Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

April 17th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There’s a lot going on this weekend in Vancouver, with Saturday being the busiest day of the month in terms of events, festivals and activities. Temperatures are expected to soar, giving us a taste of summer with a cool April breeze.

Fisherman's Wharf, Vancouver BC
Photo credit: Carol Nixon on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Friday, April 17, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
A Man A Plan Japan – Multimedia Show, Vancouver
Grand Opening of Broadway Youth Resource Centre
Annual Spring Fashion Show at Hycroft
A-Grade by Andy Garland, Produced by Star Star Theatre
North Shore Writers Festival
Ballet Kelowna Spring Tour, Coquitlam
Laila Biali & The Radiance Project Album Release Concert
Dialog on Again: What We Know About the Aging Brain and Preventing Dementia
Camilo the Magician at the Granville Island Revue Stage
Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival
R2R: International Film Festival for Youth
Verses Festival: That One Thing You Said: An Exhibit of Visual Poetry
Carousel Theatre: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Royal City Musical Theatre Presents: My Fair Lady
The Cultch Presents: The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Proud

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Surrey Vaisakhi Parade/Khalsa Day
Vancouver Stealth Lacrosse Game
Record Store Day
Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo in New Westminster
Shogi Event with Professional Player Madoka Kitao from Japan
Waterkeeper Gala Vancouver
North Shore Writers Festival
Re-Fashion Vancouver
Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Vancouver Special Tour
VanDeca Presents: Cabaret On The Keys
Voices and Strings at The Orpheum Annex
Flawless: A Beyonce Inspired Art Show and Fundraiser
Vancouver New Music: Voices and Strings
Vieux Farka Touré at Fortune Sound Club
Festival of Volunteers at Brentwood
The Feast Worldwide Vancouver
Eleven09 Live at The Rio with Patrick Maliha’s Vanity Project
Centre A’s 16th Anniversary Gala & Live Art Auction
BCATW 2015 Symposium – Ecotourism: Tread Softly, Write with Impact
Mommy & Me Mini Session Charity Event
Cloverdale Kids Swapmeet
Electronics Recycling Pop-Up on Davie
River Market Artisan Fair
Royal City Farmers Market
Camilo the Magician at the Granville Island Revue Stage
Rumble Theatre Presents: Indian Arm
Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival
A-Grade by Andy Garland, Produced by Star Star Theatre
Verses Festival: That One Thing You Said: An Exhibit of Visual Poetry
Carousel Theatre: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Royal City Musical Theatre Presents: My Fair Lady
The Cultch Presents: The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Proud

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Whitecaps FC2 Match at UBC
Pop-Up City Hall at the Downtown Library
Spring blossoms – Painting pARTy
Stanley Park’s Secrets Historical Walking Tour
Lost & Found: Bert Bush’s Accidental Archive
8th annual Nifty for Fifty Sale
Cinema Sunday at The Cinematheque: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Baker’s Market at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre
Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival
A-Grade by Andy Garland, Produced by Star Star Theatre
Verses Festival: That One Thing You Said: An Exhibit of Visual Poetry
Carousel Theatre: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Royal City Musical Theatre Presents: My Fair Lady
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Proud

Check out the full April event listings here and if you have an event to include, please send it in by email for a free listing. Follow Miss604 on Twitter for more daily updates.

SPES Saturday: Vancouver Bird Week 2015

April 18th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Guest Author

SPESLogoFourLineThis post has been contributed by Dan Straker, Urban Wildlife Coordinator with the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”). I have been following SPES since I moved into the West End a decade ago and I have been a member for three years. I wanted to offer the team an opportunity to share their news, events, and work so I have created “SPES Saturday” where they contribute and share stories with my audience once a month.


Vancouver Bird Week is for the Birds

International Migratory Bird Day is coming up on May 9th which reminds us just how important migratory birds are to our environment. But why only celebrate for one day when you can celebrate for a whole week? Whether you are a bird nerd or just bird curious, celebrate Vancouver’s third annual Bird Week from May 2nd to May 9th with great events and activities in locations all around Vancouver. Vancouver Bird Week has walks, talks, art workshops, a film screening, planting events, and great activities for free and open to all ages. Visit the Vancouver Bird Week website for information on events and activities.

