A Play About Pipelines – Bears Comes To The Cultch May 8 – 12, 2018

23 Apr

BearsA very timely and much anticipated production comes to The Cultch, Bears.  This is billed as ‘Comically drak. Unapologetically political. A play about pipelines.”  This multi-disciplinary dark comedy is about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. The Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre from Edmonton presents this production which is written and directed by Matthew MacKenzie.  Bears gives a voice to the voiceless animals and vulnerable landscapes, desecrated by industrial expansion. At the same time, the production strives to increase dialogue about the devastating effects on Canada’s First Nations peoples. This is an Indigenous-led play told through dramatic storytelling and choreography, with an eight-person chorus, enchanting projections, and an evocative electronic soundscape, BEARS is an emotional, empathetic performance experience.  Bears is only on for a short run from May 8 – 12, 2018.  Tickets can be purchased online at The Cultch.

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What’s On East Van: April 20, 2018 Edition

20 Apr

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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.

Yeast Van’s Hop Circuit – Eat Van Craft Breweries – April 22nd 

Love tasting beer and meeting other beer loves? You may wish to check out Yeast Van’s Hop Circuit happening this Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  East Van craft breweries and distilleries are hosting an open house.  Stop by and sample beer, get a tour of what happens behind the scenes. Food trucks will be dotted throughout East Vancouver at the various breweries/distilleries.   Our friends at Vancouver Brewery Tour have aptly called it the “Super Bowl of craft beer events”.  Expect line ups, especially if the weather is good.  

Make It! Vancouver – PNE Forum – April 20 to 22, 2018

Make It! Vancouver is at the PNE Forum this weekend with 180 makers.  The show will feature a host of items including accessories, home décor, delectable items to eat and drink, art, jewellery, leather goods, baby clothes and toys, accessories for your dogs. There will be food trucks and a beer garden to help sustain you while you wander and shop. Make It! Vancouver kicks off Friday, April 20th at 11:00 and goes till 9:00 pm that day and continues Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (11-5). Admission is $6 at the door, or buy your tickets for $3.00 in advance online. To purchase your tickets, visit Make It! Vancouver.

Earth Day Parade & Festival – The Drive/Grandview Park – April 21st

8th Annual Earth Day Parade & Festival take place this Saturday, April 21st.  Parade starts at 1:00 pm at Commercial & Broadway and makes its way to Grandview Park.  The festival begins in Grandview Park at 1:45 pm and goes till 3:00 pm. Lots of family friendly activities.

Park Earth Day Celebration – Everett Crowley – April 21st

Volunteers are back at Everett Crowley Park this Saturday, April 21st planting trees, native shrubs and pollinating insects. Organizers have partnered with the Vancouver Park Board and Wildcoast Ecological Society and will be leading a salmon berry planting along the banks of Kinross Creek. The Environmental Youth Alliance will be giving away native plants. There will be interpretative walks along with fresh refreshments.   This is an all ages family event and happens from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

2nd Annual Earth Day Fundraiser & Student Art Show – Bandidas Taqueria – April 22nd

This Sunday, April 22nd, Bandidas Taqueria will be hosting a community fundraiser, student art show and sidewalk festival in support of RAVEN Trust’s Heiltsuk campaign.  This is an all day affair that starts at 9:00 am and goes till midnight.   Bandidas Taqueria will be featuring regular brunch inside as well as a sidewalk festival outside.   They have partnered with Victory Gardens who will be on hand with seeds and seedlings for sale, Earnest Ice Cream’s truck will be parked out front will ALL proceeds going to RAVEN Trust.  100% of the profits from the sale of food and drink on April 22nd will be donated to RAVEN Trust.

