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The Portuguese Kids Present: Faz O Relax! At The York Theatre October 22nd

21 Sep

For anyone that has grown up with immigrant parents, you will likely find something relatable when the Portuguese Kids come to town Saturday, October 22nd with Faz O Relax! The Portuguese Kids are an ethnic based comedy group from Massachusetts, USA. For nearly two decades, they have been highlighting the funnier side of growing up as first generation kids of immigrant parents. The show is a mix of sketch comedy and improv comedy. They say it’s like SNL meets Who’s Line is it, Anyway? but with an ethnic twist. The show is performed in English 90% of the time. Joining them on stage will be Luso-Canadian standup comedian Mike Rita and from California, comedian Taylor Amarante. The show is for one night only, Saturday, October 22nd at the York Theatre. Tickets are $35.25 and $45.25 and available online at The Cultch.

Hot Honey Brown – The Remix At The York Theatre September 23 to October 8

29 Aug

The Cultch presents Hot Brown Honey—The Remix, the latest embodiment of the hit show Hot Brown Honey. Produced by Quiet Riot, in partnership with Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi, Hot Brown Honey—The Remix plays the York Theatre, September 23 to October 8, 2022.

Steeped in the ‘Word of The Mother’ and packing a punch of Hip Hop politics, Hot Brown Honey is a world-renowned, award-winning production that spins tradition on its head, going above and beyond to challenge boundaries and embrace resilience. Equal parts theatrical masterpiece and social activism, a stellar posse of phenomenal World First Nations women smash stereotypes—through song, dance, beatboxing, striptease, comedy and spoken word—in an unapologetic celebration of our similarities and differences.

Hot Brown Honey played to sold-out houses at the York Theatre in 2018 and 2019. Cultch Executive Director, Heather Redfern enthusiastically expressed that the reason it is coming back for the third time is that, “it is that sensational of a show, and people have been asking to see it again…AND it’s the remix!”

Hot Brown Honey—The Remix brings back some familiar faces as well as a whole group of artists new to the York Stage. “We are bringing back everything you love from the original show but we are upping the anti with extra sweet treats!!” say The Honeys. “Including super talented new cast members, a whole lot of HBH original music mixed with a sprinkle of stupidity from our bros, the Hot Brown Homies, are just some of the surprises we have in store for you all.” Tickets starts from $49 and are on sale now at The Cultch.

What people are saying about Hot Honey Brown:

“It’s phenomenal – sexy, foot-stomping fun and radical consciousness-raising all at the same time.”
The Scotsman

“Hot Brown Honey is a loud, proud evening of consciousness raising; a series of lessons on race and gender that says you can have your revolution and dance to it, too” — Vancouver Sun

“…an all-female cabaret-style show from Australia that takes on gender, sexism, colonialism and race with a raucous glee..” The Guardian 

Scottish Comedian Gary Meikle At The York Theatre August 17th

27 Jul

Scottish comedian Gary Meikle takes the the stage at the York Theatre Friday, August 17th.  In case you haven’t heard of him, Gary Meikle is a viral sensation and winner of the Scottish Comedy Award and will be back for a second tour in Canada. His new Surreal! show delves into life over the last 12 months. Tickets are $35 and are now available through The Cultch.

The Comic Strippers Return To The York Theatre September 9th

18 Jun

If you are looking for some light hearted fun, then you are in luck. The Comic Strippers return to the York Theatre September 9th for another night of laughs. This is a 19+ show featuring a fictitious group of male strippers played by a cast of improvisational comedians.   They sing, dance and gyrate and aim to be sexy, but ending up being funny. They are semi undressed and completely unscripted which makes each show unique as they banter with the crowd during each performance.   To purchase your tickets for a fun night out, visit The Cultch.   

Here’s what others are saying about The Comic Strippers:

“Extremely Funny!”
UK FRINGE REVIEW

“The show is suitable for both men and women. An entertaining ride where anything goes.”
RIP IT UP MAGAZINE

“One of the most hilarious shows I’ve ever seen.”
VANCOUVER SUN

A Night Of Irish Comedy With Dave Nihill June 18 At The York Theatre

31 May

If you are looking to forget reality for a couple of hours and take in some comedy, you may wish to check Dave Nihill at the York Theatre on Saturday, June 18th.  Born and raised in Ireland, Dave Nihill will share his Irish wit and charm along with tales of his many years of travelling.  He is the winner of the San Francisco Comedy Competition which previous finalists included Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey.   He takes the stage at the York Theatre for one night only on Saturday, June 18th.  Tickets are $35 and available at The Cultch.

