Seven things to do in Vancouver, May 3-9: Ionnalee, Moving Still, and more

This week includes European electro vocalist Ionnalee plus a new exhibit of nine Indigenous women at Bill Reid Gallery

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Whether you’re looking for date ideas, free things to do or just something fun to do in downtown Vancouver, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening around Metro Vancouver between May 3 and 9.

Headlining this week’s picks is Ionnalee, Zola Jesus collaborator and iamamiwhoami at Venue.

For more ideas, click HERE for our coverage of Vancouver’s arts scene, or HERE to search our entertainment listings database.

Here are seven things to do in Metro Vancouver this week:

1: Ionnalee with Allie X

When: May 4, 7 p.m.

Where: Venue, 881 Granville St.

Tickets and info: From $24.99 at

Jonna Emily Lee — a.k.a. Ionnalee — is a Swedish electronic vocalist, producer and audiovisual artist whose collaboration with fellow artist Claes Björklund is called iamamiwhoami. Since 2009, the duo has released a string of arty videos that regularly get over half a million or more YouTube views. Lee launched her solo project Ionnalee in 2018 with the album Everyone Afraid to Be Forgotten, and the follow-up Remember the Future comes out at the end of May. She has toured globally using Kickstarter to finance the tours and done extremely well. Her awesome mirror-covered leotard and wild physicality have almost become fixtures of her performances, but it’s anyone’s guess what she’ll bring this time around.

2: Moving Still: Performative Photography in India

When: Until Sept. 2, 2019

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St.

Tickets and info:

This exhibit explores such serious themes as migration, gender, religion and national identity using performative photography. The photos by contemporary artists whose work is both rooted in their cultural traditions but also engaged with a greater global dialogue around the stated themes. Expect to be moved and even challenged by images such as Naveen Kishore’s series Performing the Goddess — The Chapal Bhaduri Story (pictured) and others.

3: qaʔ yəxw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways

When: Until Oct. 2

Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby St.

Tickets and info:

A group exhibition featuring nine Indigenous female artists, including Tlingit artist Alison Marks’ Yaa-Khaa-Kootéya (pictured) curated by the ReMatriate Collective. The exhibit explores the importance of women on the art and culture of the Northwest Coast and will include participation by Audrey Siegl (Musqueam), a contemporary Water Keeper. The ReMatriate Collective formed in 2014 to strengthen future generations of Indigenous women via dissemination of public visual, text and social media exhibitions and campaigns to create positive self-representation. The show includes works by Richelle Bear Hat (Blackfoot/Cree), Krystle Coughlin (Selkirk), Lindsay Katsitsakataste Delaronde (Mohawk), Dionne Paul (Nuxalk/Sechelt), Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena), Marika Echachis Swan (Nuu-chah-nulth), Carrielynn Victor (Sto:lo) and Veronica Waechter (Gitxsan), who work in a variety of media.

4: Shannon Shaw with Monsoon Moon and Teak Physique

When: May 9, 9 p.m.

Where: The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St.

Tickets and info: $20.50 at

The bassist and singer of the garage punk crew Shannon and the Clams as well as a member of queer-core group Hunx and His Punx goes for a sound that is far more ’50s croon-pop with some swinging ’60s go-go soundtracks thrown in for her solo material. The comparisons to the late Etta James aren’t out of place as Shaw’s voice is big, brassy and sprinkled with just the right bit of grit when it matters. Songs such as Freddies n’ Teddies from her album Shannon In Nashville come complete with videos that are like some long-lost Roger Corman flick. Expect some serious musical chops and great fashion sense on display at this gig.

5: VAMP: A Supernatural Musical Burlesque

When: Until May 18, various times

Where: Performance Works, Granville Island

Tickets and info: From $29 at

TooFly Productions states its mission is to create “original and collaborative theatrical works with empowering messages of self-love … And we have a ton of fun doing it!” The company’s upcoming new burlesque musical aims to take the audience to a realm where a young woman named Grace experiences a sexual awakening in a hoary realm dominated by a being known as Seductra. As Grace works out how to get home, she also bumps into characters like Frankenstein’s monster, werewolves, ghosts — you know, the usual. And it’s all set to a soundtrack of popular song and dance.

6: 3rd annual Hornby Blues

When: May 3, 8 p.m.

Where: St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.

Tickets and info: $28 at

Every spring on Hornby Island, some of Canada’s finest blues and roots musicians get together and share ideas, techniques and more with some very lucky students. Participants have raved about the benefits of the experience, and for the past three years the Rogue Folk Club has gathered together some of the participating players for a killer concert. This year’s lineup includes local hero Paul Pigat, Michael Jerome Browne, Tim Williams and the wonderful Cécile Doo-Kingué (pictured). This New York-born Cameroonian musician tore up the Westwood Stage at the 2016 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival.

7: Rewire

When: Until May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

Tickets and info: Free. Donations kindly requested at

Some Assembly Required and RHYTAG (Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group) present a new collaboration by the two companies and artists Valerie Methot, Ken Lawson, Jeremy Baxter, Trena Hollands and Allen Morrison. The show is a multi-media production that takes place on the night of both a symbolic lunar eclipse and a major video game event where a group of young people gather to assess stress, poverty, grief and sexual assault, and how to use positive action to take them on.

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