Victoria Day long weekend 2019: 60 things to do around Metro Vancouver

The Victoria Day long weekend is here! Gather up your friends and family and have some fun at one of the many events happening around town.

Our list is sorted into categories to help you plan your day – from festivals, family-friendly events and markets; to outdoor activities, concerts, stage productions and more, there’s something for everyone,

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends will be at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

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Day Out with Thomas: Steam Team Tour 2019
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of big adventures and even bigger memories. Children can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Squamish. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities. • West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Rd., Squamish • May 18-20 • $25, ticketweb.ca, wcra.org

Forest Fairy Gathering
Visit the Gnome Depot to get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting and be prepared for a magical time. Fairy attire welcome. • Burnaby Lake Regional Park, meet at the Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave., Burnaby • May 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. • Free, 604-432-6359, metrovancouver.org/events

Jurassic Quest features the largest exhibition of museum-quality dinosaurs in North America.

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Jurassic Quest
The largest exhibition of lifesize, moving, museum-quality Dinosaurs in North America. Walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period and experience for what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs. From the very small, to the gigantic, sky-scraping dinosaurs, Jurassic Quest has more than 80 true-to-life size dinosaurs in its show. In addition there are many attractions and activities for all kinds of dinosaur fans. • Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver • May 17-20 and May 24-26 • jurassicquest.com

Pioneer Days
Children are introduced to how life was in the 1920s at Kilby’s Pioneer Days! Discover the differences in a child’s lifestyle through fun, interactive games and activities. Learn the hands-on life skills of settlers; like needle crafts, making butter, doing laundry, and making ice cream. Old fashioned games, chores on the farm, being a postmaster and even a storekeeper are all part of this weekend event. • Kilby Historic Site, 215 Kilby Rd., Harrison Mills • May 18 and 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. • $10, $9, $8, 604-796-9576, kilby.ca

Get Ready to Rodeo
Get ready for the Cloverdale Rodeo! Learn to lasso, make cow-folk crafts, play Western games and then relax with a cool cup of lemonade. • Museum of Surrey, 17710 56A Ave., Surrey • May 18, 1-4 p.m. • Free, 604-592-6956, surrey.ca/heritage

Get ready to rodeo at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.

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Royal Victorian Party
All hail her Majesty, the Queen! The whole family can enjoy this regal event with live dancing, birthday cake and a chance to meet the woman who had a whole era named after her – Queen Victoria. Pack a picnic, play croquet and spend a free day with your family on the scenic grounds. Royal costumes are optional, but encouraged! • Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey • May 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. • Free, 604-592-6956, surrey.ca/heritage

Dancing around the May Pole.

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Fort Langley’s 97th May Day Parade & Celebrations
The May Day Parade happens every year on Victoria Day. The parade will form on Church Street and will end at the Fort Langley Community Park. Once in the park, the May Queens and the Royal Party will be piped in. There will then be May Pole Dancing followed by live entertainment until 4 p.m. The Lions famous barbecued chicken will be available, and there will be rides for the children, mini golf, food and much more. • Fort Langley, May 20 • The parade starts at 11 a.m., maydayfortlangley.com/

Victoria Day at Burnaby Village Museum
The Burnaby Village Museum site is set in the 1920s – a place where pictures of the King George V and Queen Mary are hung in the school house, where the Union Jack flies over the site and Victoria Day is celebrated in grand style. • Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby • May 20, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. • Free admission, carousel rides: $2.65, burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature
Science World will be hosting their new feature exhibition, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature. Featuring an 1,800-square-foot elaborate mirror maze and hands-on interactive elements, this immersive exhibition highlights the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world—from the delicate nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds to the layout of the universe—providing a unique perspective of our daily surroundings. • Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec St., Vancouverscienceworld.ca

Playland offers thrills for the whole family.


