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Drive-In Movies Back At River District

4 Sep

DriveInMovieDrive-In Movies are back at River District on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver. Wesgroup Properties and Fresh Air Cinema are hosting double feature films starting Saturday, September 9th and running weekly until  September 30th. The cost is $20 per carload for one movie, $30 for two movies. The Drive-In is located at 3650 E. Kent Avenue South which is located 1/2 a block south of Marine Way at Boundary Road.  Gates open at 6:30 pm and the movie gets under way at dusk (approx. 7:45 pm).  River District will provide you with the FM station for audio, so you need a working FM station to partake. This event is first come first serve, so best to arrive early to claim your spot. We’ve set out the schedule below as we know it today.  Note, these are subject to change. Therefore, please visit River District to confirm what’s playing:

September 16, 2017

Wonder Woman – 7:30 pm
Transformers: The Last Knight – 10:00 pm

September 23, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming – 7:15 pm
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – 9:45 pm  

September 30, 2017

Despicable Me 3 – 7:15 pm
War for the Planet of the Apes – 9:20 pm

October 7, 2017

CARS 3 – 7:00 pm
Baby Driver – 9:15 pm  



Killarney Shopping Centre – The Last Outpost?

7 Aug

Depending on how you view the history of Canada, it was explored and settled or it was conquered and occupied. Either way the pattern of Westward expansion seemed to involve a commercial enterprise, usually the Hudson’s Bay, plonking down an anchor store somewhere. Then a fort was built around it and they started trading. I believe that the shopping centre of the post war expansion was the distant offspring of the old trading outposts. Basically, build a ring of retail around a parking lot and then let the people come.

There are not many of these old style wide open centres left. Oh, you can still find them in places like Campbell River and Quesnel, but for the most part on the Lower Mainland theyʼve been eaten up by the mall. Still there are a few holdouts left and one in particular that comes to mind is the Killarney Shopping Centre.

Located at East 49th and Elliott this commercial outpost is oddly frozen in time. Sure it has a bank and a Starbucks, but in the condo clearcut thatʼs slowly migrating from the West Side to East Van, it really doesnʼt look much different from when it was built in 1962. It is mostly single story and has a gas station. Remember those? They used to have them in downtown Vancouver.

The main draw though, for the Killarney Shopping Centre is the Killarney Market. It is one of those near extinct commercial entities that still exist sporadically in East Van; an independent grocery. The market was originally a Safeway, then an IGA and now it is a 24 year old independent run by two brothers, John and Tito Chiang. Walking the aisles it has that small town old store feel, though it has a diverse stock of ethnic KillarneyMarketBublefoodstuffs you probably wouldnʼt find in Quesnel. Killarney Market also gained some publicity by being in the Michael Buble video for “Havenʼt Met You Yet “ Though mentioning this kind of makes me cringe. When it comes to guys in a suit jacket singing, my taste lies more toward Nick Cave than Mr. Bubbly.

One other curiosity of the Killarney Shopping Centre is its home to Wally’s Burgers. For those unaware of the significance, Wally Burgers was located on Kingsway for 46 years. It was a small greasy burger joint of the 1950ʼs movie variety. It was also a kind of right of passage, a stop over for those traveling West for a night in town. A place to put some padding down before the boozing. It was also a stopover for those traveling East heading home. A place to absorb the boozing or maybe lay down some padding for the impending hangover.

Wally’s closed on Kingsway in 2008 and then in 2010 some enterprising folk rebooted the whole thing and now have three locations. How does it compare? Well, unless youʼre either half-pissed or hungover itʼd be pretty hard to tell. Nostalgia aside, the thing I find most curious about Killarney Shopping Centre is how long can this uniquely dated shopping centre, this aging commercial outpost last? The most recent property assessment was for over 39 million up by 10 million over the previous year. At some point an income trust or dark lord developer is going to decide to cash it in.

By Contributing Writer Al Tee

Photo Credit: Killarney Market & Wally’s Burgers

River District Winter Craft Fair November 1 – December 27

30 Oct

TheBeautifulNomad5River District located in SE Vancouver along the Fraser River is hosting their 3rd Annual Winter Craft Fair. For those unfamiliar to the area it’s located at 8683 Kerr Street at the foot of Kerr Street just below SE Marine Drive). The Winter Craft Fair will be showcasing local products and vendors starting Sunday, November 1st from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Winter Craft Fair will continue every Sunday until December 27th.  Admission is free.  Some of the vendors they have lined up for the first two weekends include the Laughing Sparrow with modern handmade jewellery, The Beautiful Nomad with handmade jewellery made from shells, pearls, crystals and semi-precious stones as well as Stepping Stones Bakery, Chicka Bites Baked Goods and MB Furniture Revival, a local company which takes used furniture and turns shabby into chic.  Note, although some of the vendors may take credit cards, many are cash only.  So be sure to have some on hand.  Come down by the river and support local.

