This weekend in Vancouver: On the Coast's 5 top picks

CBC Radio's On the Coast handpicks some of the finest events happening around town this weekend.

Metro Vancouver events for the weekend of April 11 to 13, 2014

1. Soweto Gospel Choir, Vancouver

The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform in Vancouver on its tour to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. (Soweto Gospel Choir)

The world-famous, Grammy-winning African gospel choir is in Vancouver this weekend. The 24-voice choir has previously sung with the likes of Bono, Peter Gabriel and Celine Dion. They sold out their last two concerts in Vancouver, and this time they're touring as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid. 

2. The North Shore Writers Festival, North Vancouver

Vincent Lam speaks at the North Shore Writers Festival. (Vincent Lam)

The festival features Vincent Lam, who won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his collection of short stories, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures.

Also featured are writers Roberta Rich, and Jen Sook-Fong Lee, who are panelists for discussions around writing and getting published. Plus you can test your knowledge of literature at the Literary Trivia Quiz on Friday.

3. Vancouver Hop, Vancouver

You can take part in talks and tours about art in the city, from Gastown to Chinatown to Main Street. Gallery curators, critics and artists in these neighbourhoods will discuss their work and talk about trends in contemporary art.

4. Street Soccer Tournament, Vancouver

The Vancouver Street Soccer League and the Vancouver Southsiders play in a tournament this Saturday. (Vancouver Street Soccer League)

Vancouver Street Soccer League and the Vancouver Southsiders are hosting a tournament at Andy Livingstone Park to raise money for the Street Soccer League. Watch some fun, feisty and talented players on the astroturf.

5. Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade

The Sikh celebrations around Vaisakhi mark the annual harvest festival and commemorates the establishment of the Khalsa. (CBC)

Head to South Vancouver for the celebration of the Sikh new year. Main Street from 49th to Marine Drive will be closed off for the festivities, and open for pedestrians. Go with an empty stomach as there is a lot of delicious food, along with dancing and performances along the parade route.