Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for April 2005


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March 27 to April 5, 2005
Annual Easter Scavenger Hunt. Experience Western Canada's largest collection of heritage railway equipment dating back to 1890. 12:00 - 3:00, West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Admission by Donation.

March 29 to April 3, 2005
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. An Arts Club Theatre Company touring production.  This legendary revue is a powerful portrail of the world and human emotions. Jacques Brel (Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris) is full of musical observations that reverberate with love, loss, poignancy, and the changes that come with age. Featuring unforgettable songs such as If We Only Have Love and Carousel.  Evergreen Cultural Centre,

April 1, 2005
April Fool's Day.  "All Fools' Day" is practiced in many parts of the world with practical jokes and sending people on a fool's errand.

April 1, 2005
Early Music Vancouver presents: Sephardi Song.  Traditional ballads, medival and renaissance romance, popular love-songs, and wedding-music from the Judeo-Spanish communities of North Africa, Turkey, the Balkans, Israel, and the New World. ANIMA Medieval Music Duo: Janice Hill - voice & percussion Pat Unruh - strings with Douglas Hensley - oud & setar Peter Maund - percussion. Knox United Church, 604-732-1610,

April 1, 2005
Museum of Anthropology presents Concert of Trio Slavej: Folk Music of the Balkans.  Join us for this special concert by Trio Slavej ("nightengale"), who will perform folk music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, and Romania, and discuss the history and cultural contexts of the music.

April 1 - 3, 2005
Chor Leoni Men's Choir presents Thunder of God.  Thunder of God Featuring Canada's premiere male choir in concert with two Vancouver pipe organs!  Christ Church Cathedral, 604-999-6153,

April 1 - 3, 2005
Kiwanis Club of Langley - Kennel Show, Agriplex, Cloverdale; 604-462-0858.

April 1 - 3, 2005
Outdoor Decor Yard & Garden Show. Fraser Valley's largest indoor yard & garden retail show.  Spring is almost here. Is your yard looking in need of attention? Before you begin, come and see over 50,000 sq. ft. of products and services for your yard & garden. ATM on site. Demonstrations & speakers all weekend. Door prizes. Free parking.  Heritage Park (Chilliwack), 604-794-5655,

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2005
Ocean Cruising Adventure Lectures Sail Around the World in April 2005!  Take the month of April and sail the world’s oceans at the popular Ocean Cruising in Small Boats lecture series. The best of British Columbia’s world sailors share exciting experiences, reflections and advice. In its 29th year, the series is presented by the Vancouver Maritime Museum and Pacific Yachting Magazine and coordinated by Liv Kennedy, author of Coastal Villages and offshore sailing articles.

April 1 - 10, 2005
 Pacific International Auto Show: he 85th Pacific International Auto and Light Truck Show features over 270,000 square feet of automobile manufacturer and supplier exhibits. For more information call (604) 214-9964 or go to .

April 1 - 10, 2005
Port Moody Festival of the Arts.  he 8th Annual Port Moody Festival of the Arts is a multi-disciplinary Arts Festival that includes Inlet Theatre Performances for all audiences. Music, Marionettes, Rock, Jazz, Theatre, Magic, Comedy and Opera are all featured at this years Festival of the Arts.  Port Moody Arts Centre, 604-931-2008,

April 1 - 16, 2005
Deep Cove Stage Society presents: Veronica's Room. Deep Cove Shaw Theatre,  604.929-3200,

April 1 - May 1, 2005
Arts Club Theatre presents UNLESS.  Family, Freedom, Frailty, and Forgiveness For all of her life, 44-year old Reta Winters has enjoyed the useful monotony of happiness: a lovely family, good friends, and growing success as a writer of light "summertime fiction." But this placid existence is cracked wide open when her daughter drops out to sit on a gritty street corner, silent, but for the sign around her neck that reads "goodness." Reta's search for what drove her daughter to such a desperate statement turns into an unflinching and surprisingly funny meditation on where we find meaning and hope.  Stanley Theatre, 604-687-1644,  

April 2, 2005
Beaver Watch. Beavers come out to play and work after dark. Find out about these master builders of ponds, dams and canals. Listen for warning slaps, watch for beaver swimming patterns and learn about beaver friends and foes that come out at night.  Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

April 2, 2005
Candlelight Tour.  Experience Living History with Fort Langley’s Candlelight Tour – April 2nd 2005. Journey back in time to the year 1858 and see life as it may have been at a Columbia District furtrading post in the middle of the nineteenth century. This fun family evening is held annually at Fort Langley National Historic Site. Pre-booked tours leave every ten minutes starting at 6:00pm. Phone (604)888-3943 for tickets or more info.

