11 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 4 to 10

May 4 2020, 2:00 pm

Welcome to another week of physical distancing.

Although in-person concerts and events are still a no go, take advantage of the indoors and virtually invite your friends over to one of these eleven events.

YES! Vancouver Book Club


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What: Join other bookworms for an evening of education, connection, and discussion, based around the NYT #1 Bestseller Untamed by Glennon Doyle. This physically distanced yet socially connected event comes to you in the comfort of your home featuring heartfelt discussions with like-minded womxn. Get your hands on a copy of Untamed and register for your by-donation ticket online. All proceeds go towards Dress for Success Vancouver.

Date: Reading should commence throughout the month, the meeting is on May 28
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm

Go on a virtual tour of British Columbia


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What: While we may not be able to travel right now, you can still experience the magnificent views of dense green forests, idyllic rivers, seas, and lakes, and majestic mountain tops from the comfort of your home through online virtual tours. Click here for some virtual tours of beautiful British Columbia that are sure to take your breath away.

Date: Any day
Time: Any time

Asia Rising Forever


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What: 88 Rising is the authority on getting Asian artists into the American Market. The part-label, part-management group is known best for signing Joji and Rich Brian and is now hosting one of their biggest festivals to date: Asia Rising Forever. The virtual festival can be streamed on the 88 Rising YouTube channel at 6 pm on May 6.

Date: May 6
Time: 6 pm

Vancouver Poetry Slam


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What:¬†Join the Vancouver Poetry House as they share poetry in a non-competitive space. To join, register online and you’ll be sent a link via email for the event.

Date: May 4
Time: 7 pm

Come From Kindness Online Cabaret


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What: On May 4 and 5, join the Come from Away cast and band for a one-of-a-kind virtual cabaret-style show in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Featuring performances by cast and band members from multiple productions, including co-creator David Hein, this event aims to bring people together during these challenging times. The show can be viewed on Facebook on May 4 and 5 from 5 to 6 pm. Donations are accepted online.

Date: May 4 and 5
Time: 5 to 6 pm

Club Virtual


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What: Club Virtual is the perfect hotspot for those missing Celebrities or Fortune. The online Zoom club will provide a virtual space for you and your friends to enjoy a live mix of Mainstream, Club Anthems, EDM/House, Hip Hop & Reggaeton music. Purchase a ticket online and gain access to an exclusive Zoom link on Friday.

Date: May 8
Time: 9 pm

Visit VanDusen Garden


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What:¬†Although VanDusen Garden is the first major attraction in the city to open,¬†there will be major restrictions in its operation. Walk-ins will not be permitted ‚ÄĒ¬†all visitors must purchase tickets online¬†and arrive at their designated entry times.¬†Capacity will be restricted to 30 people per session, with 10 spots for members and 20 spots for the general public.

Date: Any Day
Time: Weekdays, 9 am to 7 pm; Weekends, 9 am and 7 pm

Ask an Astronomer 


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What:¬†Ever wonder what would happen if you fell into a black hole? Or whether there might be life on other planets? Join astronomer Rachel Wang at 2 pm on May 7 for the¬†H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s ‚ÄúAsk an Astronomer‚ÄĚ YouTube live stream session.

Date: May 7
Time: 2 pm

Submit a haiku to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Haiku Invitational


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What: Haikus are a short form of poetry that includes three separate lines with five, seven, and five syllables each. They are often be inspired by particular seasons but can have a variety of approaches. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is asking individuals to submit two entries, both in English. All submissions can be entered online.

Date: Any Day
Time: Any Time

Stream one of Shakespeare’s plays

What: You can now watch some of the most iconic stage plays in their entirety, performed from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, from the comfort of your own home. With hopes of keeping the fire for the performing arts alive, the globe will be showing a myriad of Shakespearian works for free on their YouTube channel, or on its website and mobile app GlobePlayer.tv.

Date: Any day
Time: Any time

Order in


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What: Poké Time is offering Vancouverites a cheap deal that’s not to be missed. The Howe Street spot is serving up buy-one-get-one FREE bowls for an entire week from May 1 to 8. To get this promo, you can safely head in-store and grab it to-go, or preorder online for delivery or pickup as well.

Date: May 1 to 8
Time: 11:30 am to 7 pm

With files from Emily Rumball, Wyatt Fossett, and Hanna McLean

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