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Tugboat Landing Artisan Market Saturday December 8, 2018 In SE Vancouver

3 Dec

ChristmasTreePurpleWallThis weekend you are invited down to the Fraser River in SE Vancouver at the foot of Victoria Drive to an area called Tugboat Landing.   If you aren’t familiar with the area, it once housed just that a landing for tugboats on the Fraser River. It is now home to a community of condos and townhomes enjoying river front living at the foot of Victoria Drive and East Kent Avenue.  This 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.

This Saturday, you will find the 3rd Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market happening at 2010 East Kent Avenue. This is a smaller curated artisan market with just over 20 vendors offering a wide range of items including handmade artisan chocolates by Ladner Artisan Chocolates , brioche donuts by Royal City Donuts, dog wear from ScouterWear, jewellery by Cord & Stone and Sole Tibi Studio.  Cookbook author Brad Hill will be on hand to sign his recently released Plant Based Foodie Cookbook. If you are looking to get your home ready for Christmas, Urban Farm Girl will be on hand with live floral arrangements to make your home festive and Mary Anne Dragan will have a selection of table arrangements. Also on hand will be a great line up of artisans featuring wood work from Toso Wood Gallery, beautiful ceramics by Pottery Works as well as gifts for the wee ones by Guava Jelly and Tigrelys. There will be art work by local resident Sandy Vogt as well as Tigrelys, Kat McPhee and Kassandra of Smudge Goods with stunning encaustic work. And if that’s not enough, yours truly editor of ILiveInEastVan will be on site with a full selection of ILiveInEastVan tote bags, cushions, t-shirts, toques and more.  If you had your eye on those Art of East Van canvas tote bags featuring the art of Kat McPhee, there will be a selection of those on hand.  Stop by and say hello. Admission is free. The fireplace will be roaring and the coffee, tea and sweets for nibbling while you shop will be ready. All by donation with all proceeds going to the Vancouver BC SPCA.  Event happens from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

What’s On East Van: November 30th Edition

30 Nov

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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.

Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue – Dec. 1st & 2nd

The Eastside Flea is in full swing this weekend for holiday shopping. Lots of great local vendors on hand to help make your Christmas shopping easy. PLUS, they are taking donations of a variety of personal items including cosmetics, toiletries, clothing, etc. which will be distributed to the WISH Drop In Centre Society and Ray Cam Cooperative Centre. The Eastside Flea happens from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

June Hunter Studio Sale – November 30th – December 2nd

Calling all nature and wildlife lovers, this is the spot to head to this weekend to do some relaxed gift shopping. East Van artist June Hunter is hosting her annual Holiday Studio Sale this Friday (2:00 pm to 7:00 pm), Saturday and Sunday (10:00 am – 5:00 pm).  The setting is her idyllic back yard studio complete with an offering of mulled wine and Christmas baking.  We hear some delish Gingerbread muffins will be on hand. June’s studio is located in the Hastings Sunrise area at 2785 Parker Street.

Crafty Affaire  Holiday Market – Croatian Cultural Centre – December 1st

The Crafty Affaire Holiday Market happens at the Croatian Cultural Centre this Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. They have a great line up of vendors including some favourites like Odd Society Spirits, Sriracha Revolver, Eb & Flo Designs, East Van Bees and Sealuxe to name a few.  Check out their website and we see some cool lamps by Usedful.  We’ll be keeping an eye on them.  Admission for the market is by donation.  First 25 people in the door will get a swag bag.

Vancouver Giants – Pacific Coliseum – December 1st

If you miss watching the Vancouver Giants play hockey at the Pacific Coliseum, this Saturday is your chance.  The boys will be back for a game against Tri-City Americans. Game starts at 7:00 pm. For tickets visit Ticketleader. Note, they are back for a second game December 8th which is the infamous Teddy Bear Toss. So you can purchase tickets for one event or both.

Mini Folk Fest – Wise Hall – December 1st

A fun all ages afternoon event at the Wise Hall. Professor Banjo and others host square dancing from 3:00 pm– 5:30 pm at the Wise Hall. Tickets range between $10 – $40, Kids under 5 are free.

The Enemy – Firehall Arts Centre – Until December 1st

A contemporary political drama finishes its run this weekend at the Firehall Arts Centre. The Enemy is an interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a female Dr. Stockman discovers contamination in the community’s water source and is branded an enemy and accused of destroying the local economy. For tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Our Social Fabric: Fabric Sale – 1275 Venables Street – December 2nd

If you are doing some sewing or crafting for the holiday season, you may wish to check out the Fabric Sale at Our Social Friday this Sunday.  It’s their last sale of the year happening at 1275 Venables Street (at Clark) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. There will be some great deals to be had.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

If it’s comedy you are after, Graham Clark’s Laugh Gallery happens at Havana Theatre every Monday night. For live music, Jillian Lake is performing at Havana Theatre on Friday evening 10:00 pm.  Also, the 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

