Archive | April, 2014

River District’s Farmers Market Returns to SE Vancouver Saturday May 3rd

28 Apr

RiverDistrictMarket2014River District, located at 8683 Kerr Street, will be hosting a farmers market every Saturday starting May 3rd from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.   For those new to this market, this is generally a smaller market compared to the markets held at Trout Lake and Nat Bailey Stadium.  You can expect to find many local products at the market including produce, plants, baked goods, handmade goods, works by local artisans, live music, coffee and you will often find activities for the kids.   The market is located at the foot of Kerr Street, one block South of SE Marine Drive and is easily accessible by car, bike or transit. The market will run every Saturday until October 18th.

Off The Eaten Track Tours Announce New Saturday Brunch Tour In the East Village

24 Apr


The ladies at Off The Eaten Track Tours have just announced a new culinary tour. It is Vancouver’s Best Brunch Tour in the heart of the East Village in the area off East Hastings & Nanaimo.   You are invited to join them on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm to learn a bit of history about East Vancouver, meet some local businesses and nosh your way through a progressive brunch.  The tour starts at the funky East Café for a homemade egg frittata with salsa. This café serves up delicious light meals and pastries by two passionate locals. Your next stop is the  family-run Saltenas for a delicious Bolivian pastry. While there, be sure to ask when their next night of live Spanish music will be.  Next up, you will sample a “mind-blowing” Caesar cocktail from the very new and eclectic Jackalope’s Neighbourhood Dive. Then you are off to a local butcher shop for a delicious sausage tasting. This spot makes all of their sausages in house and uses the best local and free range products. All that eating, will make you thirsty, so your last stop will be a tour of Vancouver’s smallest tea shop for a tea tasting. You will learn about single origin and estate teas from around the world. Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

The cost of Vancouver’s Best Brunch Tour is $65 which includes food, beverages and private van transportation to and from the downtown pick-up location at Waterfront Station, 601 West Cordova Street. Tours start at 10:00 am and runs for 2 ½ hours. To book your tour, visit Off The Eaten Track.


TODAY April 23rd is Animal Abuse Prevention Day in BC

23 Apr



The BC SPCA recently polled its members to see what members, like myself, would like to see the BC SPCA focus on going forward.  The answer was preventing animal abuse.   They are asking each and every one of you to take action to help animals.   If are concerned that an animal may be in distress, please do not ignore it.  A simple call could save the life of an animal and prevent unnecessary suffering.

Animal Abuse Prevention Day has been observed since 2011 after a private citizen requested a provincial proclamation as a memorial to 56 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C., who lost their lives on April 23, 2010. That proclamation has been observed by the provincial government each year since, making this year the fourth annual event.

The BC SPCA investigates nearly 8,000 complaints of animal abuse and neglect each year, but the good news is, you can help. Everyone is invited to help the province’s most vulnerable animals. Here’s a few things they suggest you can do:

* Don’t be a bystander! If you are concerned that an animal may be in distress, do not ignore it. Your actions could help save a life. In addition to protecting the animal, you may also be protecting children or adults at risk of being harmed. Recognize the signs of an animal in distress and report animal cruelty to BC SPCA’s toll-free hotline at 1-855-622-7722.

* Take responsibility for the animals in your life. Animals are a part of everyone’s life. Pets, wildlife, farm animals and animals used in research can all benefit from our actions. Be a responsible animal guardian, learn about the Five Freedoms, choose SPCA Certified foods and protect wildlife.

* Speak up for animals. Send a message to your local elected officials to let them know how important it is to have strong animal protection legislation as well as resources for animal cruelty law enforcement and prevention work. You can also add your voice to one of our animal welfare campaigns.

* Teach the kids in your life that kindness counts. Early prevention is our best weapon in the fight against animal abuse. Summer camps, Pro-D day workshops, school presentations, teacher curriculum units and our popular Kids Club are just some of the engaging ways the BC SPCA’s youth education programs help children of all ages develop lifelong empathy skills and learn the value of compassion toward all living things.