Documentary ‘Directly Affected’ – Rio Theatre – April 22nd

A compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will also be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A, as will some other special guests.  Movie kicks off at 4:15 pm.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

In case you hadn’t heard, Havana Restaurant is back up and running which also means the theatre in the back is as well which means late night comedy and much more. To see what’s on, check out Havana Events.  Love words and language, Verses Festival of Words is on now at various venues until April 29th. The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s market at Nat Bailey Stadium being the last of the season. Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market continues this weekend and next from 10 am to 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Make It! Vancouver At The PNE Forum April 20 – 22, 2018

18 Apr

MakeIt!This weekend one of the biggest shows featuring handmade goods happens at the PNE Forum.  Make It! Vancouver will be featuring 180 makers including a number of new makers.  The show will feature a host of items including accessories, home décor, delectable items to eat and drink, art, jewellery, leather goods, baby clothes and toys, accessories for your dogs. Whether you are looking for something for yourself, your kids, the house or your 4 legged friend, there is an amazing selection of items. Purchasing items at Make It! means you are supporting entrepreneurs who are building their own micro economy. All this goes a long way to supporting our local economy.   If that isn’t enough, there will be a beer garden along with food trucks.  Make It! Vancouver kicks off Friday, April 20th at 11:00 and goes till 9:00 pm that day and continues Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (11-5). Admission is $6 at the door, or you can buy your tickets for $3.00 in advance online. To purchase your tickets, visit Make It! Vancouver.

Earth Day Events In East Vancouver April 21 & 22, 2018

17 Apr

EarthDay2018It’s Earth Day this weekend and we should celebrate this lovely planet we call home and do everything we can for it. We’ve set out below a number of events celebrating Earth Day:

Commercial Drive – Earth Day Parade & Festival, Saturday, April 21st 

The 8th Annual Earth Day Parade & Festival takes place this Saturday, April 21st in East Vancouver. You are invited to come out to this family-friendly event. This year’s parade kicks off at 1:00 pm from Commercial and Broadway and continues to Grandview Park where the festival portion will continue from 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm. There will be a host of activities for all ages.  For those that get hungry, there will be a few food trucks on hand, with of course some great coffee shops and other eateries close by on The Drive.

Everett Crowley Park Earth Day Celebration – April 21st

Volunteers are back at Everett Crowley Park this Saturday, April 21st planting trees, native shrubs and pollinating insects. Organizers have partnered with the Vancouver Park Board and Wildcoast Ecological Society and will be leading a salmon berry planting along the banks of Kinross Creek. The Environmental Youth Alliance will be giving away native plants. There will be interpretative walks along with fresh refreshments. The Vancouver Public Library will also be on hand with books on natural history.   This is an all ages family event and happens from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Earth Day Fundraiser & Student Art Show – Bandidas Taqueria – April 22nd

This Sunday, April 22nd, Bandidas Taqueria will be hosting a community fundraiser, student art show and sidewalk festival in support of RAVEN Trust’s Heiltsuk campaign. This is a business that is committed to environmentally sustainable practices which initiative we applaud.  This is an all day affair that starts at 9:00 am and goes till midnight.   Bandidas Taqueria will be featuring regular brunch inside as well as a sidewalk festival outside.   They have partnered with Victory Gardens who will be on hand with seeds and seedlings for sale, Earnest Ice Cream’s truck will be parked out front will ALL proceeds from ice cream sales going to RAVEN Trust. A representative from RAVEN Trust will be on hand to answer questions. Local musicians will be on hand throughout the day to provide entertainment outdoors.   If that isn’t action packed enough, six classrooms from four East Van schools will be showcasing environmental-themed art pieces on their walls over the course of the weekend. Stop by and support this great initiative.  100% of the profits from the sale of food and drink on April 22nd will be donated to RAVEN Trust, an organization which helps indigenous communities fight for environmental protection by offsetting their legal costs. To learn more about the organization, visit RAVEN Trust.

Movie ‘Directly Affected’ Earth Day Screening – Rio Theatre April 22nd

Zack Embree’s, Director, of the compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will also be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A, as will some other special guests.  Five years ago Zack Embree set out on a mission to understand the impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on local communities and give a voice back to those who had been ignored by the National Energy Board process.

