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Sweet Thea Holiday Pop Up Shop On Main Street

17 Nov

If you love your baked goods as much we do, you’ll be excited to hear Sweet Thea Bakery is hosting a Pop Up Shop at 4305 Main Street for the upcoming holiday season. If you’ve attended any artisan markets and Christmas craft fairs around Metro Vancouver, you will no doubt seen them.  But, of course, due to the pandemic we all know that many of these in person events are not happening this year. But the good news for us is that Sweet Thea Bakery is offering their delicious baked goods at their Pop Up Shop on Main Street.  Some of the goodies you will find there include their delish Ginger Cookies, Chocolava Cookies, Honey Hearts, Chocolate Lebkuchen Cookies and Stollen.  If that isn’t enough, they have curated some of their market favourites for their Pop Up Shop for you to purchase while picking up some baking. Some of these include maple syrup, roasted nuts, small batch bean to bar chocolate bars, honey, hot sauces, jams and mustards.  Perfect gifts for the food lover or well, just you. If you can’t make it to their Pop Up Shop, we have more good news. They are offering Canada Post deliveries, or pick up at 3 different locations – Main Street Pop Up, Tsawwassen Quay Market (must be taking a BC Ferry to access) and their Langley Shop.  To place your order, visit them online at Sweet Thea Bakery or stop by their Pop Up Shop at 4305 Main Street which is open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm most days, but is open till 7:00 pm on Fridays.  Treat yourself and your family to some amazing baked goods while at the same time supporting a local business.

Winter Farmer Markets In East Van 2020-2021

27 Oct

Summer weather may be gone, but farmer markets continue into the Fall and Winter seasons. This year more than ever, we encourage you to support our local growers and makers.  In East Van, you have 2 options to choose from depending on your location. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in both locations. Visit Vancouver Farmer Markets for more details on their protocols.

Riley Park Farmers Market – Every Saturday  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Riley Park Farmers Market in case you hadn’t already heard is a year round market happening every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 30th & Ontario.  This is a great space located next to a community garden with ample parking and located on a bike route.

Hastings Park Farmers Market – Every Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Hastings Park Farmers Market runs every Sunday from November 1st to April 25, 2021. The market is located on the Centre Grounds of Hastings Park.

Whichever market you choose, we hope you will support local where and when you can. If you want to know which vendors will be at the markets, visit Vancouver Farmer Markets website for more information, or check them out on Instagram @vanmarkets.

The Amaryllis At The Firehall Arts Centre November 12 – 22, 2020 – Cancelled Due To New COVID Restrictions

26 Oct

Well it’s been some time since we’ve written about upcoming events and as as an ardent support of arts in the community, we are pleased to feature The Amaryllis coming to The Firehall Arts Centre November 12 – 22, 2020.

The Firehall Arts Centre and The Search Party are pleased to produce and present the world premiere of The Amaryllis. Written by Michele Riml and directed by The Search Party’s Artistic Director, Mindy Parfitt, the production transports audiences into the fascinating, quirky world of Lucy and Jeremy Keener. Lucy is a terrifically talented voice over artist and Jeremy is her troubled agent, who would sooner jump off a cliff before ever following a dream of his own. Sister and brother for better or for worse, these two are inextricably bound. The amaryllis plant – a mysterious gift from a mysterious giver – takes on a strange power over their lives. The Amaryllis is mystery about what it really takes to grow, and a comedy about what it really takes to change.

Artistic Producer Donna Spencer says the show is “Named after one of my favourite flowers, the play reminds us how challenging and fragile change can be and how difficult it is to undertake in isolation. Not unlike the needs of the flower and the needs we all have to grow and become who we are, the character of Jeremy requires support and encouragement to step out of the safety of the world he and his sister Lucy have created together. I am so pleased to bring this work to the stage at a time when we all need encouragement to grow and make the changes we can during this global pandemic, and to partner with The Search Party on its realization.”

Note: The Firehall Arts Centre has a COVID-19 Safety Plan which includes limiting seating to 50 people. Further, staff, volunteers and patrons are required to wear masks. To see all of their safety protocols, visit Firehall Arts Centre COVID-19.

