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Aurora Winter Festival At Hastings Park/PNE November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020

19 Nov

Looking for something fun and seasonal to do?  Canada’s largest winter festival comes to Hastings Park and the PNE with the Aurora Winter Festival.  The festival will have a wide array of events to keep the whole family entertained.  There will be both indoor and outdoor activities. You can wander the Luminous Gardens, Whimsical Forest, Polar Passage and the Land of Giants.  Or stop by and meet Santa Claus at the North Pole which will have a crafty section for kids.  While there you can write a letter to Santa which we hear gets delivered to the North Pole.  There will also be an outdoor skating rink as well as amazing light display. For shopping, expect to find a Christmas Market. If you get hungry, there will be food gardens. For fun, there will also be a tube park along with other amusement rides.  Tickets for the event are available from TicketLeader. Tickets are purchased by the hour you arrive ie. 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 3:00 – 4:00 pm and most ticket prices are approximately $20 adults, $15 for children and a family pass for $62, but note if you wish to get their earlier in the day, there is a $2 discount per ticket for those that wish to get an early start on the experience.

Photo Credit: Aurora Winter Festival

East Van Panto: Pinocchio – November 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020

18 Nov

PinocchioEastVanPantoWe are admittedly huge fans of the East Van Panto. This has become a fun holiday tradition for us. Honestly, we can’t imagine Christmas without it.  This year The East Van Panto celebrates its 7th season with the presentation of Pinocchio. This year’s production welcomes back the creative team behind last year’s Wizard of Oz.  In this year’s storyline, a lonely old ice-cream seller named Gelato is given a puppet by the mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive (have you met her? She is very mysterious, but we digress).  Gelato dreams of having a child and all of sudden his wish comes true. He goes around trying to tell everyone, which means a famous cricket, an angry orca and a dastardly fox, but does anyone believe him?  The Drive can be a scary place, a cappuccino war might break out anytime between the Abruzzos and the Calabrias (no really, it might).  We learn that kids are ditching class to go to The Hastings Racecourse, but why?  Well Pinocchio is advised not to worry, but instead to follow his noise and all will be fine, or will it? Grab your ticket(s) to find out.  Tickets for the East Van Panto Pinocchio start at $26 for children 16 and under. Family packs are available for $145. To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.  Note, the show will be performed at the York Theatre.

What people are saying about the East Van Panto, in case you haven’t heard the rave reviews. It is a night to get out have a little fun and laugh at what makes East Van unique.

Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto has become a Vancouver tradition, to the point where it’s hard to imagine the holidays without it.” 
Vancouver Musicals

Every year [East Van Panto] gets bigger and funnier”
Vancouver Presents

The East Van Panto is now officially the best holiday tradition in Vancouver”
Colin Thomas

Winter Farmer Markets In East Van

14 Nov

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Summer weather may have left us, but farmer markets continue which help support our local growers and makers.  In East Van, you have 2 options to choose from depending on your location, or the day that works best for you.

Riley Park Farmers Market – Every Saturday  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Riley Park Farmers Market is now a year round market happening every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 30th & Ontario.  This is a great space located next to a community garden with ample parking and located on a bike route.

Hastings Park Farmers Market – Every Sunday From  Nov. 3 – April 26, 2020

The Hastings Park Farmers Market runs every Sunday now until April 26th in the New Year.  The market is located on the Centre Grounds of the PNE.

Whichever market you choose, stop by and support your local growers and makers.

Eastside Culture Crawl Happens November 14 to 17, 2019

13 Nov

ECC2019The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for 4 days starting Thursday, November 14th.  This event is a 4 day arts extravaganza that features the work of over 478 artists in and around East Vancouver.  Artists with a variety of mediums open their studio doors so you can see first hand their working space, their creative process and of course meet and talk to the artists about their work. On The Crawl, you will find painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, wood carvers, photographers and much more. The event comprises some 78 buildings from Main Street to Victoria Drive and First Avenue to Powell Street.

We suggest if time is not on your side and you don’t mind crowds, you can take in the works of many artists in one fell swoop at 1000 Parker Street and the Mergatroid. These two hubs in the heart of East Van also feature food trucks for those that get hungry or thirsty wandering around.  The Mergatroid, at 975 Vernon Drive is just steps away from 1000 Parker Street also offers glass blowing demonstrations throughout the event on the main level which always draws a crowd.

If you don’t like crowds, there are a wide range of spaces to choose from during The Crawl, so there are lots of opportunities to see working studios and spaces that are a little further afield.   This year, as you make your way around, we encourage you to watch for the Displacement Exhibit. It is a multi-venue salon style exhibition which you can view at the Arts Factory, The Cultch, Firehall Arts Centre and Alternative Creation galleries.  This is an important exhibit that addresses the issue of disappearing affordable artistic production spaces and raise awareness of the loss of these spaces in our community.  The exhibit features work by artists faced with the challenge of eviction, shifting demographics and displacement.   The Eastside Culture Crawl Society feels “the contribution of arts and culture is integral to the identity of our city and the threat to viable artist space is a threat to the very core of a healthy vibrant community.” We couldn’t agree more. Change is inevitable but we would like to see a balance to ensure support for what makes Vancouver unique and beautiful.  To help guide you through some of the art available, the Eastside Culture Crawl has a great rundown of all the artists on their website including a printable .PDF map to help you find your way. We encourage you to check out the amazing talent in this City.  There is also a great Events page. Definitely worth a look.

