35 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 15 to 19

May 11 2017, 9:48 pm

Get your week going with help from Daily Hive! From Cloverdale Rodeo to Science Odyssey Week, here are 35 things to do in Vancouver this week.

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

Monday, May 15

Science Odyssey Week

  • What: Pacific Museum of Earth presents five afternoon sessions of Earth Science activities. Examine rocks under a microscope, bring your rock collection in for identification, tour the stone slabs around the Earth Sciences building, learn about the guts of Earth’s rock cycle, and explore new developments Earth Science research.
  • Where: Pacific Museum of Earth – 6339 Stores Road, Vancouver
  • When: May 15 to 19 from 1 to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

Ron Sexsmith


Image: Ron Sexsmith / Facebook

  • What: Ron Sexsmith is touring in support of his 13th solo album, The Last Rider, where for the first time he, in tandem with his longtime collaborator Don Kerr, has taken matters into his own hands as a producer. Over the course of its 15 tracks, The Last Rider is by turns romantic, bittersweet, uplifting and humorous.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway
  • When: May 15 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $38.50

BETA5 Spring Pop-Up

  • What: Get ready to welcome in the sweetness of spring as local chocolatier and treat-maker BETA5 opens up their Cambie Village pop-up shop once again. They’ve added three new tea-infused flavours to their cream puff family: Mango Bubble Tea, Strawberry Jasmine, and Matcha. The pop-up shop will also soon have ice cream, ice cream sammies, and their ice cream socials.
  • Where: 3345 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now through May 15

Being Mortal

  • What: Providence Health Care presents a free screening of Being Mortal in recognition of Hospice Palliative Care Week. The documentary follows renowned writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores how doctors can improve methods of caring for patients towards the end of life. Stay for a post-screening Q&A with a panel of palliative care experts from across Providence Health Care.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 15 at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free

Stacked Comedy with Kevin Foxx

  • What: From the smash success of The Kevin Foxx Show on Toronto’s hit radio station CFRB, to nightly shows at comedy clubs and corporate stages, Kevin Foxx is one of the funniest and most versatile performers working in North America today. He headlines Stacked Comedy with Kevin von Helvete, Alain Williams, Sam Tonning, Mark O’Keeffe, Oli Maughan and Sean Devlin. Karl Sullivan MCs.
  • Where: Yagger’s Kitsilano – 2884 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: May 15 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $5

East Van Bike Polo – Women and Genderqueer Night

  • What: East Van Bike Polo – W-T-F night aims to provide a positive space for any new players who are women (trans and cis) and/or gender queer-identified (non-binary individuals who identify with womens communities. If you are even the least bit curious about bike polo, this is the night to try it and meet some great people. Women and gender-queer folks also welcome to come watch.
  • Where: Grandview Park, Vancouver
  • When: May 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Abilities Expo & Job Fair


Image: ConnecTra

  • What: Meet Vancouver’s leading service providers to find opportunities that can benefit your life. Talk to employers who are hiring, and see what opportunities they offer. Socialize, hang out and enjoy the live music and dance in the theatre.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: May 15 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

Tuesday, May 16

BrainStation Information Session

BrainStation/BrainStation Vancouver

  • What: BrainStation will be hosting an information session on May 16 where attendees can learn more about full-time and part-time programs. BrainStation has trained more than 40,000 Canadians between their Toronto and Vancouver campuses, offering part-time courses, full-time programs, and workshops. Their courses, related to technology, design and business, are designed in collaboration with global technology leaders such as Slack, Google, Microsoft, and Hootsuite.
  • Where: 4101110 Hamilton Street
  • When: May 16 from 5 to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free, reserve your spot online

Stage Time – Open Improv Jam

  • What: The producers of Lights! Improvised Sketch Comedy Show and Dirty Little Secrets Improv Show Vancouver are holding a night to showcase more talent. Performer names go in the jam jar, teams are selected and participants get a game and a scene with the hosts.
  • Where: XYYVR – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 16 at 8 pm
  • Admission: No cover – donations collected at the end. (Suggested $5)

Arlene Chan – An Author Event

  • What: Chinese immigrants arrived in Canada in the mid-1800s searching for gold and a better life. But life in Canada was difficult and the immigrants had to face racism and cultural barriers. Take a photographic walk through history with Arlene Chan, a Chinese-Canadian author who focuses on the history and culture.
  • Where: Richmond Public Library Ironwood Branch – 11688 Steveston Hwy #8200, Richmond
  • When: May 16 from 9:30 to 10:30 am
  • Register: Online