Vancouver’s favourite amusement park offers thrills for the whole family. Enjoy unlimited access to more than 35 rides and attractions, plus games and food. The Pacific Adventure Mini Golf is now included free with admission. • Open weekends now until June 9 and again Sept. 7-15, open daily June 14-Aug. 16. (Aug. 17—Sept. 2 – The PNE Fair is on, separate admission & ride passes required. Playland season passes do not apply). • 2901 E. Hastings St., Vancouverpne.ca/playland/

Burnaby Central Railway: Miniature Train Rides
Ride the rails and see the 1/8” scale steam, diesel and electric trains in action. • 120 North Willingdon, Burnaby • Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • 604-291-0922, bcsme.org

The Royal Canadian Family Circus present an all new show.

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Royal Canadian Family Circus
An all new show, jam packed with explosive live entertainment, featuring high-flying acrobatics, death-defying tricks, clowning and towering feats of strength, teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials. • Lansdowne Centre, Richmond, until May 20 • $12, ticketleader.ca, royalcanadiancircus.ca/


The Cloverdale Rodeo returns for its 73rd year.

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Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair
One of North America’s longest running and most entertaining rodeos returns for its 73rd year with more competitions, live entertainment, food, and fun for fans of all ages. The Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo will once again feature some of the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls as they compete for cash prizes in roughstock rodeo events like Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding and Bull Riding, as well as Ladies Barrel Racing. • Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050A 176th St., Surrey, May 17-20 • Tickets at ticketleader.ca – advance gate: $10; Ride and Gate combo: $30; Midway ride pass: $35; Beat the line: $50, cloverdalerodeo.com/

Fort Langley Beer + Food Festival
Enjoy the best of what the Fraser Valley has to offer! More than 25 breweries and 15 food vendors will keep you hydrated and satisfied all day long, along with live music to keep the energy up! • Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley • May 18, noon-6 p.m. • $40, fortlangley.beer/

The Spot Prawn season is here again.

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Spot Prawn Festival
Spot prawn season is here again, and The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is celebrating 12 years of the Spot Prawn Festival! Celebrate this local and sustainable bounty with cooking demos, spot prawn sales directly from the boats (noon-2 p.m.), a Spot Prawn Brunch (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), chowder sales (1:30-3 p.m.) and more. • Fisherman’s Wharf, 1505 W. 1st Ave., Vancouver, May 19 • spotprawnfestival.com/

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
A two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world. Other festival highlights include readings, panels and workshops. • Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver • May 18 and 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free admission, vancaf.com

Crafted Vancouver
A month-long festival designed to celebrate the vitality of our hand-crafted world. Crafted Vancouver pools together a unique blend of local, national and international independent makers, studios, galleries, museums, showrooms, shops and luxury brands, craft and design schools and craft member associations, all making, exhibiting, supporting or selling exceptional craft-based work. • Various locations around Metro Vancouver, until May 30 • CraftedVancouver.com


The All British Field Meet returns to VanDusen Garden.

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34th annual All British Field Meet
Vancouver’s most exciting day for British Classic Car enthusiasts! Celebrate the heydays of your favourite roadsters from Astons to Austins, Bentleys, Morgans, Triumphs and so much more in 61 classes. Close to 500 classic cars showcase their lines and curves, each with a story to share under their boots and bonnets. Pack a picnic, visit the food trucks or book a table at the pop up English Tea pavilion and let the brass band bring you back to an era where the roadsters ruled the roads with style and charm. • VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, May 18 • $6-$17, $40/family, westerndriver.com

CatVideoFest 2019
Bringing the joy of cat videos to the masses – and raising money for cats in need. Enjoy a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Vancouver’s Orphan Kitten Cat Rescue Association (VOKRA). • Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway, Vancouver • May 18, 3:30 p.m. • $12.50/$14.50, riotheatre.ca

International Museum Day at MOV
International Museum Day is Saturday May 18th and the MOV is celebrating by offering $2 admission all day! • Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver • May 18, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. • $2, 604-736-4431, museumofvancouver.ca

GOT Screening Party: Wild Nights at Westeros
Winter. Is. Here. Holy Mother of Dragons! Join us at the Rio Theatre on May 19 for the final episodes of Game of Thrones. Costumes are welcome and highly encouraged! • May 19, Episode 5 (4:45 p.m., time subject to change); Episode 6 (6:15 p.m., time subject to change) • Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway, Vancouver • $10, riotheatre.ca

Member of the Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Battery fires one of 21 salutes during the Victoria Day Anvil Battery Salute.

