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The Parade Of Lost Souls Is Looking For Talent & Volunteers!

26 Sep

ParadeofLostSouls2018ADo you know about this iconic East Van event celebrating The Day Of The Dead? The Parade of Lost Souls is undoubtedly one of our favourite events? Why you might ask. This is an event BY the people FOR the people. It is a grass-roots festival planned, organized and performed by, and for, the community which draws large crowds. With some creative direction from the folks at the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, The Parade of Lost Souls encompasses dance, art, music, installations, acting and much more.  This year the event happens Saturday, October 27th  with the theme of Magic & Realism.  This is where YOU come in.  The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is looking for volunteers to make this another spectacular event.   Below we have set out some what they hope to see for this year’s event. But if you have a talent not listed you wish to share, drop them a note, they’d love to hear from you. Contact is Kat Single-Dain by email at katsingledain@gmail.com.

Keeping the theme of MAGIC, here’s what they are looking for:

1. Performers who have anything that they can do repeatedly as the parades go by them. Can you do a 2 minute performance piece? Or maybe an interactive character?

2. Performers/Clowns/Community Members who would like to be Parade Ambassadors, taking donations from the public. You will be expected to dress up In a costume and take a workshop on best practices when interacting with public.  Seriously, bring in the clowns!  They are looking for 20 this year.

3. DJs for a Hidden Dance Party along the parade route.

4. Roving characters – This is limited only by our imagination.

5. Volunteers to help load in, and set up set decorations.

6. A videographer to produce a short teaser video from this year’s parade (must have equipment and editing skills).

7. Can you tell fortunes? Do you read tarot cards? Do you do magic tricks? Are you a maker? Can you create a cool installation? Have an idea? Drop them a note.

NOW on the other hand if LOVE to dance, TAKE NOTE. There are 2 Flash Mobs planned this year.  The Thriller Flashmob and The Time Warp Flash Mob.  Each has their own Facebook Page and we’ve included links for each one. Should you dare, remember you will need to dress the part for whichever flash mob you wish to participate in.  Want to know more, check out Parade Of Lost Souls.

The 16th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival Happens September 22, 2018

11 Sep

MOON-FESTIVAL-POSTER-2018The 16th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens Saturday, September 22, 2018.  This family friendly event celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. The festival highlights the arts, community and the environment. It is always held on the Saturday closest to the 8th full moon of the year, the harvest moon.  The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival started in 2003 under artistic director, Carmen Rosen and now continues every year as a co-production between the Still Moon Arts Society and Renfrew Park Community Association. If you have not attended this event previously, it is an amazing display of creativity, colour, light and music.  We encourage you to check it out.

The festivities begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 7:00 pm at Slocan Park. This event is a pre-cursor to the parade that happens at dusk.  During the Harvest Fair, there will be games, crafts, musicians, last minute lantern making, community competitions and more. As the moon rises and the sun sets, the Giant Moon Lantern along with dancers and musicians make their way to guide a twilight lantern parade through the Renfrew Ravine to Renfrew Park.  Once you arrive at Renfrew Park at about 7:30 pm, you descend into a transformed world of the stream, Still Creek. The entire area around the creek is lined with lights, floating lantern art and ethereal music. It is quite something to see.  Time slows seems to slow down as you walk through the paths and absorb the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns and the shimmering stream. Once you pass through the walkway, you come upon Renfrew Park Field which is where you will find musicians playing on the main stage and a Tea Garden with food service. The evening finale features youth performers showcasing dance, stilting and fire spinning to live music. Then the big finale is a display of fireworks around 9:00 pm.

If you are looking to make a lantern, note there are a couple of workshops this week, September 11th and 12th, a Salmon Lantern Workshop and a Bird Lantern Workshop, both held at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. For more information, visit Moon Festival Workshops.

Beginner Swing Dance August 25 & 26, 2018 At The Russian Hall

22 Aug

SwingDanceByChrisLohHave you ever watched swing dance? The participants always looks like are having a great time. Swing dance is interactive, social and happening this weekend for 2 days at the Russian Hall. Rhythm City Productions is hosting a condensed intensive workshop August 25th and 26th. They will start things off slow and easy, get you practicing and before long, you will be swing dancing around the room.  Cost is $90.  The lessons happen between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm both days. To reserve your spot, visit Rhythm City Productions.

Photo Credit: Chris Loh

The 42nd Annual Powell Street Festival August 4 & 5, 2018

24 Jul

PowellStreetFestival42Canada’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts & culture will be held on August 4th and 5th in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. The 42nd Annual Powell Street Festival takes place in Oppenheimer Park as well as the surrounding areas including the Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver Buddhist Temple and the Vancouver Japanese Language School. There is a long line up of events including Sumo Wrestling, Japanese Food, Martial Arts, Dance, Taiko Drumming, Walking Tours, Anime, Film, Literary Events, Live Music and much more.  Festival highlights include a performance by virtuoso percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and the Nakatani Gong Orchestra as well as Sadgrrrl rocker Emma Lee Toyoda. Also on hand for this festival is an exhibit by international artists Chiharu Mizukawa & Nao Uda.  This barely scratches the surface. There’s much more happening. For a full rundown on all the events, visit 42nd Annual Powell Street Festival. They have a great map prepared that sets out all the events and their locations. The fun happens from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 pm on August 4th and 5th.

