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Firehall Arts Centre Presents A Christmas Carol

21 Nov

The Firehall Arts Centre invites you to celebrate the holiday season with its presentation of A Christmas Carol from Wednesday, December 14 to Saturday, December 24, 2022. Sanjay Talwar plays all 40 characters in this one-version of the familiar tale produced by Blue Ridge Repertory Theatre.   Tickets start at $25 and are now on sale at the Firehall Arts Centre.

The Big List Of Artisan Markets + Craft Fairs In East Van 2022

12 Nov

It’s that time of year again where the opportunities to shop local are abundant.  There are some great artisan markets and craft fairs coming up to help you make your gift giving easy whether for Christmas or birthday gifts.  Did you know: “for every $100 spent with a BC local business, $64 is re-circulated back into our BC economy versus $14 for multi nationals. Why? Because locally owned businesses circulate more dollars in the community compared to multinational organizations.”

When you buy from a local maker, you’re supporting your neighbor next door, your co-worker working full-time and holding down a side gig, moms carving out some extra income while still being home with their families. All have created a business doing something they love and are passionate about.  We are 100% behind supporting those local dreamers and makers. Also, buying local is better for the environment. Items at markets are not being shipped long distances and there is usually much less packaging involved. All around win win. To that end, we have again created a list of all the artisan markets and craft fairs happening in East Vancouver this holiday season. Here’s hoping our big list will make it easier for you to shop local this holiday season.

NOVEMBER 2022

Nov. 16-27: Got Craft Holiday Virtual Market

Nov. 17: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 5 – 10 pm
Nov. 18: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 5- 10 pm
Nov. 18: Britannia Winter Craft Market – Britannia Comm. Centre 3 – 8 pm

Nov. 19: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 11 am – 6 pm
Nov. 19: Got Craft – Croatian Cultural Centre 10 am – 5 pm
Nov. 19: Britannia Winter Craft Market – Britannia Comm. Centre 10 am – 6 pm
Nov. 19: Made In The 604 – Heritage Hall
Nov. 20: Eastside Culture Crawl – Various Locations 11 am – 6 pm
Nov. 20: Got Craft – Croatian Cultural Centre 10 am – 5 pm
Nov. 20: Made In The 604 – Heritage Hall

Nov. 25: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 4 – 8 pm
Nov. 26: Artisan Pottery Sale – Trout Lake Community Centre 9 am – 4 pm

DECEMBER 2022

Dec. 2: Toque Craft Fair – Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. 6 – 10 pm

Dec. 3: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Ave. 11 am – 4 pm
Dec. 3: Toque Craft Fair – Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. 6 – 10 pm
Dec. 3: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 3: Deck The Hall – Heritage Hall – TBC
Dec. 3: Connect X-Mas Market + Music Festival – 2111 Main St. 11 – 7

Dec. 4: Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – 2010 East Kent Ave. 11 am – 4 pm
Dec. 4: Toque Craft Fair – Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave. 6 – 10 pm
Dec. 4: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Avenue 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 4: Deck The Hall – Heritage Hall – TBC
Dec. 4: Connect X-Mas Market + Music Festival – 2111 Main St. 11-7

Dec. 7: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm
Dec. 8: Make It! – PNE Forum 11 am – 9 pm

Dec. 9: Krampus Markt – Strange Fellows Brewing 6 – 10 pm
Dec. 9: Make It! – PNE Forum 10 am – 6 pm
Dec. 9: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 10: First Pick Handmade – Heritage Hall 11 am – 6 pm
Dec. 10: MakeIt! – PNE Forum 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 10: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 10: Krampus Markt – Strange Fellows Brewing 11 am – 6 pm
Dec. 10: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 11: First Pick Handmade – Heritage Hall 11 am – 6 pm
Dec. 11: Make It! – PNE Forum
Dec. 11: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 11: Christmas Market – Italian Cultural Centre 11 am – 4 pm
Dec. 11: Krampus Markt – Strange Fellows Brewing 12 – 4 pm
Dec. 11: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 16: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 17: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 17: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Dec. 18: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.
Dec. 18: Eastside Flea – 550 Malkin Ave. 11 am – 5 pm
Dec. 18: Weirdos Holiday Market – 1739 Venables St.

Did we miss one? We will be updating this list as we learn of other markets so check back for updates. Feel free to drop us a note with any market you think should be added at ILiveInEastVan@gmail.com.

