28 things to do in Vancouver this week: March 11 to 14

Mar 5 2019, 3:40 am

Winter is winding down, but the fun is just getting started! Here are 20 fun Vancouver events happening Monday, March 11 to Thursday, March 14, including Curry Cup, National Geographic Live!, and more.

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

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Monday, March 11

Curry Cup 2019

Curry Cup 2018 event

Photo courtesy Curry Cup

What: Seven chefs and three culinary instructor-led student teams will compete to see who has created the most outstanding curry of the evening. Attendees of the Curry Cup can enjoy samples of each curry, Bacardi cocktails, wine from Peacock & Martin Imports, R&B Brewing and Bick Rock Brewery beer along with Uno Gelato for a sweet finish. This event benefits not-for-profit society Project Chef, a program that teaches children and their families about healthy food.

When: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $59-$69; buy online

Neighbourhood Conversation: Little Mountain-Riley Park

What: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House hosts a Neighbourhood Conversation. Share your ideas on what matters to you in your community, and how your neighbourhood can create a better sense of community. Light refreshments will be served.

When: Monday, March 11, 2019 
7 to 8:30 pm
 Little Mountain Neighbourhood House – 3981 Main Street, Vancouver

Sunmi: The 1st World Tour Warning

What: Female Korean pop star Sunmi has announced a concert date in Vancouver as part of her first-ever North American tour. The 26-year-old artist made her debut more than 10 years ago as a member of Wonder Girls. She made her solo debut in 2013 and her first EP, Full Moon, was released by JYP Entertainment. Her most popular songs include Full Moon, 24 Hours, and her most well-known song, Gashina.

When: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Shred for the Cause at Mt. Seymour

What: For the 2019 season, women can ski and snowboard at Mt Seymour for $15, with $7.50 from every lift ticket going to The Bloom Group. Men are welcome to come out and enjoy the evening as well, with lift tickets for men from 5 to 10 pm for $35. The Bloom Group have been providing social services in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for over 50 years, including low-barrier shelters for women and children. Drinks and food specials are being served in the Rock Chute from 5 pm onwards with trivia and games for prizes and giveaways at 8 pm.

When: Every Monday until March 25, 2019
Times: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Mt Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: Women $15, Men $35. Tickets will be sold out of the ticket booths at the Season Pass & Ticket Office. Ticket and rental packages will be sold in the Alpine Activity Centre.

Cinderella Waltz

What: Part Monty Python, part Brothers Grimm, Don Nigro’s Cinderella Waltz, directed by Claire Fogal, is a twisted and hilarious retelling of the world’s most popular fairy tale, with dashes of Beauty and the Beast and Snow White thrown in.

When: Now to Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College – 700 Royal Avenue, Fourth Floor North, New Westminster
Tickets: Online

The Artist’s Corner: Transforming Orchestras

What: Join Kelly Tweeddale, the President of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and School of Music as she shares her insight into how the blind audition process has eliminated unconscious bias within the orchestral audition.

When: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 12 to 1:30 pm
Where: VSO School of Music – 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Blossom at Metropolis

What: Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will become the site of Blossom at Metropolis, a one-of-a-kind art installation that includes more than 250,000 cherry blossoms. Mall-goers are encouraged to pass by and get an early glimpse of some gorgeous white and pink petals, all created by interactive arts company Hfour.

In addition to more than a quarter-million cherry blossoms, the exhibit will feature dozens of mirror spheres (the largest being four metres in size) that’ll create the illusion of infinite blooms.A series of floral art and Japanese culture workshops will also be held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, while the exhibit is in place. And of course, what installation would be complete without a selfie zone?

When: Now to Saturday, March 31, 2019
Time: Open daily during regular mall hours
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free of charge

Tuesday, March 12

National Geographic Live! in Vancouver — Ocean Soul

National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul

What: Leading underwater photographer Brian Skerry will be taking the audience on an underwater adventure in his talk “Ocean Soul.” An advocate for marine conservation, Skerry’s presentations showcase his award-winning and thrilling wildlife encounters. Skerry will recount diving in predator-infested waters and living at the bottom of the sea to get close to his subjects.

