Where are the EVL8 ticket proceeds going? We want YOU to decide where your money is going! Between March 19th and April 2nd, choose five charities/non-profits that will make it to the EVL8 donation short-list (the charities were all past EVL speakers). On April 2nd, we'll announce the finalists, and you can tweet your final choice. The charity/non-profit with the most votes gets the whole donation bucket!

Which five charities/non-profit organizations should make the final list for our ticket donation proceeds?

The charities/non-profit organizations are:

  • Pads4Girls
  • Free Geek Vancouver
  • Vancouver International Storytelling Festival
  • Fresh Roots Farm
  • Beauty Night
  • Multicultural Family Centre
  • Urban Ink Theatre
  • DTES Women's Centre
  • Potluck Catering Society
  • Carnival Band + Open Air Orchestra Society
  • BC Mobile Sauna Society
  • Project Limelight Society
  • Evergreen BC
  • Kindness Foundation

Click Here to Choose our Charity/Non-Profit Organization Finalists!

Thank you for your help! EVERY VOTE COUNTS and YOUR choice can make a difference!

Don't Have a Ticket?

It's still not too late! Go to www.eastvanlove8.eventbrite.com. For the month of March, pay only $5 per ticket, but in April the price goes up to $10 so get them quick!


Check out www.eastofmain.com for updates and more information. Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. From your community friends, Ajay, Kimie, Mike, Ariella, Anita, Nicole and Evi (East of Main + This Is Vancity)

AuthorWells Stringham


EastVanLove Vol. 8: Journey to Now Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 6-8pm Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (SFU Woodwards 149 W Hastings St) + 8 - 10pm Networking Afterparty @ Charles Bar (136 W Cordova St)


On a daily basis, we walk among monuments, memorials and mementos, easily passing by historic landmarks and forgotten memories of a culturally diverse community. This #EastVanLove, we’re inviting you to come together and dig up the past with us while paying homage to the micronarratives that make up East Vancouver’s historic legacy.

Experience a collage of both adverse and uplifting stories that expose the honest authenticity of our young city. Join us in paying tribute to the deep ancestral memories of previous generations while also looking forward to what the future holds for East Vancouver.

DONATIONS For the month of March, EastVanLove 8 tickets will be sold at $5 a piece in support of a local charity organization. With 300 tickets available think of the impact we can make in our community! Grab your ticket now because in April, tickets jump to $10. Additional donations are welcome online or at the door. If you have any questions about donations please email ajpuri@gmail.com. Thanks!

What is a tweetup?

A tweetup is an event where people who tweet come together to hangout in person.

Who should attend?

Anyone who loves the vibrant East Vancouver community. Is your homestead outside of East Vancouver? Non-residents are welcome to attend too!

A little bit about #EastVanLove

This little #hashtag captured the collective spirit of the culture,community, and all things celebratory of East Vancouver. From the V6A to the V5S and beyond, #EastVanLove is a grassroots, cooperative organization of eager, like-minded citizens from all modes of expression and all blends of nationality.

Our mission is to grow both an online and offline permaculture of ideas, expression, and action around all things East Vancouver.


EastVanLove's co-host of the night, from Heritage Vancouver, Michael Kluckner


Vancouver is Awesome: Jason Vanderhill (@VIAwesome) or (@jmv)
Jason Vanderhill
Am Johal
John Atkin
Naveen Girn

And more!!!


Coming Soon!
Volume 8 is presented by:
Ariella Fong / @ariellafong Ajay Masala Puri / @masalapuri Anita Oh / @petitefoodie Kimie Ong / @kimieong
Nicolb Tai / @nicolb
Evi Vassious / @cosmopoliqueen

Michael Despotovic / @mikedespot Ketan Jogia / @KetanJogia

AuthorWells Stringham

EastVanLove Vol. 8: Journey to Now Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 6-8pm Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (SFU Woodwards 149 W Hastings St) + 8 - 10pm Networking Afterparty @ Charles Bar (136 W Cordova St)


Ola, Shalom, As-salam Alaykum EastVanLovers!

On a daily basis, we walk among monuments, memorials and mementos, easily passing by historic landmarks and forgotten memories of a culturally diverse community. This #EastVanLove, we’re inviting you to come together and dig up the past with us. Let's come together as a community and pay homage to the stories that make up East Vancouver’s historic legacy.

