Tag Archives: Live Music

A Very Swingin’ Christmas At The Hungarian Hall Sunday December 15

11 Dec

DanceLooking to kick up your heels this holiday season with some live music and dancing? If so, you may wish to grab your ticket for A Very Swingin’ Christmas happening this Saturday at the Hungarian Hall at 728 Kingsway near Fraser Street.  The evening features the live music of  Dane Warren (Vancouver’s Premier Frank Sinatra Tribute Artist), vocal sensation Mandy Rushton and John Cronin of the Irish Show Band “Killarney” along with the Bruce James Orchestra, a 17 piece jazz orchestra.  Tickets are $35 until December 13th after which they are $45.  Tickets include some appetizers and one complimentary cocktail, but a cash bar will also be available.  To purchase your ticket in advance, visit Eventbrite. If you wish to purchase your ticket at the door, note it’s cash only.  Take in the sounds of big band music this weekend.

Fado: The Saddest Music In The World At The Firehall Arts Centre November 21 to December 14, 2019

6 Nov

Fado-Poster-Image-560x560If you have not experienced Fado music, you are missing out. What is Fado?  Wikipedia describes it as “a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia.”  We can tell you it is passionate, emotional and relatable. This month and next you have the chance to experience it firsthand.  Elaine Ávila, an acclaimed Portuguese-Canadian playwright, brings her play new FADO to the stage at the Firehall Arts Centre. The production “is a tale of love and ghosts set in the back alleys and brothels of old Lisbon.  Part concert, part theatre, the story of a young woman confronting her country’s Fascist past and her own identity is interwoven with the heartbreaking national music of Portugal known as Fado, which means “fate.” For tickets to this beautiful production, visit Firehall Arts Centre. For a taste of Fado music, we invite you check out Amalia Rodrigues singing Abandono.

Artful Sundays Return To The Napier Greenway August 11th to September 1st

24 Jul

Artful Sundays 2019 PosterArtful Sundays return to the Napier Greenway this summer.  If you aren’t familiar with this event, it is weekly outdoor visual art market which happens over 4 Sundays in the Napier Greenway.  It happens in a great community space by the Britannia Community Centre located at Commercial Drive & Napier Street. The first event kicks off Sunday, August 11th from Noon to 5:00 pm and for the next 3 Sundays following. We do know that a couple of personal favourites artisans will be at the August 11th event, BagItUpBy Kate to help you reduce plastic use while shopping and Perching Art Clay with some stunning pieces of jewellery. Each Artful Sunday brings a variety of local artists, workshops, artist demonstrations, live music and more.  Lots to do and see and it’s free to wander and take in the art that surrounds us.  The event takes place in the Napier Greenway at Napier Street & Commercial Drive from Noon – 5:00 pm each Sunday from August 11th to September 1st.

Vancouver Greek Summerfest July 4th to July 14th, 2019

2 Jul

GreekSummerFest2019The Vancouver Greek Summerfest is back for its 33rd consecutive year at the edge of East Van, 4541 Boundary Road.  Vancouver Greek Summerfest kicks off Thursday, July 4th and runs till July 14th.  This is a free fun community event with great Greek food including BBQ Lamb, Loukoumade, souvalaki, gyros and more available for purchase. The event features dozen of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage including belly dancing, folk dancing and Serbian dancing.  Organizers also have a great music line up including performances by bands Zougla, Urban Myth, Asi Somos, Dolphin Jazz and legendary Blues musician Jim Byrnes. If you love George Michael, you may wish to mark July 6th on your calendar, Gotta B George Michael will be performing that day kicking off the fun at 7:30 pm.  When there are not live performances, a DJ will be spinning tunes.   The event takes place in the parking lot behind the Greek Orthodox Community Church of East Vancouver at 4541 Boundary Road which is located on the border of Vancouver and Burnaby.  If you are coming from Vancouver, the intersection is 29th Avenue. If you are coming from Burnaby, it is Moscrop.  The event is free to attend. Note, as there is food and lots of moving bodies, pets are not permitted.  During the week, Monday to Wednesday, activities take place from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and from Thursday to Sunday, things go from Noon to 11:00 pm. To learn more about the event, what’s available for food or which musician is playing on which date, check out Greek SummerFest. Opa! Live and eat like a Greek for a day.

