Your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you'll love. If you have a Vancouver event you'd like to submit for consideration, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read on for this week's lineup.
1. Waiting for Garbo
Through April 29
This new original musical tackles plastic waste in the ocean and consumerism (but in song, so it's not such a bummer). The show "recycles" content from the likes of Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Greta Thunberg—leading by example, right?
2. The Coastal Dance Festival
April 20 to 24
Indigenous artists from here and beyond take the stage at the 15th Annual Coastal Dance Festival this week. This year's fest welcomes four Indigenous Sámi artists from Norway and Sweden—find the entire program here.
3. Bad Parent
April 21 to May 1
Parents of pandemic babies, this one's for you. This new play from Ins Choi (yes, of Kim's Convenience) chronicles new parents figuring out what life looks like as a family of three. Raugi Yu and Josette Jorge star in this honest and comedic show.
4. Whisky and Words
This is our fave whisky event in the city—actually, we waxed poetic about it here. A ticket scores you unlimited whisky, from international bottles (Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Glenmorangie, Octamore, Kilchoman) to local favourites (Odd Society, Arbutus Distillery), plus hors d'oeuvres and access to a sweet silent auction.
READ MORE: The Return of Our Favourite Whisky Festival
5. The Chinese Garden's 36th Anniversary
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is celebrating its 36th anniversary this weekend. There's a tea ceremony, calligraphy demonstration, seal engraving workshop and performance from the Vancouver City Opera, then a food-focused event at night with eats from Chinatown BBQ, DD Mau, Jade Dynasty and Kam Wai Dim Sum.