Archive | August, 2019

What’s On East Van: August 30th Edition

30 Aug

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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.

Neil Diamond Tribute – Federico’s Supper Club – August 30th

If you love the sounds of Neil Diamond, enjoy dancing along with having a great dinner, Federico’s Supper Club is the place to be Friday night.  Cost is $69 per person and includes a 3 course meal and the evening’s entertainment.  Note price doesn’t included tip and tax. For more info, visit Federico’s Supper Club.

The Fair At The PNE – Now to September 2nd

The Fair at the PNE is on daily from 11:00 till 11:00 pm every evening until September 2nd. In case you hadn’t heard, there are lots of free events with admission once inside the gates. Kids under 5 are free with an adult and children aged 6 to 12.  If you are looking for an energetic performance, Billy Idol will be hitting the summer concert stage Saturday night at 8:30 pm and the Beach Boys take the stage Sunday.

Lovin’ The Earth Climate Action – Riley Park Community Garden – August 31st 

You are invited to come join in a family-friendly event on climate action this Saturday.  The event will focus around around 5 themes where you can make a difference:  Food, Energy, Transportation, Waste and Resilient Neighbourhoods. There will also be a Butterfly Project Talk with a Butterfly Ranger from the David Suziki Foundation. For more info, visit Climate Action Fair.

Lantern Making in the Food Forest – Renfrew Collingwood – August 31st

If you are looking for something to entertain the kids this weekend, Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute is hosting a free lantern making workshop this Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  All materials will be supplied. These will be glass jars that kids decorate.  Although the event is free, registration is requested. The event happens at Norquay Community Food Forest (2732 Horley Street).

Comedy Bucket – Little Mountain Gallery – August 31st

Looking for some laughs this long weekend?   Little Mountain Gallery, 195 East 26th Avenue, plays host to Comedy Bucket. What is it? Vancouver’s top stand up comedians abandon all their material to create brand new jokes on your (the audience’s suggestions).  Evening is hosted by Gina Harms and Gavin Banning. Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door.

Heartbreak On The Coast Release Party – Wise Hall – August 31st

Full Circle is putting on a show on Saturday, August 31st at the Wise Hall to celebrate the Release of Nimkish’s first album “Heartbreak On The Coast.” Expect an evening of Indigenous/Queer music that supports local artists. There will also be vendor tables set up to showcase local art.  Tickets are $12 and available through Eventbrite.

Artful Sundays – Napier Greenway – September 1st 

The last Artful Sunday for the summer happens this Sunday between Noon and 5:00 pm. Expect some great local talent, live music, workshops and artisans. The event is free to attend. The Napier Greenway is located just outside the Britannia Community Centre/Library.

The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical – Havana Theatre – September 1st

If you are looking for a good laugh this weekend, you may wish to check out The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical happening at Havana Theatre this Sunday night.  We hear it’s a bold and funny fast paced production with Canadiana undertones.  Tickets are $20 and available through Showpass.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 and support 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

First Pick Handmade At The Heritage Hall September 14 & 15, 2019

28 Aug

FirstPickHandmade2019.jpgThe 5th First Pick Handmade takes over the Heritage Hall on Saturday, September 14th.  The 3300 square foot space will be transformed into a Handmade Pop Up Department Store. You can expect to find a wide range of high quality, fashion forward Canadian made clothing, footwear, jewellery, lingerie, active wear, scarves and hats. If that list isn’t long enough, there will also be other winter accessories including belts, bags and wallets as well as skincare products and small batch fragrances.  The items are handcrafted with an eye to sustainability.   If there’s something specific you are looking for men’s or women’s wear, there’s a whole lot of talent coming to this event.  We’ve set out all the designers that will be on hand.

