35 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 16 to 20

Apr 7 2018, 5:56 am

Keep April going strong with our list of 35 things to do from Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20. Art! Vancouver, Vancouver Greek Food Fest, and more for everyone to enjoy.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cut Copy (DJ Set)

  • What: Cut Copy is an Australian electronic music band formed in 2001 by DJ Dan Whitford (vocals, keyboards and guitar), and now includes Tim Hoey (guitars), Ben Browning (bass guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums).
  • When: Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $19.99-$24.99

Surrey Nights – The Music of Brahms and Sibelius

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‎

Image: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‎

  • What: The youngest-ever prizewinner of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010, Esther Yoo performs the extraordinary Violin Concerto by that competition’s namesake, on the 1704 “Prince Obolensky” Stradivarius violin. Outstanding young American conductor Karina Canellakis returns, directing the beautiful Third Symphony of Johannes Brahms.
  • When: Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Bell Performing Arts Centre – 6250 144th Street, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Say Hello PoMo

  • What: A discussion on growth and the future of Port Moody led by The Port Moody Foundation.
  • When: 
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Kino Open Mic Launch

  • What: Comedians of all skill levels are invited to perform four-minute sets at Kino Cafe’s Open Mic. Hosted by Alex Biron.
  • When: Every Monday
  • Time: Sign-up at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Where: The Kino – 3456 Cambie St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Cycle #17 Graduation + Film Premiere

  • What: Celebrate the graduation of Cycle #17 Frames Film Program participants. The two newest short films, based around the theme of “HOME”, will be premiered. A number of previous cycle’s films will also be screened.
  • When: Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House – 2131 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free, donations accepted.

Earth Week kickoff – Growler Painting

  • What: To celebrate and raise awareness of Earth Week, Granville Island Brewing and Opus Art Supplies invites people to paint growlers while enjoying brews and food. Bring your own growler or purchase them at the Taproom; the first ten people will receive a free growlette to paint.
  • When: Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: Granville Island Brewing – 1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Kiko Loureiro Clinic

  • What: Kiko Loureiro of Megadeth is holding a clinic and autograph signing session at Long and McQuade.
  • When: Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Long & McQuade – Vancouver 368 Terminal Ave., Vancouver
  • Tickets: $20, in store

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bear Smart 101

  • What: Coquitlam’s Urban Wildlife Team is hosting a free Bear Smart 101 presentation for Coquitlam residents. Arrive early to visit the Urban Wildlife booth, meet with staff, mingle with your Coquitlam neighbours and enjoy refreshments.
  • When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6 pm, presentation at 7 pm
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Register: Online, Free

World Without Us – The Cultch

  • What: Belgian company Ontroerend Goed has a strong track record of experimenting with the form and function of theatre, and their newest touring production will prove no different.
  • When: Tuesday, April 17 to Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1985 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Cultch; $22-$39

Cinema Salon: Blue Velvet

  • What: Set against Norman Rockwell’s America (until the close-ups), Blue Velvet oozes a toxic fear with its film noir refugees and a brave performance from Isabella Rossellini. Featuring guest presenter Aaron Chapman, author of The Last Gang in Town.
  • When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver International Film Festival – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Truck Stop Talent Search – Contest Finale

Truck Stop Concert/Facebook

  • What: Truck Stop Concert Series Talent Search culminates in a Battle of the Bands. The three winning bands each will receive a shot at opening one of Red Truck’s Summer Concert Series.
  • When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Railway Stage & Beer Café – 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Capture Speaker Series 2018: Nadia Belerique & Sky Goodden

  • What: Nadia Belerique, the artist behind this year’s BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation Public Art Project, discusses “In the Belly of a Cat” and her other works with Sky Goodden, founding editor of Momus. They touch upon the poetics of perception, the role of images in contemporary culture, and the exchange between artist and viewer.
  • When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Time: Reception at 5 pm, talk at 6 pm
  • Where: Inform Interiors – 50 Water Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Sonic Sea: Movie Screening & Discussion

