April 9: Heirloom's chaotic closure

Plus: On the ground at the CRAB Park decampment

Hey there. They say a change is as good as a rest, so I’m writing this newsletter from somewhere different: my parents’ house in the UK. 

That means literally anything could be happening at home in the 604. Record winds. Celebrity sightings. Hot new parties. Whales. Let me know the coolest, unlikeliest things I’m missing while I’m back in the land of mushy peas and Marks and Spencer.

— V.
Associate Editor


Once-vegetarian eatery Heirloom officially shutters, blames closure on “Deborah”

A plate piled high with salad in Heirloom's South Granville location

Who is Deborah? Why is Heirloom blaming them for its closure? Will Vancouver have any vegetarian and vegan restaurants left by 2025? Find the answers to all these questions and more—okay, maybe not the last one—as we unravel how the once-beloved South Granville mainstay has gone down in a blaze of spectacular pettiness.


Commentary: The latest CRAB Park “clean up” serves no one

Tents in CRAB Park with the North Shore mountains and red cranes visible in the background.

Encampments, like the one in CRAB Park, “have allowed residents to build community, be in proximity to the services offered on the Downtown Eastside, work towards having their basic needs met, and have a level of autonomy and consistency not provided in scarce and inaccessible shelter spaces,” writes Chloe Wells. Read her commentary on why the displacement will do more harm than good.


Riopelle Symphonique: An Immersive Art & Concert Event

Riopelle Symphonique marks the VSO’s first truly immersive concert experience, elevating the masterpieces of Jean Paul Riopelle with orchestral music inspired directly by his visionary work.

The JUNO Award winning Riopelle Symphonique has had successful engagements in Montreal and Québec City, and is heralded as “an extraordinary event” (CBC Radio Canada) and “a beautiful spectacle that unfolds before our eyes” (Le Devoir). Audience members journey through Riopelle's works via videography on three custom built screens hanging from the Orpheum's rafters.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and members of the Vancouver Bach Choir perform original music co-created by legendary singer songwriter Serge Fiori and composer Blair Thomson, conducted by Adam Johnson.

Don't miss this once-in-a-generation concert event. Saturday April 20 at 8pm at the Orpheum.


A decade after her Drag Race win, Bianca Del Rio is still soaring

A drag queen with a huge orange wig, bright green turban, dress, and boots, and dramati make-up, sits in a white void

The devil works hard, but not as hard as Bianca Del Rio. The Joan Rivers of drag says “yes today, Satan” when she barrels into town tonight as part of her mammoth Dead Inside tour. And somehow, she still found time to sit down for a chat with us. “If you see me in a kaftan and a turban I’ve given up,” she jokes during a video call, ”but it is sequinned.”

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Michaela Slinger gets hyper-local on latest tour

A white woman with curly brown hair looks at camera, with a city in soft focus behind her.

“I did a big tour last year—19 cities across North America,” Port Moody-born musician Michaela Slinger explains on a video call. “It was super intense, it was expensive. I most certainly did not make any money.” So instead, she’s setting off this spring on a new type of tour: bringing her beloved Nashville-style writers’ rounds to cities across southwestern BC. If you love intimate indie pop, it might be your dream night.

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The Greek marks 40 years of garlicky goodness

A Greek salad in a bowl, piled high with cucumer, tomatoes, cheese, and herby dressing.

Souvlaki, spanakopita, and gyros: the classics are a classic for a reason. These comforting dishes formed the cornerstone of Anatoli Souvlaki’s menu back when it opened in 1984. Two generations of the Makris family tell the story of how a little restaurant making Greek recipes in North Vancouver became a local institution.


The International Uranium Film Festival goes nuclear. (To April 12 @ Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society) 

Puccini’s La Bohème stands the test of time. (To April 13 @ Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby)

Celebrate the launch of Tiná7 Cht Ti Temíxw: We Come From This Land: A Walk Through the History of the Squamish People. (April 9 @ Performance Works)

Experience a one-man masterclass in Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me, But Banjos Saved My Life. (April 10 to 13 @ Pacific Theatre)

Catch four upcoming artists for $4, featuring Kat Bryan and Elise Boulanger. (April 11 @ Fox Cabaret)

Savour the exclusive tasting menu from Lysée New York pastry chef Eunji Lee. (April 11 @ Botanist)

Drop by the opening reception of Transformation and Adaptation, showing until May 5. (Aprill 11 @ Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver)

Hyperspace Metal Festival V is ready to burst your eardrums. (April 11 to 13 @ Rickshaw Theatre and WISE Hall)

Local roast battle champ Rachel Schaefer headlines the Comedy Here Often? Taping. (April 12 @ 604 Studios)

Want to know what else is happening in Vancouver? Check out our events listings.

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