35 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 8 to 12

May 7 2017, 2:29 am

May rolls on and the city gets more fun! From Vancouver Aquarium After Hours to voting in the Provincial General Election, here are 35 things to do in Vancouver this week.

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

Monday, May 8

Writing What You Don’t Know

Historic Joy Kogawa House

Image: Historic Joy Kogawa House / Facebook

  • What: Author Shaena Lambert presents a reading of her novel Radiance. There will also be a discussion and a Q&A session facilitated by writer-in-residence and workshop facilitator Carmen Rodríguez.
  • Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House – 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 8 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free. Register by emailing [email protected]

Spring Cleansing! How to Rejuvenate Your Body and Mind

  • What: Spring has always been seen as a rebirth. Meditation can be a wonderful tool to cleanse your body and mind from unwanted thoughts and negative attitudes. Through mantras, correct breathing and positive affirmations, Lara of Blue Lotus Meditation will show you how to change your mind set and get ready for your own rebirth. 
  • Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 8, 15 and 29 from 6 to 7 pm
  • Register: Online, $25 for three classes, drop-in $10 each class

Mother’s Day Poem Workshop

  • What: This year, make your mother smile, laugh, maybe even tear up a bit with a unique, meaningful personalized poem. This fun, dynamic three-hour workshop gives you the tools to say what’s in your heart, even if you’ve never written a poem before. All materials provided. Hosted by From The Heart.
  • Where: Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing — 2125 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 8 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: $25. Register by emailing [email protected]

PoMo Talks – How Technology can enhance our PoMo!

  • What: A discussion on how technology can enhance Port Moody! Meet progressive residents and hear Port Moody Foundation’s new innovation of Smart Connections to bring residents together and get more involved in their PoMo!
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • When: May 8 from 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

West Coast Wild Remedies

Stanley Park Ecology Society

Image: Stanley Park Ecology Society / Facebook

  • What: Craft your own cures with Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth of First Nations descent as she guides participants through the medicinal qualities and traditional uses of our native plants. Cultivate a healing relationship with the natural world through this sharing of ancestral knowledge. Participants take home their own medicine kits and handmade concoctions.
  • Where: Stanley Park Dining Pavilion – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
  • When: May 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$28

Aaron Chapman: “Last Gang in Town”

  • What: Hear local author Aaron Chapman talk about his latest book, The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Police vs The Clark Park Gang. The story follows corruption and murder in Vancouver history, and a year-long issue in 1972 between an east-side gang and Vancouver Police.
  • Where: BPL McGill Branch – 4595 Albert Street, Burnaby (May 8) and BPL Tommy Douglas Branch – 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby (May 11)
  • When: May 8 and May 11, 7 to 8 pm
  • Cost: Free

Burrard Inlet Harbour Tour

  • What: Enjoy a waterbird’s-eye-view of Burrard Inlet and learn about the birds that use the coastal habitats alongside port operations. Andrea MacLeod, birder and manager of the port authority’s environmental programs team, will guide a birding boat tour of the inlet and talk about Port of Vancouver’s operations and environmental programs. This is a great opportunity to learn about the birds that live in #myportcity.
  • Where: The Port Dock on Waterfront Road, Vancouver, in the parking lot next to the Seabus Terminal.
  • When: May 8 from 12:45 to 3:15 pm
  • Register: Call Andrea at 604-353-3866 to register.

Tuesday, May 9

Vote in the 2017 Provincial General Election

  • What: This is your chance to vote for the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) that you feel should be elected in your electoral district. To be eligible to vote you have to be at least 18 years old on May 9, a Canadian citizen, and resident of BC for the past six months. You need to bring ID that proves your identity and home address. Your BC driver’s license, BCID, BC Services Card (with photo), or Certificate of Indian Status will work. Or you can show two documents, both with your name, and at least one with your address.
  • Where: Voters can vote at any voting location in BC.
  • When: May 9 from 8 am to 8 pm

Ghostly Vancouver Tours

  • What: Step back into Vancouver’s past to learn the haunted history of our oldest neighbourhoods. You will learn about Vancouver’s sordid past. You will hear tales of our wild west history, murder, intrigue and of course hauntings. The tours will appeal to those who crave a deeper look into the history of Vancouver as well as anyone who has an interest in the realm of the supernatural.
  • Where: Gastown, Downtown
  • When: Wednesday and Saturday at 7:30 pm (Gastown), Tuesday and Friday nights at 7:30 pm (Downtown)
  • Tickets: Online, $20

How Deep is the Lake: A Century on Chilliwack Lake

  • What: Join author Shelley O’Callaghan for a short presentation on her personal journey to uncover the history of her family’s “summer cabin” at Chilliwack Lake. How Deep is the Lake will open your understanding of the people, places, and histories that often are invisible – and why it is so important to go beneath the surface of that which we cherish in life.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library Dunbar Branch – 4515 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Admission: Free

Tune-Up Tuesdays at Faculty Brewing Co.

