What’s On East Van: August 23rd Edition

23 Aug

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

The Fair At The PNE – Now to September 2nd

The Fair at the PNE is on daily from 11:00 till 11:00 pm every evening until September 2nd. In case you hadn’t heard, there are lots of free events with admission once inside the gates. Kids under 5 are free with an adult and children aged 6 to 12.  If you are looking for free gate admission, August 27th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm is the last one.  If you are looking from some smooth sounds, Smokey Robinson will be hitting the summer concert stage Friday night at 8:30 pm.

Summer Series – Grandview Park – August 23rd

Commercial Drive BIA is hosting a Summer Series event tonight in Grandview Park.  There will be balloon twisting, face painters and a caricature artist plus refreshments from Super Valu.  The Lego Movie will be shown at dusk, note which is happening earlier these days.

Serate in Piazza – Italian Cultural Centre – August 23rd

This Friday at the Italian Cultural Centre, you are invited to Serate In Piazza. They are hosting an evening of outdoor music and dancing.  Food including sausages, pasta, beer, wine and gelato are available for purchase.  The event happens between 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  In the event of rain, the festivities move indoors. Music and dancing is free, food available for purchase.

The Zoo Story – Havana Theatre – August 23rd and 24th 

The Rusted Cage Theatre Lab presents a renowned classic story of human disconnection and class division.  The story follows Peter and Jerry who you observe meeting on a sunny Sunday morning in the park. Both suffer from loneliness, so what happens?   You can find out this weekend at Havana Theatre. Tickets are $25 and available through Showpass.

Tomato Festival Tasting & Potluck – Riley Park Community Garden – August 24th

If you haven’t checked out the Riley Park Community Garden it’s a great time to do that this weekend. At the same time you can check out the Riley Park Farmers Market that happens 10:00 am to 2:00 pm right next to it, if you haven’t already. The Community Garden will be hosting a Tomato Festival Tasting & Potluck between 12:30 and 1:30 pm.

August Seed Library Pop Up – Britannia Library – August 24th

If you are a gardener, you may want to check out the seed pop up and start planning your fall garden. They will have annual, biennial and perennial seed varities for fall and winter planting.  You are also invited to donate seeds as well. Stop by between 2:00 and 4:00 at the Britannia Library.

Tinder Tales – Fox Cabaret – August 24th

Who doesn’t have a funny dating story right? This Saturday night, local funny woman Jo Dworschak (Story Story Lie) will be hosting Tinder 💔 Tales at the Fox Cabaret. Comedians will be sharing their own ridiculous dating stories and yes, some will be x-rated. Event happens at the Fox Cabaret. Tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door, if available.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and show gets under way at 8:00 pm. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.

Live Music With The Sonny Landreth Band – Rio Theatre – August 24th

If you love blues music, you may wish to check out this event happening  Saturday night at the Rio Theatre. The Canadian Pacific Blues Society along with One Stop Rock Shop present well known slide guitarist Sonny Landreth.  Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more info, visit The Rio Theatre.

Artful Sundays – Napier Greenway – August 25th 

Artful Sundays continue this Sunday between Noon and 5:00 pm. Expect some great local talent, live music, workshops and artisans. The event is free to attend. The Napier Greenway is located just outside the Britannia Community Centre/Library.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Lear Inc. – All Or Nothing At The Cultch September 17th & 18th

20 Aug

LearInc.Although we are still in the swing of summer, there is some interesting theatre coming up late summer.  One that caught our eye is the modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Lear Inc. All Or Nothing. In this production, Lear is a 55 year-old C.E.O. of a multinational corporation who lives and dies by the principle of ‘all or nothing’. Lear disowns his youngest daughter, Cordelia, hands the reins of corporate power over to his eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, and unleashes the merciless forces of instrumental reason and denial responsible for 21st-century social, familial and environmental crises. The production is only showing for 2 nights and tickets are reasonable at $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for student and youth.  So we suspect this one may sell out.  For tickets, visit The Cultch.

Senseless Vandalism Breaks The Spirit of Children In South Hill

19 Aug

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A story came to our attention recently we wanted to share.  East Vancouver has many great pockets of community minded folk. There are so many residents that give of their time to build a better community and make people feel a part of their community and instill pride in what they call home.  Our hats go off to these individuals, as there time and effort is appreciated.  Recently, we received a note from a community organizer in South Hill that gave us pause.  On Canada Day, South Hill Neighbours hosted a great community event at MacDonald Park that included a potluck dinner and had the neighbourhood kids paint bright wooden bee cutouts to hang on the tennis court fence of the park.  The aim was to remind everyone of the great work these flying pollinators do in the local parks.

But after Canada Day, something strange, sad and unexpected happened. July 7th ALL the bees and a pathway information sign that was posted was not only removed but ripped to shreds and thrown in the garbage. To add insult to injury, someone left a sidewalk chalk message in the tennis court entry saying “bees suck!” Neighbours sadly pulled the bees from the garbage and remounted them.

