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

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
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

EastVanLove Tweetup Volume 3 [Art Edition]

Thu Sep 22 5-7pm | FREE! ING Direct Cafe

Graffiti, photography, installations, pop up art shows; East Vancouver is known for its creativity. But who are the faces behind this progressive and flourishing artistic vibrant community? At EastVanLove Volume 3, we will feature artists and photographers speaking about their work and how East Van has influenced them. We will invite Leah Gregg, Ruven (Mainly Main Magazine) and Nicole Ignacio (of the Main Street Art Collective) to speak about how their artistic work is challenging the future of our hood. There will also be an opportunity for networking and people to give a 60 second pitch about their community organization or business at the end of the event.

Check back for further updates and speaker lineup. + if you have speaker in mind or if you'd like to help out email us [ajay at eastofmain.com]!

Get your tickets while they're hot --> via our eventbrite page (don't worry, tix are FREE!) Thanks!

Ajay + Linzi on behalf of the East of Main team ps: Event is sponsored by RED TRUCK BEER (that's right, we'll have beer on tap!)

This event is part of Social Media Week - Vancouver Partial funding provided by the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Small Grant

Check us out on twitter

@eastvanlove @masalapuri @linzimg

AuthorWells Stringham

Hola, Namaste, Bonjour our beautiful and radiant Vancouver beings! I firstly want to give a HUGE Big UPs to all of you that showed up at the First Ever East Van Tweetup February 2, 2011 at the Main St Army & Legion! + Thanks to our speakers / sponsors @kk, Ethical Deal, Welcome To East Van, and Ruven of Mainly Main Magazine. Coolest part of the night was having Whistling Smith of the Army & Navy share his personal stories of working as a DTES Beat cop (Main & Hastings) back in the 70's!

Missed the event?! Check out the coverage in the West EnderVancouver Is Awesome + in the Flickr Pool.

SO after the hugely successful First Ever East Van Tweetup, we (Cyndi Hunter @fairlite, Kris Krug @kk and I), thought we should organize East Van Tweetup: Volume 2!

Poster Credit by Rob Geary


Wed March 23 7-10pm @ Our Town Cafe 245 E Broadway *** UPDATE ***



7     - Event starts

740 - Rick Buckmon Coe - EastVan musician with a soulful folk sound

750 - Intros incl. Kemp Edmonds (Moderator) + Special Guest Whistling SMITH!

755 - Our Town Cafe: the vision (by owner Henry Lee)

8     - Keynote: Shane Gibson

** author of two best-selling social media books + founder of Vancouver Tweetup Shane will be speaking on starting Vancouver Tweetup and building community through social media

820 - Adrian Sinclair / Andrea Curtis - EastVan Social Change agents

825 - Brennan Weuters - Founder, East Van (Hastings-Sunrise) Communal House

830 - Closing remarks

835 - PRIZES! incl EastVan shirts, condoms (courtesy of Welcome to Eastvan)

840 - Announcements

845 to 10pm - Mingling!

10 onwards - HUMP afterparty at Lick

** WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK, PERFORM OR SPONSOR THE EVENT? Email me (ajay at eastofmain.com)

THE VENUE: Our Town Cafe + yummy coffee + looseleaf tea (London Fog = so good) + Cheap Local Beer! --> R&B, cream ale and blonde on tap. --> Random bottles of local microbrew. both for $5 each. --> Hipster fave PBR for $3.50 + great nibbles

Where is Our Town Cafe? Here's a MAP! Our Town Cafe

If you’re an EAST VAN resident or a fan, come have fun and meet others in the hood.

Happy Tweeting!

Ajay Masala Puri (@masalapuri)



Sponsored by:

Mainly Main Magazine, Welcome to EastVan, Yelp Vancouver, Our Town Cafe


Our friends are throwing down a great party HUMP at LICK later in the night...

+ HUMP has OFFERED us 2-for-1 cover!

Check us out on:  YELPVancouver Tweetup | Granville Mag

What is a TWEET UP btw Ajay? Great summary.

AuthorWells Stringham
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Ni Hao! Sat Sri Akaal! Greetings my lovely Vancouver peeps! My amigo Cyndi Hunter (@fairlite) and I <3 East Van & Social Media so much that we are organizing the first EVER East Van Tweet Up! That's right boys n girls on Wednesday February 2, 2011 7pm we'll be hosting a Tweet Up in the hood at the Main Street Legion.

