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:

Follow Toby's @TobysPub

AuthorWells Stringham

Dear EoM subscribers and readers, We apologize for the outage of our website over the past week. Luckily we're back and running and have some exciting things in store!

Next Tweetup + 10 minute Video of East Van

1. Mid-June we'll be hosting the EastVanLove Tweetup Vol. 3 (just in time for Main St / Commercial Drive Car-free day celebrations June 18). If you have ideas for speakers or entertainment please email us as we'd love to have you or your nominees! [ajay at]

2. An amazing group of students from SFU documented our Eastvanlove Tweetup Vol. 2 and have placed their video on Youtube! Check it out and show them your eastvan love -

EastVanLove Vol. 2 [Video Report]

This is an crowd-sourced project so feel free to post your Video or Written feedback here or on youtube.

Background of Video:

This report looks at a SFU research group's study on fandom and social media in the context of East Van. This community is often characterized by their active ethnic communities, vibrant artistic presence, politically engaged youth, as well as their vocal sexual orientation and gender-identity groups. Communication technology has played a pivotal role in connecting individuals living in the East Van - as well as fans of the neighbourhood.

Five SFU students were interested in finding out how fans of particular communities such as East Van use social media to build online communities and create networking relationships. They attended the second #EastVanLove Tweetup in March 2011.

Through qualitative interviews and quantitative findings (survey with 129 respondents) the researchers found social media are creating a more cohesive real communities that are being socially constructed online and offline through active participation in fan devotion and visibility.

Research Team: Kay, Angela, Jessie, Kirsten, Sarah

AuthorWells Stringham
CategoriesIdeas, Ideas

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.

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

by: Ajay Puri Vancouver is full of diverse cultures. According to the latest census numbers ~40% of our city self-identifies as a Visible Minority status.

So of course you overhear funny but awkward translations. For instance, the following are Hindi / Farsi pairings:

  • Kheer
  • Khoon
  • Saag

Kheer - When I was going to my Iranian friends house for dinner I asked if I should bring anything? My friend said I should bring a desert. I offered to bring a famous Indian rice pudding called Kheer. My friend burst out laughing and even harder when I told her I love eating it. Keer in Farsi its means penis.

Khoon - In Hindi means blood and in Farsi (Kuhn) means bum

Saag - When my Iranian friend's family eat an Indian restaurant they always humour themselves as they love ordering Saag Paneer (an Indian cheese with spinach dish). Saag in Farsi means dog.

Have an interesting translation from one language to another? Let East of Main know and we'll post it!

AuthorWells Stringham
CategoriesIdeas, Ideas

Join the call for a global climate deal at Our friends at TckTckTck designed this amazing app. It seems super cool, but we'd like your feedback. Feel free to test out "Tck in a box" + let us know what you think!

If you'd like to put it on your website, click on this link to download the code.

AuthorWells Stringham
CategoriesIdeas, Ideas

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
  • 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

AuthorWells Stringham

Ever wondered what the heck was the difference between a Gyro, Donair or Shawarma?


Well East of Main went exploring and met up with Karim, the Owner of Mediterra - a Mediterranean restaurant within the AMS Student Union Building at UBC.

He gave the quick and dirty... Nothing!

They are just the different terms for the same food item - a bread-wrapped meat dish. It is called a Gyro in Greek culture, a Shawarma in Lebanese/Middle Eastern, and Donair in Turkish traditions.

The meat is placed on a spit and is grilled. The fatty parts ensure the meat stays juicy. In addition spices are added to the meat to give it a unique and tasty flavor.

The base of meat, veggies and flour-wrap (usually a pita) is the same for each culture, but each has its variation in the toppings such as using Tzatziki in Greek / Turkish culture or Tahini, hummus, and pickled turnips in the Middle Eastern traditions.

FYI: Tzatziki is a sauce made of strained yoghurt sauce (usually with sheep's- or goat's-milk) with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, pepper, sometimes dill, sometimes lemon juice and parsley, or mint added= Tasty!

So next time you go to the West End and see all the Shawarma places or travel along Broadway/Lougheed and see the Gyro or Donair places - you'll be eating the same type of wrap!

