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What’s On East Van: December 28th Edition

28 Dec

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some 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.

Storytelling With Drag Queens – Café Deux Soleils – December 28th 

You are invited for an evening of decidedly adult entertainment, Storytelling With Drag Queens, happens at Café Deux Soleils Friday night.  You can expect some sassy and sexy readings about love.  Event kicks off at 9:00 pm. Cover is by donation.

Harmonies of Hope – Havana Vancouver – December 28th

Harmonies of Hope is part of a 3 day event featuring comedy, music and fun to raise funds for a young man with Muscular Dystrophy. Friday’s event features David Symons, Colleen Rennison, TJ Dawe, David C. Jones and more.  Tickets are $5 – $50 and available through Showpass.

Cabaret of Hope – Havana Vancouver – December 29th

The Cabaret of Hope is the last part of a 3 day event featuring comedy, music, readings to help raise funds for a young man with Muscular Dystrophy.  Saturday’s event features magicians as well as impersonators, Shawn Major and much more.   Tickets are $5-50 and available through Showpass.

Documentary ‘This Mountain Life’ – Rio Theatre – December 29th

A final screening of the documentary This Mountain Life which showcases stunning visuals. The film follows Martina and her 60 year-old mother Tania who embark on a 6 month, 2300 km journey from Squamish, BC to Alaska through a relentless mountain wilderness. This Mountain Life screens this Saturday, December 29th at 1:00 pm.

CASH-The Man Comes Around – The Heatley – December 29th 

The Heatley is hosting a pre New Year’s Eve event which is a billed as a show, party and an MS fundraiser this Saturday. They  have lined up some of East Van’s best singers and performers to perform the entirety of Johnny Cash’s album CASH American IV-The Man Comes Around. Great record of mostly covers and a few original tunes so there’s a little something for everyone.  Partial proceeds donated to The MS Society of Canada.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York Until January 6th 

The East Van Panto continues this weekend at the York Theatre. This is a whole lot of fun for all ages. You can’t help but laugh at the fun digs and political references which poke fun at the unique aspects of our City.  We highly recommend this for a fun night out, or if you prefer a matinee. Tickets available via The Cultch.

Community Skate – PNE Agrodome – December 30th

You are invited to ice skate this Sunday at the PNE Agrodome between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  No rentals so you need to bring your own skates and helmets. Cost is $3 per adult and $2 per child.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for live music, Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Reminder that NO winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Both Riley Park and Hastings Park continue next weekend January   To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

What’s On East Van: December 21st Edition

21 Dec

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some 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.

Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long – Rio Theatre – December 21st

Looking for a light hearted and fun evening, the Rio Theatre has a great line of movies this weekend.  Friday night kicks it off with a Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long that starts at 6:30 pm.

Dirty Betty Show – Café Deux Soleils – December 21st

Looking for a fun night out?  Check out the Dirty Betty Show happening at Café Deux Soleils Friday night featuring comedians, improvisers and drag superstars. Show kicks off at 8:30 pm.

Pack Animals: A Very Campy Christmas – Havana Theatre Dec. 21st & 22nd

Has Christmas and all the festivities, events and stress surrounding Christmas made you just a wee bit nutty?  Then you may wish to break from it all with an entertaining production happening at Havana Theatre this Friday and Saturday night. It’s called Pack Animals: A Very Campy Christmas and features campfire songs, untrimmed trees and not the usual Christmas entertainment.  Tickets are $15 and available through Showpass.

It’s A Wonderful Life – Rio Theatre – December 22nd

Need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit this year? Why not check out the classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life’ showing at the Rio Theatre this Saturday afternoon 4:15 pm.

June Hunter Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street – December 22nd

If you want a truly relaxed shopping experience including mulled wine, great conversation and some crow therapy, stop by June Hunter’s Last Minute Studio Sale happening Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We may even see you there.  June’s studio is located in Hastings Street at 2785 Parker Street just East of Nanaimo Street.

Family Science Discovery Fair – Kensington VPL – December 23rd

Science World comes to the Kensington Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (1428 Cedar Cottage Mews) this Sunday.  They will be hosting a Science Discovery Fair from 1:30 – 4:30 pm to peak children’s interest in discovery and exploration. The event is free. To register, visit Eventbrite.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz – The York 

The East Van Panto continues this weekend at the York Theatre. This is a whole lot of fun for all ages. You can’t help but laugh at the fun digs and political references which poke fun at the unique aspects of our City.  We highly recommend this for a fun night out, or if you prefer a matinee. Tickets available via The Cultch.

