20 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 24 to 27

Dec 19 2017, 10:00 pm

It’s a four-day work week and a four-day fun week here in Vancouver, after the Victoria Day long weekend. But there’s still plenty going on – come rain or shine. From artisan jam tasting to savage post-punk revival, here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week.

Tuesday, May 24

Artisan Jam Tasting

  • What: Come sample some of B.C.’s finest artisan jams, served with fresh bannock and tea and accompanied by acoustic music by friends of Simply Twisted.
  • Where: The Capilano Tea House – 221 Abbott Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m.
  • Register: On Eventbrite, entry is free

180 Degrees South + Q&A

  • What: Join Jeff Johnson for an exclusive screening of 180 Degrees South, a film by Chris Malloy that retraces the epic 1968 journey of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Plus, you’ll see never-before-seen footage from the making of the film.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, May 24, doors at 6 p.m., movie at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from the Rio, $10 in advance or $12 at the door

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! This week, the headliner is Darcy Michael, while MC is Erica Sigurdson.
  • Where: The Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. until the end of May

Schizophrenia Awareness Film Festival

  • What: The B.C. Schizophrenia Society is marking Schizophrenia Awareness Day with a free film festival screening Dan & Margot and NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, two Canadian films examining the challenges faced by people suffering with mental illness.
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 200-1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, May 24, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Register: On Eventbrite, entry is free

Wednesday, May 25


  • What: Savour the authentic Italian cuisine of La Piazza Dario Ristorante Italiano and enjoy bidding on fun gift packages for the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s annual festive fundraising dinner.
  • Where: La Piazza Dario Ristorante at the Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, May 25, reception and silent auction at 6:30 p.m., music, dinner and wine at 7:30pm
  • Tickets: Priced at $140, available by phone at 604-738-6822 or by email at [email protected]ir.com

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  • What: The hip hop duo are heading to Vancouver to promote new album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. Worth a trip to the thrift shop for some new concert-going threads.
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Ticketleader for $77.60. All ages

The Pill and the Sexual Revolution: What Really Changed?

  • What: Part of a lecture series entitled Eight Days that Changed the World in which faculty members of Langara College explore some of the turning points of history and consider how far reaching their effects have been.
  • Where: Dunbar Community Centre – 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: To register, call 604-222-6060, entry $4.

Wakin Chau

  • What: As one of the most prolific Taiwanese artists of his time, Wakin Chau’s rise to fame in the late ’80s made him a household name in Southeast Asia, and he’s been topping the charts ever since with his catchy tunes and strong tenor.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Ticketmaster, from $75 to $550.

Last Night of the Proms

  • What: A proud 120-year-old tradition returns, as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra present Last Night of the Proms. You’ll hear stirring renditions of Pomp & Circumstance, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and much more in this beloved and heart-warming concert.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, May 25, from 8 p.m. to 10:20 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from the VSO, from $17 to $65.

Thursday, May 26

High Kicks Into the Light Forever and Ever and Ever

  • What: A new video installation by Vancouver artist Elizabeth Milton exploring the link between glamour, affect, and the longing for transcendental experience, with immersive projections of participants meditating under the hot glow of a spotlight.
  • Where: Grunt Gallery – 116-350 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Opening night, Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., runs until June 25

Paul Simon

  • What: The legendary singer-songwriter of Simon & Garfunkel fame is in town to regale you with classics like 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and You Can Call Me Al.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Ticketmaster from $104.50 to $164.50. All ages.

Big Sisters Spring Lunch

  • What: The signature fundraising event of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland celebrates the power of mentorship, and raises important funds to support Big Sisters mentoring programs that help hundreds of vulnerable young girls every year.
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, May 26, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from bigsisters.bc.ca, $125

Alfie Zappacosta

  • What: Presented by the Railtown Cultural Eclective, Alfie Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers, with chart topping hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years.
  • Where: Orpheum Annex – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, May 26, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from ArtsPoints, from $25 to $40

Arts Umbrella Dance Company Season Finale

  • What: The AuDC takes centre stage with its Season Finale, featuring 80 dancers performing new, innovative works by some of North America’s and Europe’s leading choreographers.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. until Saturday, May 28
  • Tickets: Available from Arts Umbrella Dance Company, from $20 to $35


  • What: This deceptively small movie – a funny, pungent, oddball drama about Icelandic sheep farming brothers – turns out to be a model of lean storytelling, edging almost imperceptibly from absurdist comedy to existential tragedy.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from VIFF Vancity Theatre, $12

Friday, May 27

The World Famous Motown Party

  • What: The return of a world-famous dance party that’s the toast of New York, London, and Paris, The Motown Party showcases the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, Stax and Tamla labels, played by some of each city’s best DJs.
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street , Vancouver
  • When: Friday, May 27, from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Eventbrite, $8

Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me

  • What: Join comedian Alicia Tobin and special guests Brad Dorion, Ben Mills and Erica Sigurdson for an evening of drawing, laughing, sharing, hugging, marker sniffing, and friendships.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, May 27, doors 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Eventbrite, $7 in advance, $10 on the door


  • What: From Dipt and the team, it’s a night for all things Drizzy, with DJs Flipout, Seko, Cam Crillz and Lil India. There’ll also be a Drake-themed photo booth by Lindsay’s Diet and Drake-inspired art by August Mircea.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, May 27, from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Ticketfly, $9.99

Dining for Dreams Gala

  • What: Lend your support at the B.C. Centre for Ability’s premier fundraising gala to help provide services for children with special needs and celebrate five kids with disabilities who show resilience in everyday life and inspire others to reach for the sky.
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Park Ballroom – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, May 27, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from B.C. Centre for Ability, $250


  • What: The art-driven nostalgic noise of this all female post-punk revival four-piece rock band from England echoes the legendary sounds of Public Enemy, Magazine and Joy Division – and is bound to make for an interesting show.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, May 27, 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available at Red Cat, Zulu Records or from Ticketweb, $26.50 plus fees, 19+
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