Archive | October, 2014

Main Street Vinyl Record Fair At Heritage Hall November 16

30 Oct


The Main Street Vinyl Record Fair celebrates its 5th anniversary in spectacular fashion with a ONE DAY SALE at its new home in the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, on Sunday, November 16th.  If you are looking to buy, sell or trade new and/or used vinyl records, this is the place to be. You can expect to find LPs, 45s, 78s, turntables, vintage audio gear, record storage and so much more with over 50 independent vendors.  That translates to over 50,000 vinyl records on sale. This is the place to discover rare records and stock up on bargain classics. The Main Street Vinyl Record Fair gets under way at 11:00 am and goes till 5:00 pm.  Admission is $4.00 for adults, kids are free.

An East Van Panto: Cinderella At The York Theatre December 3rd to 28th

28 Oct


This December, if you want to have some fun, check out the East Van Panto: Cinderella playing at The York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, starting December 3rd, 2014.   This production is brought to you by the creative minds at Theatre Replacement.

If you missed last year’s performance of Jack & The Beanstalk, you missed a whole lot of fun! We recommend that you don’t miss this year’s East Van Panto: Cinderella. What is a Panto you might ask? The definition of Panto (another name for Pantomime) is a tradition of holiday musical comedy theatre. Pantomime takes familiar fairy tale,s in this case Cinderella, and injects music, contemporary references and (best of all) audience participation to create raucous, noisy entertainment that’s fun for everyone in the family. And yes, there will be many East Van references that you will be able to identify with in the show that is sure to make everyone laugh.  The East Van Panto is open to all ages 5 and up. Tickets start at $19, family packs are available which include 4 tickets for $100.   Tickets are available at The Cultch either in person, by phone or online. The show begins December 3rd 7:00 pm and continues till December 28th. For those looking for a matinee, there are many 2:00 pm shows starting December 6th. For more information on tickets and performances, visit The Cultch.  We’ll be seeing you there!

Photo Credit: Tim Matheson (of James Long, Dawn Petten, Allan Zinyk, & Nora Pontin)

Rescue Me: Gordy Looking For Her Fovever Home

26 Oct

GordySPCACat2014Welcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to a lovely sassy girl. Her name is Gordy. She is an adult female short hair cat that is 6 years old.  Gordy came to the Vancouver SPCA’s care as a stray and has not been claimed by her owners. She enjoys the company of adults and is a pretty independent girl. This sometimes sassy girl likes affection on her own terms. Gordy is looking for a human friend who understands this about her.  The folks at the Vancouver SPCA think her ideal home would be with one individual so she can give you all the love she has.  They also feel that Gordy would be fine if you  have a busy schedule as she tends to entertain herself just fine, but she will definitely be awaiting your arrival home. Her friends at the Vancouver SPCA say that Gordy is good with other felines so a correctly matched kitty companion might suit her well. We understand Gordy loves to chatter (literally) back at you when you talk to her. This pretty girl with a black heart shaped nose is hoping you will let her be the queen she thinks she is. So you are invited to head down to the Vancouver SPCA and say hello to this sweet girl. As Gordy is  a long-term resident, she is a no cost adoption. If you think you could give Gordy a forever home, or know someone that can, please contact the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at  As always, we thank you in advance for sharing this information to help find this lovely girl find her forever home.  Purrrrrr.

UPDATE November 18th: Gordy has found her forever home.

Upcoming Halloween Events In East Vancouver

23 Oct

halloween-night2Lots of fun events coming to East Vancouver for Halloween, that includes for the big kids and the wee ones.  We have set out a sampling of some of the events happening in East Van. This is by no means a comprehensive list.  If you have an event, you’d like to see included on the list, feel free to add a comment below, or email us directly at

Encore 80’s Night Halloween Party with Mark Olexson and the A-Deez at Federico’s Supper Club, 1728 Commercial Drive, on Friday, October 31st. Three course meal for $50 (includes dinner, show fee concert & dancing). Dinner from 6:30 pm, Performance 10:00 pm.  To make your reservation T:  604-251-3473.

