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What’s On East Van: January 4th Edition

4 Jan

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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.

Old Time Dance Party – Wise Hall – January 4th

If you love to square dance, or want to learn, Friday night the Wise Hall is the place to be. Tappalachian String Band provides the tunes while Paul and guest caller Sean Fenstemaker teach and call all the moves right on the floor. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $17.50 in advance or $25 at the door.

Body Soul Spirit Expo – Croatian Cultural Centre January 4th – 6th

The Body Soul Spirit Expo happens this weekend Friday to Sunday at the Croatian Cultural Centre.  Having checked this out last year, there are lectures and workshops that run all day on a variety of topics.  Lots of exhibitors with an array of products and services surrounding wellness, alternative therapies, healing arts, intuitive arts, metaphysics, aromatherapy and much more.  If you are curious about something, this is a great place to ask questions and gather information. For tickets, visit Body Soul Spirit Expo.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York Until January 6th 

Last weekend to catch the East Van Panto at The York Theatre. This is a whole lot of fun for all ages.  We highly recommend this for a fun night out, or if you prefer a matinee. Tickets available via The Cultch.

Baba Yaga & The Black Flower – Vancouver Puppet Theatre – January 5th

Looking for something to do with the young ones indoors?  Vancouver Puppet Theatre is offering two shows this Saturday at 2050 Scotia Street at Noon.  First up is Baba Yaga & The Black Flower with marionettes and next is Kind Heart using shadows. Tickets are $10 at the door.  For more info, visit Vancouver Puppet.

Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Marathon – Rio Theatre – January 5th & 6th

If you are a Lord Of The Rings fan, you may wish to check out the movie marathon happening at the Rio Theatre this Saturday and Sunday. The first part Saturday kicks off at Noon sharp but doors open at 10:30 am. It is recommended to come early to grab a good seat. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, visit The Rio Theatre.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for live music, Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

We are back to two farmer markets this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events which includes a free showing of the movie Black Panther at the Britannia Community Centre this Sunday.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Story Story Lie Will Be Hot and Heavy At The Rio Theatre January 9th

2 Jan

story-story-lie_posters_2019_januaryStory Story Lie kicks off the New Year with Hot And Heavy at The Rio Theatre January 9th.   If you are not familiar with the premise of Story Story Lie, it is an interactive show where some of Vancouver’s best entertainers share intimate, funny and often embarrassing stories about themselves. One of them is lying and telling you a tall tale. But which one?  The audience gets to take part in the interrogation to reveal who the liar is. And the first audience member to guess the liar, wins the grand prize as well as bragging rights. The upcoming show on January 9th promises to be scandalous with unbelievable stories by a burlesque dance, a rather handsome actor, a comedian and improvisor. The line up includes:

★ Tristan Risk ( Caravan of Curiosities)
★ Cory Thibert (Awkward Hug)
★ Shirley Gnome (604 Records)
★ Claire Pollock (The Dirty Betty Show)
★ Montana Roselle (Dyck Spacee)
★ Anjie Mittelholtz (Stand up comedian)

Start your year off with lots of laughs and if you are the one that can spot the liar, you have the opportunity to win a tantalizing toy from local business, Womyn’s Ware. Tickets are available in advance online at Rio Theatre for $10 online or $12 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm and fun gets under way at 7:00 pm. Warning for those that have never been, the show WILL contain strong language, somewhat mature and immature subject matter.

What’s On East Van: December 28th Edition

28 Dec

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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.

Storytelling With Drag Queens – Café Deux Soleils – December 28th 

You are invited for an evening of decidedly adult entertainment, Storytelling With Drag Queens, happens at Café Deux Soleils Friday night.  You can expect some sassy and sexy readings about love.  Event kicks off at 9:00 pm. Cover is by donation.

Harmonies of Hope – Havana Vancouver – December 28th

Harmonies of Hope is part of a 3 day event featuring comedy, music and fun to raise funds for a young man with Muscular Dystrophy. Friday’s event features David Symons, Colleen Rennison, TJ Dawe, David C. Jones and more.  Tickets are $5 – $50 and available through Showpass.