Experience a collage of both adverse and uplifting stories that expose the honest authenticity of our young city. Join us in experiencing the deep ancestral memories of our previous generations while also looking forward to what the future holds for East Vancouver.

(excited? let us know: #EVL8)

Check out www.eastofmain.com for updates and more information.

Much love, Ajay, Kimie, Mike, Ariella, Anita, Nicole and Evi East of Main + This Is Vancity

Your East of Main Team — @eastvanlove | @masalapuri | @kimieong | @AriellaFong | @Cosmopoliqueen | @nicolb | @petitefoodie Your This Is Vancity Team — @ThisIsVancity | @mikedespot | @KetanJogia

AuthorWells Stringham

Valentine's Day is a day where people come together to celebrate love. It's also a day to show appreciation to those who have touched our lives and communities in so many ways. A great way to celebrate this day is at the Love Umbrella Project Celebration Party. There will be drinks, great people, and an exhibition of all the wonderful photos (including one we created on your behalf).

February 14th
848 West Hastings
If you can make it, RSVP to loveumbrellaproject@gmail.com
The proceeds go to Leave Out Violence – a non-profit anti-violence organization that empowers young people to tell their stories through multimedia arts projects.

#EASTVANLOVE: Where do you see the love in Vancouver?

On a cold, wet Sunday evening, EastVanLove organizers Ajay Puri, Kimie Ong, Evi Vassious and many bold and courageous people participated in the Love Umbrella Project photoshoot at Spanish Banks. The photoshoot was simply magical. It was an amazing evening on the beaches of Spanish Banks. We wanted to keep to our core values of being fun, positive and inclusive. What better way than to go to the beach at night and enjoy it in its natural beauty! The photoshoot was filled with unconditional love and connection. We experimented with the umbrellas and various light sources including glow sticks, flashlights and sparklers. The main thing we wanted to do is show our love and gratitude to Mother Nature, our city and to one another. We were blessed to be partnered with photographer Tracey Ayton. She was able to easily show how the people and natural beauty of Vancouver bring life to the city

Sufis say the moon is like a mirror to our soul and a reflection of who we are — that night she overpowered the clouds and showed her unbelievable radiance and beauty. It seems she was simply reflecting the wonderful energy that was shown on the beach — I’m ever so grateful to all of you who came and participated in the social experiment that night. You are all amazing souls that have illuminated my life and the city around us. And special thanks goes to Tracey and Madeline for capturing the essence of our message and the moment!

What need does your community fulfill?

We are made up of networks that are interconnected (networks here refer to established non-profit organizations and grassroots movements). Through these diverse networks we support our work and the communities we serve. The following is a sample of some networks and the need they fulfill:

#EastVanLove (www.eastofmain.com) – is a network and our mission is to pride our neighbourhood and the people who live, study or work within it. With the gentrification that is happening in the area, it’s important we honor the past but embrace a future that includes all members of the communities. Thus our mandate is to promote non-profit organizations and businesses that have their values embedded in social justice and environmental sustainability. We live our mission through our online means (hosting a website and leveraging social tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube) and hosting Tweetups (in-person events bringing together those who tweet and do not tweet) that celebrates our local champions.

Bee Vancity (http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/beevancity) – is a network and our mission is to Build, Engage and Empower Vancouver, through promoting honey sweet events. Vancouverites according to a recent Vancouver Foundation report are feeling more isolated these days and many refer to the city as a NoFunCouver. Our aim is to disprove these feelings and foster a more vibrant and stronger community. In the hive we have many bees where we curate a weekly event listing guide but do so with a twist – instead of being a complete listing, each bee individually selects there top event of the week along with honorable mentions. In this way we share each of our lens on the events that follow our mission (e.g., we have  bees who focus more on fun events, and others that are social justice, DIY, or arts & culture focused). RangiChangi Roots (www.rangichangi.ca) – is a registered non-profit and our aim is to bring colour to the green movement. Rang in hindi, Punjabi, Nepalese and Farsi refers to colour, Rangichangi is a play on words which means diversity of colours. When coupled with Roots, our hope is to allow for the spread of diverse views to help us all of us reconnect to one another and the planet around us. We have hosted dialogues which include compelling stories shared by speakers or films which deal with the environment from diverse cultural perspectives and addressing provocative questions that have been posed to us including “Why is the green movement so White?”

