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Tugboat Landing Artisan Market Saturday December 8, 2018 In SE Vancouver

3 Dec

ChristmasTreePurpleWallThis weekend you are invited down to the Fraser River in SE Vancouver at the foot of Victoria Drive to an area called Tugboat Landing.   If you aren’t familiar with the area, it once housed just that a landing for tugboats on the Fraser River. It is now home to a community of condos and townhomes enjoying river front living at the foot of Victoria Drive and East Kent Avenue.  This area is located on a public walkway and cycle path just steps away from Gladstone Park and less than a mile West of the new River District development.

This Saturday, you will find the 3rd Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market happening at 2010 East Kent Avenue. This is a smaller curated artisan market with just over 20 vendors offering a wide range of items including handmade artisan chocolates by Ladner Artisan Chocolates , brioche donuts by Royal City Donuts, dog wear from ScouterWear, jewellery by Cord & Stone and Sole Tibi Studio.  Cookbook author Brad Hill will be on hand to sign his recently released Plant Based Foodie Cookbook. If you are looking to get your home ready for Christmas, Urban Farm Girl will be on hand with live floral arrangements to make your home festive and Mary Anne Dragan will have a selection of table arrangements. Also on hand will be a great line up of artisans featuring wood work from Toso Wood Gallery, beautiful ceramics by Pottery Works as well as gifts for the wee ones by Guava Jelly and Tigrelys. There will be art work by local resident Sandy Vogt as well as Tigrelys, Kat McPhee and Kassandra of Smudge Goods with stunning encaustic work. And if that’s not enough, yours truly editor of ILiveInEastVan will be on site with a full selection of ILiveInEastVan tote bags, cushions, t-shirts, toques and more.  If you had your eye on those Art of East Van canvas tote bags featuring the art of Kat McPhee, there will be a selection of those on hand.  Stop by and say hello. Admission is free. The fireplace will be roaring and the coffee, tea and sweets for nibbling while you shop will be ready. All by donation with all proceeds going to the Vancouver BC SPCA.  Event happens from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.


What’s On East Van: November 30th Edition

30 Nov


Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming week.  Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue – Dec. 1st & 2nd

The Eastside Flea is in full swing this weekend for holiday shopping. Lots of great local vendors on hand to help make your Christmas shopping easy. PLUS, they are taking donations of a variety of personal items including cosmetics, toiletries, clothing, etc. which will be distributed to the WISH Drop In Centre Society and Ray Cam Cooperative Centre. The Eastside Flea happens from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

June Hunter Studio Sale – November 30th – December 2nd

Calling all nature and wildlife lovers, this is the spot to head to this weekend to do some relaxed gift shopping. East Van artist June Hunter is hosting her annual Holiday Studio Sale this Friday (2:00 pm to 7:00 pm), Saturday and Sunday (10:00 am – 5:00 pm).  The setting is her idyllic back yard studio complete with an offering of mulled wine and Christmas baking.  We hear some delish Gingerbread muffins will be on hand. June’s studio is located in the Hastings Sunrise area at 2785 Parker Street.

Crafty Affaire  Holiday Market – Croatian Cultural Centre – December 1st

The Crafty Affaire Holiday Market happens at the Croatian Cultural Centre this Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. They have a great line up of vendors including some favourites like Odd Society Spirits, Sriracha Revolver, Eb & Flo Designs, East Van Bees and Sealuxe to name a few.  Check out their website and we see some cool lamps by Usedful.  We’ll be keeping an eye on them.  Admission for the market is by donation.  First 25 people in the door will get a swag bag.

Vancouver Giants – Pacific Coliseum – December 1st

If you miss watching the Vancouver Giants play hockey at the Pacific Coliseum, this Saturday is your chance.  The boys will be back for a game against Tri-City Americans. Game starts at 7:00 pm. For tickets visit Ticketleader. Note, they are back for a second game December 8th which is the infamous Teddy Bear Toss. So you can purchase tickets for one event or both.

