Archive | October, 2015

River District Winter Craft Fair November 1 – December 27

30 Oct

TheBeautifulNomad5River District located in SE Vancouver along the Fraser River is hosting their 3rd Annual Winter Craft Fair. For those unfamiliar to the area it’s located at 8683 Kerr Street at the foot of Kerr Street just below SE Marine Drive). The Winter Craft Fair will be showcasing local products and vendors starting Sunday, November 1st from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Winter Craft Fair will continue every Sunday until December 27th.  Admission is free.  Some of the vendors they have lined up for the first two weekends include the Laughing Sparrow with modern handmade jewellery, The Beautiful Nomad with handmade jewellery made from shells, pearls, crystals and semi-precious stones as well as Stepping Stones Bakery, Chicka Bites Baked Goods and MB Furniture Revival, a local company which takes used furniture and turns shabby into chic.  Note, although some of the vendors may take credit cards, many are cash only.  So be sure to have some on hand.  Come down by the river and support local.

Photo Credit: The Beautiful Nomad

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Winter Farmer Markets In East Vancouver

29 Oct

Pumpkins & SquashNat Bailey Stadium – November 7 to April 26 / 10 – 2

Vancouver Farmers Market returns to Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street for their winter market starting Saturday November 7th and will run each Saturday until April 23 save for December 26th.  The market will run each day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.   This is a great opportunity to shop local all winter long. Each week you can expect to find locally grown fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods and prepared foods.  Also on hand, as usual, will be a few food trucks, hot drink vendors and a little live music to keep you entertained.

Hastings Park – November 8 to May 1 / 10 – 2

If you prefer heading to the farmers market on a Sunday, then be sure to check out  the market at Hastings Park beginning Sunday November 8th.  This farmers market will run every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until May 1, 2016 save for December 27th.  The market is located on the PNE grounds by the Hastings Skatepark. This market will also feature a great selection of local produce, including fish, poultry, meat and dairy products.  You will also find locally sourced  artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts and food trucks serving hot food to keep you warm in the cooler months. Come out and support local this winter.

Photo Credit: Deborah Waller

Opening Reception: Mosaic Art Exhibit of Lilian Broca Italian Cultural Centre November 12, 2015

28 Oct

Judith Seducing Holofernes smallerYou are invited to an opening reception for an exhibit of mosaic art by award-winning Lilian Broca. Her exhibition, Heroine of a Thousand Pieces: The Judith Mosaics of Lilian Broca, features seven large mosaic panels created in Italian smalto glass. The panels, which took Lilian Broca 3 years to complete, weigh approximately 80 pounds and range from 70 to 78 inches tall and 48 inches wide. Her work depicts powerful mythical women whose stories are relevant to today’s social and gender issues.  Mosaics have for centuries been displayed on church walls and domed ceilings, but Broca wants to make mosaics accessible to all. Lilian Broca also has a desire to tell stories of spirited women whose sacrifices, courage and sheer force of will resulted in powerful social changes. The Judith Mosaics which will be on display reveal Broca’s interpretation of an ancient story that raises ideas about women’s role in society, encouraging contemporary women to possess the courage and inner strength of the independent.  The opening reception for this exhibition takes place on Thursday, November 12th at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. You are invited to come out and meet the artist herself.   If you are unable to attend the opening reception, the exhibition runs until March 31, 2016 before heading to Toronto.  The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. To learn more about Lilian Broca and her work visit herJudith Meeting Holofernes diptych medium website.



Free Puppetry Workshop & Puppet Show In Mount Pleasant

27 Oct

PuppetShowMPNHThe Vancouver Star Theatre is hosting a free puppetry workshop and puppet show for families in Mount Pleasant. The workshop and puppet show will be hosted by two puppet masters. Firstly,  Randi Edmundson who is an experienced puppeteer and drama teacher. She currently teaches theatre classes for Vancouver Performing Stars and Place des Arts. The second puppet master is Kaeden Derksen who is a children’s performer, musician and drama teacher. Kaeden recently spent time in India facilitating intergenerational theatre workshops for seniors and children.