Vancouver Story Slam Invitational At The Wise Hall April 25th With Our Writer Al Tee

16 Apr

 

FestivalOfWordsVancouver Story Slam is Canada’s longest-running live monthly storytelling competition. On April 25th, you are invited to a special invitational edition of Vancouver Story Slam as part of Verses Festival of Words happening April 18th to 29th.  The Vancouver Story Slam Invitational takes place at the Wise Hall. It features ten storytellers including our contributing writer Al Tee who will be taking the stage to share original short stories for cash and prizes. 50 audience members will receive voting ballots to select the night’s winning storytellers.  In December, the 2017 Story Slam Championship Final sold out the 420-seat Rio, so you may wish to get your tickets sooner vs. later.  You can find them at Brown Paper Tickets. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the event gets under way at 6:45 pm. Advance tickets are $10 or $12 at the door.   This is a 19+ event with no minors, cash bar will be available.

Al Tee
Alix Born
Crystal Smith
Dallas Yellowfly
Don Simpson
Emily Kelsall
Griffin
Jaz Scuff
Nyla Carpentier
TJ Dawe

Vancouver Story Slam is produced by Susan Cormier and hosted by Bryant Ross.

What’s On East Van: Friday April 13th Edition

13 Apr

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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.

Nifty For Fifty – Heritage Hall – April 15th

Looking for a great deal from local designers? You may wish to stop by the very popular Nifty For Fifty happening Sunday at the Heritage Hall between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.  This event features over 30 local designers including some personal favourites Cord & Stone, Daub & Design and Dahlia Drive. Admission is $2.00. To learn more about the designers on hand, visit Nifty For Fifty.

Swinging Sundays With The Ladies From Company B – Wise Hall – April 15th

If you love swing music and love to dance, you may wish to stop by the Wise Hall on Sunday and check out Swinging Sundays. The Ladies of Company B will perform their brand of harmony in the Wise Lounge after 7:00 pm. If you miss this Sunday, they’ll be back on Sunday, April 29th.

24 Hour Bike-A-Thon – 1739 Venables Street – April 13th

If you love bikes, or want to learn more about them (ie. fixing them), there’s an interesting event happening this Friday. It’s a 24 Hour Bike-A-Thon. Kickstand Community Bike Shop which will help teach people that have never built a bike (but note most of the work will be refurbishing instead of starting from scratch). They plan to build 24 bikes in 24 hours with sustenance from Moja Coffee and Renzo’s Cafe. Event starts at 6:00 pm at 1739 Venables.

Bird on Stilts Workshop – Trout Lake Community Centre – April 15th

Birds on Parade will be hosting a free workshop at Trout Lake Community Centre this Sunday, April 15th.  Once the stilts are completed, you will be invited to participate in upcoming parades around the City. For more information, visit Birds On Parade.

BC Distilled – Croatian Cultural Centre – April 14th

The 5th Annual Tasting Festival that is BC Distilled takes place this Saturday at the Croatian Cultural Centre. This event highlights BC’s premier artisan local distilleries. Come out and see what’s new and exciting in this growing industry. For tickets visit, BC Distilled.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for live music, Breaking Boundaries is back at Café Deux Soleils and we see the Libra Room has a full slate of live music lined up nightly.   The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s being held at Nat Bailey Stadium from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday at Hastings Parking 10 am to 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Bakery Pop Up At Les Amis Du Fromage’s East Van Location April 28, 2018

11 Apr

LoavesOfBreadIn case you hadn’t heard the news, les amis du fromage’s East Van location at 843 East Hastings Street is hosting bakery pop up shops.  We hear their first one was a great success and sold out in no time. No surprise to us. Amazing bread and les amis du fromage’s selection of cheeses make for a winning combination.  Your next opportunity to check out their Bakery Pop Up is Saturday, April 28th. This one features guest bakers Two Bald Bakers who will be selling handmade loaves of bread made with ancient grains from Noon to 5:00 pm. Noam Dagan and Mendi Yuda have created a seed to loaf bakery that uses only 100% traceable grains that they mill. Note, all their breads are vegan a swell.  Stop by Saturday, April 28th to support these local bakers.

Now if you are a baker yourself and have people salivating over your baked goods, you may be interested in hosting a pop up shop yourself at les amis du fromage.  If so, contact les amis du formage directly. They’d love to hear from you.

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