35 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 24 to 28

Apr 23 2017, 4:10 pm

The last week of April has arrived, and Vancouver is packed with exciting events around the city! From TED2017 to concerts to workshops and theatre, here are 35 things to do in Vancouver this week.

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Monday, April 24

TED2017 in Vancouver

Elon musk serena williams shah rukh khan

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  • What: Tennis ace Serena Williams, Tesla pioneer Elon Musk, and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan are just a few of the high-profile speakers coming to Vancouver for TED2017 this week. Tickets to TED2017 are sold out, but you will be able to watch some of the TED talks in screenings at various movie theatres around Vancouver.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: April 24 to 28
  • Tickets: Sold out for the event itself – but you can get tickets to screenings at local movie theatres at the TED Cinema Experience.

Blurring the Lines in Visual Conversations: Paul Clarke

  • What:A new exhibition featuring 10 paintings by Richmond artist, Paul Clarke. This series investigates the emotional dialogues that occur in the various relationships in his life. Clarke explores these emotions through multiple layers of colour, which build as they communicate with each other and come to a final state of closure.
  • Where: Richmond City Hall – 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • When: Now to April 24 from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free

City of Stars Concert

  • What: SFU Recital Society’s semester-end concertFeaturing talented musicians and performers, with delicious food.
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for Performing Arts – 6450 Deer Ave, Burnaby
  • When: April 24 at 6 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, minimum $5 donation

President Trump: The First 100 Days

  • What: Greater Vancouver Board of Trade dives into the first 100 days of the new US presidency, and discuss what the next four, or more, years could mean for Canada-U.S. relations, key BC industries, and your business.
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: April 24 at 11:30 am
  • Tickets: Online, $99 to $149

6 Degrees Vancouver: Are you Home?

6 Degrees Vancouver

Join Adrienne Clarkson in forum hosted by 6 Degrees (6DegreesVancouver)

  • What: Join Canada’s former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a conversation about inclusion and citizenship in British Columbia. The event, which is hosted by 6 Degrees Vancouver, will bring 250 participants together at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. The day-long forum will be moderated by Clarkson and John Ralston Saul.
  • Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts — 149 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 24 from 8 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25- $50 

Mastering Social Media to Grow Your Business

  • What: Just because you know what social media is, does not mean that you necessarily understand how to use it to grow and develop your business. This workshop focuses on understanding social media, what is it and how it’s connecting people. Presented by Mhairi Petrovic of Out-Smarts Marketing Inc.
  • Where: Small Business BC – 601 W Cordova St
  • When: April 24 from 1 to 4:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $39

Fine. (an evening of storytelling and otherwise)

  • What: Vancouver writers and comedians Dina Del Bucchia, Jacob Samuel, Curtis AuCoin and Amber Harper-Young share stories at The Lido. Hosted by Cole Nowick, music by Bored Décor.
  • Where: The Lido – 518 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: April 24 at 8:30 pm
  • Admission: Free

Tuesday, April 25

The Weeknd concert

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  • What: The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling music artist is going on his first-ever world tour. His latest album, Starboy, debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot #200.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: April 25 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $39.50-$175

The Imaginarium

  • What: The Imaginarium is a laboratory for creative exploration. Utilising an open gallery space and access to many different materials, participants can dive head first into new avenues of creation alongside fellow creators. At the end of this seven week experiment into personal creativity, there will be a collective art show for all who participated
  • Where: The Gam – 110 East Hastings Steet, Vancouver
  • When: April 25 to June 15, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm
  • Cost: $25 for studio space and access to all materials, $20 if you bring someone to collaborate with. Email [email protected] to reserve or check availability.

Sounds Like Fire: Femme4Femme

  • What: In this femme-focused showcase of Verses Festival of Words, bear witness to the brilliant magic of Amber Dawn, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Kama La Mackerel, and Kai Cheng Thom. Born of community and coven, care and creativity, the four artists build each other up in a world that pushes us to the verge of burning it all down.
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 25 at 8 pm
  • Register: Online, $17 in advance, $22 at the door

Open House at Harbour Light

  • What: The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light’s first-ever Open House. Tours of the facility depart every 15-20 minutes, and is a chance for the public to walk through the facilities. The Salvation Army Vancouver will be sharing information about programs, art and writing from Learning Centre students, and more.
  • Where: The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light – 119 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 25 from 4 to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

