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What’s On East Van: November 2nd Edition

2 Nov

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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.

Archive’s Consignment Warehouse Sale – 1275 Venables – November 2nd & 3rd

A new organization in Vancouver called Archive is focused on helping locals become more savvy about sustainable fashion practices, including buying more long-lasting, high-quality pieces, including those that are second-hand.  They’ve put together Vancouver’s first consignment warehouse sale which will have racks of all-season men’s and women’s apparel and accessories for sale.  Free admission Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, or to get a jump on the crowds, $10 for 1 hour head start.  There’s also a VIP option the evening before with Sustainable Panel conversation as well as shopping.  To get an advance ticket, visit Eventbrite.

East End Blues & All That Jazz – Firehall Arts Centre – Until Saturday, November 3rd

If you love the sound soul-stirring gospel and blues and jazz, you may wish to make your way down the Firehall Arts Centre this weekend.  There’s also a matinee performance Saturday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $25/30 and available through the Firehall Arts Centre.

Book Launch ‘Cooking In Colour’ – Gourmet Warehouse – November 3rd

East Van residents and food bloggers known as The Food Gays are launching their new cookbook ‘Cooking In Colour’  They will be on hand at Gourmet Warehouse this Saturday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Ritchies Bakery Pop Up – les amis du fromage – November 3rd

Ritchies Bakery will be popping at les amis du fromage East Van location, 843 East Hastings this Saturday with freshly baked bread and baked goods. They will be there from 11:00 to 5:00 pm or until they sell out.

Vancouver Tea Festival – Chinese Cultural Centre – November 3rd & 4th

The 5th Annual Vancouver Tea Festival happens this weekend at the Chinese Cultural Centre, 50 East Pender. The event includes a Chinese tea tasting bar, matcha bar and Herbal Tea Making Workshop.  For more info, visit Vancouver Tea Festival.

Bling – Heritage Hall – November 4th

The Pacific Pyros present the 4th annual bead show BLING at the Heritage Hall this Sunday, November 4th.  This show features a wide range of wearable glass art by 17 artists.  Along with the show there will be demonstrations has well as hourly draws. Admission is free. So stop by and check out some of the talent between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Backbone – Vancouver Playhouse – November 4th

The Cultch presents the renowned Australian circus company, Gravity & Other Myths in the production Backbone.  10 performers and 2 musicians take the stage at the Vancouver Playhouse and display incredible strength and flexibility with dance like movements.  This show is only here for a short run. You have till Sunday to catch it.  Tickets available from The Cultch.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

If it’s live music you are after, the Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

This weekend we are back to two farmer markets. Saturday there’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market kicks and also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

The Enemy At The Firehall Arts Centre November 10 – December 1, 2018

31 Oct

The Enemy 1 - Jenn Griffin and Paul Herbert.jpgThe Firehall Arts Centre is presenting a new political drama that touches on a number of themes including corruption, environmental activism and a lack of accountability. The Enemy is a contemporary interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. The original story was written in 1882, but with the current political climate in the US, The New York Times says this story “is suddenly as timely as a tweet.” In Ibsen’s version, Dr. Stockman is written as a male. In The Enemy, Artistic Director Donna Spencer has taken the role of Dr. Stockman and written it as a female to illustrate the road blocks women face when challenging the “powers-that-be” or “the old boys club”. This production also touches on the choices  we make, the ones we think we should make but don’t, and the influences around us that colour that decision-making. The Enemy asks “is the majority always right?” “What happens when truth is declared as not the truth?” “What happens when disbelief is spread via social media, ‘fake news’, and shoddy journalism?” Who ends up being the enemy?

Artistic Director Donna Spencer has chosen a piece that reflects what is happening in the world today. A timely piece that encourages us to look at and question the political, social and environmental landscape around us. You can catch The Enemy at The Firehall Arts Centre from November 10th to December 1st. For tickets visit, the Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Pedro Meza