Cabaret of Hope – Havana Vancouver – December 29th

The Cabaret of Hope is the last part of a 3 day event featuring comedy, music, readings to help raise funds for a young man with Muscular Dystrophy.  Saturday’s event features magicians as well as impersonators, Shawn Major and much more.   Tickets are $5-50 and available through Showpass.

Documentary ‘This Mountain Life’ – Rio Theatre – December 29th

A final screening of the documentary This Mountain Life which showcases stunning visuals. The film follows Martina and her 60 year-old mother Tania who embark on a 6 month, 2300 km journey from Squamish, BC to Alaska through a relentless mountain wilderness. This Mountain Life screens this Saturday, December 29th at 1:00 pm.

CASH-The Man Comes Around – The Heatley – December 29th 

The Heatley is hosting a pre New Year’s Eve event which is a billed as a show, party and an MS fundraiser this Saturday. They  have lined up some of East Van’s best singers and performers to perform the entirety of Johnny Cash’s album CASH American IV-The Man Comes Around. Great record of mostly covers and a few original tunes so there’s a little something for everyone.  Partial proceeds donated to The MS Society of Canada.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York Until January 6th 

The East Van Panto continues this weekend at the York Theatre. This is a whole lot of fun for all ages. You can’t help but laugh at the fun digs and political references which poke fun at the unique aspects of our City.  We highly recommend this for a fun night out, or if you prefer a matinee. Tickets available via The Cultch.

Community Skate – PNE Agrodome – December 30th

You are invited to ice skate this Sunday at the PNE Agrodome between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  No rentals so you need to bring your own skates and helmets. Cost is $3 per adult and $2 per child.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for live music, Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Reminder that NO winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Both Riley Park and Hastings Park continue next weekend January   To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Mrs. Krishnan’s Party At The Cultch January 15 to February 3, 2019

27 Dec
Mrs.Krishnan'sPartyAnkita SinghIndians throw some big crazy parties. We personally know this for many reasons, a best friend of many years that’s Indian, living in SE Vancouver, living across river from the Riverside Banquet Hall and down the way from two large banquet halls.   There are thrown some big parties full of colour and life in all of these halls.  Then there is of course Diwali with a million lamps floating on a river and fireworks to wake the dead. It doesn’t stop there though, then there’s Holi with an explosion of colour and joy and massive dry cleaning bills. And of course Onam, a harvest festival which we hear might be one of the craziest of them all.  Come January 15th, you are invited to participate in Mrs. Krishnan’s Party, a spontaneous theatrical celebration.
The production features Mrs. Krishnan’s boarder, an overzealous wannabe DJ named James, who has invited a few friends into the back room of the corner shop as a special surprise to celebrate Onam and the return home of her son. But when strangers turn up (you the audience) and settle in, Mrs. K has no choice but to throw the party of her life.  Over one evening, Mrs. Krishnan’s Party magically transforms strangers into friends with a little Daal, a little dancing and some laughs. This is one performance we are looking forward to. To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.

What people are saying about Mrs. Krishnan’s Party:

“The show’s generous spirit offers a timely reminder that live theatre is a gift which engenders connection, sharing, and celebration of community”
NZ Herald

“A fun, feel-good, multi-sensory theatrical soiree that uses interactive theatre—and food—to bring everyone together”
Appetite for the Arts (NZ)

What’s On East Van: December 21st Edition

21 Dec

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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.

Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long – Rio Theatre – December 21st

Looking for a light hearted and fun evening, the Rio Theatre has a great line of movies this weekend.  Friday night kicks it off with a Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long that starts at 6:30 pm.

Dirty Betty Show – Café Deux Soleils – December 21st

Looking for a fun night out?  Check out the Dirty Betty Show happening at Café Deux Soleils Friday night featuring comedians, improvisers and drag superstars. Show kicks off at 8:30 pm.

Pack Animals: A Very Campy Christmas – Havana Theatre Dec. 21st & 22nd

Has Christmas and all the festivities, events and stress surrounding Christmas made you just a wee bit nutty?  Then you may wish to break from it all with an entertaining production happening at Havana Theatre this Friday and Saturday night. It’s called Pack Animals: A Very Campy Christmas and features campfire songs, untrimmed trees and not the usual Christmas entertainment.  Tickets are $15 and available through Showpass.

