Hai Phong was packed!

We hope everyone who came out to #EastVanLove Vol.5 - Food in Your Community had a lot of fun! We sure did. Missing the energy from the event? Or completely missed the event? Don't worry we have you covered:

PICTURES By the uber talented @JeremyLim (www.jeremylim.ca) and Aida from @ThisIsVancity (blog.thisisvancity.com). Feel free to tag yourself in the photos or share them with your friends. If you have any pictures feel free to add it to our Flickr pool - let's keep the EastVanLove energy alive!

STORIFY #EastVanLove trended in CANADA because of your love! We created a storify to capture our favourite tweets.

EVENT WRITEUP Featured in the Vancouver Observer: From earth to esophagus, EastVanLove Tweetup #5 focused on food written by Kelly Jean Marion (@KellyJean247 for @BeeVancity) - Thanks Kelly!

Also check out this super awesome blog post from Rick Chung on Vancouver is Awesome!
SLIDESHARE part 1part 2part 3 Curious about that food thing Richard spoke about? Need to know more about Annika's desserts + dance event, INDULGE & DANCE? Peek into our presenters' slides to learn more!

VIDEO We have videos of some of our speakers! Thanks @ThisIsVancity!

Thanks again to: Our speakers @FreshRootsFarm @BreweryCreekGdn @VanFoodster @SocialBites @HarvestUnion Our sponsors @GoPopcorn @Yelp_Vancouver @ThisIsVancity @BeeVancity Our food @YummyWorkshop @JenellParsons @HyggeligBaking Hai Phong Our volunteers @marghernandez_ @jamielee_ong Our cat-obsesses lady @AmyCulture We couldn't have had a more amazing event without you!

If you have any comments or suggestions to make the next #EastVanLove better, tweet us @EastVanLove!

PS: Thought we forgot? You voted and we listened - our next EastVanLove tweetup will be about SOCIAL INNOVATION (Not cats. Sorry Amy... unless you have a social venture idea about them!). HELP! We're looking for speakers - know anyone who is saving the world but also making money? Send suggestions our way and we'll connect with them (email ong.akc@gmail.com and tweet via #EastVanLove) Keep your eyes peeled! We've got more love in store for you.
AuthorWells Stringham

Don't you worry! There's still a chance for you to get in!We'll be opening our doors at 6PM. Hang around Hai Phong.

If seats are not filled by 6:30PM, we'll be letting some lucky people in.

If we are at capacity by 6:30PM, we unfortunately will not be able to accommodate you. But stick around because by 8PM (when the program ends), everyone is welcome to come in!

Looking forward to seeing you guys tomorrow!

AuthorWells Stringham
#EastVanLove is happening in 4 days! Gosh, we're excited! Here's the schedule and a few quick reminders about the event.

6:00 - Doors open. Come early to save a seat!
6:30 - Program starts, doors close
6:40 - Welcome to Hai Phong!
6:44 - Ilana Labow, Fresh Roots Farm
6:52 - Rebecca Brooke and Sarah Farina, Brewery Creek Garden
7:00 - Annika Reinhardt, Social Bites
7:15 - Richard Wolak, VanFoodster
7:23 - Michael Leung, Harvest Grocery
7:30 - Panel discussion
7:50 - Closing remarks

If you have a ticket but you are unable to attend Please let us know so other people on the waitlist can go! Email ong.akc@gmail.com to cancel.

You can also tune in to the event via:
Twitter - hashtag #EastVanLove

Lastly, one of our lovely speakers, Annika from Social Bites, is hosting an event called INDULGE & DANCE, an after-dinner party featuring seven of Vancouver's up-and-coming pastry chefs who are offering their divine treats for you to sample and enjoy. After indulging you can dance the night away to some of your favourite 80s/90s tunes presented by Girls on Wax. It's a great to way to meet and mingle with other foodies in town, PLUS as an EastVanLover, you get $2 off your ticket! (Use promo code eastvan - only applies to regular tickets) Check out the event, and say hi to Annika on Thursday! Indulge & Dance | April 14, 8:30pm | W2 Media Cafe | Details
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Here's the list of speakers presenting at the EastVanLove tweetup vol. 5. To learn more about the event, click here.