VanBrewer Awards Gala

  • What: Join Vanbrewers in celebrating the winners of the 2017 VanBrewer Awards! There will be beer, medals, raffle prizes, general merriment, and more beer.
  • Where: The Cobalt – 917 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 16 from 7:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: $5

Injustice 2 Launch Event

  • What: Test your might with all of your favourite DC super heroes and villains in the brand new installment of Injustice from NetherRealm Studios.
  • Where: EXP Restaurant – 309 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 16 from 6 to 11 pm
  • Cost: Free to play

Voices of the Street

  • What: A night of storytelling and readings from Megaphone’s 7th annual literary edition, Voices of the Street. The night will feature stories, and readings from Voices of the Street writers, music from the wonderful Paula Armstrong, and delicious refreshments courtesy of SFU Woodwards.
  • Where: SFU Woodwards – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 16 from 6:30 t0 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15



Image: KONGOS / Facebook

  • What: KONGOS is a rock band of four brothers – Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Danny Kongos. Sons of British singer-songwriter John Kongos, they grew up in London and South Africa, and are on tour to support their latest release Egomaniac.
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 16 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$405

Wednesday, May 17

Children of God – Urban Ink Production

Image: Matt Barnes

  • What: Inspired by First Nations music, this deeply Canadian story is one of redemption and family. Uncover the hidden history of residential schools and their deep impact on survivors and their families, as well as what this dark legacy means for all Canadians today.
  • When: May 17 to June 3
  • Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Cost: Online, $10-$46

Spring Job Fair – North Shore

  • What: Connect with North Shore employers, explore full-time and part-time employment opportunities and achieve your career goals. Bring your resume and dress professionally, as interviews may be held on the spot. Hosted by YWCA and North Shore Work BC.
  • Where: North Shore WorkBC – 980 West 1st Street -Unit 106, North Vancouver
  • When: May 17 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Register: Online, Free

Stephen Lynch: The My Old Heart Tour

  • What: Stephen Lynch’s unique blend of musical based comedy has earned him fiercely loyal fans around the world who live to experience his live shows, He has five best-selling CDs, an RIAA-certified Gold DVD and top-rated Comedy Central specials.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: May 17 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Rising Tides + Skin Boats

  • What: A community eco art project exploring our changing ocean and climate. Join Village Surrey for a knowledge exchange and social engagement art project to process what we know about our changing oceans and climate, and visually weave a collective response for a hopeful future.
  • Where: Surrey City Centre Library – Room 120 – 10350 University Drive
  • When: May 17 from 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Economic Summit 2017

  • What: The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 3rd annual Economic Summit featuring keynote address from Dr. Sherry Cooper, Chief Economist of Dominion Lending Centres. Attendees will also hear three success stories from local professionals and and two panels made up of industry experts.
  • Where: The Molson Canadian Theatre at the Hard Rock Casino – 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
  • When: May 17 from 7:30 to 11:30 am
  • Register: Online, $95-$125

Interactive Afro-Brazilian Workshop

Long & McQuade

Image: Long & McQuade / Facebook

  • What: In this interactive workshop you will see a wide variety of instruments, learn choreography, cooperative and active learning and play traditional instruments from Africa & Brazil. Participants will also learn basic dance movements and choreography.
  • Where: Long & McQuade Surrey – 13785 104th Avenue, Surrey
  • When: May 17 from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • More Info: Online

Outdoor Kids Night

  • What: Bass Pro Shops presents a complimentary Outdoor Kids Night on May 17. Bring the young ones to do some arts and crafts, play some games, and have a little snack.
  • Where: Bass Pro Shops – 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Tsawwassen
  • When: May 17 from 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Register: Email [email protected] Free

Thursday, May 18

New Works Dance Allsorts presents Olivia C. Davies

Olivia C. Davies

Image: Olivia C. Davies

  • What: Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone is a new dance-theatre work by Olivia C. Davies, developed in collaboration with Coast Salish storyteller, Rosemary Georgeson, performance artist, Anne Riley, and aerial dancer Emily Long.
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • When: May 18 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $5-$20

An Evening with Pete Yorn

  • What: American singer-songwriter Pete Yorn performs an acoustic concert at the Biltmore Cabaret.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 18 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$310

40th Annual Bed Races and Decorated Bike Parade

  • What: The Bed Race starts with a demonstration from participants of the World Free Style Round-Up Skateboard Championships, followed by a Western themed Bike Parade. The main event is an elimination-style Bed Race where the prizes for the winners of each division are just as quirky as the race itself: the winners of the men’s race receive the coveted Bed Pan trophy, the women’s division competes for the Chamber Pot.
  • Where: 176A Street in Cloverdale
  • When: May 18 from 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Cost: Free