CoopCulture (www.coopculture.com) – is a social experiment to bring a nuanced dialogue to address the two questions “what does multiculturalism in our communities really mean and how do we envision a more inclusive, stronger society?” We have hosted dialogues and use our website to facilitate dialogue on this topic. We do not have answers but pose provocative questions for the community to answer in order to empower everyone to transform.

BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (www.bcpsqc.ca) - is where Ajay currently works full-time. They are an arms length entity from the Ministry of Health and their mandate is to improve the quality of care British Columbians receive in the health care system. Our hope is to support the system in this journey of improvement and ensure everyone receives the best care, no matter where. Huge gratitude to our supporters and partners – there are many organizations and individuals we are indebted to for their generous support. For the purposes of the #LoveUP project, we had partner representation from individuals who are involved in various movement-based groups that are involved in one or more the following: tackling systemic issues, having social events, strengthening our hearts, and heighten our spiritual awareness.

What’s important about your community?

What is important is staying true to our core values. Our work is rooted in caring for the planet and each other. We believe that the work we do must be fun, positive, and inclusive. And our process is to be organic.

We try to have fun while planning our initiatives and ensure everyone that participates has fun as well. In our meetings we try to have them around food either as potlucks at someone’s house or at restaurants that take pride in the food they make. At our events even though they touch on serious issues in our society we try to frame them in a way to ensure they are engaging, two-way and in light-hearted ways so all can participate and no one feels left out. Added to this we know there are problems in our world and its always easy to criticize and point out what’s wrong. However, we feel that keeping things positive provides hope to people and that there are possibilities outside the current system that we must go to. We attempt members to dream what our society could like and help support them to plan to get there. We also seek to be inclusive. Equity, diversity and ensuring everyone has a fair chance to participate and grow is paramount to the work we do. We try to our best to ensure our work goes to the inter – that is, intercultural, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary. This is because we feel that that is where the answer of true love can be found. Incorporating multiple views from various perspectives makes this work very challenging, but when done right the outcomes are truly rewarding.

As an example when we (Coop Culture) organized a dialogue to showcase how online tools are helping ethno-culturally diverse communities connect within and between communities we were thrilled to have a sold out event and a great discussion. However, what truly impressed us was something we didn’t plan for or expect. A twelve year old female attendee who attended the event approached one of the speakers after the event and told him that she was inspired with the work he was doing to educate non-Filipinos to learn Tagalog that she herself would like to do this when she grows up as to not lose connection to her heritage. The speaker asked the young girl how she came to the event and to his surprise she answered by herself as it was posted on Facebook and it sounded more interesting than what she would normally be doing on a weekday evening.

Other examples – At Eastvanlove and RangiChangi Roots we do not ask for a set entrance charge but ask for donations, either financially or in volunteering, and ensure our events are open to all. We partner with organizations that have the same value set. And at Bee Vancity we tend to find events that are low barrier and promote those.

To have initiatives that are challenging problems of our time and thought-provoking we try to keep our process is organic. We constantly evolve our work and processes by learning what went well and what didn’t go well. As Mother Nature teaches us we need to be agile and adaptable otherwise we won’t thrive and reach our fullest potential. As an example for each Tweetup we host at EastVanLove, we have evolved the format based on each of the themes we have wanted to have. Sometimes we have more champions speaking, and sometimes less. Sometimes we have panel discussions afterwards and sometimes we have music. But keeping true to our values we ensure our events are engaging and participatory. At our last Tweetup that we held in December 2012 at the East of Main Café we had three speakers share stories of why they were passionate about their work (including Maureen who spoke to Project Limelight). After the speakers told their inspiring stories we asked attendees that if they were inspired instead of just giving money to these organizations they could give the their hearts – literally.  That is, those that were interested we asked them to write what skills they wanted to offer on a heart-shaped paper. The response was overwhelming as most of the attendees shared their heart.


Our core values of being fun, positive and inclusive can be summed in what the South Asian cultures use in their cooking of curries, masala. Creating fresh masala is most definitely an art. One needs to bring together various spices (from very subtle flavours to very strong) to produce something that tantalizes the senses in multiple ways more so than just having a single spice in a dish.  In the same way through these interconnected networks and communities we seek to liven and spice up Vancouver in hopes to spread love and happiness. As masalas are a combination of various spices there are an indefinite number of variations one can create. What masala do you think Vancouver needs? Experiment. Evolve. Share. Let’s spice up our city!