April 2, 2005
Car Trunk Sale.  It's a giant garage sale! Load up your car, truck or minivan with items you no longer need and stake your claim in our parking lot ($10.70 per stall). Call 604-291-1261 in advance to reserve your spot. Free admission for buyers. Saturday, 9:00am-2:00pm, April 2. Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby;

April 2, 2005
Centennial Theatre presents World Natural Sports Organization.  Natural bodybuilding, fitness and fitness model competitions. Includes both physique and entertaining routine rounds. FAME West is part of the WNSO FAME World Events series and will qualify competitors for Open and Pro Divisions for the World Championships (June 2005).

April 2, 2005
Spring Gala 2005: Artistic Performances by Students of UBC Medicine.  UBC Medical Students present their 11th annual talent showcase of music, dance and art.  Chan Centre for the Performing Arts,

April 2, 2005
VSO presents Nights of Passion: Romeo & Juliet and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-876-3434,

April 2 - 3, 2005
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre presents: Carmina Burana.  Carmina Burana is guaranteed to excite and move you just as it has for audiences around the world. Don't miss this opportunity to hear this amazing work.  604-990-7810,

April 2 - 3, 2005
Vancouver Franchise & Investment Show, Agrodome Building, PNE;

April 3, 2005
Cap Folk 'n' Roots Series presents Raylene Rankin & Archie Fisher.   Raylene Rankin returns to the west coast with a Sunday evening performance at the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre on April 3rd, 2005. To spend some time with her young family and to fight a 2-year battle with cancer, it was necessary to take a hiatus from the demands of being a member of the very popular musical group, The Rankins. Her sweet, pure voice was, for over 10 years, a highlight of the internationally popular musical group from Cape Breton Island. 604-990-7810,  

April 3, 2005
Chuck Davis, "Mr. Vancouver" taps his vast knowledge of local history.  Chuck Davis is a columnist, radio host and author of more than a dozen books including Vancouver Then and Now, The Greater Vancouver Book and Where Rails Meet Rivers: the story of Port Coquitlam.  Port Moody City Hall Galleria, (604) 939-1648,

April 3 -16, 2005
La Luna Productions in association with the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents Faith.  Filmmaker Faith reunites with her dying mother, a devout Catholic who threw teenage Faith out of the house when she had an abortion. Their attempt at reconciliation is undermined by Faiths insistence that she be allowed to film the homecoming...Shadbolt Centre for the Arts,

April 4, 2005
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Surrey Nights.  PROKOFIEV, Romeo & Juliet: Dance of the Knights. TCHAIKOVSKY, Piano Concerto No. 1. BERLIOZ, Romeo & Juliet: Love scene. TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo & Juliet, Fantasy Overture. Bramwell Tovey, conductor. Alexander Korsantia, piano. Bell Centre for the Performing Arts, 604-876-3434,

April 5, 2005
Friends of Chamber Music presents: Beaux Arts Trio.  Led by the ever sprightly Menachem Pressler, the trio is celebrating its 50th year. Changes in membership have not dimmed the freshness and vitality of the ensemble. They have played for us since 1960 and still set the standard for the performance of the piano trio literature.  Vancouver Playhouse, 604-437-5747,

April 5 - 10, 2005
CATS.  The show that revolutionized musical theatre is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver for eight (8) performances. Now that Its been seen by over 8,250,000 audience members, it is time to introduce CATS to a new generation.  Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

April 6 - 9, 2005
Firehall Arts Centre presents fOXYMORONIC.   A solopsist soliloquy about desire, communication in the age of the smart bomb, and the fear of Feng Shui. Created and performed by Cori Caulfield, an artist recognized nationally for her meticulously crafted dance portraits; 604-689-0926,

April 7, 2005
Jean Christian. Talk and book signing by author of Cycles of Wisdom: Teachings for an Awakening Humanity.  Banyen Books,

April 7, 2005
Whoopi Goldberg, Unique Lives & Experiences.  Join Hollywood's "hippest square" - multi-talented, multi-award winning actress, comedian, writer, producer and humanitarian Whoopi Goldberg - for a night of honesty, humour and inspiration.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-4444,

April 7, 2005
WHOOPI GOLDBERG.  Whoopi Goldberg is a multi-talented, multi-award winning actress, comedian, producer and writer, with a deep devotion to people as well as the entertainment industry. She has been honoured for her roles on Broadway and in film, but just as importantly, Whoopi is known for her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS. Some of her other worthwhile causes and charities include Comic Relief and Hurricane Relief. Whether she is serious or funny, she will touch your heart, and inspire you with her honesty and commitment.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-4400.

