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What’s On East Van: October 19th Edition

19 Oct

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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.

Fright Nights – Playland – October 19-21

Fright Nights is now on at Playland nightly at 7:00 pm until October 31st (save for October 22nd and 23rd).  If you like things ghlouish, scary and to get your heart racing, this is your spot.  Advance tickets recommended, some evenings to sell out.

Election Day – City of Vancouver – October 20th

It’s voting day this Saturday at many locations throughout the City from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  There are, in case you missed it, 158 candidates for 27 positions for Mayor, School Board, Council Members and Parks Board.  Even if you don’t know who to vote for in all positions, vote for the ones you want.  If you are unsure where to vote, the City has a Where To Vote. You only need to put in your postal code and it will give you the polling stations in that area. Remember to bring ID when you go to vote.

The Shakespeare Show – Havana Theatre – October 19th & 20th

Monster Theatre presents The Shakespeare Show filled with tragic heroes, a few witches Anne Hathaway and Queen Elizabeth at Havana Theatre Friday & Saturday night. Tickets are $15-20 and available online through Showpass.

East Van Opry – Rio Theatre – October 20th

This Saturday you are invited to the East Van Opry. Now in its sixth year, the event happens at the Rio Theatre this Saturday night. Expect an eclectic mix of this City’s stage performers. Advance tickets are $24, or at the door for $28.  Visit The Rio Theatre for tickets.

Pumpkin Carving & Beer – Parallel 49 Brewing – October 21st

Parallel 49 Street Kitchen invites you down for a day of pumpkin carving. They will supply the tools and the pumpkins. Of course the Street Kitchen has some great eats and beer as well. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.  Event happens 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Retro Design & Antiques Fair – Croatian Cultural Centre – October 21st

If you love collectibles, vintage, funky kitschy items, maybe a little art deco, the Retro Design & Antiques Fair is the place to be this Sunday. There will be a 175 tables at the Croatian Cultural Centre to browse.  Event happens 10:00 to 3:00 pm. Admission is $5 at the door, children under 13 are free.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for something new to check out? Reminder Caffe La Tana just opened next to Pepino’s Spaghetti House. Cafe is open 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. 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.

Two Farmer Markets happening this weekend – Saturday it’s 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: October 12th Edition

12 Oct

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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 Votes – Strathcona Community Centre – October 12th

School and Parks Board Candidates in the upcoming election will be at Strathcona Community Centre Friday night from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Take the opportunity to get to know the candidates and ask the questions about issues important to you.

The Dirty Betty Show – Café Deux Soleils – October 12th

Looking for some saucy entertainment this Friday night? The Dirty Betty Show is back for their monthly stop at Café Deux Soleils. You expect comedians, drag superstars and improvisers. Doors open at 8:00 pm, show gets under way at 8:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door $10, but note the show can sell out. So we recommend checking in earlier.

Drive In Movies – River District – October 13th

Free Drive-In Movies are back this Saturday night at River District in SE Vancouver.  It’s a double feature starting off with Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again at 7:15 and Dirty Dancing at 9:30 pm. Gates open at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit Picatic.

Whitish – Havana Theatre – October 13th

For one night only, Whitish comes to Havana Theatre. This is a storytelling show about the perils of being biracial. Six performers will ask the questions people ask, where are you from? What are you? The event is hosted by Jo Dworschak creator of Story Story Lie. The show is for one night only at Havana Theatre. Tickets are $12 and available online through Showpass.

AbraCadaver Cabaret: Urban Legends – Wise Hall – October 13th

A new event at the Wise Hall, the AbraCadaver Cabaret presents a series of horror inspired vignettes along with the world of magic, burlesque striptease and storytelling. The venue seems fitting since some seem to think the Wise is haunted. Due to the morbid subject matter, the show is not for the faint of heart. Advance tickets are available from $18 or at the door $20. Doors open at 8:00 pm, show gets under way at 9:00 pm.

The Transformers The Movie – Rio Theatre – October 13 & 14

Looking for some fun indoor entertainment with the kids this weekend, The Transformers – The Movie is showing at the Rio Theatre Saturday at 1:15 pm and Sunday at 9:30 pm for the big kids.