Women’s Clothing:
Ag+Au Clothing, Couture Therapy, Daub + Design, Dogwood Denim, Jessica Redditt Designs, kate&frances, Novel Supply Co, Serenity West, Street and Saddle, Supernova by Blackhole

Men’s Clothing:
Anian Manufacturing, Dogwood Denim, Novel Supply, Stede Menswear, Street and Saddle

Men’s Accessories:
Bukuro Bag Co, Bronsino, FiveLeft Leather, Joseph Henry Workshop, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Zed Handmade

Footwear:
Amy Slosky Fine Shoes, Shoofie (shoe totes), XS Unified (socks)

Skincare and Fragrances:
Conscious Care, Element Botanicals

Bags, Belts, Pouches and Wallets:
Bukuro Bag Co, Bronsino, FiveLeft Leather, Joseph Henry Workshop, Shoofie, Winterluxe

Women’s Socks, Lingerie and Activewear:
Daub + Design, Revol Girl, XS Unified

Jewelry:
BlackSØLV, Elen Danielle, Kolton Babych Fine Jewelry, Maria Roth Design, Roberto Fioravanti, She’s So

Hats, Scarves and Winter Accessories:
Anian Manufacturing, Maria Roth Design, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, XS Unified, Zed Handmade

Sustainability Specialists:
Ag+Au Clothing, Anian Manufacturing, Amy Slosky Fine Shoes, Bronsino, Bukuro Bag Co, Conscious Care, Couture Therapy, Dogwood Denim, Element Botanicals, kate&frances, Jessica Redditt Designs, Novel Supply Co, Revol Girl, Serenity West, Street and Saddle, Stede Menswear, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Zed Handmade

With a view to sustainability, you are asked to bring a reusable shopping tote for your purchases and use transit, cycling or walking where possible.  The Heritage Hall is located at Main Street & 15th Avenue. First Pick Handmade is open 11am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 (cash only). Children 12 and under are free.

Lantern Procession Around Trout Lake August 28, 2019

26 Aug

LostSoulsSouthHilltin-can lanterns hangingWe know many people search our site looking for the Illuminares Lantern Festival and Procession from days gone past.  We hear from many people that are disappointed that this large scale event no longer takes place. The Illuminares Lantern Festival took on a life of its own over its 25 year run. It drew large crowds upwards of 20,000 people to John Hendry Park.   Although this event is no longer, you may be pleased to know that Trout Lake Community Centre will host a lantern procession this Wednesday around Trout Lake at dusk. The procession coincides with the last evening of their Outdoor Summer Concert Series. This year that happens on Wednesday, August 28th.  This lantern procession will be a much smaller scale than that of the Illuminares Lantern Festival, but YOU have the opportunity make it what it is. If you want to make lanterns the day of the event, you are welcome to stop by the arts and craft station between 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm.   You can, of course, make your own at home and bring it to the event.  If you get hungry, Arturo’s Mexican 2 Go food truck will be on hand for the evening.  Or stop by and enjoy the last outdoor summer concert with Checo Tohomaso. The lantern procession follows the conclusion of the concert.

What’s On East Van: August 23rd Edition

23 Aug

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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.

The Fair At The PNE – Now to September 2nd

The Fair at the PNE is on daily from 11:00 till 11:00 pm every evening until September 2nd. In case you hadn’t heard, there are lots of free events with admission once inside the gates. Kids under 5 are free with an adult and children aged 6 to 12.  If you are looking for free gate admission, August 27th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm is the last one.  If you are looking from some smooth sounds, Smokey Robinson will be hitting the summer concert stage Friday night at 8:30 pm.

Summer Series – Grandview Park – August 23rd

Commercial Drive BIA is hosting a Summer Series event tonight in Grandview Park.  There will be balloon twisting, face painters and a caricature artist plus refreshments from Super Valu.  The Lego Movie will be shown at dusk, note which is happening earlier these days.

Serate in Piazza – Italian Cultural Centre – August 23rd

This Friday at the Italian Cultural Centre, you are invited to Serate In Piazza. They are hosting an evening of outdoor music and dancing.  Food including sausages, pasta, beer, wine and gelato are available for purchase.  The event happens between 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  In the event of rain, the festivities move indoors. Music and dancing is free, food available for purchase.

