13 Holiday Markets & Christmas Craft Fairs for 2018 Gifts

Did you visit the Circle Craft Fair this weekend? Perhaps it got you in the spirit to find handmade Christmas gifts this year. Skip the malls, and find something unique and handmade at one of the many fun and festive Christmas Craft Markets around Metro Vancouver. 

Here’s a baker’s dozen Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Christmas at Hycroft : November 15th – 18th – Three floors of the Edwardian Hycroft Manor are filled with the spirit of the season as Christmas at Hycroft plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

Crafty Affaire: November 17 (Ocean Park Community Hall, South Surrey), November 24 (Harris Barn, Delta), December 1 (Croatian Cultural Centre) The Holiday Markets from Craft Affaire spreads three different markets around Metro Vancouver to share their artisan’s wares to the communities. Admission by donation

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 21st – December 24th – A Vancouver tradition, the German-style Holiday Market brings 80+ huts filled with vendors of authentic German sweets, treats, trinkets and more to its waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2018 season. Admission $10

West End Holiday Craft Fair: November 24th – 25th – West End Community Centre hosts 55 carefully curated artisans and vendors selling only handcrafted gifts.  Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : November 24th, the 36th anniversary edition of Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair, finds 140 hand-selected artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment, everything you  need for your holiday shopping. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 30 – December 2nd – Portobello’s annual market moves to Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown for an expanded three day market with live music, photos with Santa, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $5

Toque: November 30 – December 2nd – The Western Front Annual Community Fundraiser and Craft Sale has curated designers and artists for your holiday shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Kensington Community Holiday Craft Fair : December 1st, the 11th annual fills Kensington Community Centre with 60+ vendors selling toys, art, clothing, jewelry, home decor, children’s and baby handmade items from 10am – 4pm. Admission: Free

Strathcona Winter Fair : December 1st – The Annual Strathcona Winter Fair  brings 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors to Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood at the Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market : December 5th – the 2nd Annual Holiday Market curated by Vancouver Foodster is an evening of tasting and shopping with multiple vendors at a selection of location around Vancouver. Admission: $50, early bird tickets $35 including food & beverage tastings at each location

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 8th – 9th – returning to the Maritime Labour Centre, Got Craft? is the place for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 online in advance

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy : December 8th – 9th – Heritage Hall on Main Street welcomes The Arts Collective’s annual Holiday Show and its crafters, vendors, artists and collaborators. Admission $4

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show: Five Days of Finds, December 12th – 16th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 215 makers, crafters, artisans and more. Admission $8 / Kids under 12, Free

Get crafty, get shopping and have fun! Happy Holidays! 

Ce Soir Noir Free Public Picnic Returns for a 4th Year

With all the smoke darkening the skies, it’s a perfect time for Ce Soir Noir 2018 (This Black Night) to return to Vancouver.  The free public picnic descends on a new location, Creekside Park for its fourth year, this Thursday, August 23th.  Created by artists  George Vergette and Graeme Berglund invites people to don all-black and become part of the mass public art installation.

In contrast to the other brighter and whiter, strictly structured al fresco dining event happening on the same night, Ce Soir Noir is relatively unstructured. Organizers ask guests to just show up, in black, sometime between 5pm – 10pm, whenever suits your schedule.  Bring friends, a picnic, a positive attitude and do nothing much but spend an evening chilling out on the shores of False Creek. Enjoy the company of old friends and meet some new ones.

Creekside Park is a public space, to keep Ce Soir Noir a free community event be good neighbours.  Treat the space with respect and leave the park as clean or cleaner for the following day.  As long as you can take it home with you, bring what you want.  Guests are asked not to bring square folding tables, chairs, dogs and, of course, no open flames are allowed in these tinder dry conditions.

Ce Soir Noir takes place August 23rd between 5pm and 10pm at Creekside Park, 1455 Quebec Street (near Science World).

Fit more summer in a Honda Fit

2019 Honda Fit

Summer is blazing, get your errands done in a flash then make a break for it and get out to the country like we did recently for a day trip to Cultus Lake Marina the Honda Fit is a perfect fit.

I recently had the opportunity to drive the peppy subcompact Honda Fit EX-L Navi for a few days and was pleasantly surprised. In most small cars I tend to either hit my head on the inside roof or have to slouch down to see and sit comfortably, but in the Honda Fit this was not the case.  The Fit, quite simply fits, I could sit upright, and still have plenty to head clearance and plenty of viewing through the large front windows. The EX-L Navi trimline takes the simple car up a notch with HondaLink system, leather trims, HD radio/Sirius XM, automatic climate control, all added to the standard Fit features like; keyless entry, 6 speaker audio system, multi-view rear camera, steering wheel cruise control and audio controls.

Throw everything & everyone in the Honda Fit

The 60/40 split rear seats and cargo cover for when the seats are up, allow the Honda Fit to pack in a lot of people and stuff for your getaway.  Great fuel economy is a huge plus, especially with the current fuel prices, making it easier to justify hopping in the car for any reason.  The subcompact is a dream to park too, perfect for everyday errands around the city.  Unlike some subcompacts that lack power, the Honda Fit handles highway driving nicely with enough pep to get in and out of traffic and on to your destination in a breeze.

Honda Fit fits everywhere

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Honda Fit EX-L Navi for a great economical, easy-to-drive, subcompact, and starting at around $15,500 for the base trim models, plus good fuel economy, it can definitely fit in most everyone’s budget.

