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Parker Art Salon At 1000 Parker Street May 24-26, 2019

8 May

ParkerArtSalon_exhibtionLove art? Missed the Eastside Culture Crawl? Then you will want to check out the Parker Art Salon happening May 24 to 26, 2019 at 1000 Parker Street. This 105 year old warehouse is home to an array of talented artists.  During the Parker Art Salon, the halls will be transformed into a salon style Fine Art Exhibition complete with chandeliers for fun and ambiance.  You will have the opportunity to meet many of the artists that work in this space, take a scheduled guided 1 hour tour for $10 or just wander at your own pace on May 25th and 26th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  If you are in the market to purchase art, you may wish to attend the Collectors Night on Friday, May 24th. This $50 ticket gives you admission to a private reception from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, 2 bar tickets, food, a catalogue and first dibs on local artwork.  For tickets to any of the paid events, visit Eventbrite.  Or stop by Saturday and Sunday, you can wander at your leisure between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. This portion is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

rEvolver Festival Is Back At The Cultch May 22 – June 2, 2019

7 May

RevolverFestival2019Upintheair Theatre brings the rEvolver Festival back to The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, from May 22nd to June 2nd. The festival brings a wide variety of contemporary theatre from emerging companies and artists. A few that caught our eye include:

Lady Parts – May 22-25, 2019

This 80 minute sketch combines personal stories, video interviews along with some special guests.  Lady Parts pays homage to the struggles of gender and has a little fun with feminism.  The reviews are lining up well this is one to see.

Surveil – May 23-26, 2019

This comedy is all about being watched. The production will delve into the world of modern surveillance and show you first hand all the ways the world is watching us. Some ways you may already know, but some you may not.

Perfect Strangers May 24-26, 2019

This is most certainly theatre transformed. You are invited to participate (not watch) Perfect Strangers.  Starting from The Cultch, you will participate in a 90 minute walking tour which is also part platonic bind date as well as social experiment.  This is a quirky experiment in which you are paired up with people to walk through a neighbourhood and consider how you perceive strangers and talk with others who you might not otherwise talk to. The walk goes rain or shine, so dress for the weather.  A 30 minute reception follows after the tour. The aim of this production is to spark empathy between people who might not otherwise meet. Come alone and you just might leave with a new friend.

For tickets to these productions, or to see the full line up for the rEvolver Festival, visit The Cultch.

The Wonders Of Wine From Eastern Europe May 15th At Everything Wine Vancouver

6 May
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Many of us know wines from some of the well known wine making regions, France, California, Australia and our own Okanagan Valley.  Have you tried wines from Eastern Europe?  On Wednesday, May 15th Mark Konstantinov will take you on a tour of wines from a sampling of regions such as Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Maldova, Georgia and Hungary. These areas are rich with history, which Mark will touch on during the workshop. You will also have the opportunity to try a number of wines from these regions, we suspect ones you’ve likely never been exposed to.  The event takes place at the Everything Wine store located in River District in SE Vancouver. This is a beautiful store with an amazing selection with a great space for their tasting classes.  Cost of the workshop is $25.00. Class runs 6:30 to 8:00 pm. To register, call Everything Wine Vancouver T: 604.416.1672.

 

What’s On East Van: May 3rd Edition

3 May

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Classic Gin Cocktails – Everything Wine Vancouver – May 3rd

Want to learn how to make great gin cocktails? The Everything Wine store located in River District in SE Vancouver has a great set up for small workshops. Not to mention these classes are education and fun. This Friday, they will be leading a class where you will learn a little gin history and then learn to make 5 classic gin cocktails. Cost is $25. To register and learn more visit Everything Wine Vancouver.  

Trout Lake Farmers Market – John Hendry Park – May 4th

The largest and much loved Trout Lake Farmers Market kicks off this Saturday, May 4th at 9:00 and continues to 2:00 pm.

Movie ‘Green Book’ – Rio Theatre – May 4th

Did you catch Green Book which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor Mahershala Ali? If not, you can watch it on the big screen at The Rio Theatre this Saturday afternoon. The movie is a true story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx  who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist who tours the US in the 1960s.  For advance tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Verses Festival of Words – Various Locations – To May 4th

Verses, The Festival of Words continues this weekend at various locations in East Van this Friday and Saturday. To see the remaining events, visit Verses Festival of Words.

Noor Student Showcase – Havana Theatre – May 4th

Noor Dance Company is hosting a student showcase of bellydancing at Havana Theatre this Saturday night.  Performances will include the instructors as well as the students.  Tickets are $18 and the fun kicks off at 7:30 pm. For tickets, visit Showpass.

June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street – May 4th & 5th

East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting a Studio Sale this Saturday and Sunday.  In case you forgot, Mother’s Day is coming up May 12th and June has lots of beautiful items on hand that would make a perfect gift for mom.  June’s studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue).  Sale happens from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Got Craft? – Maritime Labour Centre – May 4th & May 5th

Got Craft? Spring Edition is at the Maritime Labour Centre this weekend with 85 local makers.  We hear this market almost half of the vendors are new, so expect a whole new selection of local handmade goods. Event runs 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3. For advance tickets, visit Eventbrite. Hint: Free Swag Bags for the first 50 paid attendees.

