Hidden Gems: Bon’s Off Broadway

Photo:  cellphotography | Flickr

Photo: cellphotography | Flickr

Everybody loves a fancy breakfast—hollandaise sauce, maple syrup, diced fruit, freshly-squeezed orange juice, espresso— all the fixings. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine too. That said, there’s also a place in most of our hearts for the classic, greasy spoon breakfast.  You know the kind I mean: two eggs, sausage or bacon, home fries, and weak coffee that you drink by the litre. Does this kind of breakfast pack the same taste or nutritional punch as its more elaborate counterparts? Of course not. But that doesn’t diminish our love for it. There’s a beauty in the simplicity of this classic meal: the no frills, no nonsense, hot-off –the-stove breakfast you find at diners all across North America.

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Hidden Gems: Bon’s Off Broadway

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of dance, music, fashion, and community celebrations this weekend.  How many can you fit in 3 days?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

East Van’s Sunrise Summer Kickoff Festival This Saturday, July 7

Sunrise Summer Kickoff in East Van. Photo: Hastings North BIA

Commercial Drive has long been the cultural hub of northeast Vancouver, but there are interesting things afoot in the “East Village” (the Hastings North BIA’s new branding for North Hastings). The Waldorf Hotel is emerging as a party destination–witness last week’s Canada Day Block Party as evidence–and this weekend the annual Sunrise Summer Kickoff festival on East Hastings is expected to attract more than 3,000 people.

A tradition in North Hastings, the Sunrise Summer Kickoff is a free, all-ages event that’s grown over 11 years to become one of the biggest street festivals in East Van. The festival includes live music, dozens of performers, lots of food and BBQ, a mini-carnival, and street hockey for kids (over 260 kids took part last year).

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East Van’s Sunrise Summer Kickoff Festival This Saturday, July 7

Reality show “Gastown Gamble” tells Save on Meats’ story

Restaurateur Mark Brand created quite the buzz this summer when he reopened butcher shop/diner Save on Meats. Tonight the hipster-exec takes it up a notch appearing in the premier of docu-drama Gastown Gamble on OWN Canada at 6:30 PST.

Gastown Gamble tells the tale (sure to become gritty urban lore) of Brand saving Save On Meats—Al DesLauriers’ historic Hastings meat emporium of 50+ years, which was slated to become just another Gastown condo.

In addition to saving the butcher shop/deli, Brand and his gang of family and friends band behind the giant flying pig, striving to revitalize the neighbourhood over the six-episode series. Find out more about the first episode which airs tonight below. Continue reading:
Reality show “Gastown Gamble” tells Save on Meats’ story

The Story behind the East Van Cross

Photo Credit: Modernchristianart.net

Chances are if you live in Vancouver you’ve driven by the iconic cross erected at the corner of Great Northern Way and Clark Drive.  Written vertically in massive letters is the word East.  Intersecting that horizontally is the word Van.

I’ve always thought that the cross was an especially powerful monument to East Vancouver, in many ways embodying the suffering and hopes of the neighborhood.  According to a recent article in the Vancouver Sun by John Mackie, the East Van cross is indeed a potent symbol with historical roots in the area.

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The Story behind the East Van Cross