Archive | December, 2016

The Fighting Season At The Cultch January 10-21, 2017

30 Dec

Fighting_Season_PhotoEmilyCooper.jpgVancouver based theatre company Bleeding Heart Theatre is bringing The Fighting Season to the Culture Lab at The Cultch January 10- 21, 2017.  This show is written by Vancouver playwright Sean Harris Oliver. His inspiration for this play came from his father who was deployed in Afghanistan as a field medic. The story is told through his father’s eyes and that of a recovery room nurse.  This show played to sold out audiences at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival and was awarded the Georgia Straight’s Critics Choice Award.  The show previews January 10th with opening night kicking off on January 11th and running to January 21st.  A couple of matinees are offered January 15th and 21st. Tickets are $20 and available online from The Cultch.

Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

NorthWest Comedy Fest & Just For Laughs Bring Us Comedy In 2017

28 Dec

JFLNorthWest.pngNorthWest Comedy Fest and Just For Laughs have teamed up with SiriusXM to bring you JFL Northwest this coming February. The Festival takes place between February 16 to 25, 2017 and will bring some of the best in comedy with stand up, sketch and improv. They have a great line of shows. We’ve set out below some of the shows that have landed in East Vancouver, but if you wish to check the full line up, visit JFL Northwest.

Feb. 17: Graham Clark ‘Quiz Show 3’ – Hot Art Wet City 8:00 pm

Local funny man, Graham Clark, will be presenting Quiz Show 3 at Hot Art Wet City on February 17th.  The evening features Graham cherry picking the best segments of game shows and presenting them all in one bizarre event.  Added bonus, there will be prizes to be won. Tickets for this event are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Feb. 19: Michelle Wolf at The Biltmore Cabaret – 7:00 pm

Michelle Wolf is a New York based writer, actor and stand-up comedian who will be performing at the Biltmore Cabaret on Sunday, February 19th. Michelle currently works as an on-air contributor and writer for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She has worked with a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Her most recent work includes ‘Now Hiring and Used People’, 2 new digital series she created for Comedy Central. Michelle Wolf was named one of “The Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC” by Time Out New York, and made Rolling Stone’s list of the 25 funniest people on Twitter. She also wrote for the 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock. So with this line of up credentials, we expect you’ll be laughing out loud.

Feb. 21: Just For Laughs Showcase – Biltmore Cabaret 7:00 pm

More details coming soon on this event, but as this is ‘the’ Just For Laughs Showcase, you can expect a fun line up and we hear tickets are a very reasonable $7.00.

Feb. 24-Feb. 25: Colin Quinn “Bully” at the Rio Theatre – 7:30pm

Colin Quinn is a stand-up comedian from Brooklyn and will be performing at the Rio Theatre Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th. Colin is the comedic talent in MTV’s Remote Control as well as Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.  Colin has performed on Broadway as well as in HBO and Netflix specials. We expect he’ll be able to tickle your funny bone.

New events are being added, so check back to JFL NorthWest for the latest performances. Tickets are now available at Ticket Fly.

And Bella Sang With Us January 4-14, 2017 At The Firehall Arts Centre

27 Dec

andbellasangwithusemilycooperThe Firehall Arts Centre has recently added the works of two female playwrights to their 2016-2017 season. One of which is And Bella Sang With Us opening in the New Year. This show was “Pick Of The Fringe” at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival and is written by written by Vancouver’s Sally Stubbs. The story is set in 1912 in the Downtown Eastside and features Constable Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller, Vancouver’s first female police officers. In this play, they will show you how they dealt with the ‘female morality issue’.  This subject matter, of course, leads them into a host of other issues including societal and family pressures as well as political corruption not to mention trying to deal with ‘The Lord of the Bawdy Houses’. The cast features a great line up of local talent including Leanna Brodie, Sarah Louise Turner, Simon Webb, Beatrice Zeilinger, Agnes Tong, and Patrick Courtin.  Opening night is January 4, 2017 and the show runs to January 14th with several matinees featured. Tickets are $24 and available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

Merry Christmas, Buon Natale, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Frohe Weihnachten East Vancouver

23 Dec

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Merry Christmas

Frohe Weihnachten

Buon Natale

 Joyeux Noël

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Natal

Maligayang PaskoSretan Božić

Vrolijk kerstfeest

 Wesołych Świąt

Καλά Χριστούγεννα

Dine Out East Village Brunch Crawl Saturday, January 28th

21 Dec

eastvillagebrunchcrawlvancouverfoodsterDine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest restaurant festival gets under way January 20th and runs to February 5th. Each year the line up of delicious events gets better and better. One of many that caught our eye was Vancouver Foodster’s East Village Brunch Crawl happening Saturday, January 28th in the Hastings Sunrise area. The event will begin at The Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings Street, with registration which takes place between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. You will pick up your “passport” which is your guide to a number of restaurants in the Hastings Sunrise/Grandview Woodlands area. Some of the delish foods you will enjoy include fresh juices, smoothies, coffees, eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles, omelettes, brunch pizza, meats, seafood, hash browns, baked goods and a few more goodies.  Some of the stops we hear include Nonna’s Table, Gourmet Warehouse, Italia Bakery, Platform 7 Coffee and Di Oliva Tasting Bar with more to be announced soon.  Outside of your passport, we do recommend you bring your appetite. We don’t expect you will leave this event hungry. Cost for the Dine Out East Village Brunch Crawl is $52.50 and includes all food and beverage samples at each participating location.  To purchase your tickets for this Brunch Crawl, visit Tickets Tonight. The event runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. If you’d prefer to do a brunch crawl along Commercial Drive, that one is happening on Sunday, February 5th which kicks off at Federico’s Supper Club. For more information, visit Vancouver Foodster.

Giving Locally: Vancouver BC SPCA Wish List 2016

19 Dec

spcaadoptedismyfavouritebreedWe at ILiveInEastVan.com are big supporters of all the great work the staff and volunteers do at the Vancouver SPCA.  The SPCA is a non-profit organization that helps nearly 37,000 injured, abused and homeless animals each year and relies on generous donations from supporters.  We provide our support wherever we can. If you follow us, you know we regularly feature many of the pets waiting for adoption.  Today, we would like to tell you about a different way you can support the Vancouver SPCA. That is by contributing some much needed items from their Wish List.  Maybe you have some extra items at home that they could use, or maybe you would like to purchase a few items from their Wish List for them this Christmas. Which ever way you choose to support them, these items go a long way to helping them do the great work they do.  If you do purchase new items to be donated, keep your receipt and drop it off with some identification and you are eligible for a tax receipt for income tax purposes.  We have set out below a short list of some of the most wanted items that would help them immensely, we invite you to take a peek:

Animal Care

  • Gently Used Bedding, Towels & Blankets
  • Clumping litter for cats
  • Fancy Feast or Tiki cat tuna for adult cats & senior cats
  • Treats for cats: They love Temptations
  • Smart toys and kongs of any kind
  • Leashes/collars
  • Bully sticks and hard chew toys for dogs (big need, few donations)
  • Training treats for dogs
  • Small animal toys for -chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats & gerbils
  • Craisins, Cheerios, Shreddies
  • Romaine lettuce, bok choy, carrots, cilantro & parsley for the rabbits

Cleaning – Office

  • Eco friendly cleaning products
  • Paper Towels
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Photocopy paper

Donations can be dropped off at the Vancouver Shelter at 1205 East 7th Avenue (at the corner of East 6th Avenue & Keith Drive). For those taking transit, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter is located across the street from the VCC-Clark Skytrain Station.  The shelter is open Monday to Friday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 4:00 pm and items can be dropped anytime during those times.  If you have any questions, you can phone or email the Vancouver shelter directly at T: 604-879-7721 or vancouver@spca.bc.ca. For those that are cat lovers, VOKRA- Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association is another great East Vancouver based non-profit that seeks your assistance. Visit their Wish List available online for more information. We thank you in advance for helping support the great work these folks do speaking for all those that cannot speak for themselves

Tugboat Landing Artisan Market Saturday December 17th

15 Dec

TLAMSideA.pngFor those not familiar with Tugboat Landing, this is a great little community along the Fraser River in SE Vancouver located just below SE Marine Drive.  Many of you may have heard the news about the new River District development, well under way just to the East. Whereas, Tugboat Landing has been a bit of a secret. Many people don’t know about the area, and as one of its many residents, I haven’t minded it all that much.  The community comes, in part, from the geographical layout of the area, as we are a bit cut off from the rest of the City.  Add to that, what keeps us below Marine Drive, are the river walkways on which you can catch daily glimpses of eagles soaring over the Fraser River, hummingbirds flitting about the bushes, the ever present herons and beavers on the edge of the river banks.  Tugboat Landing is situated next to Gladstone Park, which has walking trails that continue into Burnaby and beyond. The river views, nature and wildlife, along with the central location, are the reason many people move, but once here, most don’t leave.   

This weekend, you are invited to come down and experience some of the community that is Tugboat Landing.  They are hosting a smaller, intimate, artisan market on Saturday, December 17th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at 2010 East Kent Avenue (foot of Victoria Drive).  There will be a number of local residents participating including, Jill Bartlett of Cord & Stone, who makes beautiful jewellery crocheted from reclaimed Argentium sterling silver wire, and Deborah Wilkins, with exquisite infused glass pieces.  They’ve invited a number of other local makers to join them in offering some opportunities for gift giving this holiday season including, The Uncommon Good with beautiful wooden Christmas ornaments made from salvaged wood, DiG Leather with handmade leather goods, Pep Soap, with beautiful gift sets, North Bay Candle Co. with great scents like Big Sexy, LuLu Island Honey and Non La Designs with stunning shawls and cowls. Organizers will also be hosting a raffle with a gift basket that includes a number of great offerings donated to raise funds for two charities near and dear to this pet loving community 1) Vancouver BC SPCA and 2) SAINTS Rescue, an end of life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals.  Some of the gracious donations include the new book ‘East Van Foodie’, driftwood coasters made by artisans in Victoria, coffee by The Drive Coffee Bar, a beautiful cowl by Non La Designs, some jewellery by Cord & Stone, and delish macarons by East Van Sweets. There will be hot coffee brewing, sweet treats and a fireplace roaring to keep those brave enough to face the cooler temperatures, warm and toasty. The coffee and treats are available by donation with all proceeds going to the two sponsored charities.

Hope to see you down by the river this Saturday. It’s a great place to walk and take in the river views. If you get hungry, we invite you check out Romer’s Burger Bar within walking distance or a short drive. Or if you are thirsty, stop in at our local brewery, Dogwood Brewing offering BC’s only organic beer. So many reasons to come down to the river.

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