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Orpheum — 601 Smithe Street
Price: Starting at $45 — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Piper Spit Bird Count

What: ​Whether you’re just getting to know the birds in your backyard or are on the lookout for rarities, grab your binoculars and join a park interpreter to watch the seasonal changes in the birds at Burnaby Lake. Ages 15+.

When: March 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature Hosue – 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Urban Grind 2019 at Harbour Centre

What: The 633-step climb takes place at Vancouver’s Harbour Centre and takes climbers to the tower’s iconic Lookout observation deck. There’s a $5 entry fee to participate as many times as you wish during the day and upon reaching the top, participants receive a free beer and a $5 voucher for the Harbour Centre’s food court.

Dates:  March 12, March 19 and March 26, 2019
Times: Anytime between 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
Location: Harbour Centre (access through lobby at 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver)
Cost: $5

 #BCTechSummit 2019 — Innovation Superclusters & How They Will Supercharge Canada’s Economy



What: The CEOs of all five of the country’s business-led Innovation Superclusters are set to appear together for the first time ever at the #BCTECHSummit. The Government of Canada has invested $950 million to the Innovation Superclusters Initiative — an ambitious strategy to energize BC and Canada’s economy.

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 11:15 am to 12 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver
Register: Online

Every(body) is Beautiful Exclusive Screening and Guided Workshop

What: The Illusionists is a documentary exposing the media saturation faced by young people, and the harmful consequences on future generations. The documentary will be screened in Vancouver twice in March, with each showing followed by a guided workshop where participants will learn the tools to stop the “comparison game.” The seminar is hosted by Monica Elena, a former fashion model and holistic nutritionist who is aiming to change the conversation when it comes to beauty and body image. All attendees will also receive a gift bag valued at $60.

When: Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Where: March 12: Lorna Jane, 295 Terminal Avene; March 14: Werklab, 1275 Venebles
Price: Tickets available for March 12th- $35, Tickets available for March 14th- $35

Movies in the Morgue: Thelma and Louise

What: Vancouver Police Museum presents a special screening of Thelma and Louise starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. Attendees are welcome to bring pillows and blankets to cozy up in the morgue. There will be fresh popcorn and pop for sale.

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Vancouver Police Museum and Archives – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Anne of Green Gables: The Musical

What: Anne of Green Gables: The Musical’s lively tunes and dancing will have you falling for Anne’s infectious love of life. Experience Anne’s misadventures right alongside the characters on Trinity Western’s SAMC stage.

When: Tuesday, March 12 to Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Freedom Hall, Robert N. Thompson Building, Trinity Western University – 7600 Glover Rd., Langley
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, March 13

East Side Beer Fest 2019

beer alcohol (Syda productions / Shutterstock)

What: Liberty Merchant Company presents the 7th Annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event. The evening will feature craft beers from BC and around the world, along with a silent auction and door prize.

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Wise Hall & Lounge – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
Price: $29.99 plus a non-perishable food donation; buy tickets at Liberty Wine Merchants locations

Broken Tailbone

What: Celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre leads a Latin American dance lesson that flows into Carmen’s remarkable stories of intimacy, politics, culture, and the forgotten origins of the salsa. Explore the hidden dance halls in Canada while DJ Don Pedro creates an irresistible musical scene that will get even the most reluctant dancer up on their feet.

When: March 13 to 16, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby,
Tickets: Online


What: This imaginative and poignant series of vignettes created and performed by Iceland’s famed master puppeteer Bernd Ogrodnik is a poetic — and often hilarious — exploration of the nature of our existence. This show might just change how you see the objects of your everyday life.

When: March 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Jesus Christ: The Lost Years 

What: Ever wonder what Jesus was really up between the ages 13 and 30? Or how Jesus reacted when told – “Joseph isn’t your real father!”? Find out in this remount of Monster Theatre’s Jesus Christ: The Lost Years.

