Vancouver Brewery Tours Celebrates Italy For Dine Out With Italian Brewery & Culinary Tour

16 Jan

vbtdineout2019Vancouver Brewery Tours has put together a great experience for Dine Out 2019. They are offering you the best in Italian culture, cuisine and craft beer with their Italian Brewery and Culinary Tour. The tour features a selection of handpicked Italian owned and operated businesses. Craft beer is first on the menu with a visit to the award winning Luppolo Brewing Co. where it’s all about the beer. The next course ventures into historic and vibrant “Little Italy” on Commercial Drive to the deli legend at La Grotto del Formaggio. The main course features a masterfully handmade meal at the renowned Marcello’s Ristorante and Pizzeria. Last up, they have a sweet surprise for you at the end of the evening.

During Dine Out Vancouver guests can choose between multiple dates between January 18th and February 2nd for the Italian Brewery and Culinary Tour.  The added bonus is no driving, just sit back and enjoy the experience.  Vancouver Brewery Tours provides full transportation aboard their bus including pick up and drop off at Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. Your knowledgeable tour guides will take you on a 3 1/2 hour tour which runs from 3:45 pm to 7:30 pm. Tickets for the Italian Brewery & Culinary Tour are $99 and available through Dine Out Vancouver.

Walt Dismal At The Rio Theatre February 5th

15 Jan

waltdismalThis February, Impossible Things Productions, brings you a parody of Walt Dismal proportions. You may know, some classic Walt Disney movies like Aladdin, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, but on February 5th you will see them in a whole new way.  Walt Dismal which is billed as a musical and a comedy will bring you some slightly twisted characters who will be acting out a series of scenes from the aforementioned popular animated classics.  We hear you can expect some side splitting comedy along with a version of your favourite songs like you’ve never heard them before. The evening will be led by Walt Dismal himself (also known as Matthew Simmons).  Tickets for this evening of fun are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. Doors open 7:00 and show gets underway at 8:00 pm.  To purchase tickets online, visit the Rio Theatre.

Dine Out Vancouver Returns January 18th to February 3rd

14 Jan

dineout2019imageCanada’s largest restaurant festival gets under on January 18thDine Out Vancouver 2019 returns with over 300 restaurants participating within Greater Vancouver.  Something new we noticed this year is 4 options for the prix-fix menus being $15, $25, $35 and $45. Dine Out, we think, is a great opportunity to try new restaurants you may not normally go to.  During the festival there are also many special foodie related events available such as Get Crafty hosted by Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. on Main Street. There’s also an Introduction to Dim Sum at Dynasty Restaurant that looks intriguing. If you have a particular restaurant, you wish to try again make your reservation early. Popular spots do book up early.

If you are looking for suggestions of where to go to, The Georgia Straight, runs down 8 new restaurants to try which include 3 new East Van Spots, Brewhall, Sopra Sotto and Restaurant Yugo.   Local blogger, Fabulously Frugal has set out her favourites for best value.

What’s On East Van: January 11th Edition

11 Jan

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming week.  Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Totem Pole Raising Ceremony – Collingwood Neighbourhood House – January 12th

This Saturday witness one of the those rare opportunities a Totem Pole Raising Ceremony. The event begins at 10:30 am with a community parade from Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce Street, to Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Annex at 3690 Vanness Avenue. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Unscriptured: The Extended Version  – Havana Theatre – January 11th & 12th

A 2018 Vancouver Pick of the Fringe award winning comedy, Unscriptured is at Havana Theatre this Friday and Saturday night. The production is a completely improvised church service for a religion made up on the spot. You, the audience, gets to make the suggestions.  This formerly 1 man show has been expanded to include a choir and guest preachers.  Tickets are $5.00 and a collection plate will get circulated after the show in true church form. For tickets, visit Showpass.

Comedy For A Cure – Rio Theatre – January 12th

You are invited for an evening of comedy with Charlie Demers, Jacob Samuel and host Katie-Ellen Humphries. These three are regulars on CBC’s The Debaters and will be on stage this Saturday for a Funny Fun FUNdraiser at the Rio Theatre to benefit the Tumour Foundation of BC and children and individuals with neurofibromatosis (NF). Show gets under way at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25. For more info, visit the Rio Theatre.