Free Movie ‘Hell Or High Water’ – Britannia Community Centre – October 14th

Britannia Community Centre is again showing a free moving this Sunday night. This week it’s Hell Or High Water.  Things get underway at 6:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for new spot to check out this weekend,  reminder the Elephant Creamery is now open on the Drive located next to Sushiville.

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.

Two Farmer Markets happening this weekend – Saturday it’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm). Just a reminder, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is now closed for the season.  Watch for the Hastings Park Winter Market coming November 4th. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

 

What’s On East Van: October 5th Edition

5 Oct

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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.

Vegan Pop Market – Little Mountain Shop – October 4-8

There seems to be a few of these lately and that’s certainly not a bad thing in our view.   The Little Mountain Shop, 4386 Main Street, is hosting a Vegan Pop Up Market this weekend. Are you shopping for some vegan friends or family? We expect a good selection here.  Shop is open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

Girls Like That – Havana Theatre – October 5th & 6th 

Sour Dog Theatre Presents: Girls Like That at Havana Theatre this Friday & Saturday night. “When a nude photograph of Scarlett goes viral in her high school, rumours spread across smartphones like wildfire and her reputation becomes toxic, threatening to shatter the fragile unity of the girls she has grown up with. Using shifts in time to interrogate when play turns into competition for young women, the play focuses on adolescent female friendship in the present day and how poisoned our perspectives can become in the face of societal and cultural pressures, and not to mention the fucking patriarchy.” If you have a daughter, niece, sister, you should show this production.  These events transform lives and shape perceptions for a very long time, sometimes forever.  Tickets are $25 and available online at Showpass.com.

Ola Volo Solo Exhibition – Settlement Building – October 5th & 6th 

Ola Volo is having her first solo exhibition this weekend at the Settlement Building. King.Queen.Lovers.Fool will feature  12 original paintings on canvas limited edition artworks as well as one Ola Volo signature-sized mural on wood panel.  We hear Doan’s Craft Beer will be on hand and  Vancouver Urban Winery will have the wine at the ready. Opening Reception is October 5 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm and an Artist Talk is set for Saturday, October 6th at 3:30 pm. For more info, visit, the event’s Facebook page.

A Vancouver Guldasta – The Cultch – Until October 21st

On now this weekend at The Cultch, A Vancouver Guldasta features a Punjabi family in the early 80s. We attended opening night and wow! For anyone that lived in the 80s, this is certainly a flashback in time. There’s history here about Vancouver, but also world politics, religion and most importantly family, which isn’t always biological.  Many people who grew in the multi cultural community that is Vancouver will resonate with the many themes in this production. We highly recommend. The show is on until October 21st. Tickets are available online at The Cultch.

Draw Draw Draw – Trout Lake Community Centre – October 6th

If you ever wanted to draw on the floors and walls, now’s your chance.  The Trout Lake Community Centre invites you to do just that. They will be experimenting with drawing to music and sounds as well. This is a free event that happens from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Centre Lobby. All are welcome, but pre-registration is requested.

Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue – October 6th & 7th

In case you missed it, Eastside Flea has moved to a new location, 550 Malkin Avenue, Eastside Studios.  50 local vendors will be on hand this Saturday and Sunday as will food trucks, music and we hear pinball and pool. Kids and dogs are welcome as well.  Admission is $3.00. The Eastside Flea runs 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Free Family Fun – Trout Lake Community Centre – October 8th

This holiday Monday, October 8th, Trout Lake Community Centre will have the gymnasium set up with a bouncy castle, arts and crafts and games for the kids from 10:00 am to Noon.  It’s a free event, but you are asked to pre-register.

Brunch This Long Weekend?

Looking to do brunch this long weekend? Reminder that Havana Restaurant is now officially back and running after a small kitchen fire.  If you are looking for more brunch ideas and where to go, don’t forget to check out our 2 features on Brunch On The Drive and Brunch In Hastings Sunrise.  Lots of great places for eats and amazing coffee.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

This weekend Kamloopa continues at The Cultch which is high energy Indigenous matriarchal story that follows two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless trickster who face the world head-on as they come to terms with what it means to honour who they are and where they come from.

