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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 9 to 13

Daniel Chai Apr 09, 2018 5:00 am 1,961

April rolls on with a new week full of interesting events in Vancouver. Here is our checklist of 35 things to do from Monday, April 9 to Friday, April 13. Concerts, theatre, community celebrations and more.

For even more things happening around town check out our events section.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello

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  • What: Cabello is heading out on her first solo tour and it all kicks off in Vancouver at the Orpheum. She is set to perform fan favourites including “Havana” and her new hit single “Never Be The Same.”
  • When: Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: via Live Nation. $35 to $65.


  • What: Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD are well-known for their interpretations of hip hop tracks and their collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Denzel Curry, Danny Brown, and Ghostface Killah. Featuring J Rocc on support.
  • When: Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Misery – The Arts Club

  • What: Arts Club is bringing it, with the stage version of Misery, and it’s guaranteed to give audiences a good scare. A famed novelist’s number one fan brings him home and won’t be letting him leave anytime soon, in this classic Stephen King thriller.
  • When: Now to Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Arts Club, Granville Island – 1601 Johnston St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Arts Club; $29-$49+

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre – Official Opening

  • What: Professor Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor invites you to attend a ceremony to witness the official opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and a Statement of Apology for UBC’s involvement in the system that supported the operation of the Indian Residential Schools.
  • When: Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where: Koerner Plaza – 1958 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Humans of Maple Ridge

  • What: The Maple Ridge Overdose Response Task Group has been working with a large group of peers in the community on the question “how has stigma affected you in your community?” Through the eyes of the peers and a camera lens, they will be presenting this work. Everyone is welcome to view the exhibit, meet some of the peers and share stories. Some mature subject matter will be included.
  • When: Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 7 pm
  • Where: The ACT Arts Centre – 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

OneWerd, Attikus with Kristopher James, and Cody the Catch

  • What: A hip-hop showcase at the Railway Cafe with OneWerd, Attikus with Kristopher James, and Cody the Catch.
  • When: Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: The Railway Club – 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: By Donation, $5 admission

Spring Fashion Show featuring Malary’s Fashions

  • What: Newlands is hosting their annual Spring Fashion Show, featuring Malary’s Fashions. Ticket includes a comprehensive lunch buffet.
  • When: Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 1 pm
  • Where: Newlands Golf & Country Club – 21025 48th Avenue, Langley
  • Admission: $15.95. Reservations: 604-533-3288

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Whistler World Ski and Snowboard Festival

World Ski and Snowboard Festival

Image: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler

  • What: The main events taking place on the mountain include the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme, the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships, and Big Air events in both skiing and snowboarding. A 72-hour filmmakers and photographer showdown will run during the course of the week. There will also be apres-ski and late-night parties held on a regular basis around the city, with live music constantly being played at the Skiers Plaza. A number of clubs around Whistler will also be holding evening events.
  • When: Tuesday, April 10 to Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues in Whistler
  • Admission: Free. Tickets for evening events can be purchased online.

Jaden Smith

  • What: Jaden Smith’s Vancity visit is part of his Vision Tour, supporting his 2017 album Syre. Also known for being the progeny of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, Smith has appeared in many films, including Men in Black II and The Karate Kid.
  • When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 8 pm/ Show at 9 pm
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: via Ticketweb, $20

MOSAIC Career & Job Fair

  • What: Over 80 companies at MOSAIC’s Job Fair are looking to fill up to 1500 positions. Bring resumes and be prepared to interview with recruiters from Air Canada, City of Vancouver, Royal Bank of Canada, Home Depot, and many more.
  • When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart performing at Jones Beach Theater in July 2017/Shutterstock

  • What: Rod has received some of the music industry’s highest awards including two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Grammy Living Legend award. The “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” singer is one of the best-selling artists in history, and he’ll be belting out hits from his long and successful career this spring in arenas across the country.
  • When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: via Live Nation

