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The Britannia Plaza Market Continues Until October 21st

10 Sep

After a successful run this summer, the Britannia Plaza Market which is located outside of the Britannia Community Centre and near the Britannia Library, continues until October 21st. You are invited to stop by this Saturday, September 11th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and check out some local producers, artists and makers. The outdoor markets will then continue on Thursdays ONLY from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm until October 21st. Stop by support local artists, makers and growers.

Sat            12:00 pm – 4:00pm    Sep 11
Thu           3:00 pm – 7:00pm      Weekly until Oct 21

The Firehall Arts Centre Kicks Off Their 39th Season With Chapter 21

9 Sep

The Firehall Arts Centre has just announced its 39th season, and Artistic Producer Donna Spencer has proudly programmed it as a Reunion Season.  “We have heard from Firehall audiences how much they miss theatre and dance in their lives,” says Spencer. “And in our 2021-2022 season, we are looking forward to having a reunion – a reunion with them and with the artists and creative teams we have missed so much. In some instances, the productions will be reuniting the Firehall with artists we haven’t worked with for a long time, and in others, our creative teams will be exploring stories that reunite characters with their past.”

With that in mind, the Firehall Arts Centre opens its 2021-2022 season with the world premiere of Raven Spirit Dance’s Chapter 21 from September 29 to October 3, 2021.  Choreographed by Starr Muranko and directed by Yvette Nolan, Chapter 21 explores what happens when a vibrant, powerful artist comes face to face with a crippling collision of events. A dance/theatre piece, Chapter 21 is a reflection on the days that have come to pass and the art of becoming. To purchase tickets for this upcoming performance, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Erik Zennström

19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

7 Sep

The 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens this September with a variety of activities. The Harvest Fair and Lost Streams Lantern Parade taking place Saturday, September 11th is one of the highlights. It is a family friendly event that celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. The festival features the arts, community and the environment. The event is co-hosted by the Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association and if you haven’t attended previously, we encourage you to check out the display of creativity, colour, light and music. This year’s theme is Balance in which organizers hope you will give some thought to seeking harmony within our communities as well as working together to reimagine, rebuild and find balance so our world can thrive.

The festivities on September 11th begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 7:00 pm at Slocan Park. During the Harvest Fair, there will be live performances, community booths and a veggie competition. This event is a pre-cursor to the Lost Streams Lantern Parade that begins at dusk and goes from Slocan Park to Collingwood Park. Everyone is invited to participate in this walk and lanterns are encouraged.

If you are looking to make a lantern, there are 2 Free Form Lantern Workshops on September 8th and 9th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Slocan Field House. If you want to learn more about all the activities happening in September around the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, we invite you to visit Still Moon Arts Society.

ILiveInEastVan Totes On Sale This Weekend Only

3 Sep

Looking for something cool to sling over your shoulder when you head back to school? If so, our Limited Edition ILiveInEastVan totes are on sale this weekend only. They are hand screened locally by the good folks at Hive Printing. We have a few different styles and sizes, but we can assure you they are all sturdy. So whether it’s books or beer, these totes are the perfect carrier. To purchase, visit ILiveInEastVan on Etsy. If you wish to pick up directly from us and skip the shipping charges, email us directly at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com. Sale ends Monday, September 6th.

Odd Society Spirits End Of Summer BBQ September 2nd

19 Aug

Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a delish event. The good folks at Odd Society Spirits are hosting the ultimate end of summer BBQ with some of their friends, specifically Hand Taste Ferments and Diner Desserts.

Todd Graham of Hand Taste Ferments will be preparing a Taco BBQ Plate of slow cooked pork in a banana leaf, fresh tortillas, pico de gallo, cheese, salsa, avocado and elote (Mexican street-corn roasted corn with spice and lime). We hear a delish veg option of pulled mushrooms will also be available. Also on offer is a delectable snack of two prawns in red sauce with cilantro and pineapple with bread. To finish things off, Sam Shem of Diner Desserts will be providing as you might have guessed dessert. For the event, some special “BarBQ” cocktails will be on hand that pair nicely with the delish eats. No tickets necessary for this event as everything will be à la carte, but you are welcome to make a reservation in advance to secure your spot for the evening with Odd Society Spirits on Tock. Stop by support local and celebrate the tastes of summer.