One Night Stand At The York Theatre April 9, 2022

1 Apr

An unforgettable night of comedy comes to the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Saturday, April 9, 2022. One Night Stand happens across Canada and features some of the best stand up comics for one night only.   What makes this event unique is that all proceeds from ticket sales are donated to Rose Charities Ukraine Emergency Fund. This fund directly supports children and families caught up in the current crisis in Ukraine.

Vancouver’s show happens at the York Theatre and features lots of great local talent including Charlie Demers, Peter Kelamis and Jane Stanton among many others. There will be two performances on April 9th, 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $25 – $100.  For more information on the line up and to grab your tickets, visit The Cultch.

East Van Panto Returns With Alice In Wonderland November 24 – January 2

12 Nov

We are excited to hear that the East Van Panto is back for its 9th year! This year it’s a trip through the looking glass with a terribly bored Alice who follows a White Rabbit onto the Skytrain, she falls down a hole only to find herself in a Grandview-Woodlands Wonderland. While tracking this elusive bunny, she encounters transit police officers Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb, a busking Cheshire Cat, gets some questionable advice from a cannabis connoisseur caterpillar, and has a heck of a time at a Commercial Drive leftist tea party. Once Alice discovers that the dastardly online mega-store owner, The Queen of Hearts, is using cookies (chocolate chip, that is!) to secretly steal East Van-ers data, she decides to stop her before all the local shops are priced out of existence!

The Cultch and Theatre Replacement are thrilled to welcome everyone back to live in person theatre at The York for all the fun. If you aren’t quite ready for attending in person, you also have the option of joining them online. To grab your tickets, visit The Cultch online. Online tickets start from $35 and in-person tickets from $69.

Photo Credit: Tim Matheson

What’s On East Van: December 13th Edition

13 Dec

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Make It! Vancouver – PNE Forum – December 11-15

The biggest handmade market is now at the PNE Forum until Sunday, December 15th.  Expect to find over 250 makers with a wide variety of items including food, clothing, accessories, home décor, gourmet goodies, art, items for babies and kids and a whole lot more.  We are sure you can get a lot of your Christmas shopping done under this one roof.  Admission is $7 at the door, or purchase online through Showpass and save $3.

Crafty Affaire – Croatian Cultural Centre – December 14 & 15

If you are wanting a less crowded shopping experience than Make It!, we encourage you to check out Crafty Affaire at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive. This one is a fav market, it’s a good sized and well curated market with a variety of  vendors. Market happens 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is by donation.

Holiday At The Elbow Room Café – The Cultch – Until December 29

Holiday at the Elbow Room Café is now on at The Cultch until December 29th. This is a new Cultch holiday tradition inspired by Vancouver’s most iconic café. Expect a hilarious and heartwarming tribute to the long standing café known for slinging sarcasm and insults right along with its food. The show features a cast of characters snowed in at the iconic café. Expect a night of song, dance and laughter.  Tickets are available online at The Cultch.

A Very Swingin’ Christmas – Hungarian Hall – December 15

If you love the sound of big band music and Frank Sinatra, you will want to check out A Very Swingin’ Christmas happening at the Hungarian Hall at Kingsway and Fraser this Sunday night. Tickets are $35 until December 13th after which they are $45.  To purchase your ticket in advance, visit Eventbrite. If you wish to purchase your ticket at the door, note it’s cash only.

Aurora Winter Festival – Hastings Park/PNE – Until January 5, 2020

The Aurora Winter Festival continues at Hastings Park/PNE with an array of indoor and outdoor activities, Christmas Market, games, rides.  This is an all ages event. For tickets, visit Ticketleader.