It’s A Wonderful Life – Rio Theatre – December 22nd

Need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit this year? Why not check out the classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life’ showing at the Rio Theatre this Saturday afternoon 4:15 pm.

June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street – December 22nd

If you want a truly relaxed shopping experience including mulled wine, great conversation and some crow therapy, stop by June Hunter’s Last Minute Studio Sale happening Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We may even see you there.  June’s studio is located in Hastings Street at 2785 Parker Street just East of Nanaimo Street.

Family Science Discovery Fair – Kensington VPL – December 23rd

Science World comes to the Kensington Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (1428 Cedar Cottage Mews) this Sunday.  They will be hosting a Science Discovery Fair from 1:30 – 4:30 pm to peak children’s interest in discovery and exploration. The event is free. To register, visit Eventbrite.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York 

The East Van Panto continues this weekend at the York Theatre. This is a whole lot of fun for all ages. You can’t help but laugh at the fun digs and political references which poke fun at the unique aspects of our City.  We highly recommend this for a fun night out, or if you prefer a matinee. Tickets available via The Cultch.

Daisy Theatre: A Christmas Carol – The Cultch Until December 22nd

This is your last weekend to catch Ronnie Burkett perform with his Daisy Theatre. A whole of laughs, we promise and adult oriented. On at The Cultch until December 22nd.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for live music, Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Saturday it’s the Riley Park Farmers Market from a0:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Gifting An East Van Experience

17 Dec

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We are big fans of gifting experiences which is not only fun but creates lasting memories for the recipient.  There are many options locally here whether it’s brewery tours, gourmet tours, dining and dancing, cooking classes and more.  We have set out below a few of our favourites.  We have included links which take you directly to each site to make gift giving that much easier.

Vancouver Brewery Tour – East Van Brewery Tour

Vancouver Brewery Tours does great brewery tours in and around East Vancouver. Tours start at $79.99 and can be beer tasting only or beer and food tasting.  Vancouver Brewery Tours has a regularly scheduled brewery tours which run approximately 3 hours.

Off The Eaten Track – Culinary Tours

Off The Eaten Track offers a number of culinary tours including Railtown Urban Eats Tour for $59 and Olympic Village Tour for $80. Tours all begin at the Waterfront Station and times vary but are approximately 2 ½ hours for each.

Federico’s Supper Club – Dinner & Dancing

What about a gift certificate for an evening of dinner and dancing. Federico’s Supper Club offers amazing Italian food, wine and impeccable service. You will regularly find owner, Federico Fuoco, belting out tunes but they regularly bring in lots of local talent to mix things up.

Les Amis Du Fromage – Wine & Cheese Tasting

If you know someone that loves cheese, you may wish to consider purchasing a ticket(s) to one of Les Amis Du Fromage’s upcoming wine & cheese tasting classes. The regularly host tastings, but heads up, these classes do sell out quick. Alternatively, what about a gift certificate to use in store. Trying a variety of cheeses is certainly a delish experience and can get costly, so a gift card to this spot would be welcome in our Christmas stocking.

The Cultch, The York, Firehall Arts Centre – Live Theatre

There is some amazing live theatre that happens in East Van.  Some productions are on now into the New Year at The Cultch, The York and the Firehall Arts Centre. Gift Certificate for an evening out makes a great gift.

Terminal City Glass – Glassblowing Workshop

Have a friend on the artistic side, or someone that wants to get in touch with their creative side? What about a gift certificate to a glassblowing workshop at Terminal City Glass? Terminal City Glass offers a host of classes including a Heart of Glass Workshop in February that looks pretty cool.

The Gourmet Warehouse – Cooking Classes

Have a foodie in your life that loves cooking? Or someone that wishes to kick up their cooking skills a notch to impress that special someone? The Gourmet Warehouse is always offering fun demonstration cooking classes. In the New Year we see they are featuring Moroccan Flavours on January 19th and a Sushi Workshop on February 21st. Most classes are instructional vs. hands on, but always informative and fun.  To purchase tickets, call the store at T: 604.253.3022 or visit Gourmet Warehouse online.