Annika Reinhardt / http://socialbites.ca@socialbites

Annika Reindhart is the force behind Social Bites Networking Services which offers culinary adventures in Vancouver. Social Bites dining excursions created quite the buzz. It helps connect aspiring hobby chefs with enthusiastic foodies to a unique dinner or brunch experience that takes place in private kitchen around the city. She’s also ventured into an after-dinner event highlighting the sweeter things in life called “Indulge n’ Dance.”

Ilana Labow /  http://freshrootsurbancsa.wordpress.com@FreshRootsFarm

Ilana Labow loves being a neighbourhood farmer. As the co-founder and director of Fresh Roots Urban Farm, her wide range of experience comes from community centres, vocational skill development and working with people who use sustainable agricultural methods to build with cultivate. When not playing in the fields, Ilana dances, laughs and loves drinking coffee on her stoop.

Richard Wolak / http://vancouverfoodster.com@VanFoodster

Richard Wolak is the founder and editor of VancouverFoodster.com, a blog he founded in July 2009. He has been writing about food since 1993 and was a co-author of many books namely, Vancouver’s Best Espresso Spots, Oregon’s Hot Java and Cafes Vancouver. He has written articles for newspapers, online sites and has been featured in numerous media in regards to food, wine and specialty coffee. In March 2012, he became the columnist of “Bar Stars” in Vancouver View Magazine. He will be launching his latest book this spring “Vancouver Foodster’s guide to dining in Vancouver.” In his spare time, he enjoys dining out, seeing films, listening to music and traveling.

Rebecca Brooke & Sarah Farina / Brewery Creek Garden@BreweryCreekGdn

Brewery Creek Community Garden is a project steered by a friendly bunch from the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Their goal was to help meet the increasing demands for urban agriculture while building community. The garden is in its early stages of development with a complete design and a fundraising underway. Presenting on behalf of the garden are Rebecca Brooke, who works in health policy, and Sarah Farina, who loves gardening especially healing plants and flowers.

Michael Leung / Harvest Grocery/This Space@HarvestUnion

Michael Leung was born and raised in East Van. In September 2011, Michael Leung and his friend Josh Michnik threw a ping pong table into an empty retail space that launched a project called This Space. The project asked the community in the Chinatown/Strathcona neighbourhood to cast their votes on what kind of business should go into a small retail space located on Union Street. The end result was “Harvest.”

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Food in your Community March 22, 2012 Hai Phong 1246 Kingsway, Vancouver GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

What is #EastVanLove vol.5 about?

Among food carts and fine dining, many of us overlook the delectable culinary gems hidden in our own neighbourhood. On March 22nd, the fifth volume of the EastVanLove Tweetup is about “Food in Your Community”. After all, Vancouver is undoubtedly famous for its ethnic diversity, innovative cuisines, and strong West Coast tradition. Join EastVanLove as we explore the communities east of Main Street and discover a world of sustainability, urban farming, social dining, and collaborative food development.


What is #EastVanLove?

#EastVanLove is a hashtag that links like-minded tweets together on Twitter, and allows us to share information and to have conversations about our love for East Vancouver, its culture, and its community!

What is a tweetup?

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

Who should attend?

Anyone who loves the East Vancouver community. (You don't necessarily have to live there. You just need to love it!)

Show your East Van Love by joining us on March 22nd!

Check out our Facebook event page!

Tweet your love with #EastVanLove.

Brought to you by:


Kimberly Ong (@kimieong)

Stephanie Chua (@steph_chua)

Ajay Puri (@masalapuri)


About Hai Phong

1246 Kingsway, Vancouver


Event Specials

  • Spring Rolls - $6 for 6 rolls
  • Salad Rolls / Tofu rolls - $5.50 for 2 rolls
  • Garlic Butter Chicken Wings -  $9.95 for 1 dozen
  • Pho Tai (rare beef) $7.50
  • Pho Tai Nam (rare beef + beef brisket)  $7.50
  • Pho Tai Bo Vien (rare beef + beef ball)  $7.50
  • Lemon Grass Chicken on Rice  $8.50
  • Grilled Pork Skewer, Spring Roll, And Shredded Pork With Vermicelli
  • Pop $1.75
  • Beer $4.00
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EastVanLove tweetup vol4
Dec 7, 6PM The Hood 395 Kingsway (12th and Kingsway)
Eventbrite - Get a ticket!

