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What’s On East Van: July 1st Long Weekend Edition

29 Jun

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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.

Adult Nights – Playland – June 29th

Playland Nights continues this Friday Night for the 2nd of 6 evening events for the 19+ crowd.  There will be beverages, alcoholic and non, midway games, rides, DJs spinning tunes with a definite party theme. New this year is also a burlesque show and the opportunity to test your lumber Jack/Jill skills with axe-throwing which we understand there’s an extra charge to participate in.   Tickets are $31 in advance or $34 at the gate.

FIFA – The World Cup

FIFA World Cup Soccer continues with a few big games this weekend. Saturday June 30th, France vs. Argentina starts at 10 a.m. followed by Uruguay vs. Portugal at 2 p.m.  Sunday, July 1st kicks off with Spain vs. Russia at 10 a.m. followed by Croatia vs. Denmark at 2 p.m.  Monday, July 2nd Brazil vs. Mexico kick off at 10 a.m. followed by Belgium vs. Japan at 2 p.m. Lots of spots in East Van which we expect will be featuring the games we expect including many of the local breweries as well The Libra Room, Portuguese Club, Boteco Brasil on Nanaimo Street, Joe’s Café, The Vancouver Alpen Club and St. Augustine’s to name a few.

Movies In The Park – McLean Park – June 29th

The Summer Movie Nights are back which are hosted by the Collingwood Community Policing Centre. You are invited to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to McLean Park.  This is a free event and everyone is invited to attend. Everyone is invited! Movie kicks off at dusk with popcorn of course.  Note, we do expect if it rains, the event will be postponed to a future date.

Canada Day Celebration – Grandview Park – July 1st

You are invited to a Canada Day celebration at Grandview Park this Sunday, July 1st. There will be a host of family friendly activities from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm including live music by the Kara Kata Afrobeat Band, The Drive Street Band & The Carnival Band as well as salsa dancing, Kung Fu demonstration Kick Stand offering bike tune ups.

Canada Day Celebration – Hastings Park – July 1st

You are invited down to Hastings Park, 3096 East Hastings Street for a host of family friendly activities including arts and crafts, carnival games, balloon twisting, face painting, live performances and of course cake.  Fun happens between 11:00 am – 2 pm.

Canada Day Celebration – Sunset Park – July 1st 

Sunset Community Association will be hosting a Canada Day Celebration at Sunset Park at Main and 53rd Avenue from Noon to 4:00 pm. There will be free carnival rides, BBQ and live entertainment.   

Grease Sing-A-Long – Rio Theatre June 29th & June 30th

You’ve got the chills and they’re multiplying. Do you know the words? If so, head down to the Rio Theatre for a 40th anniversary Sing-A-Long to the movie Grease. The original of course. Singing encouraged so is dressing up.  Fun happens at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday night.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Until July 1st

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is on now until July 1st.  Tangent Café will be playing host to live music this weekend. To see the full line up, check out the Festival Guide.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

The Rio Theatre is showing a couple of documentaries this Canada Day, July 1st. First up is The Tragically Hip ‘Long Time Running’ at 6:00 pm followed by Talking Heads ‘Stop Making Sense’ at 8:30 pm. Also, the Wise Hall is hosting an East Van Canada Party which kicks off at 8:35 pm. Three farmer markets are happening this weekend. Saturday it’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm) and Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back at Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Fresh Roots Growing Food Growing Communities

20 Jun

 

If you don’t know about Fresh Roots, it’s a great initiative happening in our community.  It’s actually hard to summarize everything they do in our community, as really it’s quite a bit.  Generally speaking they facilitate outdoor learning for youth in schoolyard gardens.  As part of this initiative they also mentor youth, help build confidence as well as leadership and employment skills. At the same they are teaching youth about healthy food and healthy living.  At the heart of what they do is grow food and that is something you can and should support in a variety of ways. They include:

BUY THEIR PRODUCE

You can buy their produce directly at Vancouver Farmer Markets, specifically Main Street Farmers Market on now until October which happens Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You can also find them at Trout Lake Farmers Market in July and August from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  We expect you’ll also find them at the upcoming Italian Outdoor Markets happening July 13th and August 17th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

ORDER VEGGIE BOX

Fresh Roots offers a Veggie Box Program and we hear there are still some spots available for 2018.  For $20/week you receive a week’s worth of leafy greens, root vegetables and herbs. Their veggies are great for salads, cooked meals and smoothies. You will also receive a weekly e-newsletter containing recipes and updates about their programming.  They offer a variety of options for boxes, some short term, some longer. To learn more about the various offerings, visit their Food Shop.

DONATE GARDEN SUPPLIES

Are you down sizing from a home to an apartment and no longer need all your gardening supplies? If so, Fresh Roots welcomes new and gently used donations of a variety of items including farm tools and supplies. Maybe you have extra canning supplies lying about you no longer use, they are happy to make use of that as well.  They have a long list of items they are happy to take off your hands.  To see what items they need, visit their Wish List. 

