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20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival This September

11 Aug

The Still Moon Arts Society in conjunction with the Renfrew Park Community Association presents the 20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September. You are invited to participate in this free festival that offers a variety of activities. The event celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. This year’s theme Resurfacing pays tribute to the lost stream systems of Still Creek.  The signature events include the annual Harvest Fair, Lost Streams Parade and Streamside Lantern Installation which features live music, dance, shadow puppets and eco-arts.  Also included in the festivities are workshops, youth performances, community veggie competitions and more.

Harvest Fair & Lost Streams Parade
September 10, 2022 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Slocan Park + Collingwood Park

The Harvest Fair is an all ages family friendly event that takes place at Slocan Park.  You can expect music, local artists, eco-arts workshops, games, community booths and the ever popular vegetable competition.  At twilight, a lantern parade with mystical characters will lead you along the routes of the Lost Streams to Collingwood Park.

Streamside Lantern Installation
Renfrew Park
September 17th, 2022 7:20 pm – 9:30 pm

The Streamside Lantern Installation is a magical walk through a transformed Renfrew Community Park which is filled with beautiful lanterns and illuminated art surrounded by live music.

To learn more about the events and workshops offered during the 20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, visit Still Moon Arts Society.

Fall Cooking Classes At Gourmet Warehouse

7 Aug

Gourmet Warehouse has just announced a great line up of cooking classes for the Fall season. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. If you have participated, you know it’s a great way to pick up some knowledge and some great tips in the kitchen. Added bonus is after each cooking class all the participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

An Evening With The Acorn: Vegetables Re-Imagined – Sept. 21, 2022

Brian Luptak and Shira Blustein, award winning chefs, restauranteurs and authors, will be leading this demonstration dining event. Vegetables Re-Imagined will explore produce layering flavours and textures with impeccable plating, while showcasing vegetarian cuisine at its finest. You will learn some fresh takes on classic dishes. The menu for this upcoming class is set out below:

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• Seasonal Welcome Cocktail
• Panzanella Salad: Fresh-baked focaccia, basil vinaigrette, Klippers Organics heirloom tomatoes, smoked paprika & sunflower seed crumb, creamy basil purée
• Cucumber: Heirloom cucumbers, serrano & plum relish, charred serrano pepper vinaigrette, cucumber powder
• Charred Peach: Warm charred peaches, icy pineappleweed granita, candied pistachios, whipped ‘meringue’

Cookies with Lizzy: Spooky Sugar Halloween Treats – Sept. 25, 2022

Chef Lizzy Wong from Butter Baked Goods invites you to spend a Sunday afternoon learning how to colourfully decorate seasonal cookies using classic royal icing techniques on sugar cookies. You can expect to learn about consistency, colouring, piping techniques, flooding, and as well as some advanced techniques. Added bonus, each class starts with a delicious mimosa a nibble on baked goods and fresh fruit while Lizzie guides you through the class. Each attendee from this class will leave with delicious cookies to take home and share with your loved ones and of course armed with the knowledge to make more at home just in time for Halloween.

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• Witches Hats
• Cauldrons
• Drawn Icing Spiderwebs

Dumpling 101: Pinch Me I’m Dreaming – Sept. 28, 2022

Chef Deniz will be hosting this hands-on cooking class in which you learn about the perfect dough, decadent fillings and classic technique for dumplings. “Pinch Me I’m Dreaming” will also highlight regional stuffings and fillings from around the world and the variations on folds and pinches to create showstopping plates to impress any guest. Some of what you’ll learn to make is set out below:

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• Hand rolled Rotolo di Spinachi and Ricotta with Sage Butter
• Turkish Manti Dumplings with Lamb Merguez, Harissa Butter, Garlic Confit Yoghurt and Poached Egg
• Crispy Pork, Prawn, and Chive Dumpling with Sweet Soy and Scallion Oil
• Matcha Gelato

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

Firehall Arts Centre Presents Music In The Courtyard

19 Jul

The Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Independent Music Centre present the third season of Music in the Courtyard series from Saturday, July 30th to Sunday, September 4th. The performances will take place outdoors in the courtyard at The Firehall Arts Centre at 280 East Cordova Street. Performances will be held in the afternoons and evenings with ticket prices ranging from $15 to $25 per show.  The event features a wide variety of music styles including Latin, blues, guitar, experimental electronic and much more. We’ve set out a list of the upcoming performances below. For more information and to grab your tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Saturday, July 30th – 8:00 pm
The Noodle Connection

