Archive | January, 2016

Foto Friday – East Vancouver Street Art

29 Jan


ILiveInEastVanApril202013 328On this Foto Friday, we would like to share with you our love of art. In East Van we are surrounded by talent in many different mediums and we find ourselves often in awe of the collective raw talent in this part of the Vancouver.  Today we share with you some of our first photos that inspired this site which are the many faces of street art around East Vancouver. One holds a special place for us as it was defaced a couple of years ago. We pay homage to the artist, by keeping it alive and well as the main photo in our Twitter feed and we share it here today (pictured above) along with a number of others that have inspired us.  If you’d like to share your photos of East Van, drop us a line at


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June Hunter Valentine’s Studio Sale February 6th

28 Jan

valentine print invite2 2016If you are looking for something special and unique for someone this Valentine’s Day, we have the spot for you. East Van artist, June Hunter, is having a Valentine’s Studio Sale on Saturday, February 6th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you are unfamiliar with June’s work, she makes unique pieces of art and jewellery which are inspired by the nature that surrounds her.  Her work has been featured in Style at Home House and Home and Where Vancouver as well as on CBC’s Living Vancouver. At June’s upcoming Studio Sale, you can expect to find up to 50% off on jewellery, tiles, wood panel prints, photo prints (both framed and unframed) as well as large plexiglass metallic prints. Befitting the occasion, June will  have on hand special crow-themed Valentine cookies.  June’s studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). While there, be sure to ask June about The Great Bunting Giveaway. We understand there will be a door prize this time around which will be one of the rows of bunting on display, which consist of romantic rose and other floral images.  If you are not able to make the Studio Sale, you can also visit her Shop Online or find some of her work at Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive.





Photos Courtesy of June Hunter Images

Family Day On The Drive February 8 With Free Skate, Lion Dance & More

27 Jan

FamilyDay2016The Commercial Drive Business Society is hosting ‘Family Day On The Drive’ on Monday, February 8th.  This is a free community event with a number of activities lined up for the afternoon at the Britannia Community Centre.  The events kick off with a Lion Dance Performance at 2:00 pm. From 2:00 to 4:00 pm, you will find face painting, balloon twister and a caricature artist on hand.  There will be a free skate planned at the Britannia Ice Rink from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For those that prefer something warmer, there will also be a free Public Swim from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Britannia Community Pool.  As an added bonus, many of the merchants on The Drive will be offering special deals for Family Day, so keep an eye out or visit The Drive’s website for more details.

Exhibit Opening At The Cultch Gallery January 27

26 Jan

Jeff-Wilson-Grandview Smoke ShopThis Wednesday, January 27th, The Cultch Gallery, 1895 Venables Street, invites you to the opening of a new exhibit.   The Cultch Gallery will be showcasing the works of Harold Coego and Jeff Wilson.  Harold Coego originates from Havana, Cuba but now resides in Vancouver and is a self taught artist.  Harold Coego uses various art forms to express himself including painting, drawing, writing and film making.  Jeff Wilson is also a self taught artist and a native of Scotland.  He worked in the mining industry for most of his life before becoming a painter.  Jeff Wilson first exhibited his work in 2011 and in 2013 he became a full-time artist.  He likes to create socially relevant paintings that are bright, bold and exciting. You are invited to attend the opening reception of this new exhibit which will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday,  January 29th.  The exhibit runs until February 20th and can be viewed from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturdays. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception.


Artist Credit: Jeff Wilson Above
Artist Credit: Harold Coego Below

The Creaking Planks 11th Anniversary Party At The Wise Hall January 29

25 Jan

CreakingPlanks2This Friday, The Creaking Planks are hosting their 11th Anniversary Party at The Wise Hall. The Creaking Planks, if you don’t know them, are “East Van’s jug band of the damned (that will) take to the stage to do their unique combination of holy idiocy, colliding the canny with the foolish, the sacred with the profane, and Britney Spears with the accordion.” Really we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  This Friday, they will have guests including the Myrtle Family Band and Vancouver’s own Sidewalk Cellist who will take classics from the concert hall and take them the streets.  She provides a musical mix of everything from Bach to Nirvana, jazz to heavy metal and more.  The events kicks off at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

Foto Friday – East Vancouver

22 Jan

IMG_2982We love East Van and are proud to call it home. There are so many things that make East Van unique and we’d like to feature it in photos. So today we are starting a new feature called Foto Friday in which we feature photos of East Van. They can be yours or ours and on any theme or none at all. The photos should speak to you and what you love about East Van.  Drop us a line with up to 4 photos to, your name and a sentence or two about the photos you wish to share.  Today we will start things off with some recent photos taken along the Fraser River in SE Vancouver on a foggy afternoon.  We are always inspired by the nature that surrounds us each and every day.


