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What’s On East Van: November 1st Edition

1 Nov

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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.

PNE Pumpkin Promenade – Hastings Park Sports Court-November 1

If you missed the post that went viral on our Facebook page, the PNE is hosting a free event that has win win all over it.  Bring your Halloween pumpkins (minus markings, candles and wax) to Hastings Park Sports Court on Friday, November 1st between 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Organizers will provide flameless candles to display the array of pumpkins. After the event, volunteers will take the pumpkins to local farms to be used for food as part of a food waste aversion project.

Monster Merlot – Figaro Garden Centre – November 1

If you love gardening, you are invited to stop by Figaro Garden Centre this Friday between 3:00 and 6:00 pm to talk plants, bulbs, winter preparation for your garden, whatever garden wise and enjoy a glass of Merlot.

All Souls Night Closing Procession – Mountain View Cemetery – November 1

All Souls Night is an opportunity to commemorate those we’ve lost.  This Friday, November 1st concludes the event with a closing ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. Bring a candle and a memory. This event is free and everyone is welcome to participate.

Winter Farmers Market Kick Off – Riley Park – November 2

Riley Park Farmers Market kicks off its winter season and celebrates 10 years with over 100 local farmers and producers at this Saturday’s market.  Stop by 30th and Ontario between 10:00 and 2:00 pm to support local.

Parade of Lost Souls – Britannia Public Library – November 2

The Parade of Lost Souls, an iconic East Van event and a personal favourite for many reasons, but one particular one is community involvement it takes to put on this production. It truly takes a village and the last few years The Dusty Flowerpot took over the festivities where the Public Dreams Society left off. Come celebrate the Day of The Dead and honour all those souls, past and present this Saturday, November 2nd.  The evening starts off with a procession from the Britannia Public Library at 7:00 pm. Wear your best costume, marine life is the theme this year, but get creative. Everyone does. All ages welcome. Festivities continue (we expect) around Britannia Community Centre during the event with various performances, music and flash mobs.

Parade of Lost Souls After Party – Wise Hall – November 2

Participants of the Parade of Lost Souls Festival gather together to redefine their ideas of community engagement; to reconnect with one another and celebrate the cycles of life and death. After the parade, the Wise Hall plays host to the Parade of Lost Souls After Party. Bring your costumes, marine themed if you can and partake in an East Van’s tradition. Fun kicks off at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Advance tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Back To The 90s – Waldorf Hotel – November 2

If you love music for the 90s and dressing up, the Waldorf Hotel has the Halloween Party for you.  Tickets available through Eventbrite for $12.

Clocks Fall Back One Hour – November 2 – Midnight

Just a reminder clocks fall back Saturday night at midnight for Daylight Savings Time and possibly the last one.

Ilhan Saferali Quartet – Café Deux Soleils – November 3

Looking to end the weekend on a relaxing note, the Ilhan Saferali Quartet is performing at Café Deux Soleils on Sunday evening. This is a young and up and coming musical talent who has worked with Grammy and Juno award winning musicians.  He makes the rounds around Vancouver and this Sunday is a great opportunity to check him out on The Drive at Café Deux Soleils

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

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 and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmers market happening this weekend. Saturday It’s ONLY one market.  Reminder, Trout Lake Farmers Market is done for the season, so it’s Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10:00 am to 2:00 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.

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Parade of Lost Souls Looking For Volunteers For This Iconic Event Happening November 2nd

17 Oct

ParadeOfLostSouls2019If you live in East Van, we assume you must be familiar with this iconic East Van event celebrating The Day Of The Dead.  The Parade of Lost Souls is a favourite event. This an event by the people for the people. It is a grass-roots festival planned, organized and performed by, and for, the community which draws large crowds. With some creative direction from the folks at the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, The Parade of Lost Souls encompasses dance, art, music, installations, acting and much more.

This year the event happens Saturday, November 2nd with a Marine Theme. Think water. Hold your breath, float and glide on the waves of the water.

In order to put on a production of this magnitude, it requires a large number of volunteers.  The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is on the hunt for volunteers. If you wish to see all they are looking for, check out this Call For Volunteers. Below we have set out some what they hope to see for this year’s event. But if you have a talent not listed you wish to share that fits with their theme, drop them a note, they’d love to hear from you. Contact is Kat Single-Dain by email at katsingledain@gmail.com:

  1. Performers: Clown/Busker
  2. Social Media Savvy Publicist
  3. Umbrella Jelly Fish Lead Artist
  4. Runner For The Day of The Parade
  5. Installation Crew
  6. Set Decoration Crew
  7. Makers/Builders
  8. Costume Designer
  9. Parade Ambassadors
  10. Information Booth Attendants
  11. Stage Assistants/Ushers
  12. Hospitality Crew

Want to know more, visit the Parade Of Lost Souls and, of course, mark your calendar for Saturday, November 2nd.