BirdersAn evening presentation series is hosted by Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch on May 2nd, May 8th, and May 9th. Topics will include an introduction to birds and birding, the fascinating mating behaviours of sandpipers, plus specific events related to owls and ducks living in cities.

There will also be a screening of “Birders: The Central Park Effect” at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on May 6th. All evening events start at 7pm, are free and first come first served.

As well as all of the other walks and events, for those of you with little ones, there will be a number of art workshop activities at Hillcrest and Roundhouse Community Centres throughout the week.

Vote for Vancouver City Bird

This year the City of Vancouver is also holding its second City Bird competition that runs from April 15th – May 9th, pitting four birds in an election to see who will become Vancouver’s City Bird for 2016. Currently, the black-capped chickadee reigns as last year’s City Bird and will be featuring on resident’s parking decals and promotional buttons. The nominees selected for this year are the barn swallow, barn owl, peregrine falcon, and western grebe. The nominees have been chosen based on the theme of “rare gems”, in other words, birds that were once more common in the lower mainland but are now endangered.

Learn more about the City Bird competition and vote online. The winning bird will be announced on May 9th following the final Bird Week event at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch.


Maybe you are wondering, why should I care about birds, anyway? Vancouver is known for its awesome diversity and abundance of birds. It is a major stop-over on the Pacific Flyway, traversed by more than a billion migratory birds every year. Vancouver itself supports over 250 species of birds year round and has four, count them, four internationally designated Important Bird Areas that surround it. Vancouver Bird Week is all about raising awareness for birds and their value to our environments and ourselves. It is part of a larger initiative called the Vancouver Bird Strategy — adopted by the City of Vancouver in January 2015 — which seeks to create the conditions for native birds to thrive in Vancouver through a number of targeted actions – and you can help! Come out to Bird Week and find out how.

Bird Week is organized as a collaborative effort of many local non-profits and other agencies working in partnership with City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board. Stanley Park Ecology Society is proud to have played a key role in coordinating the events for Vancouver Bird Week and hopes that you will participate and take some time to learn about birds in your city.

About the Guest Author:

This post has been contributed by Dan Straker, on behalf of the Stanley Park Ecology Society. If you want to support a non-profit organization that makes a difference for wildlife and people in Stanley Park, please make a donation or become a member of SPES. For more information visit the Stanley Park Ecology Society website. Follow SPES on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Finding #HondaHappiness

April 17th, 2015 @ 8:06am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Presented by Honda:

Over the last few years I’ve had the opportunity to drive Honda’s full fleet of vehicles, from the peppy, family-friendly Odyssey to the much-bigger-than-it-seems Honda Fit. With all of my Honda experiences, from Mount St Helens to Sasquatch Park I thought it would be a good time to hear from someone else about how Honda has brought them happiness.

#FitWhatever Adventure with the Honda Fit

Finding #HondaHappiness

“We did a 5 week road trip down the Oregon and California coast for our honeymoon in 2007,” Kristi Ferguson told me after I put the call out on social media to find a Honda owner. Kristi is a a wife, mum and marketing professional from Greater Vancouver who loves exploring BC wife her family, in her trusty Hondas.


“We also took our 1997 CR-V down during record temperatures in California. There were cars all over the road stopping from the heat, but our CR-V kept on trucking!” Kristi told me that when her family got home from the California trip they knew it was time for a new vehicle — and they knew just what to get. “We purchased a 2008 CR-V, without looking at any other vehicles, which we still have today. It’s an awesome vehicle for commuting, great on gas.”

After replacing their CR-V in 2008, they added an additional vehicle to their family lineup when they purchased a 2014 Honda Odyssey. “Honestly, we don’t even look elsewhere now. When we need a new vehicle, we go straight to Honda, as we know we’ll be happy with the vehicle.”

Happiness comes with a Honda!

HH-Pressboard-225x187Where’s your happy place in BC? The local mountains? The big hockey game with your family? Or your yoga studio at sunrise? Tell us about yours on Twitter and share a photo if you like! You’ll be entered for a chance to WIN $1,000 towards your happy place. Just make sure you include #hondahappiness and follow @hondacanada. Contest runs April 17 – May 10, 2015. For full contest details visit:


This post is sponsored by Honda Canada.

