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DIGNITY Vancouver, Motown Open Mic, #NetRaiserYVR, Pirate Party: top Vancouver events May 23-29

One of the stunning prints that will be on display for auction at May 24 DIGNITY Vancouver from Nuru Project

Party like a pirate, sing along to Marvin Gaye, wear your corsets and spend a fabulous day in the Hycroft Mansion and gardens. Here are your top Vancouver events.

Top Picks

The Motown Open Mic (Kelly's Pick)
May 23 | 7:30 PM - 1 AM | Rowan's Roof | Free

Just because we didn't live through the Motown days, doesn't mean we can't appreciate them right? Come down for an open-mic and listen to local Vancouverite's as they cover songs from The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. Cheap beer and wine, good music and good company, how can you go wrong?

Dignity Vancouver Photography Exhibition & Auction (Miraj’s pick)
May 24 | 7 - 11 PM | Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Ave | $40

DIGNITY Vancouver is a one night photography exhibition and auction that raises funds and awareness for Acumen Fund, a not-for-profit venture fund eradicating global poverty. Hosted by VANCOUVER+acumen, the event is curated by Nuru Project, a group using photography for social change. DIGNITY has been hosted 12 times in 10 cities around the world raising over $150K for Acumen Fund.


Honorable Mentions

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress | film screening
May 23 | Vancity Theatre | $15

Reel Causes bring you the story of El Bulli - “the best restaurant in the world”.  The event is a collaboration between Reel Causes Society and Gratitude Aeffect Foundation to fund raise for Gratitude Aeffect’s Streetsmart Project which helps fund food banks in the Lower Mainland.

#NetRaiserYVR
May 24 | 6:30 - 9 PM | The Granville Room | $10

Come for an inspiring night with JCI Vancouver, featuring presentations on social media for social change. An awesome time with familiar tweeps just hanging out together to support a good cause is also guaranteed. Do good, share, socialize. This tweetup is benefiting the Nothing But Nets project whos mission is to bring Malaria to zero death by 2015.

Revelry Pirate Party
May 25 | 9 PM - 2 AM | Commercial Drive Legion | $10/15

If you love pirates (and you should) come party like one! I've been told there will be some "foamy pints", buccaneer burlesque, a pirate peep show and even a band called The Creaking Planks.

Bike Wash!
May 27 | 11 AM - 5 PM | Union Market | By donation

Rainy weather + dirt = a filthy bike. Come get it cleaned, lubed and tweaked by the crew of Velapalooza and VanCycles.

28th Annual World Partnership Walk
May 27 | 10 AM | Lumbermen's Arch, Stanley Park

The World Partnership Walk is Canada's largest fundraising event to help end global poverty. Since its inception, the World Partnership Walk has raised more than $70 million across Canada.  Thanks to the funds raised by the Walk, millions of people in Africa and Asia have benefited directly from programs supported by Aga Khan Foundation Canada.

Parisian Antique Corset Exhibition and Soiree
May 27 | 12-4 PM | Hycroft Mansion | $20/$25

Wear your corsets or ball gowns and spend a fabulous day in the Hycroft Mansion and gardens. Ogle the intricate corsets by Melanie Talkington and have a lemonade. How posh!


Future Events

Eastvanlove Tweetup Vol. 6 - Social Innovation
May 29 | Calabash | By donation (no one turned away)

City of Bhangra
May 31 - June 10


Festa della Repubblica (Italian National Day)
June 1 | 7:30PM | Italian Cultural Centre | Free

"Unveiling the Universe" | Public talk by CERN's DG
June 3 | 6-8 PM | Science World | Free

What is wrong with Multiculturalism: A European Perspective
June 3 | 7 PM | UBC Chan Centre | Free

Food Talks Volume 1
June 5 | 7-9 PM | W2 Media Cafe | $30


The 19th Vancouver International Storytelling Festival
June 8 - 10 | Sun Yat-Set Chinese Garden | various

Vancouver Draw Down
June 9 | 10 AM - 4 PM | Emily Carr University | Free

Living Extraordinary LIVE!
June 14 | 7 PM | HR MacMillan Space Centre | $40

Peter Pan by Karen Flamenco
June 16 | Centre for Performing Arts


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