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Six things to do in Burnaby this weekend: April 14-16

This weekend, head out to a celestial concert of song, oud and typewriters with Ruby Singh and the Future Ancestors or take part in an all-ager rager of metal and rock 'n' roll at the Rec Room. If art shows are more your style, check out the Shadbolt for the Burnaby Artists Guild art show and sale!
Head to a concert at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and listen to a celestial sonic landscape.

Burnaby is chock-full of events this weekend for people of all ages. What's on? Read on:

Ruby Singh and the Future Ancestors

This concert will fill you with feelings of love and longing through tales of home and wandering as Ruby Singh stitches together a performance inspired by the Delta Blues and Qawaali as well as golden-era hip hop.

Band members making up the Future Ancestors include the fabulous Khari Wendell McClelland and Holly Eccleston in song, Gord Grdina on oud and guitar, percussionist Kenton Loewen on drums (and typewriters, dried flowers and glass bottles), Peter Schmitt on bass and Paul Finlay on the turntables. The show promises to be a sonic delight conjuring atmospheres of ancient realms and future rhythms.

When: Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Ave.)
Cost: $30-$35, tickets available online

BC Swing Dance Club

Swing your heart out at BC Swing Dance Club’s April dance.

Take a free beginner lesson to learn the ins and outs of West Coast swing style or expand your swing knowledge in an intermediate lesson. Then from 8 to 11 p.m., social dance it up with DJ Rick on music.

Cash or card payments are accepted at the door; masks are required. For more information, see the BC Swing Dance website.

When: Saturday, April 15 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.
Where: Confederation Community Centre (4585 Albert St.)
Cost: Free beginner lesson; $4-$10 intermediate lesson; $7-15 dance

Buster Keaton Double Feature with Live Music

It’s the best of Buster Keaton at the Shadbolt’s Music, Words and Buster Keaton event on Saturday. Featuring The Balloonatic (1923), which tells the tale of a misadventuring wanderer who floats from city to wilderness and Sherlock Jr. (1924), about a movie projectionist who dreams he's part of the onscreen action. This event will have a live improvised musical score by Róisìn Adams as well as a talk about Buster Keaton’s life and works from authors Onjana Yawnghwe and Hazel Jane Plante.

When: Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m.
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Ave.)
Cost: $30-$35, tickets available online

Drag Brunch at the Rec Room

It’s time for drag brunch at the Rec Room, hosted as always by The Established, Shanda Leer. This Sunday’s performance will showcase the glamourous Vivan Vanderpuss of Canada’s Drag Race season 3 and Dust Cwaine. Guests must be 19+ with ID or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

When: Sunday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; showtime is at noon
Where: The Rec Room Burnaby (1920 Willingdon Ave., unit 2106)
Cost: $25 for individual seats, tickets available on

Spring Fling: Burnaby Artists Guild Art Show and Sale

This weekend, take joy in the talent and creations of local artists at the Burnaby Artists Guild Show and Sale.

This three-day show celebrating spring will feature the work of artist YoungHwa Cha-Hach.

While you’re there to enjoy the art and buy a painting or two, take part in on-the-spot portraits offered as well as a raffle of an original framed painting. There’s free parking and bus access. For more, see the Burnaby Artists Guild website.

When: Friday, April 14 from 7 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Ave.)
Cost: Free admission

Bonus 6th event:

The Rec Room (1920 Willingdon Ave.) is hosting an “all ager rager” on Saturday, April 15 from 7 to 11 p.m. with local metal punk band Bison, heavy doom rockers Elsinor and prog rock ’n’ roll greats Black Thunder. Tickets are $20 on Eventbrite, all ages are allowed with adult supervision.