Tribute to David Bowie – Rickshaw Theatre – January 12th

This Saturday night a group of local talents including Cass King, The Next Right, We Found A Lovebird and Pointed Sticks will play tribute to David Bowie at the Rickshaw Theatre.  All proceeds go to the Canadian Cancer Society. Tickets are $15. For advance tickets, visit Rickshaw Theatre.

Circle Game: Reimagining The Music Of Joni Mitchell – Firehall Arts Centre – January 12th

The Firehall Arts Centre brings the music of a Canadian icon to the stage this weekend with the Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell. A stellar line up of musicians will be performing her songs as of this Saturday. For tickets information, visit Firehall Arts Centre. 

Clueless: The Improvised Murder Mystery – Havana Theatre – January 13th

Not ready for the weekend to be over come Sunday?  Clueless: The Improvised Murder Mystery may just be the ticket. Who did it? Mrs. Peacock in the pantry with poison. Mr. Black in the Billiards room with a blunder bass. Miss Scarlett in the scullery with a scalpel. Six suspects. Seven rooms. Eight weapons. No Clue. You are invited to come help solve the murder and catch the villain. Fun gets under way at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $12 and available through Showpass.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  This Friday, they have Emily Molloy, Mary Matheson and Alexandra Staseson from 8 – 11 pm. Sundays they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those watching their wallet and well who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Learn To Make Artisan Style Sourdough Bread – Trout Lake Community Centre January 23rd

9 Jan

sourdoughworkshoptartinemapleDo you love the taste of artisan style sourdough bread?  Want to learn how to make it yourself?  If you answered yes to both these questions, you may wish to check out an upcoming workshop at the Trout Lake Community Centre. The lovely Valentine Kitamura of Tartine Maple will be leading a hands-on workshop on Wednesday, January 23rd.   Valentine will take you through the 3 stages of dough making in this 3 hour evening class filled with tips for success.  Cost is $66.67 and registration is available online.  Visit Tartine Maple for more information and to register.

Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell January 12th to February 9th At The Firehall Arts Centre

8 Jan

circle game_image1_kimmy-benjamin-adriana-samantha-david-scott_credit stephen rutherford Firehall Arts Centre is bringing back to the stage the music of a Canadian icon and renowned singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell, with the production of Circle Game: Reimagining The Music of Joni Mitchell.  Artistic Producer and local talent, Donna Spencer, brings this energetic musical experience featuring six quadruple-threat talents to the stage. Together they play eighteen instruments, creating modern variations on themes by Joni Mitchell.  For those that don’t know, Joni Mitchell is one of the most influential female recording artists of the late 20th century. She often featured social and environmental issues in her music. Mitchell’s music stands the test of time and is once again the voice of a generation. Some examples include the heartbreak of a failed love affair in “River”, the fear of imminent ecological disaster in “Big Yellow Taxi”, and the promise of a generation gathering to ‘get back to the garden’ in “Woodstock” are topics that resound as heavily today as they did fifty years ago. Circle Game runs from January 12th to February 9th, 2019. Tickets are available online at The Firehall Centre with several Pay What You Can Performances on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.

Pitch, Bitch And Ditch At The Cultch January 14th “The Dragon’s Den Of Theatre”

7 Jan

pitchbitchditchDo you love watching Dragon’s Den? If yes, then you may wish to check out Pitch, Bitch and Ditch happening Monday, January 14th at The Cultch.  Do you have a great idea for show?  Do you want to have a say in what type of productions you’d like to see on stage? Creators, Pippa Mackie and Kim Senklip Harvey, aim to highlight the strength and power of female-identifying voices and experiences. During the course of the evening, they will guide attendees through a lively banter and debate on a variety of possible topics.  No idea is off limits, no suggestion taboo, you are to let your imagination run wild and oh, the bar will be open should that help you loosen your tongue just a little.  There general theme goes like this:

PITCH
Bring your ideas —
pitches are anonymous, so no judgement!

BITCH
Kim and Pippa discuss the pitches, and debate whether they have potential as plays or not!

DITCH
The power is in your hands
—audience members vote on which pitches are ditched and which ones have promise!

Tickets for the event are $10 and available online through The Cultch.  If you are interested generally in Women In The Arts, there is mixer by that name the same evening before the show from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in The Cultch Lobby. It is free attend the mixer.

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