The Zoo Story – Havana Theatre – August 23rd and 24th 

The Rusted Cage Theatre Lab presents a renowned classic story of human disconnection and class division.  The story follows Peter and Jerry who you observe meeting on a sunny Sunday morning in the park. Both suffer from loneliness, so what happens?   You can find out this weekend at Havana Theatre. Tickets are $25 and available through Showpass.

Tomato Festival Tasting & Potluck – Riley Park Community Garden – August 24th

If you haven’t checked out the Riley Park Community Garden it’s a great time to do that this weekend. At the same time you can check out the Riley Park Farmers Market that happens 10:00 am to 2:00 pm right next to it, if you haven’t already. The Community Garden will be hosting a Tomato Festival Tasting & Potluck between 12:30 and 1:30 pm.

August Seed Library Pop Up – Britannia Library – August 24th

If you are a gardener, you may want to check out the seed pop up and start planning your fall garden. They will have annual, biennial and perennial seed varities for fall and winter planting.  You are also invited to donate seeds as well. Stop by between 2:00 and 4:00 at the Britannia Library.

Tinder Tales – Fox Cabaret – August 24th

Who doesn’t have a funny dating story right? This Saturday night, local funny woman Jo Dworschak (Story Story Lie) will be hosting Tinder 💔 Tales at the Fox Cabaret. Comedians will be sharing their own ridiculous dating stories and yes, some will be x-rated. Event happens at the Fox Cabaret. Tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door, if available.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and show gets under way at 8:00 pm. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.

Live Music With The Sonny Landreth Band – Rio Theatre – August 24th

If you love blues music, you may wish to check out this event happening  Saturday night at the Rio Theatre. The Canadian Pacific Blues Society along with One Stop Rock Shop present well known slide guitarist Sonny Landreth.  Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more info, visit The Rio Theatre.

Artful Sundays – Napier Greenway – August 25th 

Artful Sundays continue this Sunday between Noon and 5:00 pm. Expect some great local talent, live music, workshops and artisans. The event is free to attend. The Napier Greenway is located just outside the Britannia Community Centre/Library.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 and support 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

Lear Inc. – All Or Nothing At The Cultch September 17th & 18th

20 Aug

LearInc.Although we are still in the swing of summer, there is some interesting theatre coming up late summer.  One that caught our eye is the modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Lear Inc. All Or Nothing. In this production, Lear is a 55 year-old C.E.O. of a multinational corporation who lives and dies by the principle of ‘all or nothing’. Lear disowns his youngest daughter, Cordelia, hands the reins of corporate power over to his eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, and unleashes the merciless forces of instrumental reason and denial responsible for 21st-century social, familial and environmental crises. The production is only showing for 2 nights and tickets are reasonable at $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for student and youth.  So we suspect this one may sell out.  For tickets, visit The Cultch.

Senseless Vandalism Breaks The Spirit of Children In South Hill

19 Aug

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A story came to our attention recently we wanted to share.  East Vancouver has many great pockets of community minded folk. There are so many residents that give of their time to build a better community and make people feel a part of their community and instill pride in what they call home.  Our hats go off to these individuals, as there time and effort is appreciated.  Recently, we received a note from a community organizer in South Hill that gave us pause.  On Canada Day, South Hill Neighbours hosted a great community event at MacDonald Park that included a potluck dinner and had the neighbourhood kids paint bright wooden bee cutouts to hang on the tennis court fence of the park.  The aim was to remind everyone of the great work these flying pollinators do in the local parks.

But after Canada Day, something strange, sad and unexpected happened. July 7th ALL the bees and a pathway information sign that was posted was not only removed but ripped to shreds and thrown in the garbage. To add insult to injury, someone left a sidewalk chalk message in the tennis court entry saying “bees suck!” Neighbours sadly pulled the bees from the garbage and remounted them.

