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2nd Annual Disney Charity Show November 18th Fundraiser For Music Heals

7 Nov

DisneyMusic2018On Sunday, November 18th, you are invited to the 2nd Annual Disney Charity Show being held at the Notional Space, 1523 East Pender Street. Their inaugural event was held last year on The Drive in the evening. Feedback was that people wished to come with their children during the day, so woola. Organizers listened and are now hosting their next Disney Charity Show the afternoon of November 18th.  Doors open at 1:00 pm, show beings at 1:30 pm. This a fundraiser for Music Heals which raises money for music therapy programs in Canada. Tickets are a very reasonable $10 and available at the door.

East Van Panto: The Wizard Of Oz At The York November 26, 2018 to January 6, 2019

6 Nov

EastVanPantoWizardOfOzWe are admittedly huge fans of the East Van Panto. This has become a fun holiday tradition for us.  We can’t imagine Christmas without it.  This year The East Van Panto celebrates its 6th season with the presentation of The Wizard of Oz. In this year’s storyline, we hear that a pipeline has burst and Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical Land Of Oz (also known as Nanaimo and Hastings).  There, Dorothy is pursued by the Wicked Witch and embarks on a journey to the World’s Greenest City in search of brains, heart, courage and yes, yoga pants!  The East Van Panto always pokes great fun at the quirky things that make our City unique.   Come laugh a little at yourself and our fair City.  Tickets for the East Van Panto start at $24 for children 16 and under. Family packs are available for $146. To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.  For families on a tight budget, take note that The Cultch is offering $29 tickets on November 28th & 29th at 7:00 pm. They recently offered Housing Crisis Prices on a number of their productions. To get the special rate for this and other Cultch performances, visit Housing Crisis Prices.

Eastside Cultural Crawl November 15 – 18, 2018

5 Nov

EastsideCultureCrawl2018The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for 4 days starting Thursday, November 15th.  This 4 day arts extravaganza is now its 22nd year and features over 480 artists in and around East Vancouver.  If you aren’t already familiar with this event, artists from a variety of mediums open their studio doors so you can see firsthand their working space, their creative process and their work.  The artists themselves will of course be on hand to discuss any aspect of their work. During the Eastside Culture Crawl, you will find painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, wood carvers, photographers and much more. The event grows each year and now comprises over 80 buildings from Main Street to Victoria Drive and First Avenue to Powell Street.

If time is not on your side and you want to take in as many artists in one fell swoop, 1000 Parker Street and the Mergatroid are your spots to hit and definitely a hub of action which includes some food trucks for those that get hungry. The Mergatroid, 975 Vernon Drive has glass blowing demonstrations on view at the main level, but be sure to check out the other studio spaces within the building.  Note, this part of The Crawl can get busy on the weekends, so if that’s not your thing, there are many other options.  Organizers prepare an amazing online map that sets out all the studios.  We invite you to check it out.  If you are unsure where you wish to start, check out the Program Guide for more information.

Each year, we try and tackle a new area/artists we haven’t visited before. This year we are heading to The Arts Factory to check out a young artist we’ve been following for a few years now, Kat McPhee. Her work applies elements of graffiti, is edgy and has the feel of street art.

Also, on our list this year is the artist, L.J. Throstle. Lucy creates beautiful works using single use stencils and acrylic spray paint. Her subjects are generally people and animals. If you can find les amis du fromage’s East van location (843 East Hastings), you can find Lucy’s studio, it is below ground at 841 East Hastings.  She captures subjects in a unique way.

If it’s woodworking you wish to see, you need to check out Jesse Toso and the Toso Wood Works in Parker Studios at 1000 Parker Street.  His items are made for salvaged wood are beautiful and unique.  If you can’t make The Crawl which showcase his larger pieces, you can also visit his gallery at 3567 Commercial Street before or after The Crawl.

What we love about the Eastside Culture Crawl is that you have 4 days to stop in and check out the artists at your own pace.  You go where you want on The Crawl for as long as you want.  Adding to the event, is many great spots to stop for a bite or refreshment along the way. Whether you are in Strathcona, off the Drive, Railtown, Hastings Sunrise, Downtown Eastside or off the growing stretch off Clark Drive, there are countless options for coffee, beer, food and wine.

To help guide you through some of the art available, the Eastside Culture Crawl has a great rundown of all the artists on their website including a great downloadable map to help you find your way. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out the amazing talent in this City. The Crawl runs November 15th and 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 17th  and Sunday, November 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. See you on the Crawl.

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Backbone On Now Until November 4th

1 Nov

BackboneIf you think you’ve seen crazy strength and fitness levels before, think again. The international hit “Backbone”, from renowned Australian circus company Gravity & Other Myths, literally tosses around the perception of what strength is, where it comes from, and how it’s measured. With an ensemble of 10 performers and 2 on-stage musicians, “Backbone” had the audience’s jaws on the floor on opening night at Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. Fun for the whole family, this masterpiece of a show is a celebration of human interconnectedness and is somehow very moving without any spoken word.

