Archive | August, 2015

Social Yoga The Café Series Begins At Railtown Café Sept. 3rd

31 Aug

TheCafeSeriesIf you are an early bird and love yoga, an upcoming series of sessions with Social Yoga just might be for you.   The Café Series begins on September 3rd at Railtown Café, 397 Railway Street and runs for 4 weeks.   Classes run from 6:15 am – 8:15 am on Thursday, September 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th and yes coffee is included. The class does have a maximum of 8 people so if this appeals to you, best be quick, space is limited. Cost is $100

Apple Ganza At Callister Park August 29th

28 Aug

AppleKrassimirStoichevYou are invited to Apple Ganza this Saturday, August 29th . This is a free apple themed community celebration hosted in Callister Park. There will be family friendly events taking place throughout the day from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. The morning starts off with Apple Kickstart an apple pancake breakfast, apple picking and art activities for the kids. From 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm there will be workshops teaching you about juicing and baking with apples. Note, you are asked to RSVP for the workshops at More events continue in the afternoon from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm with some apple games and an apple themed potluck dinner at 6:00 pm with local musicians joining in the fun at 7:00 pm. For more information or to donate apples from your trees, contact organizers at

Rescue Me: Maggie A Sweet Tortoiseshell Cat Looking For Her Forever Home

26 Aug

MaggieCatWelcome 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 beautiful tortoiseshell cat named Maggie. Maggie is 8 years old and is the true definition of a lap cat.  We hear that although Maggie might initially be a little shy, she enjoys every minute of love and puts on quite the purr.  Maggie does not have any of the typical “tortitude” like many other tortoiseshell cats.  She is an absolute sweetie and is looking for the same in her new guardian.  Maggie was devoted to an elderly person that she lived with, but that person had to go into a care home so she was brought to the Vancouver SPCA. As might be expected, she found life in the shelter a little overwhelming so Maggie is now happily residing in the comforts of a quiet foster home until she’s adopted. Maggie needs to be strictly indoors only and is looking for a home where she can be your one and only. You won’t need anybody else with this sweetie around.  Her foster parent reports that Maggie is pretty independent and low-maintenance. If you’re looking for a truly wonderful diamond in the rough, Maggie’s your girl.  If you think you can give Maggie a new home, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter, 1205 East 7th Avenue would love to hear from you. You can reach the Vancouver SPCA by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at As always, we are grateful for those that share this information.

UPDATED: October 20, 2015 Maggie has found her forever home.

Les Amis Du Fromage Cheese Tasting Classes This Fall

24 Aug

BlueCheeseHalifaxIf you haven’t stopped in at les amis du FROMAGE on 843 East Hastings, you are missing out. If you love cheese or want to learn more about cheese, this is the place to go. This fall they will be sharing some of their vast knowledge of cheese and offering some great classes in store including:

Wine and Cheese 101 – September 15th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $60

One of the owners Allison Spurrell will provide you with a roadmap for matching various cheese types and the wines that best suit them. Allison will introduce cheese basics, including milk types, textures, flavours, how to care for and serve fine cheeses. You will learn how best to pair wine with cheese. And yes, of course, there will be samples so you can discover what is perfect for you.

Ole Espana – September 30th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $65

Allison will take you on a tour of taste with a selection of Spanish cheeses, charcuterie, preserves, olives and olive oils from Spain. We hear this tasting will again include some fantastic wine pairings including Cava and sherry.

Vive la Quebec – October 27th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $70

Allison is back to take you on a taste tour of Québec’s finest cheeses paired with some Canadian wines. You can expect to taste a range of cheeses including goat, firm, washed rind and triple cream, paired with some Eastern Canadian wines and we hear maybe a Québec beer or two. This event will finish up with a bite of their home made Tourtiere.

If you hadn’t heard les amis du FROMAGE has been voted “Best Cheese Shop” by readers of The Georgia Straight, The Westender and The Courier. They have another location in Kitsilano, but the tasting events are being held at the East Van location. Tickets for these are available online.

East Van Short Film Showcase At The Rio Theatre August 23rd

21 Aug

east-van-short-film-300x169You are invited to come celebrate the creative culture in East Vancouver this Sunday at the Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway. The East Van Short Film Showcase presented by Hammer & Tong Picture Industries and Raindance Vancouver brings together filmmakers and audiences for a night of unique, independent cinema. This event will feature a selection of short films from some of Vancouver’s best young independent filmmakers. You can expect films by James Kingstone, Marshall Axani, Kelvin Redvers, Sean Ronan, Sinziana Corozel, Ross Munro, Kyle Samuels and Edson Castro. Doors open at 6:00 pm for the East Van Short Film Showcase and the event runs till 9:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite for $5.50 or at the door for $6.00. For those interested in attending the after party, it will take place at Toby’s Pub & Grill, 2733 Commercial Drive.