NEXT STORY: What's the difference between Halal or Kosher - or is there any??

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Classics, cranks, comics, love, music, and so much more ... I'm so impressed with your book choices, people! Here, my fellow geeks, is the full list of books you suggested for our Ovaltine Book Club. These are in random order and have little blurbs from the intertubes to help you choose, but please do your own research too. Can't wait to see the results of the vote on these! Send your votes (each of us gets 2) to - Andriy 1. “Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories” by Raymond Carver The last story collection published during Carver's life, it contains most of his greatest hits from his earlier books, as well as 7 stories that hadn't been collected up to that point. The breadth of the collection makes it a complete map of Carver territory, of a particular area of America and of the specific texture of the people Carver writes about - their difficult attempts at survival in a world where happiness does not arrive wrapped up in neat packages but comes in far more peculiar parcels, if it comes at all.

2. “Life: A User’s Manual” by Georges Perec Interwoven stories, ideas and literary/historical allusions, based on the lives of the inhabitants of a fictitious Parisian apartment block. Perec wrote according to a complex plan of self-imposed writing constraints; “Life…” is primarily constructed from several elements, each adding a layer of complexity. The book can be read linearly, from start to finish, but it can be fun to dip in and out of - an appendix contains a chronology, a list of the 100 or so main stories, and a plan of the elevation of the block as the 10x10 grid.

3. “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy This politically charged novel is a story about the childhood experiences of a pair of fraternal twins who become victims of circumstance. A description of how the small things in life build up, translate into people's behavior and affect their lives. The first and, to date, only book by Roy, it won the 1997 Booker Prize. “The book feels like a million stories spinning out indefinitely; it is the product of a genius child-mind that takes everything in and transforms it in an alchemy of poetry”

4. “Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic” by Lester Bangs Until his death in 1982 at age 34, Bangs wrote freewheeling rock 'n' roll pieces for Creem, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice and London's NME. As rock critic, he was adept at distinguishing the commercially packaged product from the real thing. Written in a conversational, wisecracking, erotically charged style, his impudent reviews and essays explore the connections between rock and the body politic, the way rock stars cow their audiences and how the pursuit of success and artistic vision destroys or makes rock performers as human beings. This collection covers "fake moneybags revolutionary" Mick Jagger, John Lennon ("I can't mourn him"), David Bowie "in Afro-Anglican drag," Iggy Pop, the Troggs, Lou Reed and more. Bangs claimed his influences were not so much predecessors in journalism as they were beat authors, in particular William S. Burroughs. His ranting style, similar to Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo journalism, and his tendency to insult and confront his interviewees earned him distinction.

5. “Fragile Lights of Earth” by Gabrielle Roy A collection of non-fiction writing spanning Roy’s entire career, the book contains among other things, some of her pieces on immigrant communities on the prairies as well as her work on urban Montréal, all of which were significant sources of inspiration for some of her later works (such as “The Tin Flute”).

6. “Shampoo Planet” by Douglas Coupland The novel about the generation after the X generation. Tyler is a Generation Y “Global Teen”, one of the children of the hippy generation, who “react by loving corporations, and they don't mind wearing ties. To them, Ronald Reagan is emperor". They exist in a globally connected world marked out by advertising and corporate power. They are optimistic when compared with their siblings in the X Generation. However, they do not have experience with leaders who show care for other people. "There's nothing in these kids' databases to show that there are other options, that it wasn't always dog eat dog. Older people have to somehow convince young people that better things are possible."

7. “Under The Volcano” by Malcolm Lowry Written in a squatter’s shack on the North Shore of Vancouver and rescued from a fire by the author’s wife, “Under the Volcano” is a 1947 semi-autobiographical novel by writer Malcolm Lowry. A modern classic, it was rated Number 11 on the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th century. The book exemplifies Lowry's method as a writer, which involved drawing heavily upon autobiographical material and imbuing it with complex and allusive layers of symbolism. The novel depicts a series of complex and unwillingly destructive relationships and is set against a rich evocation of Mexico. Lowry’s stream-of-consciousness technique was an obvious and witting attempt to emulate James Joyce.

