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What’s On East Van: May 3rd Edition

3 May

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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.

Classic Gin Cocktails – Everything Wine Vancouver – May 3rd

Want to learn how to make great gin cocktails? The Everything Wine store located in River District in SE Vancouver has a great set up for small workshops. Not to mention these classes are education and fun. This Friday, they will be leading a class where you will learn a little gin history and then learn to make 5 classic gin cocktails. Cost is $25. To register and learn more visit Everything Wine Vancouver.  

Trout Lake Farmers Market – John Hendry Park – May 4th

The largest and much loved Trout Lake Farmers Market kicks off this Saturday, May 4th at 9:00 and continues to 2:00 pm.

Movie ‘Green Book’ – Rio Theatre – May 4th

Did you catch Green Book which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor Mahershala Ali? If not, you can watch it on the big screen at The Rio Theatre this Saturday afternoon. The movie is a true story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx  who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist who tours the US in the 1960s.  For advance tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Verses Festival of Words – Various Locations – To May 4th

Verses, The Festival of Words continues this weekend at various locations in East Van this Friday and Saturday. To see the remaining events, visit Verses Festival of Words.

Noor Student Showcase – Havana Theatre – May 4th

Noor Dance Company is hosting a student showcase of bellydancing at Havana Theatre this Saturday night.  Performances will include the instructors as well as the students.  Tickets are $18 and the fun kicks off at 7:30 pm. For tickets, visit Showpass.

June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street – May 4th & 5th

East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting a Studio Sale this Saturday and Sunday.  In case you forgot, Mother’s Day is coming up May 12th and June has lots of beautiful items on hand that would make a perfect gift for mom.  June’s studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue).  Sale happens from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Got Craft? – Maritime Labour Centre – May 4th & May 5th

Got Craft? Spring Edition is at the Maritime Labour Centre this weekend with 85 local makers.  We hear this market almost half of the vendors are new, so expect a whole new selection of local handmade goods. Event runs 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3. For advance tickets, visit Eventbrite. Hint: Free Swag Bags for the first 50 paid attendees.

Cinco De Mayo Fest – Trout Lake Community Centre – May 5th

This Sunday Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting a family friendly Cinco De Mayo Fest from Noon to 3:00 pm. There will be Mexican music by Son De Maple, arts and crafts and an on theme food truck. The event is free, but registration is requested.

Pastry Weekend – Beta 5 Chocolates – May 4th & 5th

Love fresh pastries? Beat 5 Chocolates are featuring their greatest hits this weekend and they include 3 amazing pastries. You’ll have to try for yourself. They are available as of 10:00 am Saturday 413 Industrial Avenue.

21st Century Flea Market – Croatian Cultural Centre – May 5th

Lots of great finds at this weekend’s 21st Century Flea Market at the Croatian Cultural Centre. Event happens 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDY

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

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 local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park.  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

What’s On East Van: December 8th Edition

8 Dec

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALots 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.

Brock House Big Band – Trout Lake Community Centre – December 8, 2017

Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting the Brock House Big Band on Friday, December 8th. This is a free concert happening from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. So you are invited to stop by, sing or dance-a-long.

Christmas Tree Pop Up Sale – Luppolo Brewing Company – December 9, 2017

Luppolo Brewing Company in Strathcona is hosting a one day Christmas tree sale with proceeds benefitting Leah’s Place.  Pop Up runs from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm so you have the full day to pop by and grab a tree.

GotCraft? – Maritime Labour Musuem – December 9 & 10, 2017 

If you wish to shop local, this is a great weekend to do it.  Choices abound, first up Got Craft? At the Maritime Labour Museum Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Get thirsty, you have some great craft breweries and Pallet Coffee close by if you need to recharge.

Make It! Vancouver – PNE Forum –  December 7-10, 2017

Make It! Vancouver is on now at the PNE Forum showcasing some amazing Canadian talent. Expect to find over 265 exhibitors selling handcrafted items. They will also have a beer garden and food trucks to round out the shopping experience.   Make It! Is on Friday, December 8th from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday, December 9th from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $8, but they are offering a $2 off coupon on their website.

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy – Heritage Hall – December 9 & 10, 2017

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy happens at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, this Saturday (11:00 to 6:00 pm) and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm) with over 30 artisans offering a range of items. Admission is $3.00.

The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows – Rio Theatre – December 10, 2017

The Rio Theatre hosts the 19th Edition of Ron Diamond’s wonderfully curated Animation Show of Shows this Sunday, December 10th at 2:15 pm.  More films will be showcased December 11th and 18th.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

Looking for humour, The Geekenders Presents How I Met My Mother: A Back To The Future Parody Musical at the Rio Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 8:00 pm.  Don’t forget the Winter farmer markets are in full swing at 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

 

This New East Van Business Is Sriracha Hot!

