35 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 14 to 18

May 9 2018, 1:34 am

Another beautiful spring week full of great events in Vancouver! Check them out with our list of 35 fun events happening from Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18. #BCTechSummit, Paul Simon, Vancouver Whitecaps, and more.

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

Monday, May 14, 2018

#BCTech Summit

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The #BCTECH Summit is the biggest showcase of the local tech industry in the province (BC Innovation Council/Facebook)

  • What: The third annual #BCTECHSummit, hosted by the Government of British Columbia and BCIC, will take place May 14-16, 2018. The Summit will showcase BC’s vibrant technology industry, build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explore the ways technology is fueling growth and innovation across all industries at an unprecedented rate. Connect with customers, investors, partners and talent who can accelerate the growth of your business.
  • When: Monday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Musical Mornings: Musical Menagerie

  • What: Sarah Hagen is back to host Evergreen’s Special Sixth Show of this year’s Musical Mornings Series. The Canadian pianist has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe. The morning begins with coffee, tea and treats followed by a classical concert.
  • When: Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 am, Show at 10:30 am
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$22

Breaking Boundaries: LGBTQ2 Writers on Coming Out and Into Canada

  • What: What does it mean to be LGBTQ2 in Canada? Breaking Boundaries: LGBTQ2 Writers on Coming Out and Into Canada answers this question with many voices. Authors Austin Lee, JL Lori, and Anne Hofland, along with story subjects Rainer Oktovianus and Eka Nasution, and artist Wokie Clark Fraser read from the anthology and engage in discussion about their work and experiences.
  • When: Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch – Alice Mackay Room – 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tricky and special guest Young Magic

  • What: Record producer, vocalist, and musician Tricky began his career as an early collaborator of Massive Attack before embarking on a solo career with his debut album Maxinquaye in 1995. He released four more studio albums before the end of the decade including Pre-Millennium Tension and the pseudonymous Nearly God, both in 1996. He has gone on to release eight studio albums since 2000, most recently Ununiform.
  • When: Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $32.50-$35

The Glitch Mob

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The Glitch Mob / Facebook

  • What: The Glitch Mob – the Los Angeles-based trio comprising Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Joshua Mayer – performs in Vancouver with special guests Elohim and Anomalie.
  • When: 
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$130

David Sedaris

  • What: The Vancouver Writers Festival presents An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor. Sedaris will be offering a selection of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and post-show book signing.
  • When: Sunday, May 13 and Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm, Show 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $42.53-$57.25

Slocan Ramblers with Stardust Stringband

  • What: The Pacific Bluegrass & Heritage Society presents the Slocan Ramblers and Stardust Stringband in concert. The Slocan Ramblers are 2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients, and have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene. Opening the show will be Vancouver’s Stardust Stringband.
  • When: Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Anza Club – 3 West 8th, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mamma Mia!

Image: David Cooper

  • What: This ageless classic about a daughter’s search for her biological father returns to Granville’s Stanley Theatre this month. Sing along to the infectious tunes of ABBA in this long-running and high-energy musical.
  • When: Now to Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2750 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Arts Club; $29-$137

Dr Sketchy’s – Empty Bed Blues

  • What: Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School is what happens when a simple question is asked- why can’t figure drawing be sexy? Part art class and part cabaret, this month’s session features dancer and burlesque star Ann Narky.
  • When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Chamber Music of the Twentieth Century

  • What: Some of Vancouver’s most talented young classical musicians perform a fascinating and varied program of chamber music for larger ensembles – all composed in the twentieth century.
  • When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9:20 pm
  • Where: Pyatt Hall at the VSO School Of Music – 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$20

True West by Sam Shepard

  • What: Sonder House Productions makes its debut with Sam Shepard’s 1980 classic True West. Like much of Shepard’s work, the play centers on a potentially explosive familial relationship: two estranged brothers are reunited unexpectedly in the heat of the Californian desert.
  • When: Tuesday, May 15 to Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Etsy 101: Portobello West Education Series

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  • What: Whether you are an aspiring small business owner, considering launching an Etsy Shop to supplement your brick-and-mortar with online sales, or want insider tips from successful Etsy sellers, this Portobello West Education/Networking series is for you.
  • When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Time: 6:45 to 9 pm
  • Where: Hycroft Manor – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Opening Reception: What’s Lost

