28 things to do in Vancouver this week: March 2 to 5

Mar 2 2020, 5:00 am

Start the first week of March the fun way! Here are 28 events in Vancouver happening from March 2 to March 5, including Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Urban Grind, and more.

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

Monday, March 2

2020 IWRF Paralympic Qualification Tournament

Wheelchair Rugby Canada

What: Richmond Olympic Oval hosts the IWRF Paralympic Qualification Tournament, with Canada, Sweden Germany, Switzerland, France, Brazil, Colombia, and Thailand competing for a chance to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Canada was drawn into Pool B, and the top two teams in the tournament will qualify for the 2020 Summer Paralympics wheelchair rugby tournament in Japan.

When: March 2 until March 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval — 6111 River Road, Richmond
Admission: By donation

Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds

What: Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds is a showcase of drawings by acclaimed Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona during the past two decades. Ashoona is best known for drawings that incorporate traditional Inuit motifs and other cultural references to create her own sophisticated and highly personal iconography.

When: Now until May 24, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (until 9 pm on Tuesdays and on First Fridays)
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street
Tickets: Online

Shred for the Cause at Mt. Seymour

What: For the 2020 season, women can ski and snowboard every Monday 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. Also take part in the Shred Scavenger Hunt.

When: Every Monday until March 23, 2020
Times: 5 to 9:30 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.

Galleria Photography Exhibition: Visibility by Ya-Wei Lin

What: Visibility documents Ya-Wei Lin’s daily observation of the urban landscape. The ongoing series of observational photographic images reflect on and ponder the meaning of the word “visibility” in the broadest sense. The exhibition, in the works since 2016, showcases 11 images taken in the greater Vancouver area.

When: Monday to Friday until March 2, 2020
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Richmond City Hall — 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond,
Admission: Free

Odd Trio – Soul Mondays

What: Local and international artists play original tracks and covers of popular Soul, R&B and Funk songs at Odd Trio – Soul Mondays at The 2nd Floor at Water St. Café.

When: Every Monday
Time: 7 to 10 am
Where: Water St. Cafe — 300 Water Street, Vancouver
Reservations: Online




What: TechVancouver‘s next monthly gathering of Vancouver tech leaders and innovators is on March 2, at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, with a focus on building tech companies for an uncertain future. This month’s speakers include Jeff Booth, Chairman of the board of directors of Terramera; Matt Toner, CEO of Biba Ventures Inc, and Angela Hamilton, Founder & CEO of Quupe.

When: March 2, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre — 181 Roundhouse Mews
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

What: The VJFF is longest-running Jewish film festival in Canada and is organized by the Vancouver Jewish Film Centre. This 31st annual festival features a variety of films that will be showcasing the diversity of Jewish culture.

When: Now until March 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre — 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver / Fifth Avenue Cinemas — 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, March 3

Urban Grind 2020 at Harbour Centre

Image: Daily Hive

What: Vancouver’s annual Urban Grind is returning to the city for 2020. The 633-step climb takes place at Vancouver’s Harbour Centre and takes climbers to the tower’s iconic Lookout observation deck at the top of the building, 28 storeys high.

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. On March 31, a timing chip will be available for people who want to race to the top. The climb will also have a by-donation coat check. All proceeds from the coat check will benefit The Kettle Society, a local mental health charity.

When: Every Tuesday in March — March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2020
Times: Anytime between 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Harbour Centre – access through the lobby at 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $5

Study and Go Abroad Fair

What: The Study and Go Abroad Fair is a free event for students looking for undergraduate or postgraduate options at home or abroad. The expo offers an opportunity to meet directly with universities from around the world, and to learn about scholarships, admission requirements, and program options. Also featured is a Travel Zone with work abroad, volunteering, internships, and language travel programs.

When: March 3, 2020
Time: Feature Seminar starts at 1 pm. Expo hours from 2 to 6 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building
Admission: Free, visitors can pre-register online or sign up on the day

Healthy Kids Fair

What: Healthy Kids Fair features free activities for parents and preschoolers up to five years old. Attendees can meet community health professionals specializing in preschool services while playing and learning how to keep children healthy and active. Children need to be accompanied by an adult, and all adults need to be accompanied by a child.

When: March 3, 2020
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
Where: Cameron Recreation Complex — 9523 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Admission: Free

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

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What: Quatro Entertainment brings The Simon & Garfunkel Story to Chan Centre on March 3. The tribute concert features a full live band performing all the duo’s hits along with giant projection photos and original film footage. Simon & Garfunkel won 10 Grammys and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

When: March 3, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Chan Shun Concert Hall – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Inheritance: a choose-your-adventure experience

What: Touchstone Theatre and Alley Theatre present Inheritance: a choose-your-adventure experience. Abbey and Noah are on a trip to visit her father. They arrive to find him missing and a local Indigenous man, Frank, staying there instead. The play will be halted at key moments, with different plot paths shown on screen. The audience chooses with electronic voting devices what happens next.

When: March 3 until March 15, 2020 (no show Monday)
Time: 7:30 pm (Tuesdays to Saturday), 2 pm (Saturdays and Sunday)
Where: The Annex Theatre — 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

What: The 15th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival celebrates the best of cinema created by women. As well as film screenings, the festival offers a variety of events including panels, artist talks, workshops, pitch sessions, an awards gala, and more.

When: March 3 until March 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Vancity Theatre – 10181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Celtic Illusion

What: Celtic Illusion is a combination of modern Irish dance and spellbinding magic. Led by Anthony Street, director, producer, choreographer, and lead dancer. Celtic Illusion has performed to sold out audiences since its debut in 2011.