Then later in July neighbours noticed that someone had been removing several bees at a time and again throwing them in the garbage. One mother retrieved 11 bees from the park garbage bin, but couldn’t account for 12 missing bees, since the garbage had been emptied.  We learnt there was a young girl in tears looking for her missing bee that she had painted and a number of other kids were equally as upset. This painting project brought neighbourhood children so much joy and pride in being able to share their work for others to see. It was heartbreaking for South Hill residents to see their community efforts destroyed. For the idiots that participated in this senseless vandalism not once but repeatedly, you made young children cry! Who does this and why? 

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What’s On East Van: August 16th Edition

16 Aug

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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.

Kiwassa Outdoor Community Market – Kiwassa Neighbourhood House – August 16th

The Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street (near Nanaimo and Hastings) is hosting another Community Market Friday, August 16th  from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  You can expect to find fresh produce, preserves, snacks, seeds, popcorn, activities for the kids. There will be some local artisans along with fresh local produce at very reasonable prices. Lastly, post market, Kiwassa’s Youth Program will be featuring an outdoor climate change film screening.  For more info, visit Kiwassa.ca.

Outdoor Summer Movie – Grandview Park – August 16th

The Commercial Drive BIA Society is hosting an outdoor movie this Friday night in Grandview Park. They will be showing Back To The Future at dusk, a mighty fine choice.  You are invited to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

The Fair At The PNE – August 17th to September 2nd

The Fair at the PNE kicks off this Saturday at 11:00 am and goes till 11:00 pm every evening until September 2nd. In case you hadn’t heard, there are lots of free events with admission once inside the gates. Kids under 5 are free with an adult and children aged 6 to 12.  If you are looking for free gate admission dates, they are August 20 & 27, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is also a free gate admission for seniors 65+ on August 22nd from 11:00 am to late.  For more ways to save, visit Ways To Save at The Fair.

The Dude Is Back – Dude Chilling Park – August 17th

A bronze replica of “The Dude” has been created for Dude Chilling Park to replace the previous wood one that has seen better days.  There was quite a bit of work including fundraising by many to make this artistic endeavor happen. So this Saturday there will be a celebration from 12-4 pm to celebrate that the Dude Is Back. Expect hot dogs and bratwurst on the BBQ and live music by the Undercovers along with some Parks Board members on hand. You are invited to grab a blanket and come kick back and relax with The Dude.

Yeast Van Patio Party – 1216 Franklin Street – August 17th

The Yeast Van Brewery District Cooperative is hosting their first ever Patio Block Party at Container Brewing, 1216 Franklin Street this Saturday.  Tickets are $20 and include 2 drink tickets. Big Day BBQ will be on hand with eats and Dr. Alex will be spinning vinyl.  Lots of great local breweries will be participating in this event. To grab your ticket in advance, visit Eventbrite.

Outdoor Summer Movie – Riverfront Park – August 17th

The good folks at Collingwood Policing Centre are back at Riverfront Park in SE Vancouver near the Fraser River for an outdoor movie this Saturday night. They will be showing The Princess Bride at dusk.

Railtown Tailgate BBQ – Railtown Café – August 18th

If you love BBQ, this is the place to this Sunday. Railtown Café chefs and co-owners are hosting a big ass BBQ with loads of food between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm.  There also be some delish refreshments Lynchburg Lemonade and Railtown Ruby Sangri. Cost is $27 per person or $17 for the vegetarian option.  For tickets or more info, visit Eventbrite.

Biggest Dog Meet Up – Trout Lake – August 18th

The 7th Biggest Dog Meet Up happens at John Hendry Park at Trout Lake Beach this Sunday from Noon to 4:00 pm. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend with a pup or not.  For those that don’t have a dog and are considering one, it’s a great opportunity to see a variety of breeds and chat with owners about what might be a good fit for you.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 and support 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

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