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.

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

What’s On East Van: September 7th Edition

7 Sep

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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.

Plant Club With Wine – Figaro’s Garden Centre – September 7th

The first Friday of the month, Figaro’s Garden Centre, 1896 Victoria Drive, hosts Plant Club with wine.  You are invited to come hang out between 3:30 – 5:30 pm and talk plants while enjoying a glass of mind with other plant lovers.

Vancouver Fringe Festival – Various Venues – September 6th – 16th 

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is now under way until September 16th at various venues in the City including The Cultch, The Havana Theatre in Havana Restaurant and Your Open Closet on Commercial Drive to name a few.  Some may know that Havana Restaurant recently had a kitchen fire, but they’ve put out a note saying while the restaurant is still currently closed, the theatre IS OPEN for the Vancouver Fringe Festival line up.  To see the full line up, visit Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Quiz Show With Graham Clark – Fox Cabaret – September 7th

Looking for some good laughs at the end of the week? This Friday night, local comedian Graham Clark puts on a comedy show which features segments of various TV game shows. They are presented to you in one bizarre comedic event. Graham will be joined by comedians, Emmett Hall, Aaron Read, Katie Ellen Humphries and Christine Bortolin for this Friday’s show. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

River District – Savour Summer Series – September 8th 

You are invited to River District for an afternoon of free fun this Saturday.  The Savour Summer Festival happens in River District’s new Town Centre Plaza between the new Starbucks and Everything Wine. There will be free live music, entertainment, giveaways, a photo booth, local food trucks and more.  Some of the entertainment includes Raincity Blue,  Bobs & Lolo and Wooden Horsemen.  Activities get under way at 2:00 pm and go till 8:00 pm.  For those that wish to come early, note the first 200 people will receive a Savour Summer hat and a popsicle.

4th Annual Burlesque Marathon – Rio Theatre – September 8th

The 4th Annual Burlesque Marathon happens this Saturday at the Rio Theatre. There is a long line talent of burlesque talent set for this event. Doors open at 8:00 pm, festivities get under way at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Meet & Greet The Candidates – Commercial Street Café Sept. 8th & 9th

This weekend Commercial Street Café, 3599 Commercial Street, hosts the beginning of a series of meet and greets for those running for Mayor of Vancouver. This Saturday, come chat with independent candidate, Shauna Sylvester from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. On Sunday, another independent candidate, Kennedy Stewart will be on hand from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm to chat and answer questions about his platform.

Free Movie ‘Lady Bird’ – Britannia Community Centre – September 9th

Britannia Community Centre shows free movies on Sunday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. This week they are showing Lady Bird. All are welcome to enjoy the movie along with the free popcorn.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking to liven things up this weekend?  Breaking Boundaries is back at Café Deux Soleils this Saturday night. Doors at 8:30 pm, 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.  If you haven’t yet caught the documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbour’ about the life of Mr. Rogers, it’s showing this weekend at the Rio Theatre Saturday at 1:15 pm and Sunday at 4:15 pm. Reviews we’ve heard it’s good, bit of a tear jerker, but good.

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

What’s On East Van: August 24th Edition

24 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.

Serate in Piazza – Italian Cultural Centre – August 24th

You are invited to come listen to live music and dance at the outdoor piazza at the Italian Cultural Centre this Friday night.  There will also be food and refreshments available for purchase, should you wish, but the music is free. Fun kicks off at 7:00 pm.

Family Night – Grandview Park – August 24th

The Commercial Drive BIA and the Vancouver Park Board Rangers are hosting a Family Night in Grandview Park this Friday from 5:00 – 9:30 pm.  This event features a film, a Kids Zone with balloon twisting, face painter and caricature artist.  It’s a free event. Everyone is welcome to stop by.

RnB Icons Motown Dance Party – Federico’s Supper Club – August 24th

Looking for a fun night out of dinner and dancing?  Federico’s Supper Club is the place to be Friday night with their Motown Dance Party. Dinner reservations start from 5:30 pm. Music kicks off a little later. To reserve your spot, visit Federicos’s Supper Club.

