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1st Annual East Van Cider Fest August 16, 2017 At The Wise Hall

2 Aug

VancouverCiderFestLiberty Merchant Company presents the 1st Annual East Van Cider Fest on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street. In case you hadn’t heard the news, some are touting cider as the new craft beer. However, some say craft beer has paved the way for new industries in the craft beverage market such as distilled spirits, mead and, thankfully for us, craft cider. However you slice it, we are pleased to see this new growing industry of small cideries. The 1st Annual East Van Cider Fest will be featuring cider, mead and spirits from all over BC. The evening will also feature tasty bites from local businesses, a silent auction and door prizes which directly support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.   Tickets for the event are $24.99 and you are asked to bring a non-perishable food event with you. Your ticket includes 10 tasting tokens, a welcome cocktail and a keepsake glass. To purchase your tickets, visit any Liberty Wine Merchants location. In East Vancouver, you can visit them at 1622 Commercial Drive or call them at 604.633.1922. The event gets under way at 7:00 p.m. and goes till 9:00 pm. If you wish to learn more about BC’s growing cider industry, we invite you to check out this informative write up by What’s Brewing.

What’s On East Van: June 23, 2017

23 Jun



Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out 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.

Strathcona Street Party – June 24, 2017

The Vancouver Mural Festival and the Strathcona BIA have joined forces to create a street party to kick off summer. It will take place on Cordova Street where you can watch 9 large scale murals come to life. The Strathcona Street Party also features a beer garden, live music and family fun from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Eastside Pride – June 24, 2017

Pride Season kicks off in East Vancouver this Saturday in Grandview Park. There are a host of activities planned from Noon – 6:00 pm. This is a family friendly all ages event.

Farmers Market  – June 24 & 25, 2017

This weekend, you have the opportunity to check out 4 farmer markets.  First up, is the largest hosted by Vancouver Farmers Market at Trout Lake from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 24th. Also on Saturday, you will find River District Farmers Market on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver just below SE Marine Drive at Kerr Street from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Also on Saturday, Riley Park hosts a farmers market first of the season at 30th Street & Ontario from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm which will feature 30 local farms and producers. On Sunday, June 25th  Vancouver Farmers Market hosts the Mount Pleasant Market from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

 Intro to Tools: Folding Beach Chair – June 25, 2017

There is a great ‘do-it-yourself’ spot that hosts workshops every now and again called Vancouver Tool Library, 3448 Commercial Street (just down the way from the Commercial Street Café).  They are hosting an Intro to Tools Workshop this Sunday, June 25th.  In this class you will learn to use a table saw, drill and other power tools with the aim of making a folding chair. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.  There are 2 classes one morning session at 10:00 am and an afternoon session at 2:00 pm. To register, visit Eventbrite.

Pricing Artwork – June 27, 2017

If you are in artist in East Vancouver and needing a little assistance with the business side of things, you may wish to check out this workshop Pricing Artwork happening Thursday, June 27th.  The Eastside Culture Crawl Society is hosting the event and bringing in artist, Annie Briard, who brings a depth of knowledge to the subject matter.  We hear there are a few spots open. Classes are a very reasonable $20 and take place at 716 East Hastings Street just steps away from The Heatley.

Entertainment, Comedy, Live Music + Theatre

Looking for fun and games? Playland is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm this weekend.  Rio Theatre is hosting the Affordable Summer Concert Series with R&B Allstars June 24th.  If it’s local comedy you are after, be sure to check out the Little Mountain Gallery this Saturday. They are hosting a fundraiser for their space at 8:00 pm. If it’s live music you are after, Falconetti’s has the Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio on Friday, June 23rd. Plus, the International Jazz Festival is now on and continues to July 2nd with great talent at Tangent Café and Pat’s Pub. If you love piano and storytelling, you may wish to check out Declan O’Donovan who hails from the East. He brings you his new album Broken Sky and a guest home town boy Adam Farnsworth at the Wise Hall Friday, June 23rd.

Image: June Hunter  

5th Annual East Side Beer Fest At The Wise Hall on March 15, 2017

3 Mar


Liberty Merchant Company presents the 5th Annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event on Wednesday, March 15th at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street. The event will feature craft beers from all over the world as well as bits of food from food purveyors on Commercial Drive. This event is also a fundraiser for the Great Vancouver Food Bank Society which helps provides some 25,000 people in need each week. All ticket sales and draw prizes directly support the Great Vancouver Food Bank Society.  Tickets are $24.99 each and available at all Liberty Wine Merchant locations. In East Vancouver, visit them at 1622 Commercial Drive or call them at 604.633.1922. The event gets under way at 7:00 pm and goes till 9:00 pm.