Sunday, July 31st – 7:30 pm
Niho, Fito, y Marlin

Friday, August 5th – 7:30 pm
Don McGlashan

Saturday August 6th – 7:30 pm
Murray Porter Band

Sunday, August 7th – 3:00 pm
x/o

Friday, August 12th – 7:30 pm
Michael Red + Tsimka

Saturday, August 13th – 7:30 pm
Curtis Clear Sky & Constellationz

Sunday, August 14th – 3:00 pm
Serenata Mexican

Friday, August 19th – 7:30 pm
Kutapira

Saturday, August 20th – 7:30 pm
The Fugitives

Sunday, August 21st – 3:00 pm
Public Dreams

Sunday, August 28th – 3:00 pm
Omianan featuring Thad Bailey-Mai

Friday, September 2nd – 7:30 pm
Saxophilia

Saturday, September 3rd
7:30 pm
Matt Cook-Contis & Eagle Ex Machina

Sunday, September 4th – 3:00 pm
Whelming

46th Annual Powell Street Festival July 30 & 31

14 Jul

You are invited to come celebrate Japanese Canadian art and culture at the 46th Annual Powell Street Festival happening July 30th and 31st.  Festivities will take place in Oppenheimer Park and Paueru Gai (the Powell Street area) from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm. There will be 3 stages set up showcasing contemporary and traditional artists, community food vendors and crafters offering Japanese delights and designs. You can expect to catch live performances by violinist-extremist Kytami & Phonik Ops, stirring Butoh by Kokoro Dance set to the sublimely edgy music of jo passed, an exhilarating combination of Onibana Taiko with vocals from opera singer Teiya Kasahara, Hiromoto Ida’s ICHIGO-ICHIEH NEW THEATRE solo show Homecoming 2020 and much more.  To learn more about all the events taking place during the 46th Annual Powell Street, visit them online at Powell Street Festival.

Outdoor Zumba Classes At Trout Lake Mondays Until August 15

12 Jul

Looking for some outdoor options for exercise this summer? If so, Trout Lake Community Centre is offering outdoor Zumba classes until August 15th. Classes happen every Monday from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm.  Latin rhythms including Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia along with some easy to follow moves will get you moving.   Classes are designed for all fitness levels.  Drop in $14.70, to register for the full series, visit City of Vancouver / Vancouver Parks & Recreation.

Photo: Trout Lake Community Centre

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Evening Concert Series

8 Jul

The Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting Wednesday, July 13th and happens weekly until August 24th. The concerts are free and are held on the East side of the Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive. In the event of rain, concerts are moved indoors.

We’ve had the opportunity to take in some of the concerts and have to say it’s a perfect way to spend a summer 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, some food trucks will be on hand. Concerts begin at 6:30 pm and continue till 8:30 pm.

For those that love the lantern processions around Trout Lake, take note. On the very last concert of the summer, August 24th, there will be a lantern procession along with performers and musicians around Trout Lake between 8:00 and 9:00 pm.

 July 13
JESSE WALDMAN

July 20
THE SWINGIN’ DOORS

July 27
KAYA KURZ

August 3
VOSTOK

August 10
SOUTH VAN BIG BAND

AUGUST 17
MARIACHI TABASKO


AUGUST 24

VOC SWEET SOUL GOSPEL CHOIR

6-8 pm

AUGUST 24
Lantern Procession
THE CARNIVAL BAND
8-9 pm

Note: Performances are subject to last minute changes.

Italian Day In Grandview Park Sunday, August 28

6 Jul

The Italian Day Festival Society is set to host a village style Italian Day festival celebrating Italian culture and heritage on Sunday, August 28th. This year the event will take place in Grandview Park meaning Commercial Drive will not be closed down to traffic as it has in past years.  Some side streets will have traffic closures around the area of Grandview Park in order to facilitate vendors and those attending the celebrations.   All the fun favourites will be back including live music, fashion show, wine and beer court, contests, activities areas for children and, of course, delicious Italian food and many food trucks.  The festivities kick off at Noon and continue until 9:00 pm.  For more information, visit www.italianday.ca.

First Saturday Open Studios Saturday July 2nd

28 Jun

First Saturday Open Studios is a monthly artist-run event in which artists in Vancouver and North Vancouver open their studios to the public. It is a great opportunity to speak to artists directly, ask questions about their work, learn techniques, see work in progress and, of course, buy artwork directly from the artist. The next First Saturday event is this Saturday, July 2nd from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.   To see a list of all the artists that will be open, we invite you to visit Next Open Studios.

Photo Credit: First Saturday Open Studios

The Britannia Plaza Market Returns This Summer

20 Jun

The Britannia Plaza Market is an outdoor event that takes place just outside of the Britannia Community Centre and is back for another year.  The market will run every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm from June 22nd to October 5th.   The market will also run every Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm from June 25th to September 10th.

You are invited to stop by and check out some local producers, artists and makers which will showcase a variety of items each week including fresh produce, homemade treats, artisanal goods and much more. 

WEDNESDAYS
3:00 – 7:00 pm
June 22 – October 5

SATURDAYS
12:00 – 4:00 pm
June 25 – September 19

If you are interested in being a vendor, you are invited to reach out to the organizers at britanniacraftfair@live.ca.

Collingwood Community Policing Centre Hosts Movies In The Park This Summer

17 Jun

Collingwood Community Policing Centre is back to hosting outdoor movies in various parks in East Vancouver this summer.   Movies kick off at dusk, but are postponed in the event of rain.  We haven’t seen a schedule of the movies posted yet, but will update that information here.  For now, we’ve set out the date and which parks the movies will be shown in.

  • Gaston Park – Friday, June 17
  • North China Creek Park – Friday, June 24
  • Slocan Park – Saturday, July 2
  • Trout Lake – Friday, July 8
  • Collingwood Park – Friday, July 15
  • Kingsgate Mall – Saturday, July 16
  • Gaston Park – Friday, July 22
  • Kensington Park – Friday, July 29
  • Robson Park – Friday, August 5
  • Riverfront Park – Saturday, August 13
  • Brewers Park – Friday, August 19
  • Killarney Park – Saturday, August 20
  • Grandview Park – Friday, August 26
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