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Indian Summer Festival Launches Public Art Street Banner Project with Punjabi Market

12 Apr

Vancouver’s Punjabi Market plays host to an exciting new visual art project and collaboration featuring colourful street banners that line the area. Curated by the Indian Summer Festival, in partnership with the Punjabi Market Regenerative Collective, banners feature high calibre artwork from Musqueam (Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) artist, Debra Sparrow (θəliχʷəlʷət) and Jag Nagra, artist and Collective member. The project looked at the idea of place and placemaking in the context of the Punjabi Market being located on unceded, ancestral Musqueam territory and marking 51 years of existence as an important hub for the South Asian community.

The Indian Summer Festival asked the two accomplished artists to respond to the Punjabi Market’s call for ideas to celebrate cultural traditions in the community. The resulting street banners are installed on Main Street between 48th and 52nd streets and will adorn the neighbourhood from April 12, 2021, until 2023. The Musqueam Nation’s banners are installed on the first and last poles on the street as an ‘embrace’ of this project and the Punjabi Market.

“The two banners I designed comprise of a phulkari pattern and a peacock,” says Jag Nagra, artist and member of the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective. “Phulkari is traditional embroidery from the Punjab region of India where individual stitches create bold, colourful patterns. And much like the phulkari, what makes up a community is the weaving of individuals. Thread by individual thread is intertwined to tell a story, one that connects us all.”

Roadways in our world today
Replace the rivers that were the roadways of the past
Where people congregate for food and gatherings
In Musqueam, the old people tell a story
Of a two-headed serpent making its way through the waterways
Leaving behind lilies…
Over the last two centuries, the story has disappeared deep into the bottom of the river
Only to reemerge in a vision by Isaiah Sparrow after the story was related to him
It is an honour to have such a young man following his history
Bringing back stories that are never ending and important for the places we live.
The geometric designs reflect the blanket patterns woven by Musqueam women,
And are as old as time…
The modern designed birds are filled with Salish elements
Like us, in this modern day world we adapt to.         
The colours are in keeping with Jag Nagra 
And her amazing reflection of her history,
Both as ancient as time
We walk together on this land

Debra Sparrow

Taste of Main: Charcuterie Boards Support Main Street Businesses & The Food Bank

8 Dec

Every once and a while something creative and unique crosses our path that makes us go, yes! Love this! Taste of Main is one of those. What is it exactly? Taste of Main is a not-for-profit run by university students currently living across the country who grew up near Main Street. They wanted to do something to give back this holiday season. They’ve pooled their talents and reached out to partner with Main Street businesses to offer locally-sourced charcuterie boards to be delivered as gifts. They have curated appetizers from a number of Main Street businesses including Swiss Bakery, Goldilocks Bakeshop, Main Street Honey Shoppe, Chef Claire’s, Jasmine Mediterranean Foods, Fine Delectables Charcuterie and Innocent Ice Cream to name a few. Their boards include pastries, breads, cheeses, dips, and spreads. It should be noted vegan and gluten free boards are available. Taste of Main has been designed to bring exposure to the local businesses they love and offer support during these difficult times. 90% of the proceeds are divided between the 10-15 businesses they have partnered with and added bonus is 10% of the funds go to the Vancouver Food Bank. Pre-orders are now available until December 17th. Deliveries and/or COVID-safe pickups will be made on December 23rd. Cost is $75. To place your order, visit Taste of Main.

Sweet Thea Holiday Pop Up Shop On Main Street

17 Nov

If you love your baked goods as much we do, you’ll be excited to hear Sweet Thea Bakery is hosting a Pop Up Shop at 4305 Main Street for the upcoming holiday season. If you’ve attended any artisan markets and Christmas craft fairs around Metro Vancouver, you will no doubt seen them.  But, of course, due to the pandemic we all know that many of these in person events are not happening this year. But the good news for us is that Sweet Thea Bakery is offering their delicious baked goods at their Pop Up Shop on Main Street.  Some of the goodies you will find there include their delish Ginger Cookies, Chocolava Cookies, Honey Hearts, Chocolate Lebkuchen Cookies and Stollen.  If that isn’t enough, they have curated some of their market favourites for their Pop Up Shop for you to purchase while picking up some baking. Some of these include maple syrup, roasted nuts, small batch bean to bar chocolate bars, honey, hot sauces, jams and mustards.  Perfect gifts for the food lover or well, just you. If you can’t make it to their Pop Up Shop, we have more good news. They are offering Canada Post deliveries, or pick up at 3 different locations – Main Street Pop Up, Tsawwassen Quay Market (must be taking a BC Ferry to access) and their Langley Shop.  To place your order, visit them online at Sweet Thea Bakery or stop by their Pop Up Shop at 4305 Main Street which is open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm most days, but is open till 7:00 pm on Fridays.  Treat yourself and your family to some amazing baked goods while at the same time supporting a local business.