MAKE PUPPETS & TELL STORIES – Sunday, November 1st

Randi Edmundson and Kaeden Derksen are experienced puppeteers and will be leading a free puppetry workshop for children aged 5-8 at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre on Sunday, November 1st. Participants will make their own simple puppets and learn manipulation techniques. They will also have the opportunity to practice their newly learned techniques in front of their class mates.   The workshop runs from 10:45 am to 12:45 pm and registration is required.  Contact the Mount Pleasant Community Centre directly to register.

THE MAIN EVENT – Tuesday, November 10th

Randi and Kaeden will be sharing a free puppet show at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. We hear that the performance will be zany, interactive and full of surprises. It will also incorporate music as well as stories created by the workshop participants. The puppet show will begin at 4:30pm and run for 30 minutes.  For those wishing to take in this puppet show, you are encouraged to show up early to reserve a seat.

The workshop and puppet show is brought to by the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, the Mount Pleasant Community Centre and the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Small Grants Program.

Nirbhaya At The York Theatre November 3 – 14

26 Oct

NirbhayaThe Cultch, in partnership with Diwali Fest, presents Nirbhaya starting November 3rd. Nirbhaya is a story based on real life experiences and the violent incident that shocked Delhi and the world. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director, Yaël  Farber (Mies Julie) has created searing new work that cracks open the code of silence around women whose lives have been shattered with violence. Farber brings an extraordinary cast and creative team from India that will take you on a voyage into personal testimonies and show you the amazing capacity of the human spirit for survival, redemption and change.

“Nirbhaya is a play that tells the story of  women who have suffered abuse in their own voices.   By telling their personal stories, these women  shatter the silence that  surrounds abuse in the hopes that by talking about it, we are acknowledging its existence and can begin healing and making societal change.  The play is particularly relevant to the situation we currently have in British  Columbia where, because of  systemic silence, many  women across  the province have gone missing over  the  years,  yet these crimes have been ignored and in some cases, deliberately silenced.  I  am bringing Nirbhaya to the York Theatre because I believe we are all responsible for breaking the silence. Seeing this play together is one action we can take to make change for girls and women in our
neighbourhoods and around the world.”

Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch

Nirbhaya opens November 3rd at The York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, and continues till November 14th. Tickets are available online from $30 at The Cultch or by calling 604.251.1363.   Special note, as this performance contains adult themes and mature content, it is recommended for ages 16+.

Photo Credit: William Burdett-Coutts

Let’s Do Brunch – Hastings Sunrise

23 Oct

orange-juice-1-1491009We are often asked where is a good place to go for brunch, coffee, dinner, live music or drinks in East Van. So in the coming months we will be featuring a list of some of our personal favourites as well as those we’ve been hearing great things about.  As East Van covers are fair of bit land mass, we will be breaking up our lists into geographic areas such as Mount Pleasant, The Drive, Fraser Street and Main Street. Today, we are starting with brunch in Hastings Sunrise and its surrounding area and wish to thank our friends over at Vancouver East Village for sharing some of their tips. So here’s some spots we recommend.

Aleph Eatery: 1889 Powell Street – Brunch Served Wed to Sun 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Aleph Eatery is a Middle Eastern restaurant that opened in December 2017. They have a simple brunch menu which is vegetarian.  One of the their brunch items includes Shakshuka a classic Middle Eastern breakfast dish with a spiced tomato sauce, organic eggs and fresh herbs. This is served with their amazing flatbread. Having been to this spot for dinner only so far, we can attest to some of the amazing flavours which explains why brunch is already a busy spot here.

Chomp Vegan Eatery 2234 Hastings Street – Sundays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Chomp Vegan Eatery is now serving brunch on Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This still relatively new spot serves Berry Full French Toast, Bananana Pancakes, Memphis Slow Cooked Pulled-Pork Sandwich which is BBQ’d jackfruit, Avocado Toast and more.  They use organic products whenever possible and have gluten free options available. For their full menu, visit Chomp Vegan Eatery.

Jackalope’s Dive: 2257 East Hastings Street Brunch Served Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

So this is a newish spot in the Hastings Sunrise area offering Southern comfort and cold drinks. The décor we are going to describe simply as ‘eclectic’. For food, you will find corn cakes with baked beans, mac and cheese and slow cooked meal dishes along with cheesy egg bennies for brunch. As the owners are vegetarians, there are lots of veggie alternative items.

