East Van’s Housewives of Hip Hop Holding Audition For New Members

26 Sep

Are you familiar with East Van’s Housewives of Hip Hop? If not, you should check out these super charged women who love to dance and have fun. In case you haven’t heard of them, the ‘Housewives’ have become quite the sensation on Tik Tok. For a bit of history, 6 years ago some moms were dropping their kids off at Boogaloo Academy for a dance class. The ladies decided the kids were having all the fun and they wanted in on some of that. Soon after, the owner of Boogaloo Academy, Jheric Hizon, taught them some hip hop moves which they then performed at a studio year end dance and that’s where the journey took off.  In 2018, they entered some dance competitions in the “adult street dance” category and next thing you know, the ladies won 2 silver medals and invites to perform at the WestCoast Women’s Show and the Victoria Women’s Show.

Now YOU have the opportunity to get in on all the fun! The Housewives of Hip Hop are holding an audition to add new members to their team. If you love to dance, have fun and have an affinity for old school hip hop and everything in between, you are almost certainly in, or well we’d say you have a good running start. To audition, mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 19th at Boogaloo Academy, #101 – 8410 Ontario Street. Auditions will be held in person between 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The Housewives have some requirements for their members which we’ve set out below. Aspiring Housewives, please give a read.

All “House” Wives of Hip Hop must:

  1. Prefer dancing to house work.  
  2. Be open to proudly wear spandex and leg warmers.  
  3. Be 35+ and believe that women age like fine wine.  
  4. Enjoy a kitchen dance party. No professional dance training required.  
  5. Commit to one day a week of dance and laughter until June 2022. 
  6. Commit to participating in competitions and shake it like everyone is watching.  
  7. Have a sense of humour and especially be able to laugh at oneself. 
  8. Have a flexible and open mind  ready to learn and dance to a wide range of music and styles. Flexible body not required. 
  9. Be a team player cause teamwork without team is just work and who wants that.
  10. Honour our bodies and work through aches, pains and ice packs together.
  11. Hold a valid passport (the vaccine one of course!).

You can check out some of their past clips on TikTok or give them a follow on Instagram @thehousewivesofhophop to see more.

Photos & Video: Courtesy of The Housewives Of Hip Hop

Donations Needed For Vancouver BC SPCA & Charlie’s Food Bank

25 Sep

Hey East Van peeps, we’ve just learnt that the Vancouver BC SPCA and Charlie’s Food Bank have put out a call for donations of DRY CAT FOOD and WET DOG FOOD. It can be pate, pureed, stew or chunks – beef, chicken, liver or fish. All flavours and types accepted, the more the better, as this allows them to manage a variety of dietary needs for pets in their care.

The Vancouver BC SPCA is located at 1205 East 7th Avenue and staffed 7 days a week. If you are in a position to donate some food, they ask that you drop them off donations between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm and place them in the bin located outside at their entrance.

Havana Theatre Hosts Weekly Comedy Cocktail Hour

18 Sep

If you like to mix your comedy with your favourite cocktails, then Havana Theatre invites you to join them Saturday nights for Improv Cocktail Hour. We hear Vancouver’s best improv comedians get dressed up to bring you laughs, Vegas style. You are invited to come relax in casual sophistication and let their performers whisk you away with hilarious scenarios as you sip your Pina Colada or Pink Gin. They comedy is expected to make you forget your troubles. Shows will be happening weekly on Saturday nights at 10:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and available through Showpass. Hint: Best to purchase in advance, as shows do sell out.

The Britannia Plaza Market Continues Until October 21st

10 Sep

After a successful run this summer, the Britannia Plaza Market which is located outside of the Britannia Community Centre and near the Britannia Library, continues until October 21st. You are invited to stop by this Saturday, September 11th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and check out some local producers, artists and makers. The outdoor markets will then continue on Thursdays ONLY from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm until October 21st. Stop by support local artists, makers and growers.

Sat            12:00 pm – 4:00pm    Sep 11
Thu           3:00 pm – 7:00pm      Weekly until Oct 21

The Firehall Arts Centre Kicks Off Their 39th Season With Chapter 21

9 Sep

The Firehall Arts Centre has just announced its 39th season, and Artistic Producer Donna Spencer has proudly programmed it as a Reunion Season.  “We have heard from Firehall audiences how much they miss theatre and dance in their lives,” says Spencer. “And in our 2021-2022 season, we are looking forward to having a reunion – a reunion with them and with the artists and creative teams we have missed so much. In some instances, the productions will be reuniting the Firehall with artists we haven’t worked with for a long time, and in others, our creative teams will be exploring stories that reunite characters with their past.”