April 7 - 8, 2005
Rajaton: the brilliant a cappella group from Finland in concert!  The name says it all. Rajaton translates as "boundless," and that's exactly the right word to describe the way they approach choral music, in everything from spirituals to pop songs.  Magee Theatre, 604-713-8200,

April 7, 9, 2005
Balinese Gamelan Concerts.  colorful dress, bronze gongs, kettles, metallophones, bamboo xylophones, drums, and cymbals come together in melodic harmony to celebrate gamelan music, a traditional instrumental ensemble in Bali. In collaboration with Michael Tenzer and the UBC School of Music a series of Balinese Gamelan concerts will be presented in the Hall of One Hundred Rivers. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of Balinese gamelan music! Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 604-662-3207,

April 7 - 10, 2005
Making A Scene 2005.  The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance invites our neighbours and out-of-town colleagues to join us at the 6th annual Making A Scene Conference for Theatre Professionals.  Granville Island, 604-257-0366,

April 7 - 16, 2005
The Vancouver East Cultural Centre presents Pi Theatres production of Helen's Necklace.   Set in the heat of an unnamed Arab city, Helens Necklace uses a Canadian woman's search for her missing necklace to take her on a journey of loss, at once large and small. Timely, subtle and powerful, the play asks us to imagine Middle Eastern conflicts from the other side, and from an intensely personal perspective; 604-280-3311,

April 7 - 23, 2005
Gateway Theatre presents The Kitchen Witches.  Take one self-centred celebrity chef, add a flashy, husband-stealing arch rival, whisk them into the same show and stay tuned for underhanded back-stabbing and the most delicious insults seen on TV. You could be the judge of the five-minute cooking contest!  Gateway Theatre, 604-270-6500,

April 8, 2005
Arts County Fair.  Student-run event held on the last day of classes at UBC features five Canadian bands: Matthew Good, K-OS, Metric, Stabilo and Tupelo Honey.  Thunderbird Stadium,

April 8, 2005
Evening Frog Song.  Spend a spring evening at the marsh for an unforgettable experience! Smell spring fragrances and learn to identify frog songs. Look for amphibian egg masses and find out about curious habits of local amphibians. Sing along with the frog chorus.  Minnekhada Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

April 8 - 9, 2005
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre and The Rogue Folk Club present  Harry Manx.  Harry Manx is one of the most original folk-world-blues artists touring today. He performs lap slide guitar, blues harp, the six-stringed banjo, and most uniquely, the Mohan Veena, a guitar/sitar hybrid created and named by Indian musical guru Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Harry's music has been called an "essential link" between the music of East and West, which is more than evident on Harry's critically acclaimed recordings, including his new CD West Eats Meet.   Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, 604-990-7810,

April 8 - 10, 2005
Bradner Flower Show.  Held in the beautiful community of Bradner, this colourful event is taking place April 11 - 13. The show features hundreds of varieties of Daffodils, as well as displays of Tulips, Iris, and other spring bulbs, geraniums and orchids, hostas, & grasses; (604) 856-2794.

April 8 - 17, 2005
North Shore Writers Festival. Sixth annual festival of readings by Canadian authors. Among this year's guests: Anita Rau Badami, Sparkle Hayter, Sharon Butala, Audrey Thomas, Sparkle Hayter, Patrick Lane, Nick Bantock, Russell Thornton, Charles Montgomery, Bob Bossin, Melanie Ray ... check the webpage for details. Writer-in-residence is Crawford Kilian. All Festival events are free!  North Shore Public Libraries,

April 8 - 17, 2005
Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival.  For ten days Whistler is powered by an intense collection of events, providing a grand finale to the competitive season. Highlights include the internationally televised World Skiing Invitational and World Snowboarding Championship, a high-energy outdoor music series, one of the most prestigious action-sport photography events in the world, demo days, film premieres, industry symposiums and non-stop parties!

