58 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, March 17

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 58 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, March 17.



      Australian ska and jazz band the Cat Empire performs the first of two nights at the Commodore Ballroom.

      The Rogue Folk Club presents Tim Readman & Shona Le Mottee at the WISE Hall, with guests Fionn.

      Victoria-based jazz vocalist Susannah Adams leads her quartet at Frankie's Jazz.

      Local bands the Whiskeyjays and Pleasant Trees play a St. Patrick's Day show at the Railway Stage and Beer Café.

      Singer-songwriter Lizzy Hoyt performs in Celtic and folk traditions at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre.

      Local musician Marc Rivest performs Celtic favourites, jazz standards, covers, and originals at Spade Coffee and Spirits.

      The Ardeshires Standards Trio performs jazz, blues, rock, and bluegrass at the Cascades Room.



      The Vancouver Market at the WISE Hall features more than 35 vendors selling their vintage clothing, musical instruments, homemade goods, knick knacks, and housewares.



      The two-day First Pick Handmade at Heritage Hall features spring collections from over 30 Canadian indie fashion and accessory designers.



      Jameson Irish Whiskey representatives celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Blarney Stone with live music, Jameson Ginger & Lime drink specials, and swag giveaways.

      Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market on the PNE Grounds features local produce, craft alcohol, artisanal foods, and food trucks.



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      Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in A Play!”, a new musical about two best friends, at Granville Island's Waterfront Theatre.

      A St. Patrick's Day Family Celebration at St. James Hall features live music from Brian O’Brien & Paul Caldwell, an open music session, crafts, face painting, Gaelic sports, and snacks.

      Spring Break at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre features special activities and programming focused on exploring the sun and moon. 

      Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium lets kids get up close with a penguin, catch a screening of Shark: A 4-D Experience, and be entertained by a puppet troupe.



      Piper Courtenay

      Jokes N Tokes is a cannabis comedy show hosted by Andrew Packer at Cannabis Culture Headquarters.

      Shamrocks & Shenanigans is a crazy Celtic version of TheatreSports at the Improv Centre.

      The Scrawny Show at the ANZA Club is a monthly comedy show featuring headliner Yumi Nagashima.

      The Bard meets improvised mischief at Havana Theatre's Shakespeare After Dark.



      Art Sundays at West Vancouver's The Music Box features an introduction to lino printing with Sandrine Pelissier.

      Douglas Coupland’s radical art installation at the Vancouver Aquarium, Vortex, takes an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, immersing viewers in the ocean-plastic pollution crisis.



      The Vancouver International Dance Festival features performances, workshops, and interactive dance activities at various Vancouver venues until March 30. Performances today include Red River Special by V’ni Dansi’s Louis Riel Métis Dancers at the Woodwards Atrium.



      Final day of Room magazine’s annual literary festival, Growing Room, features a keynote and reflection at Big Rock Brewery with Canisia Lubrin, cross-genre author of Voodoo Hypothesis



      Mark Rash

      The Borealis String Quartet and clarinetist James Campbell perform works by Gilliand, Raminsh, and Mozart at the Orpheum Annex.

      UBC Music faculty and guests present Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du soldat" (The Soldier's Tale) at Roy Barnett Recital Hall.



      Performance at the York Theatre of the politically driven, stereotype-smashing hip-hop empowerment play Hot Brown Honey.

      Final performance at Presentation House Theatre of Reverberationsa sound installation/memoir play based on the memories of writer and sound-designer Brian Linds.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Redpatch, Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver's story of an indigenous soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island, at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Final day of the Brave New Play Rites Festival at Studio 1398, which features new work by both undergraduate and graduate creative-writing students.

      Performance at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts of 9 to 5 the Musical. based on the 1980 comedy film, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

      Ruby Slippers Theatre presents the Western Canadian premiere of Marine Life, a romantic comedy by Rosa Labordé, at the Firehall Arts Centre.



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      Hexsa'am: To Be Here Always at UBC's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery includes works Marianne Nicolson and Althea Thauberger with Siku Allooloo, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Darryl Dawson, Jaymyn La Vallee, Diane Roberts, Sara Siestreem, Juliana Speier, Nabidu Taylor, Kamala Todd, William Wasden Jr., Tania Willard and Lindsey Willie.

      Affinities: Canadian Artists and France at the Vancouver Art Gallery features works from the Gallery’s collection focusing on influences of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Surrealism on Canadian artists during the first half of the 20th century. Featured artists include J.W. Morrice, Emily Carr, Maurice Cullen, Paul-Émile Borduas, Rodney Graham, Mary Scott and Lucy Hogg.

      A Handful of Dust at The Polygon features photographs from the last 100 years, focusing on the theme of dust.

      French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists such as Cézanne, Chagall, Degas, Manet, Matisse, Morisot, Renoir, and Rodin.

      Displacement at the Vancouver Art Gallery sees contemporary works from the gallery's collection that use “displacement” as a tool to elicit viewer reactions of all kinds. Featured artists include Sonny Assu, Aganetha Dyck, Teresa Marshall, Ken Lum, Robert Therrien, Luanne Martineau, Patrick Traer, Renee van Halm, Holly Ward, Tim Paul, and Myfanwy MacLeod.

      10,000 Ships at The Polygon showcases a photographic archive created by local photographer and "ship-spotter" Rod Logan.

      Discover the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection through an exhibition of nearly 90 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures in A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects.

      Krista Belle Stewart's site-specific installation Eye Eye is on display at SFU's Teck Gallery.

      Polit-Sheer-Form Office at Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite is the first Canadian exhibition by the Chinese contemporary art collective.

      Influenced by fields of perceptual psychology, science and architecture, Mowry Baden’s works at the Vancouver Art Gallery incorporate objects both found and constructed that incite curiosity, wonder, and laughs.

      The Vancouver Art Gallery presents The Metamorphosis, an exhibition drawn from its collection that examines transformation and change.

      The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator Kameelah Janan Rasheed.



      Shakeup: Preserving What We Value at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with Indigenous knowledge and oral history.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers and print makers, collected as early as the 1890s.

      Marking the Infinite at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features nine leading Aboriginal women who are revered matriarchs and celebrated artists from remote regions of Australia.

      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

      Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives at the Museum of Vancouver delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city.



      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, plus ziplines, skiing and snowboarding, a sliding zone, snowshoeing, and a skating pond.

      West Vancouver's Cypress Mountain features skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      North Vancouver's Mount Seymour features skiing and snowboarding, lessons, chairlifts, terrain parks, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails.



      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Free Solo, which follows the death-defying adventures of climber Alex Honnold.

      Film scholar Michael van den Bos presents an all-new clip show celebrating timeless tunes from The Great American Songbook at Vancity Theatre.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Canadian filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy’s dystopian, feminist sci-fi fantasy Level 16.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Roma director Alfonso Cuarón's 1995 children's film A Little Princess, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.


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