What: Originally from River City before kicking around Atlanta, Puddles gained momentum after hitting the road as guest performer on the 2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live tour and 2013 Eels tour and making special appearances at Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni and NYC’s Sleep No More. Puddles has since performed all over the planet, garnering rave reviews at festivals like Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Fest and Belgium’s Gent Fest.
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Looking to meet other knitters in Vancouver? Are you learning how to knit and need assistance or advice? Cartems Kits hosts a Knitting Club every other Monday at for people to mingle, learn from one another and gain inspiration.
Where: Cartems Donuterie – 3040 West Broadway, Vancouver
What: In this masterclass, Eric will show different ways to approach the feel and pulse of different grooves and styles of music. Eric is an incredibly accomplished drummer and educator, working with some of Cirque de Soleil’s most popular touring shows. Bring your sticks, a note pad and learn how to improve your groove!
Where: Long & McQuade North Vancouver – 1363 Main Street, North Vancouver
What: To celebrate one of the great communal eating dishes enjoyed in our city, eight of Vancouver’s top chefs will compete in the 4th annual Curry Cup. Join the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia and its panel of participating chefs and judges for this fun event. Parts of the proceeds will be given to Project Chef.
What: A celebration dedicated to hearing stories from BC’s leading reporters and storytellers on what’s shaping our lives. The fundraiser for The Columbia Institute and The Tyee includes an Ethiopian buffet dinner, a raffle, and the opportunity to mingle with friends both new and old who care about the communities we live in.
Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre – 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
What: Super Scene is a long form improv show with an ensemble cast of veteran improvisers and one musical guest from all over the Vancouver improv community.
Each improviser, using a suggestion from the audience and their own unique genre direct an improvised story just for you!
Where: The Woods Studio – 7 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
What: Join the British Barbers Association experts as they demonstrate and coach attendees through classic English hot towel wet shave techniques and a traditional men’s haircut without the use of clippers. The experts will discuss how the men’s shaving and grooming categories have taken off across North America, and how trends are starting to lean towards more classic looks.
Where: Barber & Co. Barbering Academy – 1120 Hamilton St, Vancouver
What: March 7 marks National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants, and across North America, they’ll be giving away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes. The National Pancake Day event is actually a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network and their local hospitals (in British Columbia it’s the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation) so guests who come in for the free pancakes are urged to leave a donation.
Where: There are 11 IHOP locations in Metro Vancouver. Use their website to find the one nearest you.
When: March 7
Cost: Free, donations to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation encouraged.
What: Climbers can ascend Harbour Centre’s stairs every Tuesday afternoon in March. It is a 633 step climb up the 28-storey building to reach the tower’s Lookout observation deck, located 553 ft (169 m) above street level. This year, BC’s very own elite Tower Runner, Shaun Stephens-Whale, will be on site on March 7, 14 and 28 to share his stair climbing tips.
Where: Harbour Centre – 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: Every Tuesday in March from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Cost: $5, includes a free $5 slip to Harbour Centre’s food court and one free beer
What: VBCC’s annual SpringSong concert at Ryerson United Church. This year features the Toccata, Partita, Chorales and Chorus choirs in “Singin’ in the Rain,” a collection of works that will lift your spirits above the grey and rainy skies outside. The spring concert is also the annual opportunity to showcase the solo talents of VBCC’s gifted choristers.
Where: Ryerson United Church – 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver
What: Groundswell’s fifth cohort of budding entrepreneurs showcase their beautiful, authentic, and compassionate ventures to the world. Cohort V’s projects are inspired by common themes. Connection to a source, or “going back to our roots” is explored through food education, agriculture, and outdoor learning, while the importance of community connection for human wellbeing is cultivated through special events, creative gatherings, storytelling and expressive dance.
Where: Groundswell Clubhouse – 566 Powell Street, Vancouver
What: The first of the Fraser River Discovery Centre’s Fraser River Dialogues, whose goal is to engage interested parties on key Fraser River issues and opportunities. Includes a wine and cheese reception and a conversation with Dr. Brian Riddell, President and CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation, about what is going on with the Fraser River salmon.
Where: Fraser River Discovery Centre – 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
What: Periods are a fact of life. For women living in poverty, there is the added challenge of acquiring monthly feminine hygiene products. For women experiencing homelessness, it is even harder. Make a difference for local women in need March 7 with a breakfast and speaker event at United Way of the Lower Mainland. Bring a donation of feminine hygiene products.
Where: United Way of the Lower Mainland – 4543 Canada Way, Burnaby
What: Room Magazine celebrates International Women’s Day, the start of their inaugural literary festival, and the launch of “Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine” with a cocktail reception at Fox Cabaret. Mingle with authors from Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival, enjoy appetizers and drinks, and enjoy live music by Sister Says and co-hosts Sierra Skye Gemma and Nav Nagra.