April 8 - 30, 2005
Alice a Wonderland. Puppets, music and special effects enhance a show based on Lewis Carroll's famous story.  Waterfront Theatre, (604) 685-6217.

April 8 - 30, 2005
Carousel Theatre presents Alice: A Wonderland.  Join one of literature's most popular characters as she tumbles down a rabbit-hole and discovers a topsy-turvy world inhabited by the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the melancholy White Knight and the ridiculous Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Puppets, music and special effects make this a magical show not to be missed.  Waterfront Theatre, 604-257-0366.

April 9, 2005
Dance Rueda presents Cuban Gala Night.  There will be electrifying performances by the famous Cuban singer Maggie Carles coming from Miami, and an energetic, outstanding Cuban band, Son de Cuba. Various Cuban styles of dancing will also be a main attraction of the night. When the live music stops, DJ Cachete will be there to keep you moving!  Empire Landmark Hotel and Convention Center.

April 9, 2005
HUMMINGBIRD HOMECOMING.  Learn all about hummingbirds and how to attract them to your yard.  Richmond Nature Park, 604 718-6188.

April 9, 2005
Randy "Elvis" Friskie, He Touched Me. A tribute to the Gospel Songs of Elvis Presley. This concert is a benefit to Teen Challenge British Columbia.  Glad Tidings Church,

April 9, 2005
Springing Sprouts. Bring your preschooler out to the park to search for springing sprouts. Look for bursting buds, growing seeds and early blossoms. Use all your senses to explore the park as it ‘springs’ to life! Children receive their own spring sprout to  take home.  Colony Farm Regional Park, call 604-933-6000.

April 10, 2005
Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam.  Snowboard rail contest featuring the Volcom exclusive parallel rail zone, BBQ lunch for competitors, and a truck load of prizes.  Mount Seymour,,,604-986-2261.

April 10, 2005
Dance Rueda  presents 2nd Annual Vancouver Rueda de Casino Competition.  Plaza Club, 881 Granville St, Vancouver.

April 10, 2005
Kidstuff Only Swapmeet. Our swapmeets are the ideal way to clean out your child's closets and toy boxes. Or pick up the best bargains in town. If you're thinking of selling, please note that we accept only used items for children age 12 and younger as well as maternity clothes. Free admission for buyers, donations to the food bank are gratefully accepted. Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm, April 10. Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Avenue. In-person table registration for sellers takes place 9:00am, March 12. Table rental $17.71 (limit one table per family). Phone 604-439-1860.

April 10, 2005
The 2005 Tri Cities Super Cities WALK/Run for MS is a fun, family-oriented event with 2 km, 5 km and 10 km routes to choose from. All routes are wheelchair and scooter accessible. Inline skaters are also welcome. The 2005 Tri Cities Super Cities WALK/Run for MS will take place at Town Center Park.   (604) 689-3144,

April 11, 2005
Global Arts Concerts and the Chan Centre at UBC present The Blind Boys of Alabama.  The Blind Boys of Alabama have spread the spirit and energy of pure soul-gospel music for over 60 years, ever since the first version of the group formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. Today, founding members Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter, and George Scott are joined by more recent arrivals Joey Williams, Ricky McKinnie, Bobby Butler and Tracy Pierce on a mission to expand the audience for traditional soul-gospel singing, while incorporating contemporary songs and innovative arrangements into their hallowed style. They don't let age get in the way of gospel! Their April 11th performance at the Chan Centre promises to bring the power and spirit of their singular approach to soul-gospel music to Vancouver audiences - music that touches both gospel devotees and mainstream music fans; 604-280-3311.