Mini Folk Fest – Wise Hall – December 1st

A fun all ages afternoon event at the Wise Hall. Professor Banjo and others host square dancing from 3:00 pm– 5:30 pm at the Wise Hall. Tickets range between $10 – $40, Kids under 5 are free.

The Enemy – Firehall Arts Centre – Until December 1st

A contemporary political drama finishes its run this weekend at the Firehall Arts Centre. The Enemy is an interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a female Dr. Stockman discovers contamination in the community’s water source and is branded an enemy and accused of destroying the local economy. For tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Our Social Fabric: Fabric Sale – 1275 Venables Street – December 2nd

If you are doing some sewing or crafting for the holiday season, you may wish to check out the Fabric Sale at Our Social Friday this Sunday.  It’s their last sale of the year happening at 1275 Venables Street (at Clark) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. There will be some great deals to be had.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

If it’s comedy you are after, Graham Clark’s Laugh Gallery happens at Havana Theatre every Monday night. For live music, Jillian Lake is performing at Havana Theatre on Friday evening 10:00 pm.  Also, the Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Saturday it’s the Riley Park Farmers Market from a0:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

June Hunter Studio Sale November 30th – December 2nd

28 Nov

JuneHunterHolidayStudioSale2018East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting her Holiday Studio Sale this weekend. if you aren’t familiar with her work already, nature features prominently in June’s work especially crows. June has been busy working on new designs and was recently featured on CBC Radio about her fondness for crows and what she calls crow therapy.  Which really in a nutshell is taking a break in nature and taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us each and every day.  Crows are,  of course, an ever present sight in East Vancouver, so they are part of our ongoing scenery.   June has again this year put together a City Crows Calendar which was mentioned in her interview on CBC Radio. Thus, they are now flying off the shelves, literally.  So if you wish to grab one, best stop by this weekend, or visit her online shop which is open 24/7.

At this weekend’s Holiday Studio Sale, you can also expect to find a host of beautiful items including jewellery, throw cushions, totes, small prints, iPad covers, large scale wall art, tiles and much more. We always hope her rescue dog Geordie will be on hand to greet you. He rarely disappoints us.  June Hunter’s studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). The Studio Sale takes place Friday, November 30th  from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you are not able to attend this weekend’s Holiday Studio Sale, we invite you check out her online shop which is open 24/7.  You can also find some of June’s pieces at Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive and Bird on A Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street in East Van as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery store downtown.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever At The Havana Theatre December 6-16, 2018

26 Nov

The Best Christmas Pageant EverYou are invited to check out a new lively Christmas production The Best Christmas Pageant Ever coming to the Havana Theatre December 6 to 16, 2018. Naked Goddess Productions brings you a play that is not all sugar and spice but a truer picture of family life. Well some homes anyway. This story is about some real world SH_T disturbers, hmmm much like you may have found (or may still find) in East Van tucked away in that idyllic looking house down the street. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is about six siblings, the Herdman kids. who take over an annual Christmas pageant resulting in quite a bit of mayhem and a lot of laughs.  The show runs Wednesday to Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm with matinees on Saturday December 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2018  at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for seniors/children.  Those on a budget, check out the half price preview on December 5th.  You can purchase tickets at the door or online at Showpass. Be sure to stop and have a little fun this holiday season. We think this is the perfect ticket.

This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times) At The Cultch November 27 to December 1st

21 Nov

ThisDanceYou are invited to an intriguing dance performance This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times).   Think an iPad for music, speakers, projector, a chair, a few pairs of shoes, whisky, water and glasses.  Frédérick Gravel, whose talent and audacity cross borders, joins the fierce and fiery Brianna Lombardo in an intimate and electrifying show. At the controls of an exhilarating playlist, the multidisciplinary artist is spreading his rock vision of the inexhaustible theme of love. They look at each other, play, dance for each other, creating a tableau in which movement portrays the poetry of everyday life. For tickets to this breathtaking production, visit The Cultch.