Variety Show ‘Showcase From The Crypt’ at the Rio Theatre. You are invited to put on your costume for a spooktacular show at the Rio Theatre on Friday, October 31st at 8:00 pm.   The Cryptkeeper, along with his co-hosts The Vault Keeper and the Old Witch to name but a few, will keep things going through out the night. These ghoulish hosts will be holding costume contests and trivia games. Then The Fictionals take over to do some ghastly Improv. As well, you can expect some Burlesque from the fiery ginger Dezi Dezire. Also on deck are the burning fire dancing skills of Vesper Sephony. Last but not least, The Gentlemen Hecklers bring you a special tale that promises to make your sides split. Advance tickets are available for $12 and tickets at the door will be $15.  Note, this is a 19+ event with bar service

Halloween Night Tribute Terror at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, with a long line up of music including The Ramores, The Dirty Magazines,  The Manglers, The Spasms and featuring members of The Jolts – SNFU – Go for Three – Cast of 1000s – Dirt – Death Sentence – Swank – The Hip Type – The Enigmas – The New Black – Nervous Talk – Insex – The Pasties – The Choir Practice – The Cadaver Dogs – Jackalope – Thrill Squad – The Cane Toads – The Ballentynes – The Excessives – Little Guitar Army.  Doors open at 8:00 pm, music at 9:00 pm SHARP! This is a 19+ event. Tickets are $15 and available at The Wise Hall & Lounge, Red Cat Records & Highlife Records .

Parade of Lost Souls. This is a beloved East Van event with the location to be announced at midnight October 31st on the Dusty Flowerpot Facebook page. Expect a parade of wild costumes, giant puppets, live music, a Thriller Flash Mob and performance art created by local community members. The Parade of Lost Souls will take place in East Vancouver on November 1st 7:00 – 10:00 pm. This event is free, all ages. Costumes are encouraged.

Fright Nights at Playland, 2901 E. Hastings St.  Seven haunted houses, 13 rides, a fire show, sideshow comedy and Monsters of Schlock. Fright Nights is now on until November 1st (enter E. Hastings & Windermere) tickets $29 – $63 and available at


Trick Or Treat in the East Village:  October 25th Sat. Noon – 3:00 pm.  Come dressed in your Halloween finest and trick or treat your way along the stretch from 2100 to 2800 East Hastings Street.

Trout Lake Community Centre: Saturday, October 25th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Calling all Halloween costumers. You are invited to come jump in the bouncy castle, play Halloween games, and make some pumpkin crafts. Lots more surprises planned for the wee ones Registration required. $4.00 per child

Britannia Community Centre: Halloween Howl – Sat. October 25th  (1 – 8 years). You are invited to a FREE spooky community events with entertainment and ghostly games and, of course, tricks and treats.   Event takes place in Gym D from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Britannia Community Centre: Family Pumpkin Carving – Sun, October 26th (1:00 – 3:00 pm). You are invited to come celebrate Halloween by carving a pumpkin with your family. Cost is based on a family of 4 and will include 2 pumpkins. Additional pumpkins can be purchased for $3 but must be done at the centre. Registration is requested.  Hot chocolate and carving utensils will be provided. All children under 12 years of age must have a parent or guardian present. Cost is $6.

Sunset Community Centre:  Haunted House & Carnival – October 24th  6:30 – 9:00 pm.  Haunted House, carnival games, trick or treating & concessions. This is a FREE event for all ages.

Happy Halloween!


East Van Indie Swap October 25th In Mount Pleasant

20 Oct

EastVanIndieSwapc5fb7a_e2a1a940a84e4626807c6bb7b5fc3dd2_jpg_srz_471_741_75_22_0_50_1_20_0The  Eastside Flea is returning to the Independent, 188 Kingsway, this Saturday for the East Van Indie Swap.   The market will run during the day from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm with a break for dinner and will resume for the evening market at 6:00 pm and go till 11:00 pm.  Note the evening market is for ages 19+.

This Saturday’s market with feature a great line up local vendors showcasing vintage items, handmade and household goods and much more. You will also find a daytime mini vinyl record fair, an evening bar with craft beer & delicious Fall cocktails, outdoor food trucks, DJ’s spinning tunes, live music from Portage & Main and a debut performance from Chinatown (Tough Lovers band new project).   Everyone is encouraged to mix, mingle, barter and swap.  Admission for the East Van Indie Swap is $3.00 for the day market, $5.00 for the evening market or $7.00 all day. Come out and support local.