First Pick Home Decor At The Heritage Hall October 19 & 20

9 Oct

FirstPickHomeDecorFirst Pick Handmade Home Décor is launching their first home goods marketplace at Heritage Hall on October 19th and 20.  The marketplace will feature over 30 local artisans hand creating objects of beauty for every room in your home.  This new to Vancouver and exclusive home and lifestyle show will run from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.  You can expect to find a wide range of unique items including textiles, plants, artwork, cushions, beeswax food wraps, bed linens and lighting.  We see a personal favourite in the line up being East Van Light. If you’ve not checked our their unique designs, we encourage you to pay them a visit along with the rest of this very talented group of makers. Admission is $3 and payable at the door, or you can grab a ticket in advance through Eventbrite.

First Pick Handmade At The Heritage Hall September 14 & 15, 2019

28 Aug

FirstPickHandmade2019.jpgThe 5th First Pick Handmade takes over the Heritage Hall on Saturday, September 14th.  The 3300 square foot space will be transformed into a Handmade Pop Up Department Store. You can expect to find a wide range of high quality, fashion forward Canadian made clothing, footwear, jewellery, lingerie, active wear, scarves and hats. If that list isn’t long enough, there will also be other winter accessories including belts, bags and wallets as well as skincare products and small batch fragrances.  The items are handcrafted with an eye to sustainability.   If there’s something specific you are looking for men’s or women’s wear, there’s a whole lot of talent coming to this event.  We’ve set out all the designers that will be on hand.

Women’s Clothing:
Ag+Au Clothing, Couture Therapy, Daub + Design, Dogwood Denim, Jessica Redditt Designs, kate&frances, Novel Supply Co, Serenity West, Street and Saddle, Supernova by Blackhole

Men’s Clothing:
Anian Manufacturing, Dogwood Denim, Novel Supply, Stede Menswear, Street and Saddle

Men’s Accessories:
Bukuro Bag Co, Bronsino, FiveLeft Leather, Joseph Henry Workshop, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Zed Handmade

Footwear:
Amy Slosky Fine Shoes, Shoofie (shoe totes), XS Unified (socks)

Skincare and Fragrances:
Conscious Care, Element Botanicals

Bags, Belts, Pouches and Wallets:
Bukuro Bag Co, Bronsino, FiveLeft Leather, Joseph Henry Workshop, Shoofie, Winterluxe

Women’s Socks, Lingerie and Activewear:
Daub + Design, Revol Girl, XS Unified

Jewelry:
BlackSØLV, Elen Danielle, Kolton Babych Fine Jewelry, Maria Roth Design, Roberto Fioravanti, She’s So

Hats, Scarves and Winter Accessories:
Anian Manufacturing, Maria Roth Design, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, XS Unified, Zed Handmade

Sustainability Specialists:
Ag+Au Clothing, Anian Manufacturing, Amy Slosky Fine Shoes, Bronsino, Bukuro Bag Co, Conscious Care, Couture Therapy, Dogwood Denim, Element Botanicals, kate&frances, Jessica Redditt Designs, Novel Supply Co, Revol Girl, Serenity West, Street and Saddle, Stede Menswear, West Coast Hatters, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Zed Handmade

With a view to sustainability, you are asked to bring a reusable shopping tote for your purchases and use transit, cycling or walking where possible.  The Heritage Hall is located at Main Street & 15th Avenue. First Pick Handmade is open 11am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 (cash only). Children 12 and under are free.

East Van Farmer Markets – Spring & Summer 2019

29 Apr

 

Spring is finally here which means lots of farmer markets around East Vancouver. If you’ve attended, you will know there’s always an amazing selection of fresh locally grown produce, handmade goods, artisans breads, locally made jams, cheese, free range and organic eggs and of course wineries, breweries as well as spirits.  Each market is unique and offers a little something different. Trout Lake hosted by Vancouver Farmers Market is the largest.  Mount Pleasant Farmers Market which is in Dude Chilling Park is a smaller market, but we love that it’s on a Sunday. Riley Park Farmers Market is next to one of the most beautiful community gardens we’ve seen and is now year round every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Italian Market at The Italian Cultural Centre we see is only being held once this summer on June 14th. This market features all things Italian including gourmet food items as well as the food trucks on hand.  The Main Street Farmers Market is a great afternoon market and perfect for those just leaving downtown for home, or a quick cycle from Mount Pleasant and the Olympic Village. We have set out below the dates when the markets begin and end for the Spring/Summer season. We encourage you to stop by one or all of these markets during the summer season and support local.

