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What’s On East Van: November 17th Edition

17 Nov

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out 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.

Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations – November 16-19, 2017

Over 480 artists open their studios to the public during the Eastside Culture Crawl. It is an amazing opportunity to check out all the talent that’s packed in Vancouver. Whether you go for a few hours or all day and/or evening we recommend checking out this event in some fashion. Lots to eat and nibble whilst you wander. If you missed our feature Bits & Bites, check it out to see where’s a good spot to refuel.

Print Making Workshop – Strange Fellows Brewing – November 18 & 19, 2017

Strange Fellows Brewing on Clark Drive is again joining in on the fun of the Eastside Culture Crawl. They will be hosting a printmaking workshop Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This is a first come served event and space is limited. All ages are welcome.

Britannia Christmas Craft Fair – Britannia Community Centre – November 17-19, 2017

The Britannia Christmas Craft Fair will be held at the Britannia Community Centre Friday afternoon from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will continue over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free, stop in and check out this long standing community event. To see what other artisan markets and craft fairs are happening this weekend, check out our list on ILiveInEastVan.

Modern Calligraphy– Barefoot Contessa  – November 19, 2017

If you ever wanted to try your hand at modern calligraphy, your chance is this Sunday, November 19th.   LeLe Chan Designs will be leading this cool workshop happening at Barefoot Contessa at 3715 Main Street. In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn how to use the tools, the basic strokes and letter form. Cost is $150 and registration via Eventbrite.

Chocolate Lovers Cooking Class – Trout Lake Comm. Centre – November 19, 2017

Love chocolate?  Then you may wish to spend what is expected to be a rainy afternoon making chocolate lava cakes and our delectable goodness that you get to eat and/or take home with you.  Class is hosted by the lovely Valentine of Tartine & Maple. Cost is $60 and registration is through City of Vancouver.

Coco Love Alcorn – Rio Theatre – November 21 & 22, 2017

Coco Love Alcorn will be playing at the Rio Theatre this coming Tuesday, November 21st along with her band. She will also be joined on stage by 6 local choirs over the 2 nights. She’s a local favourite. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

WISE Wednesday Drop-In Stich & Craft- Wise Hall – November 21, 2017

If you’re crafty and want to hang out with other creative crafters, WISE Wednesday Drop-In Stitch & Craft happens weekly at the Wise Hall. Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, needlepoint or something else portable, stop by. Everyone is welcome. This is now a weekly event that will continue from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm every Wednesday until May 30, 2018.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

The Rio Grande Film Festival is on now until the end of the weekend at the Rio Theatre.   Of course, the winter farmer markets are in full swing with Nat Bailey Stadium on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm and Hastings Park on Sunday also from 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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Bits & Bites During The Eastside Culture Crawl

15 Nov

foodimageIf you are checking out this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl taking place this weekend, you are going to need sustenance for this event. So whether it’s a stop for brunch before heading out on the weekend, or a coffee during or a drink and a bite after. One thing we can say, there’s a bit of walking involved in The Crawl, so you build up a thirst and an appetite. We have a some set out some suggestions by area where to stop to refuel.

 

Hastings Sunrise

In Hastings Sunrise, there is no lack of choices along the stretch of East Hastings. Some great options include Roundel Café, Jackalope’s Dive, and Red Wagon Café for brunch for starters. For coffee, we’d hit Platform 7 Coffee on East Hastings near Nanaimo. Of course, for lunch Tacofino Commissary is a no brainer anytime, but Mr. Red Café or The Brighton are good bets. If you have a hankering for something sweet, Black Rook Bakehouse, East Village Bakery and Sweet & Savoury Pie Company are all great options.