The xx

  • What: The xx are on tour to celebrate the release of the band’s highly anticipated third album, I See You. The album is the follow up to the majorly successful xx and Coexist that have sold over three million copies worldwide.
  • Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: April 25 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$65

Vancouver ANZAC Commemoration 2017


  • What: ANZAC day is an important date for Aussies and Kiwis, no matter where they live. If you’re an ANZAC living in Vancouver, the best way to pay homage our fallen brothers is to attend the Commemorative service hosted by CANZBA at Victory Square. Everyone is welcome. Afterwards, head to Moose’s Down Under for celebrations with fellow ANZACs.
  • Where: Victory Square – Corner of West Hastings and Cambie, Vancouver
  • When: April 25 at 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Vogueing Workshop with Ralph Escamillan (Vancouver Vogue Jam)

  • What: Vancouver Vogue Jam is open to all ages, levels, races, and genders to learn about Vogue and Vogue Ballroom Culture. Taught by Ralph Escamillan, who has trained with Freshgroove productions and danced with Sick Stylz and 247Comapny and crews Kill The Lights, House of Ladouche, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro(box4) and Toronto collective Gadfly.
  • Where: Karma Teachers – 45 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 25 from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Cost: By Donation

Wednesday, April 26

IISuperwomanII at Chapters Metrotown

YouTube star Lilly Singh is coming to Metrotown (IISuperwomanII/Facebook)

YouTube star Lilly Singh is coming to Metrotown (IISuperwomanII/Facebook)

  • What: One of YouTube’s biggest stars IISuperwomanII (aka Lilly Singh) is coming to Vancouver on Wednesday, April 26. Fresh off the release of her new book How to Be A Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, Singh will be signing copies and meeting with fans at Metrotown’s Chapters location.
  • Where: Chapters Metrotown — Metropolis, Metrotown 4700 Kingsway Street, Burnaby
  • When: April 26 from 7 to 8 pm
  • Admission: Free. Read event guidelines for wristband details and rules.

Vancouver International Home Show

  • What: Vancouver’s premier home show, with hundreds of exhibits, celebrity guests, and 3 seminar stages. Explore the latest in home improvement products, and enter to win over $100,000 in prizes.
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 26 to 30
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$12, children 12 and under free

End of the Rainbow

  • What: ACE Productions presents the Canadian premiere of End of the Rainbow, based on the true events of Judy Garland’s last comeback attempt in England in 1968. End of the Rainbow stars Janet Gigliotti as Judy Garland, Jeffery Hoffman, Gordon Roberts, Matthew Simmons, and Colin Parker, with direction by Claude Giroux.
  • When: April 26-May 20
  • Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Speaker Series: The Unsolved murder of Jennie Eldon Conroy

  • What: Join Eve Lazarus, journalist, author and blogger who has a passion for unconventional history and a fascination with murder. She discusses the unsolved murder of Jennie Eldon Conroy, whose murder from 1944 has never been solved.
  • Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 26 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Super Mario Maker – Super Course Challenge!

  • What: Test your skill, brain and might in a Super Mario Maker challenge with varying difficulty levels. Share your own levels with others, or try some new ones.
  • Where: E-Spot – 160-7951 Alderbridge Way, Richmond
  • When: April 26 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

Jimmy Eat World w/ guests Beach Slang

  • What: Mesa, Arizona’s Jimmy Eat World are tour in support of their ninth album, Integrity Blues. With warm production and a powerful upbeat groove, Integrity Blues features the first single “Sure and Certain”.
  • When: April 26 at 8 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom –868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

The Shape of a Girl – Stone’s Throw Productions

  • What: The bullying and violence between teenage girls takes a personal turn, based on 14 year-old Reena Virk’s murder in Victoria. Playwright Joan MacLeod leans on personal experiences for this one-woman show by Lindsey Curl on the progression of bullying and its violent ramifications.
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • When: April 26 to 29
  • Tickets: Festival Seating; Pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth

Thursday, April 27


  • What: Bastille is touring its sophomore album, Wild World, which debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the UK albums charts. The album is the follow up to 2013’s Bad Blood which has sold more than four million copies worldwide. Bad Blood also included the 5x Platinum single, “Pompeii,” arguably one of the biggest tracks in 2013.
  • Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: April 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$55