When: March 3, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, March 4

Romeo + Juliet

Ballet BC Dancers Brandon Alley and Emily Chessa in “Romeo + Juliet” / Photo by Michael Slobodian

What: Ballet BC presents the tragic love story of Romeo + Juliet with score by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by Medhi Walerski.

Where: March 4 until March 7, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes

What: Vancouver Canucks take on the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena on March 4.

When: March 4, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Black Label Society

What: Los Angeles heavy metal band Black Label Society bring the North American Crusade tour to Vancouver on March 4. Featuring special guests Obituary and Lord Dying.

When: March 4, 2020
Time: Doors 6:30 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Lights to the Lodge Snowshoeing Experience

What: Cypress Mountain’s new trail, Lights to the Lodge, takes adventurers on a stroll through an old-growth forest lit up with thousands of glowing lights. Walk along the incredible route and take photos of ancient cedar, fir, and hemlock trees. Halfway through your adventure, you’ll stop at the historic Hollyburn Lodge, where you’ll find everything from hot chocolate and cookies to homemade baked goods, appies, beer, wine, and burgers.

When: Daily until the end of the season
Time: Open from 5 pm to 9:30 pm (arrive by 8 pm at the latest); food and drink available until 9 pm
Where: Cypress Mountain Nordic Area
Tickets: $34 for adults (includes snowshoe rental); available online

Steel Magnolias

What: Boone Dog Productions presents Steel Magnolias, a comedic and heartbreaking tale of six Southern belles and their strong friendships through marriage, illness, childbirth, and loss. Based on a true story, and directed by Shel Piercy. Starring Gillian Barber, Chy, Lalainia Lindbjerg, Ranae Miller, Jaime Piercy, and Sheryl Anne Wheaton.

When: Now until March 8, 2020 (no show on Mondays)
Time: Various times
Where: The Nest on Granville Island — 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Brewchella Beer & Beverage Festival

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What: CRAFT Beer Market hosts Brewchella Beer & Beverage Festival, a sampling event of sips and bites. Attendees can sample from local breweries, enjoy live entertainment, favourites from the menu, and try over 20 new beers to CRAFT’s line-up of over 100 beers on tap.

When: March 4, 2020
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market — 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Incite: The Vagina Bible

What: Vancouver Writers Fest’s Incite hosts Dr. Jen Gunter, obstetrician and gynecologist and author of The Vagina Bible. In an interview conducted by sex and empowerment educator Saleema Noon, Gunter will talk about her new book and answer questions from the audience.

When: March 4, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Alice MacKay Room – Vancouver Public Library — 350 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Register: Online, free

Thursday, March 5

The Strokes

The Strokes/Live Nation

What: Iconic American Indie rock band The Strokes catapulted to fame in 2001 with the critically-acclaimed debut album, This Is It — ranked eighth on Rolling Stone’s “100 Best Debut Albums of All Time” and fourth on NME’s “Top 500 Albums of All Time.” The same members who formed the band in 1998 are still playing today: singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr, bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti.

Their latest release The New Abnormal is The Strokes’ first full album since Comedown Machine in 2013.

When: March 5, 2020
Time:  Doors at 6:30 pm. show at 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $59.50 — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Leonard Ouzts

What: Leonard Ouzt was named a New Face at the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival and has performed stand-up on TBS’ Conan, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central. He performs at House of Comedy BC from March 5 to March 8.

When: March 5 until March 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: House of Comedy BC — 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Online

Thursday Artist Talk: Ron Long, “The Art, Technique, and Challenge of Nature Photography” Part 2

What: Ron Long was a professional photographer at SFU for 36 years, with most of those years photographing exclusively for the Bio-Sciences Department. In his retirement, Ron has travelled to many nature hot spots around the globe, including recent visits to southern Africa, South America, Australia, and across North America. Ron will share photos from his extensive portfolio and share photography techniques that anyone can use.

When: March 5, 2020
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

The Glorious Sons

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What: Kingston rockers and JUNO Award winners The Glorious Sons bring A War On Everything Tour to PNE Forum on March 5.

When: March 5, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: PNE Forum — 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Instant Oats with Gia Gunn

What: Sleepy Queers Productions presents Instant Oats with RuPaul’s drag star Gia Gunn. Gunn was one of the first to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race as a transgender woman, and is a trans activist, model and performer. Instant Oats is a fundraiser for Now That I Found You: a queer musical being produced for the 2020 Vancouver Fringe Festiva, and features a lineup of East Van drag artists. Hosted by Dust.

When: March 5, 2020
Time: 7 to 11:30 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret — 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Reuben And The Dark

What: Calgary indie folk band Reuben And The Dark are on tour in support of their latest album, un | love. Featuring special guest FAUX PRIX.

When: March 5, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Imperial — 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

An Ocean of Peace: 100 Years of Sikhs in New Westminster

What: “An Ocean of Peace: 100 Years of Sikhs in New Westminster” explores and celebrates the Sikh community of New Westminster and its relationship to the Sukh Sagar Gurdwara — the spiritual, political, and social centre of the community. The exhibition was curated by Paneet Singh and Naveen Girn in partnership with the Khalsa Diwan Society New Westminster and runs until May 31, 2020, at the New Westminster Museum and Archives.

When: Now until May 31, 2020.
Time: 10 am to 5 pm with extended hours on Thursdays to 8 pm
Where: The New Westminster Museum and Archives — 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: By donation

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