DEETS: Date: Wed Feb 2, 2011 Time: 7pm till late Location: Main Street Legion [Army Navy & Airforce Veterans Unit 298 Canteen (3917 Main St)]

More information: on YELP!

The venue is SUPER chill (check the reviews on Yelp--awesomeness): - has cheap drinks (like $1.95 beers!), - games: shuffleboard, pool, and darts - entertainment (like Karaoke)

+ where else could you find our finest veterans and Main St hipsters all in one joint?!

+ we'll be having surprise SPEAKERS + PRIZES!!! We'll be having giveaways from Ethical Deal and Yelp / Dine Out + PHOTOs by @KK and his posse :)

If you're an EAST VAN resident or fan, post why you love the hood and see you February 2!

Much love,

Ajay Masala Puri

AND If you're on TWITTER, DON'T FORGET to USE the Hashtag #EastVanLove


Our friends at Mainly Main Magazine, F as in Frank, Welcome to EastVan are throwing down a great party HUMP at LICK later in the night...

+ THEY'VE OFFERED 2-for-1 cover for of us 'tweet'sters!

Cyndi Hunter

Legion Map

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The Tree. Movie Review by Andriy Mishchenko
Thursday Oct. 14, 3:30pm @ Granville 7 (VISA Screening Room) VIFF Blurb & Buy Tickets

The Tree Review

Director Julie Bertucelli has taken a bit of a step back since 2003's Since Otar Left. In this predictable production, Charlotte Gainsbourg puts in a strong performance, but she's swimming upstream. The characters' names and minutae of the plot might be different, but The Tree is another big-market "sensitive drama" of the kind we're pretty familiar with already. The movie is full of cliched drama devices which you'll recognize from other such titles. When gentle Hollywood-y strum chords set in, it's time to feel sad. A rear-view mirror shot of sleeping children is a moment of hope. The nature-gone-haywire subplot imparts a kind of M. Night Shyamalan sense of mystery. And so on. Still, there's really not a whole lot to dislike here, it just feels like I've already seen this before I stepped foot in the theatre.

Verdict: Just OK

AuthorWells Stringham

Rubber Film ReviewRubber. Film Review by Andriy Mishchenko
Thursday Oct. 14, 9:30pm @ Granville 7 VIFF Blurb & Buy Tickets

Rubber, as you may have heard, is a horror flick with a telekinetic car tire in its lead role. It's also a sometimes hilarious examination of the movie-making process and where the audience and suspense of disbelief fits in. It must be said that it is fun to see stuff viciously blown up by Robert the tire ... but only the first once or twice. The rest of the film might make you a bit tired of said explosions and the po-mo campus humour style (think Superbad, but not quite as funny). Still, nobody expects this to take itself very seriously. Rubber delivers - as promised - on the novelty factor and some cheap laughs. VIFF put most of the screenings later in the evening which works since this is sort of a movie that's good to drink beforehand then kick back and let the silliness ensue.

Verdict: Somewhere Between Recommended and Meh

AuthorWells Stringham

Winter Vacation Film ReviewWinter Vacation (Han Jia). Film Review by Andriy Mishchenko Monday Oct. 11, 10:45am @ Pacific Cinematheque (1116 Howe St.)

VIFF Blurb & Buy Tickets

If you see Li Hongqi's film, Winter Vacation, please come armed with lots of patience. It's not a bore, but you need to wait for things to develop. The screening I was in had lots of people leaving, they couldn't handle such waiting. Because, at its core, Winter Vacation is about nothing.

In a small factory town in northern China, school is out for winter vacation. The problem is there's not a whole lot to do. But, like in Seinfeld, 'doing nothing' is perfect comedic territory.

Chubby babies badmouth their elders and go on the run. Parka-clad adolescents sit around on abandoned sofas in the deep freeze discussing the ins and outs of their sex lives. One family's only piece of sort of formal attire goes missing and emerges re-woven into something else altogether. Doesn't sound like much, but just trust that it's hilarious.

The cinematography here is quite spectacular. Each crumbling Soviet-style housing block and non-descript path is given a deep, saturated treatment. The end result looks like the best urban decay photography; sometimes the action is almost a bit of an afterthought.

Go see this!

Verdict: Highly Recommended

AuthorWells Stringham

Carancho Film ReviewCarancho. Film Review by Andriy Mishchenko
Sunday Oct. 10, 9:30pm @ Park Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)
Tuesday Oct. 12, 2:20pm @ Granville 7 (855 Granville St.)
VIFF Blurb | Official Site

Carancho (Vulture) is a good old-fashioned crime thriller, done right. Ricardo Darin is always a strong character actor, as we've already seen in Kamchatka, The Secrets in Their Eyes, XXY, etc etc. His lead performance here is him at his best.