ATTEND SCHOOLYARD HARVEST DINNER

On July 5th, Fresh Roots will be hosting a fundraiser, their second annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner at David Thompson Secondary School.   You are invited to come and enjoy an inspired multi-course meal along with an open bar.  Vancouver Chef Karima Chellouf and Chef Kym Nguyen will create a feast from this season’s harvest.  The dinner will be paired with wine from the Hatch and beer from 33 Acres. Ticket prices range from $62.50 – $125 and are available through Eventbrite.

However you choose to support Fresh Roots, we think this is a great initiative worthy of our support.

What’s On East Van: May 25th Edition

25 May

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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 Crusher – Maritime Labour Centre – May 25th

Vancouver Craft Beer Week kicks off with the East Van Crusher at the Maritime Labour Centre Friday, May 25th.  This action packed event features a wide array of canned beer and semi-famous local personality, Grant Lawrence, who will be opening the 10 day event.  To keep everyone entertained during the evening, there will be live music by Alex Maher and JD Hebegebe.  Tickets are $25 which includes admission and 2 beers. To get yours, visit Ticketleader.

ROVE: Mount Pleasant Art Walk – May 26th

ROVE is a free community event that takes place on Saturday, May 26th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Studios and galleries in Mount Pleasant open their doors and invite you to come check out a variety of artists. To see which spots are participating, visit ROVE’s Facebook page

Cedar Cottage Community Garden Spring Fling – Cedar Cottage May 26th

Cedar Cottage Community Garden is hosting their 10th Annual Spring Fling this Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  This free community event will feature live music and garden tours.  Live plants and food will be available for sale.  Many local businesses will be participating in the event which also provides organizers the opportunity to raise some funds for special projects. Stop by and show your support. You can’t miss the community garden when driving along Victoria Drive, it’s where the Victoria Diversion starts before/after it changes to Commercial Drive.

Sing The Clash – Strange Fellows Brewing – May 26th

Strange Fellows Brewing is hosting the Impromptu Rock Choir this Saturday and they are going to be singing “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash.  Entry is free with the purchase of a beer, or $5.00 donation to the Food Bank.  Event happens between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

Parker Art Salon – 1000 Parker Street – May 26th & 27th

Parker Art Salon now in its 4th year happens at 1000 Parker Street this Saturday and Sunday.  It is a great opportunity to see the working space and art of over 200 artists including sculptors, painters, designers, furniture builders and much more.   The building itself is pretty iconic at over 100 years old.  This is a free event open to everyone and happens from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

 

Clothing Swap – Wise Hall – May 27th

Do you have clothes that you don’t wear? Maybe they are new, maybe just gently worn, but the fit or colour wasn’t quite right.  Either way, how about revamping your wardrobe in an eco-friendly way? A Clothing Swap happens this Sunday, May 27th at the Wise Hall. Cost is $10 to participate.  You drop your clothes off between 12:30 and 1:00 pm pay your $10 and you can shop and pick up new treasures until 3:00 pm.

Zumbeer – Andina Brewing Co. –  May 27th

You are invited to stop by Andina Brewing Co. this Sunday, May 27th for a Zumba class led by Zumba Vancouver which is followed by a flight or glass of beer. Cost is $20. Fun kicks off at X time. To register, visit ZumbaVancouver.ca.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for comedy? Local comedian, Graham Clark, hosts his Laugh Gallery event Monday at Havana Theatre 9 pm.  Three farmer markets are happening this weekend. Saturday it’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm) and Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market kicks off at 10:00 am till 2:00 pm at Dude Chilling Park. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

 

 

What’s On East Van: May 18th Edition

18 May

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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.

Molly Misbegotten – Havana Theatre – May 15th to 19th 

An intimate coming-of-age four act drama with a naive-adolescent named Elijah Berner who succumbs to the harsh realities of attempting to recreate a moment he lost long ago. Show happens in the Havana Theatre tucked in the back of Havana Restaurant. Tickets are $15 and available through Brown Paper Tickets.

INGITE! Youth Driven Arts Festival – The Cultch – May 15th – 19th

For one week in May, The Cultch is taken over and transformed by young people. Hundreds of youth are involved in what has grown to be Vancouver’s largest youth-driven arts festival. IGNITE! showcases music, dance, and spoken word. It will also  feature three one-act plays, a visual arts exhibit, variety shows featuring improv, drag, circus arts, and much more. The shows are created artists between the ages of 13-26. For tickets and more information, visit The Cultch.

Bakery Pop Up – les amis du fromge (East Van) – May 19th

Les amis du fromage’s East Van location, 843 East Hastings Street, is hosting another Bakery Pop Up Shop this Saturday, May 19th. This week Lakehouse Foods will be on hand from Noon to 5:00 pm or until they sell out.

Forage – Trillium North Park – May 19th

Learn to gather, use and make items from wool this Saturday, May 19th at Trillium North Park.  This is one of six free sessions featuring different local fibres. This week, learn traditional hand skills that are the foundation of many weaving techniques. Event runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It is a free event, but note registration is required as space is limited to 15. For more information, visit Forage.

