FRIDAY: East Van Laugh Riot at the Rio Theatre features standup comedy by Dino Archie, Kevin Banner, Charlie Demers, Melanie Rose, and Jon Endo.
FRIDAY: ABBA tribute band ABRA Cadabra performs at Surrey's Bell Performing Arts Centre.
FRIDAY: abstract and minimalist photography exhibition by Vancouver artist Kim Stevens at the Visual Space Gallery.
FRIDAY: Canadian comedy great Shaun Majumder performs his standup comedy show at New Westminster's Massey Theatre.
FRIDAY: Irish post-punk band Fontaines D.C. plays the Rickshaw Theatre.
FRIDAY: Special Consensus, bluegrass band led by banjo player Greg Cahill, plays Delta's McKee Seniors Recreation Centre.
FRIDAY: American bedroom-pop singer-songwriter and YouTuber mxmtoon plays the Vogue Theatre, with guest Chloe Moriondo.
FRIDAY: pianists Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow lead a masterclass on the art of playing four-hands piano at the VSO School of Music.
FRIDAY: Laudate Singers, Paragon Singers, and Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra perform works by Orff and Mozart at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.
FRIDAY: Baltimore synth-pop quartet Future Islands plays the second of two shows at the Commodore Ballroom. SOLD OUT.
FRIDAY: new choral supergroup The Leonids performs independently and alongside Chor Leoni at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Julian Pelllicano conducts the Vancouver Symphony as it performs along to a screening of the classic 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Green Thumb Theatre's new play at the Waterfront Theatre, The Code, examines the murky line between adolescent friendship and romance while inviting viewers to question what they feel entitled to in their relationships.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: world premiere at the Dance Centre from choreographer Ziyian Kwan features dance artists Lisa Mariko Gelley, Andrea Nann, Justin Calvadores, Rianne Svelnis and Juolin Lee.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: performances at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of Shirley Valentine, a play about a Liverpudlian housewife who takes a trip to Greece and starts to see the world and herself very differently.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Ballet BC closes its 21/22 season at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with What If, an evening featuring three world premieres from three voices new to the Ballet BC stage.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: new exhibition T. rex: the Ultimate Predator reveals the story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world through life-sized models, fossil casts, and engaging interactives. The exhibition runs until January 22, 2023 at Science World.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: The Imitation Game: Visual Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, a new exhibition running at the Vancouver Art Gallery until October 23, surveys the extraordinary uses (and abuses) of AI in the production of modern and contemporary visual culture around the world.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Rennie Museum presents Spring 2022: Collected Works, a group exhibition on the potency of photography featuring the work of Larry Clark, Katy Grannan and Andres Serrano, running until May 28. Warning: this exhibition includes images and content that some may find offensive.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Museum of Vancouver is presenting the travelling exhibition Boarder X until October.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the 21st annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs to May 15, featuring a plethora of films screened both in Vancouver theatres and online.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Everything Under the Sun: In Memory of Andrew Gruft, one of the Capture Photography Festival’s featured exhibitions, runs until September 11 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents ’da Kink in my Hair, a musical celebration of women of colour, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Running Tues.-Sun. until May 19.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Himmat, a depiction of a working-class family’s struggle with addiction and labour, told through flashbacks and set in Surrey Memorial Hospital, opens at the Cultch Historic Theatre.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Canoe Cultures :: Ho’-ku-melh at the Vancouver Maritime Museum features the work of 20 Indigenous artists and carvers alongside historical images and information that tells the story of the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples through the war canoe and all it represents. Curated by Indigenous artist and cultural historian Roxanne Charles, the exhibition runs until July 3.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Pi Theatre presents playwright Anders Lustgarten's Lampedusa, a play about two strangers finding hope and connection where they least expect it, at the Cultch's Vancity Culture Lab.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Sho Sho Esquiro: Doctrine of Discovery is a solo exhibition by designer, artist, and activist Sho Sho Esquiro that showcases meticulously crafted couture gowns, textiles, paintings, and photographs to celebrate the beauty and resilience of First Nations communities. The exhibition runs at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art until June 5.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: Alegria, a Cirque du Soleil classic reimagined for a new generation, runs until June 5 under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: showing at the Polygon Gallery until July 3 is Gathering Darkness, an exhibition of photographs of Russia's war on Ukraine by Alexander Glyadvelov.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: showing at the Museum of Anthropology of UBC until January 1 is Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio, which showcases the rich traditions of 33 Xicanx artists.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: performances at the Metro Theatre of Stag and Doe, a comedy that shines a light on the nature of love, marriage, and weddings.
SATURDAY: the Vancouver Whitecaps take on the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.
SATURDAY: Nirvana tribute band the Negative Creeps performs a fundraiser for Dan's Legacy at the Red Room Ultrabar, with guests Wax Theatrics and In the Cards.
SATURDAY: British-Irish pop singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh ("The Lady in Red") plays the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts.
SATURDAY: the Sitka String Quartet of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs uplifting works in celebration of life and nature in Lake of Stars at Pacific Spirit United Church.
SATURDAY: technical death-metal band Archspire plays the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests Enthos, Inferi, and Vulvodynia.
SATURDAY: Early Music Vancouver, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and the Health Arts Society host a massive sale of new and used CDs, DVDs, and LPs to benefit the Hodson Manor fund.
SATURDAY: The Emotions in Motion Movement Collective is featured in Love, Letting Go & Living Your Best Life!, a celebration of the love of dance at the Rio Theatre, with partial proceeds to the WISH Drop In Centre Society.
SATURDAY: American country-soul singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Stapleton plays Rogers Arena, with guest Elle King.
SATURDAY: Vetta Chamber Music presents Canadian concert pianist Angela Cheng performing works by Antonín Dvořák at Christ Church Cathedral.
SATURDAY: the Marcus Mosely Chorale performs its final concert at St. Andrew's-Wesley Church, with guest Dee Daniels.
SATURDAY: New York-based singer, songwriter, and producer Bryce Connolly, aka Mindchatter, plays the Fox Cabaret.
SATURDAY: local author and historian Aaron Chapman shares selections from his new book Vancouver Vice at the Vancouver Police Museum.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: the United Voices Choir performs in a program of works by Mozart and Puccini at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church on Saturday and and St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Sunday.
SUNDAY: Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues play the Rio Theatre, with guests Harris/DeBray, with all proceeds to Vancouver Coop Radio 100.5 FM.
SUNDAY: Canadian electroclash artist Peaches performs at the Harbour Events Centre on her Teaches of Peaches Anniversary Tour.
SUNDAY: French electropop solo musical project, French 79, plays the Biltmore Cabaret, with guest Kelland.
SUNDAY: the Vancouver Recital Society presents pianist Daniel Hsu in a program of works by Schumann, Beethoven, and Liszt at the Vancouver Playhouse.
SUNDAY: Chicago rapper and record producer Saba plays the Vogue Theatre, with guest Femdot.
SUNDAY: author Stephen Hui launches his new book, Best Hikes and Nature Walks With Kids In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.