Vancouver Farmers Markets Kick Off Summer Season

1 May

VFMChardVancouver Farmers Markets bring back summer markets the first weekend of May.  Things will be a bit different in light of COVID-19. Having recently attended Riley Park Winter Farmers Market, my experience showed that vendors were well spaced out and counts were being kept on the number of people entering each area of the market. Granted some vendors had some spaced out lines, personally I prefer standing in a brief line outdoors vs. a long line indoors.

What’s new if you haven’t heard is vendors are now accepting online orders. Currently, you need to pick up your online order from each vendor, but Vancouver Farmers Markets are looking to implement a centralized pick up and delivery in the near future.    Our local farmers and producers need our support during this time and we invite you to keep them in mind when making your weekly grocery shop.  We’ve set out below the markets taking place in East Van. To see a full listing of Vancouver Farmer Markets, visit eatlocal.org.


Trout Lake Famers Market
13th Ave & Lakewood Drive
Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 2, 2020 – October 24, 2020 

Riley Park Farmers Market
30th Avenue & Ontario Street
Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 2, 2020 – October 24, 2020 

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
8th Avenue & Guelph Street
Sundays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 24, 2020 – October 25, 2020

Main Street Farmers Market
1100 Station Street (Thornton Park)
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
June 3, 2020 – October 7, 2020

April 15th Canada Kicks Off National Take Out Day

14 Apr

CanadaTakeOutAs you may know, local restaurants are struggling in our new reality.  We have in the last week permanently lost 3 restaurants which are part of the heart and soul of Commercial Drive.  Cabrito Tapas, Federico’s Supper Club and Storm Crow Tavern have permanently closed.  We are sorry to see them go, but understand there are slim margins in restaurants and many factors that played a role in their decisions, a pandemic being the tipping point from which they couldn’t come back.

In order to help those in the food services survive during this pandemic, a movement has been started to encourage Canadians across the country to help support this industry which employs millions. Wednesday, April 15th kicks off the first national Take Out Day which restaurant owners and those in the food services industry hope you will make a weekly event for those that are financially able to. We hope you will consider participating whether it’s weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  Every bit helps these businesses be here in The After of this pandemic. To learn more about the campaign and what restaurants are participating, visit Canada Takeout.  To learn more about what East Van businesses are operating take-out and delivery services, we invite you to check out our previous feature Support Local Where You Can which is updated regularly.

Story Story Lie: Regrets At The Rio Theatre April 1st

9 Mar

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Story Story Lie is back for another fun evening of storytelling on Wednesday, April 1st at the Rio Theatre. If you haven’t heard, this production is brought to by the talented MC Jo Dworschak who brings together an eclectic mix of story tellers who then entertain you for an evening with some wild stories.  The catch of course is all the stories are TRUE, save for ONE. One’s a liar. Can you spot the liar?  The fun kicks off at 7:00 pm on April 1st. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride Saturday March 7th

19 Feb

CrowRoostBikeRide2020Crows are part of everyday life in Vancouver.  It’s pretty hard to miss them. If there’s something that’s bothering them, and it could be you, they will certainly let you know. For me, they are a good barometer of what’s happening in the neighbourhood. They will raise a ruckus if there is an eagle, hawk or coyote in the area. So those of us with small dogs payment attention to this when it happens.  Of course, when they go home (Burnaby) to roost at night, they really make a lot of noise and the flying formation that adds flocks of crows as it goes is amazing to watch.  On Saturday, March 7th, you will again have an opportunity to ride along with the crows on the Annual Twilight Crow Roost Bike Ride. The Still Moon Arts Society invites you to join them for a ride that follows the crows from the Central Valley Greenway at Garden Drive towards Burnaby for an approximately 5 km ride round trip.  Start time is 5:00 pm.

To ensure safety, organizers ask that you have lights and/or reflectors for the ride home.  This is a free family friendly event. Everyone is welcome. NOTE: Poor weather, could postpone the event. Please check Still Moon Arts Society Facebook page for any updates.

