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Holiday At The Elbow Room Café December 10 – 29, 2019 At The Cultch

4 Dec

ElbowRoomCafeHoliday at the Elbow Room Café is a new Cultch holiday tradition inspired by Vancouver’s most iconic café. Written by Dave Deveau and directed by Cameron Mackenzie, husbands and lifelong friends of real life Elbow Room Café proprietors Patrice Savoie and Bryan Searle. Although the physical café is permanently closed, it lives in this production of Holiday at the Elbow Room Café.  Expect a hilarious and heartwarming tribute to the café known for slinging sarcasm and insults right along with its food. The downtown restaurant was a local favourite for over 35 years, Elbow Room Café closed its doors for business in the fall of 2018, a year after the sad passing of Bryan Searle—this show is dedicated to his memory.  The show features a cast of characters snowed in at the iconic café and well you know how well Vancouverites deal with snow right?!  Expect a night of song, dance and laughter.  Tickets are available online at The Cultch.

Music For The Winter Solstice December 11 & 12 At The Heritage Hall

2 Dec

WinterSolsticeMusicMOMMusic On Main presents Music for the Winter Solstice December 11 and 12, 2019 at the Heritage Hall. Winter solstice is a time of contrast: light and dark, cold and warmth, endings and beginnings.   As such, as this decide comes to a close, they invite you come take a moment away from the hustle and bustle that is everyday life and come relax and enjoy the sounds of winter solstice music while basking in a candlelit glow.  Performances include  Caroline Shaw (Roomful of Teeth, Kanye West), Gabriel Kahane (Book of Travelers, The Ambassador), and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa (Queer Arts Festival). Concert begins at 8:00 pm both. The event is for all ages. Tickets are $42 for adults and $15 for students. To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit Music On Main.

Photo Credit: Music On Main

Story Story Lie: Hot & Heavy At The Rio Theatre December 11

25 Nov

SSL - Hot & HeavyStory Story Lie is back at The Rio Theatre on Wednesday, December 11th with Hot & Heavy.  This as you might expect will be adult entertainment if the title didn’t give it away. If you aren’t familiar with the premise of Story Story Lie, it’s simple. A group of Vancouver’s best storytellers, comedians, and performers share unique stories that seem too tall to be true. The catch? Only ONE of the SIX stories is a lie. For this production of Story Story Lie, you can expect anything from burlesque to wrestling to opera.  They will be sharing their most unbelievable sex stories. 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:

Sasja Smolders (Geekenders Burlesque)
Paul Anthony (Talent Time)
Emily Bilton (CBC’s Laugh Out Loud)
Ryan Lachance (Yuk Yuk’s Comedy)
Justine Warrington (Leo Awards Nominee)
Ravenous Randy Myers (Glam Slam)
Host:  Jo Dworschak

For those that have never been, the show WILL most certainly contain strong language, somewhat mature and immature subject matter. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. To purchase your advance tickets, visit Rio Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Show gets under way at 7:00 pm.

Tiva Quinn Reviews Minowin On Now At The Cultch To November 24, 2019

22 Nov

MinowinDancers of Damelahamid’s latest production, Mînowin, is visually stunning and deeply meditative.

For context, it’s important to know that Canada’s potlatch ban lasted from 1885 to 1951 – many people continued to practice their dances and hold potlatches in secret, but there was still a powerful fear that these traditions might become lost. This dance group was founded in the 1960s to ensure that Gitxsan dance traditions would continue, to celebrate the fact that the dances could be taught and presented openly again. Today the company is run by Margaret Grenier, daughter of the founders, and is a highly respected dance group that performs all over the world.

In Mînowin, the group celebrates both Gitxsan and Cree traditions through a variety of short pieces, closing with a contemporary dance focusing on resilience. Powerful singing and dancing comes together with a truly brilliant set, projection and lighting design that gives each piece a unique sense of place, transforming The Cultch into an ocean with swimming orcas, then a herd of horses galloping through prairie grass, then a forest fire that’s gradually subsiding, allowing new life to begin. In some of the later pieces, the lighting is integrated directly into the dance, creating echoes of dancers steps or the sweeping motion of a cedar bough. Throughout, the overall lighting scheme is somewhat dark, adding drama to the lighting effects and the motions of the dancers.

My one quibble in all this is that I didn’t always know what was going on. Some pieces are introduced in an indigenous language followed by English, some in an indigenous language only, and some had no introduction at all. It feels peevish to complain about this. Did indigenous people in Canada ever have to deal with situations where they didn’t speak the language and didn’t know why things were happening? Duh. Even so I’d say if it’s going to bother you a lot when there’s clearly a story being told and you don’t know quite what the story is, then don’t go.

