The Vancouver Fringe Festival happens September 8th to September 18th at various venues around the City. Another upcoming show we have our eye on is the premiere of comedian Morgan Brayton’s one-person show ‘Give It Up’. Morgan has been working away for 30 years in film, television, theatre and comedy. She is now questioning her life and more specifically if this is it? She wants to know what happened to her big break? Did she miss it? Why hasn’t SNL called yet? In her one-woman show, Morgan weaves decades of performing experiences and anecdotes along with career highs and lows. She has quit the industry several times, only to return (three times now and counting). She has turned her life’s work into a one-hour comedy show which is a mix of true stories peppered with portrayals of outlandish characters met along her career path. Morgan Brayton is also a Canadian Comedy Award nominee and Vancouver Fringe Fest Critic’s Choice Award winner. You are invited to check out her one-woman show which is taking place at The Cultch on September 8th at7:15 pm, September 10th at 8:45 pm, September 14th (5:00 pm for a half price show), Thursday September 15th at 10:30 pm, Friday, September 16th at 6:45 pm and Sunday, September 18th at Noon. Tickets are $14 plus a $5 Vancouver Fringe Festival Membership and are available online at VancouverFringe.com.
You are invited to learn the art of mosaics at the Sunset Community Centre this September. They will be hosting 3 free workshops for their Mosaic Stepping Stone Project which will be led by an experienced artist. You will learn to create glass tile mosaic stepping stones. The mosaic stepping stones you create will be installed in an outdoor space adjacent to the community centre’s lobby. Your creative work will then become part of the community for all to see and enjoy. The first workshop gets underway on Monday, September 5th at 10:30 am and is scheduled to be a two hour Family Workshop. The next two hour workshop gets underway on Friday, September 16th at 2:00 pm and is scheduled as an Adult Workshop with a Youth Workshop to follow later in the day at 4:15 pm. Again, the workshops are free and materials will be supplied. Step up and get creative.
The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival returns Saturday, September 17, 2016. If you are unfamiliar with this event, the 1st annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival took place in 2003 and was created by artist Carmen Rosen in collaboration with the community. This event celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance while honouring diverse cultural traditions. The moon festival will highlight art, music and environmental stewardship. The event gets under way with the Harvest Fair at 4:00 pm which will feature a number of booths from local organizations, artisans, and non-profit groups. There will also be live music, a selection of hot food and their infamous Harvest Fair competition.
At 7:00 pm, the Twilight Lantern Walk begins with a parade of lanterns from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park which is led by a giant moon lantern. You are invited to bring your own lantern and walk the trails along the ravine accompanied by live music as night falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, the procession will be invited to a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade then passes by other lantern installations and surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park at nightfall, for more live music, food and of course, the moon.
Leading up to the big event on September 17th, there will be a number of events including workshops for making lanterns. There are three types of lanterns being made, including globe lanterns, salmon lanterns and glass jar lanterns. There is a small cost for making each lantern which varies between $10 and $25 depending on which lantern you choose to make. All workshops will be held at the Slocan Park Field House at 2750 E. 29th Avenue which is located next to the 29th Avenue Skytrain Station. We have set out the dates of the workshops below:
September 6th: Globe Lanterns
September 7th: Globe lanterns
September 8th: Salmon Lanterns
September 9th: Salmon Lanterns
September 12th: Globe Lanterns
September 13th: Globe Lanterns
September 14th: Glass Jar Lanterns
September 15th: Glass Jar Lanterns
For more details, visit Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival or their Facebook page. This is a great community event that is fun for all ages along with great photo opportunities.
Photo Credit:Glass Jar Lanterns by Ben Rosen-Purcell
The Little Mountain Pop Up Shop is a great space located at 4386 Main Street. If you haven’t already checked out this amazing space, we highly recommend you do. Outside of it being a beautiful space run by two fantastic ladies, it is an entrepreneurial hub. Right now, creators of this space, Natasha and Alice are celebrating 1 year in this space. They have created an amazing showcase of over 20 local makers for a special One Year Anniversary Pop Up Shop which includes:
Bag Of Holding
Missy May Bags
Nine O’Clock Gun
Smash + Tess
Tuck Shop Trading Co.