Never Still At The Firehall Arts Centre September 26th – 29th, 2018

12 Sep

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Never Still the newest work by Vanessa Goodman is inspired by the inherent conflicts and dichotomies of water. The production is both graceful and challenging, much like humanity itself. The show has social, environmental and biological themes explored within this highly physical new work.  Never Still dives into the distinctive and overlap between three different systems of circulation: global water cycles, communication technology and fluids within the body.  “We are living in an increasingly polarized culture,” says Donna Spencer, the Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer. “And it is our role as artistic creators to encourage audiences to consider, through what they are seeing on stage, how inextricably linked we all are in finding our way through these challenging times.”  Donna goes onto say that this Season the Firehall Arts Centre’s programming is “about choices – ones we make, the one we think we should make but don’t and the influences around us that colour that decision-making”. This production is a collaboration Shion Skye Carter, Stéphanie Cyr, Bynh Ho, Scott Morgan, Alexa Mardon, James Proudfoot and Lexi Vajda.   Never Still is at the Firehall Arts Centre from Wednesday, September 26th to Saturday, September 29th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Ben Didier

Eat.Drink.Play. At The Firehall Arts Centre June 14, 2018

6 Jun

EatDrinkPlay2018The Firehall Arts Centre invites you to Eat.Drink.Play. being held on Thursday, June 14th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street.  This annual fundraiser brings together some of East Van’s best restaurants, craft brewers, small-batch distillers and performers for an evening of sampling and sharing.  The event takes over the Firehall’s entire premises including theatre, lobby, studio, courtyard as well as the dressing rooms.  Throughout the Firehall, you will find an array of delectable treats, eclectic dance, music and performances as well as a silent auction.  Eat.Drink.Play will feature selections of food from neighbourhood hot spots including The Pint, Tuc Craft Kitchen, Cadeaux Baker, Crab Park Chowdery, Kofta, Elephant & Castle.  Libations will be provided the kind folks at Steamworks Brewery nand Odd Society Spirits as well as Hoochy Boooch kombucha.  You can expect a smorgasbord of delectable treats and enjoyable performances as you roam through the heritage building sampling food, enjoying libations, and bidding on some amazing silent auction items. For music and laughter, Krystle Dos Santos, recently seen in the Chelsea Hotel will be on hand as will Andy Toth seen in the Firehall’s Urinetown The Musical and a few more guests. The Firehall Arts Centre has been producing performing arts for 35 years in this beautiful heritage building at the corner of Cordova and Gore. We invite you to lend your support for our City’s vibrant and innovative arts community. Tickets for Eat.Drink.Play are $49 and $25 for artists and are available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

What’s On East Van: April 6th Edition

6 Apr

 

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out lots more cool events for the upcoming long weekend.   Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond

The 2nd Annual East Van Old Time Social – Russian Hall April 6th & 7th 

The Second Annual East Van Old Time Social is a weekend event dedicated to old-time string band music, and up-beat, beginner friendly, live music square dances. You are invited to come by the Russian Hall and listen to great tunes and dance the night away. There will be beginner friendly square dances.

Feast of Fools – Strange Fellow Brewing – April 7th 

If you love BBQ and beer, you may wish to stop by Strange Fellows Brewing, 1345 Clark Drive, this Saturday, April 7th. They will be hosting Feast of Fools where they have some delish eats on hand including BBQ Brisket/BBQ Salmon sandwich, House Coleslaw, Strange Mac ‘n Cheese, and Tarte a la Biere with beer for $18. The goodness kicks off at 5:00 pm and continues till the food runs out.

BC Beer Wars: Fight Night – Croatian Cultural Centre – April 8th

If you love beer and boxing, then BC Beer Wars Fight Night might be your ticket for this Saturday.  Event kicks off at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 2:00 pm.  Of course, beer will be on hand for sale as well as samples from 15 BC breweries. For more information and tickets, visit BC Beer Wars.

The Art Of Tease: Intro To Burlesque – Your Open Closet – April 11th

Want to learn the art of tease?  The owners of Womyn’s Ware & Your Open Closet are hosting an introduction to burlesques Wednesday, April 11th. Local burlesque legend Burgundy Brix will be teaching this workshop being held at Your Open Closet. Cost is $30, tickets are available from Womyn’s Ware.  Fun kicks off 7:00 pm and goes till 8:30 pm.  Note, these ladies are all about non-judgment, so bring your sassy self and have some fun.

Coco Love Alcorn – Wise Hall – April 11th 

You are invited to a sing-a-long concert with Coco Love Alcorn and friends Wednesday, April 11th.  This is both a concert and workshop, singing along is entirely optional though.  You can just come to be enetertained.  Event happens at the Wise Hall with things kicking off at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, visit the Facebook page of Coco Love Alcorn.