If you’re ready to appreciate the beauty of the performance and to just let go during the parts when the meaning isn’t handed to you, then absolutely go. I’m finding there was a dreamlike quality to Mînowin that has me appreciating it even more the next day.  The production is on for only a short run at The Cultch to November 24th. To grab tickets, visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer: Tiva Quinn

East Van Panto: Pinocchio – November 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020

18 Nov

PinocchioEastVanPantoWe are admittedly huge fans of the East Van Panto. This has become a fun holiday tradition for us. Honestly, we can’t imagine Christmas without it.  This year The East Van Panto celebrates its 7th season with the presentation of Pinocchio. This year’s production welcomes back the creative team behind last year’s Wizard of Oz.  In this year’s storyline, a lonely old ice-cream seller named Gelato is given a puppet by the mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive (have you met her? She is very mysterious, but we digress).  Gelato dreams of having a child and all of sudden his wish comes true. He goes around trying to tell everyone, which means a famous cricket, an angry orca and a dastardly fox, but does anyone believe him?  The Drive can be a scary place, a cappuccino war might break out anytime between the Abruzzos and the Calabrias (no really, it might).  We learn that kids are ditching class to go to The Hastings Racecourse, but why?  Well Pinocchio is advised not to worry, but instead to follow his noise and all will be fine, or will it? Grab your ticket(s) to find out.  Tickets for the East Van Panto Pinocchio start at $26 for children 16 and under. Family packs are available for $145. To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.  Note, the show will be performed at the York Theatre.

What people are saying about the East Van Panto, in case you haven’t heard the rave reviews. It is a night to get out have a little fun and laugh at what makes East Van unique.

Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto has become a Vancouver tradition, to the point where it’s hard to imagine the holidays without it.” 
Vancouver Musicals

Every year [East Van Panto] gets bigger and funnier”
Vancouver Presents

The East Van Panto is now officially the best holiday tradition in Vancouver”
Colin Thomas

The Big List Of Artisan Markets + Craft Fairs In East Van 2019

15 Nov

BlueAbstractBlurTLAMIt’s that time of year again where the opportunities to shop local are abundant.  There are some great artisan markets and craft fairs coming up to help you make your gift giving easy whether for Christmas or birthday gifts.  We would like to repeat the phrase  that often makes the rounds on social media “when you buy from a local maker, someone does a little happy dance”. It really is true.  Did you know:

“for every $100 spent with a BC local business, $46 is re-circulated back into our BC economy versus $18 for multi nationals. Why? Because locally owned businesses circulate more dollars in the community compared to multinational organizations.”

When you buy from a local maker, you’re supporting your neighbor next door, your co-worker working full-time and holding down a side gig, moms carving out some extra income while still being home with their families. All have created a business doing something they love and are passionate about.  We are 100% behind supporting those local dreamers and makers. Also, buying local is better for the environment. Items at markets are not being shipped long distances and there is usually much less packaging involved. All around win win. To that end, we have again created a list of all the artisan markets and craft fairs happening in East Vancouver this holiday season.   We hope you will come out to some of these events and support the local makers and artisans.

NOVEMBER 2019

Nov. 14-17: Eastside Cultural Crawl – Various Locations

Nov. 16: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5

Nov. 17: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5

Nov. 22-44: 36th Annual Christmas Fair – Britannia Community Centre
Nov. 23: IMade Christmas Market – Heritage Hall 11 am – 5:30 pm
Nov. 23: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Nov. 23: Renegade Winter Art Market – 2980 Nanaimo Street 11-5

Nov. 24: Bling: Wearable Glass & Art Show – Heritage Hall 11-5
Nov. 24: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5

Nov. 24: Renfrew Park Craft Fair – Renfrew Community Centre 10-3

Nov. 29: Toque: Western Front Annual Craft Fair – 303 E. 8th St. 6- 10
Nov. 29: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 4-9
Nov. 29: Kiwassa Community Food & Holiday Market–Kiwassa Neighbourhood House 3-8

Nov. 30: Toque: Western Front Annual Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Street 11-5
Nov. 30: Trout Lake Seniors Bake Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-3
Nov. 30: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4
Nov. 30: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Nov 30: Elders Winter Bazaar – Authentic Indigenous Crafts – 1607 E Hastings 10-3

DECEMBER 2019

Dec. 1: Toque: Western Front Annual Craft Fair – 303 E. 8th St. 11-5
Dec. 1: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4
Dec. 1: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5

Dec. 4: Italian Christmas Market – Italian Cultural Centre 4-9

Dec. 5: Krampusmarkt Opening – Strange Fellows Brewing 6-10 pm
Dec. 5: Bad Abby Vintage Fashion & Art Fair – Odd Society Spirits 1- 11 pm