Cinco De Mayo Fest – Trout Lake Community Centre – May 5th

This Sunday Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting a family friendly Cinco De Mayo Fest from Noon to 3:00 pm. There will be Mexican music by Son De Maple, arts and crafts and an on theme food truck. The event is free, but registration is requested.

Pastry Weekend – Beta 5 Chocolates – May 4th & 5th

Love fresh pastries? Beat 5 Chocolates are featuring their greatest hits this weekend and they include 3 amazing pastries. You’ll have to try for yourself. They are available as of 10:00 am Saturday 413 Industrial Avenue.

21st Century Flea Market – Croatian Cultural Centre – May 5th

Lots of great finds at this weekend’s 21st Century Flea Market at the Croatian Cultural Centre. Event happens 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDY

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park.  To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

24th Annual Stone Soup Festival May 11th In The Napier Greenway

30 Apr

Stone Soup Festival 2019The 24th Annual Stone Soup Festival happens Saturday, May 11th from Noon to 5:00 pm.  This annual festival brings community together in celebration of local food, artists, community groups and entertainment with a focus on food sustainability, food justice and the environment. There will be live music, workshops, demonstrations, food vendors, art and some local vendors including ILiveInEastVan. We’ll be on hand with a selection of our reusable nylon and canvas totes as well as a few Art Of East Van designs featuring artist Kat McPhee.  Also on hand will be BagItUpByKate who makes organic cotton resusable produce bags, linen bread bags and for those days you need to destress, relaxation eye bags. Kate is on a mission to replace people’s use of plastic bags, one bag a time. And of course, there will be free soup!  The Stone Soup Festival takes place in the Napier Greenway at the Britannia Community Centre Noon – 5:00 pm. Stop by and say hello. We’d love to see you.

 

East Van Farmer Markets – Spring & Summer 2019

29 Apr

 

Spring is finally here which means lots of farmer markets around East Vancouver. If you’ve attended, you will know there’s always an amazing selection of fresh locally grown 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.  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market which is in Dude Chilling Park is a smaller market, but we love that it’s on a Sunday. Riley Park Farmers Market is next to one of the most beautiful community gardens we’ve seen and is now year round every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Italian Market at The Italian Cultural Centre we see is only being held once this summer on June 14th. This market features all things Italian including gourmet food items as well as the food trucks on hand.  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 4, 2019 – October 19, 2019
Location: Lakewood Drive & E 13th Avenue

Main Street Station Farmers Market
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday: June 5, 2019 – October 2, 2019
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 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
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: All Year Round
Location: 30th Avenue and Ontario Street

Italian Market
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, June 14, 2019 (1 Day Only)
Location: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street

What’s On East Van: April 26th Edition

26 Apr

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Out Again At The Inn – Havana Theatre – April 26th & 27th

This Friday and Saturday, Havana Theatre plays host to an original comedy Out Again At The Inn.  Mary and Marie run a busy bed and breakfast with a bit of help from an always high neighbor. Mary and Marie host a jam making contest and their least favourite guests come to say.  It’s a recipe for things going wrong.  Catch the production Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and available online through Showpass.

The Annual Animation Show of Shows – Rio Theatre April 26th & 28th

If you love animation, the Rio Theatre plays host to the Animation Show of Shows.  It will feature 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world. Films are being shown Friday night  at 6:15 pm and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm. For tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Family Yoga – Trout Lake Community Centre – April 27th

Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting Family Yoga this Saturday with live music from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Cost is $1.

Trev Deeley’s For The Animals – April 27th

If you love animals, you will want to stop by the Second Annual Trev Deeley Day For Animals happening this Saturday at the Trev Deeley dealership located at 1875 Boundary Road.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about many of the local rescue organizations doing great work in the community. Event happens between 11:00  am to 3:00 pm.

The Vancouver Market – Wise Hall – April 27th

The Vancouver Market is back at the Wise Hall this Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Stop by and find vintage by Calico Vintage, handmade jewellery by the Burning Circle, cool handmade bags by Estylo and if you have been eyeing macramé plant holders, Four Knots will be on hand with a selection. Stop by the Wise, 1882 Adanac Street to see all that will be on hand.

Earth Day – Everett Crowley Park – April 27th 

Volunteers gather every year to plant trees in Everett Crowley Park in SE Vancouver. Everett Crowley Park is a 38-hectare large forested park and if you don’t know, was once a garbage dump. It is now Vancouver’s 5th largest park.  This Saturday you are invited to help plant one of a 1,000 trees from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will also be face painting for the kids and the opportunity to make your own chia pet courtesy of the folks at River District.

Hop Circuit – Yeast Van – April 28th

Hop Circuit returns to Yeast Van this Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 17 local craft breweries and distillers will open their doors for tours and tastings.  Our fav spot for a tour is Odd Society Spirits, but they are all worthy.

Vancouver Pet-Sitting Swap – Trout Lake – April 28th

A pet sitting swap is happening this Sunday at Trout Lake Dog Beach between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.  If you have a pet and need some help sitting, organizers are connecting you with other pet owners nearby or wannabe pet owners. This is a free event, but registration is required via Eventbrite.

LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDY

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening 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,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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