A vulture - ambulance chasing lawyer - by trade, Sosa (Darin) falls for a beautiful, troubled paramedic. Deciding he's had enough of his parasitically spending nights exploiting victims and their grief, he decides to quit to be with her. Of course, escaping a life filled with shady characters and large debts is easier said than done ...

I would love to break down the course of events more, but that would totally ruin the film for you. Suffice it to say the story captivates, and the cinematography and acting are top notch. Seasoned director Pablo Trapero delivers a solid film. While no masterpiece, it's a neat and enjoyable production.

I would warn those that are sensitive that the film is pretty graphic (but not gratuitous - violence/gore isn't just thrown in here for its own sake).

AuthorWells Stringham

Into Eternity. Review by Andriy Mishchenko
Saturday Oct. 9, 9:30pm @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)
VIFF Blurb | Official Site

Into Eternity is one of the better documentaries in recent memory. The reason it's successful is equal parts its fantastic, fascinating subject matter and a cool, austere treatment by director Michael Madsen.

The film deals with a facility currently under construction in northern Finland. Slated to be built inside solid bedrock 500 meters underground, the Onkalo (Finnish for cavern) project is meant to safeguard nuclear waste for 100,000 (and beyond). After construction finishes in 2020, the ensuing 'encapsulation and burial' phase will last until 2120.

Madsen takes us on a tour through the vast vaults and tunnels being built, the forests outside, current-use water nuclear storage facilities, and scientific offices. Interviews with various scientists involved shed light on the thinking behind this tremendous project, the vast timelines involved, and the lithany of potential faults (main threat: human intrusion - but you already knew that). Considerations ranging from archaeological to semiotic come into play here. Interestingly, even one of the project's organizers is clearly conflicted about Onkalo in the filmed interviews. While she seems resigned to her role in organizing and 'selling' it, she also pipes in with a skeptical outlook pretty much every chance she gets. A human reaction to an unnatural monolith.

One of the real victories here is the brilliantly slow-paced, impeccably shot and laconically detached style of the filmmaker. Occasional silly cameos in the darkness with a match that's allowed to go out detract from that; yet they too serve a purpose. These little interjections are Madsen's cautionary missives to future generations - which are not likely to understand or even receive them.

It's fairly clear what the filmmaker thinks of all this. However, the film does not ram a cynic's judgment down your throat - leaving you free to reflect and imagine. For me, the strongest thing about this film was imagining the many, many scenarios and what ifs that could unfold in a distant future.

For me, this was a little difficult to watch, remembering that this coming April marks the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl accident (and having grown up less than 100km from there myself). It was also tremendous food for thought. I would recommend everyone to go see this, no matter where you stand on nuclear power.

By Ajay Puri On Saturday April 17, 2010 East of Main had its very first field trip to Surrey, BC. The City of Surrey is known for being Canada's fastest growing area and also known for the highest concentration and numbers of Sikh followers outside of the State of Punjab*.

This was certainly apparent at the 2010 Surrey Vaisakhi (NAGAR KIRTAN) Parade where hundreds of thousands of people came out to celebrate. For us, it was such an eye-opening experience. We've attended the Main Street Vaisakhi celebrations in years past and were amazed to see the scale of festivities, but the Surrey event just blew us away. There were a reported 150,000 people who attended the parade, which went from 10am to 6pm.


Amongst the blocks upon blocks that the parade traveled on 128th street there were a reported 1000 stalls which showcased local businesses, non-profits and residents - each had something to give away: balloons, toys, information and most importantly Punjabi food! We were able to taste a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes including Pani Puri (little fried wafers that are filled with spiced masala water), Papri Chat (little crispy wafers, chickpeas, onions which are doused in yogurt, tamarind sauce and green chutney (mint sauce), Cholay Batura / Puri, and the famous pakoras (spiced breaded cheese / paneer, vegetables or bread).

With all these giveaways one can imagine all the garbage that is produced. According to a spokesperson from Remple Waste Disposal, more than 7 tonnes of waste was collected at the 2009 parade. Fortunately a local green South Asian hero, Preet Bal, wanted to begin the process of green'ing the event. A few years ago she started the 'recycling heros' program - a campaign to place large blue recycling bins throughout the parade route so that all the parade goers had an option of recycling their pop cans, water and juice bottles, paper and other recyclable items. She was able to recruit many volunteers (including myself) who were like her interested in the environment to help educate people on what items can be recycled and reduce the carbon footprint of the parade.