Canstruction 2015 in Vancouver

April 16th, 2015 @ 8:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Canstruction, a design/build competition now in its 13th year, returns to Downtown Vancouver as engineers and architects bring their interpretation of this year’s theme “Fact or Fiction” to life using canned goods.


Imagine an 8 foot tall Sasquatch, a giant optical illusion or huge talking watermelon built with thousands of cans of food. 100% of the food used will go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Canstruction sculptures will be available for viewing (free) between Sunday, April 26, 2015 and Friday, May 8, 2015 at three venues:

Rotunda at Pacific Centre Mall, (5 sculptures) 701 W Georgia St at Howe St
Four Seasons Hotel, (2 sculptures) 791 W Georgia St at Howe St
Pendulum Gallery, (12 sculptures) 855 W Georgia St. at Howe St

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Follow Canstruction on Twitter and Facebook for more information. Hours depend on the opening hours of the buildings in which the display will sit.

EAT Vancouver 2015 Giveaway

April 16th, 2015 @ 4:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

EAT Vancouver, the largest festival of its kind in Canada, returns to BC Place — and beyond — April 26th to May 3rd. This 13th annual gastronomic feast for the senses features an expanded eight-day program with more than 35 collaborative workshops, dinners and events taking place throughout Vancouver before culminating in a three-day show at BC Place Stadium May 1st to May 3rd.


EAT Vancouver Dinner Series

Happening around Vancouver from April 28th to May 3rd, tickets for the Dinner Series events are on sale now, with some already sold out:

  • Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant welcomes Susur Lee, restaurateur/chef and former Iron Chef America competitor, Toronto, ON
  • Jackie Kai Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery & Café welcomes Toronto’s Anna Olson, host of Food Network Canada’s Bake With Anna Olson, at The Dirty Apron
  • Pino Posteraro of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca welcomes Mark McEwan restaurateur/chef and Food Network Canada notable, Toronto, ON
  • J-C Poirier of Ask for Luigi welcomes Jérémie Bastien of Restaurant Leméac, Montreal, QC
  • Wesley Young of Wildebeest welcomes Jesse Grasso of The Black Hoof, Toronto, ON
  • Joel Watanabe of Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie welcomes Michael Caballo and Tobey Nemeth of Edulis Restaurant, Toronto, ON
  • Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. welcomes Connie DeSousa and Jessica Pelland of CHARCUT Roast House, Calgary, AB
  • Trevor Bird of Fable Kitchen welcomes Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station, Toronto, ON
  • Lucais Syme of La Pentola welcomes Nick Nutting of Wolf in the Fog, Tofino, BC
  • Angus An of Maenam welcomes Nick Liu of DaiLo, Toronto, ON
  • Chris Whittaker of Forage welcomes Andrew Winfield of River Café, Calgary, AB

EAT Vancouver Workshops

Thirteen workshops take place in several venues across the city from April 26th to May 1st, giving behind-the-scenes access to some of the city’s hottest restaurants, markets and production facilities:

  • Baking at Home with Jackie Kai Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery & Café
  • Explore the World of Coffee with Grady Buhler of JJ Bean Coffee Roasters
  • Pizza Workshop and Gelatini Workshop with James Coleridge of Bella Gelateria
  • Fermentation Master Class with Jonathan Chovancek of Bittered Sling Extracts and Café Medina
  • Making Terrines at Home and For the Love of Bacon with John van der Lieck of Oyama Sausage Co.
  • Market Shop, Cooking and Lunch Experience with Pino Posteraro of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca
  • An Evening of Bourbon & BBQ with Darryl Lamb of Legacy Liquor Store and The Belmont Bar
  • Cheese and Wine Workshop with Allison Spurrell of Les Amis du Fromage
  • The Art of Butchery with Sebastian Cortez of Sebastian & Co. Fine Meats
  • Kickoff to BC Spot Prawn Season with Robert Clark and Mike McDermid of The Fish Counter and Steve Johansen of Organic Ocean
  • Outlandish Shellfish Kitchen Party with Ned Bell of Chefs for Oceans and YEW seafood + bar, and Tim Bedford of Vancouver Aquarium

There’s also a Hospitality Symposium at the Pinnacle Hotel in Downtown Vancouver on April 29th, a Pastry Tasting and Panel Discussion on April 29th, and the Canadian Flavours Gala on April 30th at the Terminal City Club.

