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Spring & Summer Markets In East Van 2018

25 Apr

Spring is finally here which means lots of lots of farmer markets starting around East Vancouver. There is always a great selection of  local produce, handmade goods, artisans breads, locally made jams, cheese, free range and organic eggs and of course wineries, breweries as well as spirits.  Each market is unique and offers a little something different. Trout Lake hosted by Vancouver Farmers Market is the largest. The location makes it rather perfect to have a picnic on the spot in the nearby park with your new purchases.  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market which is in Dude Chilling Park is a smaller market, but we love that it’s on a Sunday. The Italian Market is held approximately once a month during the summer months on Friday afternoon in the parking lot in front of the Italian Cultural Centre. It offers a similar selection of goods, but with more emphasis on Italian which includes food trucks and other gourmet food items. The Italian Cultural Centre also has a number of other events going in the summer including art exhibits, live music and/or dancing.  The Main Street Farmers Market is a great afternoon market and perfect for those just leaving downtown for home, or a quick cycle from Mount Pleasant and the Olympic Village. We have set out below the dates when the markets begin and end for the Spring/Summer season. We encourage you to stop by one or all of these markets during the summer season and support local.

Trout Lake Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: May 5, 2018 – October 20, 2018
Location: Lakewood Drive & E 13th Avenue

Main Street Station Farmers Market
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday: June 6, 2018 – October 3, 2018
Location: 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Sunday:  May 27, 2018 – October 7, 2018
Location: Guelph Street between 7th & 8th Avenues (on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park/Dude Chilling Park)

Riley Park Farmers Market
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: April 28, 2018 – October 27, 2018
Location: 30th Avenue and Ontario Street

Italian Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fridays: June 5, 2018 + July 13, 2018 + August 17, 2018
Location: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street

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Breakfast & Blooms At Olive & Wild

24 Apr

IMG_1932We were recently invited to one of our favourite stores, Olive & Wild, 4391 Main Street. If you are unfamiliar with this store, it features a beautiful selection of items for home décor. This weekend, they hosted a workshop titled Breakfast & Blooms with the talented Jacquie Moysir of Il Fioraio Florist. It was a floral workshop in which Jacquie led a group of 8 to create a beautiful arrangement they could take home with them.  The  morning started with a greeting from Shamus the store mascot followed by coffee, baked goodies and fruit. Once everyone had their hit of caffeine, the workshop got underway with Jacquie giving tips on how to keep flowers fresh. Then the creative got under way. While the group looked on Jacquie created a beautiful arrangement with all the flowers she brought for the workshop along with instructions. After that everyone got busy and created their own arrangement under Jacquie’s watchful eye.  This is fun and creative way to spend a Sunday morning.  Note, after class attendees can shop and receive a 15% discount on any purchase in Olive & Wild. We’ve included a sampling of photos from the event.  The next scheduled Breakfast & Blooms is Sunday, July 15th at Olive & Wild. To register, visit Il Fioraio Florist.

A Play About Pipelines – Bears Comes To The Cultch May 8 – 12, 2018

23 Apr

BearsA very timely and much anticipated production comes to The Cultch, Bears.  This is billed as ‘Comically drak. Unapologetically political. A play about pipelines.”  This multi-disciplinary dark comedy is about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. The Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre from Edmonton presents this production which is written and directed by Matthew MacKenzie.  Bears gives a voice to the voiceless animals and vulnerable landscapes, desecrated by industrial expansion. At the same time, the production strives to increase dialogue about the devastating effects on Canada’s First Nations peoples. This is an Indigenous-led play told through dramatic storytelling and choreography, with an eight-person chorus, enchanting projections, and an evocative electronic soundscape, BEARS is an emotional, empathetic performance experience.  Bears is only on for a short run from May 8 – 12, 2018.  Tickets can be purchased online at The Cultch.

What’s On East Van: April 20, 2018 Edition

20 Apr

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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.

