What’s Happening at UBC? – April

It’s the end of the term so attend some events in April to bring in spring!

International Students: Returning Home?Thursday April 2nd

Are you an international student returning home to work after graduation? Attend this workshop at the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers which will provide you with tips on how to leverage the skills you developed in Canada and start your job search. You will also learn how to start building your network.

Register for this workshop on CareersOnline.

returning home

Voice to Voice Art Song Project – Thursday April 2nd

Vancouver’s Voice to Voice Project invites you to two evenings of Art Song newly created by Downtown Eastside (DTES) writers and UBC School of Music composers. Over the past year, Thursdays Writing Collective (thursdayswritingcollective.ca) and Instruments of Change (instrumentsofchange.org) have worked with the UBC School of Music (music.ubc.ca) on a unique project based on an overall theme of ‘transformation’ with the results – 11 original Art Songs – to be premiered by UBC singers and pianists this spring.

Location: Roy Barnett Recital Hall, UBC School of Music

Price: Free

Nehiyo-paskwa-itsimowin Pow-wow Celebration 2015Saturday April 4th

The First Nations Studies Student Association (FNSSA) and the Indigenous Students’ Association (InSA) are hosting UBC’s first annual pow-wow, a celebration of life through song and dance that originates from the Plains People, east of the Rocky Mountains. Everyone is welcome to enjoy dancing and singing, food and artisan vendors.

Location: War Memorial Gym

Price: Entry by donation

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Hall of Fame – Tuesday April 7th

All intramural event, tournament, and league champions will be invited to enjoy the UBC REC awards ceremony along with all REC staff, Reps, Referees, All Stars, and Earl Award Winners. Enjoy a night of food, beverages, and the presentation of Earl and Unit Winner Awards.

Location: UBC Rugby Centre

UTown@UBC Community Bike Clinic – Thursday April 9th

Get your bike tuned up for the spring and learn how you can take a stand by getting informed, making a choice, and planning to vote in the upcoming transit referendum.

Location: Place Vanier Residence – Gordon Shrum Commons Block


8th Annual AMS Block PartyFriday April 10th

This annual event brings students and friends together to celebrate the end of the academic year. This year it will be happening at 6190 Agronomy Road – Health Sciences.

Tickets: $15-30

Distinguished Speaker Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC Representative for Children and Youth – Tuesday April 14th

This event is part of the Year of Research in Education. What can research do to promote the wellbeing of children and youth in British Columbia? Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Representative for Children and Youth, will share her uniquely well-informed perspective on the needs of BC’s vulnerable children and youth. She will discuss issues of children’s rights and welfare, as well as their developmental, psychological, medical and service needs.

Location: UBC Robson Square
Price: Free

FIREtalk: Sustainable PlanetWednesday April 22nd

Sustainability is one of the pillars of UBC’s strategic plan. How does that commitment play out in your academic life? Spark your thinking: Consider social sustainability, health and well-being, engineering, green building design, waste reduction, policy, education, farming, genetically modified organisms, climate change, stormwater management, alternative energy, and carbon-neutral practices.

Location: Koerner Library, Room 216


Raw Food Express – Thursday April 23rd

Learn to prepare quick and tasty raw food recipes that you won’t have to spend hours preparing. Dishes including chia pudding, mini sushi with pecan-walnut and bell pepper pate, hummus sauce, energy bars and creative salads will have you spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your health!

Location: Food, Nutrition and Health Building

Lila Downs – Sunday April 26th

A social activist, world traveller and singer of astonishing power and grace, Mexican/American artist Lila Downs melds traditional Mexican music with blues, jazz and rock into a modern, living and utterly unique sound. She has earned numerous accolades in the last decade including a 2012 GRAMMY Award, two Latin GRAMMY Awards and performances at the Oscars and the Latino Inaugural Ball for President Obama.

Location: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts


Written and prepared by Vivien Lee, UBCevents Communications Assistant