Arts briefs: Comedy night to benefit Tri-City charity

The Gaby Davis Foundation, a non-profit group that helps B.C. families affected by childhood cancer, will host its comedy gala on April 9 in Port Moody

A comedy night to benefit a Tri-City charity will be held in Port Moody next Saturday.

The Gaby Davis Foundation, a non-profit group that helps B.C. families affected by childhood cancer, will host the gala on April 9 featuring John Cullen, MC Sunee Dhaliwal and Chris James and Katie Burrell.

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Tickets for the 19+ event are available by calling 604-464-4229.


Kids can learn how to use watercolour paints, create robot heads and make large-scale art projects at the next Family Day at PdA!

Place des Arts’ spring event next Sunday starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Maillardville facility and is based on current exhibits by Ban Kubba, Geemon Xin Meng and Claudine Pommier.

An ensemble concert will also be held at 3 p.m. in the Leonore Peyton Salon.

To register for the free activities on April 10, visit or call 604-664-1636 (ext. 0).


Post a picture of yourself in a bridesmaid dress for a chance to win tickets to opening night of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.

Coquitlam’s Stage 43 Theatrical Society has the Facebook contest until April 15 (enter at

The production is the last in the company’s season and features Tri-City residents Christie King, Jill Menkveld and Paige Farbacher.

Directed by Angela Bell, Five also includes Emily Hamel-Brisson, Ashley Sutton and Chris Francisque and runs at the Evergreen Cultural Centre April 28 to 30, May 1 and May 4 to 7. Saint St. Grill and Blue Heron Fruit Winery will host a reception after the show on opening night.

Meanwhile, Stage 43 is also offering two-for-one ticket nights on May 4 and May 5. Visit


Got a ukulele at home that’s not being played?

Spring is the time to dust it off with the help of Coquitlam volunteer musicians. The Cutie Circle will host its free ukulele workshop series for absolute beginners starting April 16.

The course runs on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., until June 11, in the MIchael Wright Art Gallery at the Gathering Place, in Port Coquitlam’s Leigh Square Community Arts Village (beside PoCo city hall).

Pre-registration is required by visiting


A student at Port Coquitlam’s École des Pionniers de Maillardville will compete in Toronto this month in a national poetry contest.

Gabrielle Nebrida Pepin was named a semi-finalist — for the second year in a row — in the bilingual stream of the Poetry In Voice recitation competition. The winners take home $25,000 in awards.


Two Tri-City residents are in the Canadian premiere of The Last Lifeboat, a Surrey Little Theatre show that opens later this month.

Colleen Bignell of Port Moody and Port Coquitlam’s Ryan Johnson are in The Last Lifeboat, a drama written by Luke Yankee that centres around the sinking of the Titanic. Directed by Port Moody’s Dale Kelly, the production is the company’s entry into the Fraser Valley Zone Festival next month.

To reserve a seat at the Surrey Little Theatre (7027 184th St.), call 604-576-8451, visit or email


Artists or community groups wanting to showcase their cultural displays at Coquitlam city hall have until April 29 to apply.

Two display cases in the main foyer (3000 Guildford Way) are available for items that promote Coquitlam’s cultural diversity and have an educational benefit.

The municipality is promoting its multicultural work in response to the number of immigrants. According to a press release, more than 40% of residents in Coquitlam are new Canadians. The city also noted that after English, the top four languages spoken at home in Coquitlam are Korean, Farsi, Mandarin and Cantonese.

To enter, visit

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