Great Line Up Of Cooking Classes At Gourmet Warehouse This Fall

19 Aug

GourmetWarehouseLogoThe Gourmet Warehouse has a great line up of cooking classes heading into the fall season. Attending one of these classes, is certainly a fun way to spend an afternoon. Of course, there is always shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes. We have set out a sampling of some of the delicious classes they have lined up:

Chinese Takeout – Saturday, September 26th 11:00 am ($59)

Chef Cindy Low invites you to come out and learn how to make your favourite Chinese takeout dishes. She will fire up the wok and show you how to make some classic Chinese dishes. You will also learn some tips on making great stir-fries, cooking techniques, shopping and more. Some the items she will teach you how to cook include:

  • Prawn Wontons Soup
  • Lettuce Wraps with Minced Pork and Vegetables
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple
  • Beef with Broccoli
  • Soy Sauce Chow Mein with Bean Sprouts
  • Jasmine Rice

Hearty Vegetarian – Saturday, October 3rd 11:00 am ($59)

Chef Cindy Low will teach you how to make mouthwatering vegetarian dishes that appeal to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Her inspiration for many of her meatless dishes come from various countries around the world including Turkey, West Africa and Mexico. Some of the dishes you will learn to make include:

  • Turkish Lentil Pies
  • Kale Salad with Red Cabbage, Ambrosia Apple and Vegan “Bacon”
  • West African Vegetable and Peanut Stew with Collard Greens
  • Quick Skillet Tostadas with Black Beans, Corn, Bell Peppers, Enchilada Sauce, Cheese
  • Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding

Turkish Kitchen – Saturday, October 24th 11:00 am ($59)

Chef Cindy Low is back in the Gourmet Warehouse kitchen with another culinary adventure this time it’s Turkey. You are invited to come learn how to make some delicious Turkish cuisine. Cindy will also teach you about some of the exotic ingredients ingredients in Turkish cuisine including sumac, pomegranate molasses, yufka (filo) and Aleppo pepper. Some of the dishes you will learn to make include:

  • •Sigara boregi – cheese ‘cigars’ wrapped in filo pastry
    •Muhammara – Turkish red pepper and walnut dip
    •Adana kebab – grilled spiced beef kebabs, served with grilled tomato, peppers, pita
    •Chicken and vegetable bulgur pilaf
    •Turkish coffee ice cream

If you are interested in any of the cooking classes, be sure to register early to avoid disappointment, classes do sell out. Bon Appetit!

New In Town: BrewsNBikes – Free Cycling Brewery Tours

17 Aug

WireBikeMatthewTrowVancouver’s growing craft beer industry is certainly creating new businesses along side their beer. There are now options for behind the scene brewery tours like those offered by Vancouver Brewery Tours which does brewery tours on the weekends and has now added a Beer and Food Tour on Tuesday afternoons. Then there is Vine & Hops which also does brewery tours and on Thursdays, they do a “Hop & Sip And A Shuttle” service that travels between six East Van craft breweries on a set schedule.  Now there is a new tour in town and just in case you’ve been living in a bubble, Vancouver has a growing cycling population, so that’s where BrewsNBikes comes in. They are part of this cycling culture in Vancouver and they wish to take you on a tour of some of East Van’s local craft breweries on your bike. This is a passion project for those behind this idea. They love biking, biking, meeting new people and supporting local businesses. And yes, it really is free, but of course tips or rounds of beer are always appreciated. BrewsNBikes generally sticks to the East Vancouver area which includes heading up to Main Street where a number of local breweries are located as well. For more information or to set your cycling brewery tour, you can contact BrewNBikes by email at or you can you can follow them on Twitter @Brewsnbikestour or Instagram @brewsnbikes.  Cheers.

Photo Credit: Matthew Trow

Say Hi To A Stranger – 3rd Edition August 21 – 23

14 Aug

SayHiToStranger2015PINKThe “Say Hi To A Stranger” Campaign returns August 21st – 23rd. We are pleased to see this event continue which was created by A Cue Creative Consulting. A large study conducted in 2012 by the Vancouver Foundation shows that socializing is challenging for many city residents. About one-third of respondents agree that it is difficult to make new friends in Vancouver, and that proportion jumps to half of respondents who have lived in Canada for fewer than five years.