* Learn about the Violence Link. All too often, animals are not the only victims of abuse. There is a strong connection between animal cruelty and other forms of violence such as bullying and domestic abuse.

What constitutes an animal in distress?  An animal is in distress according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act) if an animal is:

*Deprived of adequate food, water, shelter, ventilation, space, care or     veterinary treatment;

* Injured, sick or in pain or suffering; or

* Abused or neglected.

Take action for animals today!  If you suspect an animal is being neglected or abused, don’t hesitate to call the BC SPCA Hotline 1-855-622-7722. They can investigate the matter and determine if there is in fact an issue and/or educate who is possibly unwittingly causing distress to an animal. In some cases, one can hope only education is required.   Please do your part to speak for those that can’t speak for themselves.


Keep Vancouver Spectacular Clean Up Campaign May 2014

21 Apr

KVSSouthHill#1Every Spring, the City of Vancouver, puts on a city-wide clean up campaign called “Keep Vancouver Spectacular” during the month of May.  This initiative began in 1996 and was a co-orindated effort between the City of Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver and Oceans Blue Foundation. It has evolved with a variety of sponsors over the years. People get together individually or in groups to clean up their neighbourhood streets, lanes, parks and shorelines. The City of Vancouver supplies the tools which include:

• Garbage bags
• Gloves, cleanup tools (tongs)
• Free pickup of litter collected

As a past Block Captain, there is satisfaction in everything looking green and clean in your neighbourhood. It is amazing how much garbage can be picked up with a small group of people. It is rather simple if you are the one doing the organizing. You simply go online fill out the registration form. After that, the City delivers you the requested items. Enlist a few volunteers. Designate a location that everyone in your group returns the garbage to. The City will pick up the collected garbage from that designated spot. The time commitment is what you make it, but generally 1 to 2 hours is the average. If neighbours need a little encouragement to participate, truth be told, I have enticed a few neighbours with fresh coffee and baked goodies. This event is a great way to build community and get to know your neighbours and of course everything looks so green and clean afterwards.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Block Captain, the City of Vancouver provides a Block Captain Manual which is fairly straightforward and available to download online.

Did you know, in 2012, 16,400 volunteers in 180 groups came together to fill more than 6,000 bags with litter. Now that’s truly spectacular!

The Jim Jones Revue With Guest Cousin Harley At The Wise Hall April 21st

17 Apr

Jim-Jones-Revue-April-21-2014C.I.A. Concerts and Live at the WISE present the Jim Jones Revue with special guest Cousin Harley this Monday April 21st at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street.  You can expect a show stomping good time. Tickets are available for $20 in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets, or in person at Red Cat Records, Highlife Records or the WISE Lounge.  Tickets will be available at the door for $25.  You are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show gets under way at 8:00 pm. This is a 19+ event.

Rescue Me: Dorothy Is Not Only Looking for Her Ruby Slippers, But A Forever Home

16 Apr


Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Dorothy, I am a 9 year old female cat with tortoise shell hair and stunning olive green eyes. OK so I’m not modest.  I have been hanging out at the Vancouver SPCA Shelter for a while as my previous guardians moved and left me behind. Which means I’m looking for a new home. Might you have room for me?  Promise, I will give you lots of loves and cuddles, I am VERY affectionate.  Psst, don’t tell the other cats or they might get jealous, but I recently had a bit of work done on my teeth, so they are pearly white now.   Oh I guess I should mention, I am a bit of chunky monkey, but I prefer curvy thank you.  My friends here at the SCPA say I will have to lose a few pounds, so bit of play time would help with that. So do you wanna play?  I’m at the Vancouver SPCA Shelter, 1205 East 7th Avenue and would love a play date and a snuggle.  If we get along, you could take me home.  I’d really like that.  You can me reach my friends at the Vancouver SPCA by phone at 604.879.7721, or by email at  If you wish to share my story with your friends, so I have a better chance of finding a new forever home, I would be very grateful. Thank you.