  • What: Faculty Brewing Co. presents Tune-Up Tuesdays. On select Tuesdays throughout the summer, they will have bike mechanic Erwan tuning up your bike. Tune-up customers get 10% off a beer while they wait.
  • Where: Faculty Brewing – 1830 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 9 from 3 to 7 pm
  • Cost: Various prices for different bike tune-ups

Video Production Industry Meetup

  • What: An evening of interesting speakers, the latest in camera gear and a chance to network with other members of Vancouver’s Video Production Industry. The panel will feature Greg Bartels, Chris Bedyk, Darren Robertson and Jeff Pelletier. All money collected will be donated to Reel Youth, a media empowerment project that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada and internationally.
  • Where: Basetwo Media – 1282 Vernon Drive, Vancouver
  • When: May 9 from 6 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $5

Drunk Spelling Bee – 8th Edition!


Image: Q Shi Q Japanese BBQ / Facebook

  • What: Bringing new meaning to Fun with Phonics. Gather your friends and form a team of 5 or less to compete against other teams in a Drunk Spelling Bee. There will be prizes for the winning team!
  • When: May 9 from 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Q Shi Q Japanese BBQ – 159 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free, reservations are recommended. Contact Kayte Wilson at [email protected] or call the restaurant at 604-428-7744.

4×3 Short Play Fest

  • What: Four Short Plays written by some of Vancouver’s emerging playwrights. The Cold Reading Series presents three world premieres and one west coast premiere, including High School Diplomacy by Cookie Boyle, Kidnappees by Annahis Basmadjian, Legless by Colette Nichol, and Out & About by Mairy Beam, Dick O’Connor, Neila Lem, and Michel Crete.
  • Where: Studio 16 – 1555 West 7th Avenue
  • When: May 9 to 11 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Wednesday, May 10

String of Pearls – Tomo Suru Players

  • What: The stories of more than 27 women, connected through a single pearl necklace, are portrayed by four talented actresses in this Mother’s Day weekend production.
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
  • When: May 10 to May 14
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$25

Indigenous Leaders’ Panel on Career Progression

  • What: Join executives from the Vancouver offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Labour Canada (ESDC), and the Canada Revenue Agency for a panel discussion on career progression advice. The panel will be discussing questions related to career advancement, resiliency, work-life balance, and more. There will also be a Q&A session.
  • Where: UBC Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 10 from 9:45 to 10:45 am
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip)

Joe Goddard

Image: Joe Goddard / Facebook

  • What: Joe Goddard of Hot Chip plays his new album Electric Lines with guests. Hot Chip are an English indietronica band formed in London in 2000. They have released six studio albums and have been nominated for the Mercury Prize.
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 10 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Leash Your Potential with Ryan Gunther

  • What: Dark, satirical, and painfully-true-to-office-life, Ryan draws from 15-years experience at a Fortune 500 company. Topics will include writing unreadable emails, being an effective participant in ineffective meetings, and the true meaning of the word ‘business’.
  • Where: The Heritage Grill – 447 Columbia St, New Westminster
  • When: May 10 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Admission by donation

Mealshare presents Tonight for Tomorrow

  • What: Mealshare’s second annual Tonight for Tomorrow fundraiser. Over 15 restaurants have partnered with the non-profit charity, and agreed to donate one dollar to Mealshare for every dollar spent on food on this day to help them continue to do what they do to end youth hunger.
  • Where: Participating restaurants around Vancouver. Full list here.
  • When: May 10, some lunch, mostly dinner

Surrey Carnival

  • What: West Coast Amusements, the largest Canadian midway operation in Western Canada is coming to Surrey. Features exciting rides, tasty midway concessions, and fun for the whole family.
  • When: May 10 to 14
  • Where: Guildford Mall – 10355 152 Street, Surrey
  • Cost: $35 for wristband, six rides for $16.99

Ties of Blood: The Brontës – Theatre Hera West

Image: Theatre Hera West

  • What: The Brontë sisters have stamped their legacies in enduring classics like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Just like their oft-flawed heroines, Ties of Blood reimagines dramatic lives for the Brontë siblings.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: May 10 to May 20
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Thursday, May 11

Harland Williams

Harland Williams

Image: Harland Williams / Facebook

  • What: Comedian and actor Harland Williams is known for his roles in Dumb and Dumber, Something about Mary, Half Baked, Rocketman, and more. His stand-up comedy has also been showcased on Letterman, The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brian, HBO, Comedy Central and everywhere else.
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 11 and 12 at 8 pm, May 13 at 7 pm and 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $30