  • What: Selwyn Pullan was a leading commercial photographer, whose architectural photography from the 50s to 70s promoted a modern way of living in Vancouver and beyond. Curated by Kiriko Watanabe, What’s Lost is a tribute to Pullan’s work featuring iconic images from the previous exhibitions, with a few additional images to be presented for the first time. This exhibition highlights mid-century modern residences and buildings that were demolished and features Vancouver’s legendary modernist figures.
  • When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: West Vancouver Museum – 680 17th St, West Vancouver
  • Admission: By Donation

Spoken INK: Angela Rebrec with guest Winston Le

  • What: Angela Rebrec’s writing has been featured in Grain, Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review, and EVENT. Angela’s work has also been shortlisted for PULP Literature’s Magpie Award and PRISM International’s Creative Nonfiction Contest. Winston Le is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is the Outreach Intern for The Capilano Review. Through the Surrey Poet Laureate Program, he recently coordinated and curated Asians on Edge, an Avant Garde Asian diaspora literary event. The Burnaby Writers’ Society will hold a critiquing workshop at the gallery prior to the readings. 
  • When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Time: 6:45 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Paul Simon

Paul Simon

Paul Simon performs in Vancouver this spring ( fulya atalay / Shutterstock)

  • What: Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon will perform live in Vancouver this spring, as he hits the road for the final time as part of his Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour. The tour will encompass shows across North America, the UK, and Europe, with Simon and his band bringing to the stage a stunning, career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs which have permeated and influenced popular culture for generations.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 899 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59 to $189

Mining Our Future

  • What: Bryan Cox, President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia, will speak about what is needed to ensure the B.C. mining industry is globally competitive and well-positioned to continue providing significant economic and social contributions and, importantly, creating the mining jobs of tomorrow.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Meeting Rooms 301-305 – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Improv Against Humanity: Marvelous May

  • What: The Fictionals want to help you live your best life. That’s why everyone is invited to the Rio Theatre for Improv Against Humanity: Marvelous May. Hilarious comedy, epic prizes to be won, and the coronation of the new Most Horrible Person in Vancouver. It could be you.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12


  • What: Slayer’s latest (and final) tour comes after a highly storied, almost 40-year career, which included 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and two box sets, almost 3,000 concerts around the world, five Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards, an appearance on The Tonight Show, and their own exhibit in the Smithsonian museum.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $77-$196.50

Free CPR/AED Awareness Session

  • What: Increase your knowledge on how you could save a life. In this two hour session, you will learn some basic CPR skills as well as how to operate an Automatic External Defibulator (AED). This basic awareness session is geared to help increase your confidence in these crucial lifesaving skills.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16
  • Time: 1 to 3 pm
  • Where: Inlet Centre Fire Hall – 150 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free – advanced registration is required

Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes

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Image: Vancouver Whitecaps FC / Twitter

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Pink Links ‘Sausage and Rosé’ party at Wildebeest

  • What: Wildebeest will usher in the fifth annual Top Drop Vancouver festival by hosting a “Pink Links” Sausage and Rosé Party in its private, lower-level “Underbelly” dining room on Wednesday, May 16 at 8 p.m. A laid-back stand-up-style mingler, the event will feature an assortment of sausages made in-house by Chef Ian McHale paired with boutique rosé wines from the Top Drop festival.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 11 pm
  • Where: Wildebeest – 120 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $49; buy online

Thursday, May 17 2018

Commercial Real Estate Awards of Excellence

  • What: Every two years, Business in Vancouver seeks out the top projects in commercial real estate. The awards recognize quality and performance, innovation and creativity, teamwork and collaboration, as well as community and environmental awareness.
  • When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Time: 6:15 pm to 9 pm
  • Where: The Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Stars on Ice 2018

Stars on Ice

Image: Canadian Olympic Committee

  • What: This year’s Stars on Ice 12-city tour will feature a number of Canada’s top skaters hot off the ice in South Korea including Canadian gold medal sweethearts Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. The event will be a star-studded affair as Pyeongchang Olympians Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will also be performing in addition to a number of other Canadian skating legends including Elvis Stojko.
  • When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online for as low as $12

Napa: Past, Present, Future at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

  • What: Napa Valley will take centre stage at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar when the restaurant hosts a pair of celebrated California wineries for an exclusive “Napa: Past, Present, Future” wine dinner on Thursday, May 17. Presented as part of Top Drop Vancouver, the five-course feast will feature Boulevard’s signature West Coast-inspired cuisine paired with current and back vintages from Spottswoode Estate and Blackbird Vineyards.
  • When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $160; call 604-642-2900 to buy

