Archive | Community RSS feed for this section

PNE Winter Fair And Holiday Concerts December 14 to December 23, 2022

27 Nov

The PNE will be hosting a PNE Winter Fair between December 14 and December 23, 2022.   The PNE will be turned into a magical holiday experience complete with walk thru WinterLights display, skating on the Tim Horton’s Indoor Ice Rink, nightly ticketed Christmas themed concert, a winter market with an array of vendors as well as a holiday theatre for the wee ones. The PNE Winter Fair happens from 4:30 to 10:30 pm.  Ticket prices range from $12 to $15 per person and are available online.

A ticketed holiday concert happens each evening of the PNE Winter Fair. Prices are between $39 – 69 per person and available online. We’ve set out the nightly concert series below:

December 14               David Foster & Kat McPhee

December 15               The Tenors: A Season of Miracles

December 16               Tom Cochrane With Band

December 17               Dallas Smith

December 18               Jann Arden

December 19               Holly Cole

December 20               Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

December 21               Dionne Warwick

December 22               Johnny Reid

December 23               A Boy Band Christmas

To purchase tickets or get more information, visit PNE Winter Fair, or check out the You Tube video:

Tugboat Landing Artisan Market December 3 & 4, 2022

21 Nov

Have you made your way down to the walking trails along the Fraser River in SE Vancouver?  If you have, you will come across an area called Tugboat Landing at the foot of Victoria Drive at East Kent Avenue South.  If you aren’t familiar with this area, it once housed tugboats at this landing on the Fraser River hence the name. It was redeveloped into a community of condos and townhomes that enjoy river front living.  The area is located on a public walkway and cycle path just steps away from Gladstone Park and less than a mile West of the growing River District development.

Here you will find the 6th Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market.  This is a boutique artisan market that happens on December 3rd & 4th in SE Vancouver at 2010 East Kent Avenue at the foot of Victoria Drive.  They have a great line up of vendors that make it fun and easy to shop for gifts in an inviting and cozy space.

Some of what you can expect to find include handmade artisan chocolates by Ladner Artisan Chocolates, stunning sterling silver jewellery by Sole Tibi Studio, dog wear by ScouterWear and dog treats by Barks & Biscuits for your 4 legged friends. If you are looking for gifts for the wee ones, Guava Jelly will be on hand with handpainted infant wear and t-shirts. If you are looking for hostess gifts, Tea Lani with handcrafted teas and handmade artistic soaps by Ava Luna Creations.   

If you are looking to do some entertaining over the holidays, you may wish to check out Mad Laboratory Distilling who will be hand with their small batch spirits. Their spirits will pair nicely with Koldie’s Mixers  which cocktail mixers come in 4 delicious flavours. If you are looking for non-alcoholic options to serve over the holidays, Everything Wine – River District will on hand providing samples of their selection of non-alcoholic beverages.

What would the holidays be without some sweet treats? Swiss Bakery will be on hand Saturday, December 3rd with Gingermen, Gingerwomen, Gingerbread House Kits, sugar cookies and German Stollen.  If you love handcrafted leather goods, be sure to check out DiG Leather.  Artist, Sheena Singh, will be featuring handpainted holiday decor.  Looking for live holiday décor, 8BFlowerco will be featuring bouquets, Grinch trees and more.

Bower Fibre Goods will also be on hand with beautifully crafted textiles and LoveandLucyCo with candles, gem stones and jewellery.   ILiveInEastVan will be on site with a selection of totes, t-shirts and their new sew-on reflective patches. Knit Collective will be on hand with cozy designs to keep you warm this winter.  Lots of great options to shop and support local this holiday season.

This boutique artisan market has been deemed a Hidden Gem and 1 of 17 Happening Holiday Markets by Destination Vancouver. It’s a cozy inviting space away from all the crazy crowds. Stop by for hot cocoa or coffee and some sweet treats while warming up in front of the fireplace.  Food and drink will be available by donation with all proceeds going to BC SPCA and SAINTS (Senior Animals In Need Today Society) Rescue. Market hours will be 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free. To learn more, visit them online at Tugboat Landing Artisan Market, or give them a follow @tugboatlandingartisanmarket on Instagram.

The Big List Of Artisan Markets + Craft Fairs In East Van 2022

12 Nov

It’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.  Did you know: “for every $100 spent with a BC local business, $64 is re-circulated back into our BC economy versus $14 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. Here’s hoping our big list will make it easier for you to shop local this holiday season.