Thanks again Preet for your amazing work and until next year Happy Green Vaisakhi everyone!

Want to learn more about Sikhism and it's connection to the environment? Here's a great post by Prabhjit K. Banga: Sikhism - The Green Religion?

Want to learn more on what the Recycling Hero program is all about? Check this link

*according to latest Statistics Canada Census data

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Share/Bookmark Jonsi's bird headgear. Photo by Christelle FV.

Review by: Andriy Mishchenko

Yesterday, I felt very lucky. I went to the Jonsi show, his first concert away from Sigur Ros. I'll just start by saying it did not disappoint. If you have a chance to see him at the second show tonight (Apr 7) or later this week in Seattle, GO! I don't want to gush too much over it but it was really THAT good. If you miss these shows, just pretend really hard you went and just listen to the whole Jonsi "Go" album for free online right here (use player below). See end of page for set list. Enjoy!

I managed to score tickets below face value just the day before. With a good friend for company, I ended up in 2nd row centre - somehow ... That was a minor miracle, given the huge lineup in front of the Vogue (general admission for this show = first come first serve seating).

After sneaking some rum n coke cans in line, we snuck in all sorts of recording equipment into the theatre. Hee hee. Namely, My HD video DSLR and a fancy 4-channel audio recorder I borrowed (thanks, L!). Don't get too excited yet, I didn't actually capture anything worth posting.

My seat was far too central for filming the show with my bright white camera. As for the recorder, I McGyvered it in a perfect sport right under the first row chairs. I only wish I hadn't set the rec volume so loud. I ended up with a distorted, clipped soundwave. I massaged it a lot with SoundForge, but it's still no good.

As a consolation, you can play the whole album from this page. And, as a creative departure, I put my favorite track first.

Much has been said about the production values in stage sets for this tour and the great, taxidermy-inspired theme. The theatre company Jonsi hired to do the videos/lights/images/etc really knows what they're doing. I really did feel like I was in a an eerie magical forest throughout; I'm not the type to get easily impressed nor do I have very good suspension of disbelief. I think that's saying something for the caliber of their stage decoration. The racing wireframe wolves were spectacular, set against the intense delivery of 'Kolniður'. The recurring owl and firefly leitmotifs were memorable as well. Those weird animals alone were worth the 40 bucks right there.

Of course, hearing that trademark alien high-pitch falsetto voice up close was icing on the cake. It was also something special to see Jonsi & co. really get into their act. They seem like a bunch that knows one another's strengths and can play well together. Towards the end of the show, Jónsi got really into his persona and got all trancey on stage. His singing while rocking out in sync with the flashing waves of visuals in his crazy bird headgear, was something that will be hard to forget, let's just say that.

The set was strong from start to finish and the crowd was uber-appreciative. There was none of that Vancouver douchebaggery - for lack of a beter word - that can and often does mar a good show. The cutest part of all was the band coming out after their encore to mirror the audience's standing ovation. Then they came out once again as agroup to take a final bow - just like after a brilliantly performed stage play. Which this was.

Setlist (courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan blog): * stars in still water * hengilás * icicle sleeves * kolniður * tornado * saint naive * sinking friendships * go do * boy lilikoi * k12 * new piano song * around us * jonsi new guitar song * animal arithmetic * grow till tall

Some have tried to label Vancouver as a city with nothing fun or interesting to do. Well East of Main knows this ain't true and is here to change that! There are so many amazing off-beat and mainstream things to do around town including festivals, rallies, underground parties and dances, and random people-powered events. East of Main is here to help! Check our Calendar of Events [updated on a regular basis for your reading pleasure!]

East of Main Calendar

East of Main Calendar

Hope you enjoy FUNcouver!!

Have an event you'd like to list, please leave a comment and we'll post it

AuthorWells Stringham

After a long 6 and a half years the newly erected complex at 1 Kingsway is opening its doors tomorrow Friday December 11, 2009. East of Main heard the news this afternoon from the VPL Twitter feed [Thank you!]. For the neighbourhood and I'm sure for the tenants it was a long awaited wait - as it was planned to open more than two years ago but had been delayed numerous times. To learn more on the background and evolution of the facility the City of Vancouver site has all the information.

