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What’s On East Van: October 12th Edition

12 Oct

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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.

East Van Votes – Strathcona Community Centre – October 12th

School and Parks Board Candidates in the upcoming election will be at Strathcona Community Centre Friday night from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Take the opportunity to get to know the candidates and ask the questions about issues important to you.

The Dirty Betty Show – Café Deux Soleils – October 12th

Looking for some saucy entertainment this Friday night? The Dirty Betty Show is back for their monthly stop at Café Deux Soleils. You expect comedians, drag superstars and improvisers. Doors open at 8:00 pm, show gets under way at 8:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door $10, but note the show can sell out. So we recommend checking in earlier.

Drive In Movies – River District – October 13th

Free Drive-In Movies are back this Saturday night at River District in SE Vancouver.  It’s a double feature starting off with Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again at 7:15 and Dirty Dancing at 9:30 pm. Gates open at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit Picatic.

Whitish – Havana Theatre – October 13th

For one night only, Whitish comes to Havana Theatre. This is a storytelling show about the perils of being biracial. Six performers will ask the questions people ask, where are you from? What are you? The event is hosted by Jo Dworschak creator of Story Story Lie. The show is for one night only at Havana Theatre. Tickets are $12 and available online through Showpass.

AbraCadaver Cabaret: Urban Legends – Wise Hall – October 13th

A new event at the Wise Hall, the AbraCadaver Cabaret presents a series of horror inspired vignettes along with the world of magic, burlesque striptease and storytelling. The venue seems fitting since some seem to think the Wise is haunted. Due to the morbid subject matter, the show is not for the faint of heart. Advance tickets are available from $18 or at the door $20. Doors open at 8:00 pm, show gets under way at 9:00 pm.

The Transformers The Movie – Rio Theatre – October 13 & 14

Looking for some fun indoor entertainment with the kids this weekend, The Transformers – The Movie is showing at the Rio Theatre Saturday at 1:15 pm and Sunday at 9:30 pm for the big kids.

Free Movie ‘Hell Or High Water’ – Britannia Community Centre – October 14th

Britannia Community Centre is again showing a free moving this Sunday night. This week it’s Hell Or High Water.  Things get underway at 6:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for new spot to check out this weekend,  reminder the Elephant Creamery is now open on the Drive located next to Sushiville.

If it’s live music you are after, the Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two Farmer Markets happening this weekend – Saturday it’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm). Just a reminder, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is now closed for the season.  Watch for the Hastings Park Winter Market coming November 4th. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

 

What’s On East Van: March 16th Edition

16 Mar

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out lots more 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.

Out At The Inn – Russian Hall – March 13th to 17th

Everything falls apart in this hilarious comedy about a lesbian couple who try to make their dreams come true of running a bed and breakfast out in the country.  They live with unusual neighbours, serve unconventional guests, and receive the help they desperately need from the unlikeliest sources.  Tickets are $20 and available online from Leaping Thespians.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Rio Theatre – March 16th

If you love the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Rio Theatre is hosting another showing for their late movie this Friday night. Doors at 11:00 pm, show gets under way at 11:30 pm.

The After After Party – The Cultch – Until March 17th 

If you are looking for a shameless night of fun with the girls, we hear this is the show to see.  It’s wild, it’s outrageous but at the heart is the essence of female friendship.  This is the last weekend to catch The After After Party at The Cultch. For tickets, visit The Cultch.

History Walk With James Johnstone March 17th

Historian James Johnstone will lead another history walk in East Vancouver this Saturday, March 17th.   This one focuses on the Working/Wild Side of Vancouver’s East Side and begins at 10:00 am. To learn more or reserve your spot, visit History Walks In Vancouver.

Gem & Mineral Show – Hastings Community Centre – March 17th & 18th

If you love rocks, gems and want to learn more about them, you have a great opportunity to do just that at the Rock & Mineral Show happening this weekend. The event happens at the Hastings Community Centre, 3086 East Hastings Street from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm this Saturday and Sunday. Admission is by donation.

First Pick Handmade YVR – Heritage Hall – March 17th and 18th

Over 30 designers from across Canada will be featuring some unique items at First Pick Handmade YVR happening at the Heritage Hall this Saturday and Sunday.  Happens Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is $3.00.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for some fun and humour, The Dirty Betty Show happens at Café Deux Soleils this Friday at 8:30 pm. Don’t forget Tangent Café hosts live jazz music every Sunday evening at 6:00 pm. This week it’s Braveheart & Cole Schmidt. The Winter Farmer Markets continue 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 

Story Story Lie Is Back March 10, 2017 Café Deux Soleils Celebrating International Women’s Day

1 Mar

storystoryliemarch102017Have you checked out Story Story Lie yet?  In case you haven’t heard about this fun event, it is now a regular monthly gig at Café Deux Soleils on The Drive. Their next performance is Friday, March 10th and for this one Story Story Lie is doing something a little bit different in honour of International Women’s Day.  They will be featuring all female performers and the line up, well we have to say folks, this is going to be good!  First up, we have local East Van icon Mary Jean Dunsdon known to many as Watermelon. Mary Jean, was until recently a very regular sighting on Wreck Beach during the summer months. These days the Licorice Parlour on the Drive keeps her fairly busy. We are fairly sure Watermelon is going to have some good stories for this event.  Next up, we have Kathleen McGee, local stand up comic and host of the popular podcast Kathleen McGee is A Hot Mess, Fatima Dhowre, Reema SH, Burcu and Maia Gibb, past Story Story Lie winner and humorous blogger. The aim of the evening is figure out of course who is telling the truth and who is the stand out liar. Can you spot the liar?   Come out March 11th to find out.  Tickets are $10 and available in advance through Eventbrite. All proceeds from this event will be going to The Chrysalis Society which is a local grass roots organization providing assistance to women overcoming abuse and addition.