Photo Credit: The Beautiful Nomad

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River District Drive-In Movies This Summer Starting July 12th

8 Jul

FilmMovieReelWell it’s time to get a little nostalgic folks.  River District is hosting drive-in movies this summer.  For those that have never experienced a drive-in movie, now’s your chance.   River District will be hosting four of them starting this Sunday with a personal favourite, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  This is a classic 80s movie to which you are encouraged to wear your 80s garb.   Also on hand for this event, will be a selection of food trucks. They anticipate the following line up for Sunday’s feature movie:

Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck
Tasty Torpedo
Cheeses Crust
Reel MAC and Cheese
Street Meat Truck
Mr. Cool Ice Cream Truck
Chili Tank

The River District Drive-In is located at 3650 E. Kent Avenue South which is located just west of Boundary Way and before Kinross Street in SE Vancouver. Gates open at 6:30 pm and the movie gets under way at dusk (approx. 8:00 pm).  River District will provide you with the FM station for audio, so a working radio/FM station will round out your experience.

Sunday, July 26 – Indiana Jones & Raiders of the Lost Ark
Sunday September 6  – DOUBLE FEATURE
The Outsiders and Stand by Me

This is a free event and there is space for 250 cars, but it is first come first served. So if you are keen, best to arrive early.

River District Farmers Market May 30 to October 10

28 May

RiverDistrictMarketRiver District is hosting a Farmers Marketing starting this Saturday, May 30th. You can find this market at 8683 Kerr Street next to Romer’s Burger in SE Vancouver on the Fraser River.   The market will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.   You can expect to find many great local products at the market including produce, plants, baked goods, handmade goods, works by local artisans and live music.  We understand a few vendors on hand for the first market include Rocky Point Ice Cream Food Truck, Baguette & Co. and Stir-it-Up-Bike Caffe which if you haven’t seen is a pedal powered Caffè that uses Organic Marley Coffee. Stir-it-Up often has gluten-free snacks on hand so be sure to ask.  If you are not familiar with this area of Vancouver, the market is located at the foot of Kerr Street, one block South of SE Marine Drive and is easily accessible by car, bike or transit. The market will run every Saturday until October 10th.

Dogwood Brewing Offering Delicious Events For Vancouver Craft Beer Week

25 May

DogwoodBrewingIn case you hadn’t heard, Vancouver Craft Beer Week is coming from May 29th to June 7th.  A number of restaurants and craft breweries will be featuring special events during this period.  One of those include Dogwood Brewing Ltd. This is one of East Vancouver’s newest breweries located just off of SE Marine Drive by the Knight Street Bridge at 8284 Sherbrooke Street.  Dogwood Brewing is also Vancouver’s only organic brewery.  To celebrate Vancouver Craft Beer Week, they will be hosting a number of special events. Think oysters, chocolate, brunch, charcuterie and on it goes. They all sound pretty delicious to us.  All events take place at the brewery and some of the events have multiple time slots on the same day so you have a few options.  We invite you to check out this great new little brewery making some great beer.  We have set out below the special events they will be hosting.

May 29: The World’s Your Oyster Night  3:00-8:00 pm

May 30: SPRUCE up your Act! Lumberjack Cask Weekend 12:00-8:00 pm

May 31: Brewery Brunchies! 10:00 am, 11:30 am or 1:00 pm

June 3: Chocolate and Beer Pairing 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm

June 4: Charcuterie Pairing Night 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm

June 5: Come Fir another Lumberjack Extravaganza 3:00 – 8:00 pm

June 6: Hair of Dogwood Saturday Brunch 11:30 am or 1:00 pm

June 7: Hair of Dogwood Sunday Brunch 10:00 am 11:30 am or 1:00 pm

For more information, we invite you to check out Dogwood Brewing’s Facebook page or Eventbrite as some of the events you can purchase tickets in advance. Of course, you are welcome to pop by their Tasting Room anytime to check out their beers. Dogwood Brewing is open Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm and Sundays 11:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dogwood Brewing Ltd.

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Social Yoga & Veggies – The Market Series At River District Starting May 30

13 May

socialyoga_marketseriesIf you like yoga and your veggies, the new Market Series by Social Yoga might just be the class for you. On May 30th, The Social Yoga comes to the River District in SE Vancouver along the scenic Fraser River.  They will be offering 8 hours of yoga over a 4 week period starting May 30th  on the outdoor deck of 8683 Kerr Street. Should it ‘happen’ to rain, there is indoor space available. Classes run from 12:30 to 2:30 pm for $160, but the bonus is the price also includes a weekly market bag full of fresh produce from Shady Acre Farm. This is one of the Lower Mainland’s newest urban farms located in Richmond.  If you arrive early, of course you can take in the Farmers Market at River District which starts at 10:00 am. Or you can catch the tail end of the market after class as it runs till 3:00 pm.  Space is limited to 8 participants. Thus, if interested, best sign up early.

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