35 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 7 to 11

May 1 2018, 5:48 am

Keep the May magnificence going with our rundown of 35 fun events to check out from Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11. Music Monday, The Eagles, and more for everyone to enjoy.

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

Monday, May 7, 2018

Music Monday at Robson Square

Metro Vancouver students

Singing kids (Speedkingz / Shutterstock)

  • What: Over 200 students from across Metro Vancouver will perform the new Music Monday anthem, Sing It Together, and other works as part of a national event for music education next month. Maestro Gerald King from the University of Victoria will conduct the mass performance along with Canadian artist Tarun Nayar from Delhi 2 Dublin and youth co-hosts from the CMEC Youth 4 Music Network.
  • When: Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where: Robson Square – Downtown Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Burnaby Youth Week

  • What: Youth Week is a week of fun, cool interaction, and celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province. There will be art and music showcased by Burnaby youth. Check out the schedule of events.
  • When: Now to Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • More Info: Online


  • What: Chicago-based hip-hop artist and producer Saba performs at Fortune Sound Club. In 2015, Saba appeared as a featured artist on several cuts, including Chance’s “Angels,” Jenkins’ “Slumber,” and Odd Couple’s “What Kings Do.” Additionally, he released the reflective Tink collaboration “Temporary,” one of his most commercial songs to date. In late 2016, Saba self-released the LP Bucket List Project, featuring artists like fellow Chicagoan Noname and rapper Twista.
  • When: Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E. Pender St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $16

G Day Vancouver 2018

2015 Attendees/G Day

  • What: G Day is a rite of passage event series that celebrates the transition between childhood and adolescence in tween girls ages 10 to 12. The day begins with a metaphorical “Village,” with facilitated inter-generational conversations and singing. There will be separate programming for girls (includes interactive presentations, creative activities and yoga), while adults hear from local parenting experts and have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences.
  • When: Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: The Polygon Gallery – 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $60

Surrey Youth Week

  • What: Celebrate Surrey’s Youth Week with free, fun activities at various recreation centres and parks. Sports, cooking classes, and more.
  • When: Now to Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Admission: Free

Rosé Revival 2018

  • What: Liberty Merchant Company and Bridges Restaurant present the 9th Annual Rosé Revival Tasting. Enjoy sensational Rosé wines along with delectable hors d’oeuvres, exciting door prizes, and great company. All proceeds benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.
  • When: Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Bridges Restaurant – 1696 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $29.99, available at all Liberty Wine Merchants locations

Author Talk with K. Jane Watt

  • What: K. Jane Watt reads from her book, Surrey: A City of Stories. She will speak to the writing process and share what she learned writing Surrey’s latest history book. Plus get your copy on site.
  • When: Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Newton Library – 13795 70 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

X Ambassadors

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(X Ambassadors / Facebook)

  • What: American rockers X Ambassadors bring The Joyful Tour 2018 to Vancouver with guests Jacob Banks & SHAED.
  • When: Thursday, May 8, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm / Show 7:30 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $36-$199

Business Mapping – Vancity Special Edition

  • What: This introductory seminar focuses on strategies to plan, key areas of a successful business, and financing options. Presented by Dylan Hrycyshen, Small Business BC, and a representative of Vancity.
  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 3 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Waterfront Station, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $59

GAYlarious Comedy Fundraiser

  • What: An evening of comedy to support New West Pride Society. Hosted by Jennifer Robertson, featuring Erin Jeffery, Travis Ketler, Julia Stretch, the Snatch Game, and headliner Darcy Michael. 
  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Lafflines Comedy Club – 530 Columbia St, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $40

All-Female Food Talks

  • What: This is the sixteenth event in this Food Talks series. Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.
  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Dockside Lounge – 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $18 – $21; buy online


Image: Matt Reznek

  • What: ITSAZOO presents the Western Canadian premiere of David James Brock’s award-winning drama, WET. Set during the height of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan War, this raw and immersive play examines love, abandonment, and the dire cost of combat. Directed by Chelsea Haberlin.
  • When: Tuesday, May 8 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Russian Hall – 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