Science Grand Slam 2018

  • What: Science Slam Canada is holding their end-of-season Science Grand Slam 2018 at Science World After Dark. Based on the format of a poetry slam, competitors will have five minutes to present any science topic with creativity and ingenuity. Hosted by Nikki Berreth and Alan Shapiro, the championship event will feature Sacrificial Slamb, Charlie Cook, winner’s from across Vancouver, and video submissions from presenters in satellite #SciSlams in Ottawa and Edmonton.
  • When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Science World at TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29

Arts of Resistance: Politics and The Past In Latin America

Anthropology Museum in University of British Columbia Campus

(Xuanlu Wang/Shutterstock)

  • What: The Museum of Anthropology at UBC presents Arts of Resistance: Politics and The Past in Latin America. Curated by Laura Osorio Sunnucks, MOA’s Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow for Latin America, this premiere exhibition illustrates how Latin American communities use traditional or historic art forms to express contemporary political realities. Featuring art and multi-sensory installations from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Ecuador and Chile, with special attention to marginalized communities.
  • When: Thursday, May 17 to Monday October 8, 2018
  • Time: Regular Museum Hours
  • Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

41st Annual Bed Races and Decorated Bike Parade

  • What: An elimination-style Bed Race where heats run in six categories (men, women, media and mixed) until a winner is declared. The prizes for the winners of each division include a Bed Pan trophy, a Chamber Pot and a Stone Pig prize. The event also includes a skateboard demonstration and a western-themed bike parade.
  • When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Time: 5:45 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: 176 A Street, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Tech, Culture + Housing: Lessons from San Francisco’s Kim-Mai Cutler

  • What: The Urban Land Institute of BC and Abundant Housing Vancouver present an evening with San Francisco’s Kim-Mai Cutler. Kim-Mai is a technology journalist for TechCrunch, Partner at Initialized Capital, and is well known for her work regarding the cultural and political issues of housing and racial diversity for the San Francisco and Bay Area. Her past experience has included work for Bloomberg, VentureBeat, and The Wall Street Journal.
  • When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin – 2900-550 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free, RSVP via email – [email protected]

Friday, May 18, 2018

Paris Blohm

  • What: Los Angeles-based electronic music producer / DJ Paris Blohm brings his anthemic sound to Celebrities Nightclub for #StereotypeFridays.
  • When: Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free RSVP until 11:30 pm

130th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

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  • What: One of North America’s longest running and most entertaining rodeos returns on May Long Weekend with more competitions, live entertainment, food and fun for fans of all ages.
  • When: Friday, May 18 to Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds Agriplex Bldg – 6050 176 St, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Top Drop Vancouver 2018 Main Event

  • What: Vancouver’s annual grand tasting featuring dozens of international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and the people behind them.
  • When: Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $75; buy online

GO Fest Outdoor Concert Series 2018

  • What: GO Fest is hosting a free outdoor concert series over the May long weekend. Starting the weekend will be Juno-winning artists, the Philosopher Kings, a Canadian pop and alternative rock group. Saturday will feature Carmanah, known for their West Coast soul sound, and Current Swell later in the evening. Coco Jafro, known for their funk fusion and musical rhythms will start the show on Sunday followed by electronic music duo, the Funk Hunters.
  • When: Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Village Square, Whistler
  • Admission: Free

The 2018 Creative Ink Festival

  • What: A weekend long event for writers and readers of all levels and genres. Featuring workshops, readings, autograph sessions and more.
  • When: Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby Conference Centre – 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: $50-$100 at the door

JP Maurice with Hotel Mira, Frankiie and Bad Animal

  • What: JP Maurice celebrates the release of his highly anticipated new album Boys with guests Hotel Mira, Frankiie, and Calgary’s Bad Animal.
  • When: Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Douglas Coupland – Vortex

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Artist Douglas Coupland (Ocean Wise)

  • What: Acclaimed Canadian artist Douglas Coupland is launching a new exhibition highlighting ocean plastic pollution at the Vancouver Aquarium this May. The year-long major sculpture Vortex exhibition aims to immerse visitors in a contemplative, emotive, and transformative experience. A large part of Coupland’s exhibit will be a “creative reimagining” of the Pacific Trash Vortex, also referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • When: Opens Friday, May 18, 2018 for one year
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Included in Aquarium tickets, $30-$39
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