$0.99 Grand Slam Day at 1296 West Broadway

  • What: On Tuesday, April 10 from 7 am to 2 pm you can head into the Denny’s located at 1296 W Broadway in Vancouver and get a Grand Slam breakfast for just $0.99. This is the only Denny’s that will be offering this insanely cheap deal, and you only can get one Original Grand Slam per person, per visit. Dine-in customers only.
  • When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Denny’s – 1296 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Price: $0.99

Movies in the Morgue: Chinatown

  • What: Head to Vancouver Police Museum for a screening of Chinatown. Popcorn and Pop will be on sale during the movie.
  • When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm, movie 7:00 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

BC Distilled: BC Whisky Master Class

  • What: BC’s small but growing presence in the whisky world will be on display as BC Distilled guides you through some of BC’s best whisky. A minimum of one whisky will be poured from each of the featured distilleries, and there will be at least nine whiskies present. The event will be run by Charlene Rooke, a Vancouver-based journalist and Certified Specialist of Spirits 
  • When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Legacy Liquor Store – 1633 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $39.99

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Capture Photography Festival 2018


Photography ( Namphon2U / Shutterstock)

  • What: A free, month-long photography festival featuring over 200 exhibitions kicks off in Metro Vancouver this week. Known as the Capture Photography Festival, this year’s submissions will include photo galleries, public art installations, and speaker engagements at various locations throughout the region.
  • When: Now to to Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations throughout Metro Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

ACETECH Whistler Summit 2018

  • What: More than 130 growth-driven CEOs and thought leaders will be coming together at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort for the 26th annual ACETECH Whistler Summit. Since its inception, the event has brought together tech titans for a three-day retreat to improve their effectiveness as leaders, explore new ways to increase their company’s performance, and to build relationships with other industry professionals.
  • When: Wednesday, April 11 to Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 10 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort – 4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler
  • Tickets: $2,935 – Register via Eventbrite

Amanda Palmer #ninjaTED2018

  • What: Amanda Palmer and special surprise guests from the local and TED communities presents #ninjaTED2018, a benefit for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
  • When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $19.99

Transit Safety

Canada Line

SkyTrain Canada Line ( Eric Buermeyer / Shutterstock)

  • What: Have you ever been worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one on transit? Join Metro Vancouver Transit Police Constable Justin Biggs for transit safety tips. Learn how and when to make a report. Constable Biggs will share information on Metro Vancouver Transit Police areas, authority, priorities and more.
  • When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • When: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Public Libray – Tommy Douglas Branch – 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Register: Online, Free

Les Tartes – Classic French Pies

  • What: Learn the secrets of thin, sandy crust pies, like the French do; strawberry and creampie, luscious chocolate tart, and flaky apple pie. One glass of wine is offered during the class. Go home with your individual apple pie, leftovers, and recipes.
  • When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $65; buy via Eventbrite.

You’ve Got Male

  • What: You’ve Got Male is a multi-media comedy by Clive Scarff, featuring Joshua Murdoch, Jillian Zavazal, and Tanya Macpherson. Join Dave as he embarks on a search for the love of his life through online dating.
  • When: Wednesday, April 11 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: PAL Vancouver – 300-581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Caravan World Rhythms Presents: Che Malambo

  • What: Combining the lightning-fast footwork of Riverdance with the smouldering intensity of flamenco and tango, Che Malambo performs a new program Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $28-$72

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Murder on the Improv Express

Vancouver TheatreSports

Murder On The Improv Express (Vancouver TheatreSports)

  • What: A luxury train trapped in the Canadian Rockies with a passenger list that includes a prominent socialite, a retired military officer, a famous detective, and a corpse. The makings of a classic murder mystery and Vancouver TheatreSports’ latest comedy show.
  • When: Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Nine Dragons

  • What: A stylish murder mystery set in 1920s colonial Hong Kong. Nine Dragons is a compelling exploration of race and prejudice in a colonial society. On the surface, Tommy Lam is obsessed with tracking down a killer in his native Kowloon. In immersing himself in the opulent and lurid world of Victor Fung, Tommy finds himself investigating the mystery of his own identity.
  • When: Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$55

