Archive | March, 2016

Bonnie & Clyde The Musical At Havana Theatre March 29 – April 9

31 Mar

bonnie-clydeA great passionate musical is now playing at the Havana Theatre. Bonnie & Clyde, the legendary outlaws of the Great Depression, are two of America’s biggest folk heros.  The show is based on the true story of these ill-fated lovers and is a fearless depiction of the couple’s wild passion and thirst for fame told through memorable music and relatable characters. From their very first meeting, Bonnie & Clyde are immediately connected by their desire to be bigger than their small town lives and they set off together to chase their dreams. When their reckless adventure goes awry, it sets them on a downward spiral with their friends and family following in tow. The musical also portrays the couple’s dark descent from dreams to destruction.  Bonnie & Cycle is now running at the Havana Theatre until April 9th.  Tickets are $25 and are available in advance from Eventbrite.

Garagiste North – The Small Guys Wine Festival April 17th At The Wise Hall

30 Mar

GrapesWine lovers listen up! There’s a great little wine festival coming to the Wise Hall on April 17th called Garagiste North (pronounced gar-ah-jeest).   The garagiste originates from a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France, that started producing “vins de garage” or “garage wine”.  Let’s be clear, these are NOT home-made wines, though some of the wineries may in fact use their kitchen tables as offices.  They are renegade small-lot winemakers who may sometimes work in their garage, but refused to follow industry laws and protocol.  Synonyms: Rebels, pioneers, renegades who are driven by their passion.   In 2014, two women started this wine festival to feature small wine producers, by definition those that make less than 2,000 cases per year. There will be 25 hard to find artisan winemakers on hand along with Peruvian food by Chicha Restaurant and music by the Chicken Like Birds. The event runs from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm for the general public with an industry only event prior to that. Tickets are $49.00 and available via Eventbrite.  Pssst and in case you hadn’t heard the London Financial Times named this festival one of the top five new festivals in the world.  To which we say, see you there!  Cheers.

Photo Credit: Vladislav Zhuk

Workshop – Rain Water Harvesting & Permaculture April 9 & 10

29 Mar

RainLast summer was certainly an eye opener for many of us living in Vancouver. With warmer weather and less rain, it had quite the impact on the green space we’ve come to love and call home. So this 2 day permaculture workshop at Homestead Junction coming April 9th and 10th caught our eye.   For those unfamiliar with the term permaculture, it means the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.  The upcoming workshops will be led by Kim Del Valle Garcia of the Nettle’s Guild.  Kim will touch on the causes of drought in our region, climate change and how it affects us globally as well as locally and its effects on our ecosystems.   You will learn techniques found in permaculture to create resilient landscapes that are insulated from weather extremes.  The 2 day workshop will cover rain water harvesting and soil building within an urban environment. You will create a rainwater harvesting system and a hugelkulture bed at Briarpatch Community Garden.  The cost of the 2 day workshop is $110 and runs from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on April 9th and 10th. To register, visit Homestead Junction.

Photo Credit: Valentina Degiorgis

Vancouver’s 1st Pop Up Record Shop & Party March 31st

28 Mar

VinylRecordFairIn case you haven’t heard the news, record albums have made a resurgence in the last few years. I still have a personal collection stashed away with my first purchase ‘back in the day’ being Supertramp’s Breakfast in America’. An absolute classic of an album. Others tucked away in that box include Pat Benatar and The Cars both played at full volume and often. For those of a younger generation, this was in the days before everyone had a personal set of headphones and iPods.  If you played music on high volume, everyone in the house heard it.  Of course, hanging around listening to records with your friends as a group was a regular event. Not quite the solo endeavor it seems to be more now with the inception of iPods and smartphones.  There is an upcoming event that seeks to revive that passion for music and bringing people together who share a passion for albums and music. It’s called Vinyl, Art & Leisure and takes place March 31st from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 1965 Main Street.  This event will also include art, records sales and/or swapping, affordable drinks, some DJs and well, of course, music.  Who knows what you might find.  Could be that album you’ve always been looking for and to attend, it’s free.

Foto Friday – Sunrise & Sunset

25 Mar

SS1Sunrise, sunset. We are so fortunate to live on the West Coast and experience so many beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Living on the Fraser River for many years now has afforded some amazing views. We get our share of moments when we just stop walking as we are awestruck by the simple beauty of nature. Today, we share some of our favourite pics of the sunrise and sunsets we’ve collected over the years. Note, no filters have been used for any of these photos. The colours are that of the sky. We hope you enjoy and have your own opportunity get out and enjoy the nature that surrounds us this long weekend.


