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What’s On East Van: September 8, 2017

8 Sep

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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.

Accordion Noir Festival – Russian Hall – September 7-10, 2017

The 10th Annual Accordion Noir Festival kicked off at the Russian Hall on September 7th. There is a full line up of festivities this weekend. If you wish to kick up your heels, check out this event. Further information is available at Accordion Noir Festival.

Vancouver Fringe Festival – September 7-17, 2017

The Vancouver Fringe Festival has officially kicked off and there are a number of great shows happening during the Festival. You can find out what it’s like to be in a blind man’s shoes in Bombay Black on now at The Cultch, or check out some young new talent in Cry Baby The Musical at The Firehall Arts Centre.

Tango Lessons – Italian Cultural Centre – September 8, 2017

In case you missed it, the Italian Cultural Centre is hosting weekly tango lessons every Friday night until the end of October. Classes run from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Cost is $20 per person per class, or you can register by the month at a cost of $60.

Studio Sale – June Hunter – September 9, 2017

One of our favourite East Van artists, June Hunter, who features nature in her work is having a 1 day Studio Sale this weekend. Her work includes prints, tiles, jewellery, art, calendars and much more.   It’s a great little space near Hastings Sunrise at 2785 Parker Street and takes place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Drive-In Movie – River District – September 9, 2017

Drive-In Movies are back at River District in SE Vancouver starting Saturday, September 9th.  The evening hosts a double feature starting off with Cars 3 at 7:45 pm and Baby Driver at 10:00 pm. Cost is $20 per carload for one movie and $30 per carload for 2 movies.  Gates open at 6:45 pm and is first come first serve.

Cops and Kids – Grandview Park – September 10, 2017

Between Noon and 3:00 pm you are invited to stop by with the kids for a safety-oriented event being held in Grandview Park. Families have the opportunity to meet and interact with VPD officers, police dogs and horses.  Also on hand, will be first responders, transit police, members of the Vancouver Fire Department and BC Ambulance service.   The event includes activity stations such as the  Bike Rodeo and the Mini POPAT (Police Officer Physical Abilities Training). This is a free event. Everyone welcome to attend.

Fall Fair – McSpadden Park (Victoria & 5th) – September 10, 2017

If you are looking for more free family fun, you may wish to check out the Fall Fair happening on Sunday, September 10th.  The festivities happen from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and include a host of activities such as zucchini races and square dancing. We hear you will find real cows, pies, delish canned goods and much more.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

If it’s movies you are after, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power is playing  at the Rio Theatre this Sunday at 2:15 pm.  If you are looking for free movies, Britannia Community Centre is back showing Sunday evening movies from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. This week they are showing Lion and free popcorn will be available. If it’s comedy you are after, you may wish to check out The Fictionals which perform improv every Tuesday at Café Deux Soleils at 8:00 pm.  To see more of what’s on, check our Events Listing.

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What’s On East Van: August 18, 2017

18 Aug

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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.

Family Night Series – Grandview Park – August 18, 2017

The Commercial Drive Business Improvement Society is hosting a free community event in Grandview Park Friday, August 11th. The evening which runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm includes crafts for kids, poetry, photography and live music.

Italian Market – Italian Cultural Centre – August 18, 2017

One of our favourite markets, The Italian Market happens in the parking lot of the Italian Cultural Centre. Lots of great local vendors with, of course, a hint of Italian flavour. Some delish food trucks will be hand and an outdoor eating area. Market runs from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Community Paint Day – Britannia Community Centre – August 19, 2017

Are you artistic? Love to paint? You are invited to join others in creating ground murals at Britannia Community Centre from Noon to 4:00 pm this Saturday.

PNE/Playland – August 19, 2017

It’s opening day for the Pacific National Exhibition this Saturday, August 19th.  Things kick off at 10:00 a.m. To see what’s on for this year’s fair, visit PNE/Playland.

