Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Has Rescued 1,100 Cats In 2022 And Counting

12 Dec

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a wonderful volunteer driven non-profit organization based in East Vancouver. This non-profit was founded by two amazing women Karen Duncan and Maria Soroski.  VOKRA is run by an army of passionate volunteers who do amazing work in the community with lost, stray and feral cats and kittens.  We’ve learnt that in 2022, they have rescued 1,100 kittens/cats and the year isn’t even done. VOKRA incurs $60,000 a month in vet bills which does not include the cost of cat food or litter. If you are able to assist VOKRA with their work by way of a donation, you can make a donation online.  All financial donations go directly to funding the supplies, equipment, and veterinary and operational costs required to ensure the cats in their care are warm, safe and healthy. If you have items that can be donated that would assist them in their work, visit their Wish List to see what items are needed. Lastly, you can also support them by purchasing items in their online Shop.

Photo Credit: Catitude Photography

Shop Local: East Van Stores That Support Local Makers

8 Dec

There are lots of opportunities to shop local this holiday season. There are, of course, lots of holiday markets this time of year, but if you prefer a more low key shopping experience, we invite you to check out some of the local East Van stores which regularly stock items for many local makers. We’ve set out a list of some of our favourites below. Whether you visit them in person or online, we are sure they appreciate your support in shopping local.

Arts Off Main (1704 Charles Street)

Arts Off Main is just a few steps from Commercial Drive and is a collective art gallery that features local artists. You will find paintings, art cards, jewellery, ceramics and more.

Esthette Lifestyle Shop (3567 Commercial Street)

Esthette Lifestyle Shop is located directly next door to Second Nature Home on Commercial Street (not Drive) in Cedar Cottage. This boutique features ethically sourced, small batch handmade goods.  Lots of items for the home, gifts for all ages including books, stationary and puzzles.

Second Nature Home (3565 Commercial Street)

Second Nature Home is a home décor boutique located at 3565 Commercial Street in Cedar Cottage.  The store has a wide range of items outside of home décor including  jewellery, gifts for the foodie in your life, something cute for the new baby or new mom and much more. They usually have extended hours running up to Christmas. Be sure to pay them a visit.

Giving Gifts (4570 Main Street)

Giving Gifts is a very cool space located at 4570 Main Street. The store tucked between 30th & 29th Avenue is made of up 5 rooms packed with items from 100 local as well as fair trade artists from around the world.  It is a gift giving boutique so you will easily be able to pick up a few gifts for just about any age.

Jackson’s General Store (1490 Dumfries Street)

Jackson’s General Store located at 1490 Kingsway (at Dumfries) near Knight Street. This space is the epitome of cool with a distinct retro vibe. Store owner, Mike Jackson, has created an eclectic mix of unique items in store which features clothing, gourmet food, books and if you are looking for a candy fix that is a blast from the past, this is your spot.

The Coast Goods (1302 Victoria Drive)

The Coast Goods is a sweet shop nestled away in the heart of the residential area at 1302 Victoria Drive. This is great neighbourhood shop that focuses on ethically sourced home decor and giftware again supporting our local independent artisans. Be sure to check them out and give them a follow on Instagram.

Olive & Wild (4391 Main Street)

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention this beautiful shop located at 4391 Main Street. They have an amazing array of home decor items and lots of great things on hand for gift giving. They feature local as well as international artists.

Why is it important to shop local?  “for every $100 spent with a BC local business, $64 is re-circulated back into our BC economy versus $14 for multi nationals. Why? Because locally owned businesses circulate more dollars in the community compared to multinational organizations.”

First Pick Handmade Holiday Market At The Heritage Hall December 10 & 11

8 Dec

First Pick Handmade is back at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th with their Holiday Market.   First Pick Handmade’s Holiday Market will again feature items from a variety of makers that include non-binary, all sized-clothing and objects that are not mass produced.  Founder and creator, Janna Hurtzig, curates only high quality and sustainable products.  You can expect to find a wide range of products including jewellery by Irit Sorokin, ceramics by Oh Hello Leigh and Abder Atbi, paintings by Janine Breck Art, accessories by Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere and clothing by Serenity West and Street and Saddle and much more. Whether you are looking for something for your home, for yourself, or as a gift, there will be lots to choose from with all of this talent under one roof. Stop by and check it out between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm December 10th & 11th. Admission is $3.00 at the door or online.

The Daisy Theatre Is Back With A Twisted Retelling Of Romeo And Juliet ‘Little Willy’

7 Dec

The Daisy Theatre is back with their take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Little Willy. If you haven’t attended one of Ronnie Burkett’s shows, you are missing out on fun night out. Burlesque star Dolly Wiggler starts the show with an Elizabethan striptease in this riotously funny improvised mash-up of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. All the leading ladies of the Daisy ensemble battle for the role of Juliet, including faded diva Esme Massengill in a boozy interpretation of the lovesick ingénue.  Beloved audience favourites Schnitzel and Mrs. Edna Rural are back in supporting roles, and adding to the fun and mayhem, The Bard himself joins The Daisy Theatre cast for a twisted retelling of this timeless tale. Tickets start from $35 and are now available online at The Cultch. The production runs from January 10 – 29, 2023.   Tickets to this show would make a great gift of experience this holiday season.

PNE Winter Fair And Holiday Concerts December 14 to December 23, 2022

27 Nov

The PNE will be hosting a PNE Winter Fair between December 14 and December 23, 2022.   The PNE will be turned into a magical holiday experience complete with walk thru WinterLights display, skating on the Tim Horton’s Indoor Ice Rink, nightly ticketed Christmas themed concert, a winter market with an array of vendors as well as a holiday theatre for the wee ones. The PNE Winter Fair happens from 4:30 to 10:30 pm.  Ticket prices range from $12 to $15 per person and are available online.

A ticketed holiday concert happens each evening of the PNE Winter Fair. Prices are between $39 – 69 per person and available online. We’ve set out the nightly concert series below:

December 14               David Foster & Kat McPhee

December 15               The Tenors: A Season of Miracles

December 16               Tom Cochrane With Band

December 17               Dallas Smith

December 18               Jann Arden

December 19               Holly Cole

December 20               Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

December 21               Dionne Warwick

December 22               Johnny Reid

December 23               A Boy Band Christmas

To purchase tickets or get more information, visit PNE Winter Fair, or check out the You Tube video:

Firehall Arts Centre Presents A Christmas Carol

21 Nov

The Firehall Arts Centre invites you to celebrate the holiday season with its presentation of A Christmas Carol from Wednesday, December 14 to Saturday, December 24, 2022. Sanjay Talwar plays all 40 characters in this one-version of the familiar tale produced by Blue Ridge Repertory Theatre.   Tickets start at $25 and are now on sale at the Firehall Arts Centre.

Tugboat Landing Artisan Market December 3 & 4, 2022

21 Nov

Have you made your way down to the walking trails along the Fraser River in SE Vancouver?  If you have, you will come across an area called Tugboat Landing at the foot of Victoria Drive at East Kent Avenue South.  If you aren’t familiar with this area, it once housed tugboats at this landing on the Fraser River hence the name. It was redeveloped into a community of condos and townhomes that enjoy river front living.  The area is located on a public walkway and cycle path just steps away from Gladstone Park and less than a mile West of the growing River District development.

Here you will find the 6th Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market.  This is a boutique artisan market that happens on December 3rd & 4th in SE Vancouver at 2010 East Kent Avenue at the foot of Victoria Drive.  They have a great line up of vendors that make it fun and easy to shop for gifts in an inviting and cozy space.

Some of what you can expect to find include handmade artisan chocolates by Ladner Artisan Chocolates, stunning sterling silver jewellery by Sole Tibi Studio, dog wear by ScouterWear and dog treats by Barks & Biscuits for your 4 legged friends. If you are looking for gifts for the wee ones, Guava Jelly will be on hand with handpainted infant wear and t-shirts. If you are looking for hostess gifts, Tea Lani with handcrafted teas and handmade artistic soaps by Ava Luna Creations.   

If you are looking to do some entertaining over the holidays, you may wish to check out Mad Laboratory Distilling who will be hand with their small batch spirits. Their spirits will pair nicely with Koldie’s Mixers  which cocktail mixers come in 4 delicious flavours. If you are looking for non-alcoholic options to serve over the holidays, Everything Wine – River District will on hand providing samples of their selection of non-alcoholic beverages.

What would the holidays be without some sweet treats? Swiss Bakery will be on hand Saturday, December 3rd with Gingermen, Gingerwomen, Gingerbread House Kits, sugar cookies and German Stollen.  If you love handcrafted leather goods, be sure to check out DiG Leather.  Artist, Sheena Singh, will be featuring handpainted holiday decor.  Looking for live holiday décor, 8BFlowerco will be featuring bouquets, Grinch trees and more.

Bower Fibre Goods will also be on hand with beautifully crafted textiles and LoveandLucyCo with candles, gem stones and jewellery.   ILiveInEastVan will be on site with a selection of totes, t-shirts and their new sew-on reflective patches. Knit Collective will be on hand with cozy designs to keep you warm this winter.  Lots of great options to shop and support local this holiday season.

This boutique artisan market has been deemed a Hidden Gem and 1 of 17 Happening Holiday Markets by Destination Vancouver. It’s a cozy inviting space away from all the crazy crowds. Stop by for hot cocoa or coffee and some sweet treats while warming up in front of the fireplace.  Food and drink will be available by donation with all proceeds going to BC SPCA and SAINTS (Senior Animals In Need Today Society) Rescue. Market hours will be 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free. To learn more, visit them online at Tugboat Landing Artisan Market, or give them a follow @tugboatlandingartisanmarket on Instagram.