#HootupYVR: Social Ads

  • What: From turning Facebook fans into customers, to giving your content a boost, social media advertising is a key component of any social strategy. Join Hootsuite for an expert session on paid advertising for the first #HootupYVR of 2017.
  • Where: Hootsuite Media Inc – 5 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
  • When: May 11 from 5:45 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, free

Movies in the Morgue – The Usual Suspects

  • What: Grab a blanket, a buddy, some snacks and enjoy an evening at Vancouver Police Museum and Movies in the Morgue. This month’s presentation is The Usual Suspects.
  • Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 11 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Million Dollar Quartet – Arts Club

  • What: Elvis Presley. Johnny Cash. Jerry Lee Lewis. Carl Perkins. Recreating the real-life moment where these four rock idols were brought together for the first and last time ever, Million Dollar Quartet is a ‘jukebox musical’ that covers all of their greatest hits. Explore a time of great diversity for the Memphis music scene as the artists are immortalized on vinyl together at the Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956.
  • When: May 11 to July 9
  • Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2750 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29-$94

Traces of Words: Opening Party

  • What: Celebrate the opening of Museum of Anthropology’s new exhibition, Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia, which honours the special significance that written forms hold across many diverse cultures in Asia. The program begins with remarks by Prince Amyn Aga Khan — the younger brother of His Highness the Aga Khan — followed by a large-scale calligraphy performance by Kimura Tsubasa, set to an improvisational soundtrack by cellist Marina Hasselberg.
  • When: May 11 from 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

After Hours – A Trivia Night Like No Otter

Tanu And Katmai Rafting/Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Vancouver Aquarium’s After Hours adults-only event has added an element of Jeopardy-inspired trivia. Enjoy a beer, glass of wine, or a cocktail while you conjure up answers to each of the questions asked. You’ll also have the freedom to explore the galleries on your own, and join in on the ‘Q and Ray’ session in the Discover Rays Gallery while having a personal encounter with stingrays as they glide through the water. Plus, you can learn about marine invertebrates like sea stars and sea anemones in the Wet Lab.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • When: May 11 from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: Starting at $23 – available through Vancouver Aquarium

Broadway on Broadway: Disney Edition

  • What: Broadway on Broadway is Vancouver’s only musical theatre open mic evening. Bring a Disney song of your choice and sing with accompanist Sarah Jaysmith. Disney Broadway shows, animated and live action movies, Star Wars, Marvel, etc. Costumes and Disney-themed accessories are also encouraged, though never mandatory. And if you had your heart set on singing a non-Disney show tune, that’s fine too.
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: May 11 at 7:30 pm
  • Admission: At the door, $10

Friday, May 12

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

  • What: The iconic, Grammy-award winning band return for a select stadium tour this summer, and it all starts right here in Vancouver at BC Place. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic album, The Joshua Tree, U2 will be performing the album in its entirety, with the support of a number of special bands. In Vancouver, their support is popular indie/folk rockers, Mumford & Sons.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: May 12 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$280

Girls with Attitude – Art Show

  • What: Inspired by fierce women in their lives, artists Larissa Pirogovski and Natalia Krioutchkova took on a challenge to showcase them on canvas.
  • Where: Gallery 1965 – 1965 Main St, Vancouver
  • When: May 12 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Admission: Free

EMBRVCE Fridays Grand Opening: Jaykode

  • What: Known for his “Classical Bass” style of production, LA-based DJ/Producer JayKode performs at VENUE for the grand opening of EMBRVCE Fridays. EMBRVCE Fridays is a new night dedicated to shining a light on emerging artists, new music, and the culture that goes along with it.
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 12 at 10 pm to 3 am
  • RSVP: Online, Free

Port Coquitlam Heritage Walk

Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society

Image: Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society / Facebook

  • What: Join the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society for a historic stroll around old Port Coquitlam guided by local historian Bryan Ness. The tour departs from the Museum and Archives and ends at the Bandshell in Leigh Square with a concert by Choral Connections.
  • Where: PoCo Heritage – 2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam
  • When: May 12 at 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Chris Hadfield’s Canada 150 Tour

  • What: Canada’s first spaceship commander, Colonel Chris Hadfield shares a selection of stories, images, songs and ideas that celebrate the 150th birthday of the nation he is so proud to call home.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 12 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$80


  • What: Over 20 Atomic Cartoons artists will be showcasing their talents and artwork, while selling prints, buttons, and more. Dress up in cosplay for a chance to win a $100 Prize. 
  • Where: AnzaClub – 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 12 from 6 to 11 pm

Richmond Night Market

  • What: The Richmond Night Market  draws crowds from across the province who travel to taste to rows on rows of vibrant cuisine offered and check out the diverse line-up of nightly performances on to 50-foot entertainment stage.
  • Where: 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station), Richmond
  • When: May 12 to October 9. Fridays and Saturdays 7 pm to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 pm
  • Admission: $3.75 (regular admission). Kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.
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