June Hunter Studio Sale November 30th – December 2nd

28 Nov

JuneHunterHolidayStudioSale2018East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting her Holiday Studio Sale this weekend. if you aren’t familiar with her work already, nature features prominently in June’s work especially crows. June has been busy working on new designs and was recently featured on CBC Radio about her fondness for crows and what she calls crow therapy.  Which really in a nutshell is taking a break in nature and taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us each and every day.  Crows are,  of course, an ever present sight in East Vancouver, so they are part of our ongoing scenery.   June has again this year put together a City Crows Calendar which was mentioned in her interview on CBC Radio. Thus, they are now flying off the shelves, literally.  So if you wish to grab one, best stop by this weekend, or visit her online shop which is open 24/7.

At this weekend’s Holiday Studio Sale, you can also expect to find a host of beautiful items including jewellery, throw cushions, totes, small prints, iPad covers, large scale wall art, tiles and much more. We always hope her rescue dog Geordie will be on hand to greet you. He rarely disappoints us.  June Hunter’s studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). The Studio Sale takes place Friday, November 30th  from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you are not able to attend this weekend’s Holiday Studio Sale, we invite you check out her online shop which is open 24/7.  You can also find some of June’s pieces at Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive and Bird on A Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street in East Van as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery store downtown.

Purebread In Mount Pleasant – Carb Heaven

27 Nov

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We’ve heard the hype about Purebread. We didn’t experience it though until recently when we ventured to their new Mount Pleasant location. If you are unfamiliar with the name, this business hails from Whistler and has a loyal and dedicated following.  They did open a location in Gastown a couple of years ago, but this year opened a location in Mount Pleasant at 5 East 5th Avenue.  It’s been on our radar to check out and we are so glad we did. We decided this was our spot to fuel up before taking on The Eastside Culture Crawl for the day. On entering Purebread, we saw the long line up of people happily waiting. No disgruntled people here.  Most in line oogling all the items before them, it seemed to have a calming effect on everyone. For a first timer, it was a little daunting making a selection amongst a long line of people, but it seems the staff is used to those overwhelmed by the sheer number of options.  Staff are quite understanding yet still adept at keeping the line moving. Having said that, if you aren’t quick, you could miss out on that one last item of whatever it is you are eyeing, but once that one item disappears, the good thing is something equally delicious will quickly take its place. Some of the rotating items on offer include a selection of house-baked breads, rustic baguettes, ciabatta as well as breakfast items bacon and egg brioche, zucchini bacon and cheese muffins, almond croissants, scones, coconut macaroons. Their sweets are every bit as drool worthy and include flourless brownies, meringues, macaroons, cookies the side of your hand, carrot cake, salted caramel bars and so much more.   We sampled a couple of items and of course took some home.  Nothing was a disappointment. The flourless brownie though a clear stand out.  Whether you are eating in or doing take-out, this is a great spot. Many portions are large and easily divided up for sharing/tasting.  Purebread is pure carb heaven.  If you haven’t already made your way over, we recommend you make the trip to 5 East 5th Avenue.

Photo Credit: Purebread

Artisan Markets & Craft Fairs In East Van 2018

19 Nov

Christmasblue&whiteballsIt’s that time of year again where the opportunities to shop local are abundant.  There are some great artisan markets and craft fairs coming up to help you make your gift giving easy whether for Christmas or birthday gifts.  There is a phrase that makes the rounds on social media “when you buy from a local maker, someone does a little happy dance”. It really is true.  Did you know “for every $100 spent with a BC local business, $46 is re-circulated back into our BC economy versus $18 for multi nationals. Why? Because locally owned businesses circulate more dollars in the community compared to multinational organizations.” 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. To that end, we have again created a list of all the artisan markets and craft fairs happening in East Vancouver this holiday season.   We hope you will support some of your local makers  this holiday season.

NOVEMBER 2018

Nov. 22: The Art Studios Winter Sale & Silent Auction – Heritage Hall 12-8 pm
Nov. 22: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre
Nov. 23: Holiday Market – Italian Cultural Centre 5-9 pm
Nov. 23: Makers Market At The Ellis – 1024 Main St. 5-10 pm
Nov. 23: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community 4-9 pm
Nov. 24: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4
Nov. 25: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9-4

Nov. 30: Toque Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Ave. 6-10 pm
Nov. 30: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 2-7 pm

DECEMBER 2018

Dec. 1: Crafty Affaire – Croatian Cultural Centre 10-5
Dec. 1: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave 11-6
Dec. 1: Antipod Workshop Studio Sale – #201 – 1610 Clark Drive 10-5
Dec. 1: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 1: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5
Dec. 1: Kensington Holiday Crafit Fair – Kensington Community Centre
Dec. 1: Strathcona Christmas Craft Fair – 601 Keefer St.
Dec. 1: Toque Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Ave. 11-5
Dec. 2: Toque Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair – 303 East 8th Ave. 11-5
Dec. 2: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 2: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave 11-6
Dec. 2: June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street 10-5

