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What’s On East Van: August 31st Edition

31 Aug

 

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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.

PNE – Playland – To September 3rd

This is your last weekend to catch the PNE along with the SuperDogs, mini donuts, rides and nightly summer concerts which this weekend features Burton Cummings on Friday night and Chicago on Saturday night. PNE is open 11:00 am till late all weekend.

Songs of Peace and Social Justice – The Cultch – August 31st

The Cultch plays host to an evening of music and song this Friday.  A long line up of talent will be performing original songs along with some classic with the theme of peace and social justice.  Performers include Jim Byrnes, Howard Lee Naylor and Carole Cote.  Tickets are $10 available through The Cultch.

Family Night – Grandview Park – August 31st

The Commercial Drive Business improvement Association will be hosting a Family Night this Friday in Grandview Park.  There will be lots of fun activities for the kids including balloon twisting, face painting and more. As this is the last one of the summer season, there will also be a movie showing at dusk Coco.  Fun gets underway at 5:00 pm and goes till 9:30 pm.

Grease Sing-A-Long – Rio Theatre – August 31st 

You can still experience a last bit of summer with some Summer Lovin’, Grease-style. The Rio Theatre is hosting a sing-a-long tonight celebrating 40 years of rockin’ and rollin’. Fun gets under way at 7:00 pm. All ages welcome.  Costumes encouraged.

History Walk With James Johnstone – 696 E. Hastings St. – September 1st

If you want to learn about the fascinating history of East Vancouver James Johnstone is your man. He has a wealth of knowledge of about the many faces and places of East Van from days long ago. This Saturday James will be hosting a walking history tour that starts at The Heatley, 696 East Hastings St. in Strathcona at 10:00 am. Cost is $20.

Itsumo Life Summer Pop Up – 478 Union Street – Until September 3rd

Itsumo is hosting a summer pop up show on now until September 3rd at 478 Union Street. This pop up features Japanese lifestyle items including table and kitchen ware, textiles, some vintage, incense and candles. Pop up is on 12 pm – 8 pm daily until September 3rd.

Electro Recycle – Trout Lake Farmers Market – September 1st

Electro Recycle is back at the Trout Lake Farmers Market this Saturday. So if you’ve been holding on to any old or broken small electrical appliances, bring them on down to the market with you this Saturday.

Madhatters Tea Party – Riley Park Community Garden – Sept. 1st

The folks at Riley Park Community Garden are hosting a Madhatter Tea Party Saturday, September 1st from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  There will of course be tea, snacks and hat making.  Everyone is invited to attend. All ages welcome.

A Night Of Acoustic & Soul – Café Deux Soleils – September 2nd

Café Deux Soleils on the Drive will be hosting  a night of acoustic and soul this Sunday night. On stage you will find Ivan Hartle, Candace Coker and Matt Storm. Doors open at 7:00 pm, music at 8:00 pm. Cover is $10.

15th Annual Corn Festival – Britannia Community Centre – September 2nd

The Britannia Community Centre plays host to the 15th Annual Corn Festival this Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Latin American community is hosting their annual corn harvest fiesta.  There will be food, live music and dancing.  This is a free event for all ages.

Bayanihan Filipino Celebration – Trout Lake Community Centre – Sept. 2nd 

You are invited to come experience a taste of the Philippines this Sunday from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at Trout Lake Community Centre. Lots of family friendly activities.  Free event, but registration is required.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for live music? Leah Barley will be performing this Saturday night at Café Deux Soleils along with Kellen Saip. Music gets under way at 9:00 pm, cover is $10. Libra Room regularly hosts live music every night of the week. If it’s jazz your after, Sunday nights the Tangent Café regularly hosts live jazz music.

Three Farmer Markets 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 in Dude Chilling Park from 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