Trout Lake Farmers Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: May 4, 2019 – October 19, 2019
Location: Lakewood Drive & E 13th Avenue

Main Street Station Farmers Market
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Every Wednesday: June 5, 2019 – October 2, 2019
Location: 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Sunday:  May 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Location: Guelph Street between 7th & 8th Avenues (on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park/Dude Chilling Park)

Riley Park Farmers Market
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Saturday: All Year Round
Location: 30th Avenue and Ontario Street

Italian Market
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, June 14, 2019 (1 Day Only)
Location: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street

Nifty For Fifty At The Heritage Hall Sunday April 14th

1 Apr

NiftyFor502019One of our favourite sales is back Sunday, April 14th at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.  If you are unfamiliar with this sale, Nifty for Fifty was founded by Adhesif Clothing designer, Melissa Ferreira, in 2007 with 12 designers. It has now grown to over 30 sellers with over 3,000 shoppers attending the one day sale. The event is a way for local designers to show gratitude to their customers by clearing out local merchandise all of which is $50 or less.  At this year’s sale, you can expect to find clothing, jewelry, sketchbooks, pottery, bags, scarves and much more by some great local designers. Some of the designers on hand include Adhesif Clothing, Dig It Vintage, Daub & Design, Amara Blue Jewelry, Sarah Mulder Jewellery, Dahlia Drive, Lana Betty, Ebb and Flo Designs,  Devi Arts Collective and many more.  A number of items available on this day will be up to 80% off. So mark your calendar for this shopping event, but just a reminder this is a mainly cash event. For those that want the best selection or first dibs at some of the great deals, we recommend you get their early. We also hear Mixers & Elixirs will be on hand serving non-alcoholic beverages from homemade seasonal shrubs.  The sale starts at 11:00 a.m. and goes to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door.

 

Jones General Store Holiday Market Saturday December 15th at Cambrian Hall

11 Dec

 

The good folks behind Jones General Store are hosting a Holiday Market this Saturday, December 15th.  This is a local online vintage store whose founders originally hail from the U.K.  Vancouver is their new home and they are settling in by hosting their first Pop Up Market this Saturday at the Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th just off Main Street.   You can expect to find a wide array of items including vintage, home décor, jewellery, art and much more like fashion by Jessica Redditt Design which makes sustainable chic clothing. If it’s Christmas baking you need for the holiday season, stop by and check out Whipped & Beaten Bakeshop. Outside of shopping, there’s an Apres Ski Bar with hot drinks and treats as well as a Wrapping Station which idea we quite like. If that’s not enough, there’s movies, mistletoe and music.  Stop by for a fun shopping experience that supports your local makers. Market is on 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is free.

 

Breakfast & Blooms At Olive & Wild

24 Apr

IMG_1932We were recently invited to one of our favourite stores, Olive & Wild, 4391 Main Street. If you are unfamiliar with this store, it features a beautiful selection of items for home décor. This weekend, they hosted a workshop titled Breakfast & Blooms with the talented Jacquie Moysir of Il Fioraio Florist. It was a floral workshop in which Jacquie led a group of 8 to create a beautiful arrangement they could take home with them.  The  morning started with a greeting from Shamus the store mascot followed by coffee, baked goodies and fruit. Once everyone had their hit of caffeine, the workshop got underway with Jacquie giving tips on how to keep flowers fresh. Then the creative got under way. While the group looked on Jacquie created a beautiful arrangement with all the flowers she brought for the workshop along with instructions. After that everyone got busy and created their own arrangement under Jacquie’s watchful eye.  This is fun and creative way to spend a Sunday morning.  Note, after class attendees can shop and receive a 15% discount on any purchase in Olive & Wild. We’ve included a sampling of photos from the event.  The next scheduled Breakfast & Blooms is Sunday, July 29th at Olive & Wild. To register, visit Il Fioraio Florist.

An Evening Of Storytelling At The Cottage Bistro April 10th

3 Apr

StorySlamApril10Vancouver Story Slam is back at the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street on Tuesday, April 10th for an evening of storytelling.  These monthly gatherings are organized by Susan Cormier and hosted by Bryant Ross. Ten storytellers will take the stage and share their original stories with you. Those participating this April include Alix Born, Chris Cannon, Katharine Moore, Lalo Espejo, Maia Brundage, Michele Luchs, Mike Funergy, Naomi Steinberg, Trish Irvin, and Zach Allan. The event will open with a guest story from special guest storyteller T.J. Mair. The event is $5 at the door which gets you a ballot giving you the opportunity to vote on your favourite story.  There are cash prizes awarded to the winners.   If you wish to learn more about this event or participate in an upcoming event, email them directly at Vancouverstoryslam@yahoo.com. If you can’t make this one, future dates are posted on their Facebook page. Note, space is limited at this venue. So if you don’t want to miss it, best to get their early.

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