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Winter Farmer Markets In East Van 2020-2021

27 Oct

Summer weather may be gone, but farmer markets continue into the Fall and Winter seasons. This year more than ever, we encourage you to support our local growers and makers.  In East Van, you have 2 options to choose from depending on your location. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place in both locations. Visit Vancouver Farmer Markets for more details on their protocols.

Riley Park Farmers Market – Every Saturday  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Riley Park Farmers Market in case you hadn’t already heard is 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 – Every Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Hastings Park Farmers Market runs every Sunday from November 1st to April 25, 2021. The market is located on the Centre Grounds of Hastings Park.

Whichever market you choose, we hope you will support local where and when you can. If you want to know which vendors will be at the markets, visit Vancouver Farmer Markets website for more information, or check them out on Instagram @vanmarkets.

Vancouver Farmers Markets Kick Off Summer Season

1 May

VFMChardVancouver Farmers Markets bring back summer markets the first weekend of May.  Things will be a bit different in light of COVID-19. Having recently attended Riley Park Winter Farmers Market, my experience showed that vendors were well spaced out and counts were being kept on the number of people entering each area of the market. Granted some vendors had some spaced out lines, personally I prefer standing in a brief line outdoors vs. a long line indoors.

What’s new if you haven’t heard is vendors are now accepting online orders. Currently, you need to pick up your online order from each vendor, but Vancouver Farmers Markets are looking to implement a centralized pick up and delivery in the near future.    Our local farmers and producers need our support during this time and we invite you to keep them in mind when making your weekly grocery shop.  We’ve set out below the markets taking place in East Van. To see a full listing of Vancouver Farmer Markets, visit eatlocal.org.


Trout Lake Famers Market
13th Ave & Lakewood Drive
Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 2, 2020 – October 24, 2020 

Riley Park Farmers Market
30th Avenue & Ontario Street
Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 2, 2020 – October 24, 2020 

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
8th Avenue & Guelph Street
Sundays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 24, 2020 – October 25, 2020

Main Street Farmers Market
1100 Station Street (Thornton Park)
Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
June 3, 2020 – October 7, 2020

April 15th Canada Kicks Off National Take Out Day

14 Apr

CanadaTakeOutAs you may know, local restaurants are struggling in our new reality.  We have in the last week permanently lost 3 restaurants which are part of the heart and soul of Commercial Drive.  Cabrito Tapas, Federico’s Supper Club and Storm Crow Tavern have permanently closed.  We are sorry to see them go, but understand there are slim margins in restaurants and many factors that played a role in their decisions, a pandemic being the tipping point from which they couldn’t come back.

In order to help those in the food services survive during this pandemic, a movement has been started to encourage Canadians across the country to help support this industry which employs millions. Wednesday, April 15th kicks off the first national Take Out Day which restaurant owners and those in the food services industry hope you will make a weekly event for those that are financially able to. We hope you will consider participating whether it’s weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  Every bit helps these businesses be here in The After of this pandemic. To learn more about the campaign and what restaurants are participating, visit Canada Takeout.  To learn more about what East Van businesses are operating take-out and delivery services, we invite you to check out our previous feature Support Local Where You Can which is updated regularly.

East Van Businesses Offering Take-Out, Online Ordering Or Curb Side Pick Up – Support Local Where You Can ♥

5 Apr

BuyLocalThese last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind for everyone. It’s quite something to grasp how many things are affected outside of one’s physical health. As most of you know by now, the affects are fair reaching. You can’t turn on the news to see the latest layoffs or closures.  As big fans of small business, we have created a list of local East Van business trying to stay afloat in this new world with the view of wanting them to still be there post pandemic. With that in mind, we have started a list of some favourite spots by demographic area that are still operating and encourage those that are able to support them. We appreciate not everyone can do that with job losses, understandable. Instead maybe share with those that can.  This is not an exhaustive list. There are more and we will continue to update this list.  PLEASE NOTE: We will do our best to maintain the accuracy of the information, but as things are changing so rapidly from day-to-day, please check with each business directly to confirm hours and their service offerings.  Thank you.

Cedar Cottage

Flourist – 3433 Commercial Street – Artisan breads, baked goods, dips, olives, quinoa salad, flour, yogurt, eggs, olive oil and some produce.  Lots of items to choose from their online ordering.

Second Nature Home – 3565 Commercial Street – Operating 12 pm – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday. CLOSED Sunday and Monday. They have personal care and cleaning products. Note, although pets have been welcome in the past, it is during this time a pet free space  and solo personal shopping only please.

Commercial Drive 

Earnest Ice Cream – 1485 Frances Street – Open Tuesday to Saturday, CLOSED Sunday and Monday. All physical locations are closed, but online ordering and contactless pick up available at their Frances Street location.

