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Rodney DeCroo Performs At The Cultch Wednesday, May 31st

24 May

LRodney-DeCroo_Cultch_May-31_WEB.pngocal boy, Rodney DeCroo will be bringing some new music and poetry to The Cultch on Wednesday, May 31st.  Rodney has made East Van his home and will be showcasing songs from his new album Old Tenement Man produced by Tonic Records, now his 8th album.  He will also be featuring work from his third poetry book, Next Door To The Butcher Shop published by Nightwood Editions which explores the permeability of memory and uncovers heart-wrenching beauty from shadowy grit.  The Georgia Straight recently featured their Top 50 albums for each year the paper has been published for their 50th Anniversary. Rodney’s album Campfires On The Moon was featured for the year 2015 in which he’s affectionately referred to as the dark prince of East Van.  It takes courage for artists to showcase their dark side and lay it bare for all to hear. We suspect his performance at The Cultch with some special guests will be a memorable evening. .Along with his new album, Rodney will be featuring a new book of poetry entitled Next Door to the Butcher Shop which we understand offers a rare, sharp, first-hand perspective of life around the edges, with dark comedy dispersed throughout.

An excerpt from Next Door To The Butcher Shop

How quickly age
descends on us. Our memories are maps
to places that don’t exist. I was an emperor
on a green lawn wearing a white sheet
and a paper crown. The birds sang my praises
from the hedges and the trees 

The evening will also feature the talents of Geoff Berner and Fraser Mackenzie who join Rodney on stage.   Tickets are $20 and available in advance at The Cultch OR by phone at Telephone: 604-251-1363, or you can purchase tickets at the door $25.

East Van Extravaganza Saturday May 20, 2017 At The Rio Theatre

17 May

AffordableConcertSeriesIf you are looking for a fun night out, maybe listen to some live music and dance, you may wish to check out this East Van Extravaganza happening Saturday at the Rio Theatre. They are hosting the Affordable Concert Series which consists of a line up of 4 bands, being Disco Funeral with an energetic and electric vibe, then there’s Hard Rock Miners with Hillbilly Party Punk, next up is Rio Samaya with their South American Latin fusion and The Walkins which we hear will get you grinding and grooving.  As this is East Van, this event is come as you are whether it’s your Daytons, Blundstones, Berkinstocks or anything in between, you are invited to come down and get into the groove.  Tickets are a very reasonable $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  If you are organized and plan to go with a group of friends, you can purchase a group pack of 10 tickets for $150.  Note, this event has bar service thus not suitable for minors. Must be 19+. Come get your groove on. To get your tickets in advance, visit Rio Theatre.

22nd Annual Stone Soup Festival Saturday May 13th at Britannia Community Centre

10 May

StoneSoupFestivalBritannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, is hosting the 22nd Annual Stone Soup Festival on Saturday, May 13th.  This annual event is a celebration of food, art, environment and community. You can expect to find a food market, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, tea leaf reading, children’s activities, free soup and much more. The Stone Soup Festival aims to bring awareness to the issues of food security, the benefits of sharing resources and eating ‘local’ and celebrating the diversity of food in our neighbourhood, the environment and its importance to the culture of our community.  Some of the highlights from this year’s festival include:    


             Wild Salmon Caravan Art Build with Artist Nadine Pluzak
Location: West Zone 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Katari Performance
Location West Zone 1:00 pm

V’ni Dansi-Metis Dance & History. Come Learn The Red River Jig
Location: Gym D 2:00 pm

Pasta Jewellery Making Workshop with Paula Luther
Location: Britannia Courtyard 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Britannia Box of Light with Kelty Jean McKerracher & Ronnie Dean Harris
Location: Britannia Site: 12:00 – 5:00 pm

There will be live music on the Commercial Drive Stage starting at Noon with the Carnival Band kicking things off, then at 1:00 pm Backspin takes the stage followed by the Tim Sars Duo at 2:00 pm. After that The Vancouver Fiddle Club keep things moving about 3:00 pm which are followed by Rio Samaya at 4:00 p.m. The Stone Soup Festival kicks off at Noon and runs till 5:00 pm. This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for the kids including face painting, storytelling and a kids activity area.  For more information, contact the Britannia Community Centre at T: 604.718.5800.

