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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 21 to 25

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Daniel Chai May 18, 2018 5:00 am 1,826

Keep the fun going this week with our list of 35 great events happening from Monday, May 21 to Friday, May 25. rEvolver Theatre Festival, Tash Sultana, and more.

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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Nature Walk: The Wonderful World of Trees

  • What: Shake hands with a spruce, sniff a fir needle, and admire the mossy gardens on maple trunks. Attendees will discover amazing stories that the park’s trees have to tell, how to identify them, and how they help to support wildlife. With veteran naturalist Al Grass, formerly with BC Parks.
  • When: Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 2:30  pm
  • Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park – South Valley park entrance, 20285 8th Ave, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Aquarium pop-up during May Long Weekend at Tsawwassen Mills

Vancouver Aquarium pop-up/Tsawwassen Mills

  • What: The aquarium’s pop-up at the mall will include live marine animal touching sessions, as well as artifacts like polar bear and grizzly pelts. There’s also going to be a marine-themed colouring area, marine-themed face painting, and photo opportunities with Ollie the Otter mascot at select times. Plus, you can enter to win one of two family packs to Vancouver Aquarium while you’re there. You can also download the e-savings booklet online for shopping throughout the mall, enjoy other entertainment, and more.
  • When: Now to Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm (Saturday and Monday), 10 am to 7 pm (Sunday)
  • Where: Tsawwassen Mills Mall – 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Delta
  • Admission: Free

Whistler GO Fest

  • What: The fifth annual GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, returns on the Victoria Day Long Weekend. Spend four days trying different outdoors activities in a beautiful outdoor setting, and also enjoy music, arts and culture events, and more.
  • When: Now to Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues in Whistler
  • More Info: Online

McMaster Museum of Art exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery

  • What: Two exhibitions drawn from the collection of the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Ontario, are on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery until May 21, 2018. Living, Building, Thinking: art and expressionism uses the German Expressionist collection from the McMaster Museum of Art to explore the development of Expressionism in art from the early nineteenth century to the present day. A Cultivating Journey presents five centuries of magnificent art from the McMaster Museum of Art’s Levy Collection and Bequest from Herman Herzog Levy.
  • When: Now to Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

  • What: The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American musical outfit led by frontman Anton Newcombe, formed in San Francisco in 1990. Featuring special guests Ghost Meat.
  • When: 
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Victoria Day at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: The Burnaby Village Museum site is set in the 1920s – a place where pictures of King George V and Queen Mary are hung in the schoolhouse, where the Union Jack flies over the site and Victoria Day is celebrated in grand style. Featuring market vendors, interactive activities, and carousel rides.
  • When: Sunday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

130th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

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  • What: One of North America’s longest running and most entertaining rodeos returns on May Long Weekend with more competitions, live entertainment, food and fun for fans of all ages.
  • When: Now to Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds Agriplex Bldg – 6050 176 St, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Grotto Comedy

  • What: The debut Grotto Comedy show features Gavin Banning, Rachel Schaefer, Ed Konyha, Damian Brown, Taylor Moorey, MC Jake Spencer, special guest Byron Bertram, and headliner Simon King.
  • When: Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Grotto -1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Joyner Lucas

  • What: American rapper Joyner Lucas brings his fluid flow, impeccable wordplay and vivid storytelling to Fortune Sound with special guest Eli.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

40 Days and 40 Nights

Image: Electric Company Theatre

  • What: The project was inspired by a challenge to live for 40 days and 40 nights making all choices based in love, and draws on the magical poetry of Hafez, the philosophy of Alain Badiou, Hindu festivals, Biblical tales, and countless other ruminations on the word “love.” This immersive theatrical experience inspires you to believe, even for a moment, that love is something active and alive in the world. Presented by Electric Theatre Company.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22 to Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $33-$36. $15 opening night

Women in the Spotlight Dinner featuring Karina LeBlanc

  • What: Karina LeBlanc is a two time Olympic Canadian soccer player, bronze medalist, motivational speaker, media host and humanitarian. She shares her stories at the Women in the Spotlight Dinner.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9:20 pm
  • Where: The Law Courts Inn – 800 Smithe Street, 4th Floor, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver Chamber Players Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Hycroft Mansion at 1489 McRae Avenue in Shaughnessy. Today this is home to the University Women’s Club of Vancouver, but in 1924 it was the home of General AD McRae.