All Souls Night October 25th – Light A Candle. Leave A Message

16 Oct

AllSoulsNightOct.25You are invited to All Souls Night Saturday, October 25th  6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street.  This event is curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijart and was created to provide opportunities for the public to commemorate their dead with a family-oriented community art event. The Celebration Hall will be open 6:00 -9:00 pm for tea and personal memorial making. Artists and community members will come together to create a sanctuary for remembrance and reflection. You are encouraged to bring a lantern and candles as well as photos if you wish to create a memorial for a loved one. Also, at 7:11 pm, you can be witness to the Premiere of “11” which will be a site-specific performance of Mark Haney’s composition commemorating 11 individuals who served in the World Wars. Cued by a solo trumpet, every 11 minutes brass instruments placed around the central area of the cemetery will tell their 11 individual stories in concert, their sounds harmonizing over the landscape through which visitors are walking. Inspired by the stories of WWII veterans who settled in Renfrew Heights. The piece celebrates an often forgotten part of Vancouver’s history. The event takes place rain or shine.  To learn more about All Souls Night and events that continue to November 2nd visit a Night For All Souls.

The departed they visit us in dreams. They glide across our memories like shadows over streams.
Inscription on a headstone at Mountain View Cemetery.

Lantern Making In South Hill Saturday October 18th For All Souls Night

14 Oct

LostSoulsSouthHilltin-can lanterns hangingSouth Hill Neighbours is hosting a lantern making workshop on Saturday, October 18th at Mountain View Cemetery Celebration Hall from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. You are invited to come and craft your own lantern. Supplies will be provided, but you are asked to bring your creativity with you.  Last year they saw beautiful carved turnip lanterns (pictured below), wax paper window lanterns and tissue paper globe lanterns.  Adults and teens can design their own more complex shimmering orbs of beauty while small children can work on simpler versions.  All ages are welcome.  South Hill Neighbours will be creating these lanterns in preparation for a lantern procession to All Souls Night which takes place on October 25th.  Everyone is invited to come out and participate.  If you plan to participate in the All Souls Night, participants are encouraged to bring photos of loved ones they have lost so they can incorporate their photos into the lantern so that it becomes a creative memorial to honour that person.  This community event is organized by South Hill Neighbours and funded by the Neighbourhood Small Grant Project which is brought to you by the Vancouver Foundation. If you would like more information about this event, please email LostSoulsSouthHillturnip lanterns

Photo credit: South Hill Neighbours



Broadway East Art Walk Community Film Festival Saturday October 11th

10 Oct

CommunityFilmFestivalOct.11The folks at Broadway East Art Walk will be hosting their second annual Community Film Festival on Saturday, October 11th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at 303 8th Avenue. You are invited to come celebrate the places and stories that make our neighbourhoods unique and see them unfold through the screening of local short films. You will experience a wide range of locally made films in a variety of genres, ranging from documentary to music videos and experimental films. The event is free but an RSVP is required which you can do via this link at Eventbrite. If you would like a run down of the all the films that will be showing, visit Broadway East Art Walk.


AND for something else artistic, fun and environmentally friendly, the Broadway East Art Walk will be collecting broken umbrellas to upcycle them and create the Mount Pleasant Canopy Project. If you wish to get a sense of what this type of project ‘could’ look like check out these great displays in Agueda, Portugal. You are asked to bring your broken umbrellas to the Community Film Festival. You can also leave the umbrellas at the front desk of The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E Broadway, during their normal hours Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This is another great community project funded by the Vancouver Foundation through the Neighbourhood Small Grants program.

Umbrella Photo: Flickr user pmtnagueda-portugal-umbrella-sky-project-woe7-690x518


Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! Rio Theatre Friday October 17th

9 Oct


Let’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 11:30 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. Doors open at 11:30 pm and movie gets under way at 11:59 p.m. Bring your sense of humour! Sweet transvestites of all ages welcome.

Morning Social & Yoga At 33 Acres Brewing Company Starts October 19th

8 Oct


You are invited to come out again for yoga, beer, brunch and to social at 33 Acres Brewing Company, 15 West 8th Avenue, starting Sunday, October 19th. Anita Cheung will be leading the yoga class with ‘flow yoga’.  After class, you get to sit down for brunch and a beer all of which is included in the price.  Brunch will consist of waffles or an avocado smash. If you prefer coffee, it will be available.  Classes start at 9:00 am and will run for 1 1/2 hours every Sunday for 4 weeks.   Cost for all 4 yoga classes is $100 which includes brunch, beer and/or coffee.  To register online for the class, visit 33 Acres Brewing Company. The first round of recent classes sold out quick, so if interested hop to it.

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