Cultural Calendar


Artist Talk with Sonny Assu

April 21

Surrey Art Gallery

13750 88th Ave., Surrey

Presented as part of the Capture Photography Festival, artist Sonny Assu will talk about his exhibition 1UP, as well as his Longhouse, Chilkat and Interventions on the Imaginary series. Assu’s work often focuses on the issues and rights surrounding Indigenous peoples, and how the past and the present combine.


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Small Stage: Salon Series

April 19

The Emerald

555 Gore Ave., Vancouver

The last Tuesday of every month is another chapter in the Salon Series, a monthly dinner used to connect inspiring and inspired people from all around Vancouver and the surrounding area. Twenty to twenty-five people are at each dinner, with different themes and topics of discussion for each one. This month’s theme is “juxtapose.”


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Earth Day 2016: Voices of Elders

April 22

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

630 Hamilton St., Vancouver

Kwi Awt Stelmexw and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation are inviting everyone to a Coast Salish celebration honouring Earth Day. Some of the speakers and performances include Lee Maracle, one of the first Indigenous women published in Canada, Chief Robert Joseph, the founder of the Walk for Reconciliation, a multimedia dance from Children Of Takaya and much more.


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Surrey Vaisakhi Parade.| Photo by Michelle Lee

Surrey Vaisakhi Parade.| Photo by Michelle Lee


Vaisakhi Day Parade

April 23


Millions of Sikhs around the world celebrate Vaisakhi Day every April, a day that marks the new year. It is one of the most important festivals on the Sikh calendar and that is evident in Surrey every year. This year marks the 17th annual Vaisakhi Parade, where 80,000 to 200,000 people attend, making it one of the largest Vaisakhi parades outside of India.


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Lyse Lemieux: A Girl’s Gotta Do What A Girl’s Gotta Do

April 23–July 3

Richmond Art Gallery

Vancouver-based artist Lyse Lemieux, whose work centers on the body, seeks to strike a balance between representation and abstraction. Lemieux has created new large-scale wall drawings made of wool felt. The public is invited to a workshop led by the artist where participants will be able to create their own drawings and collages.


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CAN Family Festival

April 24

Jack Poole Plaza (Vancouver Convention Centre)

1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

The Canucks Autism Network is hosting the 5th annual CAN Family Festival, an event to raise awareness around autism while raising funds to support high-quality programs run by the Canucks Autism Network. There will be live performances, food trucks, local sports celebrities and many more family friendly activities.


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Just Words

April 27–30

Firehall Arts Centre

280 East Cordova St., Vancouver

Les Productions Figlio and the Firehall Arts Centre present Just Words, a choreographic piece painting an image of the life of an artist told through movement by dance artists Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell and incorporating poetry by Serge Bennathan.


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International Dance Day in Vancouver

April 29

Various locations throughout Vancouver

April 29th is International Dance Day, and there is no better way to celebrate it than to go to some of the events hosted by The Dance Centre throughout Vancouver. Some of the performances include dances from Ukraine and the Scottish Highlands, high energy hip-hop and a battery opera performance.


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Colours: A Celebration of International Dance Day in Richmond

April 29–30

Steveston-London Secondary School

6600 Williams Rd., Richmond


Four types of dances to highlight and celebrate cultures will be performed at the 2nd International Dance Day in Richmond. This ticketed dance event takes place at the Steveston-London Secondary School from 2:30–3:30 p.m. on April 30. Free dance workshops will be presented on April 29 at the Aberdeen Centre.


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Holy Holy – Celebrating David Bowie

May 2

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

630 Hamilton St., Vancouver

World-famous drummer Woody Woodmansey and legendary music producer Tony Visconti will perform the album they wrote, “The Man Who Sold the World”–an album they have never before had the chance to perform live. The evening will also be a celebration of David Bowie, with whom Visconti produced 14 albums, while Woodmansey played the drums on three of them.