Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Looking for a film fest, art event, market, live music, or a motorcycle championship this Friday to Sunday?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

A Vancouver First: The “Craft Brewing” of Publishing

What do craft beer and books have in common? Read on to find out.  Photo credit: Don LaVange | Flickr

What do craft beer and books have in common? Read on to find out. Photo credit: Don LaVange | Flickr

There’s a new craft brewer (of sorts) in Vancouver.  What they’re selling is robust, fair-trade and, apparently, “very quaffable.”

It’s not beer, however.  It’s books.  Vancouver has just become home to a one-of-a-kind experiment in artisan publishing. A brand new independent publishing house called Nonvella, which describes itself as “the craft brewing of publishing,” is aiming to go where no local book publisher has gone before.

Nonvella’s focus is a genre known as narrative nonfiction – timely works of journalism, adventure writing, essay and memoir taken from real life.  What’s unique about their model, however, is the length of these stories.  Their specialty is long-form nonfiction that’s much shorter than a book but longer than the average magazine article (i.e. stories that are roughly the length of a fictional novella, but in nonfiction form – hence the catchy name, Nonvella.)

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A Vancouver First: The “Craft Brewing” of Publishing

Monthly Fill-A-Bag Fabric Sale this Sunday Oct 20th

Our Social Fabric Vancouver 2013

There’s something about fabric that just brings up a whole world of possibilities. Could I make a fort? A pair of pants? A cat toy? Sometimes, you can’t help but stockpile little pieces of inspiration that sometimes make it into reality.

Our Social Fabric makes buying fabric and other notions a bit easier on the wallet with their monthly fill-a-bag sales. The next sale is being held on Sunday, October 20th at 871 East Hastings.

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Monthly Fill-A-Bag Fabric Sale this Sunday Oct 20th

Vancouver Holiday Craft Market Preview

Photo credit: Pip & Pin cowls, available at Make It!

‘Tis the season for crafts.

Over the next two months, Vancouver will be blessed with nearly a half-dozen holiday craft markets, from heavy hitter Circle Craft to more intimate indie affairs. In fact, with so many talented artisans from across the country and around the world converging on the city, you might be able to avoid holiday mall madness altogether this year.   Wares on offer range from one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and home accessories to bath and body products, artwork, ceramics and even holiday foods.

Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store:

Circle Craft Christmas Market, Nov. 7-11The grandaddy of Vancouver holiday markets is back for its 39th year.  More than 300 artisans will pack the Vancouver Convention Centre with jewelry, fashions, home decor, bath products and even seasonal foods.  This year, Circle Craft will also host their inaugural fashion show featuring eco-friendly garments from 50 designers.  Check out Taraneh’s blog post for more details. 

Make It!, Nov. 8-11: The runaway favourite among hipster shoppers, Make It! combines arts and crafts with a uniquely club vibe.  To get everyone into the holiday spirit, local musicians – including Alas, the Ocean and Elisa Thorn – serenade shoppers with live tunes, and alcohol is available for purchase.  The market is held in the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive and is apparently “25 percent more awesome” this year owing to an expanded roster of vendors.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Holiday Craft Market Preview