Movies Are Back At The Rio Theatre As Of June 15

14 Jun

It’s been a long haul for the Rio Theatre that pivoted to a sports bar during the pandemic. As of June 15th, they are back to showing movies and are kicking things off Tuesday evening with an early showing of Cinema Paradiso. Heads up though, don’t go running to grab your tickets for that showing, it is already sold out. Tuesday’s 9:30 pm feature is The Big Lebowski which is also sold out. As you might imagine, there’s a little bit of a pent up demand and a lot of community support. The movie line up continues this week with Anthony Hopkins in The Father and Frances McDormand in Nomadland. If you are craving to see a movie in person, this is for you. Note, there are still COVID precautions and limited seating, so if there is a movie you wish to see, we suggest booking in advance. To purchase your tickets, visit the Rio Theatre.

Havana Theatre Hosts Funday In The Neighbourhood: A Night At The Museum June 17

12 Jun

It’s back baby! Live theatre that is at Havana Theatre located within Havana Vancouver, 1212 Commercial Drive. This is a great spot that features a variety of live performances including comedy, dance, drag, trivia and live podcasting. On June 17th they are officially back with an in person performance. The first performance in their line up is Fundays in the Neighbourhood: A Night at the Museum!

What is Funday in the Neighbourhood? If you ever wanted to see a show described as “Mr. Rogers after dark”? then this is the show for you. The show features local actor and comedian John Hannah who explores the ins, outs, peoples, places, vibes, moods and talents from around our neighbourhood, hint Commercial Drive. The show is co-hosted by a skeleton puppet named Slappy and musical director Julien Amar. Each performance is a little different and could feature a musical guest, a game show, epic music videos, stand up comedy, an introduction to bird watching, or even improv. Havana Theatre invites you to come on down and put a little FUN in your day. And honestly after the last year and a half, I think we could all use a little more fun. Tickets are $10 for a table for 2 and available through Showpass.

Cheese Making Workshop: Mozzarella, Burrata & Bocconcini June 18, 2021

8 Jun

If you are craving an in person event, the Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a Cheese Making Workshop on Friday, June 18th. The focus of this workshop will be on making mozzarella, burrata and bocconcini. The class is led by Paula Maddison who is based on Gabriola Island and has extensive experience in cheesemaking. Paula will teach you the lost art of cheesemaking and show you some of the secrets in making these Italian cheeses in this demonstration class. The workshop will be held in one of the halls at the Italian Cultural Centre and only a limited number of tickets will be available to ensure it is a socially distanced event. Tickets are $110 for this 2 hour class and available directly from the Italian Cultural Centre.

Still Moon Arts Society Looking For Youth Emerging Artists

6 Jun

The Still Moon Arts Society is looking for youth artists between the ages of 16-24 that are looking to deepen their artistic development. Still Moon Arts Society is currently recruiting for their Emerging Artist Program, SMOLT (translation Still Moon Opportunities for Luminary Development). This is a pilot project program that runs from July 12th to August 22nd for artists in Renfrew-Collingwood. The program will provide youth with mentorship, resources and studio space to create works of luminary art to showcase during the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Festival. For more information and on how to register, visit Still Moon Arts Society. Applications close at 9:00 pm on June 20th. Have questions? Contact the Moon Festival Production Manager, Madelyn Read at madelyn@stillmoonarts.ca.

Sunrise Park Yoga July 6 – August 31, 2021

4 Jun

If you live in Hastings-Sunrise, Renfrew-Collingwood or Grandview Woodlands, you are invited to participate in free yoga in Sunrise Park. Sessions happen every Tuesday at 7:00 pm beginning July 6th and continue until August 31st. All levels are invited to participate. Note, they will be following all Public Health Orders which includes a Covid screening prior to attendance, so best to arrive a bit early. If you wish to learn more, you can check out their Facebook page at Sunrise Park Yoga or email them directly at sunriseparkyoga@gmail.com.

National Donut Day June 4th: Where To Find Great Donuts In East Van

31 May

National Donut Day is this Friday, June 4th. In honour of that, we thought we’d highlight where we can find some great donuts in East Van. Specifically independent shops as we all know Tim Hortons and where you can find one. Outside of that, there are some obvious choices like Lucky’s Doughnuts, Cartems Donuts and long standing Duffin’s Donuts which has sealed a place in Vancouver’s collective history. New on the scene for us is Mello located near Chinatown which we have yet to try, but are looking forward to stopping in soon.

