Metro Vancouver events this week: 5 things to do between March 7 and 13

This week’s events include the Festival du Bois, a comedy show headlined by Julie Kim, and a film festival.

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Whether you’re looking for date night ideas, free things to do, or just something fun to do with the kids, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening in Metro Vancouver between March 7 and 13. Headlining this week’s selections is the Festival du Bois.

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Here are 5 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week:

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Forest Festival

When: March 8-10

Where: Mackin Park, Maillardville, Coquitlam, 1046 Brunette Avenue (across Lougheed Highway from IKEA)

Tickets: Friday night: free/Saturday and Sunday: $33.50, $23, $10/children under 5 free at festivaldubois.ca (family package: $75/day for two adults and two children)

Recognizing a gathering of the Acadian diaspora that occurs only every five years, this year’s festival features artists such as New Brunswick’s La Famille LeBlanc and PEI’s Vishtèn Connexions. That action takes place in the licensed Grand Chapiteau, while the Petit Chapiteau caters to children. Other highlights include a Podorythmie opening concert, a Métis Village, and workshops at nearby Mackin House. Food and drink options including maple butterscotch, traditional poutine, sugar pie and a variety of traditional dishes.

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Lucy McNulty’s short film Chicken screens at GEMFest March 5-9 at the VIFF Center. Photo by Lucy McNulty/Gender Equality in Media Society

GEMF Festival

When: March 5-9

Where: VIFF Centre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver

Tickets: gemfest.eventive.org

Among the short films screening at GEMFest is local filmmaker Lucy McNulty’s Chicken, about a recently single thirty-something who returns home to her mother and neurodivergent brother. Festival features include Analogue Revolution: How Feminist Media Changed the World, which chronicles Canadian feminist media from 1970 to 1990, and Tautuktavuk, about domestic violence and substance abuse seen through the eyes of two Inuit women. Gender Equity in Media Society Vancouver, formerly Women in Film and Television Vancouver, presents the festival, which includes 37 films from 14 countries, including 14 Canadian films and six from British Columbia filmmakers.

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Julie Kim headlines a comedy triple bill at the Surrey Arts Center on March 13. Photo by Yohan Kim

julie kim

When: March 13 | 7:30 pm

Where: Main Stage at Surrey Art Centre, 13750 88 Ave, Surrey

Tickets: $29–$49

Julie Kim leads a triple set of laughs including Syd Bosel and MC Rachel Schaefer. Kim has toured North America and performed at major Canadian comedy festivals. She is also a regular on CBC’s The Debaters and has contributed to the television series Kim’s Convenience, Run the Burbs and Still Standing, and was a producer and writer for Simu Liu when the Canadian actor hosted the 2022 Juno Awards. Originally from Vancouver, Bosel has opened for Maria Bamford and Debra DiGiovanni. Vancouver’s Rachel Schaefer appeared on JFL Originals’ Yee-Haw Hell Yeah album, CBC Gem’s New Wave of Stand Up, and CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud. She can be seen on television shows such as Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and Reginald the Vampire. She is also a five-time Vancouver Roast Battle champion and appeared on the third season of Roast Battle Canada.

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On tour in support of her second album My Soft Machine, British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks performs the Commodore on March 7. Photo by Alexandra Waespi

Arlo Parks

When: 7 of March

Where: Commodore Lounge, 868 Granville St., Vancouver

Tickets: Exhausted

The English singer-songwriter, now 23, earned critical and popular praise with her 2021 album Collapsed in Sunbeams, which won that year’s Mercury Prize. Opening tours for Harry Styles and Billie Eilish followed. For her sophomore album, last year’s My Soft Machine, Parks worked with producers Ariel Rechtshaid (Madonna, Charli XCX) and Paul Epworth (Adele, Rihanna). The second release further cements her reputation for creating intimate and moving indie-pop confessionals. Los Angeles singer Chloe George opens the show.

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Ladies Against Humanity performs at The Improv Center on March 13. Photo by Zemekiss Photography

Fictional ladies against humanity

When: March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Improv Center, 1502 Duranleau St., Vancouver

Tickets: $25 in theimprovcentre.ca

The Fictionals and The Improv Center present the annual Ladies Against Humanity special. In the show, members of the award-winning improv group Fictionals create scenes from the board game Cards Against Humanity.

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