Beginner Woodwork Class Make A Cutting Board – Union Wood Co.

If you know someone that wishes to take a stab at woodworking. Union Wood Co. offers a great beginners class in February. It’s a 3 hour woodwork course in which you learn to make a cutting board. You learn about safety, machinery and all the tools. At the end of the class, you leave with your custom cutting board made to your specifications.  Cost is $155 and would make a great gift experience.

Park Board Gift Card – City of Vancouver

Are you buying a gift for a family? What about a Park Board Gift Card.  Right now a $50 purchase gets you an additional $10 which the recipient can use at any local community centre to swim, skate, do yoga, play golf, take a cooking class, enroll kids in swimming lessons and much more.

These are just a few ideas, but there are many more. Know someone interested in yoga? Why not a gift certificate to a local yoga studio. For something on the artistic side, Collage Collage offers a wide range of craft making workshops for all big kids and wee ones. The ideas are limitless and the memories are forever.

What’s On East Van: December 14th Edition

14 Dec

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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.

Make It! At The PNE Forum – December 12th – 16th

Over 240 makers will be under one roof at the PNE Forum this Friday (day and evening) and Saturday and Sunday.  We are sure you can tick a lot of boxes off your Christmas shopping list in this space.  While you shop we hear there are food trucks and a beer garden for sustenance.  Admission is $8 and children 12 and under are free. To see the full line of up vendors, visit their website Make It!

Bakery Pop Up les amis du fromage – 843 East Hastings –December 15th

Need some fresh baking for your holiday get together this weekend? Head over to les amis du fromage’s East Van location where guest baker Lauren Ritchie will be on hand 11 am – 4 pm with bread and other sweet treats. While there stock up on some great cheeses for your holiday party.  They have an amazing selection.

Jones General Store Holiday Market – Cambrian Hall – December 15th

Looking for a different shopping experience, Jones General Store hosts their first Holiday Market at the Cambrian Hall this Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Great line of vendors with local handmade items alongside vintage. Add to that mistletoe, music and movies.

The ARC Holiday Makers Market – 1701 Powell Street – December 15th

You are invited to stop by and shop directly from artists this weekend at the Arc’s Holiday Makers Market happening at 1701 Powell Street from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. You will find small-batch makers & crafters from The Arc and surrounding neighbourhood.

Holiyay Pop Up At Crème de La Crumb – 1215 Clark Drive – December 16th

Crème de la Crumb is hosting a Pop Up Shop this Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm with Bluebird Cakery and a few other vendors at their location at 1215 Clark Drive.  They will also be offering a FREE kids cookie decorating station throughout the day.  Lots of good reasons to stop by.

Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever – Havana Theatre – Until December 16th

This is the last weekend to catch the Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever showing a Havana Theatre on The Drive. Local theatre company, Naked Goddess Productions, brings you a fun holiday production about six siblings who take over a Christmas pageant and all the nuttiness that ensures.  Of course, Havana Restaurant is a great spot for a bite In advance of the show.  Tickets are $24 for adults and $18 for seniors/children and available through Showpass.

Documentary ‘This Mountain Life’ – Rio Theatre – December 15th & 16th

A documentary with stunning visuals follows Martina and her 60 year-old mother Tania who embark on a 6 month, 2300 km journey from Squamish, BC to Alaska through a relentless mountain wilderness.  This Mountain Life is being shown this Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Rio Theatre. So if you wish to head in doors away from the rain and take in some stunning views, this is your ticket.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York 

The East Van Panto continue this weekend at the York Theatre. This is a whole lot of fun for all ages. You can’t help but laugh at the fun digs and political references which poke fun at the unique aspects of our City.  We highly recommend this for a fun night out, or if you prefer a matinee. Tickets available via The Cultch.

Daisy Theatre: A Christmas Carol – The Cultch Until December 22nd

If you have not seen Ronnie Burkett perform with his Daisy Theatre, you truly are missing out.  This production, which is puppets for adults, is back at The Cultch and runs till December 22nd.  A must see for a fun night out.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for live music, Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Saturday it’s the Riley Park Farmers Market from a0:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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