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My Tri-Cities: Your go-to guide for local events in April 2023

Events listings for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for April 2023.
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The Diez Vista 50-km race starts and ends at Sasamat Lake in Anmore, within Belcarra Regional Park, on April 8, 2023.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6

NEW ART

Tour the galleries at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) to see the three exhibits that opened last month: Corner Stores (various media curated by the Coquitlam Heritage Society); I want to think about feminism, but I have to think about climate change (oil paintings by Alex Sandvoss); Trash (oil paintings by Jeongmin Ahn) and Meltdown: The Second Wave (ceramics by Vin Arora). There is no cost for admission. The displays can also be viewed online.

MORE: placedesarts.ca

DJ AYEDA

Dance the night away with DJ Ayeda, who will be at the Asylum Sound Stage of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The show is for 19+ only.

MORE: hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

LEGION TUNES

Enjoy the songs from Flash Back and hit the dance floor at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263 (1025 Ridgeway Ave., Coquitlam) from 7 to 11 p.m. The band also plays April 8. No legion membership is required for the Saturday night performance.

MORE: rclegion263.ca

PLAYLIST

Enjoy the hits from the 60s to today with the band Playlist and DJ Fady Main, who will be at the Asylum Sound Stage of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The show is for 19+ only.

MORE: hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

DIEZ VISTA 50

Test your endurance in the 2023 Diez Vista 50 km, the ultimate race for runners. This year’s event marks 25 years and, over the years, it has drawn top names in the ultra-running world to compete for the title. The event starts at 8 a.m. with a mandatory briefing at 7:45 a.m. The start and finish line are at the White Pine Beach in Belcarra Regional Park; park at Sasamat Lake at White Pine Beach. Meanwhile, the kids’ race at 11:30 a.m. is about one kilometre long and is suitable for ages three to 10.

MORE: diezvista.com

BOOK TALK

Join author Tom Locke at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) as he talks about his publication, Moments In Time: Stories about Artists of the 50s, 60s and 70s, For Fans of Music... From a Music Fan. Locke will discuss his work — a finalist in the Canadian Book Club Awards — from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Room 137.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca

SALSA NIGHT

Get your dance shoes on for the Hot Salsa Dance Zone party at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 (2675 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam). The beginner’s dance class starts at 8 p.m. with the dance floor open until midnight. Admission is $15; the event hosted by Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler is suitable for 19+.

MORE: hotsalsadancezone.com

WHAT’S NEXT

Cut the rug with the six-piece band What’s Next and DJ Euno, who will be at the Asylum Sound Stage of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The show is for 19+ only.

MORE: hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

FARMERS MARKET

It’s the last month for the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody). Bring your grocery bags and fill up on fresh fare from Metro Vancouver farmers and vendors.

MORE: makebakegrow.com

STEM PUZZLES

Use your creative, lateral and analytical thinking to solve puzzles with Blair Yochim, a retired engineer and math/physics high school teacher. The event for kids and adults takes place in Room 127 at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge to attend; it is open on a first-come first-served basis; however; students in Grade 4 and below must be accompanied by a caregiver.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca/eventbrite.ca

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 11

PLAY AT EVERGREEN

Bronwen Smith and Annie Arbuckle star in The How & The Why, a play about evolution, feminism and destiny penned by Sarah Treem. The Jessie-nominated production is directed and produced by Tanya Mathivanan and runs April 11 to 15 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam).

MORE: evergreenculturalcentre.ca

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12

NEW TO CANADA?

Join Winnie Hsu, president and founder of Vision2Reality Foundation, as she talks about how newcomers can adapt to Canadian ways. The online event is from 7 to 8 p.m. Registration is required.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca

GIVE HER WINGS

Honour women who have changed their lives and achieved their dreams at the Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities’ annual Give Her Wings gala. The event at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave., Port Coquitlam) starts at 6:30 p.m. There is an online 50–50 draw, as well as a silent auction for the fundraiser.

MORE: trellis.org/give-her-wings-awards-evening2023

BEST PICTURES

Meet amateur and professional photographers with the Pacific Digital Photography Club for its bimonthly meeting, which takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Port Moody Secondary (300 Albert St., Port Moody). Presentations are made by club members and guest artists. The bimonthly club meetings are in person and virtual.

MORE: pdpc.ca/guest@pdpc.ca

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 13

POMOARTS

Three new shows open tonight at PoMoArts (formerly the Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns St.): Common Threads (Terminal City Glass Co-op Artists); Life In Legends (James Groening); and Shades of Self (Crystal Noir). There is no cost for admission. The reception with the artists is from 6 to 8 p.m.