Dec. 6: Bad Abby Vintage Fashion & Art Fair – Odd Society Spirts 1 – 11 pm
Dec. 6: Krampus Market – Strange Fellows Brewing 12-8 pm
Dec. 6: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 2-7

Dec. 7: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Avenue 11-4
Dec. 7: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5
Dec. 7: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Dec. 7: Kensington Holiday Craft Fair – Kensington Community Centre 10-4
Dec. 7: Got Craft? Holiday Edition – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 7: Krampus Market – Strange Fellows Brewing 12-4 pm
Dec 7: Annual Indigenous Christmas Arts & Craft Fair – 1607 E Hastings 10-3

Dec. 8: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Avenue 11-4
Dec. 8: Got Craft? Holiday Edition – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 8: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5
Dec. 8: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Dec  8: Annual Indigenous Christmas Arts & Craft Fair – 1607 E Hastings 10-3
Dec. 8: Art To Wear Holiday Party & Sale – 3063 E. Kent Ave 11-8

Dec. 11-15: Make It! Vancouver – PNE Forum

Dec. 14: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 14: Crafty Affair Holiday Market – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 14: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Dec. 14: Weirdos Holiday Market – Ukranian Hall 10-6
Dec. 15: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 15: Crafty Affaire Holiday Market – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 15: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-5
Dec. 15: Weirdos Holiday Market – Ukranian Hall 10-6
Dec. 15: Zero-Waste Vegan Holiday Market – The Pace 11-5

Dec. 20: Kind’a Last Minute Holiday Market – Kind Café 5-9 pm

Dec. 21: Women’s Winter Faire – Heritage Hall 11-5
Dec. 22: Women’s Winter Faire – Heritage Hall 11-5

Did we miss one? We will be updating this list as we learn of other markets so check back for updates. Feel free to drop us a note with any market you think should be added at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

Eastside Culture Crawl Happens November 14 to 17, 2019

13 Nov

ECC2019The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for 4 days starting Thursday, November 14th.  This event is a 4 day arts extravaganza that features the work of over 478 artists in and around East Vancouver.  Artists with a variety of mediums open their studio doors so you can see first hand their working space, their creative process and of course meet and talk to the artists about their work. On The Crawl, you will find painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, wood carvers, photographers and much more. The event comprises some 78 buildings from Main Street to Victoria Drive and First Avenue to Powell Street.

We suggest if time is not on your side and you don’t mind crowds, you can take in the works of many artists in one fell swoop at 1000 Parker Street and the Mergatroid. These two hubs in the heart of East Van also feature food trucks for those that get hungry or thirsty wandering around.  The Mergatroid, at 975 Vernon Drive is just steps away from 1000 Parker Street also offers glass blowing demonstrations throughout the event on the main level which always draws a crowd.

If you don’t like crowds, there are a wide range of spaces to choose from during The Crawl, so there are lots of opportunities to see working studios and spaces that are a little further afield.   This year, as you make your way around, we encourage you to watch for the Displacement Exhibit. It is a multi-venue salon style exhibition which you can view at the Arts Factory, The Cultch, Firehall Arts Centre and Alternative Creation galleries.  This is an important exhibit that addresses the issue of disappearing affordable artistic production spaces and raise awareness of the loss of these spaces in our community.  The exhibit features work by artists faced with the challenge of eviction, shifting demographics and displacement.   The Eastside Culture Crawl Society feels “the contribution of arts and culture is integral to the identity of our city and the threat to viable artist space is a threat to the very core of a healthy vibrant community.” We couldn’t agree more. Change is inevitable but we would like to see a balance to ensure support for what makes Vancouver unique and beautiful.  To help guide you through some of the art available, the Eastside Culture Crawl has a great rundown of all the artists on their website including a printable .PDF map to help you find your way. We encourage you to check out the amazing talent in this City.  There is also a great Events page. Definitely worth a look.

If you have creative kids and want to check out The Crawl, we invite you to check out Crawling For Kids which Melk Art & Design is again hosting at their studio at 936 Clark Drive on Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm  It is a free afternoon of hands on creativity. It’s an opportunity to create collaged cards with nature inspired stamps.  Again, it’s free, first come first served.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, one thing we love about the Eastside Culture Crawl is that there is no set schedule. You go where you want, when you want for as long or as little as you want.  Add to that, there are an array of great spots to stop for a bite to eat or if one gets thirsty.   Whether you are in Strathcona, off the Drive, Railtown, Hastings Sunrise, Downtown Eastside or off of Clark Drive, there are countless options for coffee, beer, food and wine. Enjoy and get out support our local artists.

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