Archive | February, 2016

Wait Until Dark At The Havana Theatre March 1-12

29 Feb

WaitUntilDarkA masterfully woven thriller is coming to Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, from March 1-12.   Local theatre company, Naked Goddess Productions, brings you Wait Until Dark written by Frederick Knott.  The play features a recently blinded, Susy Hendrix, who finds herself in the possession of a doll that a very sinister Roat is after.  Roat enlists two con men to assist him.  The show features secret identities, drug smuggling and a deadly cat and mouse game. Each suspenseful moment builds on the next until the final terrifying, breath stopping scene. Wait Until Dark previews March 1st, opens March 2nd and runs Tuesday to Saturday.  Tickets are available in advance for $20 online from Brown Paper Tickets or $25 at the door.

Foto Friday – Chinatown Photos By Mel Woo

26 Feb

ChinatownStarsChinatown is seeing a lot of changes like many areas in the City. We asked a photographer friend who grew on Shanghai Alley in Chinatown to share a few of his favourite photos of the area. We hope you enjoy them.


4th Annual East Side Beer Fest March 9 At The Wise Hall

25 Feb

EastSideBeerLiberty Merchant Company presents the 4th Annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event on Wednesday, March 9th 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 Bomber Brewing, Bridge Brewing, Dageraad Brewing, Driftwood Brewing, Four Winds Brewing Company, Moody Ales, Postmark Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Steel & Oak Brewing Co., Strange Fellows Brewing as well as Copper & Theory, supplier of artisans beers, and Untapped BC which imports craft beer & cider into BC. This 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 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.  Be sure to hop to it, if you want to be sure to get your ticket to this tasty event.

Rescue Me: Check Out These Foster Kids Looking For A New Home

24 Feb

GeorgiaWelcome 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 couple of animals in foster care. First off, there is Georgia who is a 2 year old Labrador Retriever crossed with Pit Bull Terrier.  Georgia is a sweet, smart and energetic girl. She loves playing with other dogs and could easily live with a canine companion that has her rough and tumble style of play, but cats likely not.  She’s a little too into them. Georgia’s friends at the Vancouver SPCA think she is best suited for a house with a yard as well as an adult only home.  Ideally, Georgia needs people that will give her a fair bit of time and attention and initially shouldn’t be left home alone for more than 3-4 hours. This lovely girl recently tore her ACL and has had surgery to repair it, so needs a home with some TLC.  If you think you could give this fire ball of energy a forever home and some time to recuperate, 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

Next up, we’d like to introduce you to Ninja. Ninja is a 7 year old black short hair cross cat and her friends at the Vancouver SPCA would REALLY like you to meet this lovely girl. She is a favourite of the staff and volunteers at the SPCA.  This girl has a heart of gold and an over the top affectionate nature. They’d really like to see her find her forever home. As she’s an older black cat, she tends to be easily overlooked. This lovely girl was surrendered when her guardian could not find pet friendly housing. This home was already her second home, so her friends at the Vancouver SPCA are really hoping her next home will be her last. There are few things that Ninja loves more than people and water. She’s often found pawing in her water bowls and keeping people entertained with her antics. We hear that she takes breaks from her water pawing to enjoy a major cuddle session complete with head butts. One minor disclosure, the staff at the Vancouver SPCA have noticed that Ninja is not really into the other cats, they are recommending she be the only feline in the home.  She’s lived solely indoors and they feel it should remain that way. Common in older cats, Ninja is in the early stages of renal disease so regular vet check-ups are important. Ninja has so much love to offer and she’d really love a forever home. If you think you Ninjacould give this sweet girl a forever home, 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

East Van Bazaar Happening March 5 At Venables & Commercial Drive

23 Feb

FBbanner_Mar2016_FINALAnother great collaboration of local makers is coming together in East Van on March 5th. The East Van Bazaar will be happening in the space that was formerly home to Astorinos, 1739 Venables at Commercial Drive. Organizers have some experience with local markets and are behind the Studio East Bazaar and East Van Holiday Artist Market.   At the upcoming East Van Bazaar, you will have the opportunity to explore Vancouver’s thriving community of artists and artisans, makers and shakers and doers and dreamers.  They will be gathering under one roof to share their talents and create something beautiful, whether it be hand-crafted jewelry, local wood sculptures, new gadgets, oddities and collectibles, cool handmade items or vintage reworks.  The East Van Bazaar will have over 40 vendors including Tea Lani with specialty teas, soaps by The Good Oak and Mountain Naturals, jewellery designs by Larki Designs Andrea Hodge, Rish Jewellery and Crisp Bones, Pinch with all natural deodorant which I know a number of people have been on the hunt for. Also bags by Bag of Holding and Nara Nation and many more great items. For a full rundown of vendors, visit East Van Bazaar. There will also be live music and a DJ on hand as well as food and drink vendors.  The event kicks off at Noon and runs till 6:00 pm. Admission is a suggested $2 donation.