All EAT Vancouver dinners and workshops, as well as the Canadian Flavours Gala and Hospitality Symposium, include a complimentary ticket to EAT Vancouver at BC Place.

EAT Vancouver at BC Place

The weeklong festival culminates with the biggest celebration at BC Place from Friday, May 1st until Sunday, May 3rd. Tickets are available now (or at the door) for under $20 and children 12 and under are free. This event features more than 250 exhibitors celebrating food, drink and cooking.

All-new programming takes centre stage, including: VIP Experiences; the “Talk & Taste” Stage; the Canadian Food Artisan Pavilion, sponsored by Edible Canada; the Craft Beer Alley, sponsored by the BC Craft Brewers Guild; an On-site Legacy Liquor Store; as well as appearances by luminary chefs such as Rob Feenie, Vikram Vij, Ned Bell, Anna Olson, Susur Lee and Mark McEwan.

Follow EAT Vancouver on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for more information.

EAT Vancouver 2015 Giveaway

I have an awesome EAT Vancouver and Cactus Club Cafe prize pack available for one lucky reader (and guest) that includes: 2 tickets to EAT Vancouver, VIP seating to see Rob Feenie (Canada’s first Iron Chef America Champion) on the Celebrity Stage at EAT Vancouver, and a $100 gift card for Cactus Club Cafe. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly.

Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival

April 16th, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival kicks off a week of free, public events today that offer practical ways to get children (and adults) outdoors more regularly. Running from April 16th to April 22nd, events include beach walks, workshops, gardening sessions, kite flying, farm tours and more.

Wild About Vancouver Outdoor

Sign up or show up for an event, or host your own. Here are a few from the Wild About Vancouver calendar:

wildaboutvanSaturday, April 18, 2015
Tent Show ‘n Shine
Cherry Blossom Bollywood and Kite Dance
Discovering Spanish Banks
Tidal WAV Keynote – Dr. Mariana Brussoni

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Exploring the Ocean by Kayak

Monday, April 20, 2015
Gaia Garden Herb Walk
Outward Bound Camping Skills for Youth

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
UBC Farm Tour

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Shoreline Cleanup of Habitat Island and Creekside
Queen Elizabeth Park Orienteering

Bonus 1 day workshop on May 5th
Tim Gill: Popping the Bubble Wrap & Reclaiming Risky Play for Children

Wild About Vancouver aims to unite and create long-term sustainable Outdoor and Experiential Learning (“OEL”) networks for organizations, schools, youth programs, and the broader citizenry, including youth and First Nations, of Vancouver. It is organized by a collective of volunteers passionate about improving children’s lives and building supportive communities through OEL. Follow Wild About Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Record Store Day 2015 in Vancouver

April 15th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Record Store Day is a unique celebration of independent businesses that reaches every single continent (except Antarctica) bringing together nearly 1,400 record stores around the world with the people who love them. On Saturday, April 18, 2015, many Vancouver area record stores will participate in this global event.

amoeba records
Photo credit: Chris Frewin on Flickr

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

While there’s only one Record Store Day a year, the organization works throughout the year to create contests, special releases and promotions in order to spotlight these special stores on the other 364 days of the year. These include the Adapter Prize—which honors releases chosen as “The Best” by store staff and customers and Back To Black Friday which gives record stores exclusive releases as part of the attempt to redirect the focus of the biggest shopping day of the year to the desirable, special things to be found at local stores.

Record Store Day 2015 in Vancouver

On Record Store Day all vinyl lovers can enjoy special releases, sales, in-store events and performances, and record shopping until you drop. Participating record stores in Vancouver:

recordstoreday2015Neptoon Records
Red Cat Records
Vinyl Records
Dandelion Records
Zulu Records
Highlife Records
Scrape Records
Beat Street
Horses Records

Click through to each of these stores’ websites to see what they have planned for Record Store Day this year.