Then later in July neighbours noticed that someone had been removing several bees at a time and again throwing them in the garbage. One mother retrieved 11 bees from the park garbage bin, but couldn’t account for 12 missing bees, since the garbage had been emptied.  We learnt there was a young girl in tears looking for her missing bee that she had painted and a number of other kids were equally as upset. This painting project brought neighbourhood children so much joy and pride in being able to share their work for others to see. It was heartbreaking for South Hill residents to see their community efforts destroyed. For the idiots that participated in this senseless vandalism not once but repeatedly, you made young children cry! Who does this and why? 

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What’s On East Van: August 16th Edition

16 Aug

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

Kiwassa Outdoor Community Market – Kiwassa Neighbourhood House – August 16th

The Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street (near Nanaimo and Hastings) is hosting another Community Market Friday, August 16th  from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  You can expect to find fresh produce, preserves, snacks, seeds, popcorn, activities for the kids. There will be some local artisans along with fresh local produce at very reasonable prices. Lastly, post market, Kiwassa’s Youth Program will be featuring an outdoor climate change film screening.  For more info, visit Kiwassa.ca.

Outdoor Summer Movie – Grandview Park – August 16th

The Commercial Drive BIA Society is hosting an outdoor movie this Friday night in Grandview Park. They will be showing Back To The Future at dusk, a mighty fine choice.  You are invited to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

The Fair At The PNE – August 17th to September 2nd

The Fair at the PNE kicks off this Saturday at 11:00 am and goes till 11:00 pm every evening until September 2nd. In case you hadn’t heard, there are lots of free events with admission once inside the gates. Kids under 5 are free with an adult and children aged 6 to 12.  If you are looking for free gate admission dates, they are August 20 & 27, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is also a free gate admission for seniors 65+ on August 22nd from 11:00 am to late.  For more ways to save, visit Ways To Save at The Fair.

The Dude Is Back – Dude Chilling Park – August 17th

A bronze replica of “The Dude” has been created for Dude Chilling Park to replace the previous wood one that has seen better days.  There was quite a bit of work including fundraising by many to make this artistic endeavor happen. So this Saturday there will be a celebration from 12-4 pm to celebrate that the Dude Is Back. Expect hot dogs and bratwurst on the BBQ and live music by the Undercovers along with some Parks Board members on hand. You are invited to grab a blanket and come kick back and relax with The Dude.

Yeast Van Patio Party – 1216 Franklin Street – August 17th

The Yeast Van Brewery District Cooperative is hosting their first ever Patio Block Party at Container Brewing, 1216 Franklin Street this Saturday.  Tickets are $20 and include 2 drink tickets. Big Day BBQ will be on hand with eats and Dr. Alex will be spinning vinyl.  Lots of great local breweries will be participating in this event. To grab your ticket in advance, visit Eventbrite.

Outdoor Summer Movie – Riverfront Park – August 17th

The good folks at Collingwood Policing Centre are back at Riverfront Park in SE Vancouver near the Fraser River for an outdoor movie this Saturday night. They will be showing The Princess Bride at dusk.

Railtown Tailgate BBQ – Railtown Café – August 18th

If you love BBQ, this is the place to this Sunday. Railtown Café chefs and co-owners are hosting a big ass BBQ with loads of food between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm.  There also be some delish refreshments Lynchburg Lemonade and Railtown Ruby Sangri. Cost is $27 per person or $17 for the vegetarian option.  For tickets or more info, visit Eventbrite.

Biggest Dog Meet Up – Trout Lake – August 18th

The 7th Biggest Dog Meet Up happens at John Hendry Park at Trout Lake Beach this Sunday from Noon to 4:00 pm. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend with a pup or not.  For those that don’t have a dog and are considering one, it’s a great opportunity to see a variety of breeds and chat with owners about what might be a good fit for you.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Tasting Plates Return To Commercial Drive September 4th

14 Aug

TastingPlatesRichard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster is bringing  back his Tasting Plates to Commercial Drive on September 4th. What is Tasting Plates?  It is basically a culinary roving tour that takes place at different food and/or beverage establishments.  You register for the event at the designated spot in this case, Federico’s Supper Club, 1728 Commercial Drive, the day of the event.  You bring your printed or digital tickets that you purchased online and in turn receive your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.   Thereafter, you wander whether by bike, foot, car or transit to the various venues and nibble away to your hearts content. Each location will have specific menu items on offer for the Tasting Plates.  After registration and a bite at Federico’s Supper Club, we see Grounds For Coffee is on deck which assume will be featuring their much talked about cinnamon buns. A favourite participating is Fratelli Bakery, 1795 Commercial Drive, which is literally a hop across the street from Federico’s Supper Club.  In case you don’t already know, Fratelli Bakery makes many Italian pastries including  breads, cookies, cupcakes, biscotti and cakes. This is our go to place for St. Honore cake. JamJar with delish Lebanese eats is also on board.   The full line up hasn’t been announced for this roving culinary tour, but being how many spots there are on The Drive, we expect the list to grow quickly.   Early bird tickets are now on sale for $36 until August 23rd.  After that date, you can purchase advance tickets for $45 per person and after September 1st, cost is $60 per person.  So purchasing your ticket is the way to go. Tickets are available via Eventbrite. We expect this to be another tasty tour.  TastingsPlatesCD2019

