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Events Vancouver

Ice Ice Baby

By SHERI RADFORD

Dazzling duo Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. (Photo: Julie Larochelle)

Dazzling duo Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. (Photo: Julie Larochelle)

May 18 Attention, fans of figure skating: Investors Group Stars on Ice presented by Lindt is bringing some of Canada’s biggest names to Rogers Arena this month. On the star-studded roster are Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (pictured), Kurt Browning, Patrick Chan, Elvis Stojko and Kaetlyn Osmond, among others. Don’t miss a breathtaking show filled with all the spins, flips and jumps that have earned these stars world championships and Olympic medals.

Reel Deal

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

French box-office sensation Swagger comes to DOXA Documentary Film Festival this year.

French box-office sensation Swagger comes to DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

Film reel meets real life at DOXA (May 4 to 14), a documentary film festival that fêtes the genre through scintillating cinema, public forums, panels and more. Grab some popcorn and settle in for highly anticipated screenings like Swagger (pictured), a peek into the lives of teenagers growing up in a Paris housing project. This year, risk-takers and rule-breakers take centre stage in A Spotlight on Troublemakers, which highlights flicks such as Manifesto and Rumble: The Indians that Rocked the World. Lights, camera, action!

Rocket Man

By SHERI RADFORD

The ultimate Renaissance Man.

Chris Hadfield, the ultimate Renaissance Man.

May 12 The first Canadian to walk in space. Fighter pilot. Best-selling author. Social media star. Singer. Guitarist. Only one person on the planet can claim this extraordinary résumé: Chris Hadfield. Back in 2013 he grabbed the world’s attention by performing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on the International Space Station, and now he’s bringing his Canada 150 Tour to the Orpheum Theatre. Don’t miss the spaceship commander’s stories, songs and images, all to celebrate our nation’s sesquicentennial.

Fun to Run

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Tens of thousands of runners, joggers and walkers flood the streets for the Vancouver Sun Run

Tens of thousands of runners flood West Georgia street

Whether you’re an elite runner trying to smash records or a fitness fledgling just looking to burn some calories, you’ll fit right in at the Vancouver Sun Run (Apr. 23), Canada’s biggest 10K event. The scenic course begins downtown and stretches across some of the city’s most beautiful areas, including Stanley Park and English Bay. Run or walk your way to the finish line outside BC Place, then head inside the stadium to celebrate your achievement with cool refreshments and live entertainment. Ready, set, go!

Snap-Happy

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"MOA 03/18/14" by Robert Earnest

“MOA 03/18/14” by Robert Earnest

There’s no shortage of photo ops at the Capture Photography Festival (Apr. 1 to 28), a snapshot spectacular featuring the works of local and international artists at over 70 galleries around Vancouver. And that’s not all—take part in tours, panel discussions and artist talks, explore public installations, and delve deeper at film screenings. To see the city through a new lens, visit photo-based exhibits like Pendulum Gallery’s Last Night (Apr. 17 to May 12), which showcases the mysterious works of night wanderer Robert Earnest (“MOA 03/18/14,” pictured). Shutterbugs, rejoice.

Spirited Sips

By TIM PAWSEY

Bring a friend or make new ones at the BC Distilled Festival

Bring a friend or make new ones at the BC Distilled Festival

The BC Distilled Festival (Apr. 8) is a testament to this town’s torrid love affair with craft distilleries, which continue to blossom across the province at a rate faster than anywhere else in Canada. At least 34 BC distilleries are on hand to sample everything from premium gin and vodka to BC’s first single malt artisanal whisky, at the Croatian Cultural Centre, a short walk from the Broadway SkyTrain. Not here on festival day? No worries, you can sample at several notable spots. They include Long Table Distillery, a tiny, intimate tasting room close to downtown; Liberty Distillery on Granville Island, offering tours plus tastings at a Prohibition-era wooden bar; Central City, a state-of-the-art distillery and brewery in Surrey; and Odd Society Spirits’ esoteric, well-crafted sips plus a cocktail lounge on the East Side in a reclaimed dockland warehouse.

Easter Egg-stravaganza

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Easter treasures await. (Photo: AbsolutImages /iStockPhoto.com)

Easter treasures await. (Photo: AbsolutImages/iStockPhoto.com)

Easter is a time for family, bunnies, eats and adventures. Enjoy them all and have a good hare day with these fun holiday happenings.

Easter at Lonsdale Quay Kids earn a sweet treat bag by finding all five colours of eggs scattered across Lonsdale Quay Market (Apr. 16), then the Easter Bunny himself drops in for a visit. (more…)

A Song of Ice and Fire

By SHERI RADFORD

A concert as epic as its namesake.

A concert as epic as its namesake.

While you’re (still) waiting for the next book and TV season, immerse yourself in the GoT world at the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience (Apr. 1, 2017), complete with 3D designs that rise from the stage and an 80-piece orchestra conducted by the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi. After all, winter is coming.

Dance Dance Fever

By SHERI RADFORD

San Francisco's Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Newbies and aficionados alike always find much to love at the Vancouver International Dance Festival (Mar. 1 to 25). The 17th annual fest brings to local stages everything from ballet to butoh. Don’t miss Dairakudakan, Japan’s otherworldly ensemble; the visionary choreography of San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet (pictured); and Post No Bills, a solo piece by Denmark’s Kitt Johnson that explores the transformative power of crisis.

Made For Each Other

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Postmark Blonde and Sevens IPA await the action.

Postmark Blonde and Sevens IPA await the action.

Beer and rugby—it’s a match made in sporting heaven. Especially when it’s a local brew, crafted to team up with the fast-paced HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series that takes the city by storm Mar. 11 and 12. The limited-edition Sevens IPA from Postmark Brewing can be found throughout the province, including at BC Place, the action-packed epicentre. The accessible IPA takes a balanced approach to hops, so it’s as easy to drink as the Rugby Sevens are exciting to watch. Sounds like the perfect pairing.

Get in the Action

By CHLOË LAI

Players run onto the field in a blaze of glory.

Players run onto the field in a blaze of glory.

Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie: the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series (Mar. 11 and 12) crams all the action of a standard 80-minute game into two seven-minute halves. This worldwide tournament throws down a game so fast-paced that you might forget to breathe. Diehard fans and newbies alike are encouraged to join the game-day chaos by donning their most outrageous costumes. And with more than half of Team Canada hailing from BC, there’s plenty to cheer about.

Breaking Boundaries

By SPENCER VAN VLOTEN

Aaron Davidman in Wrestling Jerusalem

Aaron Davidman in Wrestling Jerusalem

The Chutzpah! Festival (to Mar. 13) is back for another year of culturally diverse, boundary-pushing music, dance, comedy and theatre. This year’s fest includes performances from Abraham.In.Motion, who deliver a mixed repertoire of Kyle Abraham’s socially conscious hip-hop, jazz and African dance fusions. On the theatre front, Aaron Davidman grapples with identity, justice and history in his solo show Wrestling Jerusalem (pictured). And for those after something on the lighter side, Mark Schiff, one of Jerry Seinfeld’s favourite funnymen, has all the laughs you need.