Artful Sundays – Napier Greenway -August 20, 2017

Artful Sundays return to the Napier Greenway at the Britannia Community Centre this Sunday.  You can expect to find local artisans, workshops, demonstrations and live music.  Event happens Noon to 5:00 pm. It is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival – August 18 & 19, 2017

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival brings four films to the York Theatre on August 18th and 19th.  To learn more about which films and times, visit Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Pop Up Pulp Jewels From France – Uncommon Café – August 24, 2017

French Designer Camille, owner, designer and jewelry maker of Pulp Jewels is hosting a one-day Pop-up Sale on August 24th at the Uncommon Café from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To learn more about the event visit Pulp Jewels Event.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

New play Two Rooms is featured at Havana Theatre from August 15th to 19th. The play focuses on a hostage taking in Beirut and the actions of the spouse on the other side of the world and how that culminates into a startling conclusion. Looking to laugh? Don’t forget Havana Theatre features improv comedy Friday and Sunday nights. Another option for entertainment tonight, is the Rio Theatre which is hosting Lord of the Schwings: A Tolkien Burlesque Night. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The fun kicks off at 8:00 pm.

What’s On East Van: August 11, 2017

11 Aug

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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.

Family Night Series – Grandview Park – August 11, 2017

The Commercial Drive Business Improvement Society is hosting a free community event in Grandview Park Friday, August 11th. The evening which runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm includes crafts for kids, poetry, photography and live music with the Rio Samaya Band.

SUP-A Series  – Sassy One-Of-A Kind Theatre To August 12, 2017

One-Of-A-Kind theatre continues at Havana Theatre until August 12th.  Un-produced Projects brings together an eclectic mix of up-beat theatre, never before seen in Vancouver.  Participants involved in this project wish to promote more local and independent theatre.  Shows happen nightly at 8:00 pm.

Victoria Drive Festival – Jones Park –  August 12, 2017

The Victoria Drive Business Improvement Association is hosting an afternoon of free family fun at Jones Park which is located at 38th Avenue.  The event will run from 12:00 – 5:00 pm and features kids fun zone, community booths, live music and more.

Artful Sundays – August 13, 2017

Artful Sundays return to the Napier Greenway at the Britannia Community Centre this Sunday.  You can expect to find local artisans, workshops, demonstrations and live music.  Event happens Noon to 5:00 pm. It is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival – August 11-20, 2017

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs from August 11-20, 2017 in various venues around Vancouver. Four films will be featured at the York Theatre on August 18th and 19th.  To learn more about which films and times, visit Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Live Jazz Music w/ Natasha D’Ogostino Quartet – Tangent Café August 17, 2017

Tangent Café hosts live jazz Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. No cover charged, but cool spot for a beer and a bite.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

Looking for fun and games? Playland is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm until August 18th. On a more serious note the new play Two Rooms is featured at Havana Theatre from August 15th to 19th. The play focuses on a hostage taking in Beirut and the actions of the spouse on the other side of the world and how that culminates into a startling conclusion. Looking to laugh? Don’t forget Havana Theatre features improv comedy Friday and Sunday nights.  If you love guitar, you may wish to check the Mike Machado Trio at Falconetti’s on Saturday night at 9:00 pm. The kid knows how to play a guitar.

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  

Christmas On The Drive – Free Community Event Saturday November 28

25 Nov

XmasTheDriveThe Commercial Drive Business Society is hosting Christmas On The Drive this Saturday, November 28th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.   This popular event is back for another fun filled day with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Christmas.  You can expect pictures with Santa, a Main Stage featuring live music and carolers and horse drawn carriage rides which start across the street from Fets Whiskey Kitchen. There will be also be some food carts on hand, plus an Interactive Kids Area which will have caricatures, face painting and a craft area.   To top everything off, there will be a tree lighting at 5:00 pm.  This is a free community event for residents of the Grandview-Woodland area.  Come on out and get into the Christmas spirit.