Grandview Woodlands

If you are wandering in the Grandview Woodlands area, breakfast or lunch at Scandillious at 25 Victoria Drive is a great start. Think Scandavian waffles, sweet or savoury and great coffee.   Looking for coffee and a nibble? We’d hit Pallet Roasters at East Hastings St. at Semlin Drive.  If it’s a stop for beer or a cocktail, check out Parallel 49 Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Storm Brewing or Odd Society Spirits. Note, Parallel 49 also now has great eats in their Street Kitchen. From all the reviews we’ve heard, good food in a fun space.  Looking for something sweet, well the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street at Victoria has amazing pies, sweet and savoury add to that delish coffee. If you are looking for dinner after the Crawl, Bistro Wagon Rogue that has casual French fare and it’s located right next to the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street.

Commercial Drive

On Commercial Drive you have a plethora of options whether it’s coffee, cocktails or a bite.  We couldn’t even begin to name them all, but a few that come to mind include Moja’s Coffee, Continental Coffee, The Drive Coffee Bar, Turks and JJ Bean at 6th Avenue with legendary muffins big enough to share (or not). Looking to do brunch, Havana Restaurant, Cabrito Tapas and Biercraft all provide delish options.  For the perfect sandwich on the go, our fav spot is La Grotta del Fromaggio, most sandwiches are big enough to share. If it’s burgers you are after, Cannibal Café is your spot. For something sweet, Fratelli Bakery is a must stop.  Of course just a quick walk from The Drive down Venables is Uprising Breads for a great coffee and snack spot. Love licorice?  Be sure to stop in at the Licorice Parlour to stock up. If you are looking for pizza on The Drive, there are a few options Famoso, Lombardo’s, Marcello’s and just off The Drive and on Victoria Drive is a personal favourite Via Tevere Pizzeria.

Strathcona/Railtown

Well there are some delish stops in this general area including the Settlement Building in Railtown which is a great spot for brunch before you start or a glass of beer or wine during or after.  If you are looking for dinner post Crawl that’s close by Ask for Luigi is in the area as is the MacKenzie Room directly across from Oppenheimer Park and The Heatley not far down the street or travel a little further West for Cuchillo’s.  If you wish to make a stop for coffee, the Wilder Snail in the heart of Strathcona is a quaint option in the heart of many great studios.

Clark Drive

Lots of things happening on this stretch of road. Yolks Breakfast at Clark and East Hastings has breakfast all day to fuel you for the day. If it’s a bite and coffee, Creme de la Crumb Bakeshop at Williams Street is a delish spot. If it’s beer you are after, Strange Fellows Brewing is located on Clark Drive near Charles Street or Callister Brewing just off Clark on Franklin Street is a collaborative brewery which gives you lots of options for beer. For coffee, check out Agro Roasters at Frances Avenue on Clark Drive. For sushi and something quick, Fujiya at the corner of Clark and Venables.

Whichever way you slice it, The Crawl is something to experience. See it, do it!

Eastside Culture Crawl November 16 – 19, 2017

13 Nov

ESC2017The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for 4 days starting Thursday, November 16th.  This 4 day arts extravaganza now in its 21st year features over 480 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 artisans 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 grows each year and now comprises over 80 buildings from Main Street to Victoria Drive and First Avenue to Powell Street.

If time is not on your side and you want to take in as many artists in one fell swoop, 1000 Parker Street and the Mergatroid is your spot and a hub of action which includes some food trucks for those that get hungry. The Mergatroid, 975 Vernon Drive has glass blowing demonstrations on view at the main level, but be sure to check out the other studio spaces within the building. This part of The Crawl is busy, so if crowds are not your thing, there are many other studios around East Vancouver. Some that we’ll be checking out include Octopus Studios, located in Railtown as well as The Wood Shop Worker’s Co-op which is opening its doors for the first time this year. The Wood Shop features many workshops where you can create something. They provide the space, the materials and the tools, you bring your creative ideas and away you go. The Eastside Culture Crawl has prepared a great map that sets out all the studios and how many artists are in each area.  We invite you to check it out.  If you are unsure where you wish to start, check out the Program Guide for more information.

