A Night Of Irish Comedy With Dave Nihill June 18 At The York Theatre

31 May

If you are looking to forget reality for a couple of hours and take in some comedy, you may wish to check Dave Nihill at the York Theatre on Saturday, June 18th.  Born and raised in Ireland, Dave Nihill will share his Irish wit and charm along with tales of his many years of travelling.  He is the winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition which previous finalists included Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey.   He takes the stage at the York Theatre for one night only on Saturday, June 18th.  Tickets are $35 and available at The Cultch.

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society Presents The Innovation Series At The Ironworks June 24 – July 3

30 May

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society presents the Innovation Series at The  Ironworks which is part of the 36th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival that runs from June 24 to July 3.  Musicians from Canada to South Korea participate in this much anticipated annual festival.

The Innovation Series at The Ironworks, 235 Alexander Street, brings together Vancouver’s best improvisational musicians and those from around the globe for more than 16 electrifying explorations of experimental jazz. Programming sees two shows per weekend with performances at 9:00 pm followed by an 11:30 pm late show. Weeknights see 9:00 pm shows only. All tickets are $29, including service charges, and are available for purchase at www.coastaljazz.ca.

We’ve set out the schedule of performances happening for The Innovation Series at The Ironworks below:

  • Darius Jones and Strings with Gerald Cleaver on Friday, June 24 at 9:00 pm and JOYFULTALK at 11:30 pm
  • Jaimie Branch C’est Trois on Saturday, June 25 at 9:00 pm and JP Carter / Lisen Rylander Löve / Luke Stewart / Jason Nazary at 11:30 pm
  • Amendola vs Blades with Skerik and Cyro Baptista on Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 pm and Anteloper at 11:30 pm
  • CANABRAVA NOW featuring Douglas R. Ewart and Mankwe Ndosi on Monday, June 27 at 9:00 pm
  • Like the Mind on Tuesday, June 28 at 9:00 pm
  • Wayne Horovitz Trio and Karen Ng on Wednesday, June 29 at 9:00 pm
  • Thumbscrew on Thursday, June 30 at 9:00 pm
  • François Houle RECODER 4tet with Gordon Grdina, Mark Helias and Gerry Hemingway on Friday, July 1 at 9:00 pm and Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio with Matt Mitchell and Jim Black at 11:30 pm 
  • FIRE! At 9:00 pm on Saturday, July 2, with Dave Rempis, Tammy Babin and Kenton Loewen at 11:30 pm 
  • Amirtha Kidambi, Julia Úlehla and Darius Jones Sunday, July 3 at 9:00 pm and Jeff Parker (solo) at 11:30 pm 

Dog Days of Summer At Nat Bailey Stadium June 16th

25 May

The Vancouver Canadians along with Pet Food N’More are opening the gates to all dogs (and their owners) on the official Dog Days of Summer, Thursday, June 16th at Nat Bailey Stadium.  Take in an evening of baseball with your beloved 4 legged member of the family.  Game starts at 7:05 pm. Tickets start at $20. To purchase tickets, visit Vancouver Canadians.

Tugboat Landing Multi-Family Garage Sale Saturday May 28th In SE Vancouver

19 May

If you are on the hunt for some great finds, you may wish to check out the Tugboat Landing Multi-Family Garage Sale happening Saturday, May 28th in SE Vancouver. The garage sale happens at 2010 East Kent Avenue (at Victoria Drive) just a block below Marine Drive. This is an indoor event which means it goes ahead rain or shine from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you aren’t familiar with the area, it is located on a public walkway and cycle path just steps away from Gladstone Park and less than a mile West of the new River District development.

At the Tugboat Landing Large Multi-Family Garage Sale you can expect to find a variety of items including vintage clothing and household items from Vintage East Van and The General Vintage. You will also find a large selection of items from local residents including new clothing, home décor, gardening supplies, art work, books, shoes, ceramics and much more. We understand at last count 15 vendors will be on hand. There will also be some refreshments and snacks will be available by donation.

Free street parking is available in the area. For those travelling by bus, the Victoria 20 will get you within 2 blocks of the venue and the 100 bus that travels East and West along Marine between 22nd St Station and the Marpole Loop stops at Victoria and Marine Drive, 1 block from the venue. Stop by, you never know what you might find.

Gourmet Warehouse Announces Summer Cooking Classes

19 May

Gourmet Warehouse has just announced some great in person cooking classes for the summer season. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. We also like shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

BC Bounty Farmers’ Market – June 17, 2022

Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu will teach this cooking class that explores the flavours of seasonal summer fare grown in BC. Chef Deniz will help you discover the adventure that comes from creating one-of-a-kind dishes from local ingredients. The menu for this upcoming class is set out below:

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• Hand-Rolled Cavatelli with Zucchini, Lemon, and Chicories
• Harissa-Glazed Sablefish with Zalouk
• Moroccan-Style Couscous with Dried Fruit & Nuts
• BC Berry Tarte with Orange Blossom Chantilly Cream

Summer Garden Party: Salads & Sides – June 23, 2022

Gourmet Warehouse Founder, Cookbook Author and Chef Caren McSherry will lead this demonstration cooking class. She will be sharing her tips and recipes so you can go home and create delicious side dishes. We’ve set out the menu that will be prepared in class, with tasting to follow:

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• New Wave Niçoise with Fresh Tuna
• Fancy Grilled Cheese on a Mushroom Madeira Sauce
• Fresh Corn Pancakes with Horseradish Crème Fraîche & Wild Salmon Candy
• Taco Salad Baskets
• The Perfect Pavlova

Mediterranean Al Fresco – June 29, 2022

Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu will also lead this demonstration cooking class which invites you to envision the clear waters and blue skies of the Mediterranean. Chef Deniz has created a menu that is perfect for summer entertaining.

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• Chili-Infused Clam Pot with Chorizo, Leeks, and Sourdough
• Spot Prawn Risotto with Summer Squash and Bottarga
• BC Berry Galette with Pastry Cream and Chantilly

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

South Van Strawberry Social June 5, 2022

12 May

In South Vancouver, there is amazing non-profit called Free The Fern that has been working hard to remove invasive plants from the Red Alder Trail in Champlain Heights. In doing so, they’ve built a great community supporting their work. Their projects have been funded in part by TD Park People and Neighbourhood Small Grants.  This is a passionate group making a difference in their community.   On Sunday, June 5th, they are hosting an event and showcasing their passion and projects with you.  

Free The Fern invites you to the South Van Strawberry Social being held Sunday, June 5th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the Red Alder Trail, 3530 Swansacre.  On hand, you can expect to find:

  • 200 free servings of strawberries (with shortcake and whipped cream) – First come first serve.
  • live music, including a 20s-40s jazz trio.
  • local craft vendors: Resistance Kitters (fundraising for Ukraine), Wild Rose Natural SkincareGoodfellow Craftery, and more.
  • an eco art workshop: learn how to make a pencil from an invasive blackberry stem.
  • tours of our new Douglas Fir Teaching Garden: with hundreds of native flowers, berries, and ferns. Note, this teaching garden includes a Douglas Fir which is estimated at 162 years old.

To learn more, visit them online at Free The Fern or reach out to them directly at freethefern@gmail.com.

Ebb & Flow Exhibition At The George Gallery

11 May

Local artist Julia di Sano is currently exhibiting her art work at The George Gallery, 1502 East Hastings Street.  Julia is a contemporary fine artist based in New Westminster who primarily works in acrylic and mixed media. We’ve been following Julia’s work for some time now.  Her work is inspired by nature and in particular the seascapes in the Pacific Northwest. Julia captures the ever changing ebb and flow of tide and rolling clouds. If you would like to check out her work for yourself, visit the George Gallery until May 29th, or visit her online.

Call For Artists For 20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

5 May

The Still Moon Arts Society is planning the 20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival this September. This year’s theme is aptly named “Resurfacing”. 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. Still Moon is now recruiting artists, musicians and performers for the Harvest Fair which takes place on Saturday, September 10th and the magical Streamside Lantern Installation which takes place on September 17th.

Specifically, they are looking for five musical groups, one to three dance groups, and one to two interactive performers (i.e. clowns, face painter). Musicians and performers will receive an honoraria. Still Moon Arts Society is focused on ensuring everyone is represented in their event including visible minorities, persons with disabilities, newcomers, BIPOC, and LGBTQAI2s+ folks. Diversity of artists is very important to them. To learn more about the event, or to complete an application, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society.

Photo Credit: Still Moon Arts Society

Vancouver Farmers Markets Summer Season

5 May

VFMChardVancouver Farmers Markets is back for the summer season which means the return of the ever popular Trout Lake Farmers Market. This market which takes place in John Hendry Park is now under way every Saturday until October 29th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Riley Park Farmers Market continues every Saturday near Nat Bailey Stadium until October 29th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Another favourite is the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market which opens Sunday May 22nd and continues every Sunday until October 30th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We’ve set out below the markets taking place in East Van. To see a full listing of Vancouver Farmer Markets, visit eatlocal.org.


Trout Lake Famers Market
13th Ave & Lakewood Drive
Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
April 23, 2022 – October 29, 2022 

Riley Park Farmers Market
50 East 30th Avenue & Ontario Street
Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
April 23, 2022 – October 29, 2022  

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
8th Avenue & Guelph Street
Sundays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 22, 2022 – October 30, 2022

Main Street Farmers Market
Still Closed For Construction

Artisan Pottery & Bake Sale at Trout Lake Community Centre May 7th

4 May

It will be a busy weekend at John Hendry Park and Trout Lake Community Centre this weekend. The Trout Lake Farmers Market hosted by Vancouver Farmers Market is officially back for the season on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This Saturday, May 7th, the Trout Lake Pottery Club is also hosting an Artisan Pottery & Bake Sale from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lots of opportunity to support your local community and pick up something special for mom.

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