April 11 - 12, 2005
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents: Tonight . . . Piaf.  Joelle Rabu's portrayal of Edith Piaf is not an impersonation. The critics have hailed her as being Piaf in voice and style. The combination of Joelle's passionate voice and skillful acting, the beautiful arrangements of music director/pianist J. Douglas Dodd, the sensitive clarity of co-writer Ted Galay's words, Ray Michal's focused direction, and the multi-talented musicians who play more than a dozen instruments make Tonight. . . Piaf a show that has astounded the public and media alike. Whether you are eight years old or eighty, the songs of Edith Piaf remain engraved in your soul for a lifetime. Her story is one that yearns to be told time and time again for it is a story of embracing life without fear.  James Cowan Theatre,  604-291-6864,

April 12, 2005
Museum of Anthropology presents Bronze Age Pottery from Tell'Atjit, Syria.  n this talk, Dr. Marie-Claude Boileau will describe the multi-disciplinary methods she and her colleagues have used to understand the Bronze Age pottery from Tell'Ajit, Syria.  Museum of Anthropology,

April 13 - 16, 2005
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts presents: Faith.   Faith returns home to reunite with her dying mother, a devout Catholic who threw a teenage Faith out of the house when she had an abortion. Their attempt at reconciliation is undermined and underlined by Faith's insistence that she be allowed to film the homecoming. Throw in a dissatisfied lover, a secret admirer and God and you have a surprisingly touching, ruthlessly honest and compellingly funny play. Faith fearlessly explores the very nature of love in all its glory, pain and contradictions.  Studio Theatre, Douglas College, 604-291-6864,

April 15, 2005
Baci of Canada present actor, director comedian Bill Cosby live in concert.  Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-3311.

April 15, 2005
Cap jazz series presents Regina Carter With "A" Band and NiteCap.  Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, 604-990-7810.

April 15, 2005
Comedian Margaret Cho at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-4444,

April 15 - 17, 2005
Chilliwack Native Pow-Wow, Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-824-9927.

April 15 - 18, 2005
Cattle Penning Competition.  The BCTCPA Cattle Penning Competition In the Agriplex - Cloverdale; 604-574-3766.

April 15 - 30, 2005
Presentation House Theatre and Theatre West Van present  Habeas Corpus. A farcical comedy about mistaken identities, the medical profession and sexual dalliances.  Presentation House Theatre,

April 16, 2005
Interpretation Skills Workshop Special Presentation.  Interested in leading your own nature or recreation programs, or working in heritage interpretation? Volunteers, recreation leaders and new interpreters will benefit from this professional and volunteer skills development workshop. Spend a day with GVRD interpreters as they share the basics of their craft. You will learn the philosophy of nature interpretation and evaluate the elements of a good interpretive program. The workshop includes examples of park interpretation. Booklet provided.  Campbell Valley Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

April 16, 2005
Plowing Match.  The Northwest Washington Fair grounds is again the location for the 2005 International Plowing Match. Dozens of contestants from North America will compete to be known as the best plowing team in the Pacific Northwest. The event will be held on the 16th of April at the fairgrounds. "It's a special day at the fairgrounds when these magnificent animals and their owners practice a by-gone activity such as this," said Jim Baron, NWWF manager. "You can feel the earth shake when the big draft horses dig in to turn the dirt." "Precision plowing takes practice and great team work to perfect," continued Baron. "These guys and gals show great skill and the animals always look up to the task." The International Plowing Match is a day long show with always plenty to eat nearby.  For more information, see

April 17, 2005
Centennial Theatre presents The Gizmo Guys.  Juggling isn't as easy as it looks but The Gizmo Guys from New York have mastered it. They'll amuse and amaze you. From balls and pints to hats and Chinese yo-yo's, they have revolutionized the traditional art form of juggling. With their unique presentation of dazzling technique and infectious, lighthearted humour, every show is special. There are no shadows, smoke or mirrors here - only world class juggling skills and a touch of LUNACY.  Centennial Theatre Centre,

April 17, 2005
Vancouver Sun Run.  One of the world's largest 10km race. Walk or run the scenic route through downtown Vancouver, finishing at BC Place Stadium for snacks, refreshments and entertainment.  604-689-9441,

April 18, 2005
Vancouver Poetry Slam at Cafe Deux Soleils; Doors and sign up 8 pm, Slam begins at 9 pm, 604-708-0670.

April 19, 2005
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre and The Rogue Folk Club present  Arlo Guthrie.  There is perhaps no one living today with more roots in America's history of folk music than Arlo Guthrie. As the eldest son of America's father of folk music, Woody Guthrie, Arlo has been immersed in the folk movement all of his life beginning with the pioneers of his father's era and the giants of the 60s and 70s such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez and Jim Croce to today. Since his mega-hit Alice's Restaurant in 1967 (curiously much too long for radio play), Arlo Guthrie has had a busy and productive touring career. A natural-born storyteller, his performances are uniquely intimate and visionary. The Cap Folk 'n' Roots series and The Chan Centre at UBC are proud to present this living legend for the season finale.  Chan Centre for the Arts, 604-990-7810,

April 21, 2005
Chilliwack Heronry Trip: Join a naturalist for a walk through a heron colony. Richmond Nature Park, 604-718-6188.

