This month’s Spoken INK features winners of the Burnaby Writers’ Society 2018 writing competition! Join us for an evening of the best of poetry and prose on the theme, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lessons from Mom and Dad – the sort of tale or talent you’d bring to school for a show and tell. Heartwarming, wacky and downright weird lessons that have shaped you and endured the test of time.

Even if you didn’t enter the contest, you’ll still have the opportunity to read your work at our Open Mic, following the readings and refreshment festivities. Readings begin at 8:00 p.m. Open mic to follow.

Burnaby Artists’ Guild presents an art exhibition and sale, “Primavera” at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6540 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby April 5-7, 2019.  The Opening will be at 7:30 pm on Friday the 5th.  The show will be open Friday 7-10pm, Saturday 10-6pm and Sunday 10-5 pm.  Featured Artist Iryna Kharina and the Guild’s many talented artists showcase original artwork in a variety of styles and mediums.  Artists will be in attendance. Demonstrations offered.  Show includes a raffle for an original painting and a sale of art cards and magnets.  Free admission. Free parking.  Info 604-291-6864 or visit the Guild website

Scandinavian Design: Lessons for the Pacific Northwest from Copenhagen to Kirkenes

Rugged mountains, forests, and coastline: a description of both Scandinavia and the Pacific Northwest. Join Architect AIBC James AV Bligh for a rapid-fire review of Scandinavian urbanism, architecture, and foods that would be right at home in the Pacific Northwest.

Date: Saturday 13 April, 4:00 pm (Musical prelude starts 3:30)

Place: Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby

Admission: Free, donations welcomed

Start your New Year with the Maple Leaf Singers

Do you love to sing? The Maple Leaf Singers invite you to join our dynamic show chorus. With 50 years of performance behind us, 2019 launches our next 50 years, and you can be part of it! We perform a varied repertoire, including Broadway and movie musical numbers; gospel, folk, classical, and inspirational pieces; and swing, rock, and pop hits. As a registered charity, we perform over 15 times a year. Practices are Monday evenings at Burnaby Lake Pavilion. All are welcome to audition. Call 778-245-4445 or email Find your community in song; learn more about the Maple Leaf Singers at