What’s On East Van: August 2nd Edition

2 Aug

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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.

Vancouver Mural Festival – August 1 to 10, 2019

The Vancouver Mural Festival kicked off August 1st and continues to August 10th.  This is a great opportunity to check out some amazing murals around Vancouver. We understand there are at least 25 new ones popping up around the City.  The Festival also features a variety of events during the festival with a Pride Special happening this Sunday at 7 ½ Lane from 2:00 pm till the wee hours of the morning.   There are also some opportunities to run the murals.  To see a full run down of events, visit Vancouver Mural Festival.

Playland – Now Open Every Day

If you are looking to entertain the kids, Playland is now open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm until The PNE Fair starts on August 17th. To learn more, visit Playland.

Outdoor Summer Movie – Gaston Park – August 2nd 

Collingwood Policing Centre is featuring another outdoor movie tonight this Friday night at Gaston Park located just a couple of blocks from the Joyce – Collingwood Skytrain Station.  They will be showing Monster in Paris and the movie gets under way at dusk approximately 9:00 pm. Note, rain does cancel these events.

The Muppet Movie – Rio Theatre – August 3rd

Looking for something to entertain the kids this weekend?  The Muppet Movie is showing at 1:00 pm at the Rio Theatre this Saturday.

43rd Annual Powell Street Festival – August 3rd & 4th

This weekend you are invited to celebrate Japanese-Canadian heritage at the 43rd Annual Powell Street Festival happening Saturday and Sunday. The event happens on Powell Street near Jackson from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm both days. For more info, visit Powell Street Festival.

Soul Folk Sunday – Café Deux Soleils – August 4th

James Villa and Hayley Lynn make their way up from Portland, Oregon for Soul Folk Sunday at Café Deux Soleils. Great way to spend a Sunday evening if you are staying in town for the long weekend. Doors open at 8:00 pm, music gets under way at 9:00 pm.

Buena Vista Social Club – Rio Theatre – August 5th

The Oscar nominated documentary about an American guitarist bringing together the Cuban folk musicians now in their 90s to record a Grammy Award winning CD in their native city of Havana.  We hear there is amazing concert footage and features gigs in Amsterdam and New York. The film not only features the music, but the life stories of the musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club. Movie shows at 6:20 pm Monday, August 5th.

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Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 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

Les Amis du Fromage Announces Wine & Cheese Tastings Coming This Fall

1 Aug

 

If you love wine and cheese, you will want to to check out some of tastings that les amis du Fromage has coming this Fall to their East Van location (843 East Hastings Street). If are enjoying Summer and thinking Fall is a long ways off, well these courses are not really that far off .  We’ve set out the two tastings coming up:

Blue Mountain Cheese Tasting-October 21, 2019

Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars is located in Okanagan Falls and is a great winery to visit with some beautiful wines.  But you don’t have to travel to the Okanagan to taste some of their wines, you can just make your way to les amis du fromage  on October 21st. Tasting kicks off at 6:30. Tickets are $80. To purchase tickets, visit les amis du Fromage.

Little Farm Winery – November 4, 2019

The Little Farm Winery is based in Cawston, BC and is a small producer of single vineyard Chardonnay. Tasting kicks off at 6:30 pm on November 4th. Tickets again are $80. To purchase your tickets, visit les amis du Fromage.  If you wish to learn more about this sweet little winery, we invite you to check out this nice piece in Montecristo Magazine titled ‘Risk and Romance‘.

If you don’t already know les amis du FROMAGE, has been voted “Best Cheese Shop” by readers of The Georgia Straight and The Courier repeatedly.  They have another location in Kitsilano, but the tasting events are being held at the East Van location. Tickets for these tastings are available online. Although these classes seems a little ways off into the future, these classes do sell out quickly. If interested, we suggest you reserve your spot(s). Refunds aren’t given, but you can transfer your spot to someone else.

Fresh Local Produce + Artisans At Community Market August 16th

30 Jul

CucumbersThe Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street (near Nanaimo and Hastings) is hosting another Community Market Friday, August 16th  from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  You can expect to find fresh produce, preserves, snacks, seeds, popcorn, activities for the kids. There will be some local artisans including Jessica Woo of Perching Art Clay will be back along side City Beet Urban Farm and Golden Era Burger food truck.  We hear there will be some great fresh local produce on hand at a low cost. Also, post market, Kiwassa’s Youth Program will be featuring an outdoor climate change film screening.  For more info,  visit Kiwassa.ca.