Cooking Class ‘Mexican Fiesta’ At Gourmet Warehouse September 19th

12 Aug

MexicanFiestaLooking to kick up your cooking skills in the kitchen a notch?  You can’t go wrong with Mexican food for a get together. Having brought various ceviches to gatherings with friends, it is always a popular hit and easy to keep some aside to make a vegan option.  On September 19th, Sue Wiebe hosts a class at Gourmet Warehouse showing you how easy it is to put together a Mexican spread with fresh ingredients.  This is an evening class beginning at 6:00 pm. We’ve set out the menu below:

• Shrimp and avocado ceviche

• Fish tacos with tropical slaw and lime crema

• Steak skewers with chimichurri sauce

• Tres Leche Cake with fresh mango and cream

Come hungry, you will get to eat everything that is made the day of the class.  Note, after each class, everyone has the opportunity to shop in store with a 10% discount on items purchased the day of your class. To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

Bon appetit!

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

What’s On East Van: August 9th Edition

9 Aug

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

Pop Up Water Park – David Thompson School – August 9th

Vancouver Fire & Rescue is hosting a Pop Up Water Park this Friday, August 9th at David Thompson Secondary School from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  You can find the school just West of Victoria Drive at 53rd Avenue.  In the event of rain, the event is cancelled.

Vancouver Mural Festival – August 1 to 10, 2019

The Vancouver Mural Festival continues this weekend with one of the big musical events, The Park Show in Jonathon Rogers Park.  The festival is a great opportunity to check out some of the 25+ new murals around Vancouver. There will also be a spirit lifting puppet and clown parade by the folks behind the Dusty Flower Pot in the alley way between 6th and 7th Avenue off Main Street. To see a full run down of events, visit Vancouver Mural Festival.

Playland – Now Open Every Day

If you are looking to entertain the kids, Playland is now open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm until The PNE Fair starts on August 17th. To learn more, visit Playland.

Lakeview & Cedar Cottage Historical Walk – August 10th

If you wish to learn a bit more about some interesting East Van history, you are invited to come along with local historian Peter Finch this Saturday. Peter will take you on a tour of the Cedar Cottage and Lakeview area and share stories from before World War 1 and what Vancouver was like then. Cost is a very reasonable $2. The tour happens from Noon to 1:00 pm and begins from Trout Lake Community Centre.

James Johnstone History Walk – Strathcona – August 10th

This Saturday James Johnstone returns with his East End Walking Tours. This one takes you around Strathcona and the eclectic history here. Tour starts at 696 East Hastings St. and Heatley at 10:00 am. Costs is $20.

Summer Savour Festival – River District Town Centre – August 10th

Wesgroup Properties is hosting Summer Savour Festival this Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm in River District Town Centre. The event features live music by local artists including The Boom Booms, a Beer Garden along with a host of family friendly activities. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome.

Windfall Cider Summer Bash 2019! – The Garden – August 10th

Love cider? Then you may wish to check out the Windfall Cider Summer Bash happening at The Garden, 868 E. Hastings St. in Strathcona this Saturday. Windfall Cedar founders Nathaly and Jeff Nairn will be on hand for a special cider pop up offering cider flights, cider slushies along side tasty tapas.  This is a free event, you can register through Eventbrite to reserve your spot which will we hear will be on their outdoor patio. Event gets under way at 6 pm and goes till 11:00 pm.

Artful Sundays – Napier Greenway – August 11th

Artful Sundays kicks off in the Napier Greenway this Sunday between Noon and 5:00 pm. You can expect some great local talent, live music, workshops and artisans including a personal favourite BagItUpByKate for those wishing to ditch the plastic when grocery shopping. And if you are in need of some help with relaxation, check out her relaxation eye bags with locally grown lavender.  The event is free to attend. The Napier Greenway is located just outside the Britannia Community Centre/Library.

Main Street Mixed Bag – Ellis Building – August 11th

Main Street Mixed Bag is back at the Ellis Building, 1024 Main Street, this Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  As the name eludes, a mixed bag of artisans, garage sale, collectibles and everything in between.  No admission, kids and dogs welcome.  We hear there is a new local indigenous artist making some beautiful jewellery, check out Inner Wolf Jewellery.

Strange Fellows Movie Night – August 11th

If you love beer, popcorn and movies, you are in luck! Strange Fellows Brewing is hosting a double bill this Sunday at their brewery between 6:00 and 10:00 pm. They will be showing Die Hard and Pulp Fiction.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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