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A new week means new things to do around Vancouver. From Party for the Planet livestream to virtual craft markets, photography exhibits and more, here are 15 things to keep you busy this week.

Take two minutes and register as an organ donor 

What: April is Organ Donation Awareness Month! Join over 1.5 million British Columbians and register your decision on organ donation, and talk to your family about your wishes. One organ donor can save up to eight lives.

When: Anytime
Where: Online at www.taketwominutes.ca

Naomi Klein ~ How to Change Everything

What: Banyen Books hosts bestselling author and climate activist Naomi Klein in a conversation about her new book, How to Change Everything. Moderated by youth climate justice organizers Rebecca Hamilton and Naia Lee.

When: April 20, 2021
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: Must purchase a copy of How to Change Everything online or by calling 604-732-7912.

Got Craft? Spring Virtual Market

What: Got Craft?’s Spring Virtual Market showcases 75 makers and small shows from across the country. Shop virtually for handmade and curated goods and support Canadian small businesses. There is flat rate shipping available within Canada and to the US, plus free local curbside pick up in Vancouver in South Granville.

When: April 21 to May 2, 2021
Time: 12 am to 11:59 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: Free

Party for the Planet 2021 livestream

The Zolas

What: The City of Surrey is livestreaming the family-favourite Party for the Planet on April 22 from 5 to 7 pm on Facebook and YouTube Live. And this year’s event is packed with great performers, environmental education for all ages, and more.

Vancouver indie-rockers The Zolas will be headlining the event. The JUNO-nominated group will be sharing the virtual stage with musical and Indigenous performances by Andrea Menard, Stars of the North Drum Group, IAMTHELIVING and Teon Gibbs, Glass Forest, Wild Moccasin Dancers and Bobs & Lolo and more. There will also be interactive workshops, arts & crafts, and contests worth up to $700 happening every 30 minutes. Plus pop into the Virtual Photobooth for an Earth Day selfie.

When: Thursday, April 22, 201
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Facebook and YouTube Live
Cost: FREE

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Vancouver International Burlesque Festival – Workshop Series

What: Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is Canada’s longest-running burlesque festival, celebrating its 15th year in 2021. As part of this year’s festival, VIBF presents a variety of virtual burlesque workshops with teachers like Siomai Moore, Misty Moss, Foxy Lexxi, and Vogue Mahone – Showgirl Sparkle.

When: April 22 and April 29, 2021
Time: 6 pm and 7 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: $20 per workshop, purchase Online

Silkroad Ensemble: Home Within


What: Silkroad Ensemble is a broad-ranging collective of instrumentalists that was founded by Yo-Yo Ma and now led by Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens. Home Within is a digital production presented by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and is described as an emotional accounting of home in a time of conflict.

When: April 23, 2021
Time: 7 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: $0-$20 or part of subscription, purchase online

Reel 2 Real Film Festival 2021

What: Reel to Real is an annual youth film festival. This year’s culturally diverse lineup has 18 feature films and 45 short films from over 35 countries and Indigenous nations. R2R will be streamed online across the province.

When: Now until April 23, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Virtual
Cost: Various, purchase Online

News Photographers Association of Canada – Pictures of the Year

What: The News Photographers Association of Canada showcases the nominated photographs for the 14th annual National Pictures of the Year awards.

When: Now until April 23, 2021
Time: 9 am to 6 pm (Monday to Wednesday), 9 am to 9 pm (Thursday and Friday)
Where: Pendulum Gallery, HSBC Building – 885 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

The Perils of Pierrot

What: Erato Ensemble presents a special online premiere of “The Perils of Pierrot” which aims to take chamber music in a new direction. The concert tells the story of an intrepid cat who escapes captivity and embarks on a hero’s journey.

When: April 24, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Virtual
Cost: By donation, suggested minimum donation of $10. Purchase Online

Riley Park Winter Farmers Market

What: Visitors will find over 70 farms and producers and a selection of food and coffee trucks. The market will be divided into four zones with vendors equally distributed between them. Shop for fruits and veggies, eggs and dairy, meat, prepared food, craft beverages, craft items, and more.

When: Every Saturday until April 24, 2021
Time: 10 to 10:30 am (those vulnerable to COVID), 10:30 to 2 pm (General Public)
Location: 50 E 30th Ave and Ontario St, Vancouver

The Etsy Market – Spring Virtual Pop Up

What: Shop for handmade goodies and support Vancouver’s maker community at The Etsy Market’s Spring Virtual Pop Up. Featuring over 60 vendors as well as live demonstrations.

When: April 24 to 26, 2021
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: Free

Write Bloody North Showcase

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Comedy mic (Fer Gregory / Shutterstock)

What: Verses Festival of Words presents a showcase of Canadian spoken word publisher Write Bloody North. Featuring authors Lucia Misch, Brandon Wint, RC Weslowski and Sheri-D Wilson.

When: April 25, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: Free

Vancouver Co-op Radio 46th Anniversary Livestream

What: Vancouver Co-op Radio celebrates 46 years with livestreamed musical performances, interviews and more. Featuring artists Beastie, Dusty Chipura, DJ Su Comandante and more to be announced.

When: April 25, 2021
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: Online and on 100.5 FM on the radio dial in the Lower Mainland
Cost: Free

Documenting Chinatown: a conversation with Morris Lum and Suzanne Girard

What: Capture Photography Festival hosts Morris Lum and Suzanne Girard in conversation about the photographic documentation of Chinatowns across North America. Each will give a fifteen-minute presentation, then there will be a group conversation and live Q&A with the audience.

When: April 25, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: Free, register online

Silent Witness – Photographs of Shipwrecks by Stefano Benazzo

Photo by Stefano Benazzo

What: Vancouver Maritime Museum presents Silent Witness, a collection of shipwreck photography by Italian photographer and artist Stefano Benazzo. Benazzo has spent decades searching for shipwrecks in remote locations around the world.

When: Now until July 18, 2021
Time: Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $10-$13.50, book online

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