What is #EastVanLove vol4 about? It’s easy to donate money, but how about your time? The concept behind the EastVanLove Tweetups has been promoting and supporting the East Vancouver community. What better way to show your East Van Love than by getting involved with one of the area’s organizations in need?

With the theme of community time-raising, Got Time, several organizations will speak about how they got involved in the East Side, what they do to build community, positive real-world examples of how their organizations changed lives for the better, and innovative ways on how YOU can help out.

This will be an upbeat evening of how volunteering can benefit the community. There will be time for networking and audience members to meet the speakers if they are interested in volunteering.

Speakers include:

  1. Caroline MacGillivray / Beauty Night Society / http://beautynight.org/ / @beautynight
  2. Dave MacDonald / Reach Multicultural Family Centre / http://www.reachcentre.bc.ca/
  3. Diane Roberts / urban ink productions / http://urbanink.ca/ / @UrbanInkVan
  4. Harsha Walia / DTES Women's Centre / http://dewc.ca/ @HarshaWalia
  5. Fen Hsiao / Potluck Cafe / http://potluckcatering.com/ @potluckcafe

Check back for completed speaker lineup!

What is #EastVanLove? #EastVanLove is a hashtag that links like-minded tweets together on Twitter, and allows us to share information and to have conversations about our love for East Vancouver, its culture, and its community!

What is a tweetup? A tweetup is an event where people who tweet come together to meet in person.

Who should attend? Anyone who loves the East Vancouver community. (You don't necessarily have to live there. You just need to love it!)

About The Hood 395 Kingsway (12th and Kingsway, near Biltmore Cabaret) 604-872-7342 www.thehood604.com @thehood604

Event specials: $13 Burger & Beer combo $4.75 Sleeves of domestic beer $5 Highballs - singles $6.50 Highballs - doubles

Show your East Van Love by joining us on December 7th! Get your tickets while they’re hot - Check out EventBrite page (tickets are free for EastVan Lovers!) Check out our Facebook event page Tweet your love with #EastVanLove. Contact us:

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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

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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 eastofmain.com]

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

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Holy Moly what an event - we had over 150 east van lovers come through at our #eastvanlove tweetup!Check out #eastvanlove via our Flickr Pool [Thx to John Biehler, Jeremy Lim, HNBD, Sean Stiller] #eastvanlove

photo credit: John Biehler

Check out #eastvanlove in the MEDIA [Georgia Straight]!

MAD PROPS to all you east van lovers who made it such a fun night!!

+ DID YOU KNOW - you all tweeted so much #eastvanlove trended #1 in Canada!!

Special thanks to our speakers + sponsors: * Shane Gibson (and Audience Shane) - indicating knowledge should be shared * Rick Buckman Coe - playing soulfully conscious music and setting the mood * Andrea Curtis & Adrian Sinclair - playing the roles of Zoncord Developers * Brennan Weuters - showing us the power of communal gardening and living (DIY baby!) * Kemp Edmonds - our fabulous MC for keeping all speakers on time and acting as Henry Lee (owner of the Our Town Cafe) - Our Town Cafe (for the awesome space), Mainly Main Mag (for the Promo), East of Main, Yelp Vancouver and Welcome2EastVan for the prizes (Who would have known there were EastVan branded condoms!)

+ @LinziMG - thank you for all your help! We couldn't have pulled off all the logistical items without your amazing skillzzz...

LOOK OUT FOR VOLUME 3 Coming to an independent cafe / restaurant near you soon :) + Vol. 2.5: we're hoping to getting a tour of Brennan's communal house + getting our hands dirty in his garden!

+ HAVE A SUGGESTION on a location, speakers or wanna help out? Shoot me an email (ajay at eastofmain.com).

Until next time don't forget to spread the East Van Love ~

Ajay Masala Puri

on behalf of Team Awesome: Cyndi, Linzi and Kris Find us on twitter: @EASTVANCITY @masalapuri | @yelp_vancouver | @linzimg | @kk Sponsored by: East of Main, Yelp, Welcome To East Van, Mainly Main Magazine

ps: don't forget to watch the NFB's documentary on Whistling Smith (retired beat cop who worked in the DTES back in the 70's)!

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.

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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).

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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

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

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