Nov. 16-27: Got Craft Holiday Virtual Market

Nov. 17: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 5 – 10 pm
Nov. 18: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 5- 10 pm
Nov. 18: Britannia Winter Craft Market – Britannia Comm. Centre 3 – 8 pm

Nov. 19: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 11 am – 6 pm
Nov. 19: Got Craft – Croatian Cultural Centre 10 am – 5 pm
Nov. 19: Britannia Winter Craft Market – Britannia Comm. Centre 10 am – 6 pm
Nov. 19: Made In The 604 – Heritage Hall
Nov. 20: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 11 am – 6 pm
Nov. 20: Got Craft – Croatian Cultural Centre 10 am – 5 pm
Nov. 20: Made In The 604 – Heritage Hall

Nov. 25: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 4 – 8 pm
Nov. 26: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9 am – 4 pm


Dec. 2: Toque Craft Fair – Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. 6 – 10 pm

Dec. 3: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Ave. 11 am – 4 pm
Dec. 3: Toque Craft Fair – Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. 6 – 10 pm
Dec. 3: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 3: Deck The Hall – Heritage Hall – TBC
Dec. 3: Connect X-Mas Market + Music Festival – 2111 Main St. 11 – 7

Dec. 4: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Ave. 11 am – 4 pm
Dec. 4: Toque Craft Fair – Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. 6 – 10 pm
Dec. 4: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 4: Deck The Hall – Heritage Hall – TBC
Dec. 4: Connect X-Mas Market + Music Festival – 2111 Main St. 11-7

Dec. 7: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 8: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm

Dec. 9: Krampus Markt – Strange Fellows Brewing 6 – 10 pm
Dec. 9: Make It! – PNE Forum 10 am – 6 pm
Dec. 9: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 10: First Pick Handmade – Heritage Hall 11 am – 6 pm
Dec. 10: MakeIt! – PNE Forum 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 10: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 10: Krampus Markt – Strange Fellows Brewing 11 am – 6 pm
Dec. 10: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 11: First Pick Handmade – Heritage Hall 11 am – 6 pm
Dec. 11: Make It! – PNE Forum
Dec. 11: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 11: Christmas Market – Italian Cultural Centre 11 am – 4 pm
Dec. 11: Krampus Markt – Strange Fellows Brewing 12 – 4 pm
Dec. 11: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 16: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 17: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 17: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 18: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.
Dec. 18: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 18: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

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

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society Features Ken Vandermark and Not for Proper November 25, 2022 at Ironworks

8 Nov

The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society have announced that sax/clarinet player Ken Vandermark and Not for Proper along with Alvaro Rojas’ Music for 22, will be performing at Ironworks, 235 Alexander Street, on November 25, 2022 at 8:30 pm. Renowned American composer, improviser, and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Ken Vandermark has a “room-filling, spectrum-cramming, mountain-moving tonal presence” (NOW Magazine) on sax and clarinets. For this concert, the prolific Chicagoan joins local duo Not for Proper in artful, adventurous collaboration.  Tickets are $25 and now available online at

East Van Panto Celebrates 10 Years With Their Own Spin On The Little Mermaid

6 Nov

The Cultch and Theatre Replacement are thrilled to present East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid, November 16, 2022 until January 1, 2023, at the York Theatre.

For a decade, Theatre Replacement and The Cultch have partnered to bring this holiday tradition like no other. It transforms well-known stories with an East Van twist and has something for all ages. This year, East Van Panto is going under the sea with a wild East Van-centric adventure to the bottom of the Burrard Inlet and back.

In East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid, Ariel is busking with her girl band at New Brighton Beach, when she falls in love with a teenage mer-person. She dives into an ocean adventure, where she makes a questionable deal with a devilish octopus named Ursula, fights off evil electric eels with her trash crab BFF, Sebastian, and has to help save the ocean from a mysterious purple slime of despair.

The writer-director duo from last year’s East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland, Sonja Bennett and Meg Roe, return to create this year’s 10th anniversary production with Veda Hille, who has been writing the music and fun parodies of popular songs since East Van Panto began. For those that have attended past shows, you will know the music is great every year. Tickets start are $35 and are now available online for in person shows with audience participation encouraged. If you prefer to take in the show from the comfort of home, The Little Mermaid is available to watch online on-demand from December 17, 2022 – January 1, 2023 through RE/PLAY, The Cultch’s digital playground. To learn more, visit The Cultch.

“It is the silliest, most wonderful of traditions.
And for me, it has become essential.” 
The Globe and Mail

“If the East Van Panto isn’t part of your holiday tradition yet,
what are you waiting for?”
Georgia Straight

“East Van Panto has earned its place as one of the best-loved holiday traditions in Vancouver…”
Colin Thomas

Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

Winter Farmer Markets In East Van From November 5, 2022 to April 30, 2023

2 Nov

Vancouver Farmers Markets hosts two winter markets in East Vancouver.  First up is the Hastings Park Farmers Market which returns for another year and happens every Sunday from November 6, 2022 to April 30, 2023. The market is located on the PNE Centregrounds and is always a popular market.  Second up, is the Riley Park Farmers Market which carries on in the same location as the summer market at 50 East 30th & Ontario Street every Saturday from November 5, 2022 to March 25, 2023.  Both markets run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and as always are jam packed with lots of great local goods. Be sure to stop by and support our local growers and makers. If you wish to learn more about what vendors will be on site at each market, be sure to visit

Hastings Park Farmers Market
Hastings Park Centregrounds
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Riley Park Farmers Market
50 East 30th & Ontario Street
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Photo Credit: Ella Olsson