April 21, 2005
Linking Environment, Peace and Democracy. SFU political scientist Sandra MacLean looks at the social activism of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Matthai.  SFU Harbour Centre,

April 21, 2005
Shanty Bay Press.  Named after Shanty Bay near Orillia, Ontario, the press is operated by Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler. They'll discuss their beautiful publications, illustrated with woodcuts and pochoirs.  SFU Harbour Centre, 604-291-5100.

April 21 - 23, 2005
Ballet British Columbia presents The Rite of Spring.  World Premiere Choreography: John Alleyne Music: Igor Stravinsky At its 1913 Paris premiere, Stravinsky's monumental, convention-shattering score for "Le sacre du printemps" caused an enormous scandal and was performed only six times afterwards. Within a year, the score was resuscitated for a concert performance and met with extraordinary acclaim, confirming the work as a landmark of 20th-century music. The ballet is based on Stravinsky's description of the Russian spring as a violent awakening, "like the whole earth cracking," and his score is a narrative elaboration of this phenomenon. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-3311,

April 22, 2005
Beaver Evening Walk.  Twilight and dusk is time for beavers, nature’s engineers, to start their nocturnal day. Find out how these industrious creatures build structures that benefit other creatures of the night. Catch a glimpse of a swimming beaver and perhaps hear one slap the water with its tail.  Minnekhada Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

April 22 - 24, 2005
EAT! Vancouver - The Everything Food + Cooking Festival.  EAT! Vancouver, the Everything Food + Cooking Festival is Western Canada's largest consumer food show, featuring gourmet foods, specialty foods, organic foods, exotic mushrooms, low-carb foods, ethnic foods, deli foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pre-prepared foods, health foods, diet foods, convenience foods, snack foods, exotic foods, soft drinks, juices, dairy products, yogurts, cheese, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, ice cream, soups, sauces, dressings, nuts, hors d'ouvres, appetizers, desserts, crackers, bbq sauces, wines, spirits, beers, coolers, designer waters, kitchen gadgets, appliances, wine coolers, cookware, flatware, china, dishes, pots & pans, slicers, knives, mixers, scales, aprons, towels, cook books, etc.   B.C. Place Stadium,

April 23, 2005
6th Annual Delta Triathlon.  Contact: Corporation of Delta Parks and Recreation Department 604-946-3310,

April 23, 2005
Earth Day Celebration.  Bring the family to a party for the planet! Celebrate Earth Day with free activities, live music, puppet shows, face-painting, environmental displays, and fun for all at Bear Creek Park!  604-501-5121.

April 23, 2005
Frogs, Polliwogs and Eggs. Curious about amphibians? Find out about our local frogs, salamanders, and toads during an introduction to these interesting animals. Go on an amphibian search, participate in an egg mass count, listen for frog songs and discover salamander habitats.  Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

April 23, 2005
Kid's Swap Meet at Shannon Hall, Cloverdale; 604-513-8880.

April 23, 2005
The Antiques Roadshow comes to Burnaby! Al Bowen of Bowen & Associates has appraised antiques for most of the museums in British Columbia and is ready to appraise your personal items. Each person is invited to bring a maximum of two items to be appraised ($10.00 55+ members, $15.00 others). Spectators are welcome, $1.00 admission! Sign-in at 9:30am (morning coffee available), event 10:00am-12:00noon. Confederation Community Centre, 4585 Albert Street. Phone 604-296-7010 or 604-294-1936.

April 23 - 24, 2005
Farm the City! workshop.  Planning your Organic Garden.  This two day workshop will cover the basics of permaculture design at the urban household level. You will learn the techniques for determining how your lifestyle and work habits can influence how the greenspace in your backyard can become a multi-functional garden. We also cover practical gardening skills and how to choose food crops you can grow with minimal time. Instructor: Diane Falvey. Cost: $150 sliding scale. Lunches included. To register, call Grant at 604-872-4060.