UPDATED May 4, 2014: Dorothy has found her forever home.

Barter Market and Free Movie Night Wednesday April 16th

14 Apr

BarterMarketMidtown Experiment and Broadway East Art Walk are gearing up for their next event which I might add is FREE.  First up is the Barter Market which will be held at the Midtown Experiment at 585 E. Broadway. Do you have extra things to get rid of or services you’d like to offer in exchange for some goods? If so, bring the items you wish trade to this week’s Barter Market. You are welcome to bring books, clothing, seeds, seedlings, art, services or whatever else you wish to share.  You are invited to come down and be a part of Vancouver’s sharing economy.  The Barter Market gets under way at 6:30 pm.

Next up is a free screening of the documentary People In Motion which is about Parkour. Parkour is an art that encourages people to think differently about their environment and experience it in a new way. As seats are limited for the movie, you are encouraged to bring a folding chair if you have one, or a blanket or coat, as the space can get a bit cool.  The movie runs for one hour after which the Barter Market will continue until 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.  You are asked to RSVP via Eventbrite.

Proud On Now At Firehall Arts Centre Until April 26th

12 Apr


Proud is a play written by Michael Healey about the Right Honourable Stephen Harper.   Honestly, who knew Stephen Harper could be so funny! Certainly not I. To me and many others the man is somewhat devoid of personality. Yes he’s a numbers man and many that deal with numbers, can be a bit dry. OK I know this is a generalization. But a play about Stephen Harper, I must say I was intrigued.  Not my favourite person for many personal reasons, but maybe someone who has helped keep the boat afloat during recent economic turbulence.  The play is about the man himself, his right hand man and Chief of Staff, Cary and his new MP Jisbella Lyth.  You will be drawn in from the very first line. The show is hilarious, sexy, witty and foul mouthed at times.  No matter what your politics, there is something from everyone here. Jisbella played by Emmelia Gordon does an amazing job as the new MP and Andrew Wheeler plays an impeccable Stephen Harper. If there is a morale to this story, it would be vote!

Proud is now at the Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, until April 26th Tuesday – Saturday 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm shows and Sunday shows at 2:00 pm. Tickets range from $15 – $30. There is also a 1:00 pm Pay What You Can Matinee on Wednesdays. If you wish to laugh out loud and be wickedly entertained, see Proud.

Eastside Flea Returns To Wise Hall April 12th

9 Apr

EastsideFleaApril12The community-oriented Eastside Flea returns to the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, this Saturday, April 12th.  Now that Spring is officially here, they’ve got a great line up of over 40 local vendors which will sell everything from mid-century furniture to records to new works by local artists to books to vintage items and so much more.  For this weekend’s market, you will also find the ladies from Victory Gardens out front. Also, Dickie’s Ginger will be on site with their Ginger Beer using real ginger no artificial extracts or flavours. The Eastside Flea is an all ages event. Admission is $2.00. Eastside Flea runs from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  If you miss this weekend’s market, more Spring dates will be announced soon, but one confirmed date is a Mother’s Day Market on Saturday, May 10th.

Mrs. Warren’s Profession The Rickshaw Theatre April 22 – 27

7 Apr

RickshawMrs.WarrensMrs. Warren’s Profession is a theatre event being presented by Alley Theatre starting April 22nd for a four day run.  This play was originally written in 1893 by George Bernard Shaw and was originally banned for its controversial subject matter for over 30 years.  Alley Theatre invites you to a post modern revisitation of this famous play which will include live music by Juno award-winning musicians Gentle Party featuring Shanto Acharia, Meredith Bates and Elisa Thorn at the Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings Street.

The play centers around a young woman who discovers her privileged lifestyle was paid for by her mother’s sex work. The two women enter a battle over what it means to be a modern woman, a working woman and just plain be a woman.  Tickets are available for $20 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets or $25 at the door (cash only). $3 from every ticket will be donated to WISH Drop-In Centre Society and PACE Society.  Show starts at 8:00 pm sharp each evening.

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