AuthorWells Stringham

2012 was a spectacular year for spreading #EastVanLove. We had 4 great events which focused on a variety of topics important to us. It was held at 4 amazing locations, with wonderful hosts, and amazing and passionate speakers.

Check it out:

  • EastVanLove 5.0 - Food - March 2012 at Hai Phong [VIDEO]
  • EastVanLove 6.0 - Social Innovation - May 2012 at Calabash [VIDEO]
  • EastVanLove 6.5 - Music (& meet the EVL team) - September 2012 at Toby's [VIDEO]
  • EastVanLove 7.0 - Giving Back - December 2012 at East of Main Cafe [link]

Recap of #EASTVANLOVE Volume 7.0 - Giving Back

On a wonderful December evening, EastVanLove 7.0 was held at East of Main Café. Attendees were invited to share a small part of their holiday season and give a part of their heart to a non-profit organization. Featured non-profits include Project Limelight Society, The Kindness Foundation, and more!

The cozy gathering featured delicious food and drink specials from East of Main Café. The attendees were asked, "Why do you give?" Many responded/tweeted back their reasons.

"Why give? I give because I care. #EastVanLove" - @irvlau

"The earth and community need us. That's why I give. #EastVanLove" - @masalapuri

"Why give? Because we have all received. It is our responsibility to give back to one another and the earth. #eastvanlove" - @sandragarcia_pr

"@eastofMAINcafe givers gain. #EastVanLove" - @dennispang
"I like giving when it gets passed on and becomes a renewable resource #eastvanlove #EVL7" - @ethicalhustle
"Why I want to give: the more we pass on, the more we grow and help others grow. #interdependence #EVL7 #EastVanLove" - @sengsuriya
"Why give? share. And a Better understanding about the ppl around us. #eastvanlove" - @danixlim
"Giving is the mark of real humanity. #eastvanlove" - @englishcanuck
"I give to connect with people. We often take this simple, selfless act for granted. Sometimes, it OK to think with your heart. #EastVanLove" - @brendenchu

Brock Tully, from The Kindness Foundation, shared how kindness offers a sense of community. He mentioned that volunteering is giving from the heart. He was inspired to start the Kindness Concert after seeing the disconnected communities.

The second speaker, Helen Beyon, from Evergreen BC, showed us how Evergreen is great green initiative. Their initiative is to bring communities and nature together for the benefit of both and to create environmentally sustainable cities.

Next, Maureen Webb from Project Limelight Society and East of Main Café took the stage. The mandate for this restaurant is one of the reasons why customers love this place and recommend it to their friends. Project Limelight provides with healthy meals and snacks to their young participants. It is a free performing arts program for children in Vancouver's DTES and surrounding areas. Maureen teaches us that bravery, enthusiasm, and confidence is contagious.

Maureen then welcomed the Project Limelight students onto the stage. The students gave an amazing and heartwarming performance to the crowd.

After the performance was done, Brock Tully surprised the girls and told them that they will be performers for this year's Kindness Concert. Wow! Amazing!

Finally, everyone was encouraged to give back as part of #GiveYourHeart. They were instructed to jot down what they are willing to give on one side of the heart and on the other side, their contact info. After completing the hearts, they were posted on the wall. As the night wore on, more and more hearts filled the wall up.

For anyone that has completed the #GiveYourHeart tasks, they are rewarded wonderfully comfortable and light shoes from Native Shoes.

As 2012 was a wonderful year for spreading #EastVanLove, we look forward to spreading more for 2013!!

AuthorWells Stringham

Please come early, save a seat, and order your food/drinks before the program starts! 6pm             - Doors open 645pm-ish - Program starts: Speakers & Performers

  • Opening remarks - Ajay Puri (Co-Founder, EastofMain.com), Evi Vassious (Emcee)
  • Welcome by East of Main Cafe
  • Brock Tully, Kindness Foundation
  • Helen Beynon, Evergreen
  • Maureen Webb, Project Limelight
  • Project Limelight kids perform
  • Closing remarks, #GiveYourHeart

8pm-ish - till late - mingling, eating, drinking!

Got a ticket but unable to come? Email us so we can give your ticket to a lucky waitlister!