Got Craft At The Croatian Cultural Centre November 19 & 20, 2022

1 Nov

Got Craft is back for the upcoming holiday season that is just around the corner.   Got Craft will be hosting an in person market for 2 days at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3350 Commercial Drive, on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th. from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The market will feature 95 local makers and small shops, a mini makers area with kidpreneurs aged 5-13 years old, plus food carts by Nami Vietnamese and the Brownie Bakers.   You can expect to find a wide variety of items perfect for gift giving including clothing, fashion accessories, bath & body products, home goods, greeting cards, jewellery, food & drink, ceramics, art prints and much more.   Tickets for the market are $5 and available online. Kids aged 12 and under are free.  For those that aren’t able to shop in person, Got Craft is also hosting a Holiday Virtual Market from Wednesday, November 16th to Sunday, November 27th.  Visit Got Craft Holiday Virtual Market for more details. 

Gourmet Warehouse Announces More Great Cooking Classes

11 Oct

Gourmet Warehouse has added more great cooking and baking classes heading into the holiday season. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. If you have participated, you know it’s a great way to pick up some knowledge and some great tips in the kitchen. Added bonus is after each cooking class all the participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

Introduction to Pastry – November 5, 2022

Chef Andrei Godoroja, winner of ‘Great Canadian Baking Show’, will be leading this hands on pastry class. For those not familiar with pastry marking, it encompasses a wide spectrum of textures and techniques. In this class, you will learn to produce wonderfully flaky pastry that may be the basis of the most impressive and fastest desserts. We’ve set out below what you will be making in this class:

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• Savoury Galette – Leek, Potato and Goat Cheese
• Sweet Galette – Apple and Cinnamon
• Puff Pastry – Seasonal Fruits and Fillings
• Fresh Fruit Tart – Chocolate Ganache, Pastry Cream, Fresh Fruit

Caren’s Holiday Appetizers 1 – November 23, 2022

Chef and owner of Gourmet Warehouse, Caren McSherry, hosts this demonstration cooking class in which she will teach you how to make 7 stunning canapes. In this evening class, you will learn to make:

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• Turkish Lamb Kofte Skewers with Toasted Flatbread & Yogurt Tahini Drizzle
• Crisp Saffron Risotto Cakes with Grilled Prawns
• Prosciutto Parmesan Fingers
• Swiss Cheese Gougères
• Crispy Korean Tootsie Rolls with Kimchi Dipping Sauce
• Decadent Mini Dark Chocolate Tarts with White Chocolate Drizzle

Go Nuts For Doughnuts – November 26, 2022

Who does not love doughnuts? On November 26th, in this hands-on class, Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu will teach you how to make four different types of doughnuts and yes, you will make them yourself. Expect to learn the proper techniques including proofing, rolling out dough, correct practices for cutting and shaping dough and consistent frying. Chef Deniz will guide you through each step. The menu which includes sweet and savoury is set out below:

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• Sourdough Beignets with Gravlax, Sour Cream and Pickled Onions
• Boston Cream and Berry filled Doughnut
• Cake Doughnut with Triple Chocolate topping
• Lokumades with Hot Honey

Taste of Taverna – December 1, 2022

Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu is back to lead this demonstration cooking class that shares the delish delicacies that Greece has to offer in “Taste of Taverna”. Ingredients that will feature prominently in the dishes include Roasted Garlic, Pistachio, Honeycomb and Lemon. Chef Deniz has spent his life in Turkey and the Mediterranean learning from friends and family the heart of European cuisine which he loves to share in each of his classes. The menu for this class is set out below:

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• Roasted Garlic Hummus with Pita Crisps
• Pan Fried Halloumi with Honeycomb, Pistachios, Preserved Apricots
• Aegean Style Ling Cod Souvlaki, Fisherman’s Salad with Feta and Olives, Lemon Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
• Walnut Baklava with Clotted Cream

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

Nightmare Before Christmas Market At The Croatian Cultural Centre October 8 & 9

5 Oct

If you are looking to shop for the wacky, weird and the wonderful, you may wish to check out the Nightmare Before Christmas Market happening this weekend at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive.   The event will host 79 vendors that celebrate Halloween handmade style. Along with a variety of vendors, you can also expect to find crafts for kids, face painting as well as performers. Admission is $3 for adults if you purchase tickets online and $4 at the door. Free entry for those 13 years of age and under.  The event runs Saturday, October 8th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 9th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Stop by to get into the Halloween spirit.

