Posted by: VPSN | April 13, 2012

Feature Events – Lots to do this weekend!


Vaisakhi Parade – Photo by Kiwinki

Culture comes to us in a number of different forms, and this weekend presents an opportunity to experience a range of these.  Among the highlights: the festival and parade of Vaisakhi, a public memorial for Jim Green, a musical presentation on Vancouver’s ‘acoustic cartographies’, a wicked garage sale at the Tool Library, a fundraiser and variety show in support of the Rio Theatre… and an urbanists meet-up.  Have fun!

And for those who feel like diving into some good ol’ fashioned volunteer public space advocacy, please note that our regular Urban Design and Transportation meetings have been rescheduled to next week… along with our Democratic Spaces, and Downtown Public Realm meetings.  Check out our meeting calendar and Working Group pages for more info.  Lots of options for the public space aficionados out there!

Saturday, April 14 @ 11:00am – Vaisakhi parade

From the City’s press release: “Vancouver’s streets will be swirling with bright colours, music and floats on as the Sikh community celebrates Vaisakhi with its annual parade.

Vaisakhi (which falls on April 14) is one of the most significant holidays in the Sikh calendar. It commemorates the establishment of the Khalsa (the community of baptized Sikhs) in 1699 at Anandpur Sahib,Punjabby the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.”

The parade is expected to run from 11 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.  It starts at the Ross StreetTemple, then winds its way west along SE Marine, north on Main, East along East 49th and then south along Fraser.

Saturday, April 14 – HellRaiser II @ 8:00pm – Fundraiser for the Rio

A Night of Cabaret, Agitprop, Theatre, Comedy, Music, Dance and HELLRAISING in Five Acts – all intended as a fundraiser for the Rio Theatre and in support of ALLVancouverindependent venues.

From the invite: “The Hellraiser nights are a series of fundraisers to help our friends at the Rio survive LCLB Licensing Hell, and also a concerted effort to grow solidarity and partnerships among the many musical, cultural, artistic, sexual and political communities in East Van.

Hellraiser II is all about mixing live musical acts with BIG audience participation, theatre, comedy, and activism. Think Agitprop & Provocation turned WAY up to RED: Brechtian antics mixed with Theatre of the Absurd in a Political Cabaret format. This will be a smorgasbord mass gathering where Street Bands, Megaphoners, Musicians, Stripteasers & Actors are invited to move beyond the stage, spilling through the entrance and onto the sidewalks.

Now that the Rio is banned from technically screening movies, we’re turning April 14’s Hellraiser II and the Rioitself into a Real LIVE Action Movie, with you right in the centre of everything.”  Doors open at 7 pm, 19+.  Entrance by donation

:: More info – Rio Theatre Webpage –

Saturday April 14 @ 1:30pm – Public Memorial – Celebrate the Life of Jim Green

When community activist and former City Councillor Jim Green passed away on February 28, he left behind a tremendous legacy of city-building work.  Join MC’s Am Johal, and Councillor Geoff Meggs as they lead a tribute featuring DOA’s Joey Shithead, Bughouse Five’s Butch Murphy, Bob Rennie, Vancouver Opera’s Jim Wright, Woodwards Community Singers’ Vanessa Richards, MLA Jenny Kwan, and others.

This event is open to anyone who would like to join us in celebrating Jim and the legacy he has left us all.  Takes place at the Orpheum Theatre, 884 Granville. Doors open at 12:30pm

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Sunday, April 15, 10:00-2:00pm – Vancouver Tool Library – Garage Sale

Garage Sale season has started!  The good folks at the Vancouver Tool Library are kicking it off in style, with a sale to sell duplicate tools that they longer need in the shop.

From their notice: “Stop by for great deals on used tools, and enter our raffle to win an Adirondack Chair, hand-made by the VTL. Raffle tickets cost $5 and all proceeds from tool sales go towards covering our operating expenses and purchasing new tools!

We are also accepting the donation of tools for the sale. If you have tools you’d like to donate for our fundraising efforts, please get in touch with us at Receive a free ticket for theAdirondack chair raffle with any tool donation!”  Takes place at the Tool Library,3448 Commercial Street, Vancouver,BCV5N 4E9

:: Book of Face – Event Page

Sunday April 15 @ 3:00 – Urbanist’s Meet-up

Like beer?  Like talking about urbanism?  Join like-minded locals in East Van for a friendly gab on the subject of city-building.

“This month marks a making a long overdue return to Commercial Drive. We’ll be meeting on Sunday, April 15th from 3-5pm, at The Charlatan. Come out to enjoy a drink, say hi to your fellow urbanists, and disucuss the latest in Vancouverurban planning and development.

As always, feel free to drop in when you can and stay as long as you want. We’ll be there from 3 pm until at least 5 pm. If you are early, the reservation is under “Yuri.”

Sunday April 15 @ 3:30 – 2nd Annual Acoustic Cartographies Event

Public space is a multisensory experience.  When it comes to sound, you only have to contrast the pleasant melody of birdsong with the angry roar of a modified muffler to get a sense for the impact that the acoustic environment plays on your appreciation of the city.

This event features an afternoon of audio works created by geography students generated from field recordings throughout the Lower Mainland.  Speakers: Dr. Geraldine Pratt, UBC Geography; Dr. Elvin Wyly, UBC Geography; Andrew Pask, Vancouver Public Space Network; and the students of UBC Geography 371.  Soundwalk composition by Hildegard Westerkamp.  Takes place at The Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue.  Free Admission.


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