35 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 17 to 21

Apr 15 2017, 6:06 pm

A shortened work week means more time to have fun! From concerts to festivals to workshops, here are 35 things to do in Vancouver this week.

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

Monday, April 17



  • What: Nearly three years after her last Vancouver appearance, Banks returns this spring for a show at the Vogue Theatre on April 17. The Goddess singer released her latest album, The Altar, in the fall of 2016. Lead by single “Fuck with Myself,” the American singer/songwriter proved her musical craft is here to stay. The album is edgy, dark, and has beats to get you dancing. It should be a treat for fans live.
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street
  • When: April 17 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $42.75

Critter Capers: The Case of the Lost Bunny

  • What: A baby bunny is lost in the woods. Use clues to retrace the bunny’s steps and help it find its way home.
  • Where: Tynehead Regional Park, meet at Tynehead Hatchery entrance – 16585 96 Ave, Surrey
  • When: April 17 from noon to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

Easter at Art Knapp Surrey

  • What: Meet the Easter Bunny, get your face painted, and enjoy complimentary snacks and coffee. Plus take a free train ride around Art Knapp.
  • Where: Art Knapp – 4391 King George Boulevard, Surrey
  • When: April 17 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

18th Annual Pacific International Cup

  • What: The premier bonspiel for club curlers from around BC, the US and around the Pacific hosted every April at the Richmond Curling Club in Richmond BC.
  • Where: Richmond Curling Club – 5540 Hollybridge Way, Richmond
  • When: April 17 to 23
  • Admission: Free

Drone World Premiere

  • What: Shot in BC (playing Washington) and India (playing Pakistan), Drone is an intense, topical thriller inspired by geo-politics. Starring Sean Bean, Mary McCormack and Vancouver’s Patrick Sabongui, this engrossing suspense drama brings the War on Terror right back home.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 17 at 8:20 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$12

Intro to Mushrooms in the Ravine


Image: Still Moon Arts Society / Vancouver

  • What: Come learn about mycology in this two-part workshop by Still Moon Arts Society and local expert Willoughby Arevalo, of the Radical Mycology Collective and Vancouver Mycological Society.
  • Where: Renfrew Ravine, East Vancouver
  • When: April 17 from 4 to 6 pm, and May 7 from 10:30 am to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free for youth under 25, $5 for adults

MoMondays Vancouver

  • What: MoMondays is a monthly show featuring five to six people telling their personal story and sharing life lessons. Some are funny, some are thought-provoking, all are inspiring.
  • Where: XY YVR – #100 1445 West Georgia, Vancouver
  • When: April 17 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25 plus fees

Tuesday, April 18

Vertical Influences – Le Patin Libre

  • What: A bunch of ex-figure skaters got tired of the sequins and sparkles, and the result is Montreal’s free-skating Le Patin Libre. Shedding the over-the-top costumes and routines for contemporary dance on ice, the underdog group has won no love from the conservative world of professional figure skating. Instead, they’ve formed unlikely coalitions with community ice rinks and arts organizations around the world, and will be bringing their love of the sport-cum-art to The Drive’s Britannia Ice Rink.
  • When: April 18 to 30
  • Where: Britannia Ice Rink – 1661 Parker Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Online; $46

Edmonds Film Festival

  • What: From April 18 to April 21, celebrate National Canadian Film Days at Edmonds Community Centre. Bring your own blankets or use the centre’s chairs at the free, all-ages event celebrating Canadian cinema. Popcorn and a beverage are included.
  • Where: Edmonds Community Centre – 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
  • When: April 18 to 20 at 6:30 pm, April 21 at 10 am
  • Cost: Free

Two Door Cinema Club

  • What: Two Door Cinema Club continue to travel the world playing to sold out arena crowds. The group is touring in support of their latest album, Gameshow.
  • Where: Orpheum – 884 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$45

World Travel Book Club for Kids

  • What: Travel from country to country through books that explore food, sports, famous people, holidays and more! The perfect book club if you don’t have time for a long novel, or want to get extra practice with your English. Come talk about books, make new friends and enjoy light snacks. Ages 8-11.
  • Where: Surrey Libraries – Strawberry Hills – 7399 122nd Street, Surrey
  • When: April 18 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm
  • Cost: Free. To register, call 604-5015838.