Day Of The Dead Tequila + Mezcal Tasting At Everything Wine October 31st

16 Oct

DayOfTheDeadIf you are looking for something very adult to do this Halloween we’ve got one idea for you. Everything Wine Vancouver, located in the new River District Town Centre in SE Vancouver, is hosting a Day of The Dead Tequila and Mezcal Tasting on Thursday, October 31st.  This is your chance to learn about the history of these two spirits and the process of these iconic spirits and traditions from Mexico. If you didn’t already know mezcal is made from the heart of the agave plant. We hear it’s been pretty much made the same way for the last 200 years.  We expect his to be another fun informative class in a great space in store.  Cost for the tasting class is $35 and it begins at 6:30 pm.  To grab your ticket(s), visit Everything Wine Vancouver.

The Parade Of Lost Souls Is Looking For Talent & Volunteers!

26 Sep

ParadeofLostSouls2018ADo you know about this iconic East Van event celebrating The Day Of The Dead? The Parade of Lost Souls is undoubtedly one of our favourite events? Why you might ask. This is an event BY the people FOR the people. It is a grass-roots festival planned, organized and performed by, and for, the community which draws large crowds. With some creative direction from the folks at the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, The Parade of Lost Souls encompasses dance, art, music, installations, acting and much more.  This year the event happens Saturday, October 27th  with the theme of Magic & Realism.  This is where YOU come in.  The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is looking for volunteers to make this another spectacular event.   Below we have set out some what they hope to see for this year’s event. But if you have a talent not listed you wish to share, drop them a note, they’d love to hear from you. Contact is Kat Single-Dain by email at katsingledain@gmail.com.

Keeping the theme of MAGIC, here’s what they are looking for:

1. Performers who have anything that they can do repeatedly as the parades go by them. Can you do a 2 minute performance piece? Or maybe an interactive character?

2. Performers/Clowns/Community Members who would like to be Parade Ambassadors, taking donations from the public. You will be expected to dress up In a costume and take a workshop on best practices when interacting with public.  Seriously, bring in the clowns!  They are looking for 20 this year.

3. DJs for a Hidden Dance Party along the parade route.

4. Roving characters – This is limited only by our imagination.

5. Volunteers to help load in, and set up set decorations.

6. A videographer to produce a short teaser video from this year’s parade (must have equipment and editing skills).

7. Can you tell fortunes? Do you read tarot cards? Do you do magic tricks? Are you a maker? Can you create a cool installation? Have an idea? Drop them a note.

NOW on the other hand if LOVE to dance, TAKE NOTE. There are 2 Flash Mobs planned this year.  The Thriller Flashmob and The Time Warp Flash Mob.  Each has their own Facebook Page and we’ve included links for each one. Should you dare, remember you will need to dress the part for whichever flash mob you wish to participate in.  Want to know more, check out Parade Of Lost Souls.

Parade Of Lost Souls October 28, 2017

16 Oct

ParadeofLostSouls2017The Parade of Lost Souls is back for another year on Saturday, October 28th. This iconic East Van event is one of our favourites in part because of the all out collaboration and community effort it takes to put this event together.  For those not familiar with the Parade of Lost Souls, it is a community-driven event celebrating Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead). The event includes a parade somewhere in the heart of East Van that includes performance art, live music, interactive art installations and lost souls. The Day of the Dead is a time for celebration, for ceremony, for reflection and renewal.  The Parade of Lost Souls was initially conceptualized and produced by the Public Dreams Society for over 25 years. The parade now carries on under the direction of The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret.  Kudos to The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret for keeping this East Van tradition alive and well. For those planning this year’s costume, this year’s theme is Alter Ego.  Who or what is your alter ago?   Do you have an alternative personality?  Bring them out to play on October 28th.

This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The location will be revealed at midnight on October 27th on the Dusty Flowerpot website as well as the Dusty Flowerpot Facebook page. If you are interested in participating in this year’s events, we invite you to check out one of our favourite features the Thriller Flashmob. There will be dance workshops taking place at the Britannia Community Center leading up to the event.  There are 3 workshops currently scheduled on October 19th, 21st and 22nd.  Following the Parade, for all of those souls that want to keep the party going, the Lost Souls After-Party will be taking place at The Legion on Commercial Drive from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. The after party will feature a number of musical performances. Tickets are available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets and they are expected to sell out. So if you wish to bring your ghoulish self to dance, be prepared to pick up your tickets pronto.