History Walks Are Back This February and March Plus 2 New Ghost Tours

13 Feb

HistoryWalkGrainJames Johnstone is back again with his popular historical walking tours. Also returning with him for a couple of the history walks is Kati Ackermann. Kati is Vancouver’s own paranormal investigator and ghost whisperer.   Kati is the founder of Vancouver Spooks Paranormal and will be partnering with James for 2 tours. The first tour will be in Mount Pleasant on March 7th and the second in Strathcona on March 14th.  The route and content of these two Ghost Walks are the same as the regular Mount Pleasant and East End walking tours with the addition of Kati’s perspective which will be tuned into spirits along the way.   Note, the ghost walks are limited to 30 people and sell out quickly so if you are interested, we suggest reserving your spot. For more information or to register, visit History Walks In Vancouver.

February 22nd – East End Vancouver/Strathcona History Walk
(departs from 696 East Hastings at Heatley 10:00 am) $20

March 7th – Mount Pleasant Ghost Walk
(departs from NE corner of Yukon & 12th Avenue + ends at 7th Ave. &
Main Street 10:00 am) $30

March 14th – Strathcona Ghost Walk
(departs from 696 East Hastings at Heatley 10:00 am) $30

Photo Credit: James Johnstone

Talking Sex On Sunday At The Firehall Arts Centre February 14 – March 8

2 Feb

male blow-up dollA fun new musical production hits the Firehall Arts Centre on February 14th.   On the first Sunday of every month Margot and her lady pals host a theme party. For something a little different, Margot decides to shake things up and throws a Sex Toy Party.  In this musical comedy, you’ll witness women share fears, reveal dirty secrets, explore new possibilities, all while finding the power of female friendship. The production is directed by Donna Spencer, Talking Sex on Sunday features performances from some fierce females including Janet Gigliotti, Jennifer Lines, Sara Vickruck, Irene Karas Loeper, Caitriona Murphy, Katrina Reynolds, and Seana Lee Wood.

“I am delighted to be working with such a powerhouse team of actresses on this wonderful new work created by Sara Jeanne and Nico, says Donna Spencer.

“It’s a perfect piece for late winter, and reminds us how for so many years and even now women have not spoken openly or been proud of their sexuality. Dr. Ruth has done her best to get us talking, but there is always more to be said.”

Tickets are on sale now for the production. To grab your tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Call To Artists: The Cultch Gallery Seeks Artists For 2020/2021 Gallery Season

28 Jan

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The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, has put out a call to visual artists to submit applications to exhibit their work during their 2020/2021 gallery season. Each exhibition will run for 3 to 5 weeks between August 2020 and June 2021. Submissions can be single or multiple artists’ proposals.

The Cultch has built a reputation over the past 40 years as one of Western Canada’s most innovative and exciting presenting venues. The mandate of The Cultch is to contribute to the enrichment of the city and community’s social and cultural life through the presentation of innovative programs of contemporary music, theatre, dance and visual arts by established and emerging artists.

The Cultch Gallery is a multi-use space and not a traditional art gallery as it also serves as the lobby for performances and is occasionally used for meetings and other small events. Due to the diverse nature of this space, submissions that include sculptures or free standing art will not be accepted.  Further, they will only be able to show works that hang from their gallery ‘rail’ system that does not have a depth of more than 12″.

Submission Criteria for Artists:

  1. An artist statement
  2. Artist bio(s)
  3. Resume/CV
  4. A complete list of images you are submitting, which should include title, size, medium. These images do not have to be the work you will be showing. They want to get a good overview of your work.
  5. You can submit up to 10 images and not necessarily the images you plan on showing, but so they get a sense of the range of work you do. Image files should be in .jpeg format. No PDFs. File names must include the artist name, title of artwork and size of the work when framed: (example: Yuri Arajs – Sunny Day -18 in x 30 in. jpg). Images should be 300 dpi.

Deadline for applications is May 29, 2020. Email your submissions to gallery@thecultch.com, but you can also mail a CD with your application to:

Artists will be notified in June 2020 on the results of the selection process.

If you have any questions, you can email Yuri Arajs, the Gallery Coordinator at The Cultch gallery@thecultch.com.

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