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French musician Yann Tiersen knows his way around an instrument – and a bicycle. He started his world tour cycling through Norway, performing at folk festivals and small cafes along the way. His newest album, ALL, features a rainbow of instruments as well as ambient recordings from his various adventures, including sounds from a redwood forest where he was once chased by a mountain lion. His songs will be sung in French and the endangered Breton and Faroese languages – if this musical maven knows one thing, it’s resilience.
When: Tuesday, May 14 7:00 p.m.Where: Vogue TheatreCost: From $32More Info: yanntiersen.com
Move over, Pinocchio – the Museum of Anthropology’s new exhibit features over 250 puppets from 15 countries (and that’s no lie). This is the largest collection of international puppets in Western Canada. Shadows, Strings and Other Things sheds light on thousands of years of storytelling history, from Vietnamese water puppets to British hand puppets to Indigenous stop-motion puppet animation. Don’t be left in the dark.
When: Opens Thursday, May 16Where: Museum of AnthropologyCost: From $10More Info: moa.ubc.ca
Don your fanciest monocle (that’s what British people wear, right?) and strut your way to the All British Field Meet, where close to 500 classic cars will be showing off their shiny curves. Spectators can pack their own lunch or peruse the food truck selection, and a pop up English Tea pavilion will host a live brass band. Righty-o, who’s best in show?
When: Saturday, May 18 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Where: VanDusen Botanical GardenCost: $17 for adultsMore Info: vandusengarden.org
Get your fill at the Spot Prawn Festival presented by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia. This fest has live cooking demos, music, and piles and piles of prawns. Attendees can enjoy chowder (in a bread bowl, be still our beating heart) or a full prawn brunch showcasing prawn dishes from our province’s best chefs. Poached, fried or chilled, they’re sure to hit the spot – no prawn intended.
When: Sunday, May 19 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Where: False Creek Fisherman’s WharfCost: From $12More Info: chefstablesociety.com
Cinema got you down? Say “seeya” to nostalgia-ridden remakes and superhero blockbusters – the Cat Video Fest has arrived. This feline-centered film festival is like watching hilarious Youtube cat video compilations, without the ads or the loneliness. You’ll enjoy the meow-vies (sorry) with fellow local cat lovers while raising money for Vancouver’s Orphan Kitten Cat Rescue Association, or VOKRA.
When: Saturday, May 18 3:30 p.m.Where: The Rio TheatreCost: From $12.50More Info: catvideofest.com