Don't have ice-level tickets to watch the Canucks take down the Kings? Catch Game 5 on any number of gigantic screens at Forum Sports Bar, G Sports Bar and Grill, or the Shark Club, or at Two Parrots, where they're handing out $2 sleeves of Caribou every time the boys in blue score. Not the sporty type? Catch all the action at the Irish Heather or on the Tiki-Tron at the Waldorf.
You can thank Coldplay for the gap in the Canucks-Kings playoff round – more healing time for Daniel Sedin – and catch the British megastars as they charm fans with favourite hits and songs from Mylo Xyloto, their new album about a girl trying to find love in an apocalyptic world (at Rogers Arena on Saturday).
Follow a dark young man as he uses his hypnotic powers to put a young dancer under his spell in Svengali, a strikingly beautiful work by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet that's set in the decadent days of Germany's Weimar era (at the Centre on Saturday; also in Nanaimo, April 23-24, and in Victoria, April 26-28).
Love in Public
Experience Love in Public, David MacIntyre's new operatic reimagining of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese that blends music, poetry, theatre and dance as it delves into the role of the love song in the irony-loving 21st century (at SFU Woodward's until April 29). For theatre with a light heart, check out theSexy Laundrysequel Henry and Alice: Into the Wildat the Arts Club (until May 26, artsclub.com), and comedian Melody A. Johnson's critically acclaimed Miss Caledoniaat
Pay homage to the little shops that could at Record Store Day events including sets by No Sinner, Hannah Georgas, Damien Jurado and more at Zulu; Ladyhawk, Apollo Ghosts and Hard Drugs at Red Cat; and more live gigs, exclusive releases and great deals at Neptoon, Highlife, Scratch, Ditch and other favourite taste-making locales.
Comicon Hollywood North
Geek out with legions of comic and video game diehards as living legends including Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman and Robin), Lou Ferrigno ( The Hulk), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in Star Wars) and many more appear at Fan Expo Vancouver, a weekend-long homage to gaming, horror, comics and sci-fi that even comes with, be still their beating hearts, a Star Wars photo session (at the Vancouver Convention Centre). For another subculture plunge, don't miss the Victoria Steam Exposition – a celebration of steampunk (at the Empress).
Give your tired little heart a lift with the wise and witty words of Shane Koyczan, the spoken-word artist who floored millions with his powerhouse performance of We Are More at the Vancouver Olympic opening ceremony (at the Vogue on Saturday). Need a good laugh? Run, don't walk, and see fast-rising comic and 30 Rock writer Hannibal Buress at the Rickshaw on Sunday.
Projecting Change Film Festival
Catch documentaries about everything from the objectification of powerful women in the media to the fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline at the socially and environmentally minded Projecting Change Film Festival.
Clear out your closet and score great finds at Re-Fashion Vancouver, a used-clothing market where ladies can get rid of all those lovely duds they've barely worn, and refresh their wardrobes without breaking the bank ( at the Roundhouse on Saturday). More lightly used treasures? Hit the Group Vintage Sale at the Waldorf, or the Port Coquitlam City-Wide Garage Sale (Saturday).
Make It! The Handmade Revolution
For a fashion event with a creative flair, don't miss Make It! The Handmade Revolution, where you can pick up fashions, jewellery, housewares, kids stuff and other things by more than 100 of Canada's hottest urban artisans, designers and crafters , then kick back and enjoy live music and a tall cold one(at the Croatian Cultural Centre).
See the boys who have kept red leather pants and bandanas on life support since the 1980s as Loverboy triumphantly returns to the Commodore. Care for something a little more au courant? Catch favourite Seattle indie artist Damien Jurado at the Biltmore, Australian roots rockers the Beautiful Girls at Venue, and New York singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson at the Commodore.