Archive | May, 2023

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concerts Return July 12th

30 May

The popular Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting Wednesday, July 12th.  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.  Dancing is encouraged.

LostSoulsSouthHilltin-can lanterns hanging

For those that love the lantern processions around Trout Lake, take note. On the very last concert of the summer, August 23rd, there will be a lantern procession around the lake led by The Carnival Band from 8:00 – 9:00 pm. We’ve set out below this year’s musical line up. Be sure to take in this great summer event.

July 12

A 17 piece big swing jazz band led by Bob Liley.

July 19

July 26

August 2

August 9

August 16

August 23

Motown music & gospel choir.

This evening there will also be free kids arts and crafts activities led by Red Fox.

Note: Performances are subject to last minute changes.

The Cultch Presents Dirty Laundry June 9-25 At The York Theatre

28 May

After 3 years of being postponed the Briefs Factory is finally bringing their larger than life show Dirty Laundry to the York Theatre June 9 – 25, 2023. Dirty Laundry is a new show from the world-renowned Australian cabaret collective Briefs Factory. You can expect a mix of circus, drag, dance, burlesque, music and comedy. Led by Briefs Factory director and co-founder Fez Faanana, the show is performed by a collective of talented performers from many disciplines. This is a sexy ensemble that is perfect for a night out for men and women alike. The Cultch’s Executive Director Heather Redfern says “Dirty Laundry is a show that will really heat up everyone’s summer!”   To grab your tickets for this sizzling show, visit The Cultch.

What others around the world are saying about their shows:

“The perfect blend of flesh, acrobats, dance,
boylesque and brilliance.”

“Briefs is the drag party you always wish you’d be invited to!”
Glam Adelaide

Figaro’s Garden Centre Hosts Urban Bird Walk May 27th

22 May

Figaro’s Garden Centre is hosting a free one hour urban bird walk Saturday, May 27th.  Experienced guide, Sydney Burstein, will take you on a tour of the neighbourhood through the eyes of a birding enthusiast.  You are invited to come along and get to know some of Vancouver’s feathered friends that you share a home with. The event kicks off at 9:30 am from Figaro’s Garden Centre rain or shine. To reserve your spot, visit Eventbrite.

Italian Day Returns To The Drive Sunday June 11th

22 May

After 3 years without the Italian Day Festival due to the pandemic and other gathering restrictions, Italian Day returns to The Drive Sunday, June 11th.  This 14 block vibrant street party will take place on The Drive from the Grandview Cut to Venables.  Italian Day is filled with food, entertainment, and loads of things to do, see and experience.  Grab some friends and stop at one of the many outdoor patios set up for the day, or take in one of the many food trucks lined up and down Commercial Drive.  You will certainly not go hungry while you wander and take in all the sights and sounds.

Italian Day kicks off at Noon and the party runs till 8:00 pm. Just a reminder that vehicle traffic on Commercial Drive is blocked off, so it is best to take transit, walk or cycle in. For those cycling to Italian Day, we expect a Bike Valet will be set up again at 1st Avenue & Commercial, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. We invite you come out and celebrate all things Italian. Italian Day represents the largest one day cultural street festival in Vancouver. Stop by and see some of the magic of this great street festival. For more information about Italian Day, visit them online at

Still Moon Arts Society Call Out For Artists

16 May

The Still Moon Arts Society is looking artists for their 21st Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September.  The Festival has become a significant anchor of community creativity and collective neighbourhood identity. It has raised awareness of the history of the Still Creek watershed, resulting in ongoing community stewardship, and the return of salmon to the ravine.

This is an amazing community event that celebrates the full moon, Autumnal Equinox as well as Renfrew-Collingwood’s diverse community and natural environment through interdisciplinary arts events. This year’s theme is Water’s Wisdom. Still Moon is now recruiting artists, musicians and performers for the Harvest Fair and Streamside Lantern Installation.  The festival includes live music, ecological arts, shadow puppets, workshops and much more. So if you are a musician, dance group, stilt walker, clown, balloon artist, puppeteer, storyteller or any other performance artist, you are invited to apply to participate in the Moon Festival which takes place on September 23, 2023. To learn more about the event, or to complete an application, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society.

Vancouver Vinyl Record Show May 28th At The Heritage Hall

11 May

The Vancouver Vinyl Record Show returns to the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, on Sunday May 28th. If you love vinyl records and great music, then we suggest marking your calendar for this event. Vendors will be selling their vinyl in a variety of formats as well as CDs, posters, turntables and music memorabilia including t-shirts and posters. Event happens from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $5.00.

It’s Back! The Great Grandview Garage Sale Returns June 17th

8 May

It is time to once again for the Great Grandview Garage Sale happening Saturday June 17th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm rain or shine. Whether you are a bargain hunter, looking for an awesome

vintage find, or just a great deal on something, this is the spot to be. The Great Grandview Garage Sale is a multi-family garage sale that takes place, as the name eludes, throughout the Grandview-Woodlands area of East Vancouver. Specifically from Broadway to the Burrard Inlet and from Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street. If you live in the area, you are invited to participate and it is FREE to sign up.   Whether you live in a home, walk up apartment building, co-operative housing, no matter, everyone is welcome to participate.  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”.  

Small-Space Edible Gardening Workshop May 18th At Figaro’s Garden Centre

1 May

Have you considered trying your hand at vegetable gardening?  If so, you may wish to check out an upcoming workshop hosted by Figaro’s Garden Centre. Local gardener and author of Small-Space Vegetable Gardens, Andrea Bellamy, will be leading a workshop on Small Space Edible Gardening on Thursday, May 18th.  The workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully grow edible plants in containers. Andrea will cover the basics of container gardening, including selecting containers, soil, and plants for optimal growth. Andrea will also discuss caring for your plants, including watering and fertilizing as well as how to maximize your harvest through a variety of small-space growing techniques. This is a 1 hour workshop to help get you growing this season. The cost of the workshop is $22.63 and tickets are available online through Eventbrite.

East Van Garden Tour Returns June 18, 2023

1 May

If you love gardening and are looking to get inspired by checking out the creative projects gardeners have undertaken in East Van, you will want to grab your ticket(s) for the upcoming East Van Garden Tour. This is a self-guided tour that happens Sunday, June 18th between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. This is a great way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon.

The East Van Garden Tour is a fundraiser for the volunteer group Britannia Neighbours. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards maintaining the Napier Square Greenway at Napier & Commercial Drive. Once you’ve secured your spot for the garden tour, show up on June 18th at Figaro’s Garden Centre the morning of the event and obtain your map. After that you head off to tour the gardens map in hand at your leisure until 4:00 pm. Stop for coffee before, during or after and go at your own pace.

To purchase tickets, you have 3 options:

  1. Online through Eventbrite;
  2. Drop in at Figaro’s Garden Centre, 1896 Victoria Drive (at 3rd Avenue) cash only purchase;
  3. Call Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street, in person or by phone 604-718-5800.

Tickets are $20 each.  Note: People who attend the tour will also get a one-time discount 15% discount at at Figaro’s Garden Centre starting on the day of the tour until July 1st. This is a very walkable tour, but it is not wheelchair accessible and pets are not allowed. This event does sell out thus if interested, we do recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

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