingham as a powerful, sensual woman caught up in the fight for her kingdom.
Where: Performance Works, Granville Island – 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
When: April 28 to May 13, Wednesdays to Sundays at 8 pm
What: Vancouver triple-threat performer Mandy Rushton presents classics from the Great American Songbook, with Sean Allen on piano. She has traveled across Canada many times as well as coast to coast in the US and in Mexico. Mandy was also recently seen on FX’s LEGION.
Where: Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
When: April 28 from 8 to 10 pm
Tickets: At the door, $10
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.