April 23 - 24, 2005
TD Canada Trust Semiahmoo Bay Regatta & Kite Festival.  The 6th Annual International race, with both Canadian and American participants. There will be beachside events for spectators to enjoy.  Held at White Rock.  604) 535-8533 or   visit

April 24, 2005
Darts Hill Garden Park, Spring Open House.   Darts Hill is home to many unusual and rare plants as well as good old fashioned easy to find favourites.  Darts Hill Garden Park, 604-501-5050,

April 24, 2005
Gizmo Guys. World-class jugglers Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker combine original routines, quick witted repartee and dazzling juggling techniques to entertain young and old.  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 604-927-6555,

April 24, 2005
Kanaka Creek: Yours to Keep.  Spectacular Kanaka Creek flows through Maple Ridge. Discover the unique features and creatures of this environmentally sensitive watershed. Come to the Bell-Irving Hatchery and join GVRD and the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society (KEEPS) for a celebration focused on this community resource for watershed stewardship. Learn how to reduce your impacts on local salmon species and make your lifestyle more sustainable for all creek critters.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359.

April 24, 2005
The 3rd Annual Community Arbour Day will be held at South Aldergrove Park, Sunday, April 24, 2005. This will be a free family and community event with the purpose and focus being to increase public awareness of the importance of trees in our community. Families and community groups are being invited to participate in the Commemorative Tree Planting activity. In addition there will be educational displays, children's learning activities and tree care demonstrations on going throughout the event including a variety of face painting, food & entertainment activities. For further information contact 604-533-6086.

April 24, 2005
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Kids' Koncerts.  This concert features music by Leonard Bernstein that is sure to get kids (and grownups) bouncing in their chairs. The concert features audience participation, including permission to shout "MAMBO!" at the top of their lungs right there in the concert hall!  Orpheum Theatre, 604-876-3434,

April 24 - 30, 2005
Apple Blossom Festival.  The Apple Farm in Yarrow, invites you to the annual Apple Blossom Festival. Yarrow, (604) 823-4311.

April 28, 2005
The Wiggles Live! Pacific Coliseum;

April 28, 2005
U2, Catch the legendary rock group as they hit Vancouver on their first leg of their Vertigo tour!  General Motors Place, 604-280-4444.

April 28 - 30, 2005
Centennial Theatre presents Handsworth Secondary School Orange, Talk, Door.   A comedy with music and dance about a kooky girl with an orange wig and her frustration with her somewhat nerdy boyfriend and his karaoke machine. She wonders how many sappy love songs she can possibly take before she snaps!  604-903-3600.

April 28 - 30, 2005
Cirkids School of Circus Arts Presents Circus Metropolis.  PNE Garden Auditorium,

April 29 to May 1, 2005
May Day Festival.  Port Coquitlam's largest and oldest event. Parade, traditional Maypole dancing. Soap box derby, family amusements celebrating the millenium with a homecoming theme; (604) 927-7900.

April 30, 2005
Bugs, Snails and Spider Trails.  Explore the world of insects, spiders and other creepy-crawlies. Join a bug hunt, follow a snail and count spider legs. Share in a fun, hands-on introduction to invertebrates.  Tynehead Regional Park, call 604-501-5100.

May 1, 2005
17th Annual Rhododendron Festival at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby;  This day is a blend of art and horticulture featuring entertainment on an outdoor stage, free watercolour workshops, garden tours, commercial plant sales, arts activities and a strawberry tea. Free admission; 604-291-6864.
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21st Century Flea Market: From shabby chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Croatian Cultural Centre, 604-980-3159.

Ongoing until April 3, 2005
 Surrey Art Gallery presents Underwater BC Photographic Society.  The Society will present a selection of photographs by its members with a focus on the cold-water marine environment of the west coast of BC, which is considered one of the best diving locales for underwater photography in the world. The Society, through its programs and exhibitions, strives to increase the understanding and preservation of the marine environment. 604-501-5566.

Ongoing until April 13, 2005
 Roundhouse Community Centre presents The Salon Series and Drawing the Salon. The Salon Series is an "open to the public" studio series revealing the creative process of making dance. Senior students from MainDance's training school will create movement studies. Come experience how quick and dynamic movement gems are constructed by young and up and coming choreographers. Drawing the Salon Due to the success of our Eye on Dance drop-in drawing sessions this past April, we will open this series up free to those who are interested in bringing their drawing materials to sketch the dancers as they rehearse. Chairs and easels will be provided. Participation is free to everyone. Some drawings will be selected to be on display during the View New performances.  Roundhouse Community Centre, 604-713-1872.