7 Dec

 

SrirachaRevolverIn case you hadn’t heard, Srircha is hot this year, literally and figuratively. If you aren’t familiar with Sriracha, it is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.  It varies in consistency, ingredients and hotness.  We recently met Jordan Hocking, co-owner of the new Sriracha Revolver, an East Van business that’s only been in operation since June of this year, but has been flying off the shelves literally.  Their sriracha-style hot sauce is made in a local commissary in small batches. They use all natural and fresh ingredients to make something unique and delicious. Jordan Hocking works with her business partner and co-owner, Justin Cox, also a tattooer at Funhouse Tattoo on Cambie Street whereas Jordan’s background leans to sales in the wine industry.  They bring a unique combination of talents to Sriracha Revolver. 

Jordan started making sriracha in 2012 when she was 9 months pregnant with her second child. She made and canned small jars as gifts one Christmas and everyone loved them.  Jordan then started experimenting with recipes. We learnt that most sriracha recipes call for red jalapeños, but Jordan wasn’t a fan of the taste so she substituted Thai chili peppers. Once she had the hot sauce down, she experimented with other recipes and created one based on her favourite flavours Beets + Tequila. In The Spring of 2013, a friend took her sauces to foodie party and next thing you know she was receiving orders and requests to buy her sauces. In 2015, her business partner and long time family friend, Justin had a near death experience. He decided life was too short not to take chances, so they formed a partnership to create Sriracha Revolver. It was a year and a half in the making, but they now have 3 sauces available Beets + Tequila, Cilantro + Lime Sriracha and Clean Mango Sriracha. 

Not only do their sauces pair nicely with a variety of foods, we hear they are perfect for cocktails. Jordan says that each sauce works perfectly in a caesar and encourages those to try tequila instead of vodka in their caesars.   We see a cool new drink in the lounge at Odd Society Spirits with this local business, hint hint, nudge nudge.

If you wish to try these sauces for yourself, you have a few options. They have an online shop open 24/7. Cost of a small bottle is $8 plus shipping.  You can also find their sauces on the menu at a few restaurants around town including The Shameful Tiki Room on Main Street.  Jordan and Justin have lined up a number or retailers already including most recently Gourmet Warehouse which has 2 of their sauces in stock. To see the full line up of retailers, visit their website’s Where To Find Us. If you wish to do a bit of taste testing and buy their gift pack with all 3 sauces, check them out this weekend at Got Craft? happening December 9 & 10 at the Maritime Labour Museum from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you missed them at Got Craft?, you can purchase the Gift Pack at Blitzen Pop Up Shop at 623 Kingsway.  Stop by and see what’s hot in East Van. 

Got Craft? Happens At Maritime Labour Centre May 6-7, 2017

28 Apr

GotCraft2017If you are not familiar with Got Craft?, it is one of Vancouver’s largest indie craft fairs. It started in 2007 with 20 vendors and 500 attendees and has now grown to 75 vendors and some 5,000 attendees coming to check out the local talent.  The aim of organizers is to create a boutique event that showcases their favourite handmade artists and also provides  the opportunity to shop and meet those makers in person. This year the event is again happening at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, on May 6 and 7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We see they will be showcasing a number of our favourite makers which include East Van Jam, SeaLuxe,  East Van Light, Sarah Mulder Jewellery, Laughing Sparrow and Tessa Manu Photography to name a few.  To see the full line up of vendors, we invite you to check out Got Craft?  Tickets are available to purchase in advance online for $3 or you can purchase tickets at the door for $5.  While in the area, be sure to check out some of the great spots close by including, Scandillious to fill up before or after shopping, or The Pie Shoppe for a sweet stop, or if you get thirsty Doan’s Craft Brewing is a short walk away as is Odd Society Spirits. While wandering around the neighbourhood, we are quite sure you’ll stumble across a few other great spots.   

New In Town: East Van Light

30 Apr

East Van Light - Dan Portrait-IMG_2681Today we would like to introduce to someone doing creative work here in East Van, Dan Emery and his creation East Van Light.   Dan designs and builds vintage industrial lamps with a beautiful and simple modern design.  Dan comes from the film and television industry, but over the last 10 years,  he also kept busy buying and renovating homes with his girlfriend. They worked together stripping homes to their frames and redesigning, rebuilding and revitalizing them into beautiful new spaces. After one particular renovation, they were left with some nice scraps of birch. They also had a nice antique reproduction Edison light bulb kicking around at home. A light went off in Dan’s head and an idea of designing vintage industrial lamps was born. His first pair of prototype lamps were developed.

