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The Napier Greenway: The City of Vancouver is Renaming Without Consultation

3 Jul

So, every once in a while, we happen across things that make us shake our heads. What we are about to share is one of those things.  For the last few years we have featured the East Van Garden Tour, which is a fundraiser for Britannia Neighbours who do an amazing job of beautifying and maintaining what we all know as the Napier Greenway. For those who don’t know it, this space is located off Commercial Drive at the entrance to Britannia Community Centre.  This is a great community space created in 2001 by the City and Britannia Neighbours (a group of community volunteers), under the City’s Green Streets Program and which has been lovingly tended to by Britannia Neighbours for the last 18 years.   We have to say we were rather surprised when we stumbled across a letter from Britannia Neighbours to the City of Vancouver about the renaming of this space to Margaret Mitchell Plaza.

For those who may not know the name, Margaret Mitchell was a Vancouver resident, social worker, and activist who was elected to the House of Commons four times to serve the riding of Vancouver East. She was the longest serving female MP when she left in 1993 after 14 years in which she boldly advanced women’s rights.  This is without a doubt someone who is worthy of recognition.

Now, getting back to the Napier Greenway, Britannia Neighbours is a group of local volunteers who started working with the City of Vancouver in 2000 to create the Napier Greenway and has, since its completion in 2001, maintained it.  They have weekly work parties, they rake and weed and prune and plant new plants and move old ones, they clean up graffiti on benches, and do other repairs as needed. They also hire someone from the nearby Kettle Friendship Society to pick up litter daily and hire someone else to water all summer.   This greenway is a gathering space that regularly hosts free community events such as Artful Sundays, the Stone Soup Festival, and activities during Car Free Day and Italian Day.  The Napier Greenway was created and is regularly invigorated by the community that surrounds and cares for it.  With no disrespect to Margaret Mitchell, the renaming of it dismisses and disrespects the hard work this community and its volunteers have put and continue to put into this space.NapierGreenway7

We have learned that there is actually a Naming Committee at the City of Vancouver which makes recommendations about places that need new names; the previous Council, however, made this decision without consulting either Britannia Neighbours or its own Naming Committee. During an in-camera meeting, the previous Council agreed, by a majority vote, without any consultation whatsoever, to rename the Napier Greenway Margaret Mitchell Plaza. The initiative for the new name we understand was led by then Vision Councillor, Andrea Reimer. The ‘without consultation’ is the part that really gets under our skin whether this issue or others that affect the communities they represent. Elected officials serve residents of the City, that includes ALL of us, those that may not have such a public face, but serve their communities tirelessly and don’t get the public recognition they deserve.

The Napier Greenway is a space residents and volunteers are proud of and we feel they have the right to maintain the name.

Margaret Mitchell was a tireless advocate for some of the poorest areas in Vancouver, so we think it is fitting that Vancouver’s second temporary modular housing facility at 2132 Ash Street was named Margaret Mitchell Place. This space creates housing for 52 members, teaches life skills, has health teams and support, and employment programs, as well as a community garden.  We think this new housing facility is a fitting tribute to Margaret Mitchell and is reflective of the work she undertook. The Napier Greenway was created and has been maintained for 18 years by Britannia Neighbours, who may be nameless and faceless, but who are worthy of recognition. All they wish to do is retain the name they created for this community gathering space, Napier Greenway.  We hope the current City Council rights this wrong.

 

Italian Day Happens Sunday June 9th On The Drive

15 May

ItalianDayThe much loved Italian Day returns to Commercial Drive Sunday, June 9th.  This 14 block vibrant street party takes place on The Drive from the Grandview Cut to Venables.  The day is filled with food, entertainment, things to do and see and experience.  Grab some friends and stop at one of the many outdoor patios set up for the day for a bite and refreshment. Or take in one of the many food trucks lined up and down the stretch.  You will certainly not go hungry whilst you wander and take in all the sights and sounds.

Each year, Italian Day, hosts a theme, this year’s is community an important piece of Italian culture and heritage. This year’s festival looks to celebrate community and the common ground we all share and how together we can make a positive difference in our community.