For those unfamiliar with this campaign, the first Say Hi To A Stranger Weekend occurred on November 8 – 10, 2013 shortly after local writer Chelsea Pescitelli identified Vancouver as “anti-social” in her VancityBuzz article “Single in Vancouver: The Asocial Single Society.”  A Cue Creative Consulting responded with a video and blog post that spread online. They dared Vancouverites to say “Hi!” to strangers and tweet about their experience with the hashtag #sayhitoastranger. The A Cue Creative team discovered that Vancouver could be a social and open city, but needed a push to open up and start communicating. Along with the team being featured in mainstream media, approximately 200 people gathered at the checkpoints over the weekend, and more than 5,000 people engaged with the blog and on social media online. #sayhitoastranger trended on Twitter on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

We at were one of the many that participated in this initial campaign as we love the premise of encouraging social interaction on the streets of Vancouver. We fully support this great initiative and applaude Kaare Long and her team for keeping this discussion going. It’s easy to be complacent and just accept that ‘it is what it is’ or you can take steps to make a difference however small to make the City a better place. On August 21st, they kick off their 3rd edition of #SayHiToAStranger with an Opening Party at Grandview Park from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. You are invited to come down and say hi and learn more about the campaign. You will also receive information about their community partners who will be providing free food, drinks, gifts and other promotions to people who engage with street teams and receive a button and use the code phrase “Say Hi To A Stranger”. Their community partners in East Van include:

Bird on a Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street
Home on the Range Organics, 235 East Broadway
Magpie Vancouver , 3633 Main Street
Second Nature Home Boutique, 1827 Victoria Diversion
The Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street

We ask you, will you say hi to a stranger?


Collisions Between Art & Science At Café Deux Soleils August 19

12 Aug

Art&ScienceYou are invited to Untold Stories of Collisions Between Art + Science hosted by Curiosity Collider on Wednesday, August 19th.  What is Curiosity Collider? It is a grassroots organization that is an inclusive community hub for curious innovators from any discipline. Their aim is to foster participatory partnerships between science and technology, art and culture, business communities and educational foundations to inspire new ways to experience science.  Their intention is to be a catalyst for collaborations that seed and grow engaging science communication projects. On August 19th, they will be hosting a Pecha Kucha-esque show in which each speaker will provide a show and tell for approximately 7 minutes. The speakers they have lined up for their next event include:

  • Emily Smith, Textile Artist. Learning with fibre.
  • Graham With, Brewmaster at Parallel 49 Brewing Company. Science with senses – the science of brewing.
  • Laura Ulrich, Biological illustrator/animator in training. Finding a balance between art, science and sharing knowledge.
  • Omar Dominguez, Sustainability and Community Development Professional. How our city shapes emotions.
  • RC Weslowski, Poet. Who will discuss how to find meaning in nonsense.
  • Wayne Maddison, Biologist at UBC which discuss the evolution of music.

“Creating Curiosity – come meet curious people, and explore new ways to experience science together.”

You are invited to come out and learn how curiosity can lead to creativity and innovation. Collide with and meet other curious people so you can explore new ways to experience science together.  The event takes place at Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive, on Wednesday, August 19th and gets under way at 8:00 pm doors open at 7:30 pm. Cost is $6.00 at the door.  For more information, you can email Curiosity Collider directly at  You can also follow them on Facebook or on Twitter @ccollider.  What makes you curious?

Vancouver Queer Film Festival August 13 – 23

7 Aug

VancouverQueerFilmThe Vancouver Queer Film Festival kicks off on August 13th and runs until August 23rd at various theatres around Vancouver. This film festival showcases over 70 films from 21 countries with themes ranging from transgender trailblazers to spectacular queer con artists. There will be two films showing in East Vancouver at the Rio Theatre on Friday, August 14th namely:

The Coast is Queer 6:30 pm

Is a series of grassroots shorts which offer a tantalizing view of BC’s queer film pie including Polarity, Soak and The Future Perfect. There will also be sneak peak of the The Out-Laws an inaugural episode of a coming web series.

Grandma 9:30 pm

Lily Tomlin fans can rejoice as she’s clearly having a ball in Grandma. This film is a rousing, exhilarating joyride that brings limitless energy and a decidedly un-Hollywood approach to storytelling about three generations of women. Here, the carefree feminist plot reveals itself early when Elle’s granddaughter Sage shows up on her doorstep seeking $600 for an abortion. Neither of them has the money so they set out on a road trip (in Grandma’s own 1955 Dodge Royal) to get it without involving Sage’s mom, Judy. Their journey sparks new life in Elle, a self-described misanthrope who’s been grieving the loss of her long-term love. You will also see supporting performances by Laverne Cox, Judy Greer, and Sam Elliott. This is touted as a sharply funny and warm film and you only get once chance to see it.

To check out the full line of films playing during Vancouver Queen Film Festival, check out the Schedule online. Tickets are also available in advance online.

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