AuthorWells Stringham

Brock Tully - Kindness Foundation Kindness Foundation: Brock Tully (@KindnessConcert / @BrockTully)

Brock Tully is co-founder of Kindness Foundation of Canada which has on-line programs that show ways we can be kinder at school, at work, and at home. He is the Founder/Creative Director of the World Kindness Concert. He is a co-founder of Kindness Rocks in Schools - this program brings awareness to bullying and abuse and empowers people to help prevent it from happening. He is also Founder/Producer of One of a KIND Stories.

“Kindness” is Brock’s passion and his purpose. He touches lives, instilling joy and planting seeds that will help you to develop your own ability to give. With his contagious energy, he stimulates audiences to act with compassion in your own communities, schools and workplaces. He weaves magic with reflection, bringing love into audiences’ hearts by shifting moods and perspectives.

Evergreen: Helen Beynon (@EvergreenBC / @HBeynon)

Helen Beynon has been the Community Development Coordinator at Evergreen BC since the spring of 2011 – in that time, she has learned more than she ever imagined possible about composting, garlic growing, and English ivy removal. Her job rewards her with new surprises every day, and she especially loves seeing kids expressions when they get to harvest their first zucchinis.  Before coming to Evergreen, Helen worked on various sustainability and community development projects in South America and the South Pacific. When not playing in the dirt professionally, Helen can be found climbing rocks in Squamish.

Project Limelight Society: Maureen Webb (@ProjLimelight)

Sisters Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver founded Project Limelight Society to give back to the East Vancouver community where they were raised. In July 2012, they launched East of Main Cafe which supports Project Limelight, both financially and through a food security program, providing healthy meals and snacks to their young participants. Project Limelight Society is a free performing arts program for children in Vancouver’s DTES and surrounding areas. East of Main Cafe is a social enterprise, and 100% of its profits go towards supporting Project Limelight Society.  Project Limelight operates out of their new location, above East of Main, and at Strathcona Community Centre, a few blocks away.

AuthorWells Stringham
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EastVanLove 6.5 was awesome! Thank you for coming!

Top-Bottom, Left-Right: Jeremy Lim, Ariella Fong, Jorge Amigo, Juliane Siu, Mike Despotovic, Anita Oh, Derek Weiss, Evi Vassious, Kimie Ong, Ajay Puri (Photo by Sukhraj Battal) Thank you all for joining us at EastVanLove Vol. 6.5!

We've got photos and other goodies to relive that energetic evening or to share with you in case you missed the event.

In this newsletter:

1. A Recap of EastVanLove Vol. 6.5

2. Calling for ideas for EastVanLove Vol. 7, “Giving Back”



We hope you all had a chance to mix and mingle with the new EastVanLove team and other compatriots who live in or just simply love, the neighbourhood of East Vancouver.

SNAPSHOTS! We had two very talented photographers Sukhraj Battal (@SukhrajB) and Akshay Kanwar (@axepsy) document the entire evening. View the photos on our brand new Facebook page - feel free to tag yourself in the photos and share them with your friends!

INTERVIEW with Kristie Yung

Ariella Fong (@AriellaFong) interviewed the talented local folk singer, Kristie Yung, who performed a few songs from her new album. Check out the interview: Ella Fitzgerald meets Taylor Swift


A BIG THANK YOU to our co-host, speakers and musical guests...

Jorge Amigo / Derek Weiss / Myriam Steinberg / Jeremy Lim / Kristie Yung

… and to our Sponsors!

BeeVancity, Ethical Deal, This is Vancity, Yelp, and Toby’s Pub & Grill (kudos to Ben the bar manager and Terri the manager!). A big thanks to the young Button Brothers (can you believe these brothers are only 6 and 10?) and Mitmunk Design for donating their button making machine. A shout out to our lovely volunteer Evi for helping everyone make their very own EastVanLove keepsake buttons!

CALL FOR IDEAS for EastVanLove Vol. 7 ‘Giving Back’

We want to ‘Give Back’ at our next tweetup happening in early December.The holidays are just around the corner so we thought it would be great to give back to our fellow neighbours and Vancouverites.

Things like doing a soup kitchen, giving out fresh fruits, or doing some other sort of volunteering -- we’re open to ideas!

Tweet us @EastVanLove your ideas with the hashtag #EVL7 or email us.

Nominations close October 15.

