#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Strathcona + South Granville

To round out our next journey through Vancouver’s signature neighbourhoods, we visit an area thick with breweries and heritage homes, as well as a shopping neighbourhood that boasts fashion and lifestyle boutiques, art galleries and interior design stores.

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#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Strathcona + South Granville

Almost 500 artists taking part in this year’s incredible Eastside Culture Crawl in Vancouver

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Image sourced from the Eastside Culture Crawl

It’s that time of year again, the 23rd annual Eastside Culture Crawl is back and bigger than ever. It’s the event where you never know what you’ll stumble upon!

Boasting almost 500 artists exhibiting in over 80 locations, the Eastside Culture Crawl is the highlight of the season. From November 14 – 17, local artists in Vancouver’s Eastside open their doors to give you an inside look into their creative world.

This fantastic, four-day festival of visual arts, design, and crafts features painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, and other creatives.

More than 45,000 visitors take part in this festival – located in the most densely populated community of artists across Canada.

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Almost 500 artists taking part in this year’s incredible Eastside Culture Crawl in Vancouver

East Van Summer Jam 2015, July 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The 2015 East Van Summer Jam (EVSJ) has announced their lineup, including Ab-Soul,
Mayer Hawthorne, Kelela, The Boom Booms, ESTA, Slow Jam Sundays, Kinnie Starr and
more. EVSJ takes over Strathcona Park in East Vancouver on Saturday July 4th, 2015,
promising a full day of music and activities tailored to the whole community.

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East Van Summer Jam 2015, July 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Culture and Community mix at East Van Summer Jam

Indie-soul jam band The Boom Booms are headlining East Van Summer Jam.

Indie-soulsters The Boom Booms are headlining East Van Summer Jam.

On July 5th, Strathcona Park will be filled with nothing but F-U-N! The first-ever East Van Summer Jam is a celebration of community and culture that will be equal parts music, skateboarding, basketball, food, soccer and fundraiser for a local do-gooder group, The Music Tree.

From 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. local bands like The Boom Booms, The Rascalz, The Funkhunters, The New Royales, Bestie, Kutapira and others will play in Strathcona Park. Besides funking out to talented local music groups, summer jammers can check out the Etnies  skateboarding demo, play in a street soccer tournament and/or 4-on-4 basketball competition. For the hungry, food trucks will be on hand to fuel your playing, dancing and jamming appetite. Continue reading:
Culture and Community mix at East Van Summer Jam

‘Made in Strathcona’ tours focus on Strathcona’s hidden gems

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Strathcona has long been Vancouver’s creative and cultural beating heart. It’s home to many of the founding Eastside Culture Crawl art studios. Strathcona’s numerous multicultural community halls, temples, churches and benevolent houses, not to mention yummy indie eateries, gorgeous heritage homes and a gigantic gellateria – La Casa Gelato – make Strathcona one of Vancouver’s most eclectic areas.

Traditionally bound by Clark Drive, Gore Avenue, Venables Street and Railway Street, Strathcona is recognized as one of Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhoods (other than millenia-old local First Nations villages).

Today, this east side hood is booming. On May 31 and June 7, the Strathcona Business Improvement Association is hosting two tours where you can explore a few reasons why Strathcona is such a a sweet part of our city. Dubbed ‘Made in Strathcona’ the tours focus on two different streams: manufacturing and hidden gems (May 31) and Strathcona’s creative and food scene (June 7).  Continue reading:
‘Made in Strathcona’ tours focus on Strathcona’s hidden gems

Vancouver’s not-so-secret neighborhood shops and markets

Photo credit: Le Marche St. George

Le Marche St. George Photo credit: Luis Valdizon

Corner store culture was a large part of my childhood.

On weekends I pedaled the half-block down to Jackson’s corner store to buy sour soothers with my mom’s spare change. In the summer my friends and I would flock to Bob’s Mini Mart for screamers – a decadent cup of slush with soft-serve ice cream on top.

The owners knew our names and the selection of munchies and trinkets for sale seemed endless.

Now, as an adult, I seek similar qualities in the delis, markets and shops I frequent:  availability of quality snacks, quirky goods and location, location, location.

Whether I’m hunting for a sparkly, spontaneous gift or fixing for a rare ingredient like garlic-scape salt or frozen lobster bisque Vancouver has a lovely smattering of eclectic markets, mini-grocers and shops that can provide these and more. Herewith are some of my favourite neighborhood shops and not-so-secret mini-markets around the city. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s not-so-secret neighborhood shops and markets

Youth Theatre debuts in Vancouver Community Garden

Connect the Plots ensemble Photo Credit: The Cultch

Connect the Plots ensemble Photo Credit: The Cultch

Stages can pop up anywhere: beaches (see: Bard on the Beach), former firehalls (see: Firehall Arts Centre) or even community gardens. Enter Connect the Plots, a group of vignettes staged by environmentally-conscious young actors/actresses this weekend at Strathcona Community Gardens.

The Cultch, Environmental Youth Alliance and Theatre on Earth have concocted three fun evenings of outdoor theatrics taking place in the Strathcona Community Garden plots located near the intersection of Hawks Avenue and Prior Street.
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Youth Theatre debuts in Vancouver Community Garden