Havana Vancouver – 1212 Commercial Drive – Offering healthy affordable meals. Order by 2:00 pm for same day pick up or delivery.  Curbside pick up from 3:00 – 6:00 pm or contactless delivery to your doorstep.   There’s also a To Go Window open from 12 pm to 6:00 pm Thursday to Monday. CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday.  They have a daily set menu you can get delivered to your In Box. Visit them online to sign up.

La Grotta Del Formaggio – 10:00 – 5:00 pm – Open Tuesday To Saturday.  La Grotta is  offering pre-order pick up, pay and pick up. You can still get your favourite items without going in store. And yes, their famous sandwhichs are still available.

Livia Sweets – 1399 Commercial Drive. Are open for pick up only from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday, CLOSED Monday. An array of bread, pastries, sandwiches and some meal kits.

Lombardo’s Pizza – 1461 Commercial Drive – Open 12:00 – 8:00 pm and is offering take-out and contactless delivery.  Don’t forget if you’ve got a sweet craving, they also offer gelato and tiramisu.

Pepino’s Spaghetti House – 631 Commercial Drive – Pick up and delivery available.

Oh Sweet Day – 1st & Commercial – Open 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, but CLOSED Monday and Tuesdays. They have your sweet fixed covered with cookies, mini cheesecakes and cakes available.  No eat in, take out and pre-order only and no cash, tap only with in-store pick ups.

Super Valu – Il Mercato (1st & Commercial) – This location is open 24 hours a day. 7 days a week  365 days a year.

Fraserhood

Batard Bakery – If you are looking for artisan breads, this is a great spot along with other baked goods. Also available, eggs, jams, olives, soups and other good edibles. Online ordering for pick ups only with 24 hours’ notice.

Breka Bakery – 6533 Fraser Street – Is still open 24 hours a day, but seating is closed. It’s to go only and there are limited numbers allowed in store, so as a popular spot, anticipate a short line up outside. You can also find them on Uber Eats.

Hastings Sunrise

Gourmet Warehouse – 1340 East Hastings Street. This gourmet cook shop has an array of items for cooking, baking and cleaning. Online ordering is available with curbside pick up between 11:00 am – 4:30 pm.  Note: Due to the high volume of orders, they ask that you allow up to 72 hours for your order to be processed.

Iron Dog Books – 2671 East Hastings St. Physical store closed, but access for pick ups available and delivery service for online and phone orders. Pick up at the door is available Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Deliveries happen Tuesdays and Fridays only.

The Learnary – 2643 East Hastings Street.  Provides games, books, textiles, activity kits and learning materials. No contact pick up and local delivery within 10 km of their store is available 3 times per week. They have a new Square site up. You are in invited to check it out to see what’s available.  

Plenty + Spare – 2168 East Hastings Street. The physical store is closed, but online ordering is available with curb side pick up for personal care products.  Email them directly for more information.

Tall Shadow Breads – Looking for fresh baguettes? Offering delivery within 5 km of Clark & Hastings with a $3 delivery fee and 2 loaf minimum. Email tallshowbreads@gmail.com.

Tamam: Fine Palestinian Cuisine – 2616 E. Hastings Street. Offering Traditional Middle Eastern meals available for take-out only from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Kingsway

Jackson’s General Store – 1490 Kingsway.  This retail store is packed with lots of cool items, but is temporarily closed, BUT they are open for on-line ordering. Of note, they’ve teamed up with a number of local suppliers to ‘SPREAD THE LOVE’ which has boxes filled with a variety of items delivered to your door, or someone you love. There are Foodie Care Boxes at varying prices along with a Comfy Care Box with personal care & cleaning products as well as general online ordering.   Check them to see what’s on offer.

Matchstick Coffee – Kingsway & Fraser. We hear on top of great coffee they have a small supply of flour, milk and eggs.

Main Street

Ann & Chi – 3388 Main Street. Open from 11:30 am – 9:00 pm for take and delivery by Uber Eats. Take Out Menu is up on their website as is Drinks To Go if you wish have beer and wine delivered to you as well.

Burdock & Co. – 2702 Main Street – Open for take away only Thursday to Sunday 5:00 pm – 8 pm.

Nanaimo Street

Trocadero Restaurant – 2411 Nanaimo Street. Open 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm for take-out and delivery of pizza, pasta, lasagna, streak and Greek food.  Menu online or give them a call at (604) 253-8714.

Renfrew Street

Whisky Six BBQ – 826 Renfrew Street. If you are craving BBQ, is available for delivery through Door Dash, Skip The Dishes and Foodee.