AuthorWells Stringham
Kristie Yung (@KristieYung)

Offering a unique ‘Ella Fitzgerald meets Taylor Swift’ sound, this acoustic-soul singer/songwriter marries music and lyrics with expressive lightness and sophistication. Kristie Yung is best known for her cover videos on YouTube and her performance and co-production of the International chart topper, ‘Keh Dena‘ (TV Series ‘Mangoes‘ Title Track). Kristie’s debut EP ‘The Setlist Project‘ (September, 2012) is already generating all sorts of buzz and features her hit singles ‘Won’t Let You Hurt Me Anymore‘ and ‘It’s You‘. Look out for Kristie on Facebook and Twitter.

Jeremy Lim (@JeremyLim)

Jeremy Lim is a professional photographer who specializes in events, action, and visual narratives. Not much for sleep, he moonlights as a music producer and DJ, and will be playing a blend of house, moombahton, and a few other surprises at EVL 6.5. Check Jeremy out on Soundcloud, Facebook, & Twitter.


In the House Festival: Myriam Steinberg (@InHouseFestival) Myriam is the brains and the brawn of the “In the House Festival.” Now in its 10th year of bringing live performances of all kinds into people’s living rooms and backyards, “In the House” produces both public and private shows. Her passion for the arts in all its facets comes through in the eclectic programming that can always be found both at the festival and in the year-round shows. She believes that it is very important to not only expose the vast and varied talents of Vancouver, but also to create and foster community while exposing that talent. Check out "In the House Festival" on Facebook and Youtube.

Union Gospel Mission: Derek Weiss (@Derek_Weiss)

Derek WeissDerek Weiss is Manager of Community Engagement at Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where he has the privilege and pleasure of working with some of Vancouver’s most awesome people to create meaningful, long-term change. Derek lives in Mt. Pleasant, where he writes haiku and drinks far too much JJ Bean coffee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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September 27, 2012 (Thursday) 6pm - 9pm Toby's Bar & Grill, 2733 Commercial Drive Tickets / Eventbrite | Facebook event page

As the weather begins to cool down, Autumn certainly brings out a sense of change like no other season. Similarly, we at #EastVanLove are changing the colours of our leaves in an attempt to settle some ideas on the future of our grassroots organization.

Instead of hosting our seventh themed tweetup of the #EastVanLove series, we invite you to join us for #EastVanLove Vol. 6.5 to let us know exactly what it is that you love about East Van! At this tweetup, get to know our crew, our upcoming goals and objectives, and learn how you can help us help our community.

What is a tweetup?
A tweetup is an event where people who tweet come together to hangout in person.
Who should attend?
Anyone who loves the vibrant East Vancouver community. Is your homestead outside of East Vancouver? Non-residents are welcome to attend too!
A little bit about #EastVanLove:
This little #hashtag captured the collective spirit of the culture,community, and all things celebratory of East Vancouver. From the V6A to the V5S and beyond, #EastVanLove is a grassroots, cooperative organization of eager, like-minded citizens from all modes of expression and all blends of nationality.

Our mission is to grow both an online and offline permaculture of ideas, expression, and action around all things East Vancouver.

There's nothing like an #EastVanLove tweetup without homegrown talent! We'll be featuring special performances by two of Vancouver's bright young stars.
Musical Guests:
Volume 6.5 is presented in collaboration with This is Vancity:
Ariella Fong / @ariellafong Ajay Masala Puri / @masalapuri Anita Oh / @petitefoodie Kimie Ong / @kimieong Juliane Siu / @julessiu

Show your East Van Love by joining us on September 27th!

Tweet your love with #EastVanLove.

@EastVanLove + @ThisisVancity

Toby's Pub & Grill is cash and carry. 

Click on the link for the appetizer special they'll be serving: http://www.tobys.ca/menus/appetisers-pub-snacks/

Follow Toby's @TobysPub

AuthorWells Stringham
How time flies! We want to thank you all again for joining us at EastVanLove Vol. 6. We've got photos, videos and other goodies to relive that awesome evening!Social innovators rise above every hurdle and boundary to reach their goal of making the local and global community a better place. We hope that this Social Innovation Tweetup has inspired you to think of ways you can be more actively involved in our community.

