Archive | June, 2019

Tiki Nights At Odd Society Spirits July 4th & August 1st

24 Jun

TikiNightsSummer is officially here and should you feel like you need a bit of a tropical vibe in your life, you may wish to mark a couple dates on your calendar.  Local distiller, Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street, is hosting Tiki Nights this summer on Thursday, July 4th and Thursday, August 1st.  You are invited to join them for a BBQ, music and refreshing Tiki drinks made by Barman Chad Rivard.  We hear some special Tiki recipes will be available using their spirits. No ticket purchase required, just put on your best tropical dress or Hawaiian shirt and come down between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm to take a little break from the everyday that’s not very far away.

What’s On East Van: June 21st Edition

21 Jun

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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.

Indigenous Day – Trout Lake/John Hendry Park – June 21st

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day at Trout Lake.  There will be an all day celebration Friday, June 21st that kicks off with a pancake celebration and a friendship walk between 9:00 and 11:00 am.  From Noon to 5:00 pm you can find cultural performances, live music, dancing, canoe tours and activities for the kids.

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – The Imperial – June 21st Onward

The Vancouver Jazz Festival starts this Friday and The Imperial, 319 Main Street, has host to an amazing line of talent until July 1st. If you wish to see the full list of performances during the festival including free ones, visit TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Parallel 49 Brewing Co. 7th Anniversary Party – June 21st 

This Friday, local craft brewer, Parallel 49 Brewing celebrates 7 years and they are having a party.  Beer garden to be exact with food trucks and a variety of $5 beers all the while spinning some tunes.  Fun happens at 1950 Triumph Street from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. No tickets required, just show up with 2 pieces of ID please, no minors at this event.

Corgi Races – Hastings Racecourse – June 22nd & 23rd 

Vancouver’s Hastings Racecourse plays host once again to a corgi dog race this Saturday and Sunday.   To view the races is free of charge. The winning pooch gets $500 in prize money and a Bosley’s prize pack.  The event kicks off at 1:15 pm Saturday and Sunday. There will also be food trucks, live music and food trucks on hand.

East Side Pride – Grandview Park – June 22nd

East Side Pride is a family oriented pride event happening in Grandview Park this Saturday from Noon to 6:00 pm.  You can expect to find local artists businesses alongside burlesque and drag performances. If you get hungry, there will be food trucks on hand. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Vancouver Market – Wise Hall – June 22nd

The Vancouver Market returns to the Wise Hall this Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you are looking for vintage, eclectic, or a new up and coming local maker, this is the place to be. Admission is $2.00.

Grease Sing-A-Long – June 22nd – Rio Theatre

The Rio Theatre is hosting a Grease Sing-A-Long this Saturday night. Lyrics will be on screen so you can follow along and there will be prizes for costumes. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the fun kicks off at 7:00 pm. For advance tickets, visit the Rio Theatre.

Strathcona Street Party – Strathcona – June 22nd

The Strathcona Street Party happens this Saturday, June 22nd from Noon to 9:00 pm at Campbell Avenue and East Hastings Street.  Check out the new mural that’s up, plus food trucks, live music, beer garden and more.

Summer Solstice Coffee House – Britannia Community Centre – June 23rd

Britannia Community Centre plays host to the Summer Solstice Coffee House this Sunday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event features live music, storytelling and, of course, coffee. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Railtown Tailgate BBQ – Railtown Café – June 23rd

Once a month this summer, Railtown Café, 397 Railway Street, a Tailgate BBQ from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.  If you love BBQ, this is a definite spot to check out.  They will be BBQ’ing a variety of meats and offering corn on the cob, corn bread and a few different salads. Refreshments will be available. Cost is $27 per person or $17 for the vegetarian option).  Advance tickets purchased online at a complimentary $6 drink voucher. To get your tickets, visit Eventbrite.

LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDY

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 at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 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

Cider Tasting At The Cultch June 27th

19 Jun

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If you love cider and the arts, well you can taste some delicious cider while supporting the arts on June 27th. The Cultch will be hosting a Cider Tasting featuring Windfall Cider, Lonetree Cider, Sea Cider among others.  You are invited to come learn about cider making and the apple varieties used in the making cider while enjoy some appetizers. The event takes place in The Cultch Lobby. Cost is $50 for which you receive a $25 tax receipt. The fun kicks off at 7:00 pm. To get your ticket, visit The Cultch.

Story Story Lie Championships June 12, 2019 – Did You Miss All The Fun?

18 Jun

StoryStoryLieThe third season of the hit storytelling game show “Story Story Lie” came to a close June 12th with its championship round. Winners of past shows were brought back for an ultimate battle of the best to tell their hilarious and cringe-worthy stories. This show is a riot and different than any other kind of show you’ll see in Vancouver. If you’re looking for something new and fun to do you have to check out the next season of Story Story Lie at the Rio Theatre.

How it works is that each comedian/improvisor/actor gets five minutes to tell their story. Afterwards, the audience gets to interrogate them to try to figure out if the story is real or a lie. In the end, you text in your best guess as to which story was a lie and bust the liar! There are also prizes for those who guess right. The show is created, produced and hosted by Jo Dworschak and promises to entertain.

Story Story Lie will be back at the Rio Theatre in September. If you think you have what it takes and have a good story to share, you can apply to actually be on the show! For more information, visit Story Story Lie.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series Returns July 3rd

17 Jun

TheSodaCrackersThe Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting Wednesday, July 3, 2019.  If you have not checked out this great free summer event, you are missing out on the perfect summer evening.  This annual event is hosted by the Trout Lake Community Center at 3360 Victoria Drive.  Concerts happen every Wednesday evening throughout the summer rain or shine. If it rains, concerts go indoors to the Grandview Room. We’ve had the opportunity to take in some of the concerts on a nice summer evening and we have to say, it is a pretty perfect way to spend an evening. Bring a blanket, your friends, family, kids or the dog or all of the above and a picnic and you are set.  If you aren’t able to organize a picnic, you can grab some food at the Carousel Café.  We have set out the musical line up for this summer below.  Each evening kicks off at 6:30 pm.  By the way, dancing is encouraged.

