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Graham Clark To Perform 24 Hours of Stand Up Comedy December 17-18 At Little Mountain Gallery

8 Dec

A beloved Vancouver comedian Graham Clark is set to perform 24 consecutive hours of stand-up from Friday, December 17 at 8:00 pm to Saturday, December 18 at 8:00 pm at Little Mountain Gallery (195 E. 26th Avenue). The veteran comedian is ready to launch into this marathon set with inspiration from his talented team of comedians as they feverishly write jokes for him to read, riff, and rate. Why is he doing a 24 stand up gig?

Funds are being raised for the Little Mountain Gallery’s Eviction Fund with the view to finding a new artist-run venue in which they can perform as an independent comedy centre in Vancouver. They only have use of their current space until January 1, 2022. The hope is that the money raised will be used toward a deposit on rent as well as covering outstanding space costs incurred between a move and opening, transportation of our equipment and basic-level recreation of a functional theatre space.

“Little Mountain Gallery’s closure is a big loss for the comedy scene in Vancouver,” says Clark. “We’ve had two full-time comedy clubs close and another long-time comedy hangout, The Kino, also shuttered. Our comedy community needs a place to really be able to experiment and build new audiences. I will try to keep this in mind when I’m at hour twenty.”

Tickets are $20 and will be available online on at www.standupfor24hours.com.  If you can’t attend in person, there will be a Livestream via Twitch.

Tugboat Landing Artisan Market December 4th In SE Vancouver

26 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 new River District development.

Here you will find the 5th Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market which is back for another year.  This is a boutique artisan market that happens at 2010 East Kent Avenue at the foot of Victoria Drive.  Like many markets, this one didn’t happen last year. This year though they are ready to go with all Covid-safety protocols in place including vaccine cards and masking as well as a few less vendors to ensure distancing. Having said that, they still 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, custom dog wear by ScouterWear, jewellery by Cord & Stone and ILiveInEastVan will be on site with a selection of totes, t-shirts & toques.   Rawstic Handmade will also be on hand with warm and cozy Alpaca blankets. If you are looking to do some entertaining over the holidays, you will want to visit  Mad Laboratory Distilling who will be hand with their spirits. MadLab’s spirits will pair nicely with Koldie’s Mixers perfect for the next holiday get together with family and friends. Speaking of get togethers, who doesn’t love to have some baking on hand over the holidays? Swiss Bakery will be on site with Gingermen, Gingerwomen, Gingerbread House Kits, sugar cookies and German Stollen.  If you love handcrafted leather goods, be sure to check out DiG Leather which will be back showcasing their new custom leather accessories for E-bikes.  Local artist, Daniel Clegg, will be on site with oil on canvas and watercolours and Speak Art Glitter with prints, art cards, notebooks and more. Bower Fibre Goods will also be on hand with beautifully crafted textiles and LoveandLucyCo with candles, bath salts and gems stones. As you can see, lots of options to shop and support local this holiday season.   

As an added bonus, the fireplace will be on, so will the coffee, tea and hot cocoa along with some pre-packaged sweets. These items will be available by donation with all proceeds going to the Wildlife Rescue Association.  Hours are 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.

Music At The Cinemas Series At The Fox Cabaret

23 Nov

Vancouver Independent Music Centre and No Horses Music present Music at the Cinemas Series. Curator, Tony Wilson, presents two double bill concerts at the Fox Cabaret Saturday, November 27th and Friday, December 3rd at the Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street.

Saturday, November 27th

Veda Hille
On November 27th, Veda Hill will perform songs about love and nature and time, in an art rock/chamber folk style. She will be accompanied by vocalists Lucien Durey and Patsy Klein, Nicholas Krgovich voice and keyboard

Veda Hille has been writing music, making records, and performing internationally since 1992. She is a classically trained pianist, art school drop-out, performance curator, self-taught singer, theatre interloper, and independent artist. She has released 22 albums, the latest being Little Volcano, a solo album that accompanies her new touring show.

Tillicum Shantie
Featuring jazz arrangements of Salish songs and the music of two legendary indigenous jazz artists – Mildred Bailey and Jim Pepper. To purchase tickets for the November 27th performance, visit Eventbrite.

Friday, December 3rd

Josh Zubot Strings
Josh Zubot Strings will perform a wide gamut of melodic/suspenseful harmony, improvisation and extended exploration in sound Josh will be accompanied by Jesse Zubot violin, viola, James Meger bass, Meredith Bates violin, Peggy Lee cello.

Josh Zubot’s string explorations have found a new home with his string quintet of genre defying West Coast players. Josh’s compositions take on emotion, energy, calmness, unpredictability and virtuosic technique. The music combines traditional and graphic notation while slicing group improvisation moving from the tiniest of sound to the extreme. After hearing his acoustic string music, the listener’s sonic universe will be stretched to the limits.
www.joshzubot.ca

Scott Smith and Tony Wilson’s Tribute to Lenny Breau and Buddy Emmons

Tribute to Canadian legendary guitarist Lenny Breau and Nashville pedal steel guitarist Buddy Emmons with music drawn from the jazz tradition.