Scandillious: 25 Victoria Drive – Breakfast Served All Day

If you are looking for waffles, this is the spot. Whether it’s sweet or savoury, they have you covered with a few varieties all with a Scanadivian twist. Gluten free options are also available.  If you aren’t brunching on the weekend, keep an eye out for Toonie Tuesdays and you get a plain waffle with syrup for $2.00.  Breakfast is served all day Monday to Friday  7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Red Wagon Café: 2296 East Hastings Street – Breakfast Served Sat & Sun 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

If you are any kind of foodie, you will know the Red Wagon Café was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and their Pulled Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniels spiked maple syrup is now legendary. Although, if you follow them on Twitter or Instagram, you will see they make some amazing meals and the term ‘diner’ and ‘café’ is a bit deceiving, as they offer some great dishes. Again, line ups are common, so be prepared. Oh and remember to bring your appetite, no small portions here, great spot for sharing with friends.

Roundel Café: 2465 East Hastings St. – Breakfast Served 7 Days A Week Mon to Fri 9-4/Sat & Sun 9-5

Roundel Cafe is a funky spot that looks like an old diner all grown up. It has “retro tables like your grandma’s, booths to cozy into, fresh and vintage tunes in the background. Park the bike and the pup right out front and on sunny days the windows opened up. Often a full house, this is one of the oldest and most popular diners in East Van.” Say our friends at Vancouver East Village. The focus here is fresh, locally sourced, grass fed meats and organic eats. The brunches we hear are outstanding. The service is casual, fun and sometimes sassy. They are licensed with a few local beers on tap and offer ‘Spiked Boozy Shakes’.

Yolk’s Breakfast: 1598 East Hastings St – Breakfast Served Daily 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Yolk’s Breakfast has truly mastered the art of the perfect egg and that is their specialty as the name infers. Mind you, there are a few other things they are known for such as their fried chicken with waffles, beignets and of course a personal favourite the Truffle Lemon Hashbrowns (pictured below). Take note, there is pretty much always a line, so expect to wait for a bit.  Having said that, we do give this spot high marks for hustling and keep things moving along. Food is great as is the service. Added bonus is they are now in new swanky digs at 1598 as of the end of November 2017, just blocks away from their former location.

While you are in this part of East Van, there is so much else to see and do. If you are looking to carry on after brunch and do a bit of wandering, you certainly don’t have to wander far. Less than a block from Yolk’s Breakfast, you can do some antiquing at the Antiques Warehouse. And mere steps from the Antiques Warehouse is one of East Van’s newer breweries, Callister Brewing.  So you can pop in for some beer tasting. If you wish to walk a bit more, a few blocks away on Powell Street, you will also find Doan’s Craft Brewing. Doan’s not only has German style beer, but one thing we truly love, an arcade game with some 80 games include Pac Man and Galatica and only .25 cents per game. Other craft beer tasting options include Parallel 49 Brewing, Storm Brewing which are all within easy walking or cycling distance.  In the same neighborhood at 1725 Powell Street is one of our favourite spots Odd Society Spirits which make East Van Vodka, Wallflower Gin, Mongrel and Crème de Cassis.  If you get a chance, be sure to check out their cool lounge which serves some amazing cocktails.  If you prefer tasting on the non-alcoholic front, there is Da Oliva Tasting Bar at 2632 East Hastings near Slocan.  They have an amazing selection of olive oils and vinegars to taste. We could keep going as this area has so much to offer, but we will let you discover that on your own.

If we missed your favourite brunch spot that you think should be included, drop up us a line and tell us why it should be included.


Rescue Me: Grizzly One Cool Dude Is Looking For His Forever Home

22 Oct

GrizzlyWelcome 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 Grizzly.  He is a 2 year old male Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier Mix.  If you are looking for a running or hiking partner, then we hear that Grizzly is your guy. He’s a high energy dog that requires an active home.  His friends at the Vancouver SPCA think he will benefit from some fun obedience training to help polish his behavior skills as well as keeping him stimulated.  Grizzly if left alone for long periods without enough exercise, may become bored and bark as well as exhibit a bit of destructive behaviour.  The Vancouver SPCA thinks he would be best suited for an adult only home or one with older children as he’s young and fairly excitable and with his size could be overwhelming for young children.  He can be selective with his canine friends, so they prefer he be your one and only four legged friend. If you think this handsome boy might be a good fit for you, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter would love to hear from you. You can find them at 1205 East 7th Avenue or by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at