What is 1 Kingsway? It is a brand new facility on land that the City of Vancouver purchased in September 2001 and will feature a new $4.75 million community centre, library, day care (which opened last week), rental housing, and underground parking. For further information and updates click here.

Photo Credit: City of Vancouver

Questions still left answered: 1. What will happen to the old Mount Pleasant Community Centre at roughly Main & 16th? and to the outdoor pool that many residents and children in the neighbourhood have fond memories? 2.  What is the plans for the Rental Housing? How much will it be rented out for?

We'd love to hear from you if you know anything on these two items or have other comments / suggestions to this development.

We at East of Main are excited on this new addition to the neighbourhood and hope the City continues to service the diverse needs of our East Vancouver community!

AuthorWells Stringham

East of Main had the honor of being selected to attend Vancouver's first ever TED talks on November 21, 2009: TEDxVancouver. TEDxVancouver

It was truly an amazing eye-opening experience. I especially had a great time hanging out with all the minority crowd - Raakhi Sinha + Gurpreet Sian [SouthAsian Arts],  Lara Honrado + Alden Habacon [Mango], and Charles Tsai [Ashoka] - Thanks for the company!

There were 10+ influential speakers speaking on a variety of topics themed around being: Playfully Young, Globally Young and Emotionally Young. Speakers included Greenpeace founder, Patrick Moore and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Added bonus was having Cris Derksen on the Cello and Shamik doing his beatbox skills [check out duet video here -Thx KK]

Photos of the event and videos of the speakers are constantly being uploaded, so keep checking back!

Okay, so now onto the Twitter Reflections:

  • Terry McBride, founder Nettwerk #Music Grp: ppl said there'd be no demand 4 all girl tour, then he org @LilithFair.
  • Neill Blomkamp, director #District9, gave us concept of 3 lvls of civilizns + dyson sphere; astrophysics is so cool!
  • Guy Dauncy, #green + 101 books author: "U R Brilliant, Earth is hiring", Paul Hawkin http://earthfuture.com/
  • Marc Stoiber, #Change founder: asks is #socialmedia killin communication? + is it a fire hose for communication?!
  • Patrick Moore, #Greenpeace founder: questions #climatechange, #green, renewble NRG, advocates 4 sustainable, clean NRG #TEDxVan #TED #cop15
  • Whether u agree #climatechange is real, there should b no debate: we MUST reduce our consumption + footprint.
  • @CherylCran: Gen X, Gen Y + Baby Boomers are out there, but so are the Zoomers (refuse 2 age)! #TEDxVan #TED
  • Alden, #CBC #Diversity Mgr, talks Multiculturalism 2.0: #vancouver has highest mixed-#race marriages in N.America! #TEDxVan #TED #canada

Check out further Tweets @masalapuri or @eastofmain

East of Main would like to thank you to organizers, speakers, volunteers and all the participants for making the first event such a success... It was definitely Ideas worth spreading!

Join the call for a global climate deal at TckTckTck.org

AuthorWells Stringham

The moment West Coasters have been waiting for... SNOW! Despite us loving the rain and the temperate climate, all the skiers and boarders out West wait all Fall for the start of another season. And this one is looking like it will be a great one.

Vancouver's 3 local ski mountains are opening EARLY this year, almost record breaking start times for all of them. Cypress and Grouse have both opened Today, November 13, 2009 and Seymour will be opening next Friday Nov.20.

In terms of base, not bad for a early start (as of November 13, 2009):

  1. Cypress:    91cm (mid mtn)
  2. Seymour:   70 cm
  3. Grouse:      65cm

And it seems this all just happened as 15cm+ of FRESH snow just came last night!

In regards to Whistler Blackcomb, conditions are also great 100cm base) and they are having an early opening tomorrow Saturday November 14, 2009! Watch video for sneak peek.

NOTE: Grouse and Seymour are UNAFFECTED by the Olympic games in terms of closures, but Cypress is heavily closed. Be sure to check their websites for further updates as there may be crowds.

So be sure to get out your skiis and boards, and come join East of Main on the slopes!

courtesy: Cypress Mtn

AuthorWells Stringham

This used to be Kishu Island. Photo by Andriy Mishchenko, EastOfMain.com & Photic.ca Half of the block on the southwest corner of Main & Broadway went up in flames early this morning. Speculation is rife in the hood. What happened? How'd it start? EastOfMain sent our 10am photos of the aftermath to the Georgia Straight. As of 5pm, most of the ruins have been levelled with a bulldozer that remains parked there. Just crazy!

AuthorWells Stringham