28 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 29 to May 2

Apr 12 2019, 12:02 am

So long April, hello May! Start the new month with these 28 fun Vancouver events to check out from Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2. Heartfelt Motel, Hilary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and more.

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

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Monday, April 29

G Day Vancouver

2015 Attendees/G Day

What: G Day is a series of one-day events that celebrate the transition between childhood and adolescence in tween girls ages 10 to 12 and includes parents and other supportive adults in girls’ lives.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 8:45 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $45-$60

International Dance Day – Free Dance Workshops and Performances

What: 2019 marks the 5th annual celebration of International Dance Day in Richmond. Sudnya Dance Academy and Clarkson Events have partnered with Aberdeen Centre to provide free dance celebrations, performances and workshops.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Admission: Free

The Living Room – culturecapital

What: Rumble Theatre hosts the fourth and final Living Room of the season. This time out they’ve invited local theatre artists Milton Lim and Patrick Blenkarn to share their new card game, culturecapital, a collectible trading card game about the arts economy in Canada.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Rumble Theatre – 1422 William Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Franc’ouver Mic

What: Franc’ouver Mic is inspired by the Toronto event Franc’open Mic originally created by Cyril Mignotet and Florian François in 2014. It’s the first French open mic in Vancouver for all performing arts such as singing, comedy, stand up, poetry, improv, or slam poetry. The event is open to amateurs and professional artists, French-speakers or Francophiles. Young artists are welcome to come and perform.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: Sign-up at 6 pm, show at 6:30 pm
Where: Hood 29 – 4470 Main St, Vancouver,
Admission: Free

Dust: Francesca Frewer & Erika Mitsuhashi

What: Inspired by the poetry of Anne Carson, Dust uses movement, text and powerful visual effects to reveal the gradual undoing of the performance space, and of the performer herself. Created by dance artists Francesca Frewer and Erika Mitsuhashi, and performed by Frewer, the work is a collaboration with Adam Asnan (sound), Nellie Gossen (textiles), and Daniel O’Shea (new media).

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie St Vancouver
Admission: Free

Cat & Nat: #momtruths

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What: In tandem with their book release, Cat and Nat are hitting the road to tell never-before-told stories about the stress, guilt, joy, and laundry of being a mom. Join them as they shine a witty light on some of the hardest topics in motherhood, all while celebrating this amazing community of women who come from all walks of life but are united in the idea that we’re all just doing the best we can.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Pharos Annual Musical Evening: Ballads of Greece

What: An eclectic collection of Greek music spanning Entehna, Rembetika, Laika. and music banned during the military junta from 1939 to 2018. Presented in an intimate setting upstairs in the Hellenic Community of Vancouver.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Hellenic Community of Vancouver – 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Tuesday, April 30

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival

What: The 13th annual Tulips of the Valley Festival, now known as Chilliwack Tulip Festival, has announced its return to Chilliwack for the 2019 season. This year’s festival features more than 6.5 million bulbs. The first two weeks of the flowers will show off 10 varieties of hyacinths, 17 varieties of daffodils, and one-of-a-kind, handmade floral mosaics. Starting after the second weekend, 30 different kinds of tulips will be in bloom, with millions of bulbs in all the colours of the rainbow.

The festival will also offer a number of Instagram-worthy photo ops. Returning this year is the Chilliwack Tulip Festival’s famous windmill, traditional Dutch bicycle, and the famous tulip swing. Other attractions include the Rotary Train during weekends, weekend food trucks, a flower-themed gift shop, and tractor rides.

When: Now to May 5, 2019, with possible extension
Time: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online

Music on Main: Month of Tuesdays – Elinor Frey – baroque cello

Music on Main

Elinor Frey / Music on Main

What: Fulbright Scholar Elinor Frey brilliantly layers sound and tempo with impressive technicality, connecting music across the ages.

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: $29 regular admission or $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 604-879-9888

The Great Leap

What: It’s 1989, and for a man with a past and one teen with a future, an exhibition basketball game in Beijing is a chance at something greater. Chinese coach Wen Chang is a quiet Party supporter and Manford is a kid with hustle from San Francisco’s Chinatown who makes up for his short stature with tenacious baller skill. As the story jumps back and forth in time, tensions rise right up to the final buzzer and history collides at the leap for a 3-point shot.

When: Now to Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Startup Stories: “Celebrating Young Entrepreneurs”

What: #VanStartupStories celebrates young entrepreneurship. Eight passionate and engaging local speakers share their personal journey through the startup world. Startup Vancouver’s monthly event series presents unique and diverse stories from innovators age 13 to 25 that will both educate and inspire.

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
Where: Hootsuite – 5 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15

Clothing swaps at Lupii Cafe

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What: A community swap is being held in South Vancouver, where participants are encouraged to bring quality, gently worn items to give away. All ages, eras, sizes and styles of clothes will be accepted, as long as they are clean, in good condition and likely to be valued by others. You need to bring at least five items to participate. That includes women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, costumes, shoes, accessories and jewelry. They are also accepting craft supplies, linens, kid’s toys, adult and children’s books, as well as small houseware items.

When: April 30, May 14, May 28, 2019
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Where: Lupii Cafe, 7743 Champlain Crescent, Vancouver.
Cost: $10


What: Interrobang?! pays homage to those making their statements known, loud and clear, while asking the complicated, nuanced, and too often unasked questions. American slam legend Regie Cabico, reigning CIPS champion Lady Vanessa Cardona, and Haida loop poet Ms.PANIK fill the room with wonder.

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver,
Tickets: Online

Peter Bjorn And John 

What: Peter Bjorn and John are back in Vancouver, playing VENUE on Tuesday, April 30th with guests Jonathan Something and FRANKIIE.