In this post: 1. A Recap of EastVanLove Vol. 6 "Social Innovation" 2. Unveiling of our NEW EastVanLove logo. What did you choose for us? 3. Calling for speakers for EastVanLove Vol. 7! Read on to find out what the next theme will be!


We’ve collaborated with freelance videographer, Lena Franford (@LenaFranford), for this volume of EastVanLove and she did an amazing job recording the event!  She truly captured the EastVanLove energy!

SNAPSHOTS! The very talented Sukhraj Battal (@SukhrajB) documented the entire evening which you can view in our Flickr pool. Feel free to tag yourself in the photos and share them with your friends!

A FEW WORDS... Ariella Fong (@AriellaFong) from Vancouver Observer wrote a few remarkable articles covering EastVanLove Vol. 6 and on the presenters. Have a read on your lunch break or frankly, any time at all!

OTHER WAYS WE COVERED THE EVENT: COVER IT LIVE -- Interested in all the tweets from the event and not just the best? Here are all your tweetsfrom this great night! SLIDESHARE -- Wanted to review the presentations? Check them out on Slideshare!

A BIG THANK YOU to our Speakers… Suzanne Siemens & Madeleine Shaw / @Luna_gal@Luna_Divahttp://lunapads.com Geoff Bowers / @freegeekvanhttp://freegeekvancouver.org Jacob Hunter / @jacobhunterhttp://420vancouver.com Naomi Steinberg / @VSOstorytellinghttp://www.vancouverstorytelling.org Jenna Herbut / @makeitshowhttp://makeitproductions.com

…Musical Guests… Little T / @reallittletmchttp://travislittletturner.com Pat Lok / @pat_lok /  https://www.facebook.com/PatLokMusic DJ Cyclist / @cyclistmusic /  http://soundcloud.com/cyclist Atma / http://www.facebook.com/groups/162730673906/?ref=ts

…and to our Sponsors! It’s Saul GoodYelpBee VancityThis is Vancity

A very gracious THANK YOU to our host Calabash Bistro (@CalabashBistro).

And now, presenting our new EASTVANLOVE LOGO! You voted, we listened, so here it is!

Check out the contest that occurred here. Any thoughts or ideas on our new look? Let us know!

CALL FOR IDEAS: EastVanLove vol. 7 We’re excited to announce that we're aiming for the next EastVanLove Tweetup to be held at the end of September in conjunction with Social Media Week! The theme, as voted by you, will be "the History of East Vancouver" We want your speaker ideas! Have a local hero doing amazing work in East Van? Do you know someone with a rich knowledge of our past? Are you itching to share your stories and experiences of East Van and its history? Tweet us @EastVanLove or email us!

Nominations close August 31.

AuthorWells Stringham
What do reusable menstrual pads, dealing with e-waste, the resurgence of the DIY movement, and smoking dope have to do with East Van? Come and hear these stories at the next volume of #Eastvanlove! East of Main is proud to present EastVanLove Tweetup Vol. 6 Social Innovation next Tuesday, May 29.
Thank you all for helping us sell out -- we couldn't believe the tremendous response! Within 25 hours, all tickets were gone!
We've got the lineup and some last minute tips right here:


5:30 PMish - Doors open (come have a drink, grab a seat and mingle!) 5:30 PMish - DJ set by DJ Cyclist
6:30 PM - Program starts (sharp, don't be late!)

Welcome by Ajay Puri (co-founder, East of Main) + Sean Peters (President, Global Catalyst Initiative)

Calabash Welcome - Sam Wilcocks (Calabash Bistro)
Social Innovator 1 Suzanne Siemens & Madeleine Shaw (Lunapads)
Social Innovator 2 Geoff Bowers (Free Geek)
Social Innovator 3 Jacob Hunter (420)
Social Innovator 4 Naomi Steinberg (Vancouver Society of Storytelling)
Social Innovator 5 Jenna Herbut (Make It Productions)
Panel Discussion (Short and tweet style!)
Closing remarks
8:15 PMish - Live Freestyle performance by Little T! 8:25 PMish - DJ set by DJ Pat Lok

9:30 PM - Return of the Stern. Live Acid Jazz (Calabash afterparty - $5 cover charge)

Speakers Want to know more about our presenters? Read up on them here!