Car Free Day On Commercial Drive Sunday July 7th

26 Jun

CarFreeDay2019GreenYou are invited to another great street party on The Drive. On Sunday, July 7th Car Free Day happens from Noon to 7:00 pm. The event stretches 15 blocks along Commercial Drive between Venables and The Grandview Cut.  Car Free Day will feature activities for all ages, great food, entertainment, local artisans and advocacy for car free and green spaces.  This is a free family friendly event which is very accessible by bus, Skytrain and cycling all of which are encouraged.

Tiki Nights At Odd Society Spirits July 4th & August 1st

24 Jun

TikiNightsSummer is officially here and should you feel like you need a bit of a tropical vibe in your life, you may wish to mark a couple dates on your calendar.  Local distiller, Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street, is hosting Tiki Nights this summer on Thursday, July 4th and Thursday, August 1st.  You are invited to join them for a BBQ, music and refreshing Tiki drinks made by Barman Chad Rivard.  We hear some special Tiki recipes will be available using their spirits. No ticket purchase required, just put on your best tropical dress or Hawaiian shirt and come down between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm to take a little break from the everyday that’s not very far away.

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series Returns July 3rd

17 Jun

TheSodaCrackersThe Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting Wednesday, July 3, 2019.  If you have not checked out this great free summer event, you are missing out on the perfect summer evening.  This annual event is hosted by the Trout Lake Community Center at 3360 Victoria Drive.  Concerts happen every Wednesday evening throughout the summer rain or shine. If it rains, concerts go indoors to the Grandview Room. We’ve had the opportunity to take in some of the concerts on a nice summer evening and we have to say, it is a pretty perfect way to spend an evening. Bring a blanket, your friends, family, kids or the dog or all of the above and a picnic and you are set.  If you aren’t able to organize a picnic, you can grab some food at the Carousel Café.  We have set out the musical line up for this summer below.  Each evening kicks off at 6:30 pm.  By the way, dancing is encouraged.

For those that love the lantern processions around Trout Lake, take note. On thLostSoulsSouthHilltin-can lanterns hanginge very last concert of the summer, August 28th, there will be an opportunity to make lanterns from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm  after which there will be a lantern procession along with performers and musicians around Trout Lake at dusk (8:30 pm).  Keep an eye out for the Lantern Tent to make yours that evening, or bring your own creation from home.

 July 3
SANCTUARY ALL STARS
A 17 piece big swing jazz band led by Bob Liley.

  July 10
EAST VAN CHOIR

  July 17
YOUTH EAST VAN MARIMBA ALL STARS

  July 24
BLACKTHORN CELTIC BAND

  July 31
CHAR HUNTER AND GEORGE FAULKNER

AUGUST 7
KATHARA SOCIETY

AUGUST 14
NORINE BRAUN WITH BAND

AUGUST 21
SODA CRACKERS
Vintage country, jazz and roots music.

AUGUST 28
CHECO TOHOMASO & Gospel Choir
Motown music.

Note: Performances are subject to last minute changes.

Did You Miss Vancouver Craft Beer Week? Nicole Alivojvodic Runs Down What You Missed

12 Jun

 

Kicking off on the last weekend of May every year, Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) is a 10-day celebration of craft beer, culminating at the historic PNE fairgrounds for a massive festival. Now celebrating its 10th year, VCBW festival saw thousands of craft beer and cider enthusiasts from all over the Lower Mainland and beyond this past weekend. This is a huge leap from the first festival, which started at a small venue hosting about 100 beer aficionados and 15 breweries. Over the past 9 years, it has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week into a multi award-winning cultural engine that showcases music, food, art, and craft beer at events across the city.

Not a beer drinker? You might want to consider becoming one. With brews like Fuggles & Warlock’s “The Last Mango Witbier” and the “Wide Mouth Watermelon Wheat Ale” courtesy of Foamers’ Folly (my two personal favourites) you might as well be drinking boozy fruit juice while lounging on the grass listening to live music. Beer connoisseur? Choose from more than 300 brews from 100+ breweries and cideries. With so much choice, you’re sure to find something new. And let’s not forget about the food. There were more than 15 food trucks throughout the festival grounds ready to satisfy any craving, be it mac n’ cheese, Triple O’s, or traditional pierogies. I have to say I was nearly as excited about getting a Bandidas burrito as I was to taste the beers.