Yeast Van Patio Party At Container Brewing August 17th

29 Jul

YeastVan2019The Yeast Van Brewery District Cooperative invites you to their first ever Patio Block Party at Container Brewing, 1216 Franklin Street, happening Saturday, August 17th. Tickets for the event are $20 and include 2 drink tickets.  Extra drink tickets are available for $5.00 each.  Big Day BBQ will be on hand with eats and Dr. Alex will be spinning vinyl.  Lots of great local breweries will be participating in this event including Bomber Brewing, Luppolo, East Van, Off The Rail, Callister, Container, Strathcona, Hastings Mill, Postmark, Coal Harbour, Storm, Parallel 49, Odd Society Spirits, Resurrection Spirits, Andina, Powell, Strange Fellows and Superflux. So grab a ticket now, or at the door. To grab your ticket in advance, visit Eventbrite.

What’s On East Van: July 26th Edition

26 Jul

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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.

Playland – July 26th to July 28th

If you are looking to entertain the kids, Playland is open Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. To learn more, visit Playland.

Outdoor Summer Movie – Kensington Park – July 26th

Collingwood Policing is featuring an outdoor movie tonight at Kensington Park located at Knight Street & 33rd Avenue.  The movie shows at dusk approximately 9:00 pm.  There are family friendly activities prior to the movie.

Serate in Piazza – Italian Cultural Centre – July 26th

This Friday at the Italian Cultural Centre, you are invited to Serate In Piazza. They are hosting an evening of outdoor music and dancing.  Food including sausages, pasta, beer, wine and gelato are available for purchase.  The event happens between 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  In the event of rain,  the festivities move indoors. Music and dancing is free, food available for purchase.

Vancouver Vegan Festival – Creekside Park – July 27th

The Vegan Project, Peace People Project and Peaces are hosting the 1st ever Vancouver Vegan Festival this Saturday at Creekside Park near Science World.  This is a free all day all ages event celebrating vegan food and culture on the waterfront at Creekside Park.  There will be over 70 vendors on hand, free yoga, apparel, live music, opportunities to learn more about activism and zero waste.  Event kicks off at 11:00 and runs to 5:00 pm.

Summer Festa – Luppolo Brewing – July 27th

Luppolo Brewing Co., 1123 Venables Street, is hosting a Summer Festa this Saturday.  LA Street Meast will be on hand with what we hear are the best hot dogs.  There will be music by DJ Selecta Browna in the afternoon and at 5:00 pm Bonefire Ballerina perform.  Event happens between 1:00 and 9:00 pm.

Bee In – Moberly Arts Centre – July 27th

The Pollinator Pathway group is hosting a “Bee IN” at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street on Saturday July 27. Lots of pollinator-related activities for the whole family. You are invited to come learn more about local pollinators and their habitat. Event happens from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Sunday Summer Series – Grandview Park – July 28th 

The Commercial Drive BIA and supporters are hosting a Live Music Sunday this weekend from 2:00 to 5:00 pm in Grandview Park. All types of music along with balloon twisting, face painting and other activities for the kids. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Nasty Women Comedy – Havana Theatre – July 28th

Nasty Women Comedy, an improv and sketch comedy group taking over Havana Theatre this Sunday night. We hear they are fierce and funny.  Fun kicks off at 8:00 pm. Havana Restaurant of course has an excellent patio for summer refreshments prior to the comedy.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 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

Artful Sundays Return To The Napier Greenway August 11th to September 1st

24 Jul

Artful Sundays 2019 PosterArtful Sundays return to the Napier Greenway this summer.  If you aren’t familiar with this event, it is weekly outdoor visual art market which happens over 4 Sundays in the Napier Greenway.  It happens in a great community space by the Britannia Community Centre located at Commercial Drive & Napier Street. The first event kicks off Sunday, August 11th from Noon to 5:00 pm and for the next 3 Sundays following. We do know that a couple of personal favourites artisans will be at the August 11th event, BagItUpBy Kate to help you reduce plastic use while shopping and Perching Art Clay with some stunning pieces of jewellery. Each Artful Sunday brings a variety of local artists, workshops, artist demonstrations, live music and more.  Lots to do and see and it’s free to wander and take in the art that surrounds us.  The event takes place in the Napier Greenway at Napier Street & Commercial Drive from Noon – 5:00 pm each Sunday from August 11th to September 1st.

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival – Call For Artists

23 Jul

CallForArtistsRenfrewRavineThe 17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens September 14th. In advance of that, they have put out a call for artists who have an idea for an illuminated art installation.  They are looking to expand and diversify the art that is displayed at the 17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. The event celebrates the full moon and equinox. They are accepting proposals for art installations including lantern art, electronic art, land art and eco-art. No experience with outdoor installations necessary.  They are encouraging people from a variety of backgrounds to participate.  To learn more about their hopes and requirements for the event, visit Still Moon Arts Society.  Deadline for applications is Monday August 5th at midnight.  This is a great opportunity to be part of amazing community event.

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