PechaKucha Night Vol.45

  • What: PechaKucha Night is a fun and informal event where people can meet, inspire and get inspired, based on a format that is fast-paced and fun. Eleven inspiring minds will be giving unique insight into their latest work and ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds.
  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $19.75

Me And You

  • What: From childhood until old age, Liz and Lou are sisters who go through life mostly as friends, but sometimes as foes. Liz is a steady-minded biologist while Lou is a free-spirited painter, and their personalities clash over everything from hair dye to cheating partners to rebellious children. See their stories come alive across the decades through the acclaimed mask work of Melody Anderson in a comedy that gives a unique face to sisterhood.
  • When: Now to Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mealshare Tonight for Tomorrow

  • What: On May 9 you can head to a dozen local restaurants in Vancouver who are participating in Tonight for Tomorrow, a special fundraiser event for Mealshare. For meal ordered at participating restaurants on May 9, one dollar will be donated to help grow Mealshare.
  • When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver

Xoxolat & Wine

Chcolate wine salon


  • What: In celebration of powerful women everywhere, join Room to Read Vancouver for an evening of sampling worldly chocolate and delectable wines. Throughout the evening, you will taste a selection of chocolate paired with incredible wines while learning about the flavours, region, and origin from Hodie, owner of XOXOLAT and Sean, sommelier at Vij’s Restaurant. Proceeds from the evening will support Room to Read, a global non-profit that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children.
  • When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 7 pm
  • Where: XOXOLAT Yaletown – 1271 Homer St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40-$75

Design Talk with Alison Brooks

  • What: Renowned London Architect Alison Brooks will present the keynote lecture of Vancouver Design Week, “IDEALS THEN IDEAS: New Urban Housing as Civic Architecture”. Alison will be discussing her practice philosophy, architectural approach and the ideal of “civicness” relating her current and recently completed projects in housing and higher education.
  • When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: UBC Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

In Conversation: Kevin Kwan

  • What: Join bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, Kevin Kwan, as he signs and discusses Rich People Problems – an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royale fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance. Moderated by Doretta Lau.
  • When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Indigo Granville – 2505 Granville St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Trek Bicycles Ladies’ Night Out

girl on a bicycle spring morning


  • What: Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or new to the sport, this is an opportunity to connect with other women in the cycling community and find new people to ride with. Stop by for some scrumptious refreshments, the chance to win great prizes in a raffle, and a series of instructional clinics with local guest speakers.
  • When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Trek Bicycle Store – 3590 Westwood St, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

The Record Keepers of the Universe with Monika Stachura

  • What: Join TRIUMF research scientist Dr. Monika Stachura and explore the human side of star-stuff, journeying from the birth of elements forged in stars to their current destination inside our remarkable yet mysterious bodies. Delve into the unanswered questions and possibilities that swirl around these intriguing substances and learn about TRIUMF’s role in producing, studying, and applying rare isotopes the likes of which are manufactured among the stars.
  • When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm, Lecture 7:00 pm
  • Where: Science World at TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Horse Feathers and special guests

  • What: American indie folk band Horse Feathers are on tour to support their latest release, Appreciation.
  • When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $17

Thursday, May 10 2018

VISION Conference 2018


  • What: Whether you’re a marketer or an entrepreneur, this year’s VISION Conference will give you the space to consider what drives you, your organization, and your audience. By attending this immersive event, you’ll get to hear directly from the internationally-known, London-based marketing thought-leader Rory Sutherland. Sutherland, VISION’s keynote speaker, is the vice chair of Ogilvy & Mather Group and a popular TED Talks speaker with millions of online views.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am to 5 pm. Post-conference reception 5 to 6 pm
  • Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $125 – $495 – available via Eventbrite