East Van History Walks With James Johnstone Back This Summer

9 Jul

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James Johnstone is back with his popular historical walking tours this August and September. On Saturday, August 18th, James will take you on a tour of one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, Strathcona. The tour kicks off at 10:00 am starting from 696 East Hastings Street at Heatley. This historical walking tour is a culmination of years of researching over 250 homes in the East End. Although you will find architecture is a theme on this tour, James will also focus on social history and how waves of immigrants established themselves in this area before moving on to other parts of the city. The tour will also touch on the impact of portside industries like BC Sugar, the prohibition and the proliferation of bootlegging as well as the City of Vancouver’s attempts to wipe out “urban blight”. If you can’t make this date, he will be doing this tour again on Saturday, September 1st and 15th.  James is also offering another tour on September 8th, which focuses on the Working/Wild Side of Vancouver’s East End. This tour has some interesting local history points including the birthplace of Venice Bakery, home of actor John Qualin (Grapes of Wrath), home of maternal grandparents of Michael Buble, home of boxing legend Jimmy McLarnin, birthplace of former Premier Dave Barrett as well as some interesting history on Union Market which was once a Chinese laundry and bottlegging operation. James has much more history for you.  Each tour runs for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours the cost is $20 for each tour. If you would like more information or to reserve your spot, email James directly at historywalks@gmail.com.

What’s On East Van: March 23rd Edition

23 Mar

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out lots more 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.

Butcher – The Cultch – Till March 31st

Not for the light of heart, this stage thriller is on now at The Cultch till March 31st. If you missed our contributing writer’s review Nicole Alivojvodic check out Butcher to see what this psychological crime thriller is about.

Blackbird – Backspace – March 21st to April 1st

A play dealing with some poignant subject matter is happening at Backspace, 1318 Grant Street.  The production touches on the relationship of Una, a 12 year old girl, and Ray a 40 year old male. The two had a sexual relationship for which Ray served a sentence, changed his name and began a new file, but Una tracked him down and confronted him, but the question is what does she want?  The play features a great line up of local talent including local musician Rodney DeCroo.  Tickets are $15 and available through Eventbrite.

Made On Salt Spring – Heritage Hall – March 23rd to 25th

This weekend over 40 artisans from Salt Spring Island will be at the Heritage Hall with a wide variety of offerings including pottery, jewellery, food, woodwork and much more.  The event kicks off Friday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and continues Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and again Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door, kids under 12 are free.  For the early birds, swag bags for the first 25 people through the door each day. To learn more, visit Made On Salt Spring.

Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show – PNE Forum – March 23rd to 25th 

Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show is happening at the PNE Forum this weekend. There will be a wide array of offerings including crystals, gems, minerals, gems, Native art, hand carved stone and much more. To learn more, check out Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show.

Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary Open House – March 24th

Greyhaven Bird Sanctuary is hosting their last Open House at this location before they need to move. You are invited to stop by and meet a variety of exotic birds including macaws, amazons and cockatoos.  These exotic birds are available for adoption, so if you might be interested, this is a great opportunity to check things out. This is a free event happening from Noon to 4:00 pm, but registration is requested through Eventbrite.

History Walk With James Johnstone March 24th

Last weekend to catch historian James Johnstone who will another history walk in East Vancouver this Saturday, March 24th. To learn more or reserve your spot, visit History Walks In Vancouver.

Zumba & Beer – Andina Brewing – March 25th

If you love Zumba and beer, you best get over to Andina Brewing this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Andina Brewing will be hosting in collaboration with Zumba Vancouver a high energy Zumba class followed by a flight or glass of beer. Cost is $20. To register, visit Zumba Vancouver.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

If it’s burlesque you are looking for, the Rio Theatre has you covered. The Geekenders are hosting a show Friday and Saturday night. Love listening to live jazz? Tangent Cafe on Commercial Drive has the Elliot Freedman Group playing this Sunday starting at 6 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 16th Edition

16 Mar

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out lots more 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.

Out At The Inn – Russian Hall – March 13th to 17th

Everything falls apart in this hilarious comedy about a lesbian couple who try to make their dreams come true of running a bed and breakfast out in the country.  They live with unusual neighbours, serve unconventional guests, and receive the help they desperately need from the unlikeliest sources.  Tickets are $20 and available online from Leaping Thespians.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Rio Theatre – March 16th

If you love the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Rio Theatre is hosting another showing for their late movie this Friday night. Doors at 11:00 pm, show gets under way at 11:30 pm.

The After After Party – The Cultch – Until March 17th 

If you are looking for a shameless night of fun with the girls, we hear this is the show to see.  It’s wild, it’s outrageous but at the heart is the essence of female friendship.  This is the last weekend to catch The After After Party at The Cultch. For tickets, visit The Cultch.

History Walk With James Johnstone March 17th

Historian James Johnstone will lead another history walk in East Vancouver this Saturday, March 17th.   This one focuses on the Working/Wild Side of Vancouver’s East Side and begins at 10:00 am. To learn more or reserve your spot, visit History Walks In Vancouver.