Artful Sundays Return To Napier Greenway August 7th – September 4th

26 Jul


Artful Sundays return to the Britannia Community Centre this summer. This is an outdoor visual arts market that begins Sunday, August 7th, 2016 and will run every consecutive Sunday until September 4th. This event now in its 16th year will feature local artists, special events, artist demonstrations, workshops and more. There will also be lots of live music on hand and we’ve set out below who will be on hand for each Sunday. The event will take place in the Napier Greenway at Napier Street & Commercial Drive from Noon – 5:00 p.m.

 August 7

Workshop: Mixed Media Button Making with Dianne Wood & Helen Spaxman
Live Music with Backspin Noon – 2:30 pm
Live Music with Russell Shumsky & Bud Kurz 2:30 – 5:00 pm

August 14

Workshop: Poetry Scrolls With James Melcher
Live Music with Illiteratty Noon – 2:30 pm
Live Music with Creaking Planks 2:30 – 5:00 pm

August 21

Workshop: Pasta Jewellery with Paula Luther
Live Music with Tim Sars & Wynston Minckler Noon – 2:30 pm
Live Music with Doug Thordarson 2:30 – 5:00 pm

August 28

Workshop: Print Making with Paddi McGrath
Live Music with Cosmic Wink & John Lyon Noon – 2:30 pm
Live Music with Rio Samaya 2:30 – 5:00 pm

September 4

Workshop: Colouring Table with Trish Mitchell
Live Music with the Soda Crackers Noon – 2:30 pm
Live Music with Katheryn Petersen & Squeeze Box Circle Orchestra 2:30 – 5 pm

There is a long line of local artists on hand for this weekly event. If you wish to know which artisan will be on hand on any given day, we invite you check the Facebook page for Artful Sundays. We invite you to come out and support this great community event.


Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series Is Back For 2016

6 Jul


The Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting tonight. If you have not checked out this great free summer event, you are missing out.  This annual event is hosted by the Trout Lake Community Center, 3360 Victoria Drive.  Concerts happen every Wednesday evening throughout the summer rain or shine. We had the opportunity to take in a few of the concerts last year and we have to say, it was a pretty perfect way to spend an evening.  Bring a blanket, your friends, or the dog or both and a picnic and you are set.  For parents with small children, there is a playground where kids can play while you, at the same time, can take in the concert.  We have set out the musical line up for this summer below.  Each evening kicks off at 6:30 pm.  Note, any rained our concerts will be held in the Grandview Room. By the way, dancing is encouraged, so don’t be shy. Others certainly aren’t. If you are lucky, you will see a few couples showing off their exceptional dancing skills which we witnessed last year which added to the evening.  We encourage you to check out this popular fun free event.

July 6
A 17 piece big swing jazz band led by Bob Liley.

July 13
A blend of their traditional tunes will be a big hit with all-ages audiences.

July 20
Vintage country, jazz and roots music.

July 27
Travel back in time to the early jazz era of the 1920’s & 30’s and experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-jazz ensembles.

August 3
Vancouver’s traditional bluegrass standard-bearers.

August 10
Original music of songs and poetry in a magical combination of Latin, Reggae & Rhumba.

August 17
A musical adventure that explores China and beyond. Silk Road Music delivers virtuosity and imagination.

August 24
A musician/vocalist performing a variety of music in multiple languages.


Photo Credit: Deanna Knight

Car Free Day Sunday, June 19th On Commercial Drive & Main Street

15 Jun

CarFreeDayCar Free Day began over 10 years ago on Commercial Drive. The idea of organizers was to reclaim the streets and oppose highway expansion and more traffic. Car Free Day has now expanded to several neighbourhoods and in East Van will be held on Commercial Drive and on Main Street. These festivals are 100% organized by local volunteers and each festival has a unique flavor and is a family friendly event. There is lots to see and do for all ages. We have set out some of the highlights for this Sunday’s event at both locations.