If you haven’t yet attended the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival, mark you calendars for next year because this is the perfect way to kick off summer in Vancouver.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

Italian Market At The Italian Cultural Centre Friday June 14th

4 Jun

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The Italian Cultural Centre invites you to their outdoor Italian Market happening for one evening only this summer Friday, June 14th from 4:30 to 9:30 pm. This market as you might expect has a very distinct Italian feel with Italian food products available offering  olive oil, balsamic vinegars, pasta, tomato sauces and more. There will over 30 vendors on hand including local artisan with handmade items. Their will also be live music and we suspect some food trucks in case you get hungry.

Also on site will be Hives For Humanity with a Hive Tours. This is a hands-on workshop which is an introduction to urban beekeeping. The 30-minute tour is open to all ages veils and equipment will be provided, but wearing light colour long sleeves and pants with closed toed shoes are required. Cost is $15 and there are 2 time slots available at 5:30 pm and 6:15 pm. A jar of locally made honey is included. To purchase your ticket for the Hives Tour, visit Hive Tour.

Lots of free parking will be available at the Italian Cultural Centre and the site is close to the Renfrew Skytrain Station for those coming by transit. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Benedetta at benedetta@iccvancouver.ca.

What’s On East Van: May 31st Edition

31 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.

Storytelling With Drag Queens – Café Deux Soleils – May 31st

You are invited for an evening of sexy readings about love this Friday night at Café Deux Soleils when they host Storytelling with Drag Queens.  Entertaining and fun is what we expect this night to be. Fun kicks off at 8:00 pm. Admission is by donation.

Custom Cocktail Class – Everything Wine Vancouver – May 31st

Want to learn how to make some top notch cocktails?  This Friday night, Everything Wine Vancouver in the new River District is hosting a class using Roots & Wings Distillery line up. You will learn how to make an Old Fashioned, Gin Sour, Whiskey Sour, Last Word, Dark Angel, Vodka Martini. Cost is $25. Class gets under way at 6:30 pm.

Ritchie’s Bakery Pop Up Les Amis Du Fromage (East Van) – June 1st

Ritchie’s Bakery celebrates it’s 1st birthday ‘popping up’ at les amis du fromage’s East Van location 843 East Hastings Street from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm or until they sell out.

Container & Small Space Gardening – Trout Lake Community Centre – June 1st

Want to do some gardening but don’t have oodles of space, maybe just your balcony? Trout Lake Community Centre is offering a new program this Saturday ‘Balcony, Container & Small Space Gardening’ from 2:00pm – 4:00 pm.

Historical Walk Cedar Cottage – Trout Lake Community Centre – June 1st 

If you didn’t already know Cedar Cottage is rich with Vancouver history.  This Saturday, local historian Peter Finch, will take you on a Historical Walk and learn about the Lakeview Disaster, Vancouver’s first transit accident, forgotten street names along with local folklore.  Cost is $2. Meeting spot is the Lobby of the Trout Lake Community Centre. Walk runs from Noon to 1:00 pm.

rEvolver Festival – The Cultch – Until June 2nd

It’s the last weekend to catch The rEvolver Festival on at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street. The festival that brings a wide variety of contemporary theatre from emerging companies and artists wraps up Sunday. To see the full line up and for tickets, visit The Cultch.

The Plant Market – The Garden Strathcona – June 1st & 2nd

If you are looking for plants or plant based items, The Garden in Strathcona has an upstairs studio with a Plant Market happening this Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Plants will be available along with plant based skin care products, flowers by some local florists, handmade ceramics and woven textiles and fiberglass planters.  The Garden is located at 868 East Hastings St. in Strathcona.

Landscape & Planting Party – Lord Selkirk Elementary School – June 2nd

If you love gardening and/or beautifying the streets of East Van, then you may wish to come out and join the All Ages Landscaping & Planting Party this Sunday, June 2nd.  The location is the roadside garden in front of Lord Selkirk Elementary School, 22nd Avenue and Commercial Street from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  All experience levels welcome whether you have 10 minutes or a few hours to help. All hands welcome.  If you want more info, email t_scaman@yahoo.com.

Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches – Earnest Ice Cream (Frances St.)

Love carrot cake?  Love ice cream? If you answered yes to both, we recommend heading down to Earnest Ice Cream’s Frances Street location (1485 Frances Street) for a Caramel Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwich.  How amazing does this sound?!  This location is open daily Noon to 10:00 pm.  Get your fix while they are available.

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 at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. 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

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