In Anticipation Of The Parade of Lost Souls Coming October 31st

16 Oct

DayoftheDeadDollsThe Parade of Lost Souls is coming on October 31st. This is a community-driven parade inspired by Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead). This is ultimately one of our favourite events in East Van. The parade has travelled around various parts of East Vancouver featuring performance art, interactive art installations and YOU lost souls. The Britannia Community Centre is a big part of the creative process for this event and is featuring some great workshops leading up to the big event.  We have set a few of the upcoming workshops below, but we invite you to check out Britannia Community Centre’s website which has a full listing of workshops leading up to the parade and how you can participate.  Whether you play an instrument and want to participate in the Carnival Band or make costumes/masks or be part of a Thriller Flashmob, there are lots of options to be part of the Parade of Lost Souls.

Thriller Flashmob – October 17, 20, 24 & 27

Back again by popular a Thriller Flashmob workshop will be hosted by Kat Single-Dain. You will learn the original choreography of Michael Jackson’s record breaking hit Thriller. You are asked to come to at least two of these rehearsals times set out below, but if you can make it to all of them, even better.  This workshop is by donation minimum $5-10 suggested.

Saturday October 17 & 24, 12-2pm, Cafeteria, Britannia Community Centre
Tuesday October 20 & 27, 7-9pm, Auditorium, Britannia Community Centre

The Ghost Caravan – Kids Theatre Show – October 18 & 25

You are invited to “imagine two ghostly figures riding two white bicycles. Behind them, like a horse drawn carriage is a magnificent portable theatre. Costumed characters emerge, played by local children and the lucky passersby are treated to short magical, musical stories and vignettes!”   On October 25th, Chris Ross, writer and director with Project Limelight, will lead a theatre workshop which will work towards a group performance at the Parade of Lost Souls.

Sunday October 18 & 25, 2-4pm, Cafeteria, Britannia Community Centre

Parade of Lost Souls – Carnival Band – October 19 & 26

You are invited to join the Carnival Band for one big night during the Parade of Lost Souls. You are asked to dust off that flute from Grade 9 or come and learn the tuba. Why not?  If you are musically inclined, come on out and practice with the Carnival Band and be part of the big night.   Drop in rehearsals will be happing on:

Monday October 19 & 26, 7-9pm, AML, Britannia Community Centre

The Sounders Costume Making – October 22 & 29

Nayana Filekov will be hosting a costume & mask making and performance workshop on October 22nd and 29th. The Sounders are other worldly masked creatures that create beautiful music together. This workshop is equal parts visual art and sound.  This is a two part workshop in which participants will make wonderful take home masks made out of paper-mache. If you wish, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a group performance at this year’s Parade of Lost Souls.  There is a suggestion donation of $5-10 for this workshop and pre-registration is encouraged for this workshop. Contact the Britannia Community Centre directly to register.

Thursday October 22 & 29, 7-9pm, Cafeteria, Britannia Community Centre

Again, these are just a few of the workshops taking place over the next couple of weeks prior to the big parade on October 31st. A full listing of workshops can be found at Britannia Community Centre. Whether you participate or just come and watch, we encourage you to check out this fun community driven event.

The Parade of Lost Souls Saturday November 1st

6 Oct

ParadeofLostSoulsWe are pleased to report that this much loved East Van event will carry on. The Parade of Lost Souls is a community-driven parade inspired by Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead). In recent years, the parade has travelled around various parts of East Vancouver featuring performance art, interactive art installations and YOU lost souls.

The Day of the Dead is a time for celebration, for ceremony, for reflection and renewal. You are invited to come out and wear a costume, bring and play an instrument, make a dance and/or join in on a dance. This parade is for YOU and by YOU, all the lost souls of the world. Bring your past and your present for a celebration of life and death. We may all be lost, but at least we can all be lost together.

This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, November 1st from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The location will be revealed at midnight on Halloween on the Dusty Flowerpot Facebook page as well as the website dustyflowerpot.org. As in past year’s, there will be workshops hosted at the Britannia Community Center as well as at the Dusty Flowershop Studio. The Parade of Lost Souls was conceptualized and produced by the beloved Public Dreams Society for over 25 years. The parade now carries on under the direction of its co-producer of the last 4 years, The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret. There are many people working behind the scenes to make this great community event happen. If you would like to get involved in a performance, volunteer or help produce, you are asked to contact katsingledain@gmail.com. If you would like to help in a small or big way to keep this East Van tradition alive, consider donating to their Indiegogo Campaign currently under way.

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