In the late ’70s guitarist Lenny Breau and pedal steel guitarist Buddy Emmons teamed up and recorded an album entitled Minors Aloud. Recorded in Nashville, the album became a hard-to-find classic and a must-listen for guitarists of any kind. The quartet will play the entire album as well as other tunes Lenny and Buddy collaborated on.

Scott Smith is an award-winning pedal steel player and guitarist who has toured and recorded with Barney Bentall, Rich Hope and Terminal StaQon among many others. Host of the popular Adventures in Pedal Steel series at the Heatley, he released the instrumental album Lifeboat: Explorations in Pedal Steel in 2020.

Guitarist and composer Tony Wilson has been a fixture on the West Coast jazz and free improv scene for decades. In addition to releasing numerous albums under his own name such as Looking Back and A Day’s Life, he has also played and recorded with the Peggy Lee Band, Waxwing and Pugs and Crows.
To purchase tickets for the December 3rd performance, visit Eventbrite.

Songwriters In The Round December 3rd At The Cultch

22 Nov

Sarah Jane Scouten, Samantha Parton and Suzie Ungerleider are talented Canadian songwriters who are making their way to The Cultch Friday, December 3, 2021.  They are all uniquely talented Canadian songwriters whose combined achievements include multiple world tours, Juno nominations, Canadian Folk Music Awards and several studio recordings as solo artists and as members of acclaimed acts like the Be Good Tanyas and Oh Susanna. They will be bringing you a round style concert sharing their original music, stories and collaborations and invite you to join them for one evening, December 3rd.    This is an in person event. Tickets are $30. To purchase yours, visit The Cultch.

East Van Panto Returns With Alice In Wonderland November 24 – January 2

12 Nov

We are excited to hear that the East Van Panto is back for its 9th year! This year it’s a trip through the looking glass with a terribly bored Alice who follows a White Rabbit onto the Skytrain, she falls down a hole only to find herself in a Grandview-Woodlands Wonderland. While tracking this elusive bunny, she encounters transit police officers Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb, a busking Cheshire Cat, gets some questionable advice from a cannabis connoisseur caterpillar, and has a heck of a time at a Commercial Drive leftist tea party. Once Alice discovers that the dastardly online mega-store owner, The Queen of Hearts, is using cookies (chocolate chip, that is!) to secretly steal East Van-ers data, she decides to stop her before all the local shops are priced out of existence!

The Cultch and Theatre Replacement are thrilled to welcome everyone back to live in person theatre at The York for all the fun. If you aren’t quite ready for attending in person, you also have the option of joining them online. To grab your tickets, visit The Cultch online. Online tickets start from $35 and in-person tickets from $69.

Photo Credit: Tim Matheson

5 East Vancouver Artisans At Circle Craft Christmas Market

9 Nov

Christmas is around the corner, and luckily craft shows are back to ease the stress of finding that perfect gift. We are hearing that Vancouverites are especially excited to finally be able to shop in person at some of their favourite markets, Circle Craft Market being one of them. Although this event is held outside of East Van at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, it is worthy to note who will be there. With over 180 artisans showcasing their work this week, The Social Refinery has put together a great list of 5 East Van artisans you will want to be sure to visit if you are heading to Circle Craft this week.

Dougherty Glassworks – Home Décor & Barware

Local glassblowing favourite, Cameron Dougherty uses traditional glassblowing techniques to elevate your home. Find mid-century modern bud vases and classic thumb divot glasses at booth # H14

Amara Blue Designs – Gold & Sterling Jewelry
Artisan Kassandra Taylor creates fine gold and silver pieces using ethically sourced metals meant to be cherished and worn for more than just a season. Find her personalizing jewelry on site at booth #D12

East Van Jam – Canned Jams 

Sweet, and always delicious! Artisan Natalie Ferrari-Morton has perfected the art of a great jam. Find her low sugar (and delectable!) jams at booth N07

Minori Takagi – Japanese Lampwork Jewelry

Fusing traditional Japanese techniques with modern Canadian fashion, artisan Minori Takagi creates unique statement jewelry pieces that will catch any eye. Find her all glass “chain” necklaces miniature fruit earrings at booth #G09 

Matthew Freed – Pottery 

Inspired by the beauty of the West Coast, artisan Matthew Freed experiments with unique glazes and textures with his pottery pieces. Find his mugs inspired by favourite locations around Vancouver, and stately dinnerware at booth #D14

If you are attending Circle Craft this year, it is suggested that you prepurchase your ticket online, as this year Circle Craft is releasing timed tickets for the duration of the event being November 10 – 14, 2021.