Yeast Van’s Hop Circuit – Eat Van Craft Breweries – April 22nd 

Love tasting beer and meeting other beer loves? You may wish to check out Yeast Van’s Hop Circuit happening this Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  East Van craft breweries and distilleries are hosting an open house.  Stop by and sample beer, get a tour of what happens behind the scenes. Food trucks will be dotted throughout East Vancouver at the various breweries/distilleries.   Our friends at Vancouver Brewery Tour have aptly called it the “Super Bowl of craft beer events”.  Expect line ups, especially if the weather is good.  

Make It! Vancouver – PNE Forum – April 20 to 22, 2018

Make It! Vancouver is at the PNE Forum this weekend with 180 makers.  The show will feature a host of items including accessories, home décor, delectable items to eat and drink, art, jewellery, leather goods, baby clothes and toys, accessories for your dogs. There will be food trucks and a beer garden to help sustain you while you wander and shop. Make It! Vancouver kicks off Friday, April 20th at 11:00 and goes till 9:00 pm that day and continues Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (11-5). Admission is $6 at the door, or buy your tickets for $3.00 in advance online. To purchase your tickets, visit Make It! Vancouver.

Earth Day Parade & Festival – The Drive/Grandview Park – April 21st

8th Annual Earth Day Parade & Festival take place this Saturday, April 21st.  Parade starts at 1:00 pm at Commercial & Broadway and makes its way to Grandview Park.  The festival begins in Grandview Park at 1:45 pm and goes till 3:00 pm. Lots of family friendly activities.

Park Earth Day Celebration – Everett Crowley – April 21st

Volunteers are back at Everett Crowley Park this Saturday, April 21st planting trees, native shrubs and pollinating insects. Organizers have partnered with the Vancouver Park Board and Wildcoast Ecological Society and will be leading a salmon berry planting along the banks of Kinross Creek. The Environmental Youth Alliance will be giving away native plants. There will be interpretative walks along with fresh refreshments.   This is an all ages family event and happens from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

2nd Annual Earth Day Fundraiser & Student Art Show – Bandidas Taqueria – April 22nd

This Sunday, April 22nd, Bandidas Taqueria will be hosting a community fundraiser, student art show and sidewalk festival in support of RAVEN Trust’s Heiltsuk campaign.  This is an all day affair that starts at 9:00 am and goes till midnight.   Bandidas Taqueria will be featuring regular brunch inside as well as a sidewalk festival outside.   They have partnered with Victory Gardens who will be on hand with seeds and seedlings for sale, Earnest Ice Cream’s truck will be parked out front will ALL proceeds going to RAVEN Trust.  100% of the profits from the sale of food and drink on April 22nd will be donated to RAVEN Trust.

Documentary ‘Directly Affected’ – Rio Theatre – April 22nd

A compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will also be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A, as will some other special guests.  Movie kicks off at 4:15 pm.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

In case you hadn’t heard, Havana Restaurant is back up and running which also means the theatre in the back is as well which means late night comedy and much more. To see what’s on, check out Havana Events.  Love words and language, Verses Festival of Words is on now at various venues until April 29th. The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s market at Nat Bailey Stadium being the last of the season. Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market continues this weekend and next from 10 am to 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Make It! Vancouver At The PNE Forum April 20 – 22, 2018

18 Apr

MakeIt!This weekend one of the biggest shows featuring handmade goods happens at the PNE Forum.  Make It! Vancouver will be featuring 180 makers including a number of new makers.  The show will feature a host of items including accessories, home décor, delectable items to eat and drink, art, jewellery, leather goods, baby clothes and toys, accessories for your dogs. Whether you are looking for something for yourself, your kids, the house or your 4 legged friend, there is an amazing selection of items. Purchasing items at Make It! means you are supporting entrepreneurs who are building their own micro economy. All this goes a long way to supporting our local economy.   If that isn’t enough, there will be a beer garden along with food trucks.  Make It! Vancouver kicks off Friday, April 20th at 11:00 and goes till 9:00 pm that day and continues Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (11-5). Admission is $6 at the door, or you can buy your tickets for $3.00 in advance online. To purchase your tickets, visit Make It! Vancouver.