MORE: pomoarts.ca

FIRST NATIONS FARE

Kwikwetlem First Nation chef Kristina Joe will lead the Feasts of Coquitlam: First Nation Cuisine session at Mackin House Museum (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m The Coquitlam Heritage Society presentation includes a lesson on how to make bison meatballs, smoked salmon and fried bannock. Registration is required. The cost is $35 per person.

MORE: coquitlamheritage.ca

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

BREWY DECIMALS

The Coquitlam Public Library and Coquitlam’s only microbrewery, Mariner, are teaming up for a tasty collaboration. Pick up a tasting passport at the Coquitlam library branches (City Centre and Poirier) and get a stamp for every library book you borrow; each stamp earns you 50 per cent for a paired beer in the Mariner tap room. The final two book–beer pairs will be revealed at Mariner (1100 Lansdowne Dr., Coquitlam) tonight from 5 to 8 p.m.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca

LEGION TUNES

Enjoy the songs from Replay and hit the dance floor at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263 (1025 Ridgeway Ave., Coquitlam) from 7 to 11 p.m. The band also plays April 15. No legion membership is required for the Saturday night performance.

MORE: rclegion263.ca

OPENING RECEPTION

Coquitlam Heritage Society officially opens the exhibit The Shape of Our Memories with a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join artists Carl Baird, Faria Firoz, James Groening and Karl Hipol — as well as musician Kelsi James — for the special event at Mackin House Museum (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. No registration is required; however, attendees must by 19+. Registration is encouraged.

EMAIL: events@coquitlamheritage.ca

FILM NIGHT

The Port Moody Film Society screens Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, a 2019 movie from Bhutan, in the Inlet Theatre (inside Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Dr.) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 plus a $5 society membership for the year. Cash or cheque only.  Ticket sales begin at 6:45 p.m.

MORE: pmfilm.ca

CROSSROADS COFFEE

Support the Crossroads Hospice Society by taking part in the coffeehouse concerts, opening tonight at 7:30 p.m., with John Bowman headlining at 8:40 p.m. in the Mabbett Hall North room of the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave., Port Coquitlam).

MORE: facebook.com/CrossroadsHospiceCoffeehouse 

CRUSH IT

Enjoy the hits from the dance rock band Crush and DJ Fady Main, who will be at the Asylum Sound Stage of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The show is for 19+ only.

MORE: hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 15

CANOE SAFETY

Sign up for a free one-hour padding session and learn about canoe safety at a clinic organized by the Recreational Canoeing Association of BC. The clinic takes place at the South Beach at Buntzen Lake in Anmore from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Equipment is available; however, you can bring your own canoe.

REGISTER: https://forms.gle/NTtBSbeZ7xJxUtUh6

SHRED-A-THON

Take your unwanted confidential documents in for shredding at the Community Shred Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Canadian Tire in Fremont Village (2125 Hawkins St., Port Coquitlam). Proceeds benefit the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation. Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

MORE: pocofoundation.com

FOR THE MOON

Oasis Wellness Centre (1111 Austin Ave., Coquitlam) hosts its third Witch’s Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find deals on second-hand metaphysical goods and some new witchy artisan items.

MORE: facebook.com/events

MUSIC TRIVIA NIGHT

Help the parents of Terry Fox Secondary raise money for the school’s dry graduation by taking part in the music trivia fundraiser. The event at the Riverside Community Church (2923 Fremont St., Port Coquitlam) is from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 each or $200 for a table of eight. There will be a cash bar, food and snacks available, as well as a 50–50 draw.

MORE: eventbrite.ca

SALSA NIGHT

Get your dance shoes on for the Hot Salsa Dance Zone party at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 (2675 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam). The beginner’s dance class starts at 8 p.m. with the dance floor open until midnight. Admission is $15; the event hosted by Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler is suitable for 19+.

MORE: hotsalsadancezone.com

RAIN CITY 6

Party with the band Rain City 6 and DJ Fady Main, who will be at the Asylum Sound Stage of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The show is for 19+ only.

MORE: hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 16

FARMERS MARKET

It’s the last month for the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody). Bring your grocery bags and fill up on fresh fare from Metro Vancouver farmers and vendors.

MORE: makebakegrow.com

STEM PUZZLES

Use your creative, lateral and analytical thinking to solve puzzles with Blair Yochim, a retired engineer and math/physics high school teacher. The event for kids and adults takes place in Room 127 at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge to attend; it is open on a first-come first-served basis; however; students in Grade 4 and below must be accompanied by a caregiver.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca/eventbrite.ca

ZODIAC TRIO

The Vancouver Chamber Music Society presents The Zodiac Trio, a group of musicians who met at the Manhattan School of Music and launched their clarinet–violin–piano ensemble with a show at Merkin Concert Hall. Today, the trio performs classical music around the world. The recital at 3 p.m. is part of the Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Power Classic Sundays series. Tickets are $35/$32/$16.

