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Announcing VanCAF 2022’s offsite programming week, May 16-22!


VanCAF 2022 is fast approaching and outside of our two days of exhibitors and programming at the Roundhouse May 21 & 22 we’re excited to announce of full week of amazing offsite events! What events, you say? Well, let’s find out! 



Johnnie Christmas “Swim Team” book launch at Slice of Life Gallery!

VanCAF 2022 kicks off our Festival this year with a special event presented at Slice of Life Gallery (1636 Venables St)!
On Monday, May 16th creator JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS joins us to celebrate the launch of his first middle-grade book SWIM TEAM, out May 17th from HarperAlley!
Johnnie will be in conversation with creator NATHAN FAIRBAIRN (Paws, Lake of Fire, Scott Pilgrim) to discuss his work, Swim Team and anything else they feel like talking about!
Event starts at 7PM and is FREE to attend!



Madeline Berger PICTURE PICNIC Opening at James Black Gallery!

Picture picnic is a collection of comics and drawings about being gay and eating fruit. Come touch the plastic grass and stare directly into the fake felt sun. Summer is coming or maybe it’s already here! Come see the show and celebrate its opening at James Black Gallery (144 East 6th).

A solo show by Madeline Berger (@fungalmatters)

Accessibility Info:
The JBG is located in a house from 1889 and is unfortunately not very physically accessible. Bathrooms are on the top (2nd) floor of the building. For more info on different entrance points, dimensions of space, and covid protocols please visit:

Drink, Draw & Lego at Slice of Life Gallery with artist Jason Turner!

From 5:00-8:00PM, Drink, Draw & Lego takes place at Slice of Life! Hosted in their lovely reception room at our Nextdoor location, come, enter and participate in a relaxed evening of lego building and art practice.
This is a great space to hang-out, catch up with friends and get a little drawing in.

This edition of the Drink, Draw & Lego will be hosted by artist JASON TURNER of the Vancouver Comic Jam! We have also set a (totally optional) theme: The Engine’s Birthday. Wanna make some art about TRAINS? Well go for it, and we’ll display it at The Roundhouse turntable Sunday afternoon to help mark the Engine’s birthday!

Large tub of Lego and basic art supplies (A few sheets of paper, simple illustration materials) included with entry. Feel free to bring your own supplies to set yourself up for sketching. Drop-cloths available for anyone wanting to use ink or paints.



SCREENTONES happens at The Lido! DJs Justin Gradin, Dadjeans & VanCAF director Jarrett Evan Samson (plus guests!) spinning records all night long: gum, glam, punk, rock, pop, new wave, and everything in between! 9PM-late, no cover!


Thursday, May 19th from 6-9PM VanCAF invites you to tour an exhibition of Jaik’s new series of ghost paintings by flashlight at the mysterious and secluded P.S.S.T. (Puppyteeth Secret Society Temple). Follow the signs to enter through the alley at 79 E Pender!

*Please note that the P.S.S.T is not an accessible space and involves climbing a series of stairs to access.


Friday afternoon from 12-2PM writer/illustrator MATTHEW FORSYTHE will be at Lucky’s Comics reading from his new book MINA! This event is free and kid-friendly—heck, it’s FOR kids! Come out on this pro-d day and have a great time for all!


Saturday will see the VanCAF edition of the Vancouver Comic Jam returning for another year!! YES! This year’s will be starting at 8pm at the 12 Kings Pub (395 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC.) More details coming soon!

Saturday also sees TWO great events presented with the Red Gate Arts Society (1965 Main St)!

First up at 7PM join us for Hue Nguyen’s solo art show debut in the main space! Look at Hue’s work, mix, mingle, have a drink, and enjoy! 

Then, immediately after beginning at 9pm…


It’s our VanCAF concert! Featuring:





& DJ Marc Bell!

$10/PWYC with all $ going to Red Gate & the performers! (poster by Jade Armstrong!)