Chelsea Hotel: Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Firehall Arts Centre – April 21st

Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a writer checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song. Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not only forget, but erase from memory. This is the premise of the Chelsa Hotel which pays tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen. This production on its final run continues this weekend. For tickets and information, visit the Firehall Arts Centre.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Love live jazz music? The Geoff Claridge Trio will be playing at the Tangent Café this Sunday from 6:30 pm. The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s being held at Nat Bailey Stadium from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday at Hastings Parking 10 am to 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: March 30th Edition

30 Mar

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out lots more cool events for the upcoming long weekend.   Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Rio Theatre – Old School #SaveTheRio Fundraisers – March 30th and 31st 

If you are a fan of the Rio Theatre and wish to support a great spot for independent theatre, musicians and performers, check out the telethon like fundraising events happening this weekend. First up, is An Evening With Kevin Smith. There are 2 shows 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm on Friday, March 30th. Advance tickets are sold out, but there will be some tickets at the door. Saturday, March 31st is a telethon style fundraising event which is a little bit of everything. To learn more, visit Secret Screening #SaveTheRioFundraiser. Doors open 4:30 pm.

Butcher – The Cultch – Till March 31st

Last weekend to catch this psychological crime thriller at The Cultch. Check out our contributing writer’s review on Butcher.

Golden Egg Hunt – River District – April 1st

River District in SE Vancouver is hosting a golden egg hunt Sunday, April 1st from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be chocolate egg hunts, balloons, cotton candy, crafts, face painting and a chocolate bunny draw.  Starbucks will be on hand serving hot chocolate and coffee. Romer’s Burgers providing frozen yogurt and mini doughnuts. This is a free event, but registration is requested.

Easter Eggstravaganza Swim – Britannia Pool – April 1st 

Britannia Pool at Britannia Community Centre is hosting a free family swim this Sunday, April 1st from 2:30 – 5:00 pm. They will also have some Easter treats on hand and games for everyone to play.

Holiday Free Skate – Britannia  Ice Rink – April 2nd

If you are looking to ice skate, Britannia Ice Rink is hosting a free family skate this Monday, April 2nd from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Chelsea Hotel: Songs Of Leonard Cohen – Firehall Arts Centre – April 21st

Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a writer checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song. Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not only forget, but erase from memory. This is the premise of the Chelsa Hotel which pays tribute to the songs of Leonard Cohen. This production on its final run continues this weekend. For tickets and information, visit the Firehall Arts Centre.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

If you are looking for some live music this weekend, the Kin Balam Quartet is at Café Deux Soleils Saturday night at 8:00 pm. The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s being held at Nat Bailey Stadium from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday at Hastings Parking 10 am to 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing. Happy Easter.

Image Credit: June Hunter

 

The Chelsea Hotel: Songs Of Leonard Cohen Returns To Firehall Arts Centre

6 Mar

Chelsea-Hotel-Adrian-Glynn-Marlene-Gineader-2credit-David-Cooper-560x418New York’s infamous hotel, The Chelsea Hotel, makes a return to the Firehall Arts Centre March 17th to April 21st, 2018. Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel, as six performers play seventeen different instruments in a rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer.  Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a writer checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song.  Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not only forget, but erase from memory.

Conceived and directed by Tracey Power, with musical arrangements by Steve Charles, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is an inventive fusion of music, dance, and theatre that invites its audience into the hotel room of a creative mind and takes them on a poetic musical journey.  The production premiered in February of 2012 and was nicknamed ‘the make out show’ as patrons were often caught kissing outside the theatre after the show.  It was remounted by popular demand in the Fall of that same year and went on tour to Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, and Toronto.

With over 200 shows since its premiere, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen has played to audiences of all ages and received praise across the country for its imagination and creativity.  It received Ovation Awards for “Outstanding Ensemble Production” and “Outstanding Director,” and received numerous nominations for awards including the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award, Calgary Theatre Critics’ Award, and Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award.  The production kicks off in Vancouver March 17th. For those on a budget, note the Firehall Arts Centre offers Pay What You Can shows on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.  Also for anyone 30 years of age and under, you can get in for $20 any day with proof of age. Tickets are available online at Firehall Arts Centre.

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