With that in mind, the Firehall Arts Centre opens its 2021-2022 season with the world premiere of Raven Spirit Dance’s Chapter 21 from September 29 to October 3, 2021.  Choreographed by Starr Muranko and directed by Yvette Nolan, Chapter 21 explores what happens when a vibrant, powerful artist comes face to face with a crippling collision of events. A dance/theatre piece, Chapter 21 is a reflection on the days that have come to pass and the art of becoming. To purchase tickets for this upcoming performance, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Erik Zennström

19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

7 Sep

The 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens this September with a variety of activities. The Harvest Fair and Lost Streams Lantern Parade taking place Saturday, September 11th is one of the highlights. It is a family friendly event that celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. The festival features the arts, community and the environment. The event is co-hosted by the Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association and if you haven’t attended previously, we encourage you to check out the display of creativity, colour, light and music. This year’s theme is Balance in which organizers hope you will give some thought to seeking harmony within our communities as well as working together to reimagine, rebuild and find balance so our world can thrive.

The festivities on September 11th begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 7:00 pm at Slocan Park. During the Harvest Fair, there will be live performances, community booths and a veggie competition. This event is a pre-cursor to the Lost Streams Lantern Parade that begins at dusk and goes from Slocan Park to Collingwood Park. Everyone is invited to participate in this walk and lanterns are encouraged.

If you are looking to make a lantern, there are 2 Free Form Lantern Workshops on September 8th and 9th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Slocan Field House. If you want to learn more about all the activities happening in September around the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society.

New Murals In River District

4 Sep

Although the Vancouver Mural Festival has officially finished for the year, what remains are the stunning murals around the City. We have featured many of the murals in Mount Pleasant, but this time we took a wander through the new murals in River District. You will find these murals behind the Town Centre in River District near the apiary. Yes, there is a space dedicated for beehives and the honey is available for sale in the River District Presentation Centre. For those driving to the area to view the murals, there is parking at River District’s Presentation Centre from which you can walk by the river’s edge to get to the murals. There is also parking further East of the murals turn on Sawmill Crescent from Marine Drive and you will find a parking lot. For transit users, there is limited transit to the area, but there is a 31 River District Shuttle Bus that travels between South Burnaby and SE Vancouver. If you get hungry, there are usually a couple of food trucks situated in River District’s Town Centre. We’ve included a sampling of some of the murals displayed. Information on the artist is posted with each mural. We invite you to head down for a meander by the Fraser River. It’s a nice way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

ILiveInEastVan Totes On Sale This Weekend Only

3 Sep

Looking for something cool to sling over your shoulder when you head back to school? If so, our Limited Edition ILiveInEastVan totes are on sale this weekend only. They are hand screened locally by the good folks at Hive Printing. We have a few different styles and sizes, but we can assure you they are all sturdy. So whether it’s books or beer, these totes are the perfect carrier. To purchase, visit ILiveInEastVan on Etsy. If you wish to pick up directly from us and skip the shipping charges, email us directly at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com. Sale ends Monday, September 6th.

Reimagining Balance Art Exhibit September 18 & 19

26 Aug

East Van artist, Joanne Probyn, invites you to the opening of her new exhibition Reimagining Balance. Hosted in her new East Van studio the exhibit is a collection of over 2 years of art-making. Joanne will be exhibiting paintings, prints and embroidery. You are invited to join her Saturday, September 18th for the opening night reception from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for fully vaccinated guests. Sunday, September 19th the exhibit will be open for viewing between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm by appointment only at 1310 William Street, Vancouver. RSVP is required for the opening night reception. To reserve your space, you can snag your spot on Eventbrite. If you wish to book an appointment for Sunday’s viewing, you can email Joanne Probyn directly at Joanne@probynart.com.

Odd Society Spirits End Of Summer BBQ September 2nd

19 Aug

Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a delish event. The good folks at Odd Society Spirits are hosting the ultimate end of summer BBQ with some of their friends, specifically Hand Taste Ferments and Diner Desserts.

Todd Graham of Hand Taste Ferments will be preparing a Taco BBQ Plate of slow cooked pork in a banana leaf, fresh tortillas, pico de gallo, cheese, salsa, avocado and elote (Mexican street-corn roasted corn with spice and lime). We hear a delish veg option of pulled mushrooms will also be available. Also on offer is a delectable snack of two prawns in red sauce with cilantro and pineapple with bread. To finish things off, Sam Shem of Diner Desserts will be providing as you might have guessed dessert. For the event, some special “BarBQ” cocktails will be on hand that pair nicely with the delish eats. No tickets necessary for this event as everything will be à la carte, but you are welcome to make a reservation in advance to secure your spot for the evening with Odd Society Spirits on Tock. Stop by support local and celebrate the tastes of summer.

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