How to Maximize Your Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl Experience

Sense Of Silence, Reclaimed Oak Flooring and Fire, 3’ x 8’ x 41/2′ by Lee Roberts

Today marks the exciting kick-off of the 21st Annual Eastside Culture Crawl (November 16 to 19, 2017).

During this four-day period, visual arts, design, and craft studios in Vancouver’s Eastside open their doors exuberantly to the public. This year’s incarnation is going to be the largest one yet. As someone who goes every year, I have some tips for making the most of your Eastside Culture Crawl experience.

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How to Maximize Your Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl Experience

Got Culture? Visit 440 Artists in 4 Days on the Eastside Culture Crawl, Nov 19-22

A creation from glass and jewellery artist Maria Keating. Sourced from culturecrawl.ca

A creation from glass and jewellery artist Maria Keating. Sourced from culturecrawl.ca

You’ve had your fill of pub crawls, dining crawls and desert crawls. So why not enjoy a heaping helping of culture?

More than 400 Vancouver artists are opening the front doors of their homes and studios for four days this month for the annual Eastside Culture Crawl. The uniquely Vancouver event, which sees art fans canvassing the city’s Eastside in search of bohemian gold, returns for another year, Nov. 19-Nov. 22.

Up to 25,000 people are expected to take to the streets for a fascinating, first-hand glimpse into the city’s creative scene. Once a gritty, blue-collar bastion, East Vancouver has blossomed into one of they city’s cultural hubs. In century-old homes and old warehouse spaces, hundreds of artists turn out everything from jewelry and sculpture to prints, avant-garde photography, furniture and carvings.  Continue reading:
Got Culture? Visit 440 Artists in 4 Days on the Eastside Culture Crawl, Nov 19-22

Eastside Culture Crawl Invites You to Meet Local Artists this Weekend

eastside culture crawl 2014

Image courtesy of Carrie Leslie | BoredinVancouver.com

Vancouver’s best excuse for going into other people’s houses is back this weekend with the always-excellent Eastside Culture Crawl being held from November 21-23rd. On for its 18th year, this festival will give you a great taste of what really goes on in an artist’s studio (hint: magic!). The Crawl involves more than 20,000 people visiting local artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue.

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Eastside Culture Crawl Invites You to Meet Local Artists this Weekend

Farewell Vancouver: My Personal ‘Best Of’ the City

Best place to pause and reflect: Lost Lagoon. || Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Best place to pause and reflect: Lost Lagoon. || Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Flash backward: Expo’86, the #3 Main Street bus, I was a visiting eight year old. I thought every culture in the world lived in Vancouver and the city smelled damp like spring time and green everything. This small-town, interior B.C. girl was as overwhelmed and overjoyed when we stepped off the bus to go to Science World. I remember thinking that Vancouver was the coolest thing since Jem and the Holograms and Kraft Dinner.

Flash forward: every time I step out of YVR or drive home down Davie Street, I still inhale deep Vancouver’s fresh, moist air I loved so much as a kid. And, I still think Vancouver is pretty cool – better even than a Tupac hologram or late night poutine.

For the last few weeks, as my little family and I prepared to cross the Rockies to our new home in Edmonton I’ve been unusually weepy.  Every time I crossed Lion’s Gate Bridge, walked in Stanley Park or visited one of my favourite spots (there are so, so, so many) I became a bit weepy because it could be my last (for a while).

Exactly 10 years, seven months and 16 days ago I moved to Vancouver in search of a job, friends and a home after 15 months of international work and travel. I’ve lived in the WestEnd mostly with appearances in Kitsilano, East Van and Chinatown/Main Street.

It was such a privilege to share some of the places, people, activities and eateries/drinking holes that I admire with Inside Vancouver readers over the past year and a half. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing your views. I’m a list maker, so as a farewell to you and to my favourite Canadian city, here’s my personal ‘Best of’ list.

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Farewell Vancouver: My Personal ‘Best Of’ the City

Local Artists Open Their Homes & Studios for the Eastside Culture Crawl this Weekend

Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl 2013

Image courtesy of asalaver | Flickr.com

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about art, or better understand the processes that go into making a piece of pottery, a painting, or a metal sculpture, the Eastside Culture Crawl is for you. On the flip side–if you just want to take a look into the fascinating home-life or studio-life of an artist, the Eastside Culture Crawl is also for you.

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Local Artists Open Their Homes & Studios for the Eastside Culture Crawl this Weekend

Where to go Before or After the Eastside Culture Crawl

Photo credit: Odd Society Spirits

Photo credit: Odd Society Spirits

This year’s Eastside Culture Crawl will be an event to behold. The studio tour stretches east of Main Street and north of East 1st Ave and west of Victoria Drive.

Vancouver art fans have three days to check out 419 artists located in 83 buildings. In order to take in that much art over the weekend you need to remember to keep dry, fed, hydrated and entertained.

While my fellow Inside Vancouver blogger Carrie Leslie is offering a sneak peak at this year’s crawl, I’m offering some pre/post crawl eating, drinking and entertaining options. Below the jump you’ll find my recommendations on where to go before or after your Eastside Culture Crawl experience.
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Where to go Before or After the Eastside Culture Crawl

Out of the Museum and into the Streets: Eastside Culture Crawl, Nov. 16-18

photo: eastsideculturecrawl.com

Nearly 400 Vancouver artists are opening their own front doors for three days this November as part of an unusual cultural experiment.

The Eastside Culture Crawl offers visitors a unique chance to experience art not in museums or galleries but where it’s actually made – in the homes and studios of up-and-coming and established artists. Each year, some 10,000 people take to the streets of East Vancouver for a fascinating, first-hand glimpse into the city’s culture and arts scene.
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Out of the Museum and into the Streets: Eastside Culture Crawl, Nov. 16-18