  • What: Since 1994 Hoopfest has been BC Wheelchair Basketball Society’s largest annual fundraiser. Corporate and community teams of 5-10 players participate in a fun evening that includes a wheelchair basketball tournament, dinner and raffle prizes. Funds raised from Hoopfest allow BC Wheelchair Basketball to continue to run programs, leagues and tournaments, provide equipment and advocate for inclusive physical activity opportunities for British Columbians with a physical disability.
  • When: May 18 from 5:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
  • Registration: Online

G Ceramic And Co. Studio Launch and Open House

G Ceramic And Co.

Image: G Ceramic And Co. / Facebook

  • What: Stop by the Beaumont Studios to check out the new G Ceramic And Co. digs. Check out some new work, grab a glass of bubbles, and prepare to get dirty. The wheels will be open if you want to try your hand at throwing.
  • Where: Beaumont Studios – 316 and 326 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 18 from 7 to 10 pm
  • Cost: Free

The Blarney Stone’s 45th Anniversary Party

  • What: Blarney Stone is celebrating their 45th Anniversary with a huge party, including Celtic dancers liquor and beer samples, Irish cuisine, cheese mongers, and live music!
  • Where: The Blarney Stone – 216 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 18 at from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Stars on Ice

  • What: The three greatest Canadian men’s figure skaters will come together for the first time in 2017 to perform in the award-winning Investors Group Stars on Ice Tour presented by Lindt. Featuring Four-time World Champion Kurt Browning, 2014 Olympic Silver Medallist Patrick Chan, and two-time Olympic Silver Medallist Elvis Stojko. Joining the trio will be Olympic Bronze Medallist Jeffrey Buttle, reigning two-time World Champions Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford, Canadian Champion Kaetlyn Osmond and more!
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: May 18 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12.50-$85

Friday, May 19

Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

  • What: One of North America’s longest running and most entertaining rodeos returns with competitions, live entertainment, and food and fun. The Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo will once again feature the world’s best Cowboys and Cowgirls as they compete for cash prizes.
  • Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds – Agriplex Building – 6050 176 Street, Surrey
  • When: May 19 to 22
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$35

GO Fest – Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival

GO Fest Whistler

Image: GO Fest Whistler / Facebook

  • What: The fourth annual GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, returns on the Victoria Day Long Weekend. Come and spend four days trying different outdoors activities in a beautiful outdoor setting. Also features concerts, film screenings and arts workshops.
  • Where: Venues across Whistler
  • When: May 19 to 22
  • Registration and Tickets: Online

Bianca Del Rio: Not Today Satan Comedy Show

  • What: Season 6 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, self-professed “clown in a gown”, Bianca Del Rio continues her world-wide stand-up comedy tour, Not Today Satan, for a second round across North America.
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 19 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $49.50-$249

Alternatives to the Housing Crisis: Case Study Vienna

  • What: Using Vienna as a case study, this lecture explores the relationship of affordable housing to urban planning politics and will discuss historic and current housing policies. Touching upon the re-articulated model function of 1920s Red Vienna, Gabu Heindl will present her approach to combining strong claims (Setzungen) in public planning with a critique of paternalistic governance and with maintaining zones of contact with popular agency.
  • Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
  • When: May 19 from 7 to 10 pm
  • Cost: Free

Too Many Zooz


Image: Too Many Zooz / Facebook

  • What: New York City’s Too Many Zooz is Leo Pellegrino (baritone saxophone), Matt Doe (trumpet) and David “King of Sludge” Parks (drums). They gained fame when a video of one of their subway performances, recorded by a passer-by at Union Station, went viral on YouTube in March 2014. 
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 19 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $22.50-$27

Whistler’s Second Annual Gourmet Ride

  • What: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is partnering with Bici Gusti for a second year of Whistler’s exciting Gourmet Ride. Bici Gusti invites people to an event that is family-friendly, it will feature delicious feasts and of course, cycling! This Gourmet Ride is a fabulous way to start the biking season and cyclists of all levels are welcome.
  • Where: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler – 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
  • When: May 19 to 21
  • Tickets: Online.

Twin Peaks Cabaret

  • What: Live music, costumes, performance, coffee, and pie. An evening of tribute to David Lynch’s iconic TV series. Featuring Melody Mangler, Lousie Burns, and more. Hosted by Michael John Unger.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret– 2321 Main Stree
  • When: May 19 from 7 to 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$50
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