Have a favourite artisan that is not on the list? Tell us who you’re visiting at Circle Craft in the comments below.

The Big List of Holiday Markets In East Van 2021

7 Nov

It’s that time of year again where the opportunities to shop local are abundant and in light of the pandemic, more important than ever for our local economy. Although there are some markets that have been cancelled this year due the pandemic, there are still many going ahead. We encourage you to stop by those that are proceeding and show your support. Whether you are shopping for Christmas, a birthday or yourself, there are so many opportunities to support your local community.

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, what is making the rounds on social media is that buying local is better for the environment. Items at markets are not being shipped in containers lost at sea, not to mention less packaging involved as a result of not travelling long distances. To make it easy to shop local, we have again created a list of Holiday Markets In East Van for 2021.   We hope you will show your support for local this holiday season.

NOVEMBER 2021

Nov. 6-Apr. 23: Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – 30th & Ontario 10 – 2

Nov. 7-Apr.24: Hastings Park Farmers Market – Hastings Park 10 – 2

Nov. 6-7: Make In The 604 – Heritage Hall 11-5

Nov. 12-14: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations

Nov. 14: Indigenous Maker Pop Up Shop – Iron Dog Books 6-9 pm

Nov. 18-21: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations

Nov. 18: Pancakes & Booze Art Show – 147 East Pender St. 7 pm

Nov. 27: Makers Market – Coho Commissary

Nov. 27: Christmas Bazaar – St. Thomas Anglican Church, 2444 E. 41st Ave 10-2

DECEMBER 2021

Dec. 1: Makers Market – Coho Commissary

Dec. 1-5: Toque Craft Fair by Western Front Online Marketplace

Dec. 3: Krampus Market – Strange Fellows Brewing 6-10 pm

Dec. 4: Krampus Market – Strange Fellows Brewing 11 – 6

Dec. 5: Krampus Market – Strange Fellows Brewing 12-4

Dec. 4: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Ave. S. (at Victoria) 11-4

Dec. 4-5: Crafty Affaire – Croatian Cultural Centre
Dec. 4-5: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-4
Dec. 4-5: Weirdos Holiday Market – The Venables Hall, 1739 Venables St. 10-6

Dec. 11-12: First Pick Handmade Holiday Market – Heritage Hall 11-6

Dec. 11-12: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-4

Dec. 12: Christmas Market – Il Centro (Italian Cultural Centre) 11-7

Dec. 18-19: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11-4
Dec. 18-19: Got Craft – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5

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 ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

Photo Credit: Kristina Paukshtite

Open Studios: Carving Pavilion At Britannia Community Centre

6 Nov

This November, you are invited to drop by the šx?q?el?w?n ct Carving Pavilion at Britannia Community Centre for a behind the scenes peek into carver in residence and Britannia alum Randall Bear Barnetson’s artistic practice. The Carving Centre will have open studio hours Wednesdays and Thursday through November from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. You will have the opportunity to watch Randall work while he puts the final touches on transforming a cedar log into a bench for the Britannia campus. We’ve set out the full schedule below if you have an opportunity to stop by and watch the transformation first hand.

Full schedule:

November 3, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 4, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 10, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 17, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 18, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 24, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 26, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

Winter Farmer Markets In East Van 2021 – 2022

2 Nov

Summer weather may be gone, but farmer markets continue into the Fall and Winter seasons. As always, we encourage you to support our local growers and makers.  In East Van, you have 2 great markets to choose from.

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

Riley Park Farmers Market is in fact a year round market that happens every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 30th & Ontario. They officially transition from a summer to winter market on Saturday, November 6th. 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 7, 2021 to April 24, 2022. 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 each week, visit Vancouver Farmer Markets website for more information, or check them out on Instagram @vanmarkets.

Photo Credit: Ella Olsson

Eastside Culture Crawl Is Back November 12-14 & November 18 – 21

31 Oct

We are happy to hear The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for another year.  Things will look a bit different this year, but there are still lots of ways to check out and support local artists.   The 25th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl happens November 12 – 14, 2021 and November 18 – 21, 2021 with Thursday and Friday dates being open for attendance from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday being open for attendance 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

You will be required to book in advance for The Preview Weekend which is the November 12 – 14, 2021 set of dates. For the Preview Weekend only, you will need to book by which building you wish to go to. For the first weekend not all buildings will be open to visitors. Then the November 18 – 21, 2021 set of dates, it will be Open Studio Festival Weekend in which no appointment will be required, but vaccine passports and masking will be in place to keep everyone safe.

As always, The Crawl provides an excellent Crawl Map online that will help you narrow down which studios you would like to see whether it’s by area, building, or type of art. As always, The Crawl has created a great online Program Guide that helps you narrow down what you’d like to see since there are a whole lot of options. Each visit to The Crawl inspires us and brings much pride in we are locally surrounded by so much creative talent. Be sure to mark your calendar and stop by for a visit.

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