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What’s On East Van: May 24th Edition

24 May



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.

rEvolver Festival – The Cultch – Until June 2nd

The rEvolver Festival is now on at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street until June 2nd. The festival brings a wide variety of contemporary theatre from emerging companies and artists. To see the full line up and for tickets, visit The Cultch.

11th Annual Cedar Cottage Community Garden Spring Fling – May 25th

You are invited to celebrate community and food security at the 11th Annual Cedar Cottage Community Garden this Saturday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. This is a free family friendly event. There will be some local vendors with items including art, plants along with live bluegrass music.   Stop by and celebrate community. This community garden is rich in local history.

Family Yoga – Trout Lake Community Centre – May 25th

Family Yoga is back at Trout Lake Community Centre this Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00 pm along with live music. Cost is $1.00.

Reclaimed Wood Market – 1278 East Hastings Street – May 25th

The Reclaimed Wood Market is doing some spring cleaning which means it’s 15% off all reclaimed wood and live edge slabs this Saturday.  Stop by between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. They will be offering refreshments and hot dogs. Kids and pups welcome.

Collingwood Days – Gaston Park – May 25th

Collingwood Days Festival happens in Gaston Park this Saturday between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast between 9:00 am – 11:00 am followed by a parade at 10:30 am. The official kick off is at 11:00 am and features entertainment, arts and crafts, games, food and much more.  This is a free family friendly event.

Parker Art Salon – 1000 Parker Street – May 24th – 26th

If you love art, this is the place to be this weekend. The Parker Art Salon is happening with a paid preview  event Friday night for collectors and a free event Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 1000 Parker Street. The halls of 1000 Parker Street are turned into a salon style exhibit by local artists. If you are interested in the Collector’s Night on Friday or a paid tour, visit Eventbrite.

21st Annual European Festival – The Alpen Club – May 26th

The 21st Annual European Festival happens this Sunday at the Vancouver Alpen Club (Victoria and 33rd Avenue).  The festival happens from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and will feature  live music, dance performances, food, artisans and much more.  To see what performances they’ve got lined up, visit the Festival Schedule. Admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event or  in advance through Eventbrite.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market – Dude Chilling Park – May 26th

If you live in Mount Pleasant or close to, this sweet little farmers market kicks off the seasons this Sunday at Dude Chilling Park (8th Ave & Guelph St.) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Lucas Dubovik Quartet – Café Deux Soleils – May 26th

Looking to wind down towards the end of the weekend. The Lucas Dubovik Quartet is playing at Café Deux Soleils Sunday night. This group features four young talented musicians from the Vancouver area.  They are inspired by the sounds of the 1950s from some of the greats including John Coltrane, Hank Mobley and Sonny Rollins’ quartets. Doors are at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm.


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

Story Story Lie Championships June 12th

21 May

StoryStoryLieJune12thIt’s the end of the season for the folks at Story Story Lie. That means, Championships! Their season finale brings back the year’s biggest winners to compete for the biggest prize of the year, best storyteller. Each storyteller will bring their most unbelievable story, which is pretty remarkable considering their winning stories include armed robbery, bar fights, role play, accidentally becoming a gang member and boy scouts gone bad.  But in the end there can only be one BEST storyteller.  Who will it be? Can you spot the liar?

This year’s Championships pits some great local talent against each other. They include:


Greame Duffy (Actor and Improvisor)
Melanie Rose (Yuk Yuks, Heavy Metal Comedy)
Ashlee Ferral (Vancouver Theatre Sports Rookie League )
Andrew Lynch (VAMP and Geeks Vs Nerds)
Montana Roselle (Dyck Spacee)
Claire Pollock (The Dirty Betty Show)

This event will sell out. So if interested in attending, advance tickets are recommended and available for $10 at the Rio Theatre. Or you can try you luck and grab tickets at the door for $12.

The Fitting Room At Havana Theatre May 14 – 18, 2019

13 May

fitting room_ensemble_amy henryFour teens. A Mom. A rabbi. One fitting room. Six people all linked to the sudden death of thirteen-year-old Noah after a dare. The Fitting Room is a play about growing up, coming out, facing loss and finding faith. This production on stage at the Havana Theatre starting May 14th until May 18th is brought to you by Victoria Playwright Ellery Lamm and directed by Anna Marie Anderson. The production received Victoria Fringe’s Best Overall Favourite and Bravest Awards. Tickets are $15-$20 and available through