Each year we pick a different area of The Crawl to tackle, last year we travelled from to studios on Clark Drive and then down to Vernon Drive towards the Downtown Eastside.  This year, Octopus Studios will be on our list, as Em’Say featuring concrete work is on our list, as is Mezulejo Furniture creating unique pieces of furniture some new, some restored.  We always make time for a stop in the MakerLabs which also features a coffee bar, as we all  need a bit of a refreshment during the Crawl, as well as the Kyubu Market which features a host of talented artisans all under one roof.

What we love about the Eastside Culture Crawl is that there is no set schedule. You go where you want on The Crawl for as long as you want. There are mny great spots to stop for a bite and drink along the way. Whether you are in Strathcona, off the Drive, Railtown, Hastings Sunrise, Downtown Eastside or off the growing stretch off Clark Drive, there are countless options for coffee, beer, food and wine. 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. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out the amazing talent in this City. The Crawl runs November 16th and 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 18th  and Sunday, November 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. See you on the Crawl.

 

What’s On East Van: June 23, 2017

23 Jun

 

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out 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.

Strathcona Street Party – June 24, 2017

The Vancouver Mural Festival and the Strathcona BIA have joined forces to create a street party to kick off summer. It will take place on Cordova Street where you can watch 9 large scale murals come to life. The Strathcona Street Party also features a beer garden, live music and family fun from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Eastside Pride – June 24, 2017

Pride Season kicks off in East Vancouver this Saturday in Grandview Park. There are a host of activities planned from Noon – 6:00 pm. This is a family friendly all ages event.

Farmers Market  – June 24 & 25, 2017

This weekend, you have the opportunity to check out 4 farmer markets.  First up, is the largest hosted by Vancouver Farmers Market at Trout Lake from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 24th. Also on Saturday, you will find River District Farmers Market on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver just below SE Marine Drive at Kerr Street from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Also on Saturday, Riley Park hosts a farmers market first of the season at 30th Street & Ontario from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm which will feature 30 local farms and producers. On Sunday, June 25th  Vancouver Farmers Market hosts the Mount Pleasant Market from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

 Intro to Tools: Folding Beach Chair – June 25, 2017

There is a great ‘do-it-yourself’ spot that hosts workshops every now and again called Vancouver Tool Library, 3448 Commercial Street (just down the way from the Commercial Street Café).  They are hosting an Intro to Tools Workshop this Sunday, June 25th.  In this class you will learn to use a table saw, drill and other power tools with the aim of making a folding chair. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.  There are 2 classes one morning session at 10:00 am and an afternoon session at 2:00 pm. To register, visit Eventbrite.

Pricing Artwork – June 27, 2017

If you are in artist in East Vancouver and needing a little assistance with the business side of things, you may wish to check out this workshop Pricing Artwork happening Thursday, June 27th.  The Eastside Culture Crawl Society is hosting the event and bringing in artist, Annie Briard, who brings a depth of knowledge to the subject matter.  We hear there are a few spots open. Classes are a very reasonable $20 and take place at 716 East Hastings Street just steps away from The Heatley.

Entertainment, Comedy, Live Music + Theatre

Looking for fun and games? Playland is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm this weekend.  Rio Theatre is hosting the Affordable Summer Concert Series with R&B Allstars June 24th.  If it’s local comedy you are after, be sure to check out the Little Mountain Gallery this Saturday. They are hosting a fundraiser for their space at 8:00 pm. If it’s live music you are after, Falconetti’s has the Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio on Friday, June 23rd. Plus, the International Jazz Festival is now on and continues to July 2nd with great talent at Tangent Café and Pat’s Pub. If you love piano and storytelling, you may wish to check out Declan O’Donovan who hails from the East. He brings you his new album Broken Sky and a guest home town boy Adam Farnsworth at the Wise Hall Friday, June 23rd.

Image: June Hunter  

Eastside Culture Crawl – Bits, Bites, Beer & More On The Crawl

18 Nov

foodimageFor all those participating in this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl which is taking place November 17- 20, 2016, we have a few thoughts on where to stop to refuel. We know from first hand experience all that walking on the Crawl makes you hungry and thirsty and the opportunity to put your feet up for a bit, is a welcome one.   With that in mind, we thought we would set out some delish spots to check out for a bite, refreshment or more.  As the Crawl covers a great deal of ground, we have set it out by geographic area. Since our experience has been to pick a general area to concentrate on and stop in at a number of artists within walking distance.