Gem & Mineral Show – Hastings Community Centre – March 17th & 18th

If you love rocks, gems and want to learn more about them, you have a great opportunity to do just that at the Rock & Mineral Show happening this weekend. The event happens at the Hastings Community Centre, 3086 East Hastings Street from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm this Saturday and Sunday. Admission is by donation.

First Pick Handmade YVR – Heritage Hall – March 17th and 18th

Over 30 designers from across Canada will be featuring some unique items at First Pick Handmade YVR happening at the Heritage Hall this Saturday and Sunday.  Happens Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is $3.00.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for some fun and humour, The Dirty Betty Show happens at Café Deux Soleils this Friday at 8:30 pm. Don’t forget Tangent Café hosts live jazz music every Sunday evening at 6:00 pm. This week it’s Braveheart & Cole Schmidt. The Winter Farmer Markets continue 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: February 23rd Edition

23 Feb

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out lots more 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 End/Strathcona History Walk With James Johnstone- February 24th 

James Johnstone invites you to take a walking history tour this Saturday, February 24th.  James will regale you with the history of East Vancouver on his 3 hour tour which begins at 10:00 am from 696 East Hastings Street at Heatley.  There is a cost, last we heard it was $20 per person. For more information, visit his website History Walks In Vancouver.

Tamar Ilana’s Ventanas & Lache Cercel’s Roma Swing Band – The Russian Hall – February 24th

A celebration of  Balkan, Flamenco and Sephardic music happens at the Russian Hall Saturday, February 24th.  Experience an evening of live music and dance.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the room.  Doors open at 7:00 pm with festivities kicking off at 8:00 pm. To learn more, or purchase tickets, visit Caravan BC.

Lanterns In The Garden –  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens – February 23, 24 & 25

To help celebrate Chinese New Year, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens have thousands of beautiful lanterns on display in their gardens.  Come at night and be prepared to be dazzled.  There are themed lanterns handmade by local artists as well as do-it-yourself lantern making, a photo booth and more.   Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and seniors or $45 for a family package.   Event happens from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To purchase your tickets online, or to learn more about the event, visit Lanterns In The Garden. 

Ways To Reduce Your Family’s Exposure To Toxins – Trout Lake Community Centre – February 28th

An interesting workshop is coming to Trout Lake Community Centre on Wednesday, February 28th.  You are invited to learn about small changes you can make in your environment to help with allergies and preventing disease.  The cost is $15 and registration is through the City of Vancouver.

Latte Art For Beginners – Platform 7  Coffee – March 1st

Have an espresso machine and want to up your latte game? Platform 7 Coffee‘s East Van location has started offering Latte Art Classes For Beginners every Thursday night from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm.  No experience required. Cost is $60 per person.

Comedy, Live Music & Entertainment

If you love animated shows, you may wish to check out The 19th Annual Animation Show Of Shows happening at the Rio Theatre this Sunday afternoon. The Talking Stick Festival continues into the weekend and you can check out the Kin Balam Quartet at Café Deux Soleils on Saturday night. They blend music from various cultures including Indigenous Central and South American. The Winter Farmer Markets continue with Saturday’s being held at Nat Bailey Stadium from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday at Hastings Parking 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

 

 

History Walk With James Johnstone Saturday, August 3rd

1 Aug

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Join James Johnstone this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for a historical walking tour of Vancouver’s Milltown – Strathcona North of Hastings. The largely industrialized area of the Strathcona North of Hastings is the oldest part of the city of Vancouver. The point of land on the north foot of Dunlevy where Captain Edward Stamp established Vancouver’s first industry, the Hastings Mill (originally the Vancouver Island Spar, Lumber & Sawmill Co.) in 1865, was known as Kumkumalay (“big leaf maple trees”).

You will learn many interesting facts on this tour such as Vancouver’s first Mayor, Malcolm A. MacLean, as well as world-renowned theoretical physicist Shuichi Kusaka (a protégé of Albert Einstein) both lived on the 300-block of East Cordova Street. One of the oldest houses still standing in Vancouver, the Thomas Dunn house, is on the north side of the same block. James promises this is a tour like no other and will bring along a binder filled with old archival images of houses, buildings and people from days gone by.

The walk departs from 611 Alexander Street at the north foot of Princess Avenue and runs for 2 hours. The cost is $20 per person. To reserve your spot, email James directly at historywalks@gmail.com. If you can’t make it this Saturday, this walk is being offered again on September 21st. 

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