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Weekly Stories At The Drive Coffee Bar

3 Jan

WeeklyStoriesIf you love storytelling, whether watching or listening to it in an intimate venue, then you may wish to check out Weekly Stories at The Drive Coffee Bar, 1670 Commercial Drive located near 1st Avenue.  This 1 hour storytelling show is hosted by local organizer extraordinaire Jo Dworschak of Story Story Lie and Coop Radio’s Fruit Salad.  You will hear tales from some seasoned storytellers, but each week they do try and get a new face up to take a turn.  The venue is a favourite of ours for the great coffee, selection of Cartem Donuts and some of the best sandwiches in the City by La Grotta del Fromaggio plus they also serve wine and beer.  Event runs from 7:30 to 9:00 pm every Wednesday night.  Admission is by donation. If you have a story to share, stop by and sign up or email Jo in advance at e: storystoryshows@gmail.com.

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Tugboat Landing Artisan Market Saturday December 17th

15 Dec

TLAMSideA.pngFor those not familiar with Tugboat Landing, this is a great little community along the Fraser River in SE Vancouver located just below SE Marine Drive.  Many of you may have heard the news about the new River District development, well under way just to the East. Whereas, Tugboat Landing has been a bit of a secret. Many people don’t know about the area, and as one of its many residents, I haven’t minded it all that much.  The community comes, in part, from the geographical layout of the area, as we are a bit cut off from the rest of the City.  Add to that, what keeps us below Marine Drive, are the river walkways on which you can catch daily glimpses of eagles soaring over the Fraser River, hummingbirds flitting about the bushes, the ever present herons and beavers on the edge of the river banks.  Tugboat Landing is situated next to Gladstone Park, which has walking trails that continue into Burnaby and beyond. The river views, nature and wildlife, along with the central location, are the reason many people move, but once here, most don’t leave.   

This weekend, you are invited to come down and experience some of the community that is Tugboat Landing.  They are hosting a smaller, intimate, artisan market on Saturday, December 17th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at 2010 East Kent Avenue (foot of Victoria Drive).  There will be a number of local residents participating including, Jill Bartlett of Cord & Stone, who makes beautiful jewellery crocheted from reclaimed Argentium sterling silver wire, and Deborah Wilkins, with exquisite infused glass pieces.  They’ve invited a number of other local makers to join them in offering some opportunities for gift giving this holiday season including, The Uncommon Good with beautiful wooden Christmas ornaments made from salvaged wood, DiG Leather with handmade leather goods, Pep Soap, with beautiful gift sets, North Bay Candle Co. with great scents like Big Sexy, LuLu Island Honey and Non La Designs with stunning shawls and cowls. Organizers will also be hosting a raffle with a gift basket that includes a number of great offerings donated to raise funds for two charities near and dear to this pet loving community 1) Vancouver BC SPCA and 2) SAINTS Rescue, an end of life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals.  Some of the gracious donations include the new book ‘East Van Foodie’, driftwood coasters made by artisans in Victoria, coffee by The Drive Coffee Bar, a beautiful cowl by Non La Designs, some jewellery by Cord & Stone, and delish macarons by East Van Sweets. There will be hot coffee brewing, sweet treats and a fireplace roaring to keep those brave enough to face the cooler temperatures, warm and toasty. The coffee and treats are available by donation with all proceeds going to the two sponsored charities.

Hope to see you down by the river this Saturday. It’s a great place to walk and take in the river views. If you get hungry, we invite you check out Romer’s Burger Bar within walking distance or a short drive. Or if you are thirsty, stop in at our local brewery, Dogwood Brewing offering BC’s only organic beer. So many reasons to come down to the river.

The Drive Coffee Bar (formerly Café Napoli) Featuring East Van Artists

15 Aug

Clint EastwoodWe recently sat down with Kenny Vannucci, co-owner of The Drive Coffee Bar (formerly Café Napoli) on Commercial Drive near 1st Avenue.  This coffee shop has been transformed from its former space with white walls, a unique coffee bar and some beautiful brick work. One feature wall in the back showcases all of Kenny’s photos taken around East Van. The rest of the space has been set aside to showcase East Van artists.  The Drive Coffee Bar doesn’t take commissions, but encourages the artists to host a gallery night during the month. The current artist featured caught our eye, Kathryn McPhee.  She has a great eye for colour and applies elements of graffiti and animation.  She uses oil pastels, acrylics and spray paint. Kathryn has been drawing and painting since she was a child and currently works out of The Arts Factory which is a mixed-use arts facility in a transformed warehouse at 281 Industrial Avenue.   Last year, Kathryn participated in the Eastside Culture Crawl for the first time and her work was showcased at the Firehall Culture Crawl Exhibition which featured the works of new artists. She currently keeps busy with commissioned works, but she will be hosting a Gallery Night at The Drive Coffee Bar on Wednesday, August 24th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Kathryn will be on hand to chat and has some local musicians lined up for the evening including Sadie Campbell and Cam Labelle doing an acoustic set. Stop by and check out this talented artist and this great new space on the Drive.

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