Rupert Street

Poor Italian – 3296 1st Avenue (at Rupert St) – Reopens for April 15th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday – Sunday for Delivery and Curbside Pick Up. Call to place your order (604-251-1122). Delivery available with Skip the Dishes and Uber Eats. Note: First Responders & Frontline Healthcare Workers receive 20% discount on pick up orders. 

Strathcona

les amis du fromage – 843 East Hastings Street.  Is open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm but CLOSED Mondays.  Missing a cheese fix?  This is your spot and they have a lot whole more including soups and prepared frozen meals. Just ask. They have a wide range of offerings. Online ordering is available with pick up within 3 hours. Please email your orders. For in person, maximum of 6 people in store and no more than 2 per family.

The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street. Is open 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday to Friday for online ordering, curbside pick up, take-out and delivery through Door Dash and Foodora.

Union Market – 810 Union Street. This small family run market is in the heart of the Strathcona neighbourhood and a long standing spot. They are open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Social distancing rules in place to protect everyone which means max 2-3 people in the store at one time. Some online orders and pick ups available for those with special needs.

South Van/River District

Romer’s Burger – 8683 Kerr Street. Open for take out orders and delivery.   Note: 20% off of take out orders at this time.

Sushi Mura – 3545 Sawmill Crescent. Open for take and delivery. Free delivery within 7 km. Visit their website for online ordering.

White Spot – 1126 SE Marine Drive – A classic always still offering burgers & fries and more for take-out and delivery. Beer and wine is available with your order.

Victoria Drive

Figaro’s Garden Centre – 1896 Victoria Drive – The physical store is closed, but online ordering with pick up and delivery is available for plants, seeds and soil.  They are working on a new website for online ordering, so stay tuned.

Bosa Foods – 562 Victoria Drive – Open regular shopping hours, but social/physical distancing and COVID-19 protocols in place.

Kozak Ukranian Eatery – 5077 Victoria Drive (at 34th Ave). Offering pick up and delivery 3 times per week. Offering hearty meals such as cabbage rolls, perogies. borsch as well as soups, baked goods, coffee beans and tea. Visit their website to order online. Delivery also available through Foodora, Skip The Dishes and Door Dash.

Via Tevere Pizzeria – 1190 Victoria Drive. Open 4 pm – 9 pm for take away and delivery orders.  Social/physical distancing required for take away orders. Their take away menu is posted on their website.

Vancouver Farmer Markets

Riley Park – 33rd & Ontario – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturdays offering food items only at this time.  All social/physical distancing protocols in place.

Hastings Park, PNE 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sundays offering food items only at this time. All social/physical distancing protocols in place.

We’d like to leave you with a quote that prompted this feature by Frances Bula:

“Just remember, folks. The world you want after this is all over is the world you’re supporting now. Order everything from Amazon and that’s what will take over. Support your local businesses and you help them be part of The After.” 

Story Story Lie: Regrets At The Rio Theatre April 1st

9 Mar

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Story Story Lie is back for another fun evening of storytelling on Wednesday, April 1st at the Rio Theatre. If you haven’t heard, this production is brought to by the talented MC Jo Dworschak who brings together an eclectic mix of story tellers who then entertain you for an evening with some wild stories.  The catch of course is all the stories are TRUE, save for ONE. One’s a liar. Can you spot the liar?  The fun kicks off at 7:00 pm on April 1st. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride Saturday March 7th

19 Feb

CrowRoostBikeRide2020Crows are part of everyday life in Vancouver.  It’s pretty hard to miss them. If there’s something that’s bothering them, and it could be you, they will certainly let you know. For me, they are a good barometer of what’s happening in the neighbourhood. They will raise a ruckus if there is an eagle, hawk or coyote in the area. So those of us with small dogs payment attention to this when it happens.  Of course, when they go home (Burnaby) to roost at night, they really make a lot of noise and the flying formation that adds flocks of crows as it goes is amazing to watch.  On Saturday, March 7th, you will again have an opportunity to ride along with the crows on the Annual Twilight Crow Roost Bike Ride. The Still Moon Arts Society invites you to join them for a ride that follows the crows from the Central Valley Greenway at Garden Drive towards Burnaby for an approximately 5 km ride round trip.  Start time is 5:00 pm.

To ensure safety, organizers ask that you have lights and/or reflectors for the ride home.  This is a free family friendly event. Everyone is welcome. NOTE: Poor weather, could postpone the event. Please check Still Moon Arts Society Facebook page for any updates.