Halloween Events In East Vancouver 2015

21 Oct

halloween-night2Lots of fun events coming to East Vancouver for Halloween for the big kids and the wee ones.  We have set out a sampling of some of the events. Of course, if you are staying in to hand out Halloween candy to the wee ones, Black Dog Video on Commercial Drive has you covered for Halloween movies. If you have an event, you’d like to see included on the list, feel free drop us a line at

Parade of Lost Souls. This popular East Van tradition takes place on October 31st. The exact location will be announced at midnight on October 30th on the Dusty Flowerpot website. You can expect a parade of wild costumes, giant puppets, live music by East Van’s own Carnival Band among others, a Thriller Flash Mob and performance art created by local community members. The Parade of Lost Souls will take place in East Vancouver on October 31st 7:00 – 10:00 pm. This event is free and for all ages. Costumes are encouraged. For those wishing to carry on after the parade, there is an After Party at The Hall on Venables Street. The after party will feature performances by The Tailor, Sweet Anomaly, Orkestar Slivovica, Bone Rattle Burlesque and much more.  Tickets are available in advance and at the information booth the night of the parade.

Fright Nights. Playland is hosting 7 haunted houses, 15 rides, a fire show, Monsters of Schlock and the Radiant Heat Show. Fright Nights is now on until November 1st (enter E. Hastings & Windermere) tickets are available online at

Rio Theatre. On Saturday, October 31st, the Rio Theatre has you covered for scary movies.  They are starting the night with Jack Nicholson in The Shining at 6:15 pm, then Halloween at 9:15 pm and ending with From Dusk Till Dawn at 11:30 pm.  Advance tickets are available online.

7 Deadly Sins At The Waldorf. 7 Deadly Sins is happening at The Waldorf.  This is a multi room affair featuring DJs, dancing and much more. The event gets underway at 8:00 pm and tickets are $35 and going quick.

Dogwood Brewing – Costume Kegger. The fine folks at Dogwood Brewing in SE Vancouver are throwing a Costume Kegger this Halloween. As the name depicts, costumes are encouraged.  Tickets are $30 and includes meal ticket for Disco Cheetah, beer tickets, a DJ, games and shuttle transportation to and from Cambie/Marine Skytrain Station.  The event kicks off at 8:00 pm and will go till 1:30 am.  Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.

Halloween Drive-In Movie Night. You are invited to check out a Halloween Drive-In movie series which will be held this weekend and next at River District in SE Vancouver.  Load up the car with your family and/or friends for the early movie which is family friendly at 7:00 pm on October 24th which is showing Hocus Pocus OR you can opt for the later scary movie for the adults at 9:00 pm which features The Thing.  On Friday, October 30th, they will be doing it all over again. On this Freaky Friday they will be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas at 7:00 pm and for the adult scary movie it will be The Lost Boys at 9:30 pm. The drive-in theatre is located at Boundary Road and East Kent Avenue North. Cost is $20 per car load plus taxes.  Free popcorn for the early movie and 4 food trucks and a snack bar will be on site. You can purchase tickets in advance online.

Halloween On The Drive – The Commercial Drive Business Society invites you and your family down for a FREE family event on Saturday, October 31st. From 12:30 to 4:30 pm, kids under the age of 12 can stop by Famoso Pizzeria on Commercial Drive for a free Margherita Pizzetta. From 4:30 to 6:30 pm, there will be ‘trick or treating’ along The Drive from Venables Street to 13th Avenue.  Participating merchants will have a “TREATS HERE” sign in their windows. Stop by the Southwest corner of Grandview Park between 6:00 and 7:30 pm for a chance to win a prize pack from local merchants.  And to top things off, there will be a fireworks finale at Grandview Park between 7:30 and 8:00 pm.


Trout Lake Community Centre: Halloween Celebration – Saturday, October 31st 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  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. There is a cost of $4.00 per child.

Britannia Community Centre: Halloween Howl – Saturday, October 31st (1–8 years). You are invited to a FREE spooky community event with entertainment and ghostly games and, of course, tricks and treats.  Event takes place in Gym D from Noon to 2:00 pm. Treats for the first 100 kids.

