Archive | December, 2013

Happy New Year East Van

31 Dec


Thank you for a wonderful year East Van. We have included photos of some of the many events, places and artists we have covered this year which all play a part in making East Van the great place it is. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.





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New Year’s Eve Gala At The Wise Hall

29 Dec
The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala. The event features  Rich Hope and His Evil Do’ers, The Razzle Tassel Tease Show and will be hosted by Paul Anthony and DJ Thee Creep3r. Tickets include admission, food from the Reef Restaurant, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $35 and available online at Brown Paper Tickets, Red Cat Records, Highlife Records or the WISE Lounge.

Merry Christmas East Van

24 Dec

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Merry Christmas

Frohe Weihnachten

Buon Natale
Joyeux Noël
Feliz Navidad
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Uncle Vanya At The Cultch December 23 to January 14

23 Dec


Blackbird Theatre presents Uncle Vanya at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street starting December 23rd.  This is classical theatre with Anton Chekhov’s heart-wrenching 19th century masterwork rich in improbable love, yearning and folly. The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Yeléna, to the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. Two friends, Vanya, brother of the Professor’s late first wife, who has long managed the estate, and Astrov, the local Doctor, both fall under Yelena’s spell. 

Blackbird Theatre has received multiple Jessie awards and nominations since 2006 so you can be assured of a great performance.  Tickets start at $17. The show runs until January 14, 2014 with post show talkbacks on Dececember 29, January 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 2014. 

Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair At Croatian Cultural Centre Sunday, December 22nd

21 Dec


Well for those of you that have left their Christmas shopping down to the wire, here is your chance to pick up some one-of-kind gifts from over 100 local artisans.   The Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair is taking place this Sunday, December 22nd at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   First 50 people through the door on Sunday will receive a free Swag Bag.  Admission is $5 at the door, but children under 12 are free.  There will also be face painting and balloon animals for the kids. You can purchase your ticket(s) online at Eventbrite and by doing so, you will be entered into a draw for a $100 shopping spree. Winner will be announced on Saturday, December 21st.

While you are at the Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair, pop in and say hi to Kim Mulder and Kennedy Telford. Kim and Kennedy are two librarians who are passionate about real food and have just published a cookbook This East Van Kitchen: A Fresh Introduction to Cooking. The book features vegan, vegetarian and meat recipes with colour that jumps off the pages.   The book will be available for sale this Sunday for $30 for a single copy and $25 each for multiple copies. If you miss them at the craft fair, their book is available at the People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive.



Eastside’s 20th Annual Winter Solstice Dance At Astorino’s December 21st

19 Dec

You aWinterSolsticeLanternFestivalDec.21re invited to bring the kids, out of town guests and anyone else you wish to bring to the dance.  The Secret Lantern Society in partnership with In The House and Arts in Action is producing an all ages community dance party to celebrate the longest night of the year.   The event is taking place this Saturday, December 21st at Astorino’s Hall, 1739 Venables Street (at Commercial Drive).  Live music will be on hand by High Society, Orkestar Slivovica and The Barefoot Bandits.  Tickets are available at the door for $10, cash only, with children under 13 free.  You can also purchase tickets online at Picatic until December 20th at 11:59 pm.  The festivities get under way at 8:30 p.m. and will go till 1:00 a.m.

East Van Photographer: Tanya King

18 Dec


East Vancouver is filled with a wealth of creative energy that is uniquely our own.   You see it every day in the music, the art, the photographs, the live theatre, the writings, the comedy and on it goes. During the recent Eastside Culture Crawl, I must say I was in awe of the many talented artists showcasing their work.  It inspired me to showcase some of the talent that is among us. 

As an animal lover, one photographer that caught my eye with her amazing photographs is Tanya King.  She is able to capture that bit of personality in pets that is not always so easy to do. I speak from experience.  Having had a Newfoundland dog that came from a family of show dogs, I spent many hours taking countless photos to get just that perfect photo. Although I did manage a few great photos, it was no easy feat. As we move to more digital photographs, we don’t see as many framed or printed photographs.


If you would like that perfect framed picture of your pet, I invite you to check out the work of Tanya King.  She manages to take some pretty spectacular shots, being that pets are always on the move and don’t sit quiet and pretty when you want them to. Usually quite the opposite.  With Christmas around the corner, I thought giving a gift certificate to receive a session with Tanya would make a wonderful memorable gift for that animal lover. Subtle hint to those family and friends reading this post.

Tanya worked with renowned photographer, Hans Sipma, for 8 years and you will see her photographs in Modern Dog Magazine.  Outside of spending time assisting local pet adoption agencies and shelters by donating her time and skills to help animals find loving homes, Tanya does pet photo sessions in her studio. Her studio is located in the Parker Studios, 1000 Parker Street, in East Vancouver.   Each session takes about 30 – 45 minutes.   You can also have the entire shoot of photos put into one photo book with 25 – 30 images which would also make a wonderful keepsake and fantastic gift.  Gift certificates for Tanya’s photo sessions are available. You can find prices listed on her website.

You can see in the photos that Tanya loves animals, it is the only way she is able to take the photos she does.  Animals have a very innate sense of who they like and trust.  Tanya generally photographs cats and dogs, but will soon be turning her eye to photographing horses.  Although, I have included a sampling of her photos here, I invite you to check out her photos online, they are pretty spectacular.

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