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Italian Day Sunday June 11, 2017

29 May

ItalianDay2017One of our favourite community events is back, Italian Day which will be held on Sunday, June 11th. This year’s theme is Amore, which means love in Italian. Organizers chose the theme because “love lies at the heart of Italian culture and its lifestyle. It is  a universal language and an exchange evoking many things: affection, romance, passion, respect, creativity, and commitment.  It is life, unity and the pursuit for an emotional connection and is shared in relationships, arts and culture, at the dinner table, in our daily work, in pursued dreams, and in community.” For Italian Day 2017, organizers wish to celebrate Amore in all aspects of life and the magical power it holds to inspire, connect and create infinite possibilities and experiences, both individually and collectively.

For Italian Day, Commercial Drive from Broadway to Grandview will be turned into one long piazza. Many of the restaurants will have outdoor seating areas, food trucks will be dotted along the stretch, live music will take place on several stages and much more. This year, we hear there will be some talent flown in from Italy to celebrate.  Danilo Ciaccia and his band ItalyAMO will be performing. As well 2 DJs from an Italian Radio Station, DJ Osso and Pippo Lorusso will be on hand at the 5th Avenue Stage mixing things up. You can also expect Federico Fuoco to entertain the crowds as will be singers from Vancouver Opera. If you stop by the Napier Greenway at the Britannia Community Centre, East Van artist Paula Luther will be hosting a free workshop ‘Little Hearts Project’. Materials are supplied and everyone is welcome to stop by and participate. This event runs from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Italian Day kicks off at Noon and the party runs till 8:00 pm. Just a reminder that vehicle traffic on Commercial Drive is blocked off, so it is best to take transit, walk or cycle in. For those cycling to Italian Day, there will be a Bike Valet set up at the Royal Bank of Canada at 1st Avenue & Commercial. We invite you come out and celebrate all things Italian.

Photo Credit: Italian Day

 

 

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

26 Jul

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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.

 

Stone Soup Festival May 7th At The Britannia Community Centre/Napier Greenway

13 Apr

Stone Soup 2016 Postcard Front ecardBritannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, is hosting the 21st Annual Stone Soup Festival on Saturday, May 7th. 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:

Urban Foraging & Medicine Making with Lori Snyder
Free Drop-In Workshop & Walkabout
Family Activity Room 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Greenhorn Community Music Project
Performance 1:00 pm West Kid’s Area

Children’s Interactive Music with George Rahi (from Gamelan Bike Bike)
West Kid’s Area 2:00 pm

“Saving Our Wild Salmon” Slide Show & Talk by Eddie Gardner
Britannia Library  3:00 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 The Napier Greenway August 9-30

22 Jul

Artful Sundays 2015 Poster 2Artful Sundays return to the Britannia Community Centre this summer. This is an outdoor visual arts market that begins Sunday, August 9th and will run every consecutive Sunday until August 30th. This event now in its 15th 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 9
East Van Letter Writing Club – Resurrecting The Lost Art of Letter Writing
Live Music With Backspin Band Noon – 2:30 pm &
Russell Shumsky & Bud Kurz 2:30 – 5:00 pm

August 16

Workshop with Magpie’s Nest Community Art Space –
Making flowers from recycled plastic bottles
Live Music with Doug Thordarson Noon – 2:30 pm &
Rio Samaya 2:30 – 5:00 pm

August 23

Workshop with Avenue for/des Arts (AVA) Community Arts Table
Live Music with Lindy & the Crows Nest Noon – 2:30 pm
Katheryn Petersen  3:00 – 4:00 pm
Caitlan Read 4:00 – 5:00 pm

August 30

Workshop with Helen Spaxman & Diane Wood
Mixed Media Button Making Workshop
Live Music with Tim Sars Duo Noon – 2:30 pm &
Cosmic Wink 2:30 – 5:00 pm

Come out and support the local artists, musicians and workshops.

International Yarn Bombing Day Celebration June 6th At The Napier Greenway

3 Jun

Yarn Bombing Day 2015The Britannia Community Services Centre is hosting a Yarn Appreciation Event in honour of International Yarn Bombing Day on June 6th. You are invited to come out and make a crochet button flower. You can bring your own yarn, or it will be provided for you.  All the crochet button flowers will be placed in the Cherry tree at the end of Napier Greenway next to Commercial Drive.  Which of course will be a great photo opportunity as well for those in the area. The event kicks off at Noon and goes till 4:00 pm.

Artful Sundays At Britannia Community Centre Begins Sunday, August 11th

10 Aug

Artful Sundays 2013Britannia Artful Sundays is an outdoor visual arts market that begins Sunday, August 11th and will run every consecutive Sunday until September 1st.  This event features local artists, live music, special events, artist demonstrations, workshops, tea leaf reading and more. The event will be held in the Napier Greenway at Napier Street & Commercial Drive from Noon – 5:00 p.m.  Live music for the first Sunday will be provided by Backspin from Noon – 2:30 p.m. and Rio Samaya will be on hand from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The workshop this weekend will be “Scraps and Stitches” a sewing workshop with Karenza T. Wall.  Artists on hand this weekend include:

Kirstin Brundin – Photography

Sue Griese – Ceramics

Amy Lee – Jewellery

Candace Massey & Nikita Bates – Paintings

Tracy Matthews – Jewellery

Diane Wood – Cards, Dolls and Collage

For a full listing of all  the artists, musicians and workshops for all four Sundays, visit Britannia Community Centre.

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