Parker Art Salon At 1000 Parker Street May 24-26, 2019

8 May

ParkerArtSalon_exhibtionLove art? Missed the Eastside Culture Crawl? Then you will want to check out the Parker Art Salon happening May 24 to 26, 2019 at 1000 Parker Street. This 105 year old warehouse is home to an array of talented artists.  During the Parker Art Salon, the halls will be transformed into a salon style Fine Art Exhibition complete with chandeliers for fun and ambiance.  You will have the opportunity to meet many of the artists that work in this space, take a scheduled guided 1 hour tour for $10 or just wander at your own pace on May 25th and 26th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  If you are in the market to purchase art, you may wish to attend the Collectors Night on Friday, May 24th. This $50 ticket gives you admission to a private reception from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, 2 bar tickets, food, a catalogue and first dibs on local artwork.  For tickets to any of the paid events, visit Eventbrite.  Or stop by Saturday and Sunday, you can wander at your leisure between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. This portion is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

rEvolver Festival Is Back At The Cultch May 22 – June 2, 2019

7 May

RevolverFestival2019Upintheair Theatre brings the rEvolver Festival back to The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, from May 22nd to June 2nd. The festival brings a wide variety of contemporary theatre from emerging companies and artists. A few that caught our eye include:

Lady Parts – May 22-25, 2019

This 80 minute sketch combines personal stories, video interviews along with some special guests.  Lady Parts pays homage to the struggles of gender and has a little fun with feminism.  The reviews are lining up well this is one to see.

Surveil – May 23-26, 2019

This comedy is all about being watched. The production will delve into the world of modern surveillance and show you first hand all the ways the world is watching us. Some ways you may already know, but some you may not.

Perfect Strangers May 24-26, 2019

This is most certainly theatre transformed. You are invited to participate (not watch) Perfect Strangers.  Starting from The Cultch, you will participate in a 90 minute walking tour which is also part platonic bind date as well as social experiment.  This is a quirky experiment in which you are paired up with people to walk through a neighbourhood and consider how you perceive strangers and talk with others who you might not otherwise talk to. The walk goes rain or shine, so dress for the weather.  A 30 minute reception follows after the tour. The aim of this production is to spark empathy between people who might not otherwise meet. Come alone and you just might leave with a new friend.

For tickets to these productions, or to see the full line up for the rEvolver Festival, visit The Cultch.

9th Annual Verses Festival of Words April 25th to May 4th

23 Apr

VersesFestivalOfWords2019The 9th Annual Verses Festival of Words happens from April 25th to May 4th at a variety of locations in Vancouver. This is 10 day event is Canada’s largest alternative literary festival which features spoken word, storytelling and music. The event celebrates poetic artists, including spoken word and page poets, storytellers, singer-songwriters and improvisers. This is where activism and art take centre stage. You are invited to come experience the transformative power of words. If you are interested in checking out 3 or more events, you may wish to consider a Festival Pass which is $75 but gets you full access to all shows happening throughout the festival. There are a number of locations in East Vancouver playing host to the Verses Festival including the Wise Hall, The Cultch, Havana Theatre, York Theatre and Storm Crow Tavern. For a full rundown of events, visit Verses Festival.  Take note if you are on a budget, there are a couple of free events you are invited to participate in titled Talk The Talk one is on the Climate Crisis May 4th and the other Decolonizing the Arts May 2nd.

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews The Tashme Project On Now At The Firehall Arts Centre

8 Apr


First presented in 2015, The Tashme Project is a collection of stories, assembled and performed by Japanese-Canadian actors Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa. Performed for a captivated audience at the jam packed Firehall Arts Centre on opening night, Tamiko Manning and Miwa seamlessly weave their way through dozens of different stories and characters, tracing the common history and experience of the Nisei (Japanese elders) through childhood, WWII internment and post-war resettlement. Recounting stories that are both chilling and playful, The Tashme Project is a wonderful piece of theatre that shares the history that we all know through the personal voices of those who were actually there.

On a quest to satisfy their life-long curiosities, Tamiko Manning and Miwa sat down for 25 interviews with Japanese elders across the country. The Nisei were children at the time of internment and their stories remain largely untold in Japanese-Canadian families. The Tashme Project tells the real stories of the Nisei, disseminating the oral history of their elders, in an effort to transfer this important history and Japanese-Canadian identity to younger generations. Furthermore, it reminds the audience of the harsh realities that occurred right in our neighbourhood of East Vancouver, forcing us to consider the histories that occupy the spaces where we work, play and live.

The Tashme Project is on now until April 13th at the Firehall Arts Centre.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

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