Events and Entertainment Around Town – April Edition

Source: Broadway in Vancouver

Spring is officially here and everywhere you look, you can see the signs: cherry blossom trees, magnolia blooms, sunshine and shiny, happy Vancouverites! An eclectic collection of events this month, so whether you’re into the comedy, sports, museums, theatre, concerts or dance, there’s something for everyone – so get out there!

Rocket Man with Chris Hadfield – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: April 1-2 | Time: 8pm
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield became an international celebrity for his fascinating musical broadcasts from Earth’s orbit. Having heard and seen this talented musician, author, scientist and communicator on TV and Youtube (and from space!), see him live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in an out-of-this-world Symphony Pops concert that includes music from Holst’s Planets, Also Sprach Zarathrustra, scores from Star Wars and Star Trek, selections from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Elton John’s Rocket Man and more!

Julian McCullough – Comedy Mixx
Event dates: March 31-April 2 | Various times
Currently starring as the co-host of We Have Issues on E! Hr has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

ID Entidades and Na Pista – Vancouver Playhouse
Event dates: April 1-2 | Time: 8pm
Companhia Urbana de Danca tears up the stage with a high-energy fusion of hip-hop, samba, capoeira and contemporary dance in boldly imaginative choreograhy by Brazilian choreographer Sonia Destri Lie.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy – BC Place
Event date: April 2 | Time: 7pm

Victoria Symphony Orchestra 75th Anniversary – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: April 3 | Time: 2pm
The Victoria Symphony Orchestra travels from Vancouver Island for a very special performance at the Orpheum. Hear our sister orchestra with outstanding Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear and Victoria Symphony Music Director (and former VSO Associate Conductor), the wonderful Tania Miller.

Mamma Mia – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: March 29-April 4 | Various times
A night of ABBA music incorporated in a story of a daughter’s upcoming wedding.

Vancouver Canucks vs LA Kings – Rogers Arena
Event date: April 4 | Time: 7pm

Edward Snowden’s Big Data SFU Talk – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: April 5 | Time: 6pm
Controversial public figure Edward Snowden will speak at a Vancouver event via web-link on the power and perils of big data.

Setting the Stage – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: April 8 | Time: 8pm
VSO Springfest explores the War of the Romantics, one of the most important periods in classical music history and a time when some of history’s greatest music was written and performed.

Darcy Michael – The Comedy Mixx
Event dates: April 7-9 | Various times
Widely considered to be one of the country’s fastest rising stars and nominated this year for a Canadian Comedy award, Darcy was one of the stars of CTV’s multi-camera series, ‘Spun Out.’

Going Home Star – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: April 7-9
Explore the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. But when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen.

Beethoven’s Ninth – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: April 9 | Time: 8pm
Repertoire: Wagner-Lohengrin: Prelude Act III, Brahms (orch. Berio) Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor and Beethoven (arr. Mahler) Symphony No. 9 in D minor+.

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers – Rogers Arena
Event date: April 9 | Time: 7pm

Onegin – West First Theatre (Olympic Village)
Event dates: March 17-April 10 | Various times
A passionate new musical!

Iron Maiden: The Book of Souls Tour – Rogers Arena
Event date: April 10 | Time: 750pm
Heavy metal icons Iron Maiden has played sold out shows across the planet, with their signature yet classic sound, The Book of Souls marks their 16th studio album, landing alongside rock artifacts like “The Number of the Beast”, “Powerslave” and “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.”

2 Cellos – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: April 15 | Time: 8pm
The Youtube sensation!

The Conservatives: Brahms Requiem – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: April 16 | Time: 8pm
The fourth concert of the SpringFest: War of the Romantics belong to the Conservative camp, and the music of Brahms. Specifically, one of the greatest choral masterpieces ever written: A German Requiem.

2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – Various locations
Event dates: March 21-April 17
Abundance of cherry blossoms and related activities in Vancouver.

Cherry Blossom Barge 2016 – Downtown Vancouver Shoreline
Event dates: April 16-17 | Various times
A barge with 40 cherry blossom trees in full bloom will be towed by a tug boat in Vancouver’s local waters.
Sat, Apr 16
10:40am Parading from Science world, back to Granville Island
12pm-2:30pm Performances start at Granville Island Market
8:30pm-10pm – Sakura illumination
Sun, Apr 17
12pm-2:30pm Performances start at Granville Island Market
3pm Parading from Granville Island to Science World
4:20pm-5:25pm Passing by English Bay Inukshuk and passing by English Bay

Dead Methaphor – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: April 2-23 | Various times
A dark comedy by George F. Walker about a former sniper in Afghanistan who returns to Canada and find that the job market at home doesn’t have a lot of room for his skills.

Good People – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Event dates: March 24-April 24 | Various times
A sharp comedy about how we treat others.

Just Words – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: April 27-30 | Various times
Inhabiting a space between poetic tale and personal reflection, Just Words sketches an intimate portrait of an artistic life.

Health, Sports and Lifestyle Expo – Convention Centre (West Pacific Terrace)
Event dates: April 28-30 | Various times

The Jungle Book – Waterfront Theatre at Granville Island
Event dates: April 16-May 5 | Various times
A powerful coming-of-age tale. Deep in the Indian jungle, the human Mowgli is raised by wolves. Tutored by Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, and Akela the wolf, Mowgli learns the codes and traditions of the hunter community. When Shere Khan’s prejudice pits the tiger against the young man-cub, Mowgli finds the courage to stand up for himself.

The Valley – Granville Island Theatre
Event dates: April 7-May 7 | Various times
A teenage boy’s arrest on a Skytrain platform is the catalyst for this topical story about the contradictory attempts to balance care and public safety.

Mashup: The Birth of Modern Culture – Vancouver Art Gallery
Event dates: February 20-June 12
The biggest exhibition in the history of the Vancouver Art Gallery! Occupying 35,000 square feet of exhibition space on all floors and featuring more than 371 artworks by 156 artists!


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