Vinyl Record Show At The Heritage Hall November 27th

18 Nov

If you love vinyl records or just great music, then you may wish to mark this event on your calendar. The Vinyl Record Show happens on Sunday, November 27th at the Heritage Hall.  Vendors will be selling their vinyl in a variety of formats as well as CDs, posters, turntables and music memorabilia.   Event happens from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $4.00.

Vancouver Alpen Club Transformed Into Winter Wonderland November 15 – December 30, 2022

14 Nov

Tinseltown Bar is turning the Vancouver Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Drive, into a seasonal pop up bar that is fully decked out for Christmas. At Tinseltown, every day is Christmas. When you arrive, each guest will enjoy a Christmas themed drink as you enter a space that has the feel of a Hallmark movie. Expect things fully decked out with Christmas tunes, Christmas trees, Christmas drinks, and more. Tickets for this pop up event are $19 and available online at Explore Hidden. Our question is there a Santa Claus?

Photos: Tinseltown Bar

The Big List Of Artisan Markets + Craft Fairs In East Van 2022

12 Nov

It’s that time of year again where the opportunities to shop local are abundant.  There are some great artisan markets and craft fairs coming up to help you make your gift giving easy whether for Christmas or birthday gifts.  Did you know: “for every $100 spent with a BC local business, $64 is re-circulated back into our BC economy versus $14 for multi nationals. Why? Because locally owned businesses circulate more dollars in the community compared to multinational organizations.”

When you buy from a local maker, you’re supporting your neighbor next door, your co-worker working full-time and holding down a side gig, moms carving out some extra income while still being home with their families. All have created a business doing something they love and are passionate about.  We are 100% behind supporting those local dreamers and makers. Also, buying local is better for the environment. Items at markets are not being shipped long distances and there is usually much less packaging involved. All around win win. To that end, we have again created a list of all the artisan markets and craft fairs happening in East Vancouver this holiday season. Here’s hoping our big list will make it easier for you to shop local this holiday season.

NOVEMBER 2022

Nov. 16-27: Got Craft Holiday Virtual Market

Nov. 17: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 5 – 10 pm
Nov. 18: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 5- 10 pm
Nov. 18: Britannia Winter Craft Market – Britannia Comm. Centre 3 – 8 pm

Nov. 19: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 11 am – 6 pm
Nov. 19: Got Craft – Croatian Cultural Centre 10 am – 5 pm
Nov. 19: Britannia Winter Craft Market – Britannia Comm. Centre 10 am – 6 pm
Nov. 19: Made In The 604 – Heritage Hall
Nov. 20: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 11 am – 6 pm
Nov. 20: Got Craft – Croatian Cultural Centre 10 am – 5 pm
Nov. 20: Made In The 604 – Heritage Hall

Nov. 25: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 4 – 8 pm
Nov. 26: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9 am – 4 pm

DECEMBER 2022

Dec. 2: Toque Craft Fair – Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. 6 – 10 pm

Dec. 3: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Ave. 11 am – 4 pm
Dec. 3: Toque Craft Fair – Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. 6 – 10 pm
Dec. 3: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 3: Deck The Hall – Heritage Hall – TBC
Dec. 3: Connect X-Mas Market + Music Festival – 2111 Main St. 11 – 7

Dec. 4: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Ave. 11 am – 4 pm
Dec. 4: Toque Craft Fair – Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. 6 – 10 pm
Dec. 4: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 4: Deck The Hall – Heritage Hall – TBC
Dec. 4: Connect X-Mas Market + Music Festival – 2111 Main St. 11-7

Dec. 7: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 8: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm

Dec. 9: Krampus Markt – Strange Fellows Brewing 6 – 10 pm
Dec. 9: Make It! – PNE Forum 10 am – 6 pm
Dec. 9: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 10: First Pick Handmade – Heritage Hall 11 am – 6 pm
Dec. 10: MakeIt! – PNE Forum 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 10: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 10: Krampus Markt – Strange Fellows Brewing 11 am – 6 pm
Dec. 10: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 11: First Pick Handmade – Heritage Hall 11 am – 6 pm
Dec. 11: Make It! – PNE Forum
Dec. 11: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 11: Christmas Market – Italian Cultural Centre 11 am – 4 pm
Dec. 11: Krampus Markt – Strange Fellows Brewing 12 – 4 pm
Dec. 11: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 16: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 17: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 17: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 18: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.
Dec. 18: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 18: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Did we miss one? We will be updating this list as we learn of other markets so check back for updates. Feel free to drop us a note with any market you think should be added at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

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