Hycroft Mansion

  • What: The Vancouver Chamber Players are a group of professional musicians who search out and play unjustly neglected works of the classical chamber music repertoire. For over sixteen seasons, they have been rediscovering and performing truly wonderful “treasures” of the past – many of which have not been heard in North America.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Hycroft – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Kw’áyatsut (Training to Become)

  • What: Join the Indigenous storyteller in residence T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss and listen to slam poetry, songs and stories.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – Kensington Branch – 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

S.T.A.F.F (Squamish:Tech.Art.Film.Festival)

  • What: Each event has a unique twist with a mix of talks, workshops, music, film and art. Guest speakers include former Montreal Allouettes linebacker Shea Emery, Carlee Price an angel investor who recently presented at SXSW, Bradley Roulston who implemented the Nelson Dollar, local Dr Sal Meli of Euphoria and more.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Common – 38016 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$60

The Strange Case of the Singing Toadfish and its Bizarre Mating Behaviour

  • What: Learn about the Plainfin Midshipman Fish aka the singing toadfish, which can be found on beaches right here in British Columbia. Presentation led by Dr. Sigal Balshine, a professor from McMaster University.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

City of Vancouver “Year of the Queer” – Official Proclamation and Launch Event

Image: LGBTQ Flag / Shutterstock

  • What: The event will be marked with the raising of the Pride and Trans Flag on the north lawn of City Hall, and include a panel discussion in the Council Chamber, as well as an outdoor event on the Helena Gutteridge Plaza.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Time: 11 am start
  • Where: Vancouver City Hall – 453 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Next Music from Tokyo vol. 12

  • What: NMFT 12 brings an all-star cast of past favourites and a brand new band for you to fall in love with. Featuring The Taupe, Yubisaki Nohaku, Bakyun the Every Day,  Lucie, Too, Koutei Camera Girl Drei, and Koutei Camera Gal.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $14

Annual Address by Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore

  • What: Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore outlines the role that Metro Vancouver plays in enhancing economic prosperity, embracing cultural vitality and social justice, and preserving a healthy natural environment in the Metro Vancouver region.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Pacific Ballroom – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

MilkMilkLemonade – Awkward Stage Productions

  • What: MilkMilkLemonade is a queer coming-of-age story about an 11-year-old from Mall Town, USA. With weirdly relatable characters and dealing with questions of gender and sexuality, the play also features a talking chicken named Linda.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23 to Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: CBC Studio 700 – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Brown Paper Tickets; $20

rEvolver Theatre Festival

  • What: One of the few events that focuses on live new works from emerging Canadian artists, there’s something for everyone at rEvolver Theatre Festival. This year, all mainstage shows involve women at the creator level.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • When: The Cultch – 1985 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Upintheair; $20

Masterchef Champion Trevor Connie Pop Up Dinner

  • What: Join Masterchef Canada Champion Trevor Connie for a five-course dinner on Wednesday, May 23 at The Compound on Granville Street.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Compound – 1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $80.94, buy online

Modified Ghost Festival III

  • What: An annual music festival in Vancouver, BC that showcases some of the most exciting metal, rock, punk, hardcore and progressive music the world has to offer.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where:  The Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $22-$170

Thursday, May 24 2018

Colin Mochrie with Vancouver TheatreSports

Colin Mochrie live at The Improv Centre

  • What: Canadian comedy icon Colin Mochrie, Vancouver TheatreSports alumnus, and star of Whose Line is it Anyway, returns this May for three laugh-packed performances to benefit VTS and the Colin Mochrie Scholarship Fund. Includes two shows at The Improv Centre and a performance at the Vogue Theatre.
  • When: Thursday, May 24 and Saturday, May 26, 2018 (The Improv Centre), Friday, May 25, 2018 (Vogue Theatre)
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver, Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Cabaret