When: Wednesday to Saturday from March 13 to March 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Cold War playing at North Van Arts International Film Series

What: An epic love story spanning borders and decades by filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski, director of the Academy Award–winning Ida. Set during the eponymous state of geopolitical tension following World War II, Cold War is a portrait of the complex relationship between two doomed lovers and their country.

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Park & Tilford Cineplex – 200-333 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Baja Dog Project Fundraiser

What: The Baja Dog Project Fundraiser is combining cocktails and canines for a very worthy cause: Helping homeless dogs. The group is raising money to film a documentary about the plight of stray dogs in the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, and the efforts to help them. Spearheaded by Melanie Booth and Stephanie Taylor of the non-profit animal rescue West Coast Pet Project, the duo has an ambitious goal of raising $30,000 to cover production costs. Guests at the March 13 event in Mount Pleasant can expect to meet rescue dogs, and doggos currently up for adoption. There’s also made-to-order grilled cheese sandwiches, a 6-foot charcuterie board, and $4 drinks provided by Nude and Red Truck.

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: Studio Space – 2531 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $25

Growing Room: So You Think You Can Slam?


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What: Growing Room presents the festival’s first ever Poetry Slam. The theme for this slam is Tender, and the two-round slam will feature LJ Weisberg, Rabbit Richards, Estíqw, bassam, David Ly, Jo Billows, Valeen Jules. Hosted by jaye simpson.

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Thursday, March 14

Gross Misconduct

Gross Misconduct / Gateway Theatre

What: A tale of revenge and redemption. Now in his early fifties, Deke has been in Millhaven Prison without a cellmate for the past twenty years. He is surprised and annoyed when Corey, a twentysomething rich kid, joins him in his cell. As a complicated bond slowly forms between the two unlikely cellmates, tensions rise as they debate the nature of their crimes, and the men must re-evaluate how they see each other after the true nature of their respective crimes is revealed.

When: March 14 to 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Heartland Reggae Fundraiser Benefiting Big and Small Rescue!

What: Big and Small Rescue Society is hosting a fundraiser screening of the documentary, Heartland Reggae at the Rio Theatre. The documentary was directed by Jim Lewis, and explores the heyday of Bob Marley and the many other reggae talent of his era. Enjoy the fabulous music and often hilarious interviews.

When: Thursday, March 14 2019
Time: 6:15 to 9 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Opening Reception for Lynne Cohen: These Walls

What: The evening will feature opening remarks, followed by a reception. Mingle over refreshments and learn more about the artist, Lynne Cohen.

When: March 14, 2019. Exhibition runs from March 15 to April 21, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Community Movie Night – Mulan

What: A free screening at City Centre Community Centre. Light refreshments will be available.

When: March 14, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Admission: Free

Heritage Social

Historic Stewart Farm

Historic Stewart Farm

What: As a treasured local heritage farmstead, Historic Stewart Farm offers unique volunteer options for all ages both indoor and out. Tour the site, chat with current volunteers and see if there is a fit for you. No pressure to sign up.

When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey
Admission: Free

The Vegan Night Market

What: The Vegan Night Market returns to The Waldorf with tasty food, local artisans, drinks, music and chill vibes, all with the purpose of giving back to animals and humans. To celebrate the Lunar Year of the Pig, the event is raising money for Hearts On Noses Sanctuary, dedicated to the rescue of pigs.

When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: The Waldorf – 1489 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Canned food, Pet Food, Clothing or min. $2 Donation to Hearts On Noses Sanctuary

Olivia C. Davies / O.Dela Arts

What: This new work in development from O.Dela Arts asks audiences to witness Indigenous women’s stories of displacement as an effect of colonization. Written and performed by Olivia C. Davies (Anishinaabe) and Melissa Frost (Vuntut Gwichin), these excerpts combine spoken word, soundscape, and dance to speak about the reality of being stripped of cultural identity and the reassertion of language, protocol and ceremony. Part of Vancouver International Dance Festival.

When: Thursday, March 14 to Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free with VIDF Membership (Entrance to the 7 pm performances at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall requires a VIDF Society supporter card and VIDF button which you can receive with either purchase of a ticket to a VIDF show or for a one time fee of $5)

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