20 things to do in Vancouver this week

Dec 19 2017, 9:53 pm

It’s typical Vancouver weather this week – impending rain one minute, bright sunshine the next. So there’ll be plenty of time to take shelter in the best of our city’s culture.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, whether you want some virtuoso classical Mozart or just learn how to flirt from the experts.

Monday, May 16

Joyce Yang Plays Mozart

  • What: Virtuoso poet of the keyboard, Joyce Yang, performs one of Mozart’s most important piano concertos, and one of his greatest works overall, No. 24.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: 8 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.
  • More: vancouversymphony.ca

Numb + Q&A

  • What: Out of work and about to lose his home in Vancouver, Will goes north with wife, Dawn, seeking a new life. But when his new job falls through, he is forced to make the long drive back to the city, and picks up two hitchhikers – to Dawn’s quick regret.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: 8:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from VIFF, $12

Tuesday, May 17

Final Screening of Blade Runner

  • What: After numerous sold-out screenings over the past year, Blade Runner is being pulled from theatrical exhibition in consideration of the sequel, expected in 2017. This is your absolute last chance to see Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic on the big screen for years.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Doors 9 p.m., movie 9:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from the Rio, $10 advance or $12 at the door

WET: A Staged Reading

  • What: WET is the story of Burns and her husband Sweetie, who enlist in the Army. Only Burns is deemed fit to serve – she fights, but is injured, in need of constant care. Then, Capt. Tom Fitzgerald arrives, suffering with PTSD, a need for Burns – and a love of war.
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle

  • What: All are welcome to join this family-friendly, free drum circle. Bring an instrument, bring your friends…simply bring yourself!
  • Where: Third Beach – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: Every sunny Tuesday, after work until the sun sets

Pro-Am at the Comedy MIX

  • What: See amateur comedians of all skill levels perform alongside a professional headliner and a professional host and MC – come on out and discover Vancouver’s rising stars!
  • Where: The Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. until the end of May

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

  • What: Learn about discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ community in Canada and abroad, with particular focus on individuals living with mental health issues.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Midday to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18

The Art of Flirting

  • What: Vera Zyla, co-owner of The Art of Loving, will help you express your inner flirt through words and body language. Learn some creative opening lines, and the cues that signal that your attention is welcome.
  • Where: The Art of Loving – 369 W. Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available at Art of Loving, $20

Incite 2016 Finale

  • What: The finale of Incite 2016 features three renowned writers who immerse readers in the fascinating worlds of their novels: Yasuko Thanh (Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains), Alissa York (The Naturalist) and Chris Cleave (Everyone Brave is Forgiven).
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: 7:30 p.m.
  • Register: Let them know you’re coming at writersfest.bc.ca/events/incite

Tasting Plates

  • What: An event series of culinary roving tours in different areas of the city, featuring a multitude of different ethnic restaurants. On May 18 attendees will get the chance to mingle with fellow foodies within the East Village, in the Hastings area from Clark to Renfrew.
  • When: Wednesday, May 18 from 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Registration for the evening is TBA, for updates check here
  • Price: Advanced tickets are priced at $40 per person and can be purchased online here

Ghostly Gastown Tour

  • What: Step back into Vancouver’s past to learn the haunted history of the Gastown area. On this 90-minute walking tour you will learn about a town renowned for its Wild West legacy of drinking, gambling, and harsh justice in the form of hangings.
  • Where: Meet at the Angel Statue in front of Waterfront Station – 601 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Eventbrite, $20

Thursday, May 19

Prince: Sign ‘O’ The Times

  • What: A rare screening of wildly innovative and theatrical concert film Sign ‘O’ The Times, directed by Prince himself and shot with an audience at the Rotterdam Music Hall in 1987, for release alongside his double album of the same name.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Doors 9 p.m., movie 9:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from the Rio, $10 advance or $12 at the door

Stars On Ice

  • What: Three-time World Champion and two-time Olympic Silver Medallist Elvis Stojko returns to the ice with an incredible cast of superstars including Olympic Gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Olympic Silver medallist Patrick Chan.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Ticketmaster, from $25 plus fees

Wit by Margaret Edson

  • What: A preview of this poignant story of unwitting redemption. Prof. Vivian Bearing approaches cancer therapy with the same rigour she applied to her studies. But as her treatments progress, her intellectual armour gives way to her need for human kindness.
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • When: 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available at Pacific Theatre, $13.99 in advance, pay-what-you-can at door

Cider 101

  • What: If you want to learn a little more about cider in general, then this is the class for you, exploring major cider styles and regions including the hugely popular Pacific Northwest style – a blend of beer and cider.
  • Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery – 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Eventbrite, from $15

Friday, May 20


  • What: Formed in B.C. in 2003, pop-punk outfit Hedley has been eating up airwaves ever since lead singer Jacob Hoggard made it to the top three of Canadian Idol in 2004. Fans can expect the usual wild-eyed, spectacle-filled show for their Hello World Tour.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Ticketmaster, from $39.50 plus fees

Richmond Night Market

  • What: Drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Night Market is located within easy access of the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station. Roam the aisles to find games, food, and all sorts of wares for sale. Admission $2.75.
  • Where: 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station), Richmond
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., until October 10.

Sneak Peek of Les Filles Du Roi

  • What: Fugue Theatre is hosting a free reading and talk-back session for their upcoming production of Les Filles Du Roi, an exciting new musical about Canada’s history, shared in three languages.
  • Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • When: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Piano Guys

  • What: Utah-based classical-pop group The Piano Guys are a YouTube sensation thanks to their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. This week, they are performing in Vancouver for the first time
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available through Ticketmaster, from $49.50 + fees

Ron White

  • What: Grammy-nominated Ronald Dee “Ron” White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon – but he also has three of the top rated one-hour TV specials in Comedy Central history.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available through Ticketmaster, $75 + fees
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