Britannia Community Centre is again hosting a free family friendly activity. This year, local artists will help host a Friendship Bracelet Workshop from Noon to 4:00 pm in the Napier Greenway.  All materials are supplied. Everyone is welcome to stop by and participate.

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, we expect a Bike Valet will be set up again at 1st Avenue & Commercial, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. We invite you come out and celebrate all things Italian. Italian Day represents the largest one day cultural street festival in Vancouver – and perhaps in Canada – drawing over 200,000 attendees of all cultures and ages.  Stop by and see some of the magic of this great street festival.

 

What’s On East Van: May 10th Edition

10 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.

Fraser Valley Cider Masterclass – Everything Wine Vancouver – May 10th

If you love cider, you may wish to check out the Fraser Valley Cider Masterclass at Everything Wine in River District.  You will get the opportunity to learn about and taste small batch ciders along with some treats.  Cost is $15 and event gets under way at 6:30 pm. To register, call T: 604.416.1672.

Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre  – May 10th and 11th

An Artisan Pottery Sale is happening this Friday & Saturday at the Trout Lake Community Centre. You just might find a beautiful gift for mom.  Sale happens Friday from 4:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

La Maison Lust Presents WET – Rio Theatre – May 10th & 11th

The Rio Theatre plays host to an exotic cabaret experience this Friday and Saturday night. Think a Little Mermaid Tale reimagined.  Show takes place at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. For tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Bake Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre – May 11th

Trout Lake Seniors are hosting a Bake Sale this Sunday, May 11th from 9 am – 3 pm. Stop by and pick up something homemade.

Stone Soup Festival – Napier Greenway – May 11th

The 24th Annual Stone Soup Festival happens Saturday from Noon to 5:00 pm in the Napier Greenway next to the Britannia Community Centre. This is a community event celebrating local food, sustainability, the environment and will feature artists, local vendors, live music and free soup. We’ll be there. Stop by and say hello.

EcoSew Workshop – Our Social Fabric – May 11th

Have some basic sewing skills?  Want to make some reusable cloth produce bags?  Our Social Fabric is hosting a half day workshop this Sunday which includes materials and instructions. Cost is $45. To learn more visit, Our Social Fabric.

Main Street Mixed Bag – Ellis Building – May 12th

Looking for some local gifts for mom, or maybe yourself? Main Street Mixed Bag happens this Sunday at the Ellis Building, 1024 Main Street, from 11 am to 5 pm. Varinicey Pakoras will be on hand if you get hungry while shopping.

Movie ‘Mamma Mia’ – Rio Theatre – May 12th 

Did you catch the last Mamma Mia! with the big wedding and Cher?! It’s playing this Sunday afternoon at 4:15 pm. A fun thing to do with mom for Mother’s Day after a leisurely brunch or before dinner. For tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

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.  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

 

24th Annual Stone Soup Festival May 11th In The Napier Greenway

30 Apr

Stone Soup Festival 2019The 24th Annual Stone Soup Festival happens Saturday, May 11th from Noon to 5:00 pm.  This annual festival brings community together in celebration of local food, artists, community groups and entertainment with a focus on food sustainability, food justice and the environment. There will be live music, workshops, demonstrations, food vendors, art and some local vendors including ILiveInEastVan. We’ll be on hand with a selection of our reusable nylon and canvas totes as well as a few Art Of East Van designs featuring artist Kat McPhee.  Also on hand will be BagItUpByKate who makes organic cotton resusable produce bags, linen bread bags and for those days you need to destress, relaxation eye bags. Kate is on a mission to replace people’s use of plastic bags, one bag a time. And of course, there will be free soup!  The Stone Soup Festival takes place in the Napier Greenway at the Britannia Community Centre Noon – 5:00 pm. Stop by and say hello. We’d love to see you.

 

Artful Sundays Happen In The Napier Greenway August 12th to September 2nd

1 Aug

Artful Sundays 2018 PosterArtful Sundays return to the Britannia Community Centre 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.  The first event kicks off Sunday, August 12th from Noon to 5:00 pm and for the next 3 Sundays following. Each Artful Sunday brings a variety of local artists, workshops, artist demonstrations, live music and more. We see Clara Shandler, the Sidewalk Cellist will be on hand as will Wonky Clay Pots. 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 12th to September 2nd.

