Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, May 12-14

Carmanah plays the Biltmore

By Steve Newton

FRIDAY: Victoria soul-roots band Carmanah, featuring lead vocalist Laura Mina Mitic, plays its final Vancouver show at the Biltmore Cabaret, with guest Edwin Raphael.

FRIDAY: Joke Books Comedy at Little Mountain Gallery is a fundraising standup show featuring performances by Gina Harms, Randee Neumeyer, Aaron Arya, Nathan Hare, Julie Kim, and Hooriah Ikram. Proceeds go to Directions Youth Services, which operates 24/7 supportive space and shelter for youth experiencing homelessness.

Orchard Sky plays Surrey City Hall

FRIDAY: country-rock band Orchard Sky, featuring Vancouver-based soul vocalist Krystle Dos Santos, performs originals and covers at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall.

FRIDAY: the Rogue Folk Club presents Vancouver blues-roots vocalist LJ Mountenay at a release party for her new album Mama Danced at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: violin and viola player James Ehnes joins the Vancouver Symphony in a program at the Orpheum Theatre that includes Bartók’s Viola Concerto, Strauss’s Blue Danube, and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Ballet BC performs at the Queen E

FRIDAY AND SATURDAYBallet BC presents WAVE/S, featuring world premieres of dance works choreographed by Tel Aviv-based Roy Assaf and Sweden’s Johan Inger, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY: the DOXA Documentary Film Festival will showcase 39 features and mid-lengths and 25 short films, plus Q&As and panel discussions, at the VIFF Centre and Cinematheque until May 14.

SATURDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Insanity, director Wendy Hill-Tout’s personal POV documentary about how people who are dealing with mental illness are treated. Post-show Q&A with the filmmaker and select guests.

SATURDAY: the VanDusen Botanical Garden Plant Sale at the Bloedel Conservatory Plaza features over 500 diverse plant varieties, with sales of temperate trees, shrubs and vines, native plants, fruit trees and shrubs, vegetables, herbs, perennials, and annuals, plus carnivorous and tropical plants, and orchids.

Montréal Guitare Trio plays the ACT Arts Centre

SUNDAY: the Montréal Guitare Trio–guitarists Sébastien Deshaies, Glenn Levesque and Marc Morin–presents a tribute to the music of Ennio Morricone at the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge.

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