Dec. 8: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market-2010 E. Kent Ave. S. (Victoria Dr.) 11-4
Dec. 8: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave. 11-6
Dec. 8: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 8: Weirdos Holiday Market – Wise Hall
Dec. 8: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 9: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave. 11-6
Dec. 9: Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall 11-6
Dec. 9: Eastside Flea – 550 malkin Ave. 11-5
Dec. 9: The Winter Shop – 7 East 7th Ave. 11-6
Dec. 9: Weirdos Holiday Market – Wise Hall

Dec. 12: Make It! – PNE Forum 5-9 pm
Dec. 13: Make it! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 14: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 14: Makers Market At The Ellis – 1024 Main Street 5-10 pm
Dec. 15: The ARC Holiday Makers Market – 1701 Powell St. 11-6
Dec. 15: Jones General Store Holiday Market – Cambrian Hall 10-6
Dec. 15: Make It! – PNE Forum 10-6
Dec. 15: Winter Women’s Faire – Heritage Hall
Dec. 16: Holiyay Pop Up – Crème de la Crème, 1215 Clark Drive 11-4
Dec. 16: Make It! – PNE Forum 11-5
Dec. 16: Winter Women’s Faire – Heritage Hall

Did we miss one? We will be updating this list as we learn of other markets. Drop us a note with what you think should be added at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

What’s On East Van: November 16th Edition

16 Nov

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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.

The Eastside Cultural Crawl – Various Locations – Nov. 15th – 18th

This weekend over 500 artists open their studio doors for the Eastside Cultural Crawl.  See first hand the amazing talent in this City and talk to the artists about their work and inspiration.  Don’t miss the opportunity. Whether it’s a whole day, evening, or just an hour or two, we encourage you take part in The Crawl. We promise, you’ll be amazed. It only happens once a year.

4 Day Fabric Sale – Our Social Fabric – #270 – 1275 Venables Street – Nov. 15-18

If you sew or want fabrics for crafting, you best check out the 4 day fabric sale at Our Social Fabric happening this weekend. It will be happening Friday evening 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 4:00 pm. You don’t want to miss the great deals.

35th Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair – Nov. 16th to 18th

One of the longest running craft fairs in the City happens this weekend. The 35th Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair happens Friday (3:00 pm – 8:00 pm), Saturday and Sunday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) in Gym D.   They will have a wide range of handmade items perfect for gift giving whether Christmas or this winter babies. Entrance fee is $2, children 12 years and under are free.

Ritchies Pop Up Bakery – les amis du fromage – November 17th

This Saturday, les amis du fromage’s East Van location at 843 East Hastings Street hosts a Bakery Pop Up with Ritchies Bakery.  The pop up happens from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm or until they run out of goodies.  Being that les amis du fromage is situated amongst artistic talent in the Strathcona area, it’s a perfect stop along the route during The Crawl.

Famous Perogy Lunch Weekend – Ukranian Hall – Nov. 17th + 18th

Love perogies? This is the spot you want to be this weekend. You are invited to a Perogy Lunch between 11:00 and 3:00 pm this Saturday & Sunday at the Ukranian Hall. There will be homemade perogies from the Baba’s (we are sure the best!), Borshsch, Kolbassa on a bun and Cabbage Rolls. Some homemade crafts will also be on hand.  We recommend coming early, food is available until it sells out.

21st Century Flea Market – Croatian Cultural Centre – November 18th

185 tables of bargains this Sunday at the 21st Century Flea Market at the Croatian Cultural Centre including Boho chic, 50’s kitsch, collectibles,  memorabilia, vintage  retro furnishings, jewelry, holiday decor, antiques, dolls & toys, books, shabby chic, china & glass, memorabilia and a whole lot more. General admission is $5 at the door from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  If you want VIP admission at 7:00 am, cost is $20.

The Enemy – Firehall Arts Centre – Until December 1st

A contemporary political drama continues this weekend at the Firehall Arts Centre. The Enemy is an interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a female Dr. Stockman discovers contamination in the community’s water source and is branded an enemy and accused of destroying the local economy. For tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

If it’s comedy you are after, Graham Clark’s Laugh Gallery happens at Havana Theatre every Monday night.  For live music, the 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.

This weekend it’s two winter farmer markets. Saturday there’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 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

Winter Farmer Markets In East Vancouver

30 Oct

FarmersMarketProduceRiley Park Farmers Market – Every Saturday

In case you missed the news, Riley Park Farmers Market is now 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 – Sundays Nov. 4 – April 28, 2019

The Hastings Park Farmers Market kicks off Sunday, November 4th at Hastings Park and happens weekly every Sunday until April 28, 2019 except for Sunday, December 30th. The market is located on the PNE grounds by the Hastings Skatepark.

Whichever market you choose, stop by and support your local makers!

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