The Railway Stage & Beer Café Celebrates 85th Anniversary
April 6-8 at the Railway Stage & Beer Café
Since it originally opened in 1932 as a private club for CPR workers, the Railway has been a Vancouver mainstay for live music. The iconic, historic venue is celebrating its milestone 85th birthday with — what else? — a weekend full of music, with performances from local bands including Hey Ocean! and Said The Whale.
World Ski and Snowboard Festival
April 10-15 in Whistler
In this jam-packed weekend, North America’s largest festival of snow sports, music, and art celebrates the finals of the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships, hosts the annual OLYMPUS 72hr Filmmaker Showdown, and provides a platform for local artists to showcase their work. There will also be live performances from A Tribe Called Red and DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well as parties throughout Whistler Village.
Incite: Crafting Creative Non-Fiction
April 11 at Vancouver Public Library
In this free event presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest, four female writers from diverse backgrounds discuss how they’ve used the non-fiction genre to spur discussions on today’s issues. The evening features Room Magazine managing editor Chelene Knight, former This Magazine editor Lauren McKeon, feminist activist Judy Rebick, and Globe and Mail columnist Elizabeth Renzetti.
April 13-15 at the Waldorf, 333, and the Astoria
Vancouver’s only darkwave music festival will feature more than 30 artists from all around the world. Glasgow’s Soft Riot and Seattle’s Charlatan will perform alongside local bands like ACTORS, Spectres, and Ghost Twin. The festival is completely DIY and community-run.
April 14 at Croatian Cultural Centre
The largest spirits event in the country for local makers celebrates its fifth annual edition on April 14. Featuring 40 distilleries from around the province, including Deep Cove Brewers, Odd Society, and Tumbleweed Craft Distillery, the event also includes bites from Forage and Juniper.
April 19-22 at Vancouver Convention Centre
This annual fair features artists, art workshops, panel discussions, and more. Now in its fourth edition, Art! Vancouver aims to promote the international art scene in Western Canada. Look for works by artists like Sudan photographer Nihal Omer alongside local talent like landscape painter Jenna Robinson.
The Gateway Show
April 20 at Rickshaw Theatre
Celebrate 4/20 with stand-up comedians Ivan Decker (Just for Laughs), Maggie Maye (Conan), Myles Webber (MTV), and Sophie Buddle (Kevin Hart’s LOL), as they attempt to tell their best jokes after smoking way too much weed.
BrickCan 2018 Public LEGO Exhibition
April 21-22 at River Rock Casino
The largest public exhibition of LEGO in BC is back. Stop by the River Rock Casino to check out hundreds of amazing models built by LEGO enthusiasts from all over the world, shop unique vendors, or even create your own masterpiece.
April 25-May 5 at Firehall Arts
Sheldon Elter writes and stars in this recounting of his difficult childhood, having grown up in an abusive household while experiencing discrimination because of his culture. Elter combines stand-up comedy, original music, and multi-character vignettes to explore who he is and what’s important to him.