Last Minute Tips

  • Admission is for ticket holders only. At the door we'd love a donation! We are a volunteer-based group and so any amount would be greatly appreciated to keep #EastVanLove going!
  • Come early to save a seat!
  • Stay for the afterparty at 9:30pm; we've got some acid jazz! ($5 cover)
  • IF you are UNABLE To come, we have 20 people already on the waitlist, so either cancel your ticket or email us so we can release your ticket for others to enjoy! :)
AuthorWells Stringham

EastVanLove vol.6 Social Innovation

May 29, 2012 (Tuesday)
Calabash Bistro, 428 Carall Street
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About EastVanLove vol.6 Social Innovation

Vancouver’s East side is a hotspot for creative innovation and entrepreneurship. Bright minds and rich ideas shine far and wide over the bustling cityscape we call our home. On May 29th, 2012, join us at Calabash Bistro (428 Carrall Street) for the sixth volume of EastVanLove: Social Innovation.

Social Innovation can be defined as new concepts and organizations that meet social needs to extend and strengthen society.

By harnessing creative solutions in response to social problems, Vancouver’s social innovators rise above every hurdle and boundary to reach their goal of making the local and global community a better place. Join EastVanLove as we celebrate the great ideas that have made a beneficial impact on this city and the world.


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AuthorWells Stringham
Lunapads: Suzanne Siemens & Madeleine Shaw (@Luna_Gal @Luna_Diva)

Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens are the co-founders of Lunapads, an East Vancouver based company offering sustainable alternatives to disposable feminine hygiene products. Used by women in over 40 countries worldwide, the use of Lunapads has diverted over 1 million pads and tampons from landfills every month.

Madeleine and Suzanne have been acknowledged with several awards, such as BC Business magazine's Top 20 most innovative companies and recently the Global Women's Summit Leadership Award, for their social innovation and entrepreneurial excellence.

Free Geek: Geoff Bowers (@FreeGeekVan)

Much of Geoff's background revolves around education, from camp counseling to ESL. He taught high school social studies and computers public in the North West Territories for 4 years. Once he paid off his student loans, he returned to Vancouver looking for a job invoking computers and education.

Geoff Bowers found Free Geek by chance on Craigslist in the summer of 2009. Free Geek takes all working and non-working computer equipment where its volunteers share tech knowledge plus the reusable hardware furnishes computers for non-profit organizations.  Despite going through organizational growing pains, Free Geek gives Geoff his tech and education fix and he strongly feels it's a great fit for him.

420: Jacob Hunter (@JacobHunter) Jacob Hunter is a political consultant and advocate for drug policy reform, social justice and environmental sustainability based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

He is the founder and administrator of the drug policy activist website WhyProhibition.ca and is the Managing Organizer of the Vancouver 420 rally, as well as the Vancouver Cannabis Day rally. Jacob has also provided extensive communications support for medical marijuana dispensaries across Canada.

He also serves as the Vice-Chair of the City of Vancouver Active Transportation Advisory Council, and sits on the Board of Directors of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), and the Pivot Foundation.

Vancouver Society of Storytellers: Naomi Steinberg (@VSOStorytelling)

For Naomi Steinberg, connecting with four year olds is as marvelous and unique an experience as connecting with 84 year olds - both are possible through storytelling. The past 13 years of her life have been closely focused on community engagement and performance and in her own words “to be a storyteller, first you have to be a story-listener”.

In her current role as Artistic Director of the upcoming "what stories are made of" Storytelling Festival (June 8-10), Naomi intends to foster an appreciation of the art in all of its aspects and applications, for audiences of allsorts!

Make It Productions: Jenna Herbut (@makeitshow)

It all started with a Booty Belt. Jenna Herbut started selling these belts right after her graduation at the University of Alberta, in over 120 boutiques across Canada, USA and Japan. The thrill of growing her business allowed Jenna to experience a lot of things such as becoming a pro at PR and getting her Booty Beltz in numerious magazines. Eventually, Jenna transitioned from selling her belts wholesale to directly to customers at crafts shows. Eager to change the stereotype of boring craft shows, Jenna made it her mission to make her own fun DIY show.

The inspiration for Make It Productions is to create a show where one would want to sell at. Why not make a craft show more like party? Adding booze, DJs and live music, creating a fresh and appealing view of craft shows. Make It is almost on its 5th year and has been growing exponentially every year

Jenna also launched Make It University for those who want to bump up their business skills and be successful in doing what they love.

AuthorWells Stringham
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