Disney On The Drive February 19th At Café Deux Soleils

13 Feb

disneyonthedriveYou are invited to a family friendly event at Café Deux Soleils on Sunday, February 19th called Disney On The Drive. A group of local artists will be featuring songs from popular Disney movies like Let It Go from Frozen and Kiss The Girl from The Little Mermaid. Some of the artists performing at this event include Julia Spitale, Shera Kelly, Michael Averill, Joseph Spitale, Ross Christopher Fairbairn and Matt Langill.  Cover is $5-10, but we hear no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  The show kicks off at 7:00 pm and although it may be a bit late for some very young children, kids of all ages are welcome.

Let’s Do Brunch On The Drive

20 Jan

ILiveInEastVanMarch302013 356We are often asked where is a good place to go for brunch, coffee, dinner, live music or drinks in East Van. We started our brunch series with setting out some of our favourite spots in the Hastings Sunrise area. Next up we’d like to feature some very delish spots along Commercial Drive, some we’ve tried and some we’ve heard great things about through our grape vine.

Bandidas Taqueria, 2781 Commercial Drive
Brunch 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

We confess we have not tried this spot. We have noticed that it is a rare occasion that this spot is not busy, no matter the time of  day or night. Bandidas Taqueria serves brunch daily from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm as well as breakfast all day. Most of their items are gluten free and we like that they get their gluten free bread from local fav spot, East Village Bakery. Eggs, beans and guacamole are featured heavily on their brunch menu, but we have our eye on the Cornbread Muffin Tops with honey butter. Bandidas Taqueria will make any breakfast vegan. This spot is certainly on our list to try not only because of the food, but their focus on minimal impact to the environment and their of support local smaller distributors. Bandidas Taqueria is located just North of 12th Avenue on Commercial Drive. Just a 5 minute walk from the Broadway Skytrain Station if you are travelling from elsewhere in the City.

Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive
Breakfast 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Weekdays + 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Weekends

You can’t miss this spot for the colourful mural outside. Cafe Deux Soleils is a long standing business on The Drive having been there for over 20 years. Here you will find eggs, but you won’t find meat if that’s what you are looking for. You will though find  Veggie Ham or Veggie Sausage and lots of other great items as well as a kids menu. It’s a popular spot day and night as this spot includes a stage where you will find many local performers whether comedy, music, poetry and much more.

Cabrito Tapas, 2270 Commercial Drive
Brunch Friday to Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Havana is a great spot for many reasons, people watching from their patio is certainly one of them.  It’s always a busy hopping spot that offers modern Latin fare and Caribbean cocktails. It is another long standing business that has been on The Drive for 20 years now. Havana serves breakfast 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm with some great offerings including a Pulled Pork Breakfast Taco.  Another thing we love about Havana Restaurant, is they are a great supporter of local arts. They have a small gallery in the back next which is situated next to a small theatre which features some great local theatre groups. It’s a great intimate space if you haven’t checked it out already.  We recommend it.

Biercraft Tap & Tapas, 1191 Commercial Drive
Brunch Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

On the Drive since 2005, Biercraft Tap & Tapas is another long standing business on the Drive.  Everyone has their own unique spin on brunch on the Drive, as does Biercraft with    Bangers and Mash, and Stovreji Hash browns topped with Belgian beef stew, blue cheese crumble and two poached eggs for those with a hearty appetite, but we like the Eggs on Cornbread and for those coming with kids, they have a kids breakfast menu for $6.00.

La Mezcaleria, 1622 Commercial Drive
Brunch Wednesday to Sunday Until 3:00 pm

This is a fun lively spot at any time serving delish Mexican fare including breakfast as well as a great selection of mescal and tequila should you wish to go there.  They have some creative dishes, but what we have a hankering for is the Pan Frances which is Brioche French Toast topped with bananas, dark rum, salted caramel sauce, candied pecans, strawberries and gooseberries. If that doesn’t sound like a bite of heaven, we don’t know what does.

Storm Crow Tavern, 1305 Commercial Drive
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Now if you like sci-fi and consider yourself a bit of a nerd, or want to experience something a little bit different, than the Storm Crow Tavern is your spot. As you can see, their window for brunch is a little smaller, likely as they’ve been up playing games until the wee hours of the morning. This is an eclectic spot with a menu to fit. If you wish to hang around post brunch to play board games and have a beer, they have choices out of the whazoo.