Britannia Community Centre – The Ghost Caravan – Kids Theatre Show – Sunday, October 25th 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Local children are invited to come out and be a part of The Kids Theatre Show at the Parade of Lost Souls.  They ask that you imagine two ghostly figures riding two white bicycles.  Behind them, like a horse drawn carriage, there is a portable theatre from which costumed characters emerge which will be played by local children.  To learn more, stop by the Cafeteria at Britannia Community Centre and check out what’s happening.

Sunset Community Centre: Haunted Halloween – Friday, October 30th  6:30 to 9:00 pm.  Come check out their spooky haunted houses, crafts and trick or treating. This is a free event for all ages.

Sunset Community Centre: Halloween Skate – Thursday, October 29th 3:00 to 4:15 pm. Dress up in your Halloween costume and skate this spooktacular event. Regular admission and rental fees apply.

Happy Halloween


By Broken Arrow – An East Van Gifter

20 Oct

ByBrokenArrowFloralWe love featuring local businesses and with the gift giving season soon approaching, we would like to introduce you to a great East Van business – By Broken Arrow.   Sami Wall is the creative talent behind this business that creates beautiful gift boxes packed with local product much of it from East Van.  Sami is a self described ‘mompreneur’ who started her business 1 ½ years ago. Wanting to work from home to be there for her young children, she came up with the idea and created a gift box for a friend. She posted a photo of the gift box on Instagram and a business was born. Sami’s background is in interior design and home staging which shows in her gift boxes. We, of course, love that they are packed with local East Van products. Some of the businesses she features in her gift boxes include East Van Jam, Candid Confectioner, Fable Naturals, Marsh & Mallow and Noble & Co. to name a few. Many of her gift boxes include fresh flowers from the Flower Factory on Main Street.  The gift boxes can be customized for wedding or baby showers, birthdays, house warming or that the foodie in your life. All you need to do is give Sami a bit of background information on the recipient and she’ll put together the perfect gift box.   If you wish to order a gift box from By Broken Arrow, the lead time is 2 days, but Sami can accommodate some rush orders.  Shipping is a flat rate of $25. We invite you to check these elegant gift boxes that make the perfect gift and at the same time support local. UPDATE: By Broken Arrow now offering online shop featuring some of the great items by local makers. We invite you to check what some of our local makers have to offer.

Photo Credit: By Broken Arrow



Parade of Lost Souls October 31st

19 Oct

ParadeofLostSoulsWe are pleased as punch that this much loved East Van tradition is continuing again this year. For those not familiar with this event, The Parade of Lost Souls is a community-driven event celebrating  Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead). The event includes a parade in East Van as well as performance art, live music, interactive art installations and YOU lost souls. The Day of the Dead is a time for celebration, for ceremony, for reflection and renewal. This parade is for YOU and by YOU, all the lost souls of the world. Bring your past and your present for a celebration of life and death. We may all be lost, but at least we can all be lost together.

This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, October 31st from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The location will be revealed at midnight on October 30th on the Dusty Flowerpot website as well as the Dusty Flowerpot Facebook page. If you are interested in participating in this year’s Parade of Lost Souls, we invite you to check out all the great workshops taking place at the Britannia Community Center leading up to the event.  The Parade of Lost Souls was conceptualized and produced by the beloved Public Dreams Society for over 25 years. The parade now carries on under the direction of The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret. As the Parade of Lost Souls is a community driven event, it can only exist through donations from the community.  It costs over $20,000 to put on this parade each year, so we invite you to consider donating online to ensure this parade continues. Whether you participate in this event, or just come out and take in the spectacle, it really is something to see. Will we see you?

Following the Parade, for all of those souls that want to keep the party going, the Lost Souls After-Party will be taking place at The Hall (Astorino’s), 1739 Venables Street from 9:00 pm – 2:00 am. The party will feature performances by The Tailor, Sweet Anomaly, Orkestar Slivovica and Bone Rattle Burlesque. Early bird tickets are available online for $15 per person until October 25th.  From October 26th – 30th, tickets will be $20 per person. Tickets will be available on October 31st at the parade’s information booths only. Tickets will not be available at the door.s can

Photo Credit: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret ParadeAfterParty

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