Photo Credit: Toni Cuenca

Bad Parent Premieres At The Cultch October 13-23

20 Sep

The Cultch and vAct (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre) present Bad Parent, a brand new play from renowned award-winning playwright, Ins Choi. Bad Parent will have its Vancouver premiere at The Cultch Historic Theatre, October 13-23, 2022. It was originally scheduled to run in the spring of 2022, but had to be postponed due to COVID.

The production features Norah and Charles who are trying to navigate their lives as parents of a toddler, but are figuring out who they are in relation to their son, to each other, and to the audience. Bad Parent, is a billed as a hilarious new feel-good comedy from Ins Choi, the creator of the hit CBC sitcom and play Kim’s Convenience, is an honest, no-holds-barred portrait of young parents struggling to find their way through the messy reality of parenthood.

Like all the best fiction, Bad Parent was born of true experience. “There was a turbulent time, early in our marriage, when my wife and I argued a lot. I began writing long unfiltered rants in an attempt to clarify how I was feeling and why,” says playwright Ins Choi. “Many years later, I came across those rants and felt sorry for that couple back then trying to make ends meet, meet each other’s needs and the needs of a newborn.”

Renowned award-winning Vancouver theatre company vAct has gained a reputation in the city for premiering groundbreaking works by some of the biggest names in Canadian theatre. They are one of the only theatre companies in the country to focus on Asian Canadian creators, and they have been responsible for creating and producing some of the most exciting theatre on Canadian stages. Bad Parent, the latest of their Mainstage productions, written by one of Canada’s most famous contemporary playwrights continues the legacy of telling great stories from incredible Asian Canadian talent. “Stories disarm by inviting us into the lives of others wholly different from ourselves only to help us realize how similar we all are,” says Choi. “Through stories, we’re entertained as a group and comforted to know we’re not alone both in our struggles and what we find funny.”

Bad Parent takes the stage in the Historic Theatre at The Cultch from October 13 to 23, 2022.  Tickets start at $29 and are available online at The Cultch.

Photo: Emily Cooper

First Pick Handmade – Fall Pop Up Sale At Heritage Hall September 24 & 25

17 Sep

First Pick Handmade is back at the Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th.  The Fall Pop Up Sale features fashions for you and the home. There will be a wide range of high quality Canadian designs.  For this Fall Show, you can also expect to find size inclusive and gender-neutral designs for all body types.

Some of the designers on hand including Givers and Takers Clothing, Jessica Redditt Designs, Kate & Francis, Uni Design, Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere, Joanna Lovett Sterling, Zula Jewelry + Design, art by Lydia Cecilia and Sola Fiedler as well as skin care and beauty products by Conscious Care. Whether you are looking for something for your home, for yourself, or as a gift, there will be lots to choose from with all of this talent under one roof. Stop by and check it out between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm September 24th and 25th. Admission is $3.00 at the door or online.

Skate With Olympian Ice Skater Patrick Chan

9 Sep

If you, or anyone you know, has ever dreamed of skating with an Olympian skater, mark your calendar, your opportunity to do just that is here.   You are invited to come skate with Canada’s most decorated Olympian skater Patrick Chan. He will be be lacing up for two public skates on Saturday, September 17th at Hillcrest Rink or Saturday, October 8th at Trout Lake Rink. The events will also include a small circuit area with instructor for training as well as an off ice meet and greet.   The fee for this event is the regular fee for a public skate. For more information, visit Vancouver.ca

Improv Against Humanity At Cafe Deux Soleils September 30th

6 Sep

Improv Against Humanity is back! The improv group The Fictionals will be taking the stage at Café Deux Soleils on Friday, September 30th to showcase their unique and well honed improvisational talent.   Along with lots of laughs and a fun night, there will be some epic prizes to be won including the Most Horrible Person in Vancouver. Will you be crowned?  You are invited to come check out all the great local talent. Tickets are $10 at the door – cash only. Show gets under way at 9:00 pm.

Photos: The Fictionals

The 24th Vancouver Improv Festival Returns To The Cultch September 13-18

30 Aug

The 24th Vancouver Improv Festival returns to The Cultch September 13-18, 2022. Vancouver Improv Fest is one of North America’s longest running improv festivals, and celebrate spontaneity and collaboration through the art form of improvisation. This year’s festival features acts from Halifax, London (UK), Portland, Toronto and beyond. You are invited to check out one of the many performances lined, or attend a workshop which is open to improvisors of all skill levels. To see a full listing of shows and workshops, visit Vancouver Improv Fest. Tickets for the performances are $25 and available online at Vancouver Improv Fest.

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