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What’s On East Van: April 12th Edition

12 Apr


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.

Live Music with Adyn Townes & Poor Nameless Boy – Café Deux Soleils – April 12th

Singer and songwriter, Adyn Townes, performs at Café Deux Soleils Friday night. Adyn hails from Canada’s East Coast where storytelling is a way of life and is a big part of his music.  Performance kicks off at 8:00 pm. Cover is $10.

PAWS Appreciation Event – Tisol Grandview Highway – April 13th

Calling all animal lovers! This Saturday you are invited to stop by Tisol Granrday, 3033 Grandview Highway, to meet some puppies that will be available for adoption from 11:00 am to Noon, but don’t rush off too quick, there are other dogs coming from 1:00 – 2:00 pm that will also be available for adoption. You are also invited to bring your pet, cat, dog, bird, as there will be a photo booth so you can bring your pet to have a photo taken. All proceeds from the photo booth go to Thank Dog I am Out Dog Rescue Society.

Vaisakhi Parade – Main Street – April 13th

The Vaisakhi Parade happens this Saturday, April 13th on Vancouver’s Main Street.  This harvest festival is tradition, amazing food and quite the community celebration.  The parade begins at the Ross Street Temple, 8000 Ross Street and travels West on SE Marine Drive and turning up Main Street and then heads East on 49th Avenue, South on Fraser Street then carries on East on 57th and South on Ross Street.  Click on map to see a visual of the route.  Parade begins at 11:00. Event runs to 5:00 pm.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Sing-A-Long Version – Rio Theatre April 13th

Love the music of Queen? How about belting it out with the rest of the theatre?  The Rio Theatre hosts a Sing-A-Long Version of Bohemian Rhapsody this Saturday night at 7:30 pm. To get your tickets, visit the Rio Theatre.

Impromptu Cabaret Festival – Havana Vancouver – April 13th

You are invited to get up close and personal with this 1 hour cabaret show.  The show features musical theatre along with performers, topics expected to delight.  Shows begin at 1:00 pm and keeps running at various times throughout the afternoon into the evening. Tickets are $20 and available through Showpass. For more info, check out Havana Vancouver.

Nifty For Fifty – Heritage Hall – April 14th

Looking for a great deal from local designers?  Nifty For Fifty is back at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, this Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Expect to find everything from jewellery to kids clothing, bags, pottery, vintage and more.  Some items up to 80% off and everything is $50 or less. Admission is $2.00 at the door.

Main Street Mixed Bag – The Ellis Building – April 14th

The Main Street Mixed Bag is back at The Ellis Building, 1024 Main Street. This is as the name implies a mixed bag of yard sale vendors, collectibles, vintage and handmade.  Entry is free and dogs are welcome. The market happens 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives – Firehall Arts Centre 

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives wraps up at the Firehall Arts Centre on April 13th. The Living Archives traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, internment in Canada during the Second World War, and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies. This production is an embodiment of Nisei character, language, spirit and story, and brings to light a part of Canadian history.


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 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  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

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews The Tashme Project On Now At The Firehall Arts Centre

8 Apr


First presented in 2015, The Tashme Project is a collection of stories, assembled and performed by Japanese-Canadian actors Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa. Performed for a captivated audience at the jam packed Firehall Arts Centre on opening night, Tamiko Manning and Miwa seamlessly weave their way through dozens of different stories and characters, tracing the common history and experience of the Nisei (Japanese elders) through childhood, WWII internment and post-war resettlement. Recounting stories that are both chilling and playful, The Tashme Project is a wonderful piece of theatre that shares the history that we all know through the personal voices of those who were actually there.

On a quest to satisfy their life-long curiosities, Tamiko Manning and Miwa sat down for 25 interviews with Japanese elders across the country. The Nisei were children at the time of internment and their stories remain largely untold in Japanese-Canadian families. The Tashme Project tells the real stories of the Nisei, disseminating the oral history of their elders, in an effort to transfer this important history and Japanese-Canadian identity to younger generations. Furthermore, it reminds the audience of the harsh realities that occurred right in our neighbourhood of East Vancouver, forcing us to consider the histories that occupy the spaces where we work, play and live.

The Tashme Project is on now until April 13th at the Firehall Arts Centre.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

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