The May Long Weekend is behind us, but the entertaining picks of the week keep coming
Festival: Continuing until May 28th, Urban Ink and The Cultch welcome new works and past favourites to a free, all-digital TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival focuses on empowering Indigenous artists and encouraging collaboration with non-Indigenous artists.
Legend: Hear Canadian rock icon Burton Cummings and his Band Unplugged at the Massey Theatre in New West tonight
Thief: Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief and featuring a thrilling original rock score, CTORA Theatre presents The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical an action-packed mythical adventure bringing the world of Percy Jackson to life on stage until May 28th
Valley: The Firehall Arts Centre closes its 2022-23 season with the world premiere of rice & beans theatre’s ‘Happy Valley’, from May 25 to June 4, a new solo, interdisciplinary performance piece created and performed by award-winning playwright Derek Chan
Spring: May 25 to June 8 at The Shop Theatre, Renegade Arts Co stages Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, following a group of late nineteenth century German students on their passage to adulthood.
Plant-Based: May 27 & 28, Planted Expo at Vancouver Convention Centre is set to welcome Meagan Duhamel, Dotsie Bausch, Chanthy Yen, Dr. Matthew Nagra, and Lauren Toyota amongst the speakers taking to the stage
Art: The 7th annual ParkerArtSalon runs until June 16th with “What Moves You” exhibition at Pendulum Gallery, Waddington’s Online Auction and Parker Street Studio Tours + Hall Exhibition where the participating artists at Parker Street Studios open up their studios to the public.
Dragon: Vancouver’s Sound of Dragon Ensemble prepares to welcome special guests, the Ding Yi Music Company from Singapore for its upcoming concert, Rising Dragon, Soaring Merlion, on May 26 at The Annex.
Improvise: The Improv Centre on Granville Island debuts its spring show, Bring Back The ‘90s!, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm until May 27
Tap: Recognizing National Tap Dance Day The West Coast Tap Dance Collective presents Time Steps; an all-tap-dancing show featuring professional and amateur tap dancers and live music, May 27th at The Massey Theatre.
Flamenco: Kasandra Flamenco Presents ROJO Y SOMBRA “Red and Shadows”, a contemporary flamenco exploration into the energies of the root chakra on May 26 & 27, 8pm at the Shadbolt Centre Studio Theatre
Moon: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts also presents: You, Me and the Moon by Monica Lee, an interactive theatrical presentation of Monica Lee’s album of the same name, exploring the deep connection between parents and children, May 28 at 2pm and 8pm
Futures: Until January 14, 2024, 25 years since the artist’s passing, the Bill Reid Gallery presents the Canadian premiere exhibition of Bright Futures, co-curated by Bill Reid Gallery Curator Beth Carter, Assistant Curator Aliya Boubard, and in consultation with Jordan Wilson (Musqueam).
Festival: Upintheair Theatre’s 11th-anniversary rEvolver Festival is coming to The Cultch, opening tonight until June 4, with a line up of innovative and contemporary new works by emerging and mid-career artists from across Canada.
Market: A kaleidoscope of colours, fantastical characters, and mouth-watering international foods combine at the 2023 Richmond Night Market, North America’s largest event of its kind runs weekends until October 9, 2023
Shipyard: Across the lower mainland, another market open this weekend, the 2023 Shipyards Night Market runs Friday nights until September 15th at the Shipyards in North Vancouver.
Exhibition: On display until June 11, Richmond Art Gallery, in partnership with the Richmond Public Library, presents A Small but Comfy House and Maybe a Dog the first major solo exhibition by Amy Ching-Yan Lam, guest curated by Su-Ying Lee, featuring sculptures made in collaboration with HaeAhn Woo Kwon, with objects from the collections of the Gallery and the neighbouring Richmond Public Library.
Jurassic: Dinosaurs are back for one more weekend as Jurassic World Live Tour brings fan-favourite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length to the Pacific Coliseum May 26-28 with more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, with scale, speed and ferocity, operated by animatronics and performers.