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This weekend in New West: What’s happening April 13 to 15

Arts talks, poetry reading, live entertainment and recycling events (old electronics and beverage containers) are happening around town this weekend.
Brendan McLeod is among the performers in Over The Ridge.

If your weekend plans include doing some spring cleaning, you’re in luck – as you’ll be able to hit up a couple of local events and get rid of old electronics and recyclable beverage containers.

Looking for something a little more entertaining? Artists talks, poetry readings, an exhibition opening, and the world première of a live performance are all happening in New West this weekend.

Here are our top picks for the April 13 to 15 weekend in New Westminster:

Exhibition opening

March on over to The Gallery at Queen’s Park for the opening weekend of JJ Lee’s solo photography exhibition, PARADE. The exhibition features eight large film photographs from Lee’s nearly two-decade-old project of documenting New Westminster's Hyack Parade.

  • When: Until May 5. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: The Gallery at Queen's Park, Centennial Lodge

Saturday, April 13

Electronics recycling

Get rid of all those electronics that you no longer use – and get all of their data destroyed. You can do just that at this weekend’s free data destruction and electronics recycling event, hosted by the New Westminster Police Department and supported by the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA).

  • When: Saturday, April 13, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Where: New Westminster City Hall parking lot, 511 Royal Ave.
  • Details: Items can be dropped off via the drive-thru or you can park and unload your items with the help of volunteers

Bottle drop-off

Get rid of all your recyclable beverage containers – and support local charities at the Royal City Rotary’s weekly bottle drop-off event. Royal City Rotary members will get a helping hand from two local businesses (Greens and Beans Deli and Cockney Kings Fish and Chips) at this week’s fundraising event for local charities. (New Westminster Baseball is next up and will be attending next Saturday’s fundraising event.)

  • When: Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Where: Royal Towers’ parkade, 166 Sixth St. – across from New Westminster City Hall.

Over The Ridge

Enjoy the world première of Over The Ridge, a retelling of the Battle of Vimy Ridge through live music from the Fugitives, spoken word by Brendan McLeod, and choreography by Ballet BC’s Jacob Williams. It’s described as being a “mosaic of music, storytelling and dance that argues against the exploitation of young lives.”

Sunday, April 14

Artist talk

Meet artist Karen Zalamea and learn about Ensemble, a temporary public art installation at Anvil Centre. This event features a conversation between the artist and Emmy Lee Wall, executive director and chief curator of Capture Photography Festival. Ensemble, commissioned by the City of New Westminster and presented in partnership with Capture Photography Festival, is now on view at the Anvil Centre until March 1, 2025.

  • When: Sunday, April 14, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Anvil Centre Theatre, 3rd Floor 777 Columbia St. – or via Zoom
  • Details: Free. All welcome. No registration required.

Poetic Justice

Celebrate National Poetry Month by attending the Royal City Literary Arts Society’s presentation of Poetic Justice, featuring poets Isabella Wang and Catherine Lewis, with host Alan Hill. It also includes an open mic and additional readings from readings from A Poetry of Place: Journeys Across New Westminster, a poetry postcard anthology project, curated and edited by Alan Hill, published in 2021 by the City of New Westminster.

  • When: Sunday, April 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Where: #IHeartNewWest community art space in Columbia Square Plaza, 103-78 10th St.