Tangent Café, 2095 Commercial Drive
Breakfast 8:00 – 3:00 Saturday – Tuesday & 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Wednesday to Friday

Although this spot is home to great live jazz music on Thursday and Sunday evenings, they also have a good breakfast menu. If you are a meat lover, you will find several options here, but if looking for vegan options, they have that too including a Malaysian Vegan Scramble.

The Dime, 1565 Commercial Drive

This is not a spot we’ve tried, but local historian Jak King and long time resident of The Drive swears by this spot. He says “it is nothing much more than a bar with background music, TVs on most walls, heavily tattooed staff (giving great service), and good cheap food.” Seems they offer a breakfast menu during week and a brunch menu on the weekends we couldn’t locate the latter, but Jack tells us Chorizo Hash Skillett is a good way to go. “It is a good plateful of potatoes and onions and peppers, a fried egg, with enough chorizo to give it a kick, and served with a form of hollandaise that is to die for.” Kicker is all dishes on the menu are $5.95.

Prado Café, 1938 Commercial Drive

As of Monday, June 19th the purveyors of kick ass coffee, have launched a full brunch menu at their Commercial Drive location.  We’ve seen some pics on social media and have to say the dishes look great. If you head one block up the street North, you can also check out their sister restaurant Spade at the corner of 3rd Avenue. They have a small breakfast menu but are open at 8:00 am daily.

While you are in this part of East Van, there is so much else to see, do and taste while on The Drive.  Whether it’s coffee, gelato, pasta, art, bookstores, cheese, licorice or chocolate.   If it’s cheese you are after, La Grotta Del Fromaggio is our go to spot.  We recommend one of their sandwiches to go, or if you’ve built up an appetite wandering, they are delish. If you love licorice, a stop at the Licorice Parlour is a must. If you aren’t a licorice fan, they also have handmade chocolates.  If you are looking for beer after a wander, Biercraft offers quite the range of Belgian beers. If it’s whiskey, then a stop at Fets Whiskey Kitchen would be in order and side note they do serve brunch as well.

For coffee, well we can’t just pick one, there are so many places offering great coffee, you can’t go wrong whether it’s Continental Cafe, Joe’s Café, Moja’s, The Drive Coffee Bar (you will find Cartem donuts here though) or any other café. If it’s a muffin and coffee you are after, JJ Bean at 6th Avenue. Their muffins are legendary.  Gelato, there are a few offerings which you can’t miss if you are walking The Drive, but if are looking for pastries, our personal favourite is Fratelli Bakery which an amazing selection of sweet treats.  If you find you’ve done a fair bit of walking on the Drive and want a light bite such as pizza, take your pick, Famoso Pizzeria, Lombardo’s, Marcello’s or a quick wander over to Via Tevere on Victoria Drive. Of course, if you wish to pick up some pasta to cook later at home, we recommend The First Ravioli Store on Commercial at 3rd Avenue. We could keep going as this area has so much to offer from Venables to 12th Avenue and a bit beyond on either side of that.  If we missed your favourite brunch spot that you think should be included, drop up us a line ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com and tell us why it should be included.

Story Story Lie Back At Café Deux Soleils Friday, January 13th

2 Jan

storystorylieIf you have yet to catch Story Story Lie, you are in luck it now has a regular monthly gig at Café Deux Soleils on The Drive. Story Story Lie happens every second Friday of the month at 8:00 pm with the next show happening Friday, January 13th. What’s it all about?  The show is part storytelling and part game show.  You will hear five embarrassing and intimate stories and one lie. Through some interrogation of the storytellers the audience gets to guess who the liar is. First one to guess wins a prize.  Organizers have a great line up of storytellers for the first show of 2017 including  local comedian, Ivan Decker, who has been featured on The Debators along with Zain Mejhi of the Daily Hive, as well as comedians Mufaro Mbudzi and Alison Ogilvie and poet, Andrew Warner, Now if you have a strange story to tell or a lie you’d like to see featured at Story Story Lie to make things more interesting, you are invited to submit it by email storystorylie@gmail.com in advance of each show. Each evening will be hosted and produced by Jo Dworschak and gets under way at 8:00 pm with doors at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available via Eventbrite for $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Can you spot the liar?

Story Story Lie Is Back At Café Deux Soleils December 10th

28 Nov

storystorylieIf you have yet to catch Story Story Lie, you are in luck it’s back at Café Deux Soleils on Saturday, December 10th.  Are you good at reading people? Do you think you can spot a liar a mile away? Well now you can find out, in a rather fun way. The show is part storytelling and part game show.  You will hear five embarrassing and intimate stories and one lie. Through some interrogation the audience gets to guess who the liar is. First one to guess wins a prize.  Storytellers for the upcoming show include Jayson MacDonald (Famed Fringe Performer), RC Weslowski (Waxed Poetic Radio), Yumi Nagashima (International Stand up comedian), Nyla Carpentier (Poet, Actor and Powwow Dancer) and Steve Allen (Komedy at Kino).  The evening will be hosted and produced by Jo Dworschak.  The show gets under way at 8:00 pm. You can purchase your tickets in advance on Eventbrite for $6, or at the door for $8. Come out and see if you can spot the liar.

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