Best of Craft BC At The Wise Hall August 17th

10 Aug

BestofCraftBCLibertyLiberty Merchant Company presents the Best of Craft BC tasting event on Wednesday, August 17th at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street. The event will feature craft beers, cider, mead and spirits from all over BC. There will also be some tasty samplings from Commercial Drive food purveyors. This event is also a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society which helps provide food for up to 25,000 people in need each week. All ticket sales and draw prizes directly support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Tickets are $24.99 each plus a food donation (canned tomatoes have been requested). You can purchase tickets at all Liberty Wine Merchant locations. In East Vancouver, visit them at 1622 Commercial Drive or call them at 604.633.1922. The event gets under way at 7:00 p.m. and goes till 9:00 pm.

Accordion Noir Festival September 9 & 10, 2016

27 Jul

AccordionNoir2016A couple of great events lined up for this September at two local venues as part of the 9th Annual Accordion Noir Festival. First up is Love Potion Cabaret on September 9th at the York Theatre.   This is being billed as “an intoxicating elixir of world class artists”.  This is an eccentric multi-lingual cabaret featuring music, visuals and text based on a poem by Edgar Allen Poe.  You can expect a  mix of accordion, vocals, beatboxing, looping and flute add to that some acrobatics, clowning with tex-mex flavoured squeezebox.  Local composer Nathan Shubert premiers a new work for accordion and sheng with Tim Chan.  This event kicks off 8:30 pm on September 9th. Tickets are available in advance for $18 until August 24th. After that, they will be $22 and are available from The Cultch.

Next up is the Move the Mess Around Dance Party being held on September 10th at the Wise Hall.   We hear this is going to be a dance party mixer of epic proportions. Pinata Protest brings shredding lead accordion to a mix of old school punk rock and traditional Latin border music.  On hand will be local squeezebox superstar Jack Garton with his roots roller-coaster band the Demon Squadron as they celebrate the release of their new album “Move the Mess Around”.   You can expect square dance,  accordion, clowning and acrobatics. You are invited to come down and limber up and get cheeky.  Tickets are available in advance for $18 until August 24th. After that they will be $22 and again are available online from The Cultch.

Clothing Swap At The Wise Hall July 24th & September 18th

20 Jul

AClothesMargaritRalev.jpgn interesting event is happening at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, this Sunday, July 24th, 2016. It’s a Clothing Swap. So if are looking to purge those closets and get something new, this could be the event for you. This is how it works.  The cost to participate is a one time cost of $10 (cash only) to cover the cost of the venue.  Between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm you are asked to drop off your clothing and your $10 payment.  Volunteers will then sort the items you’ve dropped off and from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm you are asked to come back and wander about and pick out some new digs. There is no limit as to the number of items you are allowed to take, but organizers ask that stick to the items that actually fit you. Items that are acceptable for the Clothing Swap include washed women and men’s clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry.  Note registration is required for this event. To do that for this Sunday’s event, or the upcoming event in September, you should contact besteventsinvancouver@gmail.com.   All leftover clothing will be donated to a local non-profit charity, so all around a win win situation. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Photo Credit: Margarit Ralev

SHINE: A Burlesque Musical Is Coming To The Wise Hall July 6-16

28 Jun

SHINEWe have to say first off, we are very excited about this upcoming show at the Wise Hall.  Something spectacular is coming to East Van on July 6th. It’s SHINE: A Burlesque Musical which will be taking place at the Wise Hall from July 6-16.  This show is brought to you by Sam Dulmage, Cass King and John Woods and presented by The Wet Spots and The WISE Hall.  If you have not seen the Wet Spots in action, you are missing out on a lot of fun. The story of SHINE mirrors the plight of the Wise Hall which does put an interesting twist on this production. The Wise Hall is a venue under pressure from gentrification, much like the Aristocrat Theatre which is featured in this show.  It is also an issue that faces many of our local venues like the Waldorf and the Railway Club. 

SHINE features the story of the crumbling but historic Aristocrat theatre, Shine Mionne and her chosen family of sexpots and misfits struggle to save the theatre from imminent gentrification in the guise of smooth-talking money man Richard Suit. Along the way Frankie, the newbie actor from out of town, and Grace, the dimpled graduate student who can’t seem to keep her clothes on, are drawn into the vortex of life at The Aristocrat by a diva named Lulu. As Suit and Shine fight for control of the show, Lulu finds her leading-lady status jeopardized by Suit’s meddling and a series of whirlwind affairs threatens to throw the impending opening into chaos. Tassels and pasties and feathers SHINE tantalizes, teases and excites!  The show features 18 original songs by Cass King & John Woods of The Wet Spots which will run the gamut from cabaret to blues, soul and garage rock and a few things in between. Song of their song titles will give you an idea of what might be in store such as Large and In Charge, In Your Hand and The Perversions of Yesteryear.  SHINE we hear, outside of being smart and sexy, is the Muppet Show for grown-ups.  The show kicks off at 8:00 pm at the Wise Hall,1882 Adanac Street on July 6th and runs till July 16th. Tickets are $35 or you can purchase Cheap Tuesday tickets for $20 on July 12th, or you can go all out for the VIP experience and get front row seats to this show with complimentary champagne for $75. Which ever you choose, tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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