Feelin’ It Decals
Lisa Warren Pottery
G Ceramic And Co
Agnes in August
Amara Blue Designs
Wheat Kids Clothing
Glitter & Spice
Beauty In The Backcountry
Peregrine Supply Co.
West Coast & Co
Sarah Hammond Studio
One of many makers participating in this Pop Up Shop is East Van’s Amara Blue Designs. Creator, Kassandra Taylor, makes beautiful hand stamped jewellery which will be available for this Pop Up Shop.
On Thursday, August 18th, you are invited to a celebration night with treats from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm which will feature Salt Spring Coffee cold brews and beers from Postmark Brewing. All donations will go toward a friend’s Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraiser. The Pop Up Shop is open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily until Sunday, August 21st.
Over 40 artists will be participating in the 2nd Annual Vine Arts Festival starting August 17th. This is a community-driven event which features visual and performing artists along with eco-conscious community leaders, herbalists, musicians, urban farmers and woodcarvers. The festival is a celebration of the Coast Salish landscape with a focus on re-wilding the city. There are a number of performances and eco-events taking place in 4 East Vancouver parks specifically Maclean Park, Norquay Park, Trout Lake Park and Pandora Park. At one of the events, Lori Wiedenhammer, author of Victory Garden For Bees will be on hand running workshops as will Lori Snyder, who is a First Nations herbalist and urban foraging expert. An interesting new addition to this year’s festival includes the Grass-Roots Project. The director, Heather Lamoureux has commissioned three activists to create works focusing on art as a tool for social change. Also, there will be a ‘teaser showcase’ of an upcoming youth project from The Only Animal Theatre Company which will be premiering at the Vancouver Fringe Festival called ‘Generation Hot’. For a full rundown of what events are happening in which park, we invite you to check out their website which has all the details. Note, all the events are free and the main event takes place this Saturday, August 20th at Trout Lake/John Hendry Park from Noon to 7:00 pm.
We recently sat down with Kenny Vannucci, co-owner of The Drive Coffee Bar (formerly Café Napoli) on Commercial Drive near 1st Avenue. This coffee shop has been transformed from its former space with white walls, a unique coffee bar and some beautiful brick work. One feature wall in the back showcases all of Kenny’s photos taken around East Van. The rest of the space has been set aside to showcase East Van artists. The Drive Coffee Bar doesn’t take commissions, but encourages the artists to host a gallery night during the month. The current artist featured caught our eye, Kathryn McPhee. She has a great eye for colour and applies elements of graffiti and animation. She uses oil pastels, acrylics and spray paint. Kathryn has been drawing and painting since she was a child and currently works out of The Arts Factory which is a mixed-use arts facility in a transformed warehouse at 281 Industrial Avenue. Last year, Kathryn participated in the Eastside Culture Crawl for the first time and her work was showcased at the Firehall Culture Crawl Exhibition which featured the works of new artists. She currently keeps busy with commissioned works, but she will be hosting a Gallery Night at The Drive Coffee Bar on Wednesday, August 24th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Kathryn will be on hand to chat and has some local musicians lined up for the evening including Sadie Campbell and Cam Labelle doing an acoustic set. Stop by and check out this talented artist and this great new space on the Drive.
Knifewear moves from Pop Up Shop on East Hastings to their permanent home at 4215 Main Street. If you love to cook, then this is the store for you. They have amazingly beautiful quality knives from Japan. Their Grand Opening is now underway with some special events lined up for the opening. August 11 – 16 they will be hosting a Knifewear Garage Sale. Twice a year, owner, Kevin Kent, travels to Japan to meet with blacksmiths and sources out one-of-a-kind finds, some lightly used samples knives and a few unusual items thrown in for good measure. We understand prices start from $75 for the Garage Sale. On August 20th, they will have on hand a 27th generation Master Blacksmith, Moritaka Hamono from 9:00 am to 11:00 am who will be available to personalize your knife. As an added bonus, knives are currently 10% off at all locations and online at KnifeWear.com until the end of August. Stop by and check out their permanent home which is in the midst of many great shops on Main Street.