Search for the Perfect Pint

  • What: The Search for the Perfect Pint is a craft beer tasting event, with over 22 breweries, 8 local restaurants and live music. Presented by the Rotary Club of Port Moody.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Civic Centre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online, $45

Molly Misbegotten 

  • What: In this intimate coming-of-age drama, a naive-adolescent named Elijah Berner succumbs to the harsh realities of attempting to recreate a moment he lost long ago through film. Themes ranging from mental illness and how one copes with regret, loneliness, love, and the difficulties of accepting a less-than-ideal society are just a taste of the many deep-cut themes that are explored in this second-original production by Midtwenties Theatre Society.
  • When: Thursday, May 10 to Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $13-$15

Dish N Dazzle

  • What: The BC Hospitality Foundation hosts its seventh annual Dish N Dazzle fundraiser at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This year’s event pays homage to the theme “Argentina: Breaking New Ground.” Argentinean wines will be paired with canapés from some of Vancouver’s top restaurants, including Cibo Trattoria, Joe Fortes, Edible Canada, and Mamie Taylors.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $89 each (plus tax, gratuity and service charge)

2018 Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships

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  • What: This national event is the top domestic tournament for sledge hockey athletes playing at the Provincial or Canadian Development Team level, and this year is the first time the competition is being played on home ice. Four teams – BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec – will be battling it out for gold, in 10 games over 3 days.
  • When: Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
  • More Info: Online

The Eagles

  • What: One of the most influential and commercially successful American rock bands of all time. The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, have scored six #1 albums, won six Grammy awards, and have topped the singles charts five times. The group was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 in their first year of eligibility and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Chocolate Challenge 2018

  • What: Seven of Vancouver’s master chocolatiers will go head-to-head on May 10 for the Gourmet Warehouse 6th annual Chocolate Challenge. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Vancouver Firefighter Charities Snacks for Kids program, Project Chef, and the Strathcona Backpack Program.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Gourmet Warehouse – 1340 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $79; buy online

Friday, May 11, 2018

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo

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Image: Vancouver Whitecaps FC / Twitter

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Houston Dynamo in MLS action at BC Place.
  • When:Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Richmond Night Market

  • What: The 95th annual May Day Festival features activities for the whole family. Plus enjoy the Opening Ceremony on May 4 and the Rotary May Day Parade and Leigh Square Block party on May 12.
  • When: Friday, May 11 to Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Time: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm to midnight; Sundays and holiday Mondays from 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • Price: $3.75 (regular admission)

Hollywood Babble-On

  • What: Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature.
  • When: Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59.50

Blanket-Share Exhibition

  • What: The Blanket-Share Exhibition features hand-sewn blankets from Mi Soo Park for sale, with partial proceeds going to support BC Children’s Hospital. Each blanket is hand-sewn and features one of Mi Soo’s one-off designs.
  • When: Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: The Visual Space – 3352 Dunbar St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

17th Annual Grapes, Hops & Bites Festival

BC wine

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  • What: The Rotary Club of Steveston Wine Festival brings the best-of-the-best wine, beer, food and entertainment to say thanks for continued support of Rotary Club’s incredible community. All proceeds go directly to the Steveston Rotary Community Outreach Programs.
  • When: Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $60


  • What: Formed by Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden as freshmen at Wesleyan University, MGMT emerged as one of the most buzzed-over bands to sprout in the tail end of the 2000s, playing a distinct blend of electronic rock and psychedelic pop. Their music was hipster-identified but caught on with a wide audience —including Paul McCartney, who picked MGMT to open for him in 2009.
  • When: Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Sweet Dreams Film Screening And Drum Workshop

  • What: A screening of Sweet Dreams, a powerful and celebratory film about Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe followed by a free drum workshop lead by Jacky Essombe, accompanied by M’Girl. The evening begins with a First Nations blessing followed by opening remarks from Lama Mugabo, Managing Director of Building Bridges with Rwanda. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own drums, and to join the call of the drums after the film screening.
  • When: Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5 for adults, free for 18 and under. Limit two youth per adult.
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