April offers an eclectic mix of art, comedy, burlesque, jazz, and block parties

After Easter, April offers many interesting arts events you won’t want to miss.

April offers an eclectic mix of art, comedy, burlesque, jazz, and block parties

Vancouver Burlesque Festival

The Vancouver Burlesque Festival runs from April 2 to 7 at multiple venues.

Get ready to get glam at the Vancouver Playhouse. Enjoy an extravagant evening of opulent performances by headliners Moscato Sky and Red Tongued Raven, as well as captivating striptease artists. Expect imaginative acts by dazzling dancers, naughty nerds, and satirical stripteasers.

Tickets are available at Buy Tickets | Vancouver International Burlesque Festival

OSMOSi: 422 Unprocessable Entity

Taiwanese-Canadian artist Nancy Lee presents her interdisciplinary work at the Annex on April 4 and 5 followed by post show talks. The show takes the concept of a subroutine in computer programming, with a delivery app transforming into a sentient being when its code is corrupted. Lee is joined by dancers Simran Sachar and Sophia Mai Wolfe in sequences choreographed by Vancouver-based Emmalena Fredriksson.

Date: April 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.
Location: The Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver.

April offers an eclectic mix of art, comedy, burlesque, jazz, and block parties

Jazz Jam Sessions at Hero’s Welcome

The Infidel’s Tim Reinert is presenting a new bi-weekly jazz jam hosted by the Sharon Minemoto Trio at Hero’s Welcome. The jams are open to the public including high school students. Sharon hosted the jazz jams at Pat’s Pub for many years. Admission is only $5.

In addition, every other Sunday afternoon see local jazz musicians hosted by Reinert, and at two sets for only $10, it’s a great bargain.

Date: Every other Sunday starting April 7 at 2 p.m.
Location: Hero’s Welcome, 3917 Main Street

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Popup events around the city include the West End on April 6 at Jim Deva Plaza. Tree Walks and Talks will be held in different neighbourhoods from March 29 to April 20.
Workshops include a painting workshop with Marisa Pahl on April 11 at the Museum of Vancouver.

Visionary Spaces Art Show

This event showcases visionary artists and creatives on Sunday, April 7. Admission is free until 5 p.m. and includes admittance to the art gallery and marketplace.

The evening event from 6 to 11 is $25 online or $30 at the door and includes complimentary organic tea, kombucha or espresso, dance, silent art raffle, live painting and music and art installations.

Date: April 7 from 12 to 11 p.m.
Location: Jig Space Vancouver at 8807 Laurel Street, Vancouver.

Off Leash Comedy

For comedy fans, Off-Leash Comedy is bringing comedy to South Vancouver monthly on the second Thursday of the month at The inaugural night is April 11 at 7 p.m.

Date: Second Thursday of the month starting April 11
Location: Truffles Fine Foods at 8285 Sherbrooke Street, Vancouver.

Art Vancouver

For art lovers, the 8th edition of Art Vancouver International Art Fair returns from April 11 to 14 at the Vancouver.

The pre-fair opening red carpet party is on Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. VIP tickets are available for $131.50, opening night tickets are $47.25, weekend passes are $52.50, and a single day admission is $26.25. More information is available here.

In addition to the art exhibition, the fair offers an art talk on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Art classes presented by the Vancouver Visual Art Foundation include Alcohol Ink Art, Flowers in a Vase, Bright Blossoms in Abstract, and

Neurographic Drawing. Tickets range from $59.91 to 62.91 and are available at Eventbrite.

Date: April 11 to 15
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre East at 1055 Canada Place.

Little Mountain Gallery

Gastown comedy club Little Mountain Gallery finally reopens on April 12 after a 3-year hiatus. Graham Clark kicks off the venue with a 24 hour fundraising performance. Partial proceeds will be donated to WISH Drop-In Centre

Society, which supports sex workers. Tickets are available at Showpass for $23.06 in 90 minute blocks, under Graham Clark’s 24 Hours of Stand-Up.

The club will feature stand-up comedians, improv, sketches, and variety shows Monday to Friday starting on April 19. More information here.

Date: April 12 starting at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Little Mountain Gallery, 110 Water Street, Vancouver

Filipino Block Party – Lapu Lapu Day

Lapu Lapu Day honours the Philippines’ first national hero, indigenous Chieftain Datu Lapu-Lapu.

Sponsored by the Sunset on Fraser Business Association, the free event features a multi-block street party, a market, fashion showcases, basketball tournament and cultural, music and dance performances. More information is available here.

Date: April 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: John Oliver Secondary School, 530 E 41st Avenue, Vancouver