Got Craft At The Croatian Cultural Centre November 19 & 20, 2022

1 Nov

Got Craft is back for the upcoming holiday season that is just around the corner.   Got Craft will be hosting an in person market for 2 days at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3350 Commercial Drive, on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th. from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The market will feature 95 local makers and small shops, a mini makers area with kidpreneurs aged 5-13 years old, plus food carts by Nami Vietnamese and the Brownie Bakers.   You can expect to find a wide variety of items perfect for gift giving including clothing, fashion accessories, bath & body products, home goods, greeting cards, jewellery, food & drink, ceramics, art prints and much more.   Tickets for the market are $5 and available online. Kids aged 12 and under are free.  For those that aren’t able to shop in person, Got Craft is also hosting a Holiday Virtual Market from Wednesday, November 16th to Sunday, November 27th.  Visit Got Craft Holiday Virtual Market for more details. 

A Heart Wrenching Cabaret, The Cave, Hits The Stage at The Cultch November 10-20, 2022

26 Oct

The Cultch hosts a heart wrenching cabaret, The Cave, from Tomson Highway, music from John Millard and book from Martha Ross from November 10 – 20, 2022. It’s an important one to see that shows the climate crisis through the eyes of a group of animals trapped together in a bear’s cave as a forest fire draws near. As they await their inevitable demise, they sing. Their tales—reflections on their lives, their ‘lost garden,’ and their impending doom—slowly reveal the reality of a land exploited by humans. At times hysterically comical, at times dramatic and tragic, the four performers—Andrea Koziol, Derek Kwan, Alex Samaras, Maryem Tollar—sing seventeen stirring songs in English and Cree, playing abstractions of Bear, Moose, Beaver, Skunk, Snake, Wolf, Crow, and Fox. And presiding over everything, the cabaret is hosted by a wry and charming MC played by the composer, Millard, himself.

An online version of The Cave was part of The Cultch’s 2021 digital season. It was an immediate hit with critics and audiences alike, who expressed their desire to see it in person when it became possible. The newly staged in-person version comes to Vancouver with new animations.

“I was born and raised in a completely natural environment,” recalls lyricist Tomson Highway. “It was completely safe, and a blissful experience to live in that ‘garden’. And a true garden it was. Now, a half-century later, it is no longer safe to live up there. The reason? Forest fires. Hundreds of them every summer. In Fort McMurray’s fire some 2,000 people lost their homes. How many animals lost theirs? The destruction was, and is, gargantuan. That is to say, the current state of global warming is THEIR eviction from the garden. And it is ours.”

Tickets are available online now at The Cultch. What people are saying about The Cave:

“Messages on climate crisis delivered in a creatively charged cabaret that defies expectations” 
Janet Smith, Stir

“Playfulness abounds… But there are operatic thrills, too, and heartbreaking lyricism.”
Colin Thomas,

“The Cave is never preachy, always entertaining.”
Jo Ledingham,

Photo Credit: Cassandra Popescu

The Eastside Culture Crawl November 17 – 20, 2022

25 Oct

The Eastside Culture Crawl is back November 17 – 20, 2022. This 4 day visual arts festival is an amazing opportunity to check out the work of over 500 local artists. As the name indicates, most of the studios are on Vancouver’s Eastside in bounded by Columbia Street, First Ave and Victoria Drive.

The Eastside Culture Crawl will feature painters, furniture makers, jewellers, sculptors, potters, photographers, glassblowers and so much more. Take the opportunity to visit artists in their working studios and view their work up close and personal. Artists are generally available to discuss their work and creative process. The Eastside Culture Crawl runs from November 17 and 18 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and November 19 and 20 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. This is one event we never miss. Check out the Crawl Map and take a visual tour to see which studios you might like to visit.

The Parade of Lost Souls Hosts An Intergalactic Disco October 29, 2022

17 Oct

The much loved Parade of Lost Souls is back for another with an Intergalactic Disco which takes place on Saturday, October 29th. If you live in East Van, you likely know about this grass-roots festival. Creative direction comes from the folks at The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret. The event itself encompasses dance, art, music, installations, acting and the well attended parade and much loved Thriller Flash Mob.

Everyone is invited to participate in the Parade of Lost Souls on Saturday, October 29th which procession will be led by The Carnival Band. The band will be doing hourly processions at 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm from the Britannia Community Centre.  Costumes are encouraged and the wilder the better. For those interested in buying or making a costume, you may wish to check out the Open Houses being hosted on October 21st and October 28th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm which is all about costumes. You can find more information on their Facebook page.

For those familiar with the event, you may know there is usually a Lost Souls After Party which is set to get under way at the Wise Hall at 10:00 pm to 1:00 am. Tickets are $40 and available online.

As always, The Dusty Flowerpot is open to volunteers assisting and performers and artists participating. Each year, organizers host a series of workshops which are currently running throughout the month of October. To learn more visit The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret.

%d bloggers like this: