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Carnival For The Festival Thursday May 8th Fox Cabaret

4 May


You are invited to Carnival For the Festival being held on Thursday, May 8th at the Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street. The In-House Festival is an organization that creates intimate cultural spaces where all genres of music, dance, theatre, circus, magic, puppets, storytelling, spoken word, cabaret, burlesque and more are featured. They produce several shows throughout the year including dinner theatre events, a haunted house and others, but their signature event is the In the House Festival. On the weekend of June 6th – 8th, 2014, which will be their 11th year, they will host 3 days of  unique and captivating events AND it all takes place in the intimacy of someone’s home! 13 houses open up their doors and their yards to the 20 spectacular shows.

On May 8th, In House Festival is hosting a fundraiser “Carnival For The Festival” which is a New Orlean’s themed Carnival. You should expect to shake your booty to some amazing music, shop at the fantastic silent auction and support one of Vancouver’s treasures. You are encouraged to wear your carnival mask, as there will be a dance your face off for those that are so inclined. The most beautiful and creative mask will have a chance to win a full In the House prize pack which includes a weekend pass to the festival in June, a t-shirt, and an In the House CD.

The night inclues a line up of many great performers including:

Razzmajazz: RazzMaJazz is dedicated to performing traditional jazz in the New Orleans style. They are known as a fun and upbeat swinging band.

Sambata:  Based in Vancouver, Sambata is a percussion school and musical ensemble that plays a powerful and unique blend of music drawing on the rich traditions of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian popular and folkloric music.

Samba Fusion:  Samba Fusion International Dance Group performs several styles of dance and dance fusion including: Brazilian Samba, Samba, Reggae, Afro- Brazilian, Belly Dance, Gypsy, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Salsa/Latin/Reggae-ton, African, Polynesian, Bollywood andVegas Show Showgirls Cabaret.

The Soft Wind Quartet: The Soft Winds Quartet will delight you with their authentic New Orleans sound, excite you with their hot improvisation and get you dancing to the sounds of Bourbon street and Frenchman street.

Doors open at 6:00 pm for Carnival For The Festival and the show gets under way at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $40.00 and available through Brown Paper Tickets. Come out and support this great event.

Cultch Gallery Opening Showcasing The Downtown East Side Small Grant Arts Program

27 May

CultchGalleryDTEASPThis Wednesday, May 29th, The Cultch Gallery, 1895 Venables Street, invites you to the opening of a new exhibit.   The Cultch Gallery will be showcasing the works of the Vancouver Foundation’s Downtown East Side Small Arts Grants program. This program was created in 2008 in partnership with the Carnegie Community Centre. The initiative seeks to foster individual achievement amongst local artists in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.   You are invited to attend the opening reception of this exhibit which will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday,  May 29th. The exhibit runs from May 28, 2013 – June 8, 2013  and can be viewed from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Love! Valour! Compassion! Coming to the Havana Theatre Friday, April 19th

15 Apr


Ghost Light Projects presents Love! Valour! Compassion! starting this Friday, April 19th at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive.   The show features eight men that head to the country for three weekends of fun, infidelity, soul-searching and skinny dipping.

Ghost Light Projects is a registered non-for-profit society that was founded in 2009 in Toronto and relocated to Vancouver in 2012. It is now in its fourth season and operates solely on the support of ticket buyers. So come out and see the show.  Love! Valour! Compassion! runs until April 27th. Tickets are available in advance for $25 through Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door $30 (if available). Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Havana Theatre Presents Elephant Sighs April 3,2013

1 Apr


There are many gems in East Vancouver. One of them, which is hidden unless you know it is there, is the Havana Theatre. This is a 60 seat theatre tucked away at the back of the popular Havana Restaurant, 1212 Commercial Drive.  The theatre opened in 1996 and was originally used as a cinema. There was an increase in demand for a venue for live performances, so they switched to showcasing live theatre. As well as featuring local productions, Sunday and Monday nights are home to comedy nights presented by www.eastvancomedy.com.

This Wednesday, April 3rd is the preview night for the production of Elephant Sighs produced by The Page Theatre.  This is a comedy about an uptight lawyer, Joel Bixby, that moves to a small town and is invited by a fast food connoisseur to joint a group of local townsmen. Despite Joel’s protests, he is drawn into the group. Although the reason for their meeting is unclear at first, the reasons do unfold during the course of the evening.   The play highlights loss, loneliness and the healing power of friendship.    Tickets are available in advance for $15 through Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door $20 (cash only).  Elephant Signs runs April 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 – 13th at 8:00 p.m.

This is East Van – The Book

1 Mar

This is East Van is a collaborative photography project which in July of 2010 requested submissions of photos from the community.  Anyone could submit any image of East Vancouver and depict in images what East Vancouver means to them.   Two books of candid photos have now been published which showcases the diverse and unique neighbourhood that is East Vancouver. To learn more about the creative minds behind this project, or to purchase their books, visit their website at thisiseastvan.com.  Kudos to all the creative talent that went into putting this feat together not once, but twice.

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