Top Vancouver events April 12-17: Super villain party, Vaisakhi parade, and David Barsamian

Bring out your inner super villain at this week's party

The sun is starting to come out and so are the fun events in Vancouver. Read on as we ponder our super villain outfits...

Top Picks

Super Villain Party (Kelly’s pick)
Apr 14 | 9PM - 3AM | Legion on Commercial | $10/$15

Super heroes are over-rated, it's time to bring out your inner Super villain. Are you a Green Goblin, Mister Freeze, Harley Quinn or Mystique? Not sure? Take this quiz to find out which Super Villain you are.

Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade 2012 (Ajay's Pick)
Apr 14 | 11-6 pm | Main & Fraser St | Free

Celebrate Sikh culture and tradition at the Vaisakhi Parade! One of the largest parades of its kind in Canada, the Vaisakhi Parade celebrates the beginning of the new solar year, harvest season and the establishment of Khalsa in 1699. The celebration brings over 100,000 people to the festivities which includes music, gifts, food (free South Asian food), singing and dancing. Take part and watch the traditional and cultural celebrations.

Media and Democracy Public Forum - David Barsamian (Miraj's Pick)
Apr 15 | 2 - 5 PM | SFU Harbour Centre | Free

David Barsamian is the founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado, a nationally syndicated program carried by 125 radio stations. David will discuss world affairs, the economic crisis and global rebellions, the state of journalism, and censorship.

Honourable Mentions

Robert J Sawyer TRIGGERS Book Launch
Apl 12 | 7 - 10 PM | W2 Media Cafe | Free

Mind upload? Flash forward? Rollback? Wondering what on space are these? Come hear Nebula Award winning Science Fiction author Robert J Sawyer explain. Reading, live on-stage interview with Robert, Q and A with the audience, book signing, cash bar. Thanks Sean.

Launch party V6A : Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Apr 12 | 7 - 9 PM | Waldorf hotel | Free

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is often referred to as Canada’s poorest postal code. In a new anthology V6A coding is reappropriated and shifted to reflect the optimism and artistry so prevalent in the DTES. The book contains the poetry, prose, and essays of 32 emerging and established writers with ties to the area; and the event will feature readings by Cathleen With, Henry Doyle, Phoenix Winter, and My Name is Scot. Thanks Henriquez.

Living Room for the Movement | Community Supper and Party
Apr 14 | 6 - 9 PM | Rhizome Cafe | Pay As You Can (incl dinner)

Let’s make Vancouver more sociable and genuinely ‘livable’ city. Create “Social Capital” and make authentic connections! Living Room for the Movement offers an evening of celebration, dancing, food, and conversation to informally build relationships and community.

Silent Skytrain Dance Party Flash Mob
Apr 14 2-330pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | Free

Time for another epic dance party! Last year's event was the largest yet but it must be outdone.

Underwater Photography Easter Treasure Hunt & BBQ
Apr 15 | 9AM - 4PM | Squamish | $45 

For all of you that missed out on scavenging for Easter eggs, why not scavenge for underwater treasures instead? In typical scavenger hunt style there will be a list of items to find and of course a prize for the diver that acquires the most shots! There's also a BBQ to bring you back to land after.

Coming Up

Voices of the Street reading and launch event
Apr 19 | 7 - 10 PM | Waldorf Hotel | $10 (suggested)

Pub Night Fundraiser for LS Walk, Run or Roll
Apr 21 | 6:30-9:30PM | Kennedy's Pub, Delta | $12 

Pull Focus Summer Open House
May 1 | 7 - 8.30 PM |  306 Abbott Street | Free

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