For specs and details on all trimlines of the Honda Fit visit honda.ca/fit

12 Christmas Craft Markets & Holiday Fairs for 2017 Gift Shopping

We’ve only just put away our Halloween costumers but the Holiday season is racing towards us. Along with the Holiday season, comes shopping.  Skip the malls, experience one of the fun and festive Christmas Craft Markets to find something unique and handmade.

Here’s Twelve Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Circle Craft Christmas Market : November 8 – 12 – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season. Admission $15

Christmas at Hycroft : November 16th – 19th – For 45 years the annual fair at the Edwardian Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

VCM at Jack Poole
Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 22nd – December 24th – The popular Holiday Market moves to a new and larger waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2017 season. Admission $10

 

West End Holiday Craft Fair : November 25th – 26th – West End Community Centre hosts 55 artisans and vendors selling only handcrafted gifts.  Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : The 35th edition, on November 25th – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 25th – The Annual Strathcona Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 25 & 26 – Portobello’s annual market  returns to Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village with live music, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

River District Winter Craft Fair : Sundays November 26, December 3, 10, 17 – expanded to 4 weekends, visit vendors at the River District Centre on Kerr Street. Free admission

Toque: December 1st to 3rd – The Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale has great options for shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show: December 7th – 10th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters, artisans and makers. Weekend admission $8 / Kids under 12, Free ($1 off coupon online)

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 9th – 10th – At the Maritime Labour Centre is the place to be for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 with coupon

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy : December 9 – 10, 2017 – The Arts Collective’s annual Holiday Show fills Heritage Hall on Main Street with vendors. Admission $3

Get out and get shopping, have fun! Happy Holidays

Join Oktoberfest Contest Winners at Vancouver Alpen Club

Thanks to everyone who entered the Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest contest over the last couple weeks.  We have connected with our winner and are thrilled to have Jo and her mother joining us at opening night of Oktoberfest 2017 on Friday Oct 6th. Oktoberfest

If you still want to join in on the fun, tickets for Vancouver Alpen House Oktoberfest are still available online for the festivities happening on Oct 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21.  Regular tickets are just $35 and limited $75 VIP tickets are available for each night, including German Buffet and Service.  All tickets enjoy the fun and entertainment from The Continentals and more.

germanyinvancouver lederhosenIf you really want to immerse yourself in the #dasoriginal German Oktoberfest experience, why not dress the part with an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen rented from germanyinvancouver.com

The Lederhosen rent for $95 for up to 5 day. Includes over-knee or knee-length Lederhosen with or w/out suspenders depending on preference. (no shirt, shoes or socks)

 

The Dirndl dresses are $95 for up to 5 days. Includes the full three piece set of dress, apron and blouse.

Kids sizes are available to be added to your rental so the whole family can get in on the experience.

Germany In Vancouver rents by appointment only so reach out to them now to show up the rests of the cheap costume-in-a-bag outfits thrown together for Oktoberfest or Halloween.
A pop-up shop is open now at 315 Londsale in North Vancouver to check out the Lederhosen and Dirndls in person or visit them online at germanyinvancouver.com

 

 

Artist David Wilson draws inspiration from Instagram

Vancouver painter David Wilson’s latest exhibition, Interrupting the Interface, opening Thursday at Kimoto Gallery, takes inspiration from today’s most prolific source of images, Instagram.

Wilson’s new series of paintings demonstrates the subtle interface between reality and filtered reality. It’s an important distinction in the age of fake news and doctored images, but also a deeper comment on how the filters of memory or mood inform our everyday perceptions.

Wilson, best known for depicting Vancouver, has turned to Instagram – and to other cities — in building this body of work. “I pulled thousands of wet street scenes from places like New York, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, and London. I was trying to connect that rainy Vancouver aesthetic with these other places, and to focus on commonalities rather than the iconic landmarks of each place.” Similarly Instagram curates diverse images from around the world, bringing places together in the online depository. 

Users of Instagram edit their images by adding filters, in contract to the traditional meaning of a filter, to remove part of it – like when you filter coffee grounds. Wilson says he does “a little of each” when he works up an image. His process is both reductive and expansive, removing elements of realism by adding brushstrokes of paint.  “I’m essentially re-interpreting. It’s my own perception – based on my life experience.”  

See for yourself how the artists interprets the landscape with inspiration of Instagram.
David Wilson “Interrupting the Interface” opens Thursday September 7th and runs until September 30, 2017 at Kimoto Gallery,  1525 West 6th (at Granville).

Picks of the Week – March 22, 2017

Finally, Spring is here! At least we can hope for something resembling spring to come along.
Let’s see what the Picks of the Week find for us to do

Dance: The last weekend of the Vancouver International Dance Festival finds even more entertaining dance throughout the city.

Stage: The award winning drama Angels In America: Part One takes centre stage at The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Amusement: Playdome, the annual Spring Break tradition returns to BC Place, filled with rides and amusements until Sunday

Fashion: Vancouver Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2017 hits the runway at Chinese Cultural Centre on East Pender Street, until March 26th.

Pop: Singer Ariana Grande belts out her catalogue of power pop at Rogers Arena on Friday night

Country: The Vogue Theatre welcomes country duo Dan + Shay on Saturday night

Solo: UK singer-songwriter, musician Passenger takes the stage at The Orpheum on Saturday night