MORE: evergreenculturalcentre.ca

 

MONDAY, APRIL 17

POCO ART WORK

There’s only a week left to see the art shows organized by the City of Port Coquitlam: Dreamland: The Infinite Space by Vladimir Kolosov in the Michael Wright Art Gallery in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square (200-2253 Leigh Sq.); The Beauty of Being by Mikaela Kane at city hall (2580 Shaughnessy St.); and Upon the Land: A Reflection Through Their Eyes by Charlotte Schneider at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave.).

MORE: portcoquitlam.ca/leighsquare

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

SPRING WALK

Join Gay Mitchell, Mark Johnston and Jeff Rudd of the Burke Mountain Naturalists for a spring nature walk along the southern path of Deboville Slough in Port Coquitlam. Park at the end of Prairie. The walk starts at 10 a.m. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water and snacks.

MORE: burkemountainnaturalists.ca/236-996-0727

JOB INTERVIEW

Take an online class with WorkBC Centre to prepare for a job interview. Get strategies on how to answer interview questions with the help of a career advisor. Registration is required for the 2 p.m. session.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca

MUSICAL MORNINGS

Join pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann with with guests James Hill (ukulele) and Anne Janelle (cello) for the Musical Mornings recital titled Bowed, Plucked, Strummed and Hammered. The show at 2:30 p.m. is at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). Tickets are $30/$26/$16.

MORE: evergreenculturalcentre.ca

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

POCO ARTS, CULTURE

Have your say about the City of Port Coquitlam’s arts and culture scene at the monthly cultural roundtable meeting, taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Michael Wright Art Gallery in the Gathering Place (200-2253 Leigh Sq., Port Coquitlam). Registration required.

EMAIL: arts@portcoquitlam.ca

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

LEGION TUNES

Enjoy the songs from Long Run and hit the dance floor at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263 (1025 Ridgeway Ave., Coquitlam) from 7 to 11 p.m. The band also plays April 22. No legion membership is required for the Saturday night performance.

MORE: rclegion263.ca

TRIBUTE BAND

Sing U2 songs with the tribute band U4 — made up of singer Scott Jackson of Stone Poets/Abandon Paris; Steve Crane, guitarist and vocalist of Sonic Overdrive; bassist Nick Haggar; and drummer Clayton Hill of Trooper — who will be at the Asylum Sound Stage of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The show is for 19+ only.

MORE: hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

POCO GARAGE SALE

The City of Port Coquitlam hosts its annual city-wide garage sale for residents wanting to spring clean and recycle their unwanted wares. Held on Earth Day and during Earth Week, the 14th annual community garage sale helps the municipality cut what’s dumped at the landfill. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participating addresses will be published in the April 20 edition of the Tri-City News. And the city will open up the parking lot at Gates Park on Reeve Street for PoCo residents living in multi-family buildings.

MORE: portcoquitlam.ca/garagesale

POMO GARAGE SALE

You can also hunt for treasures in the City of Port Moody, which is also hosting its city-wide garage sale starting at 9 a.m. Participating addresses will be published in the Tri-City News.

MORE: portmoody.ca

SKIN CARE WORKSHOP

Learn how to make earth-friendly skin care using natural ingredients on Earth Day. The products include a cell renewal serum, orange blossom night cream and a rose water spritz. The workshop runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Mackin House Museum (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Registration is required. The cost is $40 per person.

MORE: coquitlamheritage.ca

YOUR MOVE

Find a new chess partner to play against at the Poirier branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (575 Poirier St., Coquitlam). From 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the Nancy Bennett Room, the library will host the club for all ages and skills.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Join Amy Hills (violin) and Meagan Milatz (piano) for a recital at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) at 7:30 p.m. as they explore Canadian compositions. Tickets are $35/$32/$16.

MORE: evergreenculturalcentre.ca

SALSA NIGHT

Get your dance shoes on for the Hot Salsa Dance Zone party at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 (2675 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam). The beginner’s dance class starts at 8 p.m. with the dance floor open until midnight. Admission is $15; the event hosted by Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler is suitable for 19+.

MORE: hotsalsadancezone.com

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Fady Main and the energetic ensemble Playlist get the dance floor hopping at Asylum Sound Stage of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The show is for 19+ only.

MORE: hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

FARMERS MARKET

It’s the last month for the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody). Bring your grocery bags and fill up on fresh fare from Metro Vancouver farmers and vendors.

MORE: makebakegrow.com

STEM PUZZLES

Use your creative, lateral and analytical thinking to solve puzzles with Blair Yochim, a retired engineer and math/physics high school teacher. The event for kids and adults takes place in Room 127 at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge to attend; it is open on a first-come first-served basis; however; students in Grade 4 and below must be accompanied by a caregiver.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca/eventbrite.ca

DIA DEL LIBRO

Celebrate the Spanish language and reading during Dia Internacional del Libro, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). The party with Michelle Uvence from Creative Cha Cha Cha will include children’s activities plus information about the library’s Spanish-language collection.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

ART DEMO

Port Coquitlam’s Art Focus Artists Association hosts an art demonstration from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Outlet in Leigh Square (2248-2250 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam). The demo is free and open to the public.

MORE: artfocusartistsassociation.com

BEST PICTURES

Meet amateur and professional photographers with the Pacific Digital Photography Club for its bimonthly meeting, which takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Port Moody Secondary (300 Albert St., Port Moody). Presentations are made by club members and guest artists. The bimonthly club meetings are in person and virtual.

MORE: pdpc.ca/guest@pdpc.ca

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

ARTIST TALK

Hear from artist James Groening, who creates art from Indigenous legends, at PoMoArts (2425 St. Johns St., Port Moody). His talk and exhibit tour starts in the Appleyard Parlour at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and in person.

MORE: pomoarts.ca

THEATRE NIGHT

The Coquitlam-based theatre troupe Stage 43 opens its run of God of Carnage at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The play, which runs until May 6, centres on a playground fight between 11-year-old boys in Brooklyn and their parents, who try to resolve the dispute. Written by Yasmina Reza, the show is a 2009 Tony winner.

MORE: evergreenculturalcentre.ca/stage43.org

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

SHORT SHORTS

Support filmmakers at the Close Up International Short Film Festival, starting at 5 p.m. at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., inside Port Moody City Hall).

MORE: filmfreeway.com/CloseUpFilmFestival

LEGION TUNES

Enjoy the songs from Sweet Max and hit the dance floor at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263 (1025 Ridgeway Ave., Coquitlam) from 7 to 11 p.m. The band also plays April 29. No legion membership is required for the Saturday night performance.

MORE: rclegion263.ca

CROSSROADS COFFEE

Support the Crossroads Hospice Society by taking part in the coffeehouse concerts, opening tonight at 7:30 p.m., with the Cat Murphy Band headlining at 8:40 p.m. in the Mabbett Hall North room of the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (2150 Wilson Ave., Port Coquitlam).

MORE: facebook.com/CrossroadsHospiceCoffeehouse 

TRILOJAY

The foursome Trilojay —  Jay Leonard Juatco, Jay Esplana, Jason Nickel and Jonny Holisko — covers modern hits at the Asylum Sound Stage of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The show is for 19+ only.

MORE: hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

SPRING REGATTA

Dragon boat racers will be in the Port Moody Inlet for the annual Inlet Spring Regatta, taking place at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It features 200 m races in BUK boats and attracts teams across B.C. Sponsored in part by the Tri-City News, it is the first dragon boat event of the season and includes music, yoga, food trucks, vendors and a beer garden sponsored by Yellow Dog Brewing. Proceeds from the 50–50 draw go to SHARE.

MORE: inletspringregatta.com

BOARD GAMES

Bring your friends — or make new ones — at the Board Game Day at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). From 1 to 4 p.m., you can play your own board game or learn to play a new game. The event is open to families with kids ages eight and up. No experience or registration are required.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca

SLAM POETRY

Hear three of Vancouver’s best young poets as they take the Evergreen Cultural Centre stage (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) for a show at 8:30 p.m. Anjalica Solomon, Francis Arevalo and Laura Fukumoto will perform in the rehearsal hall.

MORE: evergreenculturalcentre.ca

SOUND MACHINE

The B.C.-based dance band Sound Machine plays new waves sounds from the 1980s, alternative rock form the 90s and top tracks from the 90s at the Asylum Sound Stage of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam) at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The show is for 19+ only.

MORE: hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 30

FARMERS MARKET

It’s the last month for the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody). Bring your grocery bags and fill up on fresh fare from Metro Vancouver farmers and vendors.

MORE: makebakegrow.com

STEM PUZZLES

Use your creative, lateral and analytical thinking to solve puzzles with Blair Yochim, a retired engineer and math/physics high school teacher. The event for kids and adults takes place in Room 127 at the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge to attend; it is open on a first-come first-served basis; however; students in Grade 4 and below must be accompanied by a caregiver.

MORE: coqlibrary.ca/eventbrite.ca