If you have creative kids and want to check out The Crawl, we invite you to check out Crawling For Kids which Melk Art & Design is again hosting at their studio at 936 Clark Drive on Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm  It is a free afternoon of hands on creativity. It’s an opportunity to create collaged cards with nature inspired stamps.  Again, it’s free, first come first served.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, one thing we love about the Eastside Culture Crawl is that there is no set schedule. You go where you want, when you want for as long or as little as you want.  Add to that, there are an array of great spots to stop for a bite to eat or if one gets thirsty.   Whether you are in Strathcona, off the Drive, Railtown, Hastings Sunrise, Downtown Eastside or off of Clark Drive, there are countless options for coffee, beer, food and wine. Enjoy and get out support our local artists.

What’s On East Van: November 8th Edition

8 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.

Opening Doors – Firehall Arts Centre – November 8 & 9

Opening Doors is now on at the Firehall Arts Centre until Saturday.  This production features stories about Vancouver’s East End. Women from many different cultural heritages and backgrounds help build the vibrant community surrounding the Firehall. You are invited to learn more about the history of this area. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For tickets, visit the Firehall Arts Centre.

About Love Festival – Havana Theatre – November 8, 9 & 10 

Havana Theatre which is in Havana Restaurant, 1212 Commercial Drive, plays host to the Above Love Festival this Friday and Saturday night as well as a matinee showing this Sunday.  The show features 8 short plays selected for a hundred submitted from around the world. Tickets are $27.50 and available through Showpass.

Secret Life of Canada – Rio Theatre – November 8

The Vancouver Podcast Festival happens at the Rio Theatre this weekend.  The event aims to foster new podcast creation in BC and Canada while highlighting existing talent.   There is an interesting one being featured this Friday, The Secret Life of Canada with interesting history and facts you may not know.   Like did you know Vancouver is responsible for the Chinese buffet and the egg carton? You are invited to join hosts Falen Johnson, Leah-Simone Bowen as they dive into some interesting Canadian history.  Show starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $25 (Students $20) and available at the Rio Theatre.

Come Draw With Me: Alicia Tobin – Little Mountain Gallery – November 9

You are invited to join comedian Alicia Tobin and her special guests at Little Mountain Gallery, 195 E 26th Ave, Vancouver) for Come Draw with Me this Saturday night. This is an evening of drawing that is part art class part comedy show.  Supplies are provided, no talent or previous experience are required.  You are invited to come have fun and get creative. Event gets under way at 8:00 pm. Advance tickets are $10 or you can purchase them at the door for $12.

Repair Café – Killarney Community Centre – November 9

If you have a small broken appliance, maybe a button that needs to be sewn on a shirt, or a hem that needs fixing on your dress pants, you best get yourself to the Repair Café being held at the Killarney Community Centre, 6260 Killarney Street this Saturday. There will volunteers with various stations to assist in repair and/or show you how to do it yourself.  Event goes from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Vancouver Train Expo – PNE Forum – November 9 & 10

If you love trains, no matter your age, you may wish to head to the PNE Form this weekend. The Vancouver Train Expo happens with something for all ages, but we hear there are a host of activities for kids.  The event happens Saturday and Sunday and begins at 10:00 am each day. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-15 years and children 6 and under free with an adult. To learn more, visit Vancouver Train Expo.

Movie ‘Judy’ – Rio Theatre – November 10 & 11

Renee Zellweger brings Judy Garland’s life back to the big screen this weekend in Judy playing at the Rio Theatre.  The reviews are good so far. “Renée Zellweger is phenomenally good in this captivating account of Judy Garland’s final London concert run.” (The Guardian)  If you are looking for some indoor fun, the movie play this Saturday at 3:00 pm and Sunday at 4:00 pm.

Remembrance Day – November 11

To honour and remember those that have sacrificed so much so enjoy the life we have today. Please remember them and say thanks.

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.

Image Credit: June Hunter

The Father Comes To The Cultch November 20 – 30, 2019

4 Nov

TheFatherTheCultchChristopher Hampton translates French playwright, Florian Zeller’s, award winning play The Father.  Christopher brings this highly acclaimed production to the stage at The Cultch November 20 to 30, 2019.  The play is one that has taken Paris, London and New York by storm and accumulated many awards along the way.  It is a deeply moving production about Andre a man in mental decline.  He can’t remember where he put his watch or why there are strangers in house and asks why people keep moving his furniture. His daughter Anne tries to keep up with all the answers to Andre’s questions.   This November will be the first time this work makes its way to Vancouver.   An important production that many with aging parents will be able to relate to.  Tickets for The Father are now available online and are $40 for adults, but note student and artist tickets are available at $25. To purchase in advance, visit The Cultch.

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.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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