The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre plays host to the free celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, with a vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world, readings and workshops. Among hundreds of artist to look out for: Johnnie Christmas, the Vancouver artist who illustrates graphic novels by Margaret Atwood about a half-feline/half-bird superhero, and Steve Skroce of Maestros fame.
(Vancouver: May 19-20)
Grapes of Craft | An Evening of Art and Wine
If only making a mixed media painting were as easy as simply taking a seat at a table with all the art supplies you need right in front of you. This popular series at Nanaimo Art Gallery comes complete with an art guide sharing great techniques and free-flowing libation.
(Nanaimo: May 17)
Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America
Exploring the role of creativity to express outrage against ruling powers, this provocative exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology features art from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador and Chile.
(Vancouver: May 17-Oct. 8)
Ekstasis Editions Celebrates 35 Years
The regular Poets Corner Reading makes way for a celebration of Ekstasis Editions, which has supported BC and Canadian writers for 35 years. Several writers published by the indie press will give short readings at Chinatown's coolest book shop, Massy Books.
(Vancouver: May 16)
Maestro Bramwell Tovey plays his alter ego, a private investigator of sound, one last time at the Orpheum. Tovey is hilarious (slap-stick, too? Is there anything this prodigious talent can't do?). This is a great way for kids to learn about instruments and the way music is made. It's all interspersed with great sounds, too, performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
(Vancouver: May 20)
Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way
Vancouver Moving Theatre describes its new play at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre as a “cultural encounter.” Featuring games, songs and ad-libs by youth and knowledge-keepers, Renae Morriseau’s work focuses on a man coming to terms with his experiences—residential school, intergenerational trauma, the decline of the fishing industry and his way of life on the water.
(Vancouver: May 17-26)
One of the best piano players on the planet, the Ukrainian-born musician returns to Vancouver to slay works by Rachmaninov, Chopin, Haydn and more presented by the Vancouver Chopin Society at the Vancouver Playhouse.
(Vancouver: May 16)