Richmond Country Farms

  • What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99, off Steveston. Open from early spring to just before Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce, and prepared goods.
  • When: Thursday to Sunday starting April 12, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Improv Comedy with Hocus Focus

  • What: A night of improv comedy with Hocus Focus, with stand-up host Kathleen McGee, and special guests Wolves.
  • When: Monday, April 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Free Coffee at 7-Eleven

  • What: In an effort to bring awareness to the issue of plastic entering our oceans, 7-Eleven is inviting Canadians to head into their nearest location on Thursday, April 12 where they can get a free hot beverage of their choice. All you have to do is bring in your own travel mug or reusable cup, and you’ll get a hot chocolate, coffee, mocha, or whatever else your heart desires free of charge. This special treat is part of 7-Eleven and Ocean Wise’s partnership for the #BePlasticWise campaign.
  • When: Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Participating 7-Eleven stores across Canada
  • Price: Free with the presentation of a reusable, non-disposable cup

One Girl Can – 2018 #IWANT2BE event

  • What: The fourth annual #IWANT2BE event is in support of One Girl Can, an organization that provides girls in Africa the opportunity to reach their dreams through education. The evening entails an exciting live and silent auction, and a powerful video with stories from the girls themselves. Tickets to this year’s event can be purchased online and are priced at $99. The price of your ticket includes an AG Hair goodie bag of products valued at $85, a complimentary drink, and delicious appetizers from the award-winning No Fixed Address Catering.
  • When: Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $99 – Available online

Ultimate #ThrowbackThursday with North Vancouver Museum and Archives

  • What: Explore the past by taking a tour of the Archives where the stories and images of people, places and businesses past and present are preserved. Plus hear an exciting update about the new museum opening in Lower Lonsdale in early 2020.
  • When: Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: North Vancouver Museum & Archives Community History Centre – 3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$30

Friday, April 13, 2018

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Los Angeles Football Club

whitecaps fc

Image: Vancouver Whitecaps FC / Flickr

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on Los Angeles Football Club at BC Place.
  • When: Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Happy Ending Friday 9 Year Anniversary

  • What: Happy Ending Fridays celebrates their ninth anniversary with Georgia-based rapper Gunna and hip-hop producer DJ London On Da Track. Also featuring support from HEF residents.
  • When: Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $17

Kickin’ It Country

  • What: Enjoy a delicious variety of food and drink, an auction, and the company of fellow supporters of community philanthropy. In support of the Coquitlam Foundation.
  • When: Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Centennial Pavilion – 620 Poirier, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $50

Making ICBC work for British Columbians

ICBC insurance

Cars in Vancouver. (Urban Napflin / Shutterstock)

  • What: Attorney General Eby will speak to the Greater Vancouver business community about the work underway by the B.C. Government and ICBC to address the current challenges.
  • When: Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 am
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Waddington Room – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $49-$98

Wine For Waves

  • What: Be the first to sip and savour Naramata Bench Wineries’ Spring Wine Releases. On April 13, this delicious evening of wining and dining will bring together BC’s best wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants. Taste Ocean Wise seafood offerings, meet top BC winemakers, and bid on silent auction items.
  • When: Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – 791 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $115 per person; buy online

New West Festival of Words

  • What: New West Festival of Words is a collaboration of the Federation of BC Writers’ Spring Writes Festival and LitFest New West. Join the celebration of the written word.
  • When: Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • When: Various times
  • Where: Inn at The Quay, River Market, and other New Westminster locations
  • Tickets: Online

Jokes and Roti; A Comedy Show

  • What: A monthly stand up comedy show at Di Reggae Cafe hosted by Dusty Searcy. Featuring headliner Brett Martin and also Devon Alexander, Darcy Collins, Sean McDonnell, and Rachel Schaefer.
  • When: Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Di Reggae Cafe – 13593 King George Blvd, Surrey
  • Admission: By Donation
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Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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