Earth Day Events In East Vancouver April 21 & 22, 2018

17 Apr

EarthDay2018It’s Earth Day this weekend and we should celebrate this lovely planet we call home and do everything we can for it. We’ve set out below a number of events celebrating Earth Day:

Commercial Drive – Earth Day Parade & Festival, Saturday, April 21st 

The 8th Annual Earth Day Parade & Festival takes place this Saturday, April 21st in East Vancouver. You are invited to come out to this family-friendly event. This year’s parade kicks off at 1:00 pm from Commercial and Broadway and continues to Grandview Park where the festival portion will continue from 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm. There will be a host of activities for all ages.  For those that get hungry, there will be a few food trucks on hand, with of course some great coffee shops and other eateries close by on The Drive.

Everett Crowley Park Earth Day Celebration – April 21st

Volunteers are back at Everett Crowley Park this Saturday, April 21st planting trees, native shrubs and pollinating insects. Organizers have partnered with the Vancouver Park Board and Wildcoast Ecological Society and will be leading a salmon berry planting along the banks of Kinross Creek. The Environmental Youth Alliance will be giving away native plants. There will be interpretative walks along with fresh refreshments. The Vancouver Public Library will also be on hand with books on natural history.   This is an all ages family event and happens from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Earth Day Fundraiser & Student Art Show – Bandidas Taqueria – April 22nd

This Sunday, April 22nd, Bandidas Taqueria will be hosting a community fundraiser, student art show and sidewalk festival in support of RAVEN Trust’s Heiltsuk campaign. This is a business that is committed to environmentally sustainable practices which initiative we applaud.  This is an all day affair that starts at 9:00 am and goes till midnight.   Bandidas Taqueria will be featuring regular brunch inside as well as a sidewalk festival outside.   They have partnered with Victory Gardens who will be on hand with seeds and seedlings for sale, Earnest Ice Cream’s truck will be parked out front will ALL proceeds from ice cream sales going to RAVEN Trust. A representative from RAVEN Trust will be on hand to answer questions. Local musicians will be on hand throughout the day to provide entertainment outdoors.   If that isn’t action packed enough, six classrooms from four East Van schools will be showcasing environmental-themed art pieces on their walls over the course of the weekend. Stop by and support this great initiative.  100% of the profits from the sale of food and drink on April 22nd will be donated to RAVEN Trust, an organization which helps indigenous communities fight for environmental protection by offsetting their legal costs. To learn more about the organization, visit RAVEN Trust.

Movie ‘Directly Affected’ Earth Day Screening – Rio Theatre April 22nd

Zack Embree’s, Director, of the compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will also be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A, as will some other special guests.  Five years ago Zack Embree set out on a mission to understand the impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on local communities and give a voice back to those who had been ignored by the National Energy Board process.

Vancouver Story Slam Invitational At The Wise Hall April 25th With Our Writer Al Tee

16 Apr

 

FestivalOfWordsVancouver Story Slam is Canada’s longest-running live monthly storytelling competition. On April 25th, you are invited to a special invitational edition of Vancouver Story Slam as part of Verses Festival of Words happening April 18th to 29th.  The Vancouver Story Slam Invitational takes place at the Wise Hall. It features ten storytellers including our contributing writer Al Tee who will be taking the stage to share original short stories for cash and prizes. 50 audience members will receive voting ballots to select the night’s winning storytellers.  In December, the 2017 Story Slam Championship Final sold out the 420-seat Rio, so you may wish to get your tickets sooner vs. later.  You can find them at Brown Paper Tickets. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the event gets under way at 6:45 pm. Advance tickets are $10 or $12 at the door.   This is a 19+ event with no minors, cash bar will be available.

Al Tee
Alix Born
Crystal Smith
Dallas Yellowfly
Don Simpson
Emily Kelsall
Griffin
Jaz Scuff
Nyla Carpentier
TJ Dawe

Vancouver Story Slam is produced by Susan Cormier and hosted by Bryant Ross.

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