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Victoria Day Anvil Battery Salute
This 21-shot anvil salute to the current monarch and the memory of Queen Victoria has been held since the 1880’s. The entertainment starts at 11:30 a.m. and the salute begins at noon precisely. It’s colourful, it’s fun and it’s really loud! • Queen’s Park Stadium, Queen’s Park, New West • May 20, 11:30 a.m. • Free, newwestcity.ca

Fraser Valley Heritage Railway
FVHRS restores heritage BCER interurban rail cars to operate on the original Fraser Valley line through Surrey. Come visit the replica Cloverdale Station, across from the Surrey Museum and archives, and take a ride on the rails. The restored BCER Interurban 1225 leaves the Cloverdale station on weekends, for a return trip to Sullivan Station, and the trip is narrated by one of the volunteers. • Foot of 176A St., Surrey • 604-574-9056, fvhrs.org/

Hop on the beer bike and check out some North Van brews.

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North Vancouver Beer Bike
A fun new way to see some of the best breweries North Vancouver has to offer. The Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tours bikes you around to breweries or craft beer venues, starting off at the pickup spot just a two-minute walk from Lonsdale Quay, North Van. • $45, canadiancrafttours.ca


Try different activities in a great outdoor setting at Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival.

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6th annual GO Fest: Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival
Come and spend four days trying different activities in a beautiful outdoor setting. Get outside and celebrate the convergence of summer and winter at GO Fest. • Whistler, May 17-20 • greatoutdoorsfest.com

Spring into Summer a the Campbell Valley Nature House
Celebrate the opening of the nature house for the summer season with entertainment and family-friendly activities like face painting, owl pellet dissection, games and crafts. • Campbell Valley Regional Park, park at 20285 8th Avenue, Langley, and follow signs for a five-minute walk to the red barn • May 18, 1-4 p.m. • Free, all ages, drop in, 604-432-6359, metrovancouver.org


Darts Hill Garden.

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Darts Hill Garden: Spring Openings
Darts Hill Garden Park awakens in spring with an explosion of colour. The large collection of bulbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees provides blooms from early spring to late summer in an ever-changing palette. • Darts Hill Garden Park, 1633 170th St., Surrey • Open to the public most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until July 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. • By donation, 604-501-5050, dartshill.ca

The Wonderful World of Trees: A guided nature walk.

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Nature Walk: The Wonderful World of Trees
Shake hands with a spruce, sniff a fir needle, and admire the mossy gardens on maple trunks. Discover amazing stories that the park’s trees have to tell, how to identify them, and how they help to support wildlife. With veteran naturalist Al Grass, formerly with B.C. Parks. Presented by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks • Campbell Valley Regional Park, park at 20285 8th Ave., Langley, and meet at the red barn • May 20, 1-2:30 p.m. • Free, all ages, 604-432-6359, metrovancouver.org

Bike Barnston Island
Here’s an easy ride that has a bonus of a ferry ride! It’s really a barge pushed by a tugboat, so that makes it all the better. Start at Surrey Bend Park and explore the trails, then bike onto the ferry and around Barnston Island, Surrey. The road is flat and paved, there are views of the river and farms. Bring a picnic! • letsgobiking.net

Kitsilano Pool opens for the season.

Outdoor Pools: Vancouver
It’s a sure sign of warmer weather when Vancouver’s outdoor pools open for the season! • Kitsilano Pool is a large outdoor swimming pool located right along the beach, and is the only salt water pool in Vancouver. In 2018, Kitsilano Pool unveiled a $3.3 million face-lift. Located at: 2305 Cornwall St.• Second Beach Pool is an oceanside, heated outdoor pool located in Stanley Park • New Brighton Pool in East Vancouver’s New Brighton Park, is a heated, outdoor pool overlooking the Burrard Inlet.


