Tag Archives: Live Music

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

Free Family Day Fun At Western Front Saturday June 18th

1 Jun

FamilyDayWesternFrontLooking for some free family fun? Well you are in luck. On Saturday, June 18th the Western Front is hosting their first ever Family Day.  Established in 1973, Western Front is one of Canada’s leading non-profit centres for contemporary art and new music, producing and presenting visual art exhibitions, new music concerts and media art residencies. Their upcoming Family Day event will feature musical performances, curated screenings as well as hands-on art and music activities for all ages. You are invited to explore their facility and get those creative juices flowing which can be through drawing scores for guest musicians that will be on hand, or hat-making, cookie-decorating or a host of other activities they will have lined up.   The Western Front’s youth music program will showcase some of their compositions from the past year which we hear will feature everyday sounds interpreted through looping, beatbox, storytelling, hip hop, electronics, video triggers and of all things, cornstarch!   The Western Front is located at 303 East 8th Avenue and the fun begins at 12:00 pm and goes till 5:00 pm and again, it’s all free.

Free Events Happening In East Van

26 May

FreeEventWe all know, life is expensive. That got us to thinking about the many free events that regularly take place in and around East Vancouver.  Our community centers always have lots of family friendly events open to all ages. One of our favourite free events is the outdoor summer concert series at Trout Lake Community Centre. Although it has now concluded for the summer, there are lots of opportunities to listen to live music, check out new art exhibitions, attend workshops, dance, watch movies and more. We wanted to share some of the free events that we’ve come across that will be happening in East Van in the coming months:

APRIL 2017

Apr. 16: Free Public Swim – Britannia Community Centre 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Apr. 16: Knitting Meet Up – River District, 8683 Kerr Street 4-6 pm

Apr. 17: Free Public Skate at Britannia Rink – 1:00 -3:30 pm
Apr. 17: Family Fun w/ Bouncy Castle, Arts & Crafts – Trout Lake Comm Centre 10 am – 12

Apr. 19: Music On The Bow w/ The Soda Crackers – Trout Lake Comm Centre 7-9 pm

Apr. 22: Book Launch w/ Bree Galbraith ‘Milo & Georgie’ – Collage Collage
Apr. 22: Earth Day Parade – Broadway & Commercial 1 pm
Apr. 22: Earth Day Celebration – Grandview Park 2-5 pm
Apr. 22: Earth Day – Everett Crowley Park

Apr. 25: Live Music w/ Chris Ronald, Folk Singer – Trout Lake Comm. Centre 7-9 pm

Apr. 27: Vertical Influences Workshop – Britannia Ice Rink April 27th 1-3 pm (all ages)

MAY 2017

May 4: Live Music with Rio Samaya – Trout Lake Community Centre 7-8 pm

May 17: Music On The Bow w/ The Soda Crackers – Trout Lake Comm Centre 7-9 pm

May 18: Thursday Night Jazz Trio – Trout Lake Community Centre 7-9 pm

May 22: Family Fun w/ Bouncy Castle, Arts & Crafts – Trout Lake Comm Centre 10 am – 12

May 28: Dano Korean Festival – Trout Lake Community Centre 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

If you know of a free event you think should be added to this list, drop us a line ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com. We’d love to hear about it.

Crystal Shawanda Is Coming To The Waldorf Hotel May 13th

5 May

TheWholeWorldsGottheBluesEast Van if you love the blues, you are in for a real treat. Canadian Juno award winning recording artist, Crystal Shawanda, is coming to The Waldorf Hotel on Friday, May 13th.  Crystal Shawanda released her first single in Canada in 2008 “You Can Let Go”. It was the fastest climbing  single on the Canadian Country Singles Chart since Carolyn Dawn Johnson’s “Georgia” in 2000.  Crystal has performed at a Presidential inauguration in Washington, DC, won a Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2013 and is now singing the blues.  She has just released a new album the Whole World’s Got The Blues and will be performing some of her new songs. Crystal has an amazing rawness and soul reminiscent of Etta James, Janis Joplin and Lucinda Williams. We had the immense pleasure of seeing her perform at the York Theatre shortly after it opened and what treat. Crystal is one dynamic performer.  We recommend you take in this show which is an unbelievable deal at $10. Show gets under way at 10:00 pm at the Hideaway in the Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings Street.  Tickets are available online from Ticket Zone.

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