The 2017 Clovies Awards Night

  • What: Celebrating the outstanding contributions of successful businesses, organizations and leaders who make Cloverdale a vibrant community and a great place to work and live.
  • Where: Northview Golf and Country Club – 6857 168 Street, Surrey
  • When: April 27 from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $85-$95

Giggles & Gags

  • What: Original, hilarious, knee-slapping sketch comedy with twists on Vancouver’s pop culture, and musical and magical interludes along the way. All net proceeds from the show go to the Alzheimer Society of BC.
  • Where: PAL Studio Theatre – 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 27 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25 plus service fees

How to find a more meaningful and purposeful career

  • What: Join Vancouver Young Leaders to learn what your true calling is, how to find a job that aligns with your values, and how to interview for it and get hired.
  • Where: The AMP – 23 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 27 from 7 to 10 pm
  • Register: Online, Free

Artist Workshop: Autobiographical Comics

  • What: Comic book artist Sean Karemaker provides an illustrated talk on his work, and demonstrates the art of the autobiographical comic. Learn how to use personal stories to create your own one-page comic. All art materials provided.
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • When: April 27 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Cosmic Nights: Destination Mars

Mars (Image: Vadim Sadovski / Shutterstock)

  • What: Cosmic Nights feature two showings of the planetarium show, Journey to Mars, where guests will experience the journey to Mars that past robotic missions like Curiosity have taken, and show how humans may travel there in the future. There will also be a lecture at 8 pm and 9 pm, by Dr. Melissa Rice from Western Washington University, who will speak about the Curiosity and Exploration Rover missions, as well as plans for NASA’s next missions.
  • When: April 27 from 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: H.R MacMillan Space Centre, Vanier Park – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Bingo! by Stage 43

  • What: Five former classmates come together for their 30th high school reunion. Hilarity ensues when the friends attempt to relive their glory days via their old drinking game. The more alcohol they consume, the closer they come to confronting their demons and the realization that being grown up doesn’t mean that they’ve got it all figured out.
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • When: April 27 to 30 and May 3 to 6
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$22. Partial proceeds from all tickets sold to this production benefit the I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society.

Friday, April 28

Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival (YVRFF)

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Virtual reality headset/Shutterstock

  • What: YVRFF kicks off on April 28 with an Opening Gala, followed by five Screening Sessions showcasing the final selection of Virtual Reality films from around the world on Day two. This immersive film-going experience will be a treat, not only for virtual reality enthusiasts and early adopters, but also for those new to the virtual reality experience.
  • Where: CBC Studio – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 28 to 29
  • Tickets: Online, starting at $25

Hocus Focus

  • What: With light, imaginative creations, Hocus Focus will lead you through a short form game of Kryptonite followed up with Family Quilts, a long form invented by the group itself. With special guests, Five by Five, the night will be packed full of laughs.
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: April 28 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $5

International Dance Day – Free Dance Workshops and Performances

  • What: Learn four types of diverse cultural dances in celebration of International Dance Day. The next day enjoy multicultural dance performance in celebration of Canada 150. Produced by Sudnya Dance Academy and Clarkson Events.
  • Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
  • When: April 28 and 29
  • Cost: Free

Realtor.com Technology Meet-Up 2017

  • What: An opportunity to mingle with technology and product leaders, as well as talented engineers. The meet-up event hosted by Realtor.com invites everyone to share their expertise and learn from the experience of others.
  • Where: BrainStation HQ – 1110 Hamilton Street #410, Vancouver
  • When: April 28 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Robin Hood: Prince of Tease

  • What: A new spin on Robin Hood set to popular pop, rock and hip-hop songs of the past decade, and combining circus, burlesque and storytelling. Presented by Toofly Productions, Robin Hood: Prince of Tease reimagines the hero of Nottingham as a powerful, sensual woman caught up in the fight for her kingdom.
  • Where: Performance Works, Granville Island – 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
  • When: April 28 to May 13, Wednesdays to Sundays at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online , $29 General, $25 Student/Senior


  • What: Tropical house specialist Thomas Jack takes over Celebrities for a special open to close set.
  • Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 28 from 10 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Mandy Rushton Sings The Great American Songbook

  • What: Vancouver triple-threat performer Mandy Rushton presents classics from the Great American Songbook, with Sean Allen on piano. She has traveled across Canada many times as well as coast to coast in the US and in Mexico. Mandy was also recently seen on FX’s LEGION.
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 28 from 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $10