Archive | March, 2019

What Does Community Really Mean? Notre Dame Neighbours Are Learning It Doesn’t Include Them

28 Mar

NotreDameNeighboursLogoFor those that follow us regularly, you will know we are big fans of East Van artist, June Hunter.  We have a mutual love, admiration and respect for urban nature and wildlife that call East Van home.  June Hunter and many of her neighbours organized last Fall to form a peaceful group called Notre Dame Neighbours to oppose a large stadium and artificial turf field.  This development application was proposed in 2004 – 2005 by Notre Dame School located in Hastings Sunrise. The school is just steps from June Hunter’s home.  In 2004-2005, Notre Dame School had revealed plans for a new campus, sports stadium and removal of the perimeter poplar trees.  Residents were fine with the new building, but opposed the sports stadium and tree removal.  So after some back and forth, a compromise was reached and Notre Dame School agreed to build a grass practice field instead of the stadium and keep the trees.   The building was finished a few years ago, but the sports field construction never took place.NotreDameNeighboursConcerns

In September 2018, residents learnt purely by accident that Notre Dame School had submitted a request for a minor amendment to the 2008 building permit to the City of Vancouver. But the amendment was far from minor, it was basically the original development plan submitted in 2004-2005 that was opposed by residents. This time around, funny thing, neither the City of Vancouver or Notre Dame School informed the residents of the proposed changes to the development application.

Last winter Notre Dame Neighbours started a letter writing campaign to get more information which continues you to this date with Freedom of Information requests and minimal helpful response from the City of Vancouver.

Hundreds of local residents have signed a petition, citing urgent concerns around parking, traffic safety, noise, and loss of green space and asking that the matter be moved to a new building permit process so that all of those important matters can be properly studied. Notre Dame Neighbours will hand this petition over to the City next week. If you wish to get a sense of the timeline of events, Notre Dame Neigbhours have prepared one, see Timeline.

We appreciate development and change are necessary as part of a growing City, but the communities we live in are shared by everyone who lives and works there.  That includes the wildlife and birdlife that June Hunter regularly features in her art work and on her blog.  She truly provides a bird’s eye view into the variety of species that call East Van home.  June Hunter is committed to saving her urban forest and on doing research on the topic, learnt that urban forests play an important role in climate change. June also learnt of an interesting new project called Citizen Cool Kit being discussed by the University of BC Forestry Department.  It’s an initiative encouraging local neighbourhoods to come together to lower their carbon footprint.  The view is that it is an all community based effort to combat climate change.  An important aspect of this is maintaining and enhancing our urban forests.

What we don’t like about development in Vancouver is when the City slamming the door on residents trying to get access to information about what’s happening in their own neighbourhoods.  The Notre Dame Neighbours were hopeful with a new Council having been elected last fall that there might be more transparency and although they did get a few ears after much persistence, they do feel left out of the process. Considering the repercussions that residents would have to deal with including extra noise, traffic and a host of other issues, Notre Dame Neighbours should be party to the discussions that affect their daily lives.


There is an Open House happening at Notre Dame School, 2880 Venables Street on Wednesday, April 3rd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The timing is a little suspect, as those with families, working and commuting, may find it challenging to make that time.

We at ILiveInEastVan are passionate about community, we all share the spaces we live  whether apartment buildings, churches, schools, streets, roadways, parks, the air, all of it.  So this one has us a bit perplexed as it’s Notre Dame Secondary School, a school which is founded on God and Community and espouses values to its student, faculty and alumni. This is what they state as their values on the school’s website and we quote (our emphasis in bold):


We are committed to loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds, and to loving our neighbours as ourselves.


With Jesus Christ as our model we serve our own community and respond to the needs of the greater community through prayer and good works.


Students, teachers and staff, parents, pastors and parishes, and alumni work together as the Notre Dame community. We foster healthy relationships  between  all members of the community and we respect. 

So when they speak of community, do they mean only amongst themselves?  It certainly is the impression that the Notre Dame Neighbours are left with at this juncture.

If you wish to contact the City about this development application, you are welcome to write to Project Developer, Andrew Wroblewski at email or Director of Planning, Gil Kelly email  If Vancouver wishes to continue touting itself as one of the Greenest Cities In The World, they may wish to try and keep more of what makes it green.

