May Long Weekend Events in Vancouver – Things to do May 17-20

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This May Long Weekend in Vancouver Miss604 sponsors another free Burnaby Blooms event as well as the summer season at Burnaby Village Museum. Find these events and many more things to do in the big list below!

Fri May 17 | Sat May 18 | Sun May 19 | Mon May 20

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Sunrise

May Long Weekend Events in Vancouver
Things to do May 17-20

Friday, May 17, 2024

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Free Whistler Summer Concerts

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Enjoy a series of free outdoor concerts in Whistler this summer with over a dozen nights of musical performances throughout July and August, along with two afternoons of live music and community connection.

Whistler Free Concert Series
Free summer concerts in Whistler – Photo submitted

Free Whistler Summer Concerts 2024

  • Dates: Select Thursday & Friday nights in July and August
    • Afternoon Sunday Sessions: 1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, August 4 & Sunday, September 1. 
  • Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza

Whistler Summer Concert Series Lineup

  • Monday, July 1 – Walk Off The Earth, opening DJ Foxy Moron
  • Thursday, July 4 – Aysanabee, opening DJ Peacefrog
  • Friday, July 5 – The Sheepdogs, opening DJ Whitness
  • Thursday, July 11 – Ibibio Sound Machine, opening DJ Doc Rhythmo
  • Friday, July 12 – New Breed Brass Band, opening DJ Vinyl Ritchie
  • Thursday, August 8 – Astrocolor, opening DJ Surgeon
  • Friday, August 9 – The Suffers, opening DJ Soul Club
  • Thursday, August 15 – Fort Knox Five LIVE, with special guest Dunks
  • Friday, August 16 – Colin James, opening DJ Mixmasterfab
  • Thursday, August 22 – Trans-Canada Highwaymen, opening DJ ShotSki
  • Friday, August 23 – Ocie Elliott, opening DJ LAZY FNGZ
  • Thursday, August 29 – Drag in the Mountains, opening DJ Nat Morel
  • Friday, August 30 – Boy & Bear with special guest Boo Seeka, opening DJ LDA

Enjoy an early dinner in the village at one of Whistler’s eateries or grab a delicious picnic/takeout meal to add to your experience. Complimentary secured bike parking will be available for those who pedal along the Valley Trail to the event.

Sunday Sessions

Sunday, August 4, Whistler-based musicians Taylor James and Ryan Harris will kick off the inaugural Whistler Summer Concert Series Sunday Session, followed by headliners Gone Gone Beyond and Bahamas

Sunday, September 1, features Sea to Sky locals Little Biggs BandJennaMae and The Groove Section and Cat Madden followed by headliner Kim Churchill.

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YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Recipients 2024

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Recipients of the 41st YWCA Women of Distinction Awards were announced this evening at the Westin Bayshore in Downtown Vancouver. Over a thousand guests gathered to celebrate the 106 nominees and 12 recipients of the awards, presented by Scotiabank.

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Recipients 2024
Alexis and me (Rebecca) at the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards with hosts Sophie Lui and Fred Lee

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Recipients 2024

“For me the awards are most importantly about visibility. It’s about seeing women in positions of power, of influence, as change-makers, and as visionaries”
– YWCA CEO Erin Seeley

The recipients celebrated tonight:

The fundraising goal of the evening was $250,000 to support the YWCA Slocan development, which will provide deeply affordable and below-market housing with 70 new homes to help individuals and families thrive. An update on that total plus official photos from the evening will be available a bit later on the YWCA’s Facebook page.

YWCA Nominations

Nominations for the 2025 awards are now open! Deadline to nominate is November 29, 2024. These awards honour all women, including trans women. The YWCA strongly encourages nominations that recognize the contributions of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, as well as 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals.

YWCA Metro Vancouver is dedicated to achieving women’s equality. Their mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, since 2010.

Music on Main Presents Vicky Chow

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Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out performance of Book 1 in 2023, Vicky Chow returns to complete legendary composer Philip Glass’ iconic Piano Etudes Book 2 with Music on Main. You can enter to win tickets!

Photos of Vicky Chow performing Philip Glass’ Piano Etudes Book 1 at Christ Church Cathedral in 2023, presented by Music on Main. Photos by Jan Gates.
Photos of Vicky Chow performing Philip Glass’ Piano Etudes Book 1 at Christ Church Cathedral in 2023, presented by Music on Main. Photos by Jan Gates.

Music on Main Presents Vicky Chow

  • Date: May 28, 2024 at 7:30pm
  • Location: Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Available now

Praised as “one of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times), Chow has scaled the highest levels of musicality and performance since making her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and serving as Music On Main’s first-ever artist in residence in 2018.

Chow’s deep understanding of Philip Glass’ Piano Etudes is informed in part by her own connections with the composer, and their shared presence in New York City’s new music community. Chow is a long-time member of the famed Bang on a Can All-Stars, a six-member amplified ensemble recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. She first met Glass while performing with him on stage, at the same piano, during one of the legendary Bang on a Can Marathons staged annually in the city.

Now centered in New York, Chow serves as faculty at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and has been on faculty at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She is on the Board of Advisors for Composers Now and is also a mentor at The Juilliard School. 

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Win Tickets to Music on Main Presents Vicky Chow

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Hullo Ferry to Nanaimo and Evo Car Share

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If you’re taking the Hullo Ferry on foot to Nanaimo from Downtown Vancouver you have a new option to get around the Harbour City! Evo Car Share, created by BCAA, has launched a new Evo Return round-trip car share service at the Nanaimo Hullo ferry terminal.

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Evo in Nanaimo – Photo submitted

Hullo Ferry to Nanaimo and Evo Car Share

Those heading to Vancouver Island can use the Evo app to reserve an Evo Return up to 30 days ahead for a guaranteed Evo at the Nanaimo Hullo terminal when they arrive. While normally you can pick up/drop off an Evo anywhere in the service area, an Evo Return requires you to start and finish your trip in the same spot. This will ensure that Hullo passengers will have access to a car right at the terminal.

Two Evo Returns are already on site and bookable, with the possibility for Evo to add more based on popularity.

For Hullo passengers looking for an active way to get around Nanaimo, a second BCAA service – Evolve E-Bike Share – is also available through the Evo app and has just launched in Nanaimo with 16 parking zones around the city. Locate an available Evolve E-Bike, unlock it by scanning the bike’s QR code, wear a helmet (available in each Evolve E-Bike basket), and start riding. Riders can pay per minute ($0.35) or hour ($12.99) or opt for a monthly subscription ($9.99/mo) for a $0.10 per minute rate. *Prices in this post are reflective of those available at time of publishing.

Where to Drive to Around Nanaimo

If you’d like to go beyond Downtown Nanaimo and need the vehicle to hit the road during your stay on the island, here are some spots to check out:

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