8. “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler The angry ranting of an obscure, small-party politician, the first volume of Mein Kampf was virtually ignored when it was originally published in 1925. The book details Hitler's childhood, the "betrayal" of Germany in World War I, the desire for revenge against France, the need for lebensraum for the German people, and the means by which the National Socialist party can gain power. The few outside the Nazi party who read it dismissed it as nonsense, not believing that anyone could--or would--carry out its radical, terrorist programs. As Hitler and the Nazis gained power, first party members and then the general public were pressured to buy the book. Had the book been taken seriously when it was first published, perhaps the 20th century would have been very different.

9. “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, and manual for self reliance. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's sojourn in a cabin near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thoreau did not intend to live as a hermit, for he received visitors and returned their visits. Rather, he hoped to isolate himself from society in order to gain a more objective understanding of it. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, which was a central theme of the American Romantic Period.

10. “Love is a Mixtape” by Rob Sheffield Sheffield was a "shy, skinny, Irish Catholic geek from Boston" when he first met Renee. Southern born and bred, "she was warm and loud and impulsive." They had nothing in common except a love of music. Since he made music tapes for all occasions, he and Renee listened together, shared tapes, and though never formally planning to, married. On May 11, 1997, everything changed … Fun and funny, moving and unbearably sad, Sheffield's account at its quirkiest, and because of his penchant for lists, is reminiscent of Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity. Anyone who loves music and appreciates the unspoken ways that music can bring people together will respond warmly to this reflection.

11. “Henry and June” by Anaïs Nin Based upon material excerpted from the first volume of Anaïs Nin's published diaries, written between October 1931 and October 1932. This bestseller covers a single momentous year during Nin’s life in Paris, when she met the writer Henry Miller and his wife, June.

12. “Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China” by Leslie T. Chang China is in the midst of history’s largest human migration, a hundred and thirty million of its citizens having left their home villages in search of urban employment. Chang, an American of Chinese descent, explores the migrant experience and the burden of being Chinese through the lives of several young women in the industrial city of Dongguan. Their Sisyphean attempts at self-reinvention are both entertaining and poignant; the most ambitious of them achieves modest success selling dubious health products, before falling under the spell of an American raw-food guru. In her diary, she reminds herself, We can be ordinary but we must not be vulgar. Chang’s fine prose and her keen sense of detail more than compensate for the occasional digression, and her book is an intimate portrait of a strange and hidden landscape, a universe of relentless motion.

13. “Tropic of Cancer” by Henry Miller Its publication in 1961 in the United States led to an obscenity trial that was one of several that tested American laws on pornography in the 1960s. While famous for its frank and often graphic depiction of sex, the book is also widely regarded as an important masterpiece of 20th century literature. Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Set in France (primarily Paris) during the 1930s, Miller tells of his life as a struggling writer.

14. “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman” by Laurence Sterne “Tristram Shandy” has come to be seen as one of the greatest comic novels in English, as well as a forerunner for many modern narrative devices. Sterne was at work on his celebrated comic novel during the year that his mother died, his wife was seriously ill, and he was ill himself with consumption. The book is ostensibly Tristram's narration of his life story. But it is one of the central jokes of the novel that he cannot explain anything simply, that he must make explanatory diversions to add context and colour to his tale, to the extent that we do not even reach Tristram's own birth until Volume III … Along with Cervantes, Sterne set the style of comical absurdity that lives on in such modern examples as “Catch-22” and “The Confederacy of Dunces”.,_Gentleman

AuthorWells Stringham

In the Vancouver Sun today, two of Vancouver's prominent mayors Philip Owen and Larry Campbell, make a strong case (and plead!) to the Harper/Conservative Government that Vancouver's Insite, North America's only Safe Injection Site, stay open and have sustained funding! In addition, today marks 5 years Insite has been open. Here's another article from today's Vancouver Sun on doctors rallying for Insite: As a Vancouverite, health care worker and an East of Main resident, I think this is indeed what needs to happen. InSite has saved lives (by reducing overdose deaths, reducing HIV/AIDS and Hep C transmission), saved costs (by avoiding expensive hospital costs), and is helping people get to care that they need.

Masala Mario

AuthorWells Stringham