Archive | March, 2014

Nifty For Fifty Sale Heritage Hall Sunday April 6th

31 Mar


One of the best sales in the City is back on Sunday, April 6th at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.  Nifty for Fifty was founded by Adhesif Clothing designer, Melissa Ferreira, seven years ago. The sale is a way for designers to show gratitude to their customers by clearing out local merchandise all of which is $50 or less.  Melissa says “Our loyal shoppers know that this is the only sale where you can get three outfits for the price of one.” You can expect to find clothing, jewelry, bags, scarves and much more by 30 local designers. Some local designers that will be on hand include Adhesif Clothing, Allison Wonderland, Bronsino, Bueno StyleDaub & Design, Elroy Apparel, Flightpath, Floating Gold Iceberg, Irit Sorokin Designs, Kdon, Shop Cocoon and Toodlebunny. This year, they have added handmade children’s clothes by Green Ladybug Designs.  A number of items available will be up to 80% off. So mark your calendar for this shopping event, but do remember to bring cash, as this is a mainly cash event. And do come early to beat out the crowds and get the best selection.  The sale starts at 11:00 a.m. and goes to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $1 at the door.






Documentary Miss Representation Rio Theatre Sunday March 30th

28 Mar


In Celebration of Women’s History Month this March, The Rio Theatre and the Vancouver Women’s Advisory Committee present the documentary Miss Representation this Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 pm at the Rio Theatre. The documentary by Jennifer Newsom explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. Miss Representation has won many awards including Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and received recognition at film festivals all over North America as well as internationally.   The movie will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Vancouver City Councilwoman Andrea Reimer. Panel speakers will include Vancouver’s own dynamic duo directors Jen and Sylvia Soska.  Doors open at 1:30 pm, documentary gets under way at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance for $8 or will be available at the door for $10.


After … Conversations After Sex at Havana Theatre Until April 5th

26 Mar

AfterCome join four people in their 20s and 30s, each at different stages in their lives, discuss life after sex. The discussions are part of play called ‘After’ now playing at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, until April 5th.  The play marks the world premiere of this originally-written work by Martha Herrera-Lasso. Her characters get themselves caught up in complicated, and sometimes, emotional and confusing conversations after sex. And really haven’t we all been there at some point with miscommunication and things taken out of context?  In this day and age, with ever changing norms and increasing expectations, the play promises an exploration into love in the modern day.  After is now on at the Havana Theatre until Saturday, April 5th. Tickets are available for $20 through Brown Paper Tickets.


Rescue Me: Spunky Looking For Her Forever Home

24 Mar


Hi my name is Spunky. I am an 11 year young female lioness, hear me roar! OK, so maybe it’s more of a meow, but I do like to talk and play. Did I mention I’m looking for a forever home? If you want to come see if we’d get along, I am hanging out at the Vancouver SPCA Branch temporarily because my owner passed away :-(.   I do love the folks here at the SPCA, they give me lots of love and play, but I’d really like my own cuddle companion. If you come to see me, I can be a bit shy at first, but promise I’m yours forever if you give me a chance to warm up to you.  

If you or someone you know could give me a new home, the Vancouver SPCA would love to hear from you.  You can reach the Vancouver SCPA by email at or by phone or 604.879.7721, or stop by and see me at 1205 East 7th Avenue. Thanks!  If you wish to share my story on Twitter or Facebook with your friends so I have a better chance of finding a new forever home, I would be very grateful.

UPDATED MARCH 24TH.  Spunky thanks you.  She has now found her forever home.

Broadway East Art Walk And The Midtown Experiment March 21 – 23, 2014

20 Mar


The Broadway East Art Walk in collaboration with the Midtown Experiment will be hosting a variety of art and community oriented activities March 21st –March 23rd in Mount Pleasant. The event will help raise funds for upcoming activities this summer including an art walk, a community film festival and public art installations. Art work by local artists will be on display beginning Friday, March 21st and will be available for viewing over the weekend from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A grand opening for the art exhibit is planned from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Weirdeaux starting at 9:30 pm.

A few Pecha Kucha inspired presentations and short film screenings featuring speakers from Papergirl Vancouver, Dude Chilling Art Exchange, Hot Art Wet City, the Drift, Vancouver Cycle Chic and more will take place on Saturday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The film screenings will continue on Sunday, March 23rd at 3:00 pm.  A community information fair will take place on Saturday, March 22nd between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. featuring various community organizations including Papergirl Vancouver, 100 in 1 day Vancouver, the St George Rainway Project, Vancouver Farmer’s Market and the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House to name a few. The community fair will continue on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.

If you are not familiar with the Broadway East Art Walk, the vision of organizers is to transform the stretch of Broadway between Price Edward and Price Albert through community engagement and art. All events are open to the public.  Note: RSVPs are required for the grand opening, film screenings and Pecha Kucha talks. You can RSVP by visiting their Facebook page. A $5 per person donation is suggested to attend individual activities.  Events take place at the Midtown Experiment located at 585 E. Broadway (at Carolina) with the grand opening kick off on Friday March 21st at 6:00 p.m. For more information about the upcoming activities, visit their website Broadway East Art Walk.

Fundraiser for Film & Art Lovers at Federico’s Supper Club March 20th

18 Mar


You are invited to a fundraiser for film and art lovers this Thursday at Federico’s Supper Club, 1728 Commercial Drive. The event is hosted by Cinevolution Media Arts Society which is a non-profit organization run by a group of artists, filmmakers and community activists who share a passion for media arts. Since 2007, Cinevolution has been leading innovative programs and workshops that increase media literacy, raise social awareness and empower people to share their stories.   This Thursday, they will be serving up cocktails, canapés and featuring music by the Paul Pigat Trio which is being billed is one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets.  Do you have a vision for art in your community?  Cinevolution wants to know how they can make art come to life in your community. Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 and available online at Brown Paper Tickets.   