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The Original Bridal Swap At The Croatian Cultural Centre April 3rd

24 Mar

BridalSwapAre you planning on getting married anytime soon? If the answer is yes, you may wish to check out The Original Bridal Swap Wedding Dress Pop Up Shop on Saturday, April 2nd as well as The Original Bridal Swap on Sunday, April 3rd.  This weekend event brought to you by DreamGroup Productions brings together past brides, craft artisans, decorators and other vendors who have unique wedding related goods to help you plan the perfect wedding.  This is a fun event for brides to be who are looking for those perfect treasures and, of course, most importantly dresses.  These two back to back events take place at The Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive.   Tickets are available online for this event with general entry prices and early bird access for those that wish to get a jump on the selection.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Bridal

An Evening Of Storytelling With Vancouver Story Slam At The Cottage Bistro April 13

23 Mar

VSSYou are invited to an evening of original stories on April 13th at the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street. The event is hosted by Vancouver Story Slam which is organized by Susan Cormier and hosted by Bryant Ross. Ten storytellers will take the stage and share their original stories with you. Those participating in April include Alexis Sugden, Buck Moody, David DJ Roy, Devon More, Humaira Hamid, Jim Murray, JP Lorence, Kathrin Lake, Leslie Stark and Mark Hughes. The event is $5 and that also gets you a ballot giving you the opportunity to vote on your favourite story.  There are cash prizes awarded to the winners. Those winners are in turn invited to participate at their annual storytelling championship finals.  The event on April 13th gets underway at 8:00 pm.  If you wish to learn more about this event or participate in an upcoming event, email them directly at This is a monthly event and if you can’t make this one, future dates are posted on their Facebook page.

Forest & The Femme Spring Fundraiser At The Emerald April 7th

22 Mar

natureForest & The Femme is hosting a Spring fundraiser at the Emerald on April 7th. What is Forest & The Femme? It is an outdoor recreation program for marginalized women living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community. They provide access to nature for the city’s most vulnerable and isolated women, giving them an opportunity to experience the serenity of the outdoors, learn new skills, socialize safely and eat nutritious food. Their goal is to facilitate a sense of freedom, empowerment and self worth. We think this is a pretty fab organization. All you have to do is show up, support them and have a great time and you will be benefitting many.  On April 7th for the cost of your ticket, you experience live sets from East Van producers DJs: Applecat, Bastet, That African & Jonathon Julian, a live performance art collective by Subscura, a special menu and cocktail for the evening’s event. There will also be a silent auction portion featuring items from local artisans, yoga passes and adventure packages among others.  Tickets are $21.80 and available from Eventbrite.  For more information about Forest & The Femme, we invite you to check out their website.

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The 9th Annual Nifty For Fifty Sale At The Heritage Hall April 10th

21 Mar

NFF Sale 2016 Front (3)One of the best sales in the City is back on Sunday, April 10th at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.  Nifty for Fifty was founded by Adhesif Clothing designer, Melissa Ferreira, in 2007.  The sale is a way for designers to show gratitude to their customers by clearing out local merchandise all of which is $50 or less. You can expect to find clothing, jewelry, bags, scarves and much more by 30 local designers. Some local designers that will be on hand include Adhesif Clothing, Allison Wonderland, Bronsino, Daub & Design, Elroy Apparel, Toodlebunny, KDon, Flightpath Designs and WE3 Designs.   A number of items available will be up to 80% off. So mark your calendar for this shopping event, but do remember to bring cash, as this is a mainly cash event. For those that want the best selection, it is recommended you come early.  The sale starts at 11:00 a.m. and goes to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door.

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Foto Friday – Everett Crowley Park Then And Now

18 Mar

EverettCrowlyParkThis Saturday, March 19th is Earth Hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm in an effort to conserve energy for one day globally. Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd and each year volunteers host an Earth Day event in Everett Crowley Park which includes planting trees. If you are not familiar with this park in SE Vancouver at the intersection of SE Marine Drive & Kerr Street, it was once a dump.  It is now an off leash dog park with many beautiful walking trails.  If you haven’t walked through this park, you may wish to take a wander.  There are a number of hidden gems within.  This park has been reborn with the work of many dedicated volunteers over the years.  So in honour of the upcoming Earth Hour, we thought we would feature a few photos of Everett Crowley before it was a dump, during and after. Earth Hour and Earth Day are meant to foster and celebrate environmental respect, action and behaviour change that lessens our impact on the earth. Will you make a change?







And this is what it looks like now  ….

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If you missed the tree decorating at Christmas within the park, it’s pretty cool. There are tributes to dogs that are no longer with us, but enjoyed the surroundings. It’s a great little oasis and community gathering spot tucked away in the midst of the City. Definitely worth a visit.

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