Sips Cocktail Emporium In Mount Pleasant Now Offering Workshops

22 Feb

SipsCocktailEmporiumWorkshopWould you like to hone your cocktail making skills? The good folks at Sips Cocktail Emporium in Mount Pleasant are now offering workshops to help you fine tune your skills.  If you are unfamiliar with this great little spot, we invite you to check it out. Darcy Broatch and Jordie Yow have turned their passion for cocktails into a thriving business and opened a bricks and mortar location at 339 East Broadway after starting with an online store. They are now offering a Bartending Basics Workshop which is taught by Lachlan Mackenzie. Lachlan who has bartended at both Pourhouse and the Albi Room will be demonstrating some tips and techniques for making 3 classic cocktails at home.  There will also be a hands-on portion to this class so you will leave with some basic techniques.  Their next workshop is March 23, 2017 and runs from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  The cost is $30.  To register for the Bartending Basics Workshop visit them online. Of course, feel free to stop by anytime to check out the store and register in person. Cheers!Mother's Day Gold and Pink

Photo Credit: Sips Cocktail Emporium

Foto Friday – Collaboration of Art & Beer At Callister Brewing

19 Feb

IMG_3178If you follow us regularly, you may know we love our East Van community and aspire to inspire that sense of community.  So with that in mind, in today’s Foto Friday, we would like to give a shout out to Callister Brewing. As well as being one of East Van’s newer breweries, it is also a collaborative brewery which features 4 brewers under one roof, being Callister Brewing, Machine Ales, Brewery Creek & Real Cask Brewing. Basically it’s a commissary for beer makers and on talking to some of the brewers recently, you really get a sense of the collaboration amongst them which is quite prevalent in the craft beer community as a whole.  Callister Brewing, outside of making great beer, also collaborates with artists and features work curated by Lee and Bon Roberts. You will also see their art featured amongst the walls. Originally from East Van, they now live on the Sunshine Coast but collaborate to bring other artists work into the brewery to showcase. No commission changes hands, it’s purely a collaboration in its purest form.  So today, we would like to feature some photos of the art work currently up on the walls of Callister Brewing. Note, all the pieces are for sale. To see them in person, pop by for a beer and see them first hand.

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ICONS Vintage Farewell Market At The Biltmore Cabaret February 20

18 Feb

ICONSFeb20ICONS is back at the Biltmore Cabaret this Saturday, February 20th  for its Farewell Market.  The ICONs Vintage Market represents the racy subculture of modern vintage lifestyle which takes design and style cues from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s as well as a bit of early 90’s cultural icons.  Some of the icons they take cues from include Keith Richards, Bridget Bardot, Iggy, Twiggy, Andy Warhol, Jane Birkin, Farrah Fawcett, Madonna, Steve McQueen and Patti Smith to give you some idea. ICONS is a highly anticipated vintage clothing market. Along with clothing, you can expect to find psychedelic posters, antiques, records, taxidermy, retro lamps as well as small furniture, cameras and a bit of this and that.  For their farewell market, Tacofino food truck will be on hand all day serving up what they do best and Erika the Mystic will be on hand for tarot readings.  Add to that Deejay Dirty Bird will be on hand spinning tunes. The event is being held at the Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street.  ICONS gets under way at 11:00 am and goes till 4:00 pm.

East Vancouver History Walks With James Johnstone February 27 & March 5

17 Feb

EastEndWalkingTourJamesJames Johnstone is back with his popular historical walking tours. On Saturday, February 27th,  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”.  Or if you prefer to take in the history of the Grandview Woodlands area, on March 5th James will host a history walk “Grandview: The Hood That Drives”. Each tour runs for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours and the cost is $20 for each tour. If you would like more information or to reserve your spot, email James directly at

Kitchen Series Skills Class At The Uncommon Café – All About The Bread

16 Feb

AllAboutTheBreadThe Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street, is hosting their next class in their Kitchen Skills Series – All About The Bread on February 24th. For this class, they have partnered with bread maker Stephen Louie who will introduce you to the basics of bread making along with some easy tricks.  Some of the delicious bread you will be making include a buttermilk loaf  and a multigrain loaf with various seeds including sesame, poppy and sunflower seeds.  They will also show you how easy it is to master the art of making pizza dough.  From there, they will show you how you can easily use that same dough to make rolls, buns and more.  To start things off right though, the gang at The Uncommon Café will serve you some savoury snacks. You will, of course, get to taste everything that is made during the class including the pizza along with a glass of wine. The All About Bread class takes place on February 24th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The cost is $60, but psst you can save 20% by using the code SAVE20 if you register by Friday, February 19th. To register, visit Eventbrite.

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