Say Hi To A Stranger – 3rd Edition August 21 – 23

14 Aug

SayHiToStranger2015PINKThe “Say Hi To A Stranger” Campaign returns August 21st – 23rd. We are pleased to see this event continue which was created by A Cue Creative Consulting. A large study conducted in 2012 by the Vancouver Foundation shows that socializing is challenging for many city residents. About one-third of respondents agree that it is difficult to make new friends in Vancouver, and that proportion jumps to half of respondents who have lived in Canada for fewer than five years.

For those unfamiliar with this campaign, the first Say Hi To A Stranger Weekend occurred on November 8 – 10, 2013 shortly after local writer Chelsea Pescitelli identified Vancouver as “anti-social” in her VancityBuzz article “Single in Vancouver: The Asocial Single Society.”  A Cue Creative Consulting responded with a video and blog post that spread online. They dared Vancouverites to say “Hi!” to strangers and tweet about their experience with the hashtag #sayhitoastranger. The A Cue Creative team discovered that Vancouver could be a social and open city, but needed a push to open up and start communicating. Along with the team being featured in mainstream media, approximately 200 people gathered at the checkpoints over the weekend, and more than 5,000 people engaged with the blog and on social media online. #sayhitoastranger trended on Twitter on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

We at IliveInEastVan.com were one of the many that participated in this initial campaign as we love the premise of encouraging social interaction on the streets of Vancouver. We fully support this great initiative and applaude Kaare Long and her team for keeping this discussion going. It’s easy to be complacent and just accept that ‘it is what it is’ or you can take steps to make a difference however small to make the City a better place. On August 21st, they kick off their 3rd edition of #SayHiToAStranger with an Opening Party at Grandview Park from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. You are invited to come down and say hi and learn more about the campaign. You will also receive information about their community partners who will be providing free food, drinks, gifts and other promotions to people who engage with street teams and receive a button and use the code phrase “Say Hi To A Stranger”. Their community partners in East Van include:

Bird on a Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street
Home on the Range Organics, 235 East Broadway
Magpie Vancouver , 3633 Main Street
Second Nature Home Boutique, 1827 Victoria Diversion
The Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street

We ask you, will you say hi to a stranger?

Dr.SuessSometimes

Italian Day Returns To Commercial Drive Sunday June 14

11 Jun

ItalianDay2015ArtIn East Van, we are fortunate to be home to some great community events. One of our favourites happens this Sunday, Italian Day.  This is your chance to experience everything Italian from the food, to the music to the culture. The 5th Annual Italian Day returns to the Drive with this year’s theme being ART.  So you can expect to find Italian art showcased or you can make your own. The Britannia Community Centre will be hosting an interactive photo-art project between Noon and 3:00 pm in the Britannia Courtyard. As well, I’m Impressed Paper Arts Ltd. will have supplies available so you can create your own art.

The Drive which is very much alive most days of the week will be transformed for Italian Day where you will be able to walk the Drive from Broadway to Venables and find over 100 merchants and guest vendors, a line up of food trucks and carts, more than 20 restaurant patios and an array of things to see from Italian honey bees to classic cars and motorcycles. The Italian Cultural Centre will be hosting live opera at the Grant Street music stage as well as jazz with Cory Weeds.  Of course, you can expect to find Federico Fuoco center stage drawing a crowd as always at the 2nd Avenue Main Stage along with Carmelina Cupo.

For the kids, there will be lots to see and do including arts and crafts in the Little Italy Kids Zone and Funswing amusement rides in Grandview Park as well as balloon twisting and face painting. Other street activities also include the Whitecaps/BMO Fun Zone with kicking cage as well as the Car2Go sponsored Bocce Court. Some new additions to this year’s festivities include a new third stage at Grandview Park which will showcase Italian martial arts demonstrations by Blood and Iron as well as improv by Theatre Temp from Templeton Secondary School and Marionette Puppet Shows by Carnival Sized Cinnamon Hearts. Opening Ceremonies kick off the event at Noon on the Main Stage at Second Avenue and festivities run till 8:00 pm.  There will certainly be something for everyone here. Come out and celebrate all things Italian!

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