A year and a half ago, Dan and his girlfriend moved from Montreal to Vancouver and settled in East Van, in the heart of Commercial Drive. Dan said he was impressed with the “wonderful culture that embraces and supports a ‘Buy Local’ philosophy”.  This support of local and artisanal businesses inspired him to get East Van Light ramped into gear.East Van Light lamp2-IMG_2531

As you can see from the photos, Dan likes producing clean, minimal, designs that allow each component of the lamp to be showcased and enjoyed. He combines premium local salvaged wood bases with high quality reproduction hardware so that each lamp delivers a warm functional light.  At the same time, his goal is that each lamp has a “refined old world aesthetic that inspires the work, repose, curiosity and conversation of those around it.” Dan says that he “strives for his lamps to be subtle in their support of the spaces they inhabit, while simultaneously engaging the audience that surrounds them.”

Dan will premiere East Van Light at the 2015 Spring edition of Got Craft? this weekend at the Maritime Labour Centre.  Got Craft? is Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair and for this event he teamed up with a local East Vancouver carpenter, Brad Seiber, of ReForm + Design Woodworking, who is responsible all of the amazing woodwork that goes into the lamp bases. Together they purchased the entire trunk of an old slow growth BC Black Walnut tree, sourced from an old Scandinavian tree salvager who saved it from being torn down, and slowly and carefully dried these giant cuts of lumber in his barn out in the Fraser Valley for the last 7 years. Dan worked with the raw slabs to ensure the beautiful features, grain patterns and characteristics of this exceptional wood is showcased in each and every handcrafted lamp that he designs.  Dan is passionate about providing high quality handcrafted lamps and is excited about launching East Van Light at Got Craft this weekend.  You can expect to find Dan and 75 of his lamps at the Maritime Labour Centre this weekend from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  If you are not able to attend Got Craft? in person, you can also view a selection of Dan’s lamps on his Facebook page.

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Got Craft? Spring Edition Maritime Labour Centre May 2 & 3

27 Apr

GC-May2015-CardFVancouver’s largest indie craft fair, Got Craft?, returns this Spring to the Maritime Labour Centre on May 2 & 3, 2015. This event showcases some 75 local vendors with a wide variety of curated handmade goods. As well, they will be bringing back some of their most popular workshops to this event such as hand lettering with legendary sign painter, John Lennig of Big Top Sign Arts.  What we were pleased to learn is some of the new East Van vendors that will be taking part in this upcoming event. They include:

East Van Light
Emilie Crewe
Five Corners Creative
Graveley & Sons
Kate Barazzuol Jewelry
Owl & Windsor
The Nine O’Clock Gun Company
Fable Naturals

For those doing a little Mother’s Day shopping, the timing of this show is just right, being Mother’s Day is May 10th.  The first 50 people through the door each day will receive a swag bag full of goodies from vendors and sponsors. Got Craft? takes place on May 2 and 3, 2015 between 10:00 am-5:00 pm at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street. Admission is $3 at the door, and children (10 and under) get in free.

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Got Craft? At Maritime Labour Centre December 13th & 14th

12 Dec

GotCraftDec2014Got Craft? is an independent craft fair which will be holding its Holiday Edition market this weekend at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, with some 75+ local vendors.

Got Craft? is one of many great opportunities to see first hand how much creative talent there is in this City. The event aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and do-it-yourself culture. You can expect to find a variety of handmade items including jewellery, stationery, housewares, plush toys, baked goods, artisan chocolates and much more. Some new vendors lined up this year include Rogue Florist, Shoreside Studios, Small Wonder, Livia Sweets and Jon Shaw Paintings. For a full rundown of all the vendors at this year’s fair, check out Vendors 2014.

This weekend you are also invited to come flex your creative muscle in one of the their FREE hands on workshops hosted by Spool of Thread sewing lounge, Small Wonder and Delish General Store.  Projects include do-it-yourself ornaments and holiday tags. And if all that shopping makes you hungry, they’ve got you covered there as well.  A few local food carts including Taser Grilled Cheese, Ze Bite and The Kaboom Box will be on hand.

The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday, December 13th & Sunday, December 14th. Tickets are $3.00 cash at the door. Children under 10 are free. The first 50 attendees on each of the days, will receive a free swag bag. Now that’s certainly an incentive to get out early if you aren’t generally inclined to.

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