Tremors 2018 – Italian Cultural Centre – August 24th & 25th

This is your last weekend to catch 3 contemporary Canadian plays by emerging artists.  The productions take place at the Italian Cultural Centre. They include Selfie by Christine Quintana, Tiny Replicas by Dave Deveau, and Theory by Norman Yeung. The performances are Pay What You Decide. For more information on times and tickets, visit Tremors 2018.

Won’t You Be My Neighbour – Rio Theatre – August 24th & 25th

The documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbour’  takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.  One of his aims was to bring up a generation of good neighbours.  Did he succeed? This is one film that’s on our list and will be showing at the Rio Theatre Friday at 3:15 pm and Saturday at 1:00 pm.

Tiny House Design Weekend  – Britannia Community Centre – August 25 & 26

If you are interested in tiny homes, designing and or building them, then you may wish to check out The Tiny House Design Weekend happening at the Britannia Community Centre.  The cost is $349 for the 2 days and coverages a wide range of topics and is geared to all skill levels from those just researching the idea to custom builders. To register, visit Eventbrite.

Summer Savour Festival – River District – August 25th

River District is hosting it’s 3rd in a series of 4 summer fun events, Summer Savour Festival. This Saturday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, there will be live music by the Myles Bigalow Trio, Dr. Strangelove to name two. Romer’s Burger Bar will be on hand with free slider samples as well as beer samples. There will be a small marketplace and some food trucks on hand.

Saturday Morning Brunch With Cartoons – Storm Crow Tavern – August 25th

Really how often can you have brunch and watch Saturday morning cartoons while out at a restaurant? Stop by Storm Crow Tavern from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to have brunch and watch Adventure Time.

Artful Sunday – Napier Greenway – August 26th

Artful Sundays happens again this Sunday in the Napier Greenway by the Britannia Community Centre. This outdoor visual art market features local artists, workshops, artist demonstrations, live music and more. Stop by between Noon – 5:00 pm.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

The Rickshaw Theatre is hosting a BC Wildfire Benefit Concert to help those affected by wildfires this Friday, August 24th. Tickets are $12. Looking to take in some comedy, East Van Improv League is at Havana Theatre Sunday night at 7:30 pm and Graham Clark’s Laugh Gallery is Monday night at Havana Theatre 9 pm. If you are looking to keep the kids entertained, big or small, Playland is now open daily from 10 am – 7 pm. 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.  Note, for the tomato lovers, there’s a Tomato Festival at Trout Lake this Saturday where there will be 100+ varieties. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

ILiveInEastVan Tote Bags

31 Jul

ILiveInEastVanLogo2018If you’ve been following along with ILiveInEastVan, you will see we have launched a new logo recently pictured here. This now copyrighted design pays homage to the street signs we grew up with in East Van with a nod to the ever present crow in Vancouver.

On launching our new logo, we received some positive feedback. So we are excited to announce we have created a limited run of hand screened nylon tote bags with this original design.  These bags were hand screened here in East Vancouver by Mike Jackson of Grubwear in Mount Pleasant. If you don’t know Mike, he has been creating designs for street wear since 1988. Mike began working out of the back of his Honda Civic and is now situated at Fraser & Kingsway in East Vancouver.  Our aim in creating these bags is threefold.  One to support local East Van businesses in the design, sale and production of ILiveInEastVan bags. Second creating a sturdy reusable bag which we hope you will use often in place of single use plastic bags. Lastly, a bag that shows your pride in living in East Van.

If you wish to purchase the ILiveInEastVan Nytlon Tote Bag, it is currently available at Second Nature Home at 3565 Commercial Street in Cedar Cottage. ILiveInEastVan is now also on Etsy. We are offering free delivery of any purchase to residents of Vancouver until August 30th.

We are looking at other colours and styles of bags and are open to suggestions of what you’d like to see.  Canvas bags are in the works.  We’ve already had requests for t-shirts with the new logo. If it’s something you’d like to see, let us know. Drop us a comment below, or send us an email at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

 

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

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