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First Pick Handmade Pop Up Market October 17 At Heritage Hall

10 Oct

First Pick Handmade returns to Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, on Sunday, October 17th for a 1 day Pop Up Market. First Pick Handmade is known for curating a wide range of high quality fashion forward handmade Canadian clothing, footwear, jewellery, lingerie, active wear and accessories. The event runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Free admission. We encourage you to stop by and support these Canadian makers.

Havana Theatre Hosts Weekly Comedy Cocktail Hour

18 Sep

If you like to mix your comedy with your favourite cocktails, then Havana Theatre invites you to join them Saturday nights for Improv Cocktail Hour. We hear Vancouver’s best improv comedians get dressed up to bring you laughs, Vegas style. You are invited to come relax in casual sophistication and let their performers whisk you away with hilarious scenarios as you sip your Pina Colada or Pink Gin. They comedy is expected to make you forget your troubles. Shows will be happening weekly on Saturday nights at 10:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and available through Showpass. Hint: Best to purchase in advance, as shows do sell out.

The Britannia Plaza Market Continues Until October 21st

10 Sep

After a successful run this summer, the Britannia Plaza Market which is located outside of the Britannia Community Centre and near the Britannia Library, continues until October 21st. You are invited to stop by this Saturday, September 11th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and check out some local producers, artists and makers. The outdoor markets will then continue on Thursdays ONLY from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm until October 21st. Stop by support local artists, makers and growers.

Sat            12:00 pm – 4:00pm    Sep 11
Thu           3:00 pm – 7:00pm      Weekly until Oct 21

Odd Society Spirits End Of Summer BBQ September 2nd

19 Aug

Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a delish event. The good folks at Odd Society Spirits are hosting the ultimate end of summer BBQ with some of their friends, specifically Hand Taste Ferments and Diner Desserts.

Todd Graham of Hand Taste Ferments will be preparing a Taco BBQ Plate of slow cooked pork in a banana leaf, fresh tortillas, pico de gallo, cheese, salsa, avocado and elote (Mexican street-corn roasted corn with spice and lime). We hear a delish veg option of pulled mushrooms will also be available. Also on offer is a delectable snack of two prawns in red sauce with cilantro and pineapple with bread. To finish things off, Sam Shem of Diner Desserts will be providing as you might have guessed dessert. For the event, some special “BarBQ” cocktails will be on hand that pair nicely with the delish eats. No tickets necessary for this event as everything will be à la carte, but you are welcome to make a reservation in advance to secure your spot for the evening with Odd Society Spirits on Tock. Stop by support local and celebrate the tastes of summer.

Cooking Classes Are Back At Gourmet Warehouse

15 Aug

If you are looking to get back into some in person activities, the Gourmet Warehouse has just announced that in store cooking classes are coming back. 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. Personally, we also like shopping after the cooking class as 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.

Sourdough Pizza – October 7, 2021

You are invited to participate in this hands on 3 hour class in which you learn how to make sourdough pizza at home. The evening’s menu includes:

• ANTIPASTO – Marinated tomato & burrata salad
• Margarita Pizza
• Pizza Rosso: Fennel Sausage, roasted peppers and onions, smoked mozzarella
• Pizza Bianca: Black kale, ricotta, and wild mushrooms
• DOLCE: Chocolate & pistachio pizzelle cannoli

Introduction to Pastry – September 25, 2021

This 2 1/2 hour will be hosted by none other than Chef Andrei Godoroja, winner of ‘Great Canadian Baking Show’. This is another hands on pastry class in which you will learn a number of techniques which will result in a galette pastry you will be able to take home with you at the end of the evening. The menu for this class includes:

• Leek, Potato and Goat Cheese Galette
• Autumn Fruit Galette
• Delicate Puff Pastry filled with Seasonal Ingredients
• Fresh Fruit Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Pastry Cream

Mediterranean Spanish Dinner – October 28, 2021

This 3 hour class will be led by Caren McSherry and delve into the making of paella. She will teach you the secret techniques to create the perfect Spanish paella along with a few other delish eats as set out below.