Daisy Theatre: A Christmas Carol – The Cultch Until December 22nd

This is your last weekend to catch Ronnie Burkett perform with his Daisy Theatre. A whole of laughs, we promise and adult oriented. On at The Cultch until December 22nd.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for live music, Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Saturday it’s the Riley Park Farmers Market from a0:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

The Fictionals Celebrate 8 Years Of Improv Comedy At The Rio Theatre November 21st

14 Nov

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According to Daniel Chai, co-creator of The Fictionals and host of Improv Against Humanity, their 8th Anniversary Celebration is going to be an epic night. Daniel tells us “The Fictionals are so lucky to have some of the best audiences who come and laugh with us at every show we do. And of course we want to welcome those who are new to Improv Against Humanity to join the fun!” and “Like any fun birthday party, we want to celebrate with all of our friends, which means the comedy fans of Vancouver.” 

Their epic 8th anniversary celebration happens November 21st at the Rio Theatre. On hand will be a special guest comedian, Cameron Macleod from The Hero Show and JFL Northwest.  The show will also crown the newest Most Horrible Person in Vancouver with YOU the audience choosing the winner.   To join in the fun, you can grab your tickets in advance for $12 from the Rio Theatre, or you can grab them for $14 at the door.

Photo Credit: Zemekiss Photography

What’s On East Van: October 19th Edition

19 Oct

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some 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.

Fright Nights – Playland – October 19-21

Fright Nights is now on at Playland nightly at 7:00 pm until October 31st (save for October 22nd and 23rd).  If you like things ghlouish, scary and to get your heart racing, this is your spot.  Advance tickets recommended, some evenings to sell out.

Election Day – City of Vancouver – October 20th

It’s voting day this Saturday at many locations throughout the City from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  There are, in case you missed it, 158 candidates for 27 positions for Mayor, School Board, Council Members and Parks Board.  Even if you don’t know who to vote for in all positions, vote for the ones you want.  If you are unsure where to vote, the City has a Where To Vote. You only need to put in your postal code and it will give you the polling stations in that area. Remember to bring ID when you go to vote.

The Shakespeare Show – Havana Theatre – October 19th & 20th

Monster Theatre presents The Shakespeare Show filled with tragic heroes, a few witches Anne Hathaway and Queen Elizabeth at Havana Theatre Friday & Saturday night. Tickets are $15-20 and available online through Showpass.

East Van Opry – Rio Theatre – October 20th

This Saturday you are invited to the East Van Opry. Now in its sixth year, the event happens at the Rio Theatre this Saturday night. Expect an eclectic mix of this City’s stage performers. Advance tickets are $24, or at the door for $28.  Visit The Rio Theatre for tickets.

Pumpkin Carving & Beer – Parallel 49 Brewing – October 21st

Parallel 49 Street Kitchen invites you down for a day of pumpkin carving. They will supply the tools and the pumpkins. Of course the Street Kitchen has some great eats and beer as well. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.  Event happens 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Retro Design & Antiques Fair – Croatian Cultural Centre – October 21st

If you love collectibles, vintage, funky kitschy items, maybe a little art deco, the Retro Design & Antiques Fair is the place to be this Sunday. There will be a 175 tables at the Croatian Cultural Centre to browse.  Event happens 10:00 to 3:00 pm. Admission is $5 at the door, children under 13 are free.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for something new to check out? Reminder Caffe La Tana just opened next to Pepino’s Spaghetti House. Cafe is open 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. If it’s live music you are after, the Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two Farmer Markets happening this weekend – Saturday it’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm). To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Story Story Lie At The Rio Theatre October 23rd For Halloween Themed Fun!

1 Oct

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Back again for its third season is the hit storytelling game show “Story Story Lie”. In its season premiere on Wednesday, September 5th the show took on a back to school theme and showcased hilarious and cringe-worthy stories from the comedians school days. This show is a riot and different than any other kind of show you’ll see in Vancouver. Basically, it’s stand up comedy but where the audience gets fully involved. If you’re looking for something new and fun to do you have to check out the next Story Story Like at the Rio Theatre.

How it works is that each comedian gets five minutes to tell their story. Afterwards, the audience gets to interrogate them to try to figure out if the story is real or a lie. In the end, you text in your best guess as to which story was a lie and bust the liar! There are also prizes for those who guess right. The show is created, produced and hosted by Jo Dworschak and promises to entertain.

There are two shows coming up at the Rio Theatre, including a Halloween themed one on October 23rd. Tickets to the shows can be purchased online or at the door. If you think you have what it takes and have a good story to share, you can apply to actually be on the show! For more information, visit Story Story Lie.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

What’s On East Van: September 7th Edition

7 Sep

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some 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.