  • What:  Join the BC Cetacean Sightings Network for a screening of the Emmy award-winning documentary, Sonic Sea, which investigates the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. Meet the producer, Michael Jasny, a leading expert in the law and policy of ocean noise pollution who has worked internationally to improve regulation of this emergent global problem. Following the screening, Orla Robinson from the Port of Vancouver will discuss the results of the ECHO program’s Vessel Slowdown Trial in Haro Strait, which studied the relationship of vessel speed and underwater noise to reduce impacts on whales.
  • When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Jean-Michel Jarre

 Jean-Michel Jarre

Image: Jean-Michel Jarre

  • What: Jean-Michel Jarre is a four-time Guinness World Record holder for largest concerts ever performed, a 2017 Grammy nominee with more than eighty million albums sold and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador renowned for his one-off groundbreaking events at historical landmarks across the world.
  • When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Collected Traces and Still Here Co. ERASGA

  • What: Co. ERASGA’s newest ensemble creation recalls and traces the transcendent principle of the body’s relationship to indigenous traditional arts. Choreographed by critically acclaimed Vancouver choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Collected Traces and Still Here features seven outstanding dancers from Vancouver and Manila.
  • When: Wednesday, April 18 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue Burnaby, BC
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$36

Melt for Cheese – Appies for Parties

  • What: Learn five easy-to-recreate recipes, then share all the food and take home leftovers and recipes.
  • When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Kensington Community Center, 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50

Improv Against Humanity: Spring Fling

The Rio Theatre

The exterior of The Rio Theatre at 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver. (CBRE)

  • What: The spring is sprung, the grass is riz, and The Fictionals are back at the Rio Theatre for Improv Against Humanity: Spring Fling! They’re sprucing up the #IAHatRIO deck, giving out sweet swag, and welcoming special guests Ali Froggatt and Andrew Job to the stage.
  • When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

National Canadian Film Day 2018 Screening: A Time to Swim

  • What: To celebrate National Canadian Film Day in BC, the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF), explorASIAN, REEL CANADA and with the generous support of the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre and Museum of Vancouver present screening of A Time To Swim by Montréal filmmaker, Ashley Duong.
  • When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: H. R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Love/Sick by John Cariani

  • What: LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone. Presented by Stone’s Throw Productions, directed by Jamie King
  • When: Wednesday, April 18 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

VidTalks Video Marketing Conference 2018

Image: VidTalks Video Marketing Conference

  • What: VidTalks is Canada’s premier video marketing conference for brands and businesses of all sizes, featuring a full day of insightful discussions from leading experts on growing brand presence, sales, and engaging your target market through video marketing on social media platforms.
  • When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $149-$199

Vintage Variety Night

  • What: A cozy night of bluegrass, blues, old-time, folk and other vintage genres. Featuring: The Anti-Fogmatics (featuring members of the Honky Tonk Dilettantes), Marin Patenaude and Ben Rogalsky, Paul Silveria, and 2Boots.
  • When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: LanaLou’s – 362 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10 at the door

Thursday, April 19, 2018


  • What: Hullabaloo is a spoken word festival where youth tell their stories, explore the issues that matter to them, and find their voice. Hullabaloo gathers poets from across British Columbia, connecting them together into a community of writers.
  • When: Thursday, April 19 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Pink’s Comedy Club grand opening with Ivan Decker

  • What: Ivan Decker is a JUNO award-winning comedian who has made multiple appearances at the Just For Laughs festival both in Montreal and Vancouver, as well as being a featured performer at the Halifax Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and on CBC’s “The Debaters.”
  • When: Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Byrd (at The Flamingo) – 10768 King George Blvd, Surrey
  • TicketsOnline, $15

Art! Vancouver 2018

  • What: Now in its fourth year, Art! Vancouver hosts a comprehensive, curated program of interesting artist talks, panel discussions, artist demonstrations, art workshops and performances. Special events are located onsite as well as offsite in satellite locations.
  • When: Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

2018 Fashion Show at KPU


Model wears MAUD outfit, designed by Connie Cheng. (Photo courtesy: Connie Cheng)

