Wrestlers, Root Beer and Revolvers: This Month’s Best Bets for Fun

Put these upcoming cultural events on your calendar. 

Chocolate Challenge

Date  May 2
Venue  The Gourmet Warehouse
Price  $79
Satisfy both your sweet tooth and your hunger for competition as seven of B.C.’s best chocolatiers duke it out in a bonbon battle for the ages.

Photo: Dylan Hewlett

Matilda the Musical

Date  May 16 to July 14
Venue  Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Price  From $39
Tap your toes along to the story of Roald Dahl’s telekinetic wunderkind at this feel-good family musical.

Destroy Wrestling

Date  May 17
Venue  Rickshaw Theatre
Price  From $25
Ever wanted to watch wrestlers in wildly impractical costumes beat each other up to live heavy metal music and explosions galore? We thought so. 

Photo: Isabel Hayn


Date  May 19
Venue  Biltmore Cabaret
Price  $15
It’s no accident that this artist produces the “perfect road trip music”: she once converted a school bus into a loft on wheels and travelled across North America for inspiration’s sake.

Parker Art Salon

Date  May 24 to 26 
Venue  Parker Street Studios
Price  From $10
Check out work from established and emerging contemporary artists showcased in a 105-year-old warehouse-turned-studio.

Ziya Tong

Date  May 23
Venue  Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts
Price  From $10
Instant messaging, instant banking, instant noodles—in our high-speed world, it’s hard to know what we’re missing. Luckily, Ziya Tong does, and she’s willing to share. The Daily Planet co-host and eco-friendly smarty-pants is spilling the tea on the critical gaps in knowledge within our bubbled brains, like where our food and energy comes from and where our waste ends up. This event is a sneak peek into her forthcoming book The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions That Shape Our World. Get ready for some badass bubble-bursting.

“Fake Ghost Tours”—part of rEvolver Fest

rEvolver Fest

Date  May 22  to June 2
Venue  Various venues
Price  From $45 for three shows
This theatre festival is an East Van favourite for new work, emerging artists and site-specific spectaculars.   

Root Beer Festival

Date  May 25
Venue  Douglas Recreation Centre
Price  From $25
This fest’s 50 different root beers from across North America (plus root beer floats, pastries and cotton candy) are worth the trip, Langley local or not.


Date  June 6
Venue  Vogue Theatre
Price  $30
You’ll probably recognize this Portland-born electronic band’s synth-pop from Riverdale (we know you’re still watching it).