What’s On East Van: Friday April 13th Edition

13 Apr


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.

Nifty For Fifty – Heritage Hall – April 15th

Looking for a great deal from local designers? You may wish to stop by the very popular Nifty For Fifty happening Sunday at the Heritage Hall between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.  This event features over 30 local designers including some personal favourites Cord & Stone, Daub & Design and Dahlia Drive. Admission is $2.00. To learn more about the designers on hand, visit Nifty For Fifty.

Swinging Sundays With The Ladies From Company B – Wise Hall – April 15th

If you love swing music and love to dance, you may wish to stop by the Wise Hall on Sunday and check out Swinging Sundays. The Ladies of Company B will perform their brand of harmony in the Wise Lounge after 7:00 pm. If you miss this Sunday, they’ll be back on Sunday, April 29th.

24 Hour Bike-A-Thon – 1739 Venables Street – April 13th

If you love bikes, or want to learn more about them (ie. fixing them), there’s an interesting event happening this Friday. It’s a 24 Hour Bike-A-Thon. Kickstand Community Bike Shop which will help teach people that have never built a bike (but note most of the work will be refurbishing instead of starting from scratch). They plan to build 24 bikes in 24 hours with sustenance from Moja Coffee and Renzo’s Cafe. Event starts at 6:00 pm at 1739 Venables.

Bird on Stilts Workshop – Trout Lake Community Centre – April 15th

Birds on Parade will be hosting a free workshop at Trout Lake Community Centre this Sunday, April 15th.  Once the stilts are completed, you will be invited to participate in upcoming parades around the City. For more information, visit Birds On Parade.

BC Distilled – Croatian Cultural Centre – April 14th

The 5th Annual Tasting Festival that is BC Distilled takes place this Saturday at the Croatian Cultural Centre. This event highlights BC’s premier artisan local distilleries. Come out and see what’s new and exciting in this growing industry. For tickets visit, BC Distilled.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for live music, Breaking Boundaries is back at Café Deux Soleils and we see the Libra Room has a full slate of live music lined up nightly.   The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s being held at Nat Bailey Stadium from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday at Hastings Parking 10 am to 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter


Bakery Pop Up At Les Amis Du Fromage’s East Van Location April 28, 2018

11 Apr

LoavesOfBreadIn case you hadn’t heard the news, les amis du fromage’s East Van location at 843 East Hastings Street is hosting bakery pop up shops.  We hear their first one was a great success and sold out in no time. No surprise to us. Amazing bread and les amis du fromage’s selection of cheeses make for a winning combination.  Your next opportunity to check out their Bakery Pop Up is Saturday, April 28th. This one features guest bakers Two Bald Bakers who will be selling handmade loaves of bread made with ancient grains from Noon to 5:00 pm. Noam Dagan and Mendi Yuda have created a seed to loaf bakery that uses only 100% traceable grains that they mill. Note, all their breads are vegan a swell.  Stop by Saturday, April 28th to support these local bakers.

Now if you are a baker yourself and have people salivating over your baked goods, you may be interested in hosting a pop up shop yourself at les amis du fromage.  If so, contact les amis du formage directly. They’d love to hear from you.

Vancouver’s Zero Waste Centre = No Excuses

10 Apr

ZeroWasteWe recently stopped by Vancouver’s new Zero Waste Centre located in SE Vancouver at 8588 Yukon Street just off Marine Drive near Cambie. This facility takes a long list of recyclable items for free. It’s well organized with lots of signage as well as attendants to point you in the right direction or answer any questions. We had been carrying around some used LED light bulbs we had hoped to recycle, which it turned out the Zero Waste Centre did not take, but with lightening speed the attendant pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket with a map and address of the South Van Bottle Depot two blocks over which did take the bulbs. So if the Zero Waste Centre doesn’t take something, we’d venture a guess they would be able to tell you who would take it.  Generally speaking it’s handy to have a vehicle to attend at this location if you have a number of larger items, but if you have a few small items that you can carry, this location is not far from the Cambie and Marine Skytrain Station and bus loop. As big fans of recycling and repurposing, we are pleased to see this new addition to the City’s Waste Management Services. Check out below the long list of items, they do take at the Zero Waste facility:

Materials accepted for free recycling

​Bicycles and accessories
​Cardboard (flattened)
Cell phones
​Clothing and textiles
​Cooking oil (maximum 10L per day per resident)
​Fire extinguishers (maximum 2 per day per resident)
​Foam packaging (no foam peanuts)
​Glass bottles and jars
Household batteries
​Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, maximum 3)
​Lead acid car and truck batteries
​Metal containers (cans, tins, foil, empty aerosol cans excluding spray paint cans)
​Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)
​Plastic bags and overwrap (not Ziploc bags though)
​Plastic containers (jars, jugs, bottles)
​Power tools
​Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)
​Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable)
​Scrap metal
​Small appliances
​Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

There are a number of items that are NOT accepted which include:

Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers
Broken televisions and computer monitors
Flammable liquids
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
Paint and empty paint cans
Used oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers

If you wish to know what to do with the items, they don’t accept, check out the City’s Waste Wizard.