Commercial Drive (Venables to Grandview on Commercial Drive) Noon–7:00 pm

Car Free Day on Commercial Drive will span 15 blocks from Venables to Grandview and include an array of artisans, street patios, vendors, musicians and activities for all ages. Here is some of what you can expect at this year’s Car Free Day On The Drive:

Family Fun Zone filled with free activities at Charles Street
Wishing Wellness Garden At Napier Street
CiTR Radio 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine
Swordplay Demos by Academie Duello – School of Modern Swordplay
Bike tune up and bike race By Landyachtz Longboards
DJ Soo at The Venables Stage
Kitchener At the Public Domain Stage
The Carnival Band Parade at 5:30 pm
Letter Writing With Post A Letter Social Activity Club At 6th Avenue
Art Making Corner With Opus Art Supplies at The Napier Greenway
A Drum Circle by Paranada Traders

Note: For those planning to cycle to the event, there will be a free bike valet service provided by Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST).

Main Street (Broadway to 30th on Main Street) Noon–7:00 pm

On Main Street, you will find lots of mini-festivals, community-supported stages with dozens of bands, multiple kids zones, artisan markets and much more. The Main Street Festival takes up some 21 blocks. Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include:

Broadway: The Beaumont Studios Festival Zone
Community Police Street Hockey
TransLink Vintage Bus
Startup Zone
LOVE Leave Out Violence Mini-Festival
Enroot – Meals on Demand
Bohemia Gallery
Vancouver Performing Stars
The Granville Island Toy Company Children’s Zone
Street Fantasy Garden Fashion Show & Village
Neptoon Records Stage
Giving Gifts Festival Zone
Canvas Homemade Artisan Group
Groundwerk x De Radio Stage at Car Free Day
Sonic Planet Rock School Stage
The Reef Soca Block Party
Red Cat Records
Arts Off Main Gallery

Come out and celebrate Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods and our communities.  These events are free and will go ahead rain or shine. For more information on the events, visit Car Free Day.

Photo Credit: Car Free Day

Update On International Jazz Festival In East Van – Tangent Cafe & Now The Roma

13 Jun

JazzDoubleBassThe Vancouver  International Jazz Festival kicks off June 24th and continues to  July 3rd in and around Vancouver. The festival is now in its 31st year and features an array of artists from Canada and around the world.  There are 300 performances during the course of the festival that take place at various venues around the City.   East Van’s Tangent Café located at 2095 Commercial Drive regularly features live jazz music and for this year’s jazz festival, will have a steady line up of talent to showcase. We’ve set out their schedule below along with the start times. There is a $10 cover charge for all of these shows.

June 24 – Two Much Guitar!
June 25 – Steve Kaldestad Trio
June 26 – Nobuki Takamen Trio
June 29 – Autobahn
June 30 – Victor Noriega Quartet
July 2 – Anger Management
July 3- Meghan Gilhespy Quartet

Another venue that was scheduled to be showcasing some jazz, that being The Libra Room, has closed unexpectedly until mid-July. We’ve heard The Roma on Commercial Drive has taken on their line up for the jazz festival.  We’ve set out the previously scheduled line up below. Note, due to change in the venue there could be some slight changes.  For a full rundown of events happening around the City, visit Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

June 24 – The Paris Trio
June 25 – The Grand Trio

June 26 – Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars 7 pm
June 26 – Mostly Marley  9 pm

June 27 – Monks’ Dream 7 pm
June. 27 – Alvaro Rojas 9 pm

June 28 – Bruno Solo Piano  5 pm
June 28 – Alvaro Rojas Trio 9 pm

June 29 – Jon Roper 7 pm
June 29 – Zak Youssef  9 pm

June 30 – Hot Club of Mars 7 pm
June 30 – Tim Sars Band 8 pm

July 1 – Bruno Piano Trio +1  7 pm
July 1 – Jay Leonard Jautco 8 pm

July 2 – Winston Minkler Band 7 pm
July 2 – Alma Chevere  9 pm

July 3 – Los Duendes Latin Band

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