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Collide and Conquer Comes To Café Deux Soleils January 27

21 Jan

CollideAndConquerCuriosity Collider wants to shift how you experience science.  On January 27th, they present Collide and Conquer which will be a Pecha Kucha-esque type show that brings together art, science, technology and the business community at Café Deux Soleils. They have 3 speakers lined up which include:

Astronomer Jaymie Matthews
on his collaboration with Chloe Z (shadow puppeteer)
“N-body Pornography! – When galaxies and puppets collide”

Artist Dzee Louise and Roboteer Daniel DeGagne
on their Newreal Pathways BrainBot CC-DD 1.50

Artist Colleen McLaughlin Barlow on her artist residencies at the
Canada France Hawaii Telescope & the Gemini Telescope “Making Art at 14,000 Feet

After which, they will be hosting an open mic portion so you can share your idea on stage for 90 seconds.  If you don’t have a creative idea to share, maybe you have a great experience to contribute.  You are invited to come out and chat with, collaborate with other art and science enthusiasts for what we expect to be an engaging evening.   Cost for the event is $5 at the door, doors open at 7:30 pm with the show getting under way at 8:00 pm.

For The Love Of Craft Tour By Vancouver Brewery Tour February 14

20 Jan

ForTheLoveOfCraftLooking to do something different with your partner this Valentine’s Day? If you and your partner are beer lovers, than Vancouver Brewery Tours  has something for you.  They are offering a craft beer and food tour called the “For The Love of Craft” on Sunday, February 14th.  They will take you on a tour of some great local breweries including Storm Brewing, Strange Fellow Brewing and Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery. There will be food along your beer sampling route as well as finishing the whole day off with some decadent chocolate from local chocolatier Thomas Haas.  The For The Love Of Craft Tour runs Sunday, February 14th from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Tickets are available from Vancouver Brewery Tours for $85 per person. UPDATE: 2:00 pm tour is SOLD OUT, but a second tour has been added at Noon.

The Uncommon Café Hosts Two New Cooking Classes

19 Jan

KitchenSkills#1UncommonThe Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street, is hosting some fun new cooking classes to help you ‘sharpen’ your culinary skills.   Valentine Kitamura owner of Tartine Maple will be leading the two upcoming classes.  Valentine was born and raised in France and is a chef that has worked in hotels in Paris, Singapore, New Orleans and Toronto.  She now works with The Uncommon Café, a commissary and café, located just across the street from Oppenheimer Park.  The Uncommon Café and Valentine have partnered to offer a series of cooking class once per month. The first one they have lined up is Wednesday, January 27th Kitchen Skills Series #1. Their first class is intended to help novice cooks get some basics in the kitchen. With the cold winter weather, their first class in this series will introduce you to making “Stocks, Soups and Stews”.  The cost of this class is $60, but get $10 off if you book early. You can register at Eventbrite.

On February 10th, you and your partner are invited to learn how to prepare a romantic dinner. This will be a demonstration cooking class.  You will be served the entire dinner prepared that evening by candle light which will be paired with wine. The cost of this class is $70. Again, to register visit Eventbrite. If you register in advance save $10 per person.   Bon Appetit!  UPDATE: February 10th class is SOLD OUT. A second class has been added February 13th and for those that book early, you can save 20% by using the code SAVE20. ValentineUncommonTartine

Valentine’s Day Themed Improv Against Humanity At The Rio Theatre February 10

18 Jan

ImproveOur favourite improv group has something special planned for Valentine’s Day. They will be serving up Bad Medicine at the Rio Theatre on February 10th. You are invited to a special Valentine’s Day themed Improv Against Humanity. There will be Cards Against Humanity, Cupid inspired comedy, Innuendo and the crowning of the next Horrible Person in Vancouver.  Oh yes, and there will be prizes.  The show gets under way at 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are available in advance for $10 at Rio Theatre or $12 at the door.

Photo Credit: The Fictionals

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