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What’s On East Van: April 5th Edition

5 Apr


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.

Bonfire Nights – Fundraiser For Aunt Leah’s Place – April 5th

A group of talented musicians are hosting an inaugural Bonfire Nights Fundraising event in support of Aunt Leah’s Place on Friday, April 5th. My Blue Dirt Girl trio, Sarah Wheeler and Reid Jamieson will perform at The Notional Space, 1523 Pender Street.  Luppolo’s Brewing Co. will be donating some craft beer for the evening along with special camp mugs. Doors open at 7:30 pm, music kicks off at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Old Time Dance Party – Wise Hall – April 5th 

Professor Bango and The Estro-Jennies bring a night of square dancing with lessons on the spot this Friday night to the Wise Hall.  Everyone is welcome. Doors open at 8:00 pm, dancing starts at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are $17.50 online and $25 at the door.

Movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – Rio Theatre April 5th & April 7th

If you missed this Oscar winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody celebrating the music of Queen and their lead singer Freddie Mercury played fabulously by Rami Malek, you are in luck. The movie is showing twice this weekend, Friday and Sunday nights. For tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives – Firehall Arts Centre 

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives is now on at the Firehall Arts Centre until April 13th. The Living Archives traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, internment in Canada during the Second World War, and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies. This production is an embodiment of Nisei character, language, spirit and story, and brings to light a part of Canadian history.

5th Annual Beer Bash – Britannia Community Centre – April 6th 

This Saturday, Britannia Community Ice Rink plays host to the 5th Annual Beer Bash. This is a fundraiser for BASH – Britannia After School Hockey. 100% of the proceeds going to kids playing hockey.  Outside of watching some great hockey with 5 teams battling it out, you will find 25 local craft breweries serving cans/tastings on the rink concourse. Tickets are $25.

BC Distilled Main Event – Croatian Cultural Centre – April 6th

BC Distilled happens for the 6th year this Saturday at the Croatian Cultural Centre. The event is an artisan distillery festival, so lots of tastings available by great local makers. The Main Distilling Event happens Saturday night from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Tickets are $70.

Documentary – A Perfect 14 – Rio Theatre – April 7th

This documentary explores the world of plus size models fighting to reshape the fashion industry and shake the tree as to what defines beauty.  A Perfect 14 shows this Sunday afternoon at the Rio Theatre 3:30 pm. A Q&A follows with the filmmaker. For tickets, visit the Rio Theatre.

Anthology: Sci-Fi Sundays – Havana Theatre – April 7th 

A new show from Instant Theatre starts this Sunday. Anthology explores the farthest reaches of the galaxy, mix in a little drama, some adventure, maybe a cautionary tale and who knows what may come.  Tickets are $12. To purchase advance tickets, visit Showpass.


Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

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 local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 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

Vertical Influences By Way Of Montreal Comes To East Van April 18-30, 2017

29 Mar

VerticalInfluencesRollineLaporteThe Cultch is bringing something pretty cool, literally and figuratively, to the Britannia Ice Rink this month. Specifically, Le Patin Libre which is a new kind of award-winning ice dancing without the sparkles and stereotypes, but with a whole lot of attitude and sophistication.  Le Patin Libre was founded in 2005 by world class ex-figure skaters. Bored of the stereotypes associated with ice dancing, and desperate to escape the narrow parameters of sequins and sparkles, Le Patin Libre’s initial performances were simple but beautiful presentations on frozen ponds. Audiences loved them, but we understand the more conservative world of Canadian figure skating was unsupportive. Thanks to residencies offered by private ice rink owners in France, they were able to dedicate themselves seriously to their research and continue experimenting with the ice dancing genre. Their rebellious and boundary pushing creativity has opened up the genre in new and exciting ways. Now, in partnership with arts organizations and community ice rinks, Le Patin Libre are able to use their passion for ice skating to gather a mix of people including sport fans, art aficionados, people who might not normally spend time together, to enjoy this amazing performance. They bring their performance Vertical Influences to Britannia Ice Rick, 1661 Parker Street, April 18 to 30, 2017.  Coming off a sold-out European tour, you have the opportunity to see this inventive Canadian group break boundaries before they explode on the international scene.  Tickets for this show are available online from The Cultch, adults $46 and children $20. Evening performances begin at 7:00 pm with a number of matinee performances.

What people are saying about Vertical Influences:

“One of those rare shows I could willingly have sat through all over again …
A pure body rush. Astounding”
★★★★★” — The Guardian, UK

Photo Credit Rolline Lapointe

Family Day On The Drive February 8 With Free Skate, Lion Dance & More

27 Jan

FamilyDay2016The Commercial Drive Business Society is hosting ‘Family Day On The Drive’ on Monday, February 8th.  This is a free community event with a number of activities lined up for the afternoon at the Britannia Community Centre.  The events kick off with a Lion Dance Performance at 2:00 pm. From 2:00 to 4:00 pm, you will find face painting, balloon twister and a caricature artist on hand.  There will be a free skate planned at the Britannia Ice Rink from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For those that prefer something warmer, there will also be a free Public Swim from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Britannia Community Pool.  As an added bonus, many of the merchants on The Drive will be offering special deals for Family Day, so keep an eye out or visit The Drive’s website for more details.

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