What’s On East Van: July 20th Edition

20 Jul

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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.

Movie Night In the Park – Trout Lake – July 20th

Collingwood Community Policing is hosting another movie night in the park Friday, July 20th at Trout Lake/John Hendry Park.  Movie gets under way at dusk. Note, this event is weather permitting. If it rains, the movie night will be postponed.

Summer Savour Festival – River District Town Centre – July 21st

River District and Wesgroup Properties are hosting 4 free summer events starting this Saturday, July 21st. This first event features wine and cheese samples from Everything Wine, local vendors, a few food trucks and music by Grooveport at 4:00 pm and The Booms hitting the stage at 7:00 pm. For more information on their upcoming dates, visit Summer Savour Festival.

Bakery Pop Up – les amis du fromage – July 21st

Les amis du fromage’s East Van location at 843 East Hastings is again hosting a Bakery Pop Up this Saturday from Noon to 5:00 pm. Two Bald Bakers will be on hand with fresh bread from Noon until they run out.  

Vancouver Bonfire Sessions – Hastings Park Lagoon – July 21st

Jansport presents Bands and Bonfire Under The Night Sky.  This is a free event happening in Hastings Park from 6:00 – 10:00 pm this Saturday.  To register for the event, visit Eventbrite.

Introduction to Organic Gardening – Hastings Community Centre – July 21st

Village Vancouver is hosting a workshop this Saturday which covers the basics of planning and starting a food garden. Rhiannon Johnson leads the class in which you learn the simple technique of starting a plant indoors and then moving it outdoors into your garden space.  The cost is $18 and the reward is fresh veggies. To register, email seasonoffoodhcc@gmail.com or call T: 604.718.6230.

Fiesta With Flamenco Music & Dance – Grandview Park – July 22nd 

You are invited to Grandview Park to experience some beautiful flamenco music and dance this Sunday, July 22nd from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. You are encouraged to bring a picnic basket with your favourite things and come down to enjoy the music and dance.  This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Made In The 604 – Heritage Hall – July 22nd

Made In The 604 is hosting a pop up market this Sunday, July 22nd at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.  As you might expect by the name, locally made products will be available. Tickets are $3.00 at the door with proceeds for admission going to Covenant House BC.  This summer market happens from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. A couple of fav vendors will be on hand including Sriracha Revolver and Il Fioraio Florist, but there are many new names to us.   For a full list of vendors, visit, Made In The 604.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for live music, David Blair is back from a tour in Europe and performing at Café Deux Soleils this Sunday at 8:00 pm. Cover is $10. For fun and laughs, the Geekenders are hosting The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Rio Theatre Saturday night at 11:15 pm. Three farmer markets are happening this weekend. Saturday it’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm) and Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back and it’s Berry Festival this Sunday and we expect that the winner of the BC Berry Pie Bake Off will be announced. Event happens at Dude Chilling Park 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.   To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

International Blues Music Day At The Rio Theatre August 4th

11 Jul

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If you love blues music, The Rio Theatre is the place to be on Saturday, August 4th. Vancouver Blues Around Town is presenting The Wailin’ Walker Band and David “Boxcar” Gates to celebrate International Blues Music Day.  For a bit of background on the talent performing, first up is Al ‘Wailin’ Walker. Al was born and raised in Vancouver and is known for his infectious style of rhythm and blues.  He has been performing electric guitar solos with commanding locals for over 4 decades.  Al has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, George Thorogood and Stevie Ray Vaughan to name just a few. David ‘Boxcar’ Gates also hails from Vancouver and has evolved into one of Canada’s most renowned acoustic guitar players. He was been wowing audiences for over 30 years.   This is a 19+ event. Tickets are available for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Visit the Rio Theatre.ca for advance tickets. We’re pretty sure this will be a rockin’ good time.

Car Free Day On Commercial Drive & Commercial Street Village Sunday, July 8th

3 Jul

CarFreeDay2018Two Car Free Days are happening this Sunday, July 8th. First up is:

Car Free Day On Commercial Drive: Noon – 7:00 pm

The street festival which stretches 15 blocks along Commercial Drive will have at least 3 stages set up for entertainment.  Local artisans will be on hand, there will be activities for all ages and of course great food.  If you hadn’t heard, Car Free started on The Drive, so they have this event nailed down and will be continuing to promote car free spaces and green living within the community. Note, buses will be rerouted for the day along Commercial Drive, but there will be lots of easy access to the event by bus and Skytrain.  If you are travelling by bike and wish to store it while you wander, BEST Bike Valet will be on hand.  Event kicks off at Noon and goes till 7:00 pm.

Car Free Day On Commercial Street Village: Noon – 4:30 pm 

The local businesses that comprise the 3400 – 3500 block Commercial Street are hosting a Mini Car Free Day this Sunday alongside the event on Commercial Drive. They have lots of fun stuff lined up including chainsaw carving by Jesse Toso of Toso Wood Gallery, live music, kids t-shirt giveaway, giant Genga game, street art, rummage sale, chocolate tasting, bike repair as well as an electric bike demo and a whole lot more.  They are asking those that attend to help make this a zero waste event.  This is a first time event for this group, so they are running a shorter event from Noon – 4:30 pm. Stop by and support some great local businesses tucked away on Commercial Street.

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