“Their union is fragile and outrageous, expressing with clarity the rage and
of passion. Both sweet and rugged, this show is intensely beautiful”

—Toute La Culture (Paris)

The Daisy Theatre Returns To The Cultch December 4-22, 2018 With A Christmas Carol

20 Nov

LittleDickensThe ever popular Ronnie Burkett brings the Daisy Theatre back to The Cultch for his production of a Christmas Carol with the Little Dickens. If you don’t know about the Daisy Theatre, you are missing a whole lot of fun. This is an adult puppet show performed By Ronnie Burkett.  If you think the idea of a puppet show doesn’t appeal to you, try it, you will be surprised.  The Daisy Theatre is unlike anything you have ever seen. Ronnie Burkett, puppeteer provocateur and his company of over 40 marionettes, will not only entertain you, but will be sure to have you riding a wave of emotion as he brings his puppets to life. The energy he brings to his puppetry is rather awe inspiring not to mention how he seamlessly transitions between all the characters. In this  production of The Little Dickens, the cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge, in this Burkett-esque retelling of the Dickens classic.  Ronnie Burkett brings a sharp wit to his characters when he needs to, but he can be as soft as kitten when playing the character Schnitzel who usually begins and finishes his show. Each performance is different, daring and ridiculous.  The Georgia Straight has previously called it “one of the best shows you’ll ever see”.  Tickets start at $24 and are available online at The Cultch.  Note, due to the mature content this is a 19+ show.

What people are saying about Ronnie Burkett:

“Ronnie Burkett’s creations are remarkable feats of both manipulation and imagination” — The Guardian (UK)

 “One of the geniuses of the world…seeing his troupe every few years has just become a necessity of civilized theatre going”
— The Village Voice (NY)

Artisan Markets & Craft Fairs In East Van 2018

19 Nov

Christmasblue&whiteballsIt’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.  There is a phrase that 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. 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 support some of your local makers  this holiday season.


Nov. 22: The Art Studios Winter Sale & Silent Auction – Heritage Hall 12-8 pm
Nov. 22: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre
Nov. 23: Holiday Market – Italian Cultural Centre 5-9 pm
Nov. 23: Makers Market At The Ellis – 1024 Main St. 5-10 pm
Nov. 23: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community 4-9 pm
Nov. 24: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4
Nov. 25: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4

Nov. 30: Toque Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Ave. 6-10 pm
Nov. 30: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 2-7 pm


Dec. 1: Crafty Affaire – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 1: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave 11-6
Dec. 1: Antipod Workshop Studio Sale – #201 – 1610 Clark Drive 10-5
Dec. 1: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 1: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5
Dec. 1: Kensington Holiday Crafit Fair – Kensington Community Centre
Dec. 1: Strathcona Christmas Craft Fair – 601 Keefer St.
Dec. 1: Toque Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Ave. 11-5
Dec. 2: Toque Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Ave. 11-5
Dec. 2: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 2: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave 11-6
Dec. 2: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5

Dec. 8: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market-2010 E. Kent Ave. S. (Victoria Dr.) 11-4
Dec. 8: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave. 11-6
Dec. 8: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 8: Weirdos Holiday Market – Wise Hall
Dec. 8: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 9: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave. 11-6
Dec. 9: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 9: Eastside Flea – 550 malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 9: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave. 11-6
Dec. 9: Weirdos Holiday Market – Wise Hall

Dec. 12: Make It! – PNE Forum 5-9 pm
Dec. 13: Make it! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 14: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 14: Makers Market At The Ellis – 1024 Main Street 5-10 pm
Dec. 15: The ARC Holiday Makers Market – 1701 Powell St. 11-6
Dec. 15: Jones General Store Holiday Market – Cambrian Hall 10-6
Dec. 15: Make It! – PNE Forum 10-6
Dec. 15: Winter Women’s Faire – Heritage Hall
Dec. 16: Holiyay Pop Up – Crème de la Crème, 1215 Clark Drive 11-4
Dec. 16: Make It! – PNE Forum 11-5
Dec. 16: Winter Women’s Faire – Heritage Hall

Did we miss one? We will be updating this list as we learn of other markets. Drop us a note with what you think should be added at

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