15 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 5 to 12

Apr 5 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 month means new things to do around Vancouver. From online events to physically distanced outdoor activities, indoor exhibits and more, here are 15 things to keep you busy this week.

Green Shirt Day

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Green Shirt Day in 2019 (Green Shirt Day/Facebook)

What: Wednesday, April 7 marks Green Shirt Day, which honours Logan Boulet, who was killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in 2018. Logan was a registered donor and donated his organs so that six lives could live on. People are invited to wear green in support of organ donation.

When: Wednesday, April 7
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Free of charge

Check out some of Vancouver’s best cherry blossom trees

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What: Springtime in Vancouver means enjoying the beautiful cherry blossoms. In fact, across the city, there are over 90,000 flowering trees, including more than 40,000 Japanese cherry flowering trees.

There are plenty of nearby spots with stunning cherry blossoms, just make sure to be respectful if you’re in a residential neighbourhood!

When: Springtime
Where: Various locations across Vancouver
Cost: Free of charge

Circle Craft’s #ShopYourCircle Pop-Up

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Circle Craft on Granville Island (Circle Craft/Facebook)

What: Located at Circle Craft’s Granville Island store, the #ShopYourCircle Pop-Up will showcase several collaborations with local design influencers as well as work from seven unique artists. Pieces will include glasswork, paper art, and pottery, among many others.

When: March 31 to April 12
Where: Circle Craft — 1666 Johnson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free of charge

Visit Vancouver’s highly anticipated Imagine Van Gogh exhibit

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Imagine Van Gogh 2020. (Imagine Van Gogh)

What: Imagine Van Gogh, the immersive digital art exhibition touring around the world, is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre. The event officially opens to the public on March 19, and organizers recently announced expanded hours and additional tickets for the event. COVID-19 health safety protocols will be in place.

The exhibition, which hails from Europe, features over 200 of the famed Dutch artist’s paintings projected onto surfaces, transporting visitors to the heart of his work — allowing the audience to “literally enter the artist’s world of dreams.”

When: Opening March 19, 2021
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre — 1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online

Pictures and Promises at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery

O Zhang, We are all the Future of the Earth, 2008, inkjet print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist.

What: Pictures and Promises, the feature exhibition for the Capture Photography Festival, is drawn from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s rich photographic holdings. Opening on February 20, Pictures and Promises focuses on lens-based works that employ the structures, conventions and formal qualities used in commercial culture, mass media, fashion and advertising.

When: Now until August 22, 2021
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Indigenous History in Colour Exhibit


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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

North Van Arts Mother Tongue Exhibition

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Mother Tongue exhibit

What: Artists Sara Khan, Laura Rosengren, and Katherine Duclos explore the complex range of emotion that transformation brings in this new exhibit.

When: February 26 to April 10, 2021
Where: North Van Arts – 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Visit Science World

Arctic Voices. Photo Submitted

What: For those looking for something to do in the city over spring break, Science World has confirmed it will be open daily and is welcoming visitors to come check it out.

The attraction said it is open at a reduced capacity, and recommends all visitors familiarize themselves with its new protocols and book their tickets in advance.

When: Open daily
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, ticket prices start at $18.75

A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake

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A Future for Memory

What: The exhibition commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 2011 triple disaster that saw a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown hit the eastern region of Japan. The exhibition will be an important opportunity for those of us living in Canada to consider the impact of natural disasters — as the coast of BC is at risk of potentially major earthquakes and tsunamis.

When: Until September 5, 2021
Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Time: 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Monday
Tickets: Available online

Learn about the history of Vancouver’s neon signs

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Museum of Vancouver

What: An exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) will immerse you in the city’s bright past and delve into the divide that changed its urban landscape. On until Spring 2022, Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver features a collection of flashy signs dating back to the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Some are being lit for the first time since they were recovered from junkyards.

When: Until Spring 2022
Where: Museum of Vancouver — 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Beaty Biodiversity Museum Online Collections Tour

What: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum on the UBC campus is offering online tours of its impressive exhibits for groups during the pandemic. Discover tetrapods, marine invertebrates, the herbarium, entomology, fish, fossils and their connection to BC with an interpreter. The tours can be catered to school groups, families, or community groups. There’s a maximum of 30 people per group.

When: Choose a date through the museum’s online booking form
Where: Online via Zoom
Time: Tours are available at 10:15 am and 12:15 pm
Admission/Tickets: $60 per group

Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives and Collections

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Morris Lum, Xam Yu Seafood Restaurant, Toronto, 2016

What: This exhibit at Griffin Art Projects in North Vancouver brings together an art history of Chinatowns and their communities by historical and contemporary Canadian artists.

When: Until May 1, 2021
Where: Griffen Art Projects – 1175 Welch Street North Vancouver
Time: The museum is open on Saturdays from 12 to 5 pm
Admission: Free

Check out the BC’s Black Pioneers online exhibit

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Beth Cruise, BCBHAS

What: This exhibit examines how 800 Black immigrants who were invited to settle in BC by Governor James Douglas helped establish and stabilize British colonial communities. The digital exhibit has been curated by the BC Black History Awareness Society.

Where: Online
When: Any time

Take an illuminated snowshoe trek on Cypress Mountain


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What: Cypress Mountain is offering a magical snowshoe experience this winter with Lights to the Lodge, an LED lights-lit trail in the Old Growth Forest. The trail is a one-kilometre, self-guided, snowshoe trek lit with LED lights that lead to one of the most popular Cypress Mountain destinations, the Hollyburn Lodge.

When: Now until the snow melts
Where: Cypress is at 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, 6000 Cypress Bowl Road
Tickets: Various rates, check the website for details

Check out a new show

Disney Plus

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What: There’s nothing but time these days, so it’s a perfect opportunity to catch up on your must-watch list. Binge away on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ — don’t forget the popcorn.

When: Any day
Time: Any time
Where: Your phone, tablet, computer, or television
Cost: $10 to $12 or a free trial

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