Fado: The Saddest Music in The World – Firehall Arts Centre – Until December 14

It’s the last weekend to catch this play featuring Fado music with origins going back to the early 1800s in Lisbon, Portugal. The show happens at the Firehall Arts Centre.  If you haven’t experienced it, we invite you to check it out. For tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

East Van Panto: Pinocchio – The York – On Now Until January 5, 2020

Our favourite holiday tradition is now on at the York Theatre until January 5th.  Take in this fun and entertaining show that is fun for all ages. Just remember if you are in the front row, you might become part of the production. This year’s panto is Pinocchio and touches on some unique aspects in East Van, such as the mysterious Beckwoman and the coffee wars on The Drive for starters. Tickets for the East Van Panto Pinocchio start at $26 for children 16 and under. Family packs are available for $145. To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to support our local growers and makers? Stop by one of the Winter Farmer Markets happening on either Saturday or Sunday.  Saturday we have  Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, it’s Hastings Park Winters Farmers Market also from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

What’s On East Van: March 1st Edition

1 Mar

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Discussion: Passive Home Building – Vancouver Tool Library – March 1st

If you are interested in home building, Vancouver Tool Library member Steven Bishop will lead a discussion on the subject Friday evening.  Steven is a Passive House Consultant and Instructor in the Practical Energy and Advanced Knowledge for Buildings Certificate Program at Douglas College.  Vancouver Tool Library is located at 3448 Commercial Street. Things get under way at 6:30 pm. No cost to the event.

Wine & Plants – Figaro’s Garden Centre – March 1st

It’s the first Friday of the month which means Figaro’s Garden Centre, 1896 Victoria Drive, invites plant lovers to stop by between 3:30 and 6:00 pm for a glass of wine and to talk plants.  Have questions, want to meet others in the area who are digging the garden scene? You are hereby invited.

Square Dance Party – Wise Hall – March 1st

Paul Silveria aka Professor Banjo and The Estro-Jennies are hosting square dancing and live music at the Wise Hall Friday night. Everyone is welcome. There will be lessons for those that don’t know. So come on down and learn. Doors open at 8:00 pm, fun begins at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $17.50 online and $25 at the door. This is a 19+ event.

Oh Man! – The Drive Coffee Bar – March 1st & 3rd

Jo Dworschak, creator of Story Story Lie, brings her multimedia monologue about being a mom trying to overcome her fear of men before having one in Oh Man!  The show for 2 nights only takes place in a more intimate venue, being The Drive Coffee, 1670 Commercial Drive.   Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets available through Eventbrite.

Better Than This – Havana Theatre – March 1st & 2nd

The production Better Than This kicks off this Friday at Havana Theatre.  This original show celebrates iconic female characters in musical theatre and women’s changing roles within this genre.  Songs from Chicago, West Side Story and Wicked will be feature. Tickets are $24 and available through Showpass.

Children of God – York Theatre – Until March 10th

A production that delves into some of Canada’s shameful history with a great script, humour and humanity. Contributing writer Tiva Quinn “every Canadian needs to understand the legacy of residential schools’. To see more on Tiva’s review visit ILiveInEastVan. The production is on now at the York Theatre. For tickets, visit The Cultch.

Japan Food Fair – Vancouver Buddhist Temple – March 3rd

Looking for some great cheap eats this weekend? The Vancouver Buddhist Temple is hosting a Japan Food Fair from Noon to 2:00 pm.  They are located at 220 Jackson Avenue in Strathcona.  Everyone is welcome to stop by.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. 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.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver including local events for New Year’s Eve, check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those watching their wallet and well who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Tiva Quinn Reviews Children Of God On Now At The York Until March 10th

26 Feb

ChildrenOfGodI didn’t make it when Children of God was in Vancouver last year partly because the idea of making a musical about child abuse and cultural genocide seemed a bit implausible, I wasn’t sure it could really work. In fact, it works brilliantly. The script does a fantastic job of including some humour and even some redemption amidst the pain without shying away from the worst things that happened at residential schools.

If you haven’t seen Children of God yet, you should go. Yes, partly because every Canadian needs to understand the legacy of residential schools, but also because it’s an excellent script performed by top-notch double-threat actor/singers and, even when the subject matter gets dark, it’s a real treat to see them perform.

For anyone who has a personal relationship or strong reaction to this material, emotional support workers are available in the lobby throughout the show.

There’s a Q and A period with the performers after the show that’s worth sticking around for. The Q and A I attended had a lot of interesting questions and commentary from both indigenous and settler audience members, and the cast themselves were just as impressive speaking off the cuff as they were during the show. Children Of God is on now at The York Theatre until March 10, 2019.  Tickets available through The Cultch.

Note – during the Q&A I attended someone suggested that people refrain from drinking or at least from bringing alcohol into the theater, as many people in the audience have intergenerational trauma related to the smell of alcohol.

By Contributing Writer: Tiva Quinn

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