• Stuffed mini artichokes
• Salad with radicchio, endive, smoked gouda, & pear
• Stunningly beautiful and delicious Spanish paella
• Southern Spain lemon & pistachio tart

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

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

Just Off Main – Free Outdoor Event August 14th

1 Aug

Just Off Main is an event happening Saturday, August 14th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and you guessed it, just off Main Street. This free outdoor event will be happening on various side streets up and down Main Street. Things available to see, eat or drink include beer, burgers and dance as well as live music and yes ballerinas. Hub Cycling will be on hand along with other community organizations. There will be activities for the kids along with ice cream and cotton candy. To learn more about this upcoming event and any specific locations you wish to check out, visit Mount Pleasant BIA on Instagram.

The Smoke Show Comes To Havana Theatre July 27 – August 7 (SOLD OUT)

15 Jul

The Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive will play host to a jaw dropping dance cabaret July 27 – August 7. Under the direction of creator and choreographer, Jen Oleksiuk, you can expect an evening of splendid awkwardness, joyous sexuality and wild seduction. The Smoke Show combines enticement and humour in the form of an interactive dance cabaret inspired by modern and classic genres. You can expect to see influences from Motown, fosse, jazz, rock and burlesque. We are hearing this cabaret is one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets. To purchase your ticket, visit Showpass.com. Note, this show is 18+ years of age.

The Sweet Sounds Of Summer At Kafka’s With Live Music

14 Jul

You are invited to enjoy the sweet sounds of summer at Kafka’s beautiful space at 120-577 Great Northern Way this summer. In July and August, Kafka’s will be hosting weekly live outdoor concerts on Friday and Saturday afternoons between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. The free all ages outdoor music event is curated by co-artistic director of the Vancouver World Music Festival, Robin Layne. Come celebrate the sounds of summer with an eclectic mix of jazz, world and roots music. You can nosh on the patio and raise a glass to the weekend with craft beer, cider or BC wine. Kafka’s is fully licensed and offers a great selection products from local and BC makers including 33 Acres, Brassneck, Mission Hill and Cedar Creek. For those that might be driving, the parking lot will be cordoned off and car-free during all performances so they can maximize space for everyone to gather safely outdoors. As an added bonus, VCC Clark Skytrain Station is within walking distance. We’ve set out the current music line up for July. Stop by and enjoy the sweet sounds of summer.

July 16
Trad Jazz with Wynston Minckler and Josh Roberts


July 17
Muevete Marimba (2-4pm)


July 23/24
Robin Layne Trio

July 30
Kevin Romain Jazz Trio

July 31
TBC

Photo Credit: Shane Ward

Britannia Plaza Outdoor Market This Summer

8 Jul

The Britannia Plaza Market outside of the Britannia Community Centre and Britannia Library is back this summer. For the months of July and August, you can stop by on Thursdays between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to pick up some fresh produce, bread, eggs and baked goods. We hear Fractal Farms will be a regular staple on hand for Thursday’s market. On Saturdays, stop by between Noon and 4:00 pm to check out a variety of offerings from local artists and makers. The markets we understand will be held weekly throughout the summer months. We invite you to stop by and support your local artists, makers and growers.

Noche Flamenca Comes To Havana Theatre

28 Jun

If you have not experienced flamenco dance, you are truly missing out on an amazing experience. The music, the raw emotion, the dance, the storytelling, it’s like being transported to another world. If you wish to check it out, you are in luck as you don’t have to travel far. This July you can catch Noche Flamenca at Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive. The show will feature the most established Flamenco artists in the city who are continuing the legacy of Vancouver’s Flamenco scene that began at the legendary Kino almost 30 years ago. You are invited to come experience the rhythm, passion and power of this Spanish music and dance tradition. There are several upcoming shows with the first one kicking things off on July 2nd. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To reserve your table and tickets, visit Havana Theatre.

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