Victoria Day Family Fun – Trout Lake –  May 21st

Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting some free family fun this Monday, May 21st from 10:00 am to Noon.  They will have a bouncy castle set up indoors, arts and crafts and games.  Free for all to attend, but pre-registration is requested.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for comedy? Local comedian, Graham Clark, hosts his Laugh Gallery event Monday at Havana Theatre 9 pm.  Two farmer markets are happening this Saturday, Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm). To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

 

What’s On East Van: May 4th Edition

4 May

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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.

Playland – Opens May 5th

Playland opens this Saturday, May 5th. Note, it’s only open Saturday and Sunday from May 5th to June 10th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more info, visit Playland.

Trout Lake Farmers Market – Trout Lake – May 5th

Vancouver Farmers Market kicks off the ever popular Trout Lake Farmers Market this Saturday at 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. To see what’s new at the market, visit EatLocal.org.  

June Hunter Studio Sale – May 4 – 6, 2018

East Van artist June Hunter is hosting a Studio Sale this weekend which kicks off Friday at 2:00 pm. We are big fans of her work as nature features prominently in her work as do some East Van landmarks.  This year, June has ventured into some home décor and accessory items including cushion covers, notepads, iPad cases. With Mother’s Day soon on the horizon, we are sure you’ll be able to find a little something for mom or yourself.

Got Craft – Maritime Labour Centre – May 5th & 6th

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Got Craft is happening at the Maritime Labour Centre at 1880 Triumph Street Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The event features  local artisans including some favourites such as The Lemon Square, East Van Bees, Salty Cookie Co. and East Van Jam for something edible.  Newbies include Scouter Wear Dog Wear and Riding The Pine which has some cool designs featuring hockey sticks. Have to see them to fully appreciate them.  To see the full line up of talent, visit Vendors.  Admission is $3.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite.

Mother’s Day Crafternoon – Lupii Café – May 5th

An interesting creative workshop is happening at Lupii Café in Champlain Heights this Saturday.  Crafting With Crap is hosting an upcycling workshop in partnership with Lupii Café.  You will learn to make some crafty gifts for mom including DIY bath salts and reusable packaging. Cost is $5.83 and registration is through Eventbrite.

21st Century Flea Market – Croatian Cultural Centre – May 6th

The 21st Century Flea Market happens this Sunday, May 6th at the Croatian Cultural Centre.  If you are a collector of bargain hunter, this is the spot for you. An amazing array of items by 185 vendors.  An appraiser on site (for a small fee) for those that are looking for that.  Event runs 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 at the door.

Classical Guitar Open Mic Night – Café Deux Soleils – May 11th

Do you own or play a classical guitar? You are invited to an open mic night at Café Deux Soleils on May 11th. You are welcome to come play in a casual setting.  If you are interested in performing, just drop them a note you are stopping by.  Show kicks off at 8:30 pm.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

If you are looking to hear some live jazz, the Original Blend is playing at Café Deux Soleils Friday night. In case you missed it, Havana Theatre has a full line of late night comedy. To see what’s happening there check out Havana Events. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Spring & Summer Markets In East Van 2018

25 Apr

Spring is finally here which means lots of lots of farmer markets starting around East Vancouver. There is always a great selection of  local produce, handmade goods, artisans breads, locally made jams, cheese, free range and organic eggs and of course wineries, breweries as well as spirits.  Each market is unique and offers a little something different. Trout Lake hosted by Vancouver Farmers Market is the largest. The location makes it rather perfect to have a picnic on the spot in the nearby park with your new purchases.  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market which is in Dude Chilling Park is a smaller market, but we love that it’s on a Sunday. The Italian Market is held approximately once a month during the summer months on Friday afternoon in the parking lot in front of the Italian Cultural Centre. It offers a similar selection of goods, but with more emphasis on Italian which includes food trucks and other gourmet food items. The Italian Cultural Centre also has a number of other events going in the summer including art exhibits, live music and/or dancing.  The Main Street Farmers Market is a great afternoon market and perfect for those just leaving downtown for home, or a quick cycle from Mount Pleasant and the Olympic Village. We have set out below the dates when the markets begin and end for the Spring/Summer season. We encourage you to stop by one or all of these markets during the summer season and support local.

Trout Lake Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: May 5, 2018 – October 20, 2018
Location: Lakewood Drive & E 13th Avenue

Main Street Station Farmers Market
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday: June 6, 2018 – October 3, 2018
Location: 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Sunday:  May 27, 2018 – October 7, 2018
Location: Guelph Street between 7th & 8th Avenues (on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park/Dude Chilling Park)

Riley Park Farmers Market
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: April 28, 2018 – October 27, 2018
Location: 30th Avenue and Ontario Street

Italian Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fridays: June 15, 2018 + July 13, 2018 + August 17, 2018
Location: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street

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  

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