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm
Where: Venue Nightclub – 881 Granville Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, May 1

Heartfelt Motel Pop-Up

Heartfelt Motel pop-up Instagram exhibit

What: “Heartmelt Motel” is a pop-up exhibit taking over a Surrey mall as part of a Canadian tour that will see the photo op wonderland installed temporarily in malls in four provinces. As for the theme, think 1970s California summer and retro-motel. There are five unique “motel rooms” in the exhibit, each containing an immersive and interactive space for you to explore. No creative pop-up is complete without a gummy ball pool for visitors to jump into.

When: May 1 to May 12, 2019
Time: Regular Mall Hours
Where: Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street, Surrey
Cost: Free to the public

Wednesday Wanderings: Bog Wonders

What: ​Learn more about the unique plant species that thrive in the acid-rich and nutrient-poor bog habitat that would kill most other plants. Discover secrets of this ecologically sensitive wetland. Ages 19+. Registration is required.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver
Admission: $3, register online

Nick Waterhouse

What: Los Angeles singer-songwriter and producer Nick Waterhouse performs at Biltmore Cabaret with special guest Ben Pirani.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $12

Spoken Nerd

What: Time to proudly proclaim your love for whatever turns on your nerdy nature. Costumes are welcomed in the audience or for performers for this late night battle of the nerds featuring supernerd poets Julia Gaskill and Stephen Meads.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Times: Doors 10 pm, show 10:30 pm
Where: Storm Crow Tavern – 1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Admission: $5 suggested donation (or PWYC)

Caring for Your Whole Self by YYOGA

What: BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation and YYOGA are partnering to host an evening of connection and growth. The evening will include a flow yoga class led by Christie Baumgartner and accompanied by Omar Khan on his guitar. After this grounding moment on the mat, the evening moves onto an engaging panelist discussion about how to Care for Your Whole Self paired with healthy food, a kombucha bar, and delicious drinks from Lonetree Cider & PYUR Vodka Soda.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
Where: Pipe Shop Venue – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Designing Gardens for the Senses

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What: Go beyond designing a garden that looks good, and create a garden that feels and smells good too. Join instructor Janis Matson in this experiential and interactive class, equipping participants with the tools and understanding to create a sensory haven on your property. Explore how to design gardens that are welcoming and multi-sensory; incorporating texture, colour, scent, sound, touch, and movement into the garden.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Member $31.50, Non-member $35 (taxes included)

Streetcar #153 and the new Museum of North Vancouver

What: North Vancouver’s Streetcar #153 is being restored by the West Coast Railway Association in preparation for display in the Museum of North Vancouver. Don Evans, Chair of WCRA, will introduce the history of North Vancouver’s ‘perfect’ streetcar system and present Streetcar #153’s road to restoration. Museum Director Nancy Kirkpatrick will speak about the innovative new museum and its contemporary exhibits and engaging programs. As well, curator Karen Dearlove will present intriguing streetcar related items from our collection and as well as some unique artifacts that will be featured in the new Museum.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 pm
Where: The Junction – 1138 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, May 2

DOXA Documentary Film Festival


Movie theatre (Liu zishan / Shutterstock)

What: Western Canada’s largest documentary film festival, featuring public screenings, panel discussions, public forums, and educational programs.

When: Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 12, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Venues across Vancouver
Tickets: Online

IGNITE! Youth Festival 2019

What: Every year the Cultch Theatre in East Vancouver is taken over by a team of young artists who put on the IGNITE! Festival, Western Canada’s largest youth-driven arts festival. There’s music, dance, circus, theatre, peaches, Space Jam, all performed and programmed entirely by youth.

When: Now to Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables, Vancouver
Tickets: Pay what you can, no one will be denied admission due to lack of funds. Suggested for Youth: $2, $5, $10, $15 Suggested for Adult: $20, $25, $30, $35

Opening Reception: Transitions

What: Featured in the BAG’s Upper Gallery will be artwork created by Burnaby senior secondary school students in the gallery’s Artist Apprenticeship Program. This program mentors students interested in pursuing a career in the fine arts and invites them to develop and curate an exhibition of their own works. In this year’s program, participants were asked to consider a theme and to select an inspiration piece from the gallery’s Permanent Art Collection. This exhibition features both their selected work from the collection and their creative responses.

When: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Epik High

Epik High

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What: The three-member Epik High made their debut in 2003 and have captivated fans with perplexing lyrical themes. In addition to receiving numerous awards, they were also the first Korean act to perform at the Coachella Music Festival, according to Billboard Music.

When: Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: Doors at 7 pm and show at 8 pm
Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

An Evening With Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton

What: The tour will feature joint on stage conversations with the two leaders, sharing stories and inspiring anecdotes that shaped their historic careers in the public service, while also discussing a variety of issues of today and the future. Guests will have the opportunity to hear conversations of the two as they tell stories from some of the most impactful moments in modern history. From the American presidency, to the halls of the Senate, to one of the United States’ most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections, the Clintons will give a powerful perspective of the past and where to go from here on.

When: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Opera Speaks Series

What: A series of informative conversations around the productions and themes of Vancouver Opera Festival. These events are free, but RSVP is required at vancouveropera.ca

When: April 30, May 2 and May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Salon + Orpheum Theatre Annex
Admission: Free, RSVP at vancouveropera.ca

Friends of the VPL: Spring Used Book Sale

What: Stocking up on new reads for the beach? There’s bargains galore on gently used children’s and adult books, DVDs, CDs and more at the Friends of the VPL: Spring Used Book Sale. Everything is half price on Saturday. Please bring your own bags.

When: Thursday, May 2, 2019, Friday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: Free

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