What we wanted to find were some spots in East Van that didn’t automatically come to mind when you think of donuts. One of those for us is Breka Bakery which has an apple fritter that is hefty in size and easily sharable between two, or not. Breka has a changing variety of donuts on hand, but the filled ones with apricot or raspberry filling are pretty delish. The added bonus of Breka is that no matter what time of the day or night you get a craving for a donut, they are open 24/7.

Next up is Swiss Bakery which we hear posted some fun flavours the other day like Maple Bacon bits with Custard, Walnut and Rose Petals with Chocolate Ganache, London Fog and Lavender with Custard, Chocolate Long John, Lemon Glazed, Chocolate Pearls and Peanut Butter and Jam. Low and behold they sold out quickly, but you are in luck, they will be available this week until Friday, June 4th. Don’t want to miss out on some of these great flavours and if you want to be sure you don’t, you can place in order online. Visit them at Swiss Bakery.

If Cartems is your go to spot, we learnt that they are offering a unique flavour this week, Sour Apple. It’s being billed as the ‘perfect mix of sweet and tart’. It’s a cake donut with green apple glaze topped with green apple chip. If this speaks to you, Sour Apple is only available till this Sunday, June 6th.

Did we miss your favourite spot? Drop us a line anytime.

Photo Credit: Swiss Bakery

Eye Spy Creates Drone Images Over PNE/Hastings Park

28 May

It’s Friday and if all goes well, one day soon we will be able to attend the PNE in person and enjoy live events again. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, we’d like to share this cool drone aerial video taken over PNE/Hastings Park by Eye Spy. They invite you to try and Find The Hidden Objects which truth be told we found a bit hard to see. But we will say the aerial view, along with the relaxing music, provides for a moment to just enjoy the view and forget about everything else going on in the world.

Mary Fowles – East Van Portrait Photographer Draws On Documentary Storytelling

24 May

We recently had the opportunity to connect with Mary Fowles, a local photographer, who although originally from Salt Spring Island has made her home in East Van.   We recently caught sight of a deal she’s offering for her photography services. We’ll get to that shortly, but first we learnt Mary has quite a back story.  

Not only does Mary take some unique photos, she’s an award winning documentary storyteller.  When Mary graduated with her degree in journalism in 2004, she turned to documentary filmmaking and founded her own company Safran Films Inc. in 2008. The documentary that followed is called Taxi Casablanca and features the story of the first female taxi driver in Casblanca, Morocco. As an artist, her mission is, in her words, “to shed light on dark corners, lend strength to quiet voices and illuminate beauty”. 

In Mary’s view, so many stories don’t see the light of day and are over powered by conventional stories. She wanted to share those untold lesser known stories.  Although Mary is not currently making films, she continues to tell stories with her photography and she’s a little obsessed with street photography which is what drew us in. Mary has a distinct visual style and is currently offering a great deal if you are looking for a headshot portrait for your LinkedIn profile or website bio for $125. Note this offer is open only till the end of May.   If you are looking for other packages, Mary also offers branding sessions for businesses and also loves to do engagement and family shoots.  We have included a few of her photos here, but invite you to check out more of her photos at Vancouver Portrait and Style, or give her a follow on Instagram.

Terminal City Glass Co-Op Hosts Spring Sale May 22, 2021

19 May

This Saturday, the artists at Terminal City Glass Co-Op invite you to their Spring Sale. This is an outdoor event happening rain or shine May 22nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The sale will feature slightly imperfect, experimental and one-of-a-kind glass handmade items including vases, bowls, jewellery, cups and more. The items will be on display in the courtyard of the Mergatroid Building located at 1191 Parker Street. The event is a fundraiser to support the co-op’s education and studio activities. The sale is first come first serve, but note people are invited to pre-book a timeslot (every 15 minutes) to shop. Further, masks will be required to shop at the event and all COVID protocols will be in place. If you wish to pre-book your time slot to shop, visit Terminal City Glass Co-Op.

Photo: Maria Ida Designs @mariaidadesigns

Yoga On Tap This Summer At Container Brewing

17 May

East Van Yoga and Container Brewing, 1216 Franklin Street, have teamed up to bring you Yoga On Tap this summer. Starting June 5th, come join them for a guided 60 minute gentle Hatha style class followed by a post class glass of beer. This is a weekly Saturday morning event that starts at 10:45 am on the outdoor patio of Container Brewing. Tickets are $25 and available online from East Van Yoga. The Saturday morning sessions will continue until August 28th should the interest be there. Note, social distancing protocols will be in place and any Public Health Orders will be followed. To register, visit East Van Yoga.

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