Archive | June, 2015

Collingwood International Film Festival Starts July 3rd

29 Jun

CollingwoodIntlFilmFestivalCollingwood BIA and Community Policing Centre invite you to enjoy the warm summer evening with a free movie and popcorn. They are kicking off an International Film Festival on Friday, July 3rd. Bring down your blankets, lawn chairs and any other movie snacks you’d like to have and don’t forget the bug repellant.  Movies start at about 8:30 pm, but there will be some family friendly events prior to the movie. The Collingwood International Film Festival will feature four international movies over the course of the summer. We have set out the movies and locations below:

July 3rd – SPAIN  ‘The Book of Life’
Gaston Park, 3470 Crowley Drive

Gaston Park, 3470 Crowley Drive

August 14th – CHINA ‘The Midas Touch’
Aberdeen Park, 3525 Foster Avenue

August 21st – INDIA ‘The Blue Umbrella’
Collingwood Park, 5275 McKinnon Street

As the events take place in public parks, please remember to take out what you bring in and help keep our parks clean. If you need further information, please contact Collingwood Community Policing Centre at or T: 604-717-2935. Note: movies are weather permitting.  To keep up on the latest updates on movie showings and possible changes due to weather, visit Collingwood International Film Festival’s Facebook page.

Opening Reception At Studio 126 For Illustrations By Jordan Cooper July 2nd

26 Jun

IllustrationsStudio 126 at 126 East Pender Street is a very cool studio with a variety of locally made goods including reclaimed furniture, handmade items by local artisans including Brand & Iron, Woodlot, Hobo Woodworks, Say It With Sarcasm, Sue Griese Ceramics, LISSU Linen and East Van Jam. On Thursday, July 2nd, Studio 126 and Paris Forrer will be hosting an Opening Reception of Illustrations by Jordan Cooper. Jordan Cooper is a self-taught illustrator from New Westminster, BC and began drawing at a young age. He mainly uses graphite on whatever paper he’s fond of at the time. This is Jordan’s first show that will showcase a variety of his illustrations.  The reception kicks off at 7:00 pm and runs till 10:00 pm.  Admission is free, but an RSVP is requested. There will also be a cash bar with beer, wine & vodka lemonade for the Opening Reception.  Lemonade is provided courtesy of The Juice Truck.  You can also expect a musical appearance by Ben Rowley.   If you miss the Opening Reception, Illustrations  will be showing until July 26th and can be viewed Wednesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

East FEAST: A Micro Funding Event For Artists At Britannia Community Centre June 28

24 Jun

EastFEASTEast 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 is hosting a Feast on Sunday June 28th at the Britannia Community Centre from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. During the course of the event, you will have the opportunity to meet and listen to 3 artists, each of whom will make a 5-7 minute presentation.  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.  Tickets for the event are $20.00 per person and available in person at Britannia Info Centre, 1661 Napier Street or by phone at 604.718.5800 (1). Come out and support the local arts.

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series July 8 – August 26, 2015

22 Jun

TroutLakeConcertSeriesThe Trout Lake Community Center, 3360 Victoria Drive, begins their weekly free outdoor Summer Concert Series Wednesday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. with the Brock House Band. This is a 17 piece big band with a vocalist style from the 1940-1970s and includes a dance performance by Dez Dancer during their break. The following week, July 15th you will find Silk Road performing. Up next on July 22nd the Soda Crackers hits this stage with vintage country, jazz and roots music.

July 29th brings Group Truva to the stage with a combination of traditional Turkish and international influences. On August 5th, Caracus will explode on stage with Ska beats, jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms along with tons of Latin mojo for what is expected to be a lively show. On August 12th, the Rio Samaya Band brings you original songs and poetry that combine Latin, reggae and rhumba.  Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars will travel back in time on August 19th and bring you sounds from the early jazz era of the 1920s and 1930s. Lastly, on August 26th Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group brings you a mix of many sounds including reggae, Calypso, gospel, modern funk, jazz, blues, salsa and more.

All performances will be held on the East side of Trout Lake Community Centre. There will again be a BBQ and a kids art station.  You are invited to bring a blanket, bring the family, your friends and come enjoy the music. Dancing is encouraged. Note, any rained out concerts will be held in the Grandview Room.

East Vancouver Garden Tour Sunday June 21st

19 Jun

EVGardenTour6Well there will certainly be no lack of things to do in East Van this Sunday. There will be Car Free Day on Commercial Drive and Main Street, Community Day at the York Theatre, the Vancouver Farmers Market in Mount Pleasant and a personal favourite the East Van Garden Tour.  We had the pleasure of taking this tour last year through Strathcona along with some torrential weather, but that didn’t deter us.  It was wonderful to see what people were doing with their gardens.  Whether you have a home, patio garden or community garden, the East Van Garden Tour is a great source of inspiration and ideas.

This year, the East Van Garden Tour will focus on the area just west of Commercial Drive between Commercial Drive and Clark Drive.  If you haven’t participated in this event previously, it really is something to see. First up purchase your ticket(s) at Figaro’s Garden Centre, 1896 Victoria Drive or by contacting the Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street, in person or by phone 604-718-5800. Tickets are $12 each.  On the day of the event, show up at Figaro’s Garden Centre to check in, pick up your tour map from 10:00 am onwards and then head off to the gardens.  The tour is popular and has sold out in previous years, so we recommend that you get your tickets in advance.  People who attend the tour will also get a one-time 20% discount at Figaro’s starting on the day of the tour through to July 1st (Canada Day).  Note: This is a very walkable tour, but it is not wheelchair accessible and pets are not allowed.