Hastings Sunrise

In Hastings Sunrise, there is no lack of choices along the stretch of East Hastings. Some great options include Roundel Café, Jackalope’s Dive and Red Wagon Café for brunch for starters. For coffee, we’d hit Platform 7 Coffee. Of course, for lunch or brunch, Tacofino Commissary is a no brainer anytime. If you have a hankering for something sweet, well a couple of great options include Black Rook Bakehouse and East Village Bakery.

Grandview Woodlands

If you are wandering in the Grandview Woodlands area, you could start with breakfast or lunch at Scandillious at 25 Victoria Drive. Looking for coffee? We’d hit Pallet Roasters.  If it’s a stop for beer or a cocktail, check out Parallel 49 Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Storm Brewing or Odd Society Spirits.  Looking for something sweet, well the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street at Victoria has that covered off with a selection of handmade chocolate from Melt Confections on hand along with their amazing pie. If you are looking for dinner after the Crawl, Bistro Wagon Rogue that has casual French fare and it’s located right next to the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street.

Commercial Drive

On Commercial Drive you have a plethora of options whether it’s coffee, cocktails or a bite.  We couldn’t even begin to name them all, but a few that come to mind include Moja’s Coffee, Continental Coffee, The Drive Coffee Bar and Turks. For the perfect sandwhich to go (and big enough for two in most cases), we recommend La Grotta del Fromaggio. While there, we highly suggest a stop into Fratelli Bakery next door. If it’s brunch you are looking for, Havana Restaurant and is one of many great spots on the Drive. Just up the street you have Biercraft which also serves brunch and a great selection of beer.  Of course just a quick walk from The Drive down Venables is Uprising Breads for a great coffee and snack spot. Oh and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a favourite spot for licorice lovers, the Licorice Parlour.  If you are looking for pizza on The Drive, there are a few options Famoso, Lombardo’s, Marcello’s and just off The Drive on Victoria Drive is a personal favourite Via Tevere Pizzeria.

Strathcona/Railtown

Well there are some delish stops in this general area including the Settlement Building in Railtown which is a great spot for brunch before you start or a glass of beer or wine during or after. Les Amis du Fromage is hosting a Pop Up Shop with the Salty Cookie Company this Saturday, November 19th. So if you  have a sweet craving, we do encourage you stop by.  If you are looking for dinner after Ask for Luigi is in the area as is the MacKenzie Room directly across from Oppenheimer Park and The Heatley not far down the street.   If you wish to make a stop for coffee, the Wilder Snail in the heart of Strathcona is a quaint option.

Clark Drive

This is a developing area which we expect will be changing more in the coming years. Right now  it’s home to Strange Fellows Brewing which is featuring Moving Art as part of the Crawl, so beer and art under one roof. For coffee, check out Agro Roasters at Frances Avenue on Clark Drive. For sushi and something quick and reasonable, Fujiya at the corner of Clark and Venables. Of course, Yolks Breakfast at East Hastings has breakfast all day to fuel you and if it’s beer you are after Callister Brewing just off Clark on Franklin Street is a collaborative brewery which always has some great art on hand all year long.

Which every way you slice it and where you decide to Crawl, get out and see some great art!

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20th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl November 17-20

15 Nov

eastsidecrawl2016The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for 4 days starting Thursday, November 17th.  This is a special year as the Crawl celebrates its 20th anniversary.  This 4 day arts extravaganza features over 500 artists in and around the heart of 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 the artisans. On the Crawl, you will meet painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, wood carvers, photographers and so much more. The event grows each year and now comprises over 80 buildings from Main Street to Victoria Drive and First Avenue to Powell Street.  This year, the Crawl has a couple of new artists joining the event.