Leadership Series: Achieving Sustainable Growth with Earls Restaurant

  • What: Guests will hear from Mic Minhas, CFO at Fuller Family, which founded and still owns the Earls Restaurant chain. Earls has now grown to 62 restaurants and remains a private, family-owned business. Enjoy some delicious food and drinks from Earls and learn how the company stays competitive in Canada’s bustling restaurant market.
  • Where: Earls Yaletown Loft – 1095 Mainland St, Vancouver
  • When: April 18 at 5:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free for CYP Members, Non-Members: $50 +GST. This event is limited to Members of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Company of Young Professionals program and guests aged 35 and under.

Toads Got Talent Lip Sync Battle Finals

Steel Toad Brewing Company

Image: Steel Toad Brewing Company / Facebook

  • What: Vancouverites lip-synch their hearts out for a chance at great prizes and a $2000 grand prize.
  • Where: Steel Toad Brewing Company – 97 East 2nd, Vancouver
  • When: April 18 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Admission: Free

Creating Video Content – A Social Video Workshop for Entrepreneurs

  • What: Learn how to grow your business and brand using the most powerful and effective tool available to entrepreneurs and business owners. This workshop covers the key steps required to design, create and optimize your videos so you can achieve more exposure and reach more people online and offline. Led by Stuart Candiah.
  • Where: Vancity Credit Union Branch 17 – 5064 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • When: April 18 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Wednesday, April 19

John Mayer

John Mayer/Facebook

  • What: The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter returns to the city with his “Search for Everything World Tour”. Mayer’s 2017 tour marks the first solo trek for the bluesy pop heartthrob since 2014. The tour should be a hit for Mayer fans, as each concert will include a full band, solo acoustic and John Mayer Trio sets of music.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: April 19 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $39-$115

CEO Breakfast with David Labistour of Mountain Equipment Co-op

  • What: Join the UBC Sauder Club of Vancouver for an exclusive CEO Breakfast with the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), David Labistour, to hear about his journey to running one of Canada’s top outdoor retail businesses.
  • Where: YWCA Metro Vancouver, Welch Room 1, 4th Floor – 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 19 from 7:15 to 8:45 am
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Sustainable Food Systems in Surrey

  • What: A stimulating evening of information and conversation. Village Surrey and the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition are hosting Dr. Kent Mullinix from Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Food System.
  • Where: City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
  • When: April 19 from 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

  • What: The sixth annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan from April 19 to 23. Featuring South Okanagan wines, ciders, beers, and spirits and of course an outstanding selection of oysters from across Canada. The five-day celebration of all things oysters consists of three big parties and a series of partner events.
  • Where: A variety of venues in Osoyoos
  • When: April 19 to 23
  • Tickets: Individual event tickets and festival packages can all be purchased via Destination Osoyoos

Vancouver Jewish Film Centre – National Canada Film Day 150

  • What: Vancouver Jewish Film Centre celebrates National Canada Film Day 150 with free screenings of Barney’s Version and Weirdos
  • Where: Fifth Avenue Cinemas – 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 19 at 6:30 pm and 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Love Letters + Heart Wills


Image: WILLOW / Facebook

  • What: Inside a thoughtful and dynamic group process and with support, ease and great company, you’ll reflect on your life and get equipped to create lasting messages for those you love.
  • When: April 19 from 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Mountain View Cemetrary – 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: $25

Creator Talk with Atom Egoyan

  • What: A talk and Q&A with Victoria-raised director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, Ararat, Remember). Actor Bruce Greenwood, who stars in the The Sweet Hereafter, will also join the Q&A as a special guest.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 19 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Free, Standby only. Tickets will be issued on a first come/first serve basis.

Thursday, April 20

Verses Festival of Words

Image: Verses Festival of Words

  • What: Versus is billed as “Canada’s largest alternative literary festival,” and will showcase over 30 events across East Vancouver. The power of words is on prime display here, especially ones used to “support, provoke, protest and inspire.” Perhaps most important this year is the Black Lives Matter Showcase, commemorating the achievements of Vancouver’s local chapter in calling for an end to police brutality worldwide.
  • Where: Various Locations
  • When: April 20 to 30
  • Tickets: Online, varies by show

Funny Music Weirdo

  • What: Chase Padgett, creator and star of 6 Guitars and Nashville Hurricane, swings for the fences with an hour of comedy showcasing music, characters, stories, and his own personal take on why Crossfit is cruel and unusual punishment.
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 20 to 22 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Tri-Cities Healthy Kids Fair

  • What: Community organizations will provide parents of children 0 – 6 years with information on safety, health, literacy awareness, recreation and other community programs.
  • Where: Pinetree Community Centre – 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • When: April 20 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Admission: Free, non-perishable items are being accepted for the local food bank.

