Archive | February, 2015

East FEAST Call To Artists: Micro Funding Event Supporting Local Artists

27 Feb

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East FEAST  (Funding Emerging Artists through Sustainable Tactics) is a micro-funding event that supports artists living and working in the neighbourhoods of Grandview-Woodland and Strathcona. East FEAST relies on community engagement to be successful.

East FEAST hosts a community meal that raises funds through ticket sales to the event which in turn directly funds an artist or artist group. Community members will be invited to participate by attending a meal in support of local artists. The FEAST is scheduled for June 28, 2015  2-4 pm.  Those who attend will enjoy food specifically created and prepared for the event by a local chef/caterer as well as entertainment. You will also have the opportunity to meet and listen to 3 artists each of whom will make a 5-7 minute presentation during the event.  At the end of the FEAST, attendees will vote on which artist they would like to see funded.  The chosen artist will receive a grant from the funds raised by the event ticket sales of up to $1000.

What they are looking for now is local artists to apply to participate in East FEAST.  Applicants must work or live in Grandview-Woodlands or Strathcona community. Also, proposed projects must take place in Grandview-Woodland and Strathcona neighbourhoods.  One artist will receive funding of $1,000 and honorariums of $100 will be presented to the two semi-finalists. Are you a local artist with a great idea for a project in the specified areas?  Why not apply for a grant.  To learn more about the specific requirements for artists, visit East FEAST or email questions to eastfeastvancouver@gmail.com. Submissions will be accepted to April 30, 2015.

 

Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Coming To The East Village March 11

25 Feb

TastingPlatesEastVillageRichard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster is bringing his next Tasting Plates event to the East Village.  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, Pallet Coffee Roasters, 323 Semlin Drive, one block East of Victoria Drive just North of East Hastings Street.  You show your printed or digital tickets that you purchased online and in turn receive your Tasting Plate Cards.  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.

Now the East Village is an area we enjoy hanging out in. So many great places on this stretch of road near Nanaimo and East Hastings. As it happens, Richard will be featuring some of our favourites in his upcoming Tasting Plates. On March 11th, he will start the event at Pallet Coffee Roasters where you will obtain your Tasting Plates Cards.  Pallet Coffee Roasters is a great little spot to check out for coffee and/or lunch whether as part of the Tastings Plates or next time you are in the area. Next up on his list is Windsor Meats, 2276 E. Hastings Street. This is a great meat shop and oh, last time we checked in, I believe they boasted some handsome butchers.  So you may get a sense of humour along with your visit.   We are thrilled to see Di Oliva Tasting Bar participating in this event. This new olive oil & balsamic vinegar tasting bar is a must try.  Next up on the tour is Jackalope’s Neighbourhood Dive which has been serving up some delicious brunch items. Then there is Platform 7 Coffee which spot is designed after a railway station and if you are lucky and the weather is nice, check out the garden tucked in the back.  We see Richard will be making a stop at our favourite distillery, Odd Society Distillery, at 1725 Powell Street, the makers of East Van Vodka, Crème de Cassis and Wallflower Gin to name just a few of the spirits they make. Oh and they make some seriously good cocktails!   There’s a lot to love on this foodie tour.  We are sure you won’t be disappointed.  Tickets for this event are $45 and available online at Eventbrite. The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and goes till 10:00 pm.

Hawkers Market Returns To The Independent Saturday February 28

23 Feb

HawkersMarketFeb.28The Hawkers Market is back this Saturday, February 28th  at the Independent, 188 Kingsway. If you have not checked out this event, you are missing a delicious treat. This underground foodie event has a different group of vendors each month, so each market is unique. Lots of samples available and small affordable portions for purchase so you can taste your way around the room.

This weekend you can expect something completely different with the Edible Bug experience and tasting with Chef David George Gordon who makes his way up from Seattle.  Also lined up for this weekend are locals 33 Acres Brewing Co, Fife Bakery teaming up with Churn with handcrafted butter, Dickie’s Ginger, Electric Jelly Doughnuts, The Salty Cookie Company, Notch Coffee, Flip Flop Food Truck, Disco Cheetah and we are hearing about bacon and bourbon shortbread cookies by Whipped Baked Goods and the list goes on. We also hear Juno Kim will be on site which I’m sure will be a delicious treat. Juno Kim is a self taught cook who has been doing some delicious pop up dinners at 33 Acres Brewing on Monday nights. Come tantalize your taste buds and help support young local entrepreneurs. Tickets are $10 in advance and available online at Eventbrite or you can purchase tickets at the door for $15. Event gets underway at 5:00 pm. For a full rundown of all the vendors, visit Hawkers Market online.