For those that love the lantern processions around Trout Lake, take note. On thLostSoulsSouthHilltin-can lanterns hanginge very last concert of the summer, August 28th, there will be an opportunity to make lanterns from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm  after which there will be a lantern procession along with performers and musicians around Trout Lake at dusk (8:30 pm).  Keep an eye out for the Lantern Tent to make yours that evening, or bring your own creation from home.

 July 3
SANCTUARY ALL STARS
A 17 piece big swing jazz band led by Bob Liley.

  July 10
EAST VAN CHOIR

  July 17
YOUTH EAST VAN MARIMBA ALL STARS

  July 24
BLACKTHORN CELTIC BAND

  July 31
CHAR HUNTER AND GEORGE FAULKNER

AUGUST 7
KATHARA SOCIETY

AUGUST 14
NORINE BRAUN WITH BAND

AUGUST 21
SODA CRACKERS
Vintage country, jazz and roots music.

AUGUST 28
CHECO TOHOMASO & Gospel Choir
Motown music.

Note: Performances are subject to last minute changes.

What’s On East Van: June 14th Edition

14 Jun

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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.

St. Patrick’s Spring Fair/Night Market-2881 Main Street – June 14th

St. Patrick’s Elementary School is hosting a big fundraiser and by the looks of things a whole lot of fun. They’ve got a bouncy castle, face painters, balloon artists, air brush tattoos and along with activities for the kids, they have a night market for the adults. Event happens 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You can find them on Instagram @st.patricks_fundraiser for more details.

Italian Market–Italian Cultural Centre – June 14th

The Italian Cultural Centre hosts their outdoor summer market this Friday from 4:30 – 9:30 pm.  You will find a distinct Italian flavor of food at this market and then add in local artisans with handmade items, live music and this year, the opportunity to learn about bees and beehives.  The market is free to attend, the bee hive tours are $15 and require registration.

Eastside Flea–550 Malkin Avenue  – June 14th – June 16th

The Eastside Flea kicks off Friday night at 5:00 pm and continues Saturday and Sunday at 550 Malkin Avenue from 11 am to 5 pm. Lots of great vintage finds along side local makers, food trucks and cocktails will be available for purchase. Admission is $2.00.

The Great Grandview Garage Sale – Grandview Woodlands-  June 15th

The Great Grandview Garage Sale is back this Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This  is a multi-family garage that takes place all over the Grandview Woodlands area of East Van. To sign up or see a map of the current locations, visit Great Grandview Garage Sale. Remember, the old adage “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure”.  

Family Yoga–Trout Lake Community Centre – June 15th

Trout Lake Community Centre is again hosting Family Yoga this Saturday with live music from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Cost is $1.

Special Edition Garden Nights -The Garden – June 15th

The Garden in Strathcona, 868 East Hastings Street, is hosting a an evening of live music and an art show featuring work by Dan Hawkins.

Early Summer Gardening–Trout Lake Community Centre – June 15th

Rhiannon Johnson of Village Vancouver leads a workshop this Saturday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on how to grow veggies, greens and herbs.  The growing space can be your balcony, outdoor garden or our community garden.  Seeds will also be available. To register, visit Vancouver.ca.

East Van Garden Tour – Figaro’s Garden Centre-June 16th

The East Van Garden Tour happens this Sunday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. This self-guided tour is a great way to see what creative things people do with their garden spaces. You can purchase tickets through Eventbrite or call Figaro’s Garden Centre, 1896 Victoria Drive (at 3rd Avenue). 

Main Street Car Free Day–Main Street – June 16th

Main Street Car Free Day happens this Sunday, June 16th from Noon to 7:00 pm.  Main Street will be blocked to car traffic from Broadway to 30th Avenue. A street party happens along the stretch with performers, artisans, non-profits, arts, music, activities and more.  This is a free family friendly event.

LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDY

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 at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 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

Did You Miss Vancouver Craft Beer Week? Nicole Alivojvodic Runs Down What You Missed

12 Jun

 

Kicking off on the last weekend of May every year, Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) is a 10-day celebration of craft beer, culminating at the historic PNE fairgrounds for a massive festival. Now celebrating its 10th year, VCBW festival saw thousands of craft beer and cider enthusiasts from all over the Lower Mainland and beyond this past weekend. This is a huge leap from the first festival, which started at a small venue hosting about 100 beer aficionados and 15 breweries. Over the past 9 years, it has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week into a multi award-winning cultural engine that showcases music, food, art, and craft beer at events across the city.

Not a beer drinker? You might want to consider becoming one. With brews like Fuggles & Warlock’s “The Last Mango Witbier” and the “Wide Mouth Watermelon Wheat Ale” courtesy of Foamers’ Folly (my two personal favourites) you might as well be drinking boozy fruit juice while lounging on the grass listening to live music. Beer connoisseur? Choose from more than 300 brews from 100+ breweries and cideries. With so much choice, you’re sure to find something new. And let’s not forget about the food. There were more than 15 food trucks throughout the festival grounds ready to satisfy any craving, be it mac n’ cheese, Triple O’s, or traditional pierogies. I have to say I was nearly as excited about getting a Bandidas burrito as I was to taste the beers.

If you haven’t yet attended the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival, mark you calendars for next year because this is the perfect way to kick off summer in Vancouver.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

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