420 Vancouver

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  • What: The biggest cannabis celebration of the year. Featuring the world’s only open-air public cannabis farmer’s market where people sell all kinds of cannabis and extracts while educating the crowd about medical marijuana, political involvement, activism, and more.
  • Where: Sunset Beach
  • When: April 20 from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Cost: Free

The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

  • What: A pack of adolescent girls prepares for battle on the soccer field. As they grapple with everything from pop culture to politics, the girls establish their identities as individuals and as a team. The competition is fierce as the championship looms. Who will come out on top?
  • Where: Pacfic Theatre – 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: April 20 to 22 at 8 pm, April 23 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Introvert’s Career Growth

  • What: Crystal Henrickson and Annika Reinhardt (Talent Collective) will equip you with strategies to overcome career growth challenges as an introvert, while continuing to portray your authentic self.
  • Where: L’Atelier – 319 West Hasting Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Beaty Nocturnal: Hops

  • What: Every month, Beaty Biodiversity Museum stays open late to offer family-friendly activities. This month’s event is presented in partnership with Big Rock Brewing, and includes a special botanical presentation about every beer drinker’s favourite plant, the Humulus lupulus, also known as hops.
  • Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum – 12212 Main Hall, Vancouver
  • When: April 20 from 5 to 8:30 pm,
  • Admission: By donation

Friday, April 21

Make It Vancouver


Image: Make It Vancouver / Facebook

  • What: More than 200 of your favourite Makies (and some new ones too!) are bringing their goodies back to the PNE Forum. Stock up on freshly made accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items and lots of other beautifully crafted, handmade goods.
  • Where: The PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
  • When: April 21 to 23
  • Tickets: Online, $3-$5

DECK: How I Instigated Then Overcame and Existential Crisis Through Home Improvement – Pilotcopilot

  • What: DECK examines the fine line between perfectionism and obsession, chaos and freedom and why a piece of 2×6 lumber isn’t really two inches by six inches. If you’ve ever started a reno job in your life, or even started a conversation with other DIYers, this will remind you of the good times and the bad.
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: April 21 to 22 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $30-$38

Gigantic! The East Van 90s Party

  • What: Aqua to Wheatus. Coolio to Spice Girls. Whatever your 90s jam, get on the dance floor at the massive throwback party.
  • Where: The Astoria – 769 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 21 from 9:30 pm to 2 am
  • Cost: $5 before 10 pm, $7 before 11 pm, $10 after 11 pm

Eastside Flea x Ellis Building 1 Year Anniversary Party!

  • What: Local artisan goods, quality handcrafted items, vinyl records and more from local small businesses, your friends and neighbours. Featuring live music, prizes, tattoos, and food trucks for attendees to enjoy.
  • Where: Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 21 from 6 to 11 pm
  • Admission: $5

KIDS Hip-Hop Workshop

  • What: Taught by experienced hip-hop dancers, this fun two hour class will have your little one groovin’ and shakin’ to the hottest music. Class begins with a fun interactive game, followed by a warm-up stretch routine. Basic dance steps will be taught along with some fun choreography towards the end of the clinic.
  • Where: Absolute Cheer & Tumbling – 758 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
  • When: April 21 from 6 to 8 pm
  • Register: Online , $35

Vancouver Photo Book Fair

  • What: Capture Photography Festival presents the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Book Fair. The event is comprised of a Book Fair and a series of offsite Talks & Workshops.
  • Where: Grand Luxe Hall at Western Front (303 E 8th Ave), James Black Gallery (144 E 6th Ave)
  • When: April 21 to 23
  • Cost: Free

Jake The Snake Roberts Comedy Night

Image: Jake The Snake Roberts / Facebook

  • What: Wrestling legend Jake The Snake Roberts will share his stories for fans of wrestling and comedy. Funds raised will support Survivors Supporting Survivors, a not for profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources for survivors of childhood victimization.
  • Where: Lafflines – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • When: April 21 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$50
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