Engelbert Romero does fine arts photography and digital art and is located in Octopus Studios at 393 Powell Street.  Engelbert is a fine arts photographer originally from Venezuela.  His pieces aengelbertre based on architecture-inspired images.  He uses a digital camera to take photos of buildings, lines and patterns while keeping an eye out for unique shapes and forms.  He likes to capture images not evident to the naked eye.   We invite you to check out his work at Octopus Studios which we note is a hop skip and jump from the very popular McKenzie Room. We have featured one of his pieces below.

Aurelia Bizouard paints with tempered glass and plexiglass is located at 321 Railway Street in Railtown Studios.  Aurelia works in GLASSISM which is not easily defined but is a aureliatype of art working on glass and acrylic as a medium. She came up with the word GLASSISM, a visual art movement made out of paint on glass.  We invite you to check out  urelia’s beautiful pieces at Railtown Studios. She’s located a hop, skip and jump from Ask for Luigi. Of course, the Settlement Building is close to both these studios which offers bites, beer and wine.

While on the Crawl, we invite you to check out a very cool event happening at the Charles Clark Gallery located in Strange Fellow Brewing, 1345 Clark Drive. It is the 3rd Annual Film and Video Projection Series called Moving Art. This event takes place daily from November 17th – 20th from Noon to 11:00 pm.  Moving Art features evocative, art-based, contemporary silent films. So pop in and sample some great beer and check out art at the same time.  

What we love about the Eastside Culture Crawl is that there is no set schedule. You go where you want on The Crawl for as long as you want. There are of course so many great spots to stop for a bite and drink along the way. Whether you are in Strathcona, off the Drive, Railtown, Hastings Sunrise, Downtown Eastside or off the growing stretch off Clark Drive, there are countless options for coffee, beer, food and wine. 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. The Crawl runs November 17th and 18th  from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 19th  and Sunday, November 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. See you on the Crawl.

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East Van Makers: Tyler Spence Making One Of A Kind Furniture

9 Feb

14We love featuring makers and on this past year’s Eastside Culture Crawl, our group started off at the Maker Labs. There we met Tyler Warren Spence, one half of Warren & Wayne Wood Co. The other half being Rory Wayne Bushfield.  These two love the great outdoors and turned their love of collecting old stumps and logs into one of a kind furniture. Tyler works out of Maker Labs in East Vancouver designing and building custom handmade coffee and dining room tables from reclaimed wood. His passion is finding the right piece of wood for each project and creating beautiful, functional furniture that will last a lifetime. Tyler uses recycled material whenever possible and is inspired by the great outdoors.  Tyler has been making furniture for 7 years on a part-time basis, but has in the last 6 months moved to making furniture full-time. He recently completed his first commercial project, being two large banquet style tables for The Airhouse which is a freestyle training centre in Squamish. He used reclaimed fir that was repurposed from a demolition project at The Guildford Town Centre in Surrey. Some of his smaller projects include guitar stands made from red wine barrel staves from the Okanagan (pictured above).   We have set out below photos of some of Tyler’s other projects along with a brief description of where he sourced the wood:

The table top for this piece is from a cedar tree that Tyler found on the shore of Lillooet Lake. The legs of the table are from fallen Arbutus branches from the Sunshine Coast.26

This cabinet was made from Cedar dock boards reused from Tyler’s family cabin on the Sunshine Coast. The wood was originally milled by his grandfather from a fallen tree on their cabin property. After a few decades of use, it was time for the dock to be replaced so he salvaged as much of the wood as he could and created the piece you see below.

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Tyler made this table from a Driftwood log found on Spanish Banks in Kitsilano.  It took months for the wood to dry out after which the log was milled into slabs using an Alaskan Mill.

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Tyler is passionate about what he does and welcomes any custom orders. We invite you to check out his website which has some great photos of his work. You can also find him on Instagram at @warrenandwayne. To chat with Tyler directly, you can email him at e: tyler.spence@warrenandwayne.com.

Photo Credit: Pera Hardy

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