Fundraiser: Spade to Spoon at Strathcona Community Centre Saturday March 29th

17 Mar


Strathcona Community Centre Youth Council is hosting a home garden to table fundraiser on Saturday, March 29th at Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer Street.  You are invited to come out and support this event which will help raise funds for a vertical teaching garden at Strathcona Elementary School.  This fundraiser will  include demonstrations, discussions and local vendors including Growoya, Victory Gardens, Mushroom Man, Tracy Maynard Pottery, Le Meadows Pantry, Homesteaders Emporium, Rooted Nutrition, Strathcona 1890, Fable Naturals, Foodline Radio and our favourite local celebrity, the Truck Farm.

Also on hand will be well known author, Peter Ladner, with his book the Urban Food Revolution. At 2:00 p.m., Peter will discuss aspects of his book and be available for a book signing after his presentation. The festivities kick off at 10:00 a.m. on March 29th with a Make Your Own Self Watering Container demonstration and discussion at 10:30 a.m. followed by Marvellous Microgreens and much more to round out the afternoon including shorts from the series, Meet Your Urban Farmer and the original movie Truck Farm. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and children between 1 – 12 years of age free. All vendors participating in this event will be contributing 10% of their sales to the Vertical Teaching Garden.  Come out and support this great community event!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Rio Theatre Friday March 14th

14 Mar

RockyHorrorPictureShowRioLet’s Do The Time Warp Again!  The cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show in all its campy glory will be showing at the Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway,Friday night at 8:00 pm. The  film, if you haven’t seen it, has a loving couple, a few monsters, a sweet transvestite and lots to sing and dance about. This is a great opportunity to dress up and have some fun with your favourite character.  Those with costumes get in for $8.00 to see the show and those without costumes $10. The movie gets under way at 8:00 p.m. Bring your sense of humour!

Neighbourhood Small Grants Applications Now Available Until April 7, 2014

12 Mar


Would you like to make your community a better place? If yes, consider applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant.  If you have not heard about this program, it is worth looking into. Speaking from past experience this program is a great way to get to know your neighbours and build community.  You can apply for grants from $50 to $500 for projects in your neighbourhood. The aim of the program, which is funded by the Vancouver Foundation, is to connect and engage people within the community in which they live.  Neighbours can get together and make an application for a variety of events. Some examples of past events include neighbourhood block parties, clean up campaigns, ethnic cooking classes, emergency preparedness plans, community gardens and an outdoor movie night.   The ideas are only limited by your imagination.  Once your application is submitted, it is reviewed by a Resident Advisory Committee made up of residents in your neighbourhood. Applicants are advised in late May/early June if they receive funding and are usually asked to have their projects completed by November 30th.   In East Vancouver, the program is available in the following areas:

Vancouver: Mount Pleasant, Little Mountain

Areas: Mount Pleasant, Olympic Village, Riley Park

•Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

•Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

Program Coordinators: Jenna Wray, and Olga Cherbina,

Vancouver: South Vancouver-Collingwood

Areas: Renfrew-Collingwood, Renfrew Heights, Victoria-Fraserview, , Killarney, Champlain Heights and Sunset

•South Vancouver Neighbourhood House

•Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Program Coordinator: Sheri Parke,

Vancouver: Cedar Cottage, Hastings-Sunrise – Renfrew

Areas: Hastings-Sunrise, Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Grandview Woodland, Renfrew Heights

•Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

•Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

•Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House

Program Coordinator: Danielle Gauld,

Vancouver:  Strathcona – Ray-Cam

Areas: Downtown Eastside, Strathcona, Ray-Cam

Program Coordinator: Roberta Robertson,

•Carnegie Community Centre

•Strathcona Community Centre

•Ray-Cam Community Centre

If you would like to get further information, contact the Program Co-ordinator in your area. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 7, 2014.  Applications can be made on on-line at the Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Grants Program’s site.

Call Out To Visual Artists – The Cultch

10 Mar

CultchComoglio - finnish lake - 16inx20inThe Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, has put out a call to visual artists to submit applications to exhibit their work during their 2014/2015 gallery season. Each exhibition will run for 4 to 5 weeks between August 2014 and July 2015.   Submissions can be single or multiple artists’ proposals.

The Cultch has built a reputation over the past 40 years as one of Western Canada’s most innovative and exciting presenting venues. The mandate of The Cultch is to contribute to the enrichment of the city and community’s social and cultural life through the presentation of innovative programs of contemporary music, theatre, dance and visual arts by established and emerging artists.

The Cultch Gallery is a multi-use space and not a traditional art gallery as it also serves as the lobby for performances and is occasionally used for meetings and other small events. Due to the diverse nature of this space, submissions that include sculptures or free standing art will not be accepted.

Submission Criteria for Artists:

1.            A clear and distinct proposal/description of the exhibit you will hang

2.            An artist statement relating to your exhibit

3.            Artist bio(s)

4.            Resume/CV

5.            A complete list of the specific works to be exhibited

6.            10 to 15 slides of the work you intend to exhibit, in CD or electronic format. Image files should be in .jpeg format.  File names must include the artist name, title of artwork and size of the work when framed: (i.e. Jenn Spry – Sunny Day -18in x 30in.jpg)

Deadline for applications is Monday, April 21st, 2014.    You can mail your applications to:

Attention: Oliver McTavish-Wisden
c/o The Cultch
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC
V5L 2H6
Or By EMail:

Photo: Artist – Dante J. Comoglio

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