Artists, Musicians & Performers Wanted For Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

3 Jul

The Still Moon Arts Society is planning the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September. This is an amazing community event that celebrates the full moon, Autumnal Equinox as well as Renfrew-Collingwood’s diverse community and natural environment through interdisciplinary arts events. They are now recruiting artists, musicians and performers for their Harvest Fair and installation artists for their Streamside Lantern Installation. They are on the hunt for performers with a variety of backgrounds including visible minorities, persons with disabilities, newcomers, BIPOC, and LGBTQAI2s+ folks. Diversity of artists is very important to them. Artists will be paid industry-standard rates for their work ranging from $200-$500 depending on work provided. To learn more, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society. Deadline to apply is July 18th.

Photo Credit: Still Moon Arts Society

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.

The Vancouver Mural Festival Is On The Hunt For A Director of Development

24 Jun

The Vancouver Mural Festival is a local non-profit that is dedicated to artistic development. Their mission is to create meaningful experiences that bring art and people together while also highlighting local culture. They create permanent, large scale public murals and public events. Vancouver Mural Festival is now on the hunt for a Director of Development which sounds like a pretty good gig. If you wish to learn more about the job posting, visit Jobs at Vancouver Mural Festival.

Mural by Jocelyn Wong

Bunny Cafe Now Open In East Van

22 Jun

We are pleased to share there’s something fun and super chill you can now do in East Van. That is, visit the Bunny Cafe which is now open at 1696 Venables Street near Commercial Drive. This space is the first of its kind in North America and is the mastermind of Michelle Furbacher. She is the owner and founder of Catfé, which was the first cat cafe in Vancouver. During a time when Michelle did not have any cats for the cafe, she brought in rabbits for a pop-up event and it turned out to be a huge success. Thus the idea was born for a new concept of rabbit rescue, adoption and advocacy. We had the pleasure of checking out this new space just before its official opening and got to spend time with their 22 rabbits and Michelle.

The Bunny Cafe is a beautiful open space that same may recall was previously Venables Laundry. They have renovated the space and divided it into 2 distinct spaces. One is a glassed in room in which the bunnies roam free, eat hay and hide if they so chose under various benches and other spots. The idea being that if the rabbits don’t feel like being social, they can just hide out and chill. The other half of the cafe is a retail space with everything bunny you can think of including t-shirts, pillowcases, tote bags, mugs, tea towels, rabbit food and the best bunny slippers we’ve ever seen. The future intention is create an actual cafe in the retail space which would allow visitors to sit on stools and overlook the windowed room where the bunnies roam. Due to Covid this aspect of the cafe was put on hold for the time being.

So how does it work if you wish to spend time with the rabbits? You are asked to book online at BunnyCafe.ca where you can pay and book your time. Each time slot is for 1 hour and the space is open between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm with nap time for the bunnies between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The cost is $15.95 per person including children who must be over 5 years of age. You enter the windowed room with the bunnies with a volunteer and you are requested to wish your hands and then given some greens to feed the rabbits and a few instructions. Speaking of greens, if you are an avid gardener near the Bunny Cafe and have extra greens and carrot tops, the Bunny Cafe would love to connect with a few locals who have any extras to offer.

All the bunnies in the Bunny Cafe are available for adoption. If interested in adopting a rabbit in their care, adoptions are handled through Rabbitat Rescue. If you wish to check out the Bunny Cafe on social media, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok. This is a super chill and relaxing space we invite you to check out.

Pandora Park Summer Market June 30

20 Jun

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House and Vines Art Festival invite you to the Pandora Park Summer Market happening Wednesday, June 30th. You can find fresh produce, local art as well as some creative workshops. The market happens in the southeast corner of Pandora Park, 2325 Franklin Street, between 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Looking For Friends: Something Like The Antiques Roadshow – June 26

19 Jun

Well if you are in need of some laughs, some good company and some new friends, check out Something Like The Antiques Roadshow on June 26th at Havana Theatre. Hosts Jake and Carson are doing their own Covid safe interactive improv show that is their take on the Antique Roadshow. They will be evaluating your items on stage so feel free to bring something fun. This is an all ages event that kicks off Friday, June 26th at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and available through Showpass.

Conversation On Non-Market Housing For Britannia Renewal This June

18 Jun

If you live in Grandview-Woodlands, you are invited to join the conversation on non-market housing at the renewed Britannia site. The Britannia Renewal Master Plan identifies the addition of non-market housing at the renewed Britannia site. This is your opportunity to provide your thoughts and any concerns during this online forum. They are looking to have a diverse range of voices and perspectives from the community. In order to achieve that, they are hosting 3 Zoom events on different dates and times. We’ve set out the dates and times below. Registration is optional, but if you wish to register, visit Eventbrite for the date that you wish to participate.

Saturday, June 19
10:00 – 12:00 pm

Tuesday, June 22
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Thursday, June 24
6:30 – 8:30 pm

To learn more about the Britannia Renewal, visit Shape Our City – Britannia Renewal.

Movies Are Back At The Rio Theatre As Of June 15

14 Jun

It’s been a long haul for the Rio Theatre that pivoted to a sports bar during the pandemic. As of June 15th, they are back to showing movies and are kicking things off Tuesday evening with an early showing of Cinema Paradiso. Heads up though, don’t go running to grab your tickets for that showing, it is already sold out. Tuesday’s 9:30 pm feature is The Big Lebowski which is also sold out. As you might imagine, there’s a little bit of a pent up demand and a lot of community support. The movie line up continues this week with Anthony Hopkins in The Father and Frances McDormand in Nomadland. If you are craving to see a movie in person, this is for you. Note, there are still COVID precautions and limited seating, so if there is a movie you wish to see, we suggest booking in advance. To purchase your tickets, visit the Rio Theatre.

Havana Theatre Hosts Funday In The Neighbourhood: A Night At The Museum June 17

12 Jun

It’s back baby! Live theatre that is at Havana Theatre located within Havana Vancouver, 1212 Commercial Drive. This is a great spot that features a variety of live performances including comedy, dance, drag, trivia and live podcasting. On June 17th they are officially back with an in person performance. The first performance in their line up is Fundays in the Neighbourhood: A Night at the Museum!

What is Funday in the Neighbourhood? If you ever wanted to see a show described as “Mr. Rogers after dark”? then this is the show for you. The show features local actor and comedian John Hannah who explores the ins, outs, peoples, places, vibes, moods and talents from around our neighbourhood, hint Commercial Drive. The show is co-hosted by a skeleton puppet named Slappy and musical director Julien Amar. Each performance is a little different and could feature a musical guest, a game show, epic music videos, stand up comedy, an introduction to bird watching, or even improv. Havana Theatre invites you to come on down and put a little FUN in your day. And honestly after the last year and a half, I think we could all use a little more fun. Tickets are $10 for a table for 2 and available through Showpass.

Cheese Making Workshop: Mozzarella, Burrata & Bocconcini June 18, 2021

8 Jun

If you are craving an in person event, the Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a Cheese Making Workshop on Friday, June 18th. The focus of this workshop will be on making mozzarella, burrata and bocconcini. The class is led by Paula Maddison who is based on Gabriola Island and has extensive experience in cheesemaking. Paula will teach you the lost art of cheesemaking and show you some of the secrets in making these Italian cheeses in this demonstration class. The workshop will be held in one of the halls at the Italian Cultural Centre and only a limited number of tickets will be available to ensure it is a socially distanced event. Tickets are $110 for this 2 hour class and available directly from the Italian Cultural Centre.

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