Shipyards Night Market
Experience 30+ food trucks, two bands, 100+ local artisans and a totally awesome beer garden. • Shipyards District, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Van • Friday nights, 5-10 p.m. until Sept. 27 • Free admission, northshoregreenmarkets.com

The Shipyards Night Market features live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, a beer garden and more.

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Richmond Night Market
Reminiscent of the all-night shopping extravaganzas seen across Asia, this food and retail experience features a cross-section of cultures and cuisine from more than 100 food stalls and 200 retail vendors. • 8351 River Rd., Richmond • Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays until Oct. 13, doors open at 7 p.m. • $4.25, richmondnightmarket.com/

The Eastside Flea
Vintage, collectibles, handmade, and more! Shop the curated vendor roster, grab lunch from local food trucks, enjoy some live vinyl DJs, and maybe even a cheeky drink. • Eastside Studios, 550 Malkin Ave., Vancouver • May 18 and 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • eastsideflea.com

Vancouver Farmers Markets
Farms and producers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, dairy, and poultry, sustainable seafood, craft beer, wine and spirits, artisan food products, handmade craft, wild harvested foods, and hot food and coffee. • Trout Lake: Lakewood Dr. & E. 13th Ave., Saturdays until Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. • Kitsilano Community Centre, Sundays until Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • eatlocal.org

Artisan Farmers Markets: Burnaby, North and West Vancouver
Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market: Experience a farmer’s market in a forested setting with ample paved parking steps away from Deer Lake while you listen to entertainers. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., until Oct. 26 • Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market: Enjoy a relaxing Sunday at our new location in Ambleside Park and meet growers, bakers and artisans. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., until Oct. 27 • Lonsdale Artisan Farmers Market: Stroll the boardwalk and take in ocean and city skyline views from North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay while you check out fresh locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and nifty crafts created by local growers, bakers and crafters. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. until Oct. 26 • artisanmarkets.ca/


Cory Weeds Quintet CD Release
Alto saxophonist Cory Weeds celebrates his 15th release as a leader. Recorded one year ago, Live at Frankie’s features the legendary Harold Mabern on piano and trumpeter Terell Stafford. For the release celebration, Weeds will be joined on the front line by fiery New York trumpeter, Josh Bruneau; plus Chris Gestrin piano, John Lee bass, and Jesse Cahill drums. • Frankie’s Jazz Club, 765 Beatty St., Vancouver • May 17 and 18, 8 p.m. • $25, coastaljazz.ca

Alto saxophonist Cory Weeds.

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Suzie Vinnick
Three-time Juno-nominee, and 10-time Maple Blues Award-winning roots and blues singer. With guests Harris&DeBray. • ANZA Club, 3 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver • May 17, 7:30 p.m. • $35-$40, eventbrite.ca

VSO – Akiyama Returns with Mayuko Kamio
Beloved VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama — one of the VSO’s most important Music Directors – conducts this historic program, with pieces selected from his very first concerts as Music Director in 1972. • Chan Centre, UBC, Vancouver, May 17 and 18, 8 p.m. • $19.50-$72, 604-876-3434, vancouversymphony.ca

Weyes Blood
American indie singer, songwriter and musician tours to support her upcoming 2019 Sub Pop release. • St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave., Vancouver • May 17, 8 p.m. • $17.50, ticketweb.ca, Red Cat, Zulu, timbreconcerts.com

4U: The Music of Prince with Symphony
4U presents the music of Prince like never before, with a full symphony orchestra. A live band with world class musicians and vocalists will perform alongside the orchestra. • Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford, May 18, 7:30 p.m. • From $61, ticketmaster.ca, abbotsfordcentre.ca

Dutch DJ and producer Armin van Buuren.