History Walks Are Back This February and March Plus 2 New Ghost Tours

13 Feb

HistoryWalkGrainJames Johnstone is back again with his popular historical walking tours. Also returning with him for a couple of the history walks is Kati Ackermann. Kati is Vancouver’s own paranormal investigator and ghost whisperer.   Kati is the founder of Vancouver Spooks Paranormal and will be partnering with James for 2 tours. The first tour will be in Mount Pleasant on March 7th and the second in Strathcona on March 14th.  The route and content of these two Ghost Walks are the same as the regular Mount Pleasant and East End walking tours with the addition of Kati’s perspective which will be tuned into spirits along the way.   Note, the ghost walks are limited to 30 people and sell out quickly so if you are interested, we suggest reserving your spot. For more information or to register, visit History Walks In Vancouver.

February 22nd – East End Vancouver/Strathcona History Walk
(departs from 696 East Hastings at Heatley 10:00 am) $20

March 7th – Mount Pleasant Ghost Walk
(departs from NE corner of Yukon & 12th Avenue + ends at 7th Ave. &
Main Street 10:00 am) $30

March 14th – Strathcona Ghost Walk
(departs from 696 East Hastings at Heatley 10:00 am) $30

Photo Credit: James Johnstone

Talking Sex On Sunday At The Firehall Arts Centre February 14 – March 8

2 Feb

male blow-up dollA fun new musical production hits the Firehall Arts Centre on February 14th.   On the first Sunday of every month Margot and her lady pals host a theme party. For something a little different, Margot decides to shake things up and throws a Sex Toy Party.  In this musical comedy, you’ll witness women share fears, reveal dirty secrets, explore new possibilities, all while finding the power of female friendship. The production is directed by Donna Spencer, Talking Sex on Sunday features performances from some fierce females including Janet Gigliotti, Jennifer Lines, Sara Vickruck, Irene Karas Loeper, Caitriona Murphy, Katrina Reynolds, and Seana Lee Wood.

“I am delighted to be working with such a powerhouse team of actresses on this wonderful new work created by Sara Jeanne and Nico, says Donna Spencer.

“It’s a perfect piece for late winter, and reminds us how for so many years and even now women have not spoken openly or been proud of their sexuality. Dr. Ruth has done her best to get us talking, but there is always more to be said.”

Tickets are on sale now for the production. To grab your tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Call To Artists: The Cultch Gallery Seeks Artists For 2020/2021 Gallery Season

28 Jan

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The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, has put out a call to visual artists to submit applications to exhibit their work during their 2020/2021 gallery season. Each exhibition will run for 3 to 5 weeks between August 2020 and June 2021. Submissions can be single or multiple artists’ proposals.

The Cultch has built a reputation over the past 40 years as one of Western Canada’s most innovative and exciting presenting venues. The mandate of The Cultch is to contribute to the enrichment of the city and community’s social and cultural life through the presentation of innovative programs of contemporary music, theatre, dance and visual arts by established and emerging artists.

The Cultch Gallery is a multi-use space and not a traditional art gallery as it also serves as the lobby for performances and is occasionally used for meetings and other small events. Due to the diverse nature of this space, submissions that include sculptures or free standing art will not be accepted.  Further, they will only be able to show works that hang from their gallery ‘rail’ system that does not have a depth of more than 12″.

Submission Criteria for Artists:

  1. An artist statement
  2. Artist bio(s)
  3. Resume/CV
  4. A complete list of images you are submitting, which should include title, size, medium. These images do not have to be the work you will be showing. They want to get a good overview of your work.
  5. You can submit up to 10 images and not necessarily the images you plan on showing, but so they get a sense of the range of work you do. Image files should be in .jpeg format. No PDFs. File names must include the artist name, title of artwork and size of the work when framed: (example: Yuri Arajs – Sunny Day -18 in x 30 in. jpg). Images should be 300 dpi.

Deadline for applications is May 29, 2020. Email your submissions to gallery@thecultch.com, but you can also mail a CD with your application to:

Artists will be notified in June 2020 on the results of the selection process.

If you have any questions, you can email Yuri Arajs, the Gallery Coordinator at The Cultch gallery@thecultch.com.

Tinder Tales & Story Story Lie Team Up For Comedy Gold February 5th

8 Jan

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Tinder Tales team up with Story Story Lie for an epic evening of storytelling on Wednesday, February 5th at the Rio Theatre. If you haven’t heard, Tinder Tales is a Toronto based comedic story telling show that has been selling out across Canada including Vancouver.  Story Story Lie brought to by the talented MC Jo Dworschak brings you a group of story tellers who will regaling you with stories of unreal dating experiences. The catch of course is all the stories are TRUE, save for ONE. One’s a liar. Can you spot the liar?   The fun kicks off at 7:00 pm on February 5th. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, visit Eventbrite.

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