Chocolate Challenge At The Gourmet Warehouse May 10

9 Apr

ChocolateChallenge2018The Chocolate Challenge is back at the Gourmet Warehouse on May 10, 2018. If you love chocolate, this is the place to be.  The Chocolate Challenge is truly a decadent event for chocolate lovers.  This event pits local chocolatiers against each other to create something amazing, both beautiful and delish, with chocolate.  You have the opportunity to taste their creations and vote on them.  This event is a fundraiser for 3 great local charities, specifically the Strathcona Backpack Program, Project Chef and the Vancouver Firefighters `Snacks for Kids` Program. Tickets are $79 and 100% of ticket sale proceeds go towards these charities. As well, there will be a silent auction featuring a host of items including a round trip flight and hotel accommodations to San Francisco, hands-on sushi making workshop, chef’s table tasting menus at some local restaurants and more all to help raise funds.  To keep you fed and hydrated during this evening event, there will be gourmet food stations situated around the store along with a wine bar.  Event gets under way at 6:30 pm.  Come out and try some amazing chocolate, socialize with other chocolate lovers and support local charities doing great work in our community. To purchase tickets for this event, visit Gourmet Warehouse.  

What’s On East Van: April 6th Edition

6 Apr



Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out lots more cool events for the upcoming long weekend.   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 2nd Annual East Van Old Time Social – Russian Hall April 6th & 7th 

The Second Annual East Van Old Time Social is a weekend event dedicated to old-time string band music, and up-beat, beginner friendly, live music square dances. You are invited to come by the Russian Hall and listen to great tunes and dance the night away. There will be beginner friendly square dances.

Feast of Fools – Strange Fellow Brewing – April 7th 

If you love BBQ and beer, you may wish to stop by Strange Fellows Brewing, 1345 Clark Drive, this Saturday, April 7th. They will be hosting Feast of Fools where they have some delish eats on hand including BBQ Brisket/BBQ Salmon sandwich, House Coleslaw, Strange Mac ‘n Cheese, and Tarte a la Biere with beer for $18. The goodness kicks off at 5:00 pm and continues till the food runs out.

BC Beer Wars: Fight Night – Croatian Cultural Centre – April 8th

If you love beer and boxing, then BC Beer Wars Fight Night might be your ticket for this Saturday.  Event kicks off at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 2:00 pm.  Of course, beer will be on hand for sale as well as samples from 15 BC breweries. For more information and tickets, visit BC Beer Wars.

The Art Of Tease: Intro To Burlesque – Your Open Closet – April 11th

Want to learn the art of tease?  The owners of Womyn’s Ware & Your Open Closet are hosting an introduction to burlesques Wednesday, April 11th. Local burlesque legend Burgundy Brix will be teaching this workshop being held at Your Open Closet. Cost is $30, tickets are available from Womyn’s Ware.  Fun kicks off 7:00 pm and goes till 8:30 pm.  Note, these ladies are all about non-judgment, so bring your sassy self and have some fun.

Coco Love Alcorn – Wise Hall – April 11th 

You are invited to a sing-a-long concert with Coco Love Alcorn and friends Wednesday, April 11th.  This is both a concert and workshop, singing along is entirely optional though.  You can just come to be enetertained.  Event happens at the Wise Hall with things kicking off at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, visit the Facebook page of Coco Love Alcorn.

Chelsea Hotel: Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Firehall Arts Centre – April 21st

Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a writer checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song. Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not only forget, but erase from memory. This is the premise of the Chelsa Hotel which pays tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen. This production on its final run continues this weekend. For tickets and information, visit the Firehall Arts Centre.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Love live jazz music? The Geoff Claridge Trio will be playing at the Tangent Café this Sunday from 6:30 pm. The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s being held at Nat Bailey Stadium from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday at Hastings Parking 10 am to 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

A World Without Us At The Cultch April 17 – 29, 2018

4 Apr

WorldWithoutUsThe Cultch is bringing an interesting production to the stage,  one which features an eco-disaster.   World Without Us is a new production about the end of humanity and what comes after it. Think about it … no more mortgage, no more long lines at the bank, no coffee shops, no honey in glass jars, no Skytrain, no buses, animals running wild, no more towers being built, no exercise class, no swimming pools.  Ontroerend Goed, creators of Fight Night, ask the question would it ever get this far?  Would we find a solution? Read the news any given day, some days you think it might just come to this. So what would a world without us be like? To find out, check out this poignant production coming April 17th to 29th at The Cultch.

What people are saying about World With Us:

A poignant premonition of eco-disaster” — The Guardian

As ever, it is the clarity, simplicity and brilliance of the form found in order to express specific content that dazzles when it comes to Ontroerend Goed’s work” — exeunt magazine

The story is compelling, inventively written and implacably delivered” — The Stage

An Evening Of Storytelling At The Cottage Bistro April 10th

3 Apr

StorySlamApril10Vancouver Story Slam is back at the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street on Tuesday, April 10th for an evening of storytelling.  These monthly gatherings are organized by Susan Cormier and hosted by Bryant Ross. Ten storytellers will take the stage and share their original stories with you. Those participating this April include Alix Born, Chris Cannon, Katharine Moore, Lalo Espejo, Maia Brundage, Michele Luchs, Mike Funergy, Naomi Steinberg, Trish Irvin, and Zach Allan. The event will open with a guest story from special guest storyteller T.J. Mair. The event is $5 at the door which gets you a ballot giving you the opportunity to vote on your favourite story.  There are cash prizes awarded to the winners.   If you wish to learn more about this event or participate in an upcoming event, email them directly at Vancouverstoryslam@yahoo.com. If you can’t make this one, future dates are posted on their Facebook page. Note, space is limited at this venue. So if you don’t want to miss it, best to get their early.

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