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Armin van Buuren
Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer from South Holland. • PNE Forum, Vancouver, May 18, 6:30 p.m. • $68.50-$98.50, ticketleader.ca

The Lemonheads
American indie rock band tour to support their latest release, Varshons 2. With guest Tommy Stinson. • Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St., Vancouver • May 18, 9 p.m. • $25, ticketweb.ca, Red Cat, Zulu, timbreconcerts.com

For Jocelyn Morlock’s final Symphony at the Annex concert as VSO Composer in- Residence, she reveals her musical inspirations through composers and works particularly meaningful to her. Music by Kaija Saariaho, Nikolai Korndorf, W.A. Mozart, and two of Morlock’s own pieces complete this musical autobiography. • Orpheum Annex, Vancouver, May 18, 7:30 p.m. • $19-$30, 604-876-3434, vancouversymphony.ca

K-pop boy group NCT 127.


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NCT 127: Neo City – The Origin
Up-and-coming South Korean pop band is the second highest charting K-pop boyband in Billboard 200 history. • Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, May 19, 8 p.m. • $78.75-$257.25, ticketleader.ca

Kate Liu – Piano Recital
This remarkable artist won the bronze medal and the prestigious prize for best mazurka performance at the 2015 Warsaw International Chopin Competition. • Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St., Vancouver • May 19, 3 p.m. • $15-$50, chopinsociety.org

American singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis.


Jenny Lewis
American singer-songwriter and musician known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the indie rock band, Rilo Kiley. On tour in support of her fourth solo album, On The Line—the follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed The Voyager. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St., Vancouver • May 20, 8 p.m. • $39.50, ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com


World-champion magician Shawn Farquhar .

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Shawn Farquhar’s Cabaret of Wonders XVI
World-champion magician Shawn Farquhar hosts the popular Cabaret of Wonders, gathering together a remarkable array of magicians. Experience innovative acts, illusions, and more in a fantastical display of never-before-seen works and magical standards. Get up close and personal with some of the most talented performers from B.C. and beyond. • Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould St., Chilliwack, May 17, 7:30 p.m. • $25, 604-391-7469, chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

The Geekenders: Dungeons & Draglesque
Geekenders is back with a brand new burlesque variety show that will take you out of your seat and stick you between a ‘roc’ and a ‘bard’ place, into a world populated by elves, tieflings, orcs, and owlbears. • Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway, Vancouver • May 18, 8 p.m. • $20/$25, riotheatre.ca

Kill Tony: Summer Tour 2019
Tony Hinchcliffe hosts his wildly popular podcast with his co-host Brian Redban and the Kill Tony Band (Jeremiah Watkins and Joel Jimenez). Local performers and audience members have the chance to get 60 uninterrupted seconds live on stage to the Kill Tony listenership. Then hold on tight, as you seamlessly go from performing to being interviewed as a guest on the podcast, where no question is off limits. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St., Vancouver • May 18, 7 p.m. • $25, ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com

Vancouver TheatreSports: Throne and Games.

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Vancouver TheatreSports: Throne and Games – The Last Laugh
Winter is coming to Granville Island. A lonely Queen sits atop the Iron Throne, but her kingdom is under threat from all sides. This satirical parody, loosely based on HBO’s popular TV series, Game of Thrones, will feature some familiar characters along with a myriad of unexpected plot twists as suggested by the audience. • Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island, Vancouver, until June 15 • From $10.75, vtsl.com

Coastal City Ballet: Swan Lake
Coastal City Ballet performs the highlight of the 2018-2019 season with its critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake. Irene Schneider’s illustrious and beloved ballet presents a modern twist on the timeless classic. • Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, May 18, 7:30 p.m. • coastalcityballet.com

Coastal City Ballet presents Swan Lake.