New In Town: Second Nature Home Eco-Friendly & Organic Products For Home

21 Feb

second_nature_logo_webWe would like to introduce to a great new store in East Vancouver called Second Nature Home brought to you by social entrepreneur, Elizabeth McKitrick. Second Nature Home is a retail store entirely focused on eco-friendly and organic products for the home. If you get a chance to talk with Elizabeth, you will quickly realize she is passionate about the environment and living a sustainable life.

Second Nature Home has an amazing array of items for the home including locally sourced products for the home, curated decorative arts as well as a great vintage section. What we loved was the refilling station for laundry soaps, shampoo, dish detergent, body wash and hand soap with products from local companies, Sapadilla Soap Co., Pacific Coast Soapworks and Gingko & Maple. Their products are made from natural and organic ingredients with essential oils. Elizabeth has bottled product lines available for sale, or you can bring your own containers to the shop and fill them there. The beauty of this, of course, is no plastics to recycle. The added bonus is the wonderful aromatherapy of the soap products themselves, including lavender-lime, grapefruit-bergamot, rosemary-peppermint (some unscented options available too).

Second Nature offers custom gift baskets for any occasion that can be put together with local organic products, and coming soon is an online gift registry. Oh and did we mention bicycle delivery to the local neighbourhood–a trial service will be rolled out this summer, beginning in the Trout Lake/Cedar Cottage area. When it comes to being a socially responsible company, Elizabeth not only talks the talk, she walks the walk. Second Nature Home provides valuable skills development opportunities and mentoring for immigrant women and supports community ecological activity.

Second Nature Home is located at 1827 Victoria Diversion which is the one block stretch that connects Victoria Drive and Commercial Drive located next to the Croatian Cultural Centre. Second Nature Home is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, but open Fridays until 8:00 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and closed Mondays.

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James Johnstone Historical Walking Tour Strathcona February 21st

19 Feb

EastEndWalkingTourJamesJames Johnstone is back with his historical walking tours and will be kicking off his first tour this Saturday, February 21st.  James will take you on a tour of one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, Strathcona. The tour kicks off at 10:00 a.m. starting from 696 East Hastings at Heatley. This historical walking tour is a culmination of years of researching over 250 homes in the East End. Although you will find architecture is a theme on this tour, James will also focus on social history and how waves of immigrants established themselves in this area before moving on to other parts of the city. The tour will also touch on the impact of portside industries like BC Sugar, the prohibition and the proliferation of bootlegging as well as the City of Vancouver’s attempts to wipe out “urban blight”. Join James this Saturday and he will tell you why Vancouver’s first neighbourhood is also its most fascinating. The cost of the tour is $20 per person.  If you are unable to attend this weekend’s tour, James will be repeating this tour on February 28th, March 7th, March 14th and March 21st.  If you would like more information or to reserve your spot, email James directly at historywalks@gmail.com.

Eastside Flea At The Wise Hall Saturday February 21st

17 Feb

EastsideFleaFeb.21The community-oriented Eastside Flea returns to the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, this Saturday, February 21st.  As usual, they’ve got a great line up of 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 can expect to local artist, Andrea Hooge, with handdrawn magnets, prints & pins.  We are hearing about an amazing handmade soap with pine, cedarwood atlas, eucalyptus, fir, patchouli and black pepper by Product of Science and Art.  The Eastside Flea is an all ages event. Admission is $2.00. Eastside Flea runs from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PROOF At Havana Theatre February 18 – 28

16 Feb

ProofFlickering Light Productions presents PROOF at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, from February 18th to February 28th.  PROOF is the story of a young woman named Catherine. She is the daughter of Robert, a brilliant mathematician who misplaces both his brilliance and his sanity in his later years. Catherine, who is a budding mathematician herself, lives in her father’s shadow. Catherine gives up her schooling and her most creatively productive years in order to take care of her father. After her father’s death, a former student of her father’s comes to examine his papers, hoping to find valuable material in his notebooks. Catherine instantly distrusts his motives. Her sister Claire, questioning Catherine’s mental health, wants to move her from Chicago to New York.

This play by David Auburn is a compelling human drama. He reveals how fragile our hold on reality is while at the same time reminding us that finding trust and love is even more difficult than discovering truth.  PROOF begins Wednesday, February 18th at Havana Theatre and runs until February 28th.  Tickets are available in advance from Eventbrite from $19. Please note this play contains strong language and is not recommended for children.