What: Business in Vancouver is recognizing BC’s most outstanding business women in private or public sector companies. Honourees have risen through the ranks to become senior executives or entrepreneurs. Through corporate board placements they help influence and shape policy at some of Canada’s largest companies.
Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
What: Join runners from all over the world to celebrate women. Vancouver’s International Women’s Day Global Run is a 5 km run around the Seawall to honour women’s rights and existence in this world. Everyone is welcome.
Where: Plaza of Nations outdoor stage – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
What: Glorious voices take centre stage in the pristine acoustics of the Chan Centre as Elektra welcomes Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian for a compelling and unique collaboration on International Women’s Day.
Where: Chan Centre for Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
What:Learn to make Pâte a Choux, or “choux pastry” as some call it. In the class, guests will make choux a la crème (cream puffs), profiteroles, chouquettes, and éclairs. People will get to pipe pastries, fill, and decorate them them to take home. Guests can enjoy a savoury welcome snacks and a glass of sparkling wine.
Where: The Uncommon Cafe – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
What: Films made by women, for everyone. Join Women in Film & Television Vancouver at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival from March 8 to 12. With a mix of free and ticketed film screenings from local and international filmmakers, professional development opportunities, parties, panels, and more, there’s something for everyone.
What: Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline continues to concern many Vancouverites, and this new work gets its premiere presentation at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre this month. The play is presented in the round and told from the perspective of three theatrical artists – two First Nations and one white. The second half is a facilitated presentation with a different speaker each night, representing different perspectives and interest-groups surrounding the proposed pipeline construction.
What: High-end clothing boutique Romeo + Juliet is having a massive warehouse sale. For just four days, from March 9 to 12, the store will will be taking 30% or more off the price of designer labels, women and men’s clothing lines, plus accessories. Romeo + Juliet will be knocking up to 90% off certain items.
What: In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Small Business BC Meetup is highlighting successful women entrepreneurs. Hear about their journeys and how they’re pushing the boundaries for women in business. Whether you are a woman interested in business or you simply want to connect and hear from inspirational entrepreneurs, join in celebrating women everywhere that are making an impact.
Where: Small Business BC – Waterfront Station –601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: Ryan Belleville has won a Canadian Comedy Award and the Phil Hartman Award for his stand up. He was a series regular on FOX’s sitcom Life on a Stick, CW’s The LA Complex, and was the star and co-creator of the cult show Almost Heroes.
Where: the Comedy Mix – 1965 West Broadway, Vancouver
When: March 9 at 8:30 pm, March 10 and 11 at 8 pm and 10:30 pm
What: Lighthouse Lab’s new grads are about to start their careers as professional web developers, but first they want to show you what they’ve learned to build in just 8 weeks with Lighthouse Labs. Enjoy pizza and beer plus a networking event.
Where: Launch Academy – 128 West Hasting Street #300, Vancouver
What:The Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival is Coquitlam’s original craft beer and food festival. The event showcases craft brews from over 30 breweries and features bites from ten local restaurants and caterers. This festival is a semi-annual two-day event that supports Team Taylor with the Ride to Conquer Cancer and the BC Cancer Foundation.
Where: Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club – 3251 Plateau Boulevard, Coquitlam
What: This all-senior production shows the longevity of Vancouver’s local theatre community, as the aptly chosen Twelfth Night features twelve actors over twelve performances. Shakespeare’s shipwrecked twins are brought to life by local veteran actors in staged readings, in this classical rom-com of sexual ambiguity and mistaken identity.
Where: PAL Studio Theatre – 581 Cardero Street, 8th Floor, Vancouver
What: Multi-platinum award-winning producer and international artist Ville Virtanen aka Darude has to date sold over 5 million records worldwide. Although best known for Sandstorm, which became the world’s best selling 12″ vinyl of 2000, Darude has had a long and successful career as both a live performer and a DJ.
Where: FIVESIXTY Nightclub – 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver
What: Join BC’s senior business leadership for an exclusive opportunity to learn how Canadian energy companies are addressing future challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities arising from the rapidly shifting global energy and trade landscape.
Where: Terminal City Club – 837 Hastings Street, Vancouver
Legendary singer Engelbert Humperdinck is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of his #1 single, “Release Me.” The track stayed on the charts for a record 56 consecutive weeks becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time with sales of over 150 million copies worldwide. Humperdinck’s popularity continues to cross every generation and gender as his fan club remains one of the largest today with over 250 chapters.
When: March 10 to 11 at 8 pm Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond Tickets:Online, $99.50
What: A celebration of the 75th anniversary of Gordon Neighbourhood House. Spring Forward will feature live performances, a local DJ, and a silent auction with a wide range of amazing items for you to bid on. Delicious canapés prepared by award winning Chef Chris Whittaker of Vancouver’s famed forage restaurant will be served throughout the evening. All funds raised support the work of Gordon Neighbourhood House.
What: The Vancouver Invitational is one of the longest-standing events of its kind. Eight of the best clubs, featuring Paralympians from around the world, will be in attendance to battle head to head over three days.
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond