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Dress in plaid, cut the rug with Festival du Bois music

Weekend events for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, for April 23 to 25, 2021.
Le Winston Band
Le Winston Band performs a special concert for Festival du Bois 2021.

Friday, April 23


The annual French-Canadian fete, Festival du Bois, returns but “à la Cabane” — that is, from the comfort of your home. View the online party — for free — until April 30, with special concert videos from the Grand Chapiteau (the Big Top) and family entertainment from the Petit Chapiteau. And, on the website, you can also win prizes, learn how to make traditional dishes such as sugar pie and tourtiere, and explore the history of Maillardville, the Coquitlam neighbourhood where the French-Canadian pioneers settled to work at Fraser Mills — once the largest sawmill in the British Empire. Sponsored in part by the Tri-City News, the virtual show is emceed by Monique Polloni. Tune in at


The Coquitlam Express take on the Surrey Eagles at 7:30 p.m. tonight while, on Saturday at 1 p.m., the players battle the Powell River Kings on ice. Watch the games live via


Saturday, April 24


Students in grades 1 to 5 can be part of the Port Moody Public Library’s Book Buddies, a seven-week program that starts April 24 and runs until June 12. Participants can join the 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. session — for 50 minutes — for help with reading, with a teen volunteer over Zoom. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, via


Tour the gallery at PoMoArts (2425 St. Johns St., Port Moody) to see the newly installed solo exhibits by curator Janice Cotter. They are Seeing Anew: Earthly Presence, by Garrett Andrew Chong; Melancholy, by Taize Powell; and Sur/Veil: Who’s Looking, Whose Watching, by Valerie Pugh. The three shows close May 12. Meanwhile, the galleries at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) also have new displays up until May 27: Where is Home? by Hamideh Abol; Grp4Art’s Open Spaces; and Threads of Hope, by the Fibre Art Network. Individual and core bubble visits are by appointment. Call 604-664-1636 (ext. 0) to book a time. Go to


Sunday, April 25


It’s the last day of the season for the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market so say goodbye before the vendors head up the hill, to Coquitlam, for the Poirier Street Farmers Market next month. The Port Moody market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot south of the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.). Visit