Who Is Watering The City’s Boulevard Trees?

11 Jul

We are living through an unprecedented heat wave which should be no surprise to anyone on the WestCoast. We have not seen any rain in going on 6 weeks now. The trees in our City are important for so many reasons such as mitigating climate change, providing shade to keep us cool, the abundant urban wildlife and the list goes on. In my neighbourhood, each summer when we have a stretch of summer weather without rain, I make a point of watering some of the area’s boulevard trees. Two things happen when I do this, one people say thank you. Two, others get inspired to do the same. I personally would have liked to have seen some communication from the City of Vancouver to encourage Vancouver residents to water boulevard trees they were physically able to or within reach of their home by hose or watering can, but that hasn’t happened. With climate change and its affects being top of mind for so many with forest fires raging in our province, I think preserving the abundant tree canopy in the City where we can is important for human life and urban wildlife.

So with that, I encourage you to adopt a tree(s) on your street and water where you can. If you wish to read more on this, CBC has done a recent feature “Vancouver trees dry out as heat wave continues to take its toll.” And if you wish to read further on the disparity of tree cover between the East Side and the West Side, we invite you to check out this piece by Christopher Cheung in the Tyee Vancouver Shade Inequality. We’ve copied in a great image from Christopher’s piece from Urban Forest Strategy, 2018 update, City of Vancouver which highlights the importance of trees in our urban landscape.

Britannia Plaza Outdoor Market This Summer

8 Jul

The Britannia Plaza Market outside of the Britannia Community Centre and Britannia Library is back this summer. For the months of July and August, you can stop by on Thursdays between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to pick up some fresh produce, bread, eggs and baked goods. We hear Fractal Farms will be a regular staple on hand for Thursday’s market. On Saturdays, stop by between Noon and 4:00 pm to check out a variety of offerings from local artists and makers. The markets we understand will be held weekly throughout the summer months. We invite you to stop by and support your local artists, makers and growers.

ILiveInEastVan Black Canvas Messenger Tote On Sale

3 Jul

Looking for something cool to sling over your shoulder when you head out for a bike ride or to the beach? If so, our Limited Edition Black Canvas Messenger Tote is on sale this week. They are hand screened locally by the good folks at Hive Printing. The bag itself is 12 1/2 inches in width and 16″ inches in height with a depth of 3″ inches. The handle is longer at 40″ inches, so perfect for slinging over your shoulder if heading out for a bike ride or just walking about town. To purchase, visit us online at Etsy, or message us directly for a local pick up to skip shipping charges at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

Noche Flamenca Comes To Havana Theatre

28 Jun

If you have not experienced flamenco dance, you are truly missing out on an amazing experience. The music, the raw emotion, the dance, the storytelling, it’s like being transported to another world. If you wish to check it out, you are in luck as you don’t have to travel far. This July you can catch Noche Flamenca at Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive. The show will feature the most established Flamenco artists in the city who are continuing the legacy of Vancouver’s Flamenco scene that began at the legendary Kino almost 30 years ago. You are invited to come experience the rhythm, passion and power of this Spanish music and dance tradition. There are several upcoming shows with the first one kicking things off on July 2nd. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To reserve your table and tickets, visit Havana Theatre.

Looking For Friends: Something Like The Antiques Roadshow – June 26

19 Jun

Well if you are in need of some laughs, some good company and some new friends, check out Something Like The Antiques Roadshow on June 26th at Havana Theatre. Hosts Jake and Carson are doing their own Covid safe interactive improv show that is their take on the Antique Roadshow. They will be evaluating your items on stage so feel free to bring something fun. This is an all ages event that kicks off Friday, June 26th at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and available through Showpass.

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