by Yasmine Shemesh
Saturday, May 4 at Western Front
Best known as a former vocalist and bassist for the indie rock band Dirty Projectors, Angel Deradoorian works within hushed, minimalist, and ambient textures. The young songwriter will be in-residence for five days at the Vancouver artist-run-centre, Western Front, with a special, culminating public performance on May 4.
Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 5 at the Pace
The first of its kind in Vancouver, this music festival features bands exclusively fronted by women and those who identify with other marginalized genders. The first day showcases hip-hop artists, including Bbymutha, while the second will feature rock acts including Sylvia Wrath. Partial proceeds from Glitter Ball will go to WISH Centre Drop-In Society.
CROSS CULTURAL STRATHCONA WALKING TOUR
Sunday, May 5 to Sunday, May 26 at various locations in Strathcona
This guided walking tour explores the richly diverse histories of the Strathcona neighbourhood, from early immigrant communities to present day. In celebration of Asian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month, both occurring in May, the tour will highlight important landmarks like the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Lord Strathcona Elementary, Vancouver’s oldest primary school. Tours take place every Sunday this month.
Friday, May 10 at Little Mountain Gallery
Comedy veteran Ese Atawo created Lil Clitty, a character for her act to parody the current state of female hip-hop. She aims to push the boundaries with her show, Sweet Release: A Hip-Hop Comedy Concert. The event celebrates her album release. Check out our feature online at beatroute.ca to slide deeper into Clitty’s weird and wonderful world of comedy.
VANCOUVER COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 18 to Sunday, May 19 at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
This two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels is back with another exciting lineup of exhibitions, panels and events. Featured creators this year include Canadian author and artist Vivek Shraya and Ian Boothby, who draws comics for The New Yorker, MAD Magazine, and Simpsons Comics.
SHUCK IT FORWARD
Sunday, May 26 at Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar Coal Harbour
Shuck it Forward is back for the fifth year in a row to raise funds and awareness for those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Along with an oyster-shucking competition that features 24 of North America’s best shuckers, there will also be a pop-up barbershop, live music and a silent auction. The event has raised more than $110,000 since 2015.
TACOFINO HASTINGS X STRATHCONA BEER COMPANY COLLABORATIVE DINNER
Thursday, May 30 at Tacofino Hastings
Tacofino and Strathcona Beer Company join forces for a five-course meal of west coast-meets-Baja cuisine. Held at Tacofino’s Hastings location, the dinner will have Regional Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann and Hastings Head Chef Daniel Echeverría collaborating on a vibrant, multi-course menu with unique beer pairings.