Plant Club With Wine – Figaro’s Garden Centre – September 7th

The first Friday of the month, Figaro’s Garden Centre, 1896 Victoria Drive, hosts Plant Club with wine.  You are invited to come hang out between 3:30 – 5:30 pm and talk plants while enjoying a glass of mind with other plant lovers.

Vancouver Fringe Festival – Various Venues – September 6th – 16th 

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is now under way until September 16th at various venues in the City including The Cultch, The Havana Theatre in Havana Restaurant and Your Open Closet on Commercial Drive to name a few.  Some may know that Havana Restaurant recently had a kitchen fire, but they’ve put out a note saying while the restaurant is still currently closed, the theatre IS OPEN for the Vancouver Fringe Festival line up.  To see the full line up, visit Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Quiz Show With Graham Clark – Fox Cabaret – September 7th

Looking for some good laughs at the end of the week? This Friday night, local comedian Graham Clark puts on a comedy show which features segments of various TV game shows. They are presented to you in one bizarre comedic event. Graham will be joined by comedians, Emmett Hall, Aaron Read, Katie Ellen Humphries and Christine Bortolin for this Friday’s show. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

River District – Savour Summer Series – September 8th 

You are invited to River District for an afternoon of free fun this Saturday.  The Savour Summer Festival happens in River District’s new Town Centre Plaza between the new Starbucks and Everything Wine. There will be free live music, entertainment, giveaways, a photo booth, local food trucks and more.  Some of the entertainment includes Raincity Blue,  Bobs & Lolo and Wooden Horsemen.  Activities get under way at 2:00 pm and go till 8:00 pm.  For those that wish to come early, note the first 200 people will receive a Savour Summer hat and a popsicle.

4th Annual Burlesque Marathon – Rio Theatre – September 8th

The 4th Annual Burlesque Marathon happens this Saturday at the Rio Theatre. There is a long line talent of burlesque talent set for this event. Doors open at 8:00 pm, festivities get under way at 9:00 pm.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Meet & Greet The Candidates – Commercial Street Café Sept. 8th & 9th

This weekend Commercial Street Café, 3599 Commercial Street, hosts the beginning of a series of meet and greets for those running for Mayor of Vancouver. This Saturday, come chat with independent candidate, Shauna Sylvester from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. On Sunday, another independent candidate, Kennedy Stewart will be on hand from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm to chat and answer questions about his platform.

Free Movie ‘Lady Bird’ – Britannia Community Centre – September 9th

Britannia Community Centre shows free movies on Sunday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. This week they are showing Lady Bird. All are welcome to enjoy the movie along with the free popcorn.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking to liven things up this weekend?  Breaking Boundaries is back at Café Deux Soleils this Saturday night. Doors at 8:30 pm, music gets under way at 9:00 pm. Cover is $10. Libra Room regularly hosts live music every night of the week. If it’s jazz your after, Sunday nights the Tangent Café regularly hosts live jazz music.  If you haven’t yet caught the documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbour’ about the life of Mr. Rogers, it’s showing this weekend at the Rio Theatre Saturday at 1:15 pm and Sunday at 4:15 pm. Reviews we’ve heard it’s good, bit of a tear jerker, but good.

Three Farmer Markets happening this weekend – Saturday it’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm) and Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market in Dude Chilling Park from 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Story Story Lie Goes Back To School September 5th At The Rio Theatre

27 Aug

storyStoryLieInLightsIt’s time to go back to school with Story Story Lie on September 5th. You are invited to the Rio Theatre to see if you can spot the liar.  If you are not familiar with the premise of this show, it is an interactive show where some of Vancouver’s best entertainers share intimate, funny and often embarrassing stories about themselves. One of them is lying and telling you a tall tale. But which one?   The audience gets to take part in the interrogation to reveal who the liar is. And the first audience member to guess the liar, wins the grand prize as well as bragging rights. The contestants for the Back To School Story Story Lie are Jon Bennett (The Moth), Conni Smudge (Drag Queen),  John Cullen (Just For Laughs),  Andrea Jin (Comedian), Gustavo Ferman (Dancer & Entertainer), Marty Lawton (Irish Actress) and host Jo Dworschak.   The Westender calls this show “One of the most inventive events on the Vancouver arts calendar” Tickets are available in advance online at Rio Theatre for $10 online or $12 at the door. Fun gets under way at 7:00 pm and runs till 8:30 pm.

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