If you wish to learn more, visit Notre Dame Neighbours:NotreDameNeighboursStopTheStadium

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Story Story Lie: The Hangover At Rio Theatre Wednesday April 10th

26 Mar

StoryStoryLie2019Story Story Lie is back at The Rio Theatre Wednesday, April 10th with The Hangover.  The hangover only lasts a day, but the stories last a lifetime. Story Story Lie has one simple premise: Vancouver’s best storytellers, comedians, and performers share high-stakes, near-impossible, unique stories that seem too tall to be true. The catch? Only ONE of the SIX stories is a lie. During the show audience members get to question the contestants in an attempt to reveal the liar. The first audience member to guess who the liar is, wins respect, admiration and an amazing prize! The line up of storytellers include:

Paul Anthony (Talent Time)
Graeme Duffy (Improv Against Humanity)
Emma Cooper (Rape is Real & Everywhere)
Ally Baharoon, (the stuttering story-teller)
Jessica Pigeau (Autistic comedian)
Lydia Rickards (British comedian)
Host:  Jo Dworschak

Note, due to the intoxicating subject matter this show is x-rated. For those that have never been, the show WILL certainly contain strong language, somewhat mature and immature subject matter. To purchase your advance tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Terminal City Tabletop Convention At The Croatian Cultural Centre March 30 & 31, 2019

25 Mar

BoardGame1The 6th Annual Terminal City Tabletop Convention happens at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, this weekend. The event features some 350 games set up in almost 13,000 square feet of gaming space.  If you are unfamiliar with a game, there are Game Stewards on hand to explain the concepts.  If you get hungry, food trucks will be on hand both days including Urban Wood Fired Pizza and Chickpea on Saturday and Kafka’s Coffee & Tea and Bandidas Taqueria on Sunday.  Event happens Saturday from 9:00 am to midnight and Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. It does appear spots are selling quickly. Costs is $25 – $60 and kids under 10 are free. There is also a Kids Corner available with a selection of games aimed for kids aged 4-8 years of age.  Note, you must be 18+ to play and a Canadian citizen to compete in this convention.

What’s On East Van: March 22nd Edition

22 Mar


Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show – PNE Forum – March 21st – 23rd

The Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show kicks off at 1:00 pm on Friday and runs till the end of the weekend. There is a long list of exhibitors with a beautiful array of items.  Bonus is children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

Hot Honey Brown – The Cultch – To March 30th 

Hot Honey Brown continues this weekend The Cultch. Don’t miss this wild ride from Australia that brings six sassy women on stage who are here to make some noise and smash some stereotypes.  Tickets start at $22 and are available online at The Cultch.

Jesus Christ: The Lost Years – Havana Theatre – March 22nd and 23rd

If you ever wondered what Jesus might have been up to between the ages of 13 and 30 well this weekend’s your chance.  Monster Theatre brings Jesus Christ: The Lost Years to Havana Theatre for a couple more nights this Friday and Saturday.  Tickets are available online $15-$20 through Showpass.

Musical Intergenerational Event – Trout Lake Community Centre – March 23rd

This Saturday morning, Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting a Musical Intergenerational Event for the whole family.  You are invited to come and dance and sing along to the music from 10:30 am to 11:45 am. This is an all ages event and cost is $1.00 per person.

East End History Walk With James Johnstone – 696 East Hastings St. – March 23rd

James Johnstone is back offering his East End History Walk this Saturday, March 23rd.  Tour starts at The Heatley, 696 East Hastings at 10:00 am and runs for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Cost is $20 per person.  To reserve your spot, email James at

Screaming Chickens Theatrical Society Monthly Taboo Revue – Wise Hall – March 23rd

The Screaming Chickens Theatrical Society are hosting their monthly burlesque variety show at the Wise Hall this Saturday night. This is a 19+ show.  Show gets under way at 9:00 pm.