  • What: This night of fun will feature a wide range of variety acts – including drag, burlesque, circus arts, magic, and comedy – which are all inspired by their own special secret scent. During the show, the audience will unlock these smells with their own Scratch ‘n’ Sniff sheet. The Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Cabaret will also act as a major fundraiser for Sex Workers United Against Violence, a local institution that has sought to keep sex workers empowered and safe.
  • When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$35

Surrey International Children’s Festival

  • What: Surrey International Children’s Festival features ticketed performances from around the world and Canada.
  • When: Thursday, May 24 to Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Bear Creek Park and Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Tash Sultana

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  • What: Tash Sultana has sold out every headline theatre show booked across multiple countries and played dozens of high profile festivals around the globe. Recent accolades include a top 10 ARIA chart, an APRA Award nomination, and over 100 million streams worldwide. Featuring special guest Reuben Stone.
  • When: 
  • Time: Gates 5:30 pm,  Show 7 pm
  • Where: Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
  • Tickets: Online, $39.50

West of Main Art Walk Exhibition

  • What: Artists in Our Midst welcomes its 26th year by inviting the public to join them for a preview exhibit and sale of visual art at the Roundhouse highlighting a wide range of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, and photography.
  • When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop

  • What: Learn traditional Salish social songs, drumming and dance with instructor Russell Wallace. Open to everyone.
  • When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Root Dwellers Music Showcase

  • What: Root Dwellers Music Showcase is a monthly event hosted at Kings Cafe+Wine Bar offering an important and intimate platform for music artists to perform their own song creations.
  • When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 11 pm
  • Where: Kings Cafe – 2223 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Friday, May 25, 2018

Camp Yoga 2018

Camp Yoga

  • What: Three days full of fun, fitness, food, and friends. Take part in a wide range of traditional camp activities and sweat it out in specialized classes like SUP, kettlebells, acro yoga, and more. This is a camp for adults, so there’s going to be time dedicated to meditation, wine tasting, and dance parties, so you’ll really get to experience a diverse mix.
  • When: Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Where: Camp Elphinstone – 1760 YMCA Road, Gibsons, BC
  • Price: Starting at $440 for a Rustic Bunk – Tickets available via Camp Yoga

ROVE – A Mount Pleasant Art Walk

  • What: ROVE is a free community event where participants can tour artist’s studios and galleries in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver
  • When: Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: Various venues in Mount Pleasant
  • Admission: Free

Variety’s Spring into Summer BBQ

  • What: A BBQ and community event in support of Variety. Featuring music, food and a giant inflatable obstacle course competition.
  • When: Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Public participation in the obstacle course and BBQ are by donation

Parker Art Salon

  • What: Now in its fourth year, the Parker Art Salon is a unique exhibition showcasing the work of more than 60 fine artists at Vancouver’s 1000 Parker Street Studios.
  • When: Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Parker Street Studios – 1000 Parker Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$50

May Mayhem at the Wise Hall

Wise Hall

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  • What: All Star Wrestling presents ECW/WWE/TNA star Tommy Dreamer versus former ASW Trans Canada Champion “Hurricane” Adam Ryder. Also featuring Sinn Bidhi versus Randy Myers, Girls Gone Wrestling match with “Babydoll” Allie Parker versus Calamity Kate, and more.
  • When: Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Robert Dayton: The Empty Bed

  • What: Robert Dayton will present an interdisciplinary performance as himself and as The Canadian Romantic based around his artist’s book The Empty Bed.
  • When: Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Access Gallery – 222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

UnCommon Power

  • What: The annual ARC Building’s Group Show, Uncommon Power, features visual art, design, performance and live music from ARConians past and present.
  • When: Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Arc – 1701 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: By donation
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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