The performers all work together to bring this beautiful production to life and make their incredible feats of strength and flexibility look graceful and dance-like. It isn’t until the music quiets and lights are bright that you can hear them gasping for air and see the sweat dripping. The impressive acrobatics are enhanced by sound and light effects which get the audience leaning forward, fully engaged in what’s happening on stage and scared that if they look away for just a second they might miss something. From doing dozens of backflips in a row to throwing each other around like toys to creating 3-person high human pyramids while completely blind, “Backbone” is wild and daring. It’s also charmingly informal! While the performers pull their stunts off perfectly in sync, the way they relate to each other is like friends having a great time instead of like professionals hard at work. Not only is it stunning, “Backbone” is actually quite funny too! You absolutely don’t want to miss this unique show, testing the limits of physical, emotional, individual and collective strength.  Backbone is on now until November 4th. For tickets,  visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

The Enemy At The Firehall Arts Centre November 10 – December 1, 2018

31 Oct

The Enemy 1 - Jenn Griffin and Paul Herbert.jpgThe Firehall Arts Centre is presenting a new political drama that touches on a number of themes including corruption, environmental activism and a lack of accountability. The Enemy is a contemporary interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. The original story was written in 1882, but with the current political climate in the US, The New York Times says this story “is suddenly as timely as a tweet.” In Ibsen’s version, Dr. Stockman is written as a male. In The Enemy, Artistic Director Donna Spencer has taken the role of Dr. Stockman and written it as a female to illustrate the road blocks women face when challenging the “powers-that-be” or “the old boys club”. This production also touches on the choices  we make, the ones we think we should make but don’t, and the influences around us that colour that decision-making. The Enemy asks “is the majority always right?” “What happens when truth is declared as not the truth?” “What happens when disbelief is spread via social media, ‘fake news’, and shoddy journalism?” Who ends up being the enemy?

Artistic Director Donna Spencer has chosen a piece that reflects what is happening in the world today. A timely piece that encourages us to look at and question the political, social and environmental landscape around us. You can catch The Enemy at The Firehall Arts Centre from November 10th to December 1st. For tickets visit, the Firehall Arts Centre.

Photo Credit: Pedro Meza

Winter Farmer Markets In East Vancouver

30 Oct

FarmersMarketProduceRiley Park Farmers Market – Every Saturday

In case you missed the news, Riley Park Farmers Market is now a year round market happening every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 30th & Ontario.   This is a great space located next to a community garden with ample parking and located on a bike route.

Hastings Park Farmers Market – Sundays Nov. 4 – April 28, 2019

The Hastings Park Farmers Market kicks off Sunday, November 4th at Hastings Park and happens weekly every Sunday until April 28, 2019 except for Sunday, December 30th. The market is located on the PNE grounds by the Hastings Skatepark.

Whichever market you choose, stop by and support your local makers!

What’s On East Van: October 26th Edition

26 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.

Makers Market – Ellis Building – October 26th

In case you missed it, the Eastside Flea moved from The Ellis Building to Eastside Studios at 550 Malkin Avenue which means it left a great space for markets at the Ellis Building.  So a Makers Market is now hosting what appears to be monthly markets on Friday nights.  There official launch is this Friday, October 26th and there’s a line of local handmade small batch goods. We see our friends at Sriracha Revolver will be there. This is a family friendly event that happens from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. Admission is free.

Trick Or Treat On Hastings Sunrise – October 27th

This Saturday you are invited to Trick or Treat on Hastings Street between 12:00 and 3:00 pm.  Visit businesses along the East Hastings strip with your costume and receive a treat (or a trick!).

All Souls Night – Mountain View Cemetery – October 27th

All Souls Night is an opportunity to commemorate the dead.  You are invited to tea and memory making at Mountain View Cemetery between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm this Saturday evening. Light a candle for someone you’ve lost.

Drive-In Movies – River District – October 27th

River District in SE Vancouver is hosting their last weekend of free drive-in movies.  This weekend they are showing Frankenweenie at 7:30 pm followed by It at 9:30 pm. For tickets visit, Picatic.com.

Book Launch & Signing – The Plant-Based Foodie Cookbook – October 27th

Brad Hill creator of a series of Foodie cookbooks will be on hand to launch his newest cookbook The Plant-Based Foodie Cookbook at Riley Park Farmers Market this Saturday. He will be on hand from Noon – 2:00 pm along with delish plant based eats.

Parade Of Lost Souls – To Be Announced – October 27th

The iconic East Van event the Parade of Lost Souls happens this Saturday night. This all ages community event celebrates the Day of The Dead and features a roving parade, live music, art installations, dance performances including flash mobs all of which happens from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Following the parade there is the After Party which this year happens at The Wise Hall. For more details, visit their website Parade of Lost Souls. Great opportunity to try out that scary make up/costume. If you wish to be in the parade meet at the Britannia Library at 7:00 pm.

Hastings Sunrise Pumpkin Patch – Hastings Elementary School – October 28th

You are invited to check out the 3rd Annual Hastings Sunrise Pumpkin Patch Festiva at Hastings Elementary School. Choose a pumpkin for your Jack-O-Lantern, share some food, enjoy a live bluegrass band, and take part in fall-themed festivities and decorations from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm . Costumes encouraged. Pumpkins are by donation.

Pumpkin Carving – Strange Fellows Brewing – October 28th

Strange Fellows Brewing, 1345 Clark Drive, invites you to come down Sunday afternoon to do some pumpkin carving between 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Everything is supplied including the pumpkins. All by donation with proceeds to go the Vancouver Food Bank.

Beetlejuice – Rio Theatre – October 28th

Now THIS is a movie to watch on the big screen.  The Rio Theatre will be showing Beetlejuice Sunday at 5:30 pm and being rain is expected might be a perfect Sunday afternoon thing to do.  Tickets $12, we suggest getting advance tickets.

 Japan Food Fair – Vancouver Buddhist Temple – October 28th

If you love Japanese food (and who doesn’t really), you may wish to make your way down to the Vancouver Buddhist Temple this Sunday, October 28th. They will be hosting a Japan Food Fair and Fall Bazaar from Noon to 2:00 pm. Lots of great eats and great prices. Happens at 220 Jackson Avenue in Strathcona.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

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.

This weekend there is only one Farmers Market this Saturday. That is Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm). Trout Lake is now closed for the season, but Hastings Park Farmers Market kicks off NEXT weekend, November 4th. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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