  • What: Thirty-two students from the Wilson School of Design will have models strutting down the runways in everything from evening wear to lingerie.
  • When: Thursday, April 19 to Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Time: Shows starting from 11 am (doors open early at 10:30 am)
  • Where: Wilson School of Design — 5600 Kwantlen Street (4th floor), Richmond
  • Tickets: $20, online

MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series

  • What: CIMC is providing businesses with the best tools and practices to not just survive, but thrive in the digital marketing wilderness. At this year’s event, you’ll discover how to best navigate the ever-changing digital marketing landscape and learn insider tips from founders, CEOs, marketing specialists, and more, from some of the world’s biggest companies.
  • When: Every second Thursday starting Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On location, $15

Vancouver Web Fest & Conference 2018

The Vancouver Convention Centre from Burrard Inlet. (Shutterstock)

  • What: The 5th Annual Vancouver Web Fest features series from 16 countries, panels, workshops, keynotes, VR experience, networking events, and an Awards Ceremony & Gala closing night. All screenings are free to the public, but to get the full #VWF18 experience, guests can purchase a 3-day all-inclusive pass.
  • When: Thursday, April 19 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre (West Building) – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Awkward HUG + dumbpop

  • What: Award-winning actor, writer, and storytelling champion Cory Thibert, embodies his 19-year-old self as he uncovers the truth behind what sets his family apart in this coming of age story with a twist.
  • When: Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Gold Saucer – #211-207 W Hastings St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Suggested donation $10-$15

Friday, April 20, 2018

40th Annual Vancouver Greek Food Fest

Vancouver Greek Food Fest

Gyros with Greek Chicken/Shutterstock

  • What: The Greek Food Fest features exciting performances, delicious eats, and lots of kef. Get your fill of baklava, spanakopita, and tzatziki sauce in this celebration of everything Greek!
  • When: Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Hellenic Community of Vancouver – 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

420 Vancouver

  • What: On Friday, April 20, people from all walks of life will once again gather at Sunset Beach to celebrate their love for cannabis at the annual 420 Vancouver celebration. The event, which isn’t permitted or sanctioned by the City of Vancouver, usually attracts around 25,000 people each year.
  • When: Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Time: 12 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: Sunset Beach – 1204 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Make It! Vancouver 2018

  • What: Make It! is set to feature more than 180 Canadian artists, crafters, and makers, who will be selling gorgeous handcrafted items. It’s an atmospheric shopping environment where you’ll find something for everyone with accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, items for kids, and much more for sale.
  • When: Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $3 – $6 | Kids under 12 are free – available via Picatic

Five Alarm Funk

Image: Five Alarm Funk

  • What: The Vancouver-based band is eight men strong and over a decade deep into a career that has seen it release six acclaimed albums and burn up stages across the country on six national tours. Featuring guest DJ Shub.
  • When: 
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

True or Fish? After Hours Trivia Night at Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Dive into aquatic-themed trivia and explore the galleries during this adults-only After Hours event. Meet a penguin, enjoy Shark: A 4D Experience and more. Only taking place a few times a year, these popular After Hour events sell out fast.
  • When: Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $27 for members and $35 for non-members – Available via Vancouver Aquarium

Infused Fine Dining Series Pop-up

  • What: Travis Petersen (The Nomad Cook) and Chef Evan Elman (Dinner In The Sky) are putting on a THC-Infused Fine Dining Series which aims the celebrate 420 with a two-day pop-up restaurant. The brunch selections will feature mimosas, juice, coffee, and the three-course chef’s menu. Lunch and dinner service boasts a glass of welcome bubbles upon arrival and dishes such as bay scallops, espresso rubbed duck breast, and seared lamb to name a few. While the location of the restaurant where the 420-weekend pop-up is not out in the open just yet, ticketholders will become privy to this info before the day of their scheduled THC-infused feast.
  • When: Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • When: Various times
  • Where: A restaurant in Downtown Vancouver
  • Tickets: $70 – $120, buy online

Missed Connections Vancouver

  • What: Improvisors read real Craigslist “missed connections” and create the rest of the story. Presented by Sour Dog Theatre.
  • When: Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15
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