Rhizome Cafe May Events

May at Rhizome Café * Community Space * Arts Venue  317 East Broadway, Vancouver


Stand Up, Sing Out: Expressions of Resistance and Liberation

Friday May 2nd, 7:30pm 

Streams of Justice presents an evening of music and poetry on the theme of human solidarity, and against the unjust social structures that break us apart.  (http://www.streamsofjustice.org/).


Art Show Opening:  Illustrated Journey Youth Project

Saturday, May 3rd, 6:30pm

For the past six months, a group of immigrant and refugee youth have worked with established illustrators and comic book artists, learning how to share their personal stories and talk about issues that are important to them as newcomers to Canada.  The comics currently hanging on our walls are the result of this collaboration.  Come see the comics, meet the youth artists, and learn about their journeys, both physical and artistic.


Family Sunday: Caravan World Rhythms Society Presents Boris Sichon

Sunday, May 4th, doors at 4:30, show at 5:00, supper til 7:00

Bring the kids to experience over 25 instruments, and musical traditions from near and far.  This is a participatory show, part of Rhizome’s Family Sunday series: events, activities and supper for all ages. 

$4 for kids, $6 for adults

Caffeinated Queers:  Youth Week Talent Show

Friday, May 9th, 6:00pm

Come join a fabulous night filled with wonderful young talents, hosted by GAB, Out in Schools, and the Vancouver School Board.  It will be an evening of singing, acting, stand-up, spoken-word, drag, film and fun entertainment for queer youth and their friends.

Free, donations welcome

Althea Cunningham Duo

Saturday, May 10th, 8:00pm

Sultry, original R&B and soul music sung by Althea Cunningham and accompanied by David Priest and Harry Kalensky. Don’t miss this chance to satisfy your appetite for great jazz tunes!
$5 at the door

Family Sunday:  Will Stroet and His Mom’s Mothers’ Day Concert

Sunday, May 11th, doors at 4:30, show at 5:00, supper til 7:00

Celebrate Mothers’ Day with children’s musician Will Stroet and his mom Marion!  Will and Marion will sing interactive songs in French and English from their acclaimed album Will et sa maman: Chantons et dansons.   

$4 for children, $6 for adults

Locution:  The UBC Creative Writing Department’s Reading Series

Thursday, May 15th, 7:00pm

Five writers from UBC’s MFA Creative Writing program read from their latest works, live performances are presented, mystery guests do their thing, and more! 


Claudia Dey Book Launch

Friday, May 16th, 7:30pm

Claudia Dey celebrates the launch of her debut novel, Stunt, which the Toronto Star calls a “surrealist coming-of-age novel, a shot of Catcher in the Rye with a One Hundred Years of Solitude chaser.”  She is joined by local novelist, Teresa McWhirter, who reads from her new novel Dirtbags (Anvil Press), a book FFWD Weekly calls a “search for beauty amid chaos and anarchy [that] resonates long after the last page is turned.”


Caravan World Rhythms Society Presents:  Pe de Cana

Saturday, May 17th, 8:00pm

Pe de Cana, Vancouver’s own choro/chorinho trio band brings us this popular style of Brazilian music and rhythm.

$10 at the door

Family Sunday:  Storyteller Naomi Steinberg

Sunday, May 18th, doors at 4:30, show at 5:00, supper til 7:00

A little bit of curiosity, a whole lotta heart and a generous heap of fun – all wrapped up in tried and true traditional tales from around the world.  Join storyteller Naomi Steinberg for this evening of stories.  Bring your ears, hearts and willingness to wonder the world into wellness!

$3-$5 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Palestinian Refugee Film Night

Thursday, May 22nd, 7:00pm

As part of Vancouver-Palestine Solidarity Month, the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign presents an evening of films focusing on the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948.  The two films, Children of Ibdaa and Deir Yassin Remembered, depict not only the events of 1948 but also the continuing struggle of Palestinian refugees.

By donation, suggested $5-$10 but no one turned away

Café Rebelde

Friday, May 23rd, 7:00pm

Join us for this monthly informational and social event in support of Latin American social movements.  May’s topic is to be announced.


Board Games are So Gay

Saturday, May 24th, 7:00pm

Bring your favourite games or use ours!  DJ Ruggedly Handsome will keep the tunes coming during this queer-friendly community games night.

Free, donations welcome

Family Sunday:  Disco, Baby

Sunday, May 25th, 4:30-7:00

We’ll be out on the disco floor again!  Dj little d will be mixing the old school and the new.  Bring the kids out for some disco dancing fun.

By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Kulilu & Nuhkinka Coffee House Night

Friday, May 30th, 7:00pm

First Nations Grassroots Arts and Entertainment (A department of the George Manuel Institute) presents a First Nations evening of culture and traditional sharing. Our elder Kulilu (political activist, poet, writer and performer) has turned 60.  We offer this night of entertainment and connection as a way to bring our people together to embrace our oral traditions of storytelling through spoken word and song. Nuhkinka (performer, youth worker and political activist) will deliver a premier performance as a gift to Kulilu and our guests.


EveryBODY Dance Now!  A Latin Dance Party for Queer Folk and their Allies

Saturday, May 31st, 7:30pm

Whether you’ve only dreamed of dancing Salsa or are already a pro, you are welcome here!  From 7:30 to 8:15 we’ll hang out, listen to some music, eat, drink and maybe try out our dance shoes a bit. At 8:15 we’ll learn some moves from Michael Gabriel Rosen of Más Movement. From 9:30 onward we´ll work it to the sweet rhythms of Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton. No partner necessary.

$5-$10 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds

Workshops and Other Small Happenings

 Many groups use our Community Meeting Room and other corners of the café for gatherings, workshops, and more.  This month, the following are open to the public:

Common-ist Conspiracies Discussion Group

Wednesday evenings, May 7th-June 25th, 7:00-9:00pm

Join us for a weekly study/discussion group on “the commons:” physical and social relationships based on shared resources, networks of mutual aid, dignity and non-alienated labour.  We will discuss examples of how people have built emancipatory ways of living as alternatives to the destructive mode of social organization that is capitalism.  Each week we will focus on a specific theme of interest. There will be no formal reading list but readings relating to particular topics will be made available for anyone who is interested. Together we will elaborate on a language and practice of political struggle and social change that connects us with others.


Rhizome Café * Community Space * Arts Venue

Where we are:

317 East Broadway Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory

For more information: 604-872-3166



 When we’re open:
Tuesdays:  4pm to 10pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11am to 10pm
Fridays 11am to midnight
Saturdays 10am to midnight (brunch from 10 to 3; kitchen closed 3-5)
Sundays 10am to 3pm (and often also from 4:30 to 7:00 when we have a Family Sunday event scheduled) 

A note on our name: In the botanical sense, a rhizome is a root system that some plants (like lilies and orchids and ginger and bamboo) use to spread themselves about.  While the roots of most plants point generally downward, the rhizome is a horizontal root system that runs parallel to the surface of the ground.  The plant sends shoots up from nodes in the rhizome, creating what look like many separate plants.  These seemingly unrelated individuals are actually all connected, through a system that’s not immediately visible to the eye.