15 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 12 to 18

Apr 12 2021, 7:00 am

Please note: As recommended by BC’s health officials, indoor gatherings of any kind and unessential travel in the province are not recommended at this time. Currently, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted, but use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing. Please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask or face-covering in public indoor and retail spaces. If you are sick, please stay home.

A new week means new things to do around Vancouver. From online comedy shows to gallery exhibitions, farmers market and more, here are 15 things to keep you busy this week.

Coast Salish Storytelling with Tsitsáyxemaat Rebecca Duncan

What: The North Shore Writers Festival presents Tsitsáyxemaat Rebecca Duncan in an evening of Coast Salish Storytelling. Attendees will learn and celebrate the culture and traditions of the Coast Salish Peoples as Tsitsáyxemaat Rebecca Duncan tells stories about our history and land.

When: April 12, 2021
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Virtual on Zoom
Cost: Free, register Online

Circle Craft’s The Colour of Light Exhibition

What: Circle Craft Co-operative showcases nine glass artists who are members of Terminal City Glass Co-op in Vancouver. Works by Cathy Beaumont, Maria Keating, Sonya Labrie, Scott McDougall, Elisabeth Lokke Owre, Tara Pawson, Minori Takagi, Naoko Takenouchi, and Mona Ungar will be on display.

When: Now until April 30, 2021
Time: Store Hours
Where: Circle Craft – 1666 Johnson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Virtual Cosmic Nights: What is Life?

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What: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s Virtual Cosmic Nights: What is Life is a livestreamed event with industry experts, trivia and shows. Hosted by Michael Unger and featuring H.R. MacMillan astronomer Rachel Wang and special guest Stuart J. Bartlett from Caltech.

When: April 14, 2021
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Virtual on Zoom or TELUS Optik TV
Tickets: $9.98, buy Online

Comedy2Go presents: Ola Dada’s Black Out Comedy

What: Vancouver stand-up comic Ola Dada and Comedy2Go presents up-and-coming black stand-ups and touring pro headliners in Black Out Comedy. This month’s lineup includes Akeem Hoyte-Charles, Providence Ndizeye, Michelle Nnadi, Jeremiah Ukponrefe, Desmond Williams, and more.

When: April 14, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Virtual on Zoom
Tickets: $11.62, buy Online

Ask me Anything: Organ Donation in BC

What: April is Organ Donation Awareness month. Join a free Zoom session to learn about organ donation in our province. Hear directly from the experts on the BC Transplant team, and ask them your questions about organ donation.

When: April 15, 2021
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: Virtual on Zoom
Cost: Free, register Online

While we Wait: Records of Solitude

What: While we Wait: Records of Solitude is a group show at Mónica Reyes Gallery that features Vancouver artists Annie Briard, Sarah Delaney, Jessica Bushey and Kriss Munsya. The artworks were all created during the pandemic and explores a different medium. Viewing is by appointment.

When: Now until April 17, 2021
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: Mónica Reyes Gallery – 602 East Hastings, Vancouver
Cost: Free, book an appointment Online

Watermelon Snow: Science, art, and a lone polar bear

What: SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative presents SFU biologist Lynne Quarmby in a presentation about her new book, Watermelon Snow. An interdisciplinary panel made up of a political scientist, poet, climate scientist, cell biologist, and legal scholar join in the discussion.

When: April 14, 2021
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Where: Virtual on Zoom
Cost: Free, register Online

Reel 2 Real Film Festival 2021

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What: Reel to Real is an annual youth film festival. This year’s culturally diverse lineup has 18 feature films and 45 short films from over 35 countries and Indigenous nations. R2R will be streamed online across the province.

When: April 14 to 23, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Virtual on Eventive
Cost: Various, purchase Online

Indigenous History in Colour Exhibit

What: This solo exhibition by Luke Parnell is a powerful exploration of the relationship between Northwest Coast Indigenous oral histories, conceptual art, and traditional formline design. Indigenous History in Colour’s playful juxtapositions and bold commentary is inspired by history, pop culture, and Bill Reid. Parnell’s multidisciplinary analysis of the shifting perspectives of Northwest Coast art in modern history challenges contemporary discourse on notions of reconciliation, repatriation and representation today.

When: Exhibition until May 9, 2021
Where: Bill Reid Gallery – 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Virtual Japan Market Spring 2021

What: Vancouver-based Japan Market is hosting a Spring celebration where vendors and customers can connect through Japanese culture. A variety of handmade crafts, art, merchandise, food, and services will be posted throughout the weekend.

When: April 16 to 18, 2021
Time: Vendors in BC & AB will be posting between 10 am to 6 pm PST. Vendors in other provinces will be posting from 10 am to 6 pm EST.
Where: Virtual on Facebook

North Shore Wildlife – Free online workshop

What: North Shore Black Bear Society hosts a free Zoom workshop all about the black bear. Attendees will learn biology, behaviour, best practices on trails and what to do in an encounter, and more. The workshop will also include a  short introduction to coyotes and cougars.

When: April 17, 2021
Time: 10 to 11:30 am
Where: Virtual on Zoom
Cost: Free, register Online

David and Ken’s Comedy Hour…with Music!

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What: David Milchard and Ken Lawson are a musical comedy duo and improv comedians who have toured all over North America (as part of The Comic Strippers). They perform a weekly live-streamed show from the Havana Theatre to Facebook every Saturday evening and virtual interaction through chat is highly encouraged.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Virtual on Facebook
Cost: Free

Response: Our Land Narrative

What: Response: Our Land Narrative was created through a collaboration between The Polygon Gallery and First Nations Student Services and the Indigenous Digital Filmmaking Program at Capilano University. The screenings of video works aim to inspire discussion about connection, resistance, and migration, often through experimental approaches.

When: Now until April 17
Time: Various times. Response video screenings end at 3 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Where: Virtual on Facebook
Cost: Admission By Donation


What: Ballet BC featured digital program of the adapted 2021 Season includes works by celebrated duo Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar as well as Artistic Director Medhi Walerski. The digital streaming event includes performances of Bedroom Folk and the North American Premiere of GARDEN.

When: April 15 to 21, 2021
Time: Streaming from April 15 at 5 pm until April 21 at 10 pm
Where: Digital Stream
Cost: By Donation, register Online

Hastings Park Farmers Market

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What: With over 30 farm and producers, the Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market makes it easy to keep meals farm-to-table. Highlights of the weekly event are winter produce, artisanal cheeses, bread, craft alcohol, treats, and delicious food truck offerings.

When: Every Sunday until April 25, 2021
Time: 10 to 10:30 am (those vulnerable to COVID), 10:30 to 2 pm (General Public)
Location: Hastings Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

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