Rescue Me: Hyde Is A Siamese Cross & Kitty Comedian Looking For His Forever Home

14 Feb

HydeSPCAWelcome 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 Hyde.  Hyde is a young adult Siamese Cross that is a  bundle of energy and lots of fun.  The Vancouver SPCA is seeking an active guardian for this cool cat. Hyde was found in someone’s backyard shed where he had been taking up residence for a week or so. He is a very exuberant young cat and needs plenty of stimulation and activity to keep him feeling entertained. His friends at the Vancouver SPCA think he will bore easily so his new home should be spacious and his owners should be home often. This boy loves to play and is quite fine with being the life of the party. Note Hyde does crave outdoor access and his friends at the Vancouver SPCA have been working on harness training with him and he is loving it! In typical Siamese fashion Hyde is bold, chatty, hilarious, and cuddly. This boy has loads of purrsonality and would make a great kitty comedian.  We are thinking possible YouTube star material here!  If you think you could give this boy a forever home, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter, 1205 East 7th Avenue would love to hear from you. Stop by for a visit anytime. If you would like more information about Hyde, contact the Vancouver SPCA. You can reach them by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca.

While we have your attention, the BC SPCA has this month kicked off their Million Acts of Kindness Campaign in which they encourage kind acts towards all animals. Their aim is reach their goal of 1,000,000 acts of kindness in one year’s time. The idea is that each time you carry out one of their featured acts or post one of your own, you are making your community a safer and more humane place for animals. One of their suggested actions, is simply sharing  information about a pet waiting for adoption.  So we invite to participate in the Million Acts of Kindness Campaign and share Hyde’s story so he can find his forever home.

UPDATED March 5, 2015 – Hyde has found his forever home.

East Side Beer Fest At Wise Hall March 11

13 Feb

EastSideBeerFestMarch11thLiberty Merchant Company presents the 3rd Annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event on Wednesday, March 11th at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street. The event will feature craft beers from all over the world as well samples from food purveyors on Commercial Drive. Some of participants lined up for this event include 33 Acres Brewing Co., Parallel 49 Brewing Co., Dageraad Beer, Four Winds Brewing Company and Driftwood Beer from Victoria as well as Copper & Theory supplier of artisans beers and Untapped BC which imports craft beer & cider into BC.

This Liberty Merchant Company sponsored event is also a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society which helps provide food for up to 25,000 people in need each week. All ticket sales and draw prizes directly support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Tickets are $24.99 each and you are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation the night of the event. Tickets are available at all Liberty Wine Merchant locations. In East Vancouver, visit them at 1622 Commercial Drive or call them at 604.633.1922. The event gets under way at 7:00 p.m. and goes till 9:00 pm.   We recommend you do not hesitate to purchase your ticket if you wish to attend this event.  The East Side Beer Fest was hands down the ‘most searched’ event on our website last year so if you like beer, hop to it.

Retro Design & Antiques Fair February 22nd Croatian Cultural Centre

11 Feb

21stAntiquesFairFeb2221st Century Promotions is holding a Retro Design & Antiques Fair on Sunday, February 22nd at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive. There will be 175 vendors on hand with a variety of items including antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, jewellery, pottery, postcards, records, retro furnishings, dolls, toys and so much more. Should you be in need of having an item appraised, they will be holding ‘drop-in appraisals’ from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on a first come first served basis. They do ask that the items be small enough to carry, with a maximum of three items per person. The cost for a verbal appraisal is $10 per item or $25 for 3 items, cash only. The drop-in appraisals will be conduct by Gale Pirie, an independent accredited member of the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group. The fair runs from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. General admission is $5 at the door. There will also be a special early-bird admission for $20 from 7:00 am – 10:00 am for those wanting a jump on things. Children under 13 are free with adult admission. If you are not able to attend February’s Retro Design & Antiques Fair another one will be happening on June 28th.

Should you wish to have a coffee and/or lunch before or after your shop, consider Commercial Street Café for something close by. It’s a great little hidden gem tucked away a few blocks down the street from the Croatian Cultural Centre. Open Sunday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and located at 3599 Commercial Street at East 20th Avenue. Of course, going North up the Drive after the market, you have a whole host of great coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants to choose from.  Of course, if you are on the hunt for vintage items, you may wish to make a stop at great new little shop a very short walk from the Croatian Cultural Centre called Second Nature Home.  This store has an array of great eco-friendly and organic products for the home as well as a good selection of vintage items.  Second Nature Home is located at 1827 Victoria Diversion and is open 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Sundays.

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