Ongoing until April 16, 2005
Delta Museum and Archives presents The Boundary Bay Oyster Plant. B.C. Packers Ltd. established an oyster harveting and processing operation on Boundary Bay in 1940. Under the management of John Christopherson, the oyster plant flourished until 1963, when pollution in the bay forced its closure. This exhibit looks at the history of an important local industry in Delta, using photographs and original documents donated to the Archives by John Christopherson.  Delta Museum & Archives, 4858 Delta Street, Ladner.

Ongoing until April 24, 2005
 Western Front New Music presents Raw and Cooked. March 27: special edition with the Freedom Festival April 24: special guests Moneeo, electronic instrument builders from Sweden New artists. New work. Dish it out!!! Original works for spoken word, dance, video, music and performance art. Low fi, unplugged, laptops, live acts, telepathy, and alternative practices are welcome. Contact

Ongoing until May 8, 2005
Rodney Graham: A Little Thought.  Vancouver artist Rodney Graham is one of the most celebrated artists in the international contemporary art scene. Artist, writer, musician and actor, Graham is acclaimed for inventing new approaches to landscape, literature and sound. A Little Thought is a mid-career retrospective that focuses on Graham's video and film work.  Vancouver Art Gallery, 604-662-4719,

Ongoing until May 20, 2005
 Vancouver Public Library presents Chinese Family Storytime.  Let's expose your kids to the Chinese language and help them acquire a love of books and reading. Reading to children from a young age helps them become better readers once they start school. VPL Multilingual Division is helping kids get a head start by offering free drop-in Chinese storytime sessions at Oakridge Branch. Children of all ages and their parents or caregivers are welcome to attend. Storytimes are held in Mandarin;  VPL - Oakridge Branch.

Ongoing until May 29, 2005
Real Pictures: Photographs from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft.   From canonical figures in the history of photography Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Andr Kertsz, Nadar, William Henry Fox Talbot and Edward Weston to contemporary Vancouver artists such as Roy Arden, Stephen Waddell, Scott McFarland and Karin Bubas, this exhibition presents more than 300 photographic works from the outstanding collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft. Assembled over three decades, the Beck/Gruft collection is notable for its emphasis on vintage prints and focuses on the descriptive power of photography. These images are both documents and fictions, evoking an ongoing fascination with photography's compelling position in a realm between truth and artifice. Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery; 604-662-4719,

Ongoing until May 29, 2005
Real Pictures: Photographs from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft.   From canonical figures in the history of photography Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Andr Kertsz, Nadar, William Henry Fox Talbot and Edward Weston to contemporary Vancouver artists such as Roy Arden, Stephen Waddell, Scott McFarland and Karin Bubas, this exhibition presents more than 300 photographic works from the outstanding collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft. Assembled over three decades, the Beck/Gruft collection is notable for its emphasis on vintage prints and focuses on the descriptive power of photography. These images are both documents and fictions, evoking an ongoing fascination with photography's compelling position in a realm between truth and artifice. Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery; 604-662-4719,

Ongoing until June 30, 2005
Practice Your French. Learn, practice and improve your French with the participation of volunteers. Every Thursday.  French Cultural Centre, 604-736-9806.

Ongoing until August 30, 2005
Vancouver Museum presents Skateboarding in Vancouver: a look at the colourful and controversial history of skateboarding in this city and beyond. See skateboards and equipment from all eras of the sport from the surf-inspired sixties to the electric eighties to the fine-arts inspired nineties. Learn how skateboarding has been shaped by this city and how skateboarding has shaped it. 604-734-7368.

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents The Imprentice. The Imprentice isn't about Money, Money, Money, Money its about Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny when an all-powerful host, with impossibly bad hair, runs a competition where a group of improvisers must employ all their formal training, their street-smarts, their improv-chutzpah in this ultimate boardroom battle. Who will hear those dreaded words You're fired! and which one will be hired to be the Improv Apprentice. It is a 100% non-scripted show that relies on audience suggestions to move the show to its final conclusion. New Revue Stage,

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