What’s On East Van: August 25, 2017

25 Aug

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out cool events for the upcoming week. Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Family Night Series – Grandview Park – August 25, 2017

The Commercial Drive Business Improvement Society is hosting a free community event in Grandview Park Friday, August 11th. The evening which runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm includes crafts for kids, poetry, photography and live music.

Grease Sing-A-Long – Rio Theatre – August 26, 2017

The Rio Theatre is hosting a Grease Sing-a-Long complete with lyrics on the screen, the bouncing ball, prop bags and contest. This is an all ages event and costumes are  encouraged and audience participation we are pretty sure mandatory. Fun kicks off at 7:30 pm. Tickets available online at the Rio Theatre.

Small Town Artillery CD Release Concert – The Cultch – August 26, 2017

Musical event happening at The Cultch Saturday night. The horn-powered rock quintet Small Town Artillery releases their full-length, self-titled LP in The Historic Theatre. An evening designed to take the listener on an immersive, explosive, emotional and inevitable ride through the jungles of the heart. Also featured CBC Searchlight winners The Long War and Blues-rock swaggerers Years of the Wolf. Tickets are on a sliding scale $10-$40. For tickets, visit The Cultch.

Toast Pop Up Shop – The Pie Shoppe – August 26 & 27, 2017

The French sisters at The Pie Shoppe, 1875 Powell Street, will be featuring a brunch pop up with Chef Dakota this weekend.  They will be featuring Toast in many forms from around the City with a variety of toppings. They will also be serving their own dam fine coffee, Panoramic Roasters. Brunch happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Free Screening – Game of Thrones – Rio Theatre – August 27, 2017

If you are a fan of the Game of Thrones, you may wish to check out the free screening of the last 2 episodes of the current season happening this Sunday, August 27th at the Rio Theatre.

Artful Sundays – Napier Greenway -August 27, 2017

Artful Sundays return to the Napier Greenway at the Britannia Community Centre this Sunday.  You can expect to find local artisans, workshops, demonstrations and live music.  Event happens Noon to 5:00 pm. It is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Summer Outdoor Concert + Lantern Procession – Trout Lake – August 30, 2017

You are invited to catch the last summer outdoor concert at Trout Lake Community Centre. The musical stylings of Checo Tohomaso who will be on stage at 6:30 pm.  After the concert, there will be a lantern procession around the lake at dusk. You will also have the opportunity stop by and make your own lantern from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm, or you can bring your own from home. Either way, we suspect it will be pretty magical, musicians will lead the parade around Trout Lake.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

Looking for theatre? Havana Theatre is featuring the show Sexual Perversity in Chicago  until August 26th. Show follows a set of friends, two of whom are lovers. Tickets are $13.  If it’s movies you are after, Rio Theatre is ON this weekend with Dirty Dancing on Friday night at 9:00 pm for something fun. PNE Playland is on all weekend with food, beer, games, rides, Super Dogs, shopping & more. Musical performances this weekend include  the band Chicago on Friday night and Colin James on Saturday night. We took in the Colin James show last year, he always puts on an amazing show at this venue.

Image: June Hunter

Artful Sundays at Britannia Community Centre

31 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 13th, 2017.  The event will run every consecutive Sunday until September 3rd. This event now in its 17th year and features local artists, workshops, artist demonstrations, live music and more. Some of the artists on hand include Sue Griese with ceramics, Hive Printing with screen printed clothing, Jen Conway with mixed media art, jewellery and accessories, Kirsten Brundin with her photography, Amy Lee with paintings and jewellery to name just a few.  There will also be live music each week throughout the day varying from week to week, but we hear that Clara Shandler, The Sidewalk Cellist will be on hand as will Russell Shunsky and Bud Kurz.   There will be workshops available each Sunday.  The event will take place in the Napier Greenway at Napier Street & Commercial Drive from Noon – 5:00 p.m. To learn about what’s happening on which date, we invite you to check out their Facebook page for updates, or stop by on any given Sunday from Noon to 5:00 pm.

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