Movie ‘A Star is Born’ – Rio Theatre – March 23rd

If you haven’t yet managed to see A Star Is Born, you get your chance this Saturday night at the Rio Theatre. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga blend their talents for this passionate story. Movie kicks off at 8:30 pm.  If you can’t make it Saturday, it shows again on Monday at 8:45 pm at the Rio.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Cooking Classes At Gourmet Warehouse This Spring

20 Mar


The Gourmet Warehouse has another round of delicious cooking classes lined up this Spring. These classes are a great way to spend an afternoon or evening as the case may be and meet some like-minded food lovers. Personally, we also like the shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

Everyday Thai – Saturday, April 13th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Chef Cindy Low will demonstrate how easy it is to prepare delicious and mouth-watering Thai dishes, from an everyday curry to exotic Tom Yum spaghetti with prawns. You will learn about lemongrass, curry pastes, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and more. You are encouraged to come hungry. Here’s what you’ll learn to make:


• Thai salad with kale, organic greens, carrots, apples, peanuts,
• Toasted coconut chips, chili lime dressing
• Tom Yum spaghetti with prawns – rice spaghetti, Tom Yum flavours, tomatoes,
Thai basil, prawns
• Thai yellow curry with chicken, seasonal vegetables, coconut milk
• Jasmine rice
• Mango coconut ice cream

Perfectly Seasoned ‘Exotic Flavours From Around The World’
April 25th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chef David Robertson of the Dirty Apron will teach you the perfect art of seasoning. He will feature an array of spices which we hear will take your dinner ideas to a whole new level. Delish menu includes:


• Ling Cod Vindaloo with crispy curry leaves
• Mexican smoked chili and guava braised beef short rib with an avocado crema
• South Indian spiced pork tenderloin alongside lemon rice
• Burnt pineapple and cardamom ice cream

Easy Vegetarian – Thursday, May 9th 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Chef Mark Singson who was runner up in Season 6 of Top Chef Canada is going to be demonstrating some unique flavor combinations as well as plate presentations.  Food and fun re on the menu including these delectable dishes:


• Singson’s signature hummus with fire grilled sourdough
• Oven roasted beet salad with fresh chèvre and lemon vinaigrette
• Medley of chickpeas and assorted vegetables served with potatoes and seasoned
fragrant rice
• Sweet traditional vanilla custard with apricots and warm coffee

Come hungry, you will get to eat everything that is made the day of the class. Again, after class, everyone has the opportunity to shop in store with a 10% discount on items purchased the day of your class. To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

Bon appetit!

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

Bonfire Nights – Indie Music Fundraiser April 5th At The Notional Space

19 Mar

BonfireNightsA group of talented musicians are hosting an inaugural Bonfire Nights Fundraising event in support of Aunt Leah’s Place on Friday, April 5th. If you aren’t familiar with it, Aunt Leah’s Place is a great local organization that has been working in the community for over 30 years. They do some amazing work with kids in foster care and young mothers.   On April 5th, My Blue Dirt Girl trio, Sarah Wheeler and Reid Jamieson will perform at The Notional Space, 1523 Pender Street.  Luppolo’s Brewing Co. will be donating some craft beer for the evening along with special camp mugs. The founder of Aunt Leah’s Place, Gale Stewart, will also be on hand with a talk about the impact of Aunt Leah’s Place in the community work of Aunt Leah’s Place. Doors open at 7:30 pm, music kicks off at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and available through Brown Paper Tickets.

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives At The Firehall Arts Centre April 2-13, 2019

18 Mar


The Firehall Arts Centre brings an eye-opening, award-winning play The Tashme Project: The Living Archives to the Firehall Arts Centre April 2 to April 13, 2019.

Created and performed by Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, internment in Canada during the Second World War, and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies. The Nisei, now in their 70s and 80s, were children at the time of internment and their stories of adventure and play are presented in sharp relief with the more common internment narratives of hardship and justice.

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives is created from twenty interwoven interviews with Nisei from Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Montreal, and Vancouver. The piece moves from voice to voice and story to story with fluidity and with a purposeful and constructed gracefulness. The actors portray the voices of both men and women interviewees as they seek a deep emotional and spiritual connection with the stories of their elders, breathing new life into these memories. This production is an embodiment of Nisei character, language, spirit and story, and brings to light a part of Canadian history that has been often kept in the dark. Tickets start from $25 and are available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

What people are saying about The Tashme Project: The Living Archives:

“…profoundly moving…”
Nikkei Voice

“A remarkable piece of verbatim theatre.”
Broadway World

“…Manning and Miwa…lovingly bring to life the hesitancy and frailty of these ‘living archives’.”
Montreal Gazette

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