We have included a few photos from last year’s East Van Garden Tour which include a slight detour to the community gardens in Strathcona which is a real treat and a great spot for a picnic. A highly recommended detour.

Photo Credit: Barbara Borchardt

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Live Jazz Music At Tangent Café During International Jazz Festival

18 Jun

JazzDoubleBassThe Vancouver  International Jazz Festival kicks off June 18th and continues to  July 1st in and around Vancouver. The festival is now in its 30th year and features 1,800 artists from Canada and around the world.  There are 300 performances during the course of the festival that take place at 35 different venues around the City.   East Van’s Tangent Café located at 2095 Commercial Drive regularly features live jazz music and for this year’s jazz festival, will have a steady line up of talent to showcase. We’ve set out their schedule below along with the start times. There is a $10 cover charge for all of the shows.

Thursday, June 18th, Paul Rushka Trio, 8:30 pm
Friday, June 19th, Victor Noriega Quartet, 8 pm
Saturday, June 20th, Jodi Proznick Trio, 8 pm
Sunday, June 21st, Oliver Gannon Trio, 8 pm
Monday, June 22nd, Pram Trio, 8:30 pm
Tuesday, June 23rd, Davidovici/Blake/Poole, 8:30 pm
Wednesday, June 24th, Bruno Hubert Trio, 8 pm
Thursday, June 25th, Mike Allen Quartet, 8 pm
Friday, June 26th, Two Much Guitar, 8 pm
Saturday, June 27th, Brad Turner Quartet, 8:30 pm
Sunday, June 28th, Van Django, 8 pm
Monday, June 29th, James Danderfer, 8 pm
Tuesday, June 30th, Ihor Kukurudza Trio, 8:30 pm

Another venue which will be showing some musical talent is the Libra Room at 1608 Commercial Drive. There are also some free events at various venues around Vancouver. For a full rundown of events, visit Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Community Day At The York Theatre Sunday June 21

17 Jun

CommunityDayYorkYou are invited to attend Community Day at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, this Sunday, June 21st.   While you are on the Drive enjoying Car Free Day, make your way down to the York Theatre and join them for some family fun.  They will have free entertainment, hot dogs, popcorn, prizes AND you will get to watch Women’s World Cup Final 16 soccer on the big screen. Doors open at 11:00 am. There will be a traditional welcome at 11:30 am and at 12:15 pm the entertainment and music kicks off. At 1:30 pm, they will be showing the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final 16 Soccer Game. To reserve your spot(s) RSVP here.

Free Daily Yoga At Dude Chilling Park

16 Jun

YogaYoga instructor Solomon Montijo, along with ten other teachers, hosts free classes daily at 10 am and 6 pm in Dude Chilling Park also known as Guelph Park, 2390 Brunswick Street.  If you want to participate, simply bring:

>  water bottle
>  yoga mat
>  towel or blanket

Solomon encourages people to donate if they can afford it, but it’s not required to attend. Everyone is welcome. As it is International Yoga Day this Sunday June 21st, there will be a special yoga class and potluck. The day begins with a regularly scheduled hatha yoga class at 10:00 am to 11:15 am. At 11:30 am there will be a Super Special Yoga Day Class including asana, pranayama, meditation and deep relaxation which runs till 1:00 pm. After that, the potluck begins. The regularly scheduled hatha yoga class happens at 6:00 to 7:15 pm.  For more information on yoga in Dude Chilling Park and the upcoming picnic, visit their Facebook page for more details.

Photo Credit: Gabriella Fabbri

Le Marche St. George Hosts Evening of Oysters, Wine & Sausages June 20

15 Jun

FundraiserPlayground_nobleedLe Marché St. George, 4393 St. George Street, is hosting an evening of Oysters, Wine and Sausages on Saturday, June 20th.  This event is to raise funds for the Little Mountain Playground and all proceeds will go towards building an inclusive playground for kids in the neighbourhood.  You can expect an evening of beautiful food and wine provided by Curious Oyster, D-Original Sausages and BC Wine Studio.   The event gets under way at 7:30 pm and goes to 10:00 pm weather permitting. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $85.  We expect this event to sell out.  So if interested, be sure to pick up your ticket(s).

Pandora and The Locksmiths: Awakenings At The Rio Theatre June 20

12 Jun

AvaAugust_hiresWell East Van, you are in for a treat on Saturday, June 20th. Pandora & The Locksmiths present “Awakenings” featuring New York City headliner Peekaboo Pointe and special guest musicians Black Dog String Quartet. A Gastown fixture for four years, Pandora & The Locksmiths is now producing their first independent large-scale show in East Vancouver.  The Black String Quartet has been dubbed “Vancouver’s Hottest String Quartet” and their members have performed and recorded with acts like Kanye West, Mariana’s Trench, Mariah Carey, and 54-40.   Peekaboo Pointe is based in New York City and is an internationally renowned burlesque star and has competed for “Queen of Burlesque” at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival and Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender. Awakenings will celebrate the many facets of femininity as inspired by the natural world through glamorous striptease that follows the course of a day from sunrise to midnight. You can expect fierce and beautiful burlesque that unfolds to the lush interpretations of a 10 piece orchestra playing classical, jazz and modern day music.  This is a one night event only taking place at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, June 20th at 8:00 pm. Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets for $25. Some tickets will available at the door for $30.

Feature Photo Credit: Reckless Photography

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