March 5 edition: This BC filmmaker walked across Canada

Plus: Neil Young, Meta misogyny, and Femme Festival

Hey there. We made it to March. Can you believe it? 

The time goes by so fast—unlike the traffic on Granville Bridge, which is under construction from now until, presumably, rising sea levels turn us into VanLantis.

On a tastier note, remember to get your nominations in for the Golden Plates awards. If your favourite restaurant isn’t nominated, then nobody will be able to vote for it, and then you’ll be mildly irritated that nobody believes you when you say you know the best chicken wings place, because there will be no proof it’s the best. So come prove you know your stuff.

— V.
Associate Editor


How 500 Days in the Wild changed filmmaker Dianne Whelan’s life

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BC filmmaker Dianne Whelan accomplished something remarkable over the course of making 500 Days in the Wild: she became the first person to cross Canada’s 24,000 kilometres of land and water trails. By foot, bike, and paddle, she kept going. The biggest thing she learned in her epic six-year trek? “I never met anybody that was unkind,” she tells us


Sex//Work: Social media is waging a war against sex workers

A body shot of a woman holding a cell phone.

Madelaine Horn tries her best to be a good girl for daddy Meta, but her Facebook profile still keeps getting shut down. That’s a common issue for anyone in the erotic work world, as digital puritanism threatens small businesses. In our latest installment of Sex//Work, Horn explains how online surveillance disproportionately affects women and queer workers—and how you can help.

  • RIP Vancouver-based actor Chris Gauthier

  • Rain City’s Gen Z superstar Finn Wolfhard gets spicy (and shouts out a local record store) on Hot Ones

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Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Bach's St John Passion!

Experience the majesty of Bach's St John Passion at the Orpheum on March 30, 2024, at 7:30pm!

Celebrate 300 years of this cherished Oratorio with the Vancouver Bach Choir and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Immerse yourself in the dramatic storytelling, with soloists portraying the characters of the Easter story. Featuring Magali Simard-Galdes, Krisztina Szabo, Neil Craighead, and Asitha Tennekoon as soloists, the audience is in for a moving evening honouring Bach’s legacy.

Tickets range from $20 to $65. Secure your seats now for an unforgettable Easter weekend experience! Tickets are available online. For accessible seating, please email us.


Femme Fest returns to The Cultch

A woman wearing a green tracksuit sits on bleachers

Vancouver’s biggest celebration of women artists is back this spring. Four world premieres are taking over the Historic Theatre, York Theatre, and Vancity Culture Lab to tell powerful, poignant tales. A Persian artist confronts her past; an epic Métis love story spans generations; a standup show eviscerates fatphobia; and a Filipina family traverses time and dreams. Find out more here.

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse to play Deer Lake Park

Neil Young plays guitar on stage

It’s time to rock the free world. The “Old Man” might be in his seventies, but his talent is timeless. Yes, Neil Young is coming “Down by the River” to Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park. Backed by the iconic-in-its-own-right band Crazy Horse, the rock n’ roll trailblazer is swinging into town “Like a Hurricane” as part of his Love Earth tour. We’re “Helpless” to resist the lure of hearing “Harvest Moon” live.  

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Pussy Riot: Riot Days comes to Vancouver March 22nd!

Pussy Riot: Riot Days arrives to The Pearl on Friday March 22nd with special guest WAIT//LESS! This play based on the memoir of Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina is a story of resistance, repression and revolution in a mixture of concert, rally, theatre and political happening. Get your tickets now!


Fresh Prep brings Vij’s recipes to your kitchen

Plates of chickpea curry, rice, and naan bread lie on a table top

Fresh Prep, BC’s homegrown meal kit delivery service based in Vancouver, loves a collaboration. Having previously run limited-edition menus from the folks behind Nuba, Anh & Chi, and Cafe Medina, next on the list is celebrity chef Vij Vikram. For six weeks, get a taste of Vij’s—made by your own hands—with curated curry recipe kits.


Maurice: a brilliant true story

Hardworking Maurice Dancause collapses one morning: a stroke. Nine days in a coma and aphasia as a life-long struggle will change everything, except his thirst to communicate with the world.

Fascinated by this story of reconstruction and resilience, Anne-Marie Olivier delivers a vibrant performance and a moving dramaturgical experiment. Tickets and info here.


Catch Hogan’s Alley doc Union Street at Vancity Theatre before its run ends. (To March 8 @ Vancity Theatre) 

Hugh Kearney’s modernist exhibition Big Boy and his Adventures at the Circus opens this week. (To March 28 @ Pendulum Gallery)

Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer offers survival through laughter. (March 5 @ Vogue Theatre)

Invisible⽆形 is a diasporic poem of motion. (March 6 to 9 @ Roundhouse Performance Centre)

Experience multidisciplinary performance art from Jasmine Chen in Jade Circle. (March 6 to 17 @ Gateway Theatre)

Group show Interruption disrupts norms. (March 6 to April 7 @ Kay Meek Arts Centre)

Elevate Music Project crowns its champ with special guests. (March 7 @ Vogue Theatre)

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

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