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The Cake
Bekah Brunstetter’s timely story of a North Carolina baker thrown into a moral crisis when her goddaughter requests a wedding cake for her and her fiancee. Della believes that the secret to a good cake and a good life is simple: just follow the rules. When her best friend’s daughter asks her to make her wedding cake, she is overjoyed… until she learns that there will be not one bride, but two. Suddenly, Della is working without a recipe as her previously-unquestioned beliefs and emotions come into sharp conflict. • Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave., Vancouver, May 17 until June 8 • $20-$36.50, 604-731-5518, pacifictheatre.org

The Cake, a timely story by Bekah Brunstetter, presented by Pacific Theatre.

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Once Upon a Mattress
If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and the Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise! Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, this rollicking spin on the classic tale of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Presented by North Shore Light Opera Society. • Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Van, until May 26 • phtheatre.org

The Sea
1907. A tempest. A drowned man. In a small seaside village, two young lovers try to make sense of the chaos in a most often irrational society occupied by eccentric characters, including a drunk coastguard, a stark raving mad draper, and a highly demanding grande dame. Multi-Jessie Richardson Award-nominated Slamming Door Artist Collective presents Edward Bond’s comedy, The Sea. • Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St., Vancouver, until May 19 • $18-$29, 604-224-8007, jerichoartscentre.com

The Arts Club presents Matilda the Musical.

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Matilda the Musical
Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty to find your happy ending! Armed with an outsize wit and a vivid imagination, precocious Matilda takes a stand to change her destiny. Even cruel parents and a hardened headmistress can’t get in her way. From the wonderfully subversive imagination of Roald Dahl, this fun family musical will bring out the child in everyone. Presented by The Arts Club. • Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville St., Vancouver, until July 14 • From $39, 604-687-1644, artsclub.com

Duets is a tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart — a funny examination of the chaotic world of love, relationships, and why the grass is never greener. Watch the comic team that brought you last season’s hugely successful On A First Name Basis re-ignite that stage each playing four, count em four, sets of characters, at four crucially hilarious moments. • Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Ave., North Van, until May 18 • $25/$23, 604-929-9456, firstimpressionstheatre.com

The Great Leap is a basketball story that ties a group of people together on an intrinsic level. An Arts Club presentation.

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The Great Leap
The Canadian premiere of The Great Leap by Lauren Yee, a basketball story that ties a group of people together on an intrinsic level. Set in 1989, this play follows Chinese basketball coach Wen Chang, a quiet Party supporter, and Manford, a kid with hustle from San Francisco’s Chinatown who makes up for his short stature with tenacious baller skill. As the story jumps back and forth in time, tensions rise right up to the final buzzer and history collides at the leap for a three-point shot. More than just a play about basketball, The Great Leap is a cultural exploration of family, sacrifice, and cultural and political difference. An Arts Club presentation. • Goldcorp Stage, BMO Theatre Centre, Vancouver, until May 19 • From $29, 604-687-1644, artsclub.com

Curtis Maciborski, Nicola Prigge and Braedon Sunnes perform in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Gallery 7 Theatre concludes their 2018-19 season with a modern rendition of William Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy. On a midsummer’s night, four young Athenian lovers flee to an enchanted forest populated by sprites and fairies. When the mischievous spirit, Puck, mistakenly administers a magical love potion, the lovers suddenly find themselves infatuated with the wrong person! Meanwhile, an acting troupe lead by the boisterous Bottom, descend on the forest to rehearse a play for the King, only to be caught up in the shenanigans. • Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, May 17-25 • gallery7theatre.com, 604-852-3701

Communicating Doors
Poopay, a dominatrix living 20 years in the future, is summoned not for her usual services but instead to witness an important document: a man’s confession to murder. Spooked by what she learns, she flees to the communicating door that adjoins two rooms of the hotel and finds herself swooshed through time to the same hotel room, 20 years earlier. There she encounters the businessman’s soon-to-die second wife, Ruella. The two women race forward and backward through time, trying desperately to save their own skins, protect his first wife, escape from the eager hands of a murderous henchman, and patch up whatever holes they leave in the fabric of time. • Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Dr., Vancouver, until May 25 • $25/$22, 604-266-7191, metrotheatre.com

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