The Week Ahead In Your West End

Your West End / Coal Harbour neighbourhood is a busy place. The West End Journal's
weekly update will help keep you current with what's happening and where. 
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The week ahead: Monday, January 21 through Sunday, January 27

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The Talk Of The Town …

The West End / Barlcay Manor / Coal Harbour Community Centre Winter Guide is now available.


Every spring the West End Community Centre hosts “Art In The City”, a three-day exhibition and sale of fine art by up to 50 Vancouver artists. The 2019 event takes place Friday, May 3 with a Vernisage from 7 to 9 p.m. and the exhibition May 4 and 5 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Reservations to participate are now being accepted. To receive the information package for the Art in the City and to reserve your exhibition space please email

Once (Or Twice) A Week - Every Week …

Family Story Time ... Every Tuesday from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. at Joe Fortes Library, join this program for parents and caregivers with young children. Songs, rhymes and stories are shared. Suitable for pre-schooled and toddlers of all abilities to enjoy and learn together. 

Community Lunch ... Mondays through Thursdays at 12 noon everyone is invited to lunch at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Community Lunches are an opportunity for community members to enjoy a meal together, meet new people, and catch up with friends in a casual environment. On Mondays volunteers prepare and serve an amazing pay-what-you-can (suggested donation $2) vegan hot dish that incorporates the fresh produce from our farms. For Tuesdays and Thursdays, Chef Peter prepares a delicious three-course menu including soup or salad, a main course, dessert and coffee/tea, all for $5. Come out on Wednesdays for a pay-what-you-can Nourish Bowl a delicious hot meal in a bowl, typically with a layer of cooked grains on the bottom (eg. brown rice), a mix of cooked and raw seasonal vegetables, some protein (tofu, chickpeas or meat), and to top it off, a mouth watering savoury sauce. For more information contact or 604.683.2554.

Community Calendar …


Last Friday of very month (Jan. 25)
7 - 11 p.m.
Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton)

Looking for a spot to play board games with friends? Or do you want to meet neighbours and learn new games? Join the fun at the West End Games Night, hosted by Young Ideas and Gordon Neighbourhood House. If you arrive solo, the friendly hosts can help form groups, and teach you new games.


Saturday, Jan. 26
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WECC / Barclay Room

Each month the West End Community Centre hosts a first aid or other health care session provided in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross. The January course is for 11 to 16 year-olds and is a nationally recognized program designed to prepare growing teens to develop the self-assurance, knowledge, and skills required for babysitting duties.


Music In The Labyrinth
Last Friday of Every Month (Jan. 25)
St. Paul's Anglican Church (1130 Jervis)
7 to 9 p.m.
By Donation

The Labyrinth at St. Paul’s Anglican Church is a full 13-metre replica of the medieval labyrinth laid in the stone floor of the 13th-century Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Chartres, 80Km south of Paris. It is laid on the hardwood upper floor of St Paul's Church Hall in a space once used as a theatre and a basketball court. The Labyrinth is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and Sundays from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

The last Friday of every month the Labyrinth experience is accompanied by a local musician or group. Music on this last Friday, Jan. 25, will be by clarinet soloist Johanna Hauser.

Click here to learn more about the St. Paul's Labyrinth.


Second & Fourth Fridays (Jan. 11 & 25)
11 a.m. to 12 noon
Joe Fortes Library / Stanley Court Room

Connect with other avid readers to talk doubt what you’ve been reading and why you love it — or didn’t! Every second and fourth Friday of the month. 

Jan. 11 is Reader’s Choice - Potpourri (as is the first meeting every month) when you can discuss whatever book you’re currently reading or recently read and share why you liked it, or didn’t. The Jan. 25 title will be "A Train In Winter" by Caroline Moorehead.

That’s Entertainment!


Every Sunday
4 to 5 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Wesley Church (1022 Nelson @ Burrard)
By Donation

Every Sunday afternoon the folks at the historic church at Burrard and Nelson present the finest jazz musicians in the Lower Mainland in an afternoon performance where jazz meets, and dances, with the spirit. The January lineup includes Siobhan Walsh on the 20th and Kristian Brachten  on the 27th.


Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday The Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford)
See Times Below

Four nights a week the Sylvia Hotel presents an evening of live jazz in their lounge overlooking English Bay. Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8 - 10 p.m. and Sundays from 7 - 9 p.m. And Sundays feature a Prime Rib special!

The lineup for January includes:

Tuesdays (8 - 10 p.m.): Michael Holland on the 15th; Chapter 11 on the 22nd; and Bob Richard Acoustic on the 29th. No music on January 1 and 8.

The QueerProv Comedy gang has moved its Wednesday improv night to The Junction.


Wednesdays (Jan. 23)
7 p.m.
The Junction (1139 Davie)

With the closure on New Year’s Eve of XY on Bute Street, several gay community entertainments are having to find new digs. QueerProv Improv gang have packed their tickle trunk and moved down the street to take up residence Wednesday nights at The Junction where they will continue their antics with a cast of all-ages and representing the full arc of the LGBTQ community rainbow — lesbian, gay, and trans … and everyone else who an make or take a joke. All that and the kitchen is open to 10, plus it’s hot wings night!


Fridays & Saturday Evenings
Rio Brazilian Steakhouse (1122 Denman)

Samba Fusion is a Vancouver based Dance Company, whose roots are based in Brazilian Samba, fused with numerous dance styles, music and rhythms. This Multicultural Dance Group performs several styles of dance fusion including: Brazilian Samba, Forro, Samba Reggae, Afro- Brazilian, Hip Hop, African, Polynesian and Burlesque.

Senior Moments …


Last Friday of each month (Jan. 25)
10 a.m. to 12 noon
St. Andrew’s Wesley Church (1018 Nelson)

The monthly Seniors’ Community Planning Table is an opportunity for West End seniors, community organizations, and service providers to connect and share information and views on issues important to seniors in our community. Each month’s agenda includes updates on West End programs for seniors, a keynote speaker, and discussion on a topic of interest to West Enders. January’s keynote speakers will be from Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health, speaking about about the recently opened Vancouver City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre, at 1290 Hornby.

For information on this or upcoming month’s topics and speakers, contact Sharon Isaak at or 604.880.2743.


Mondays, Tuesdays, & Fridays
1:30 p.m.
Barclay Manor / Piano Room
By Donation (Popcorn Included)

The West End Seniors’ Network hosts three movie series each month, with screenings most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. The coming week’s schedule (no movie on Monday) includes: Tuesday, Jan. 22 - The Lion In Winter” (1968) with Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, and Timothy Dalton. (2 hr 14 min); Friday, Jan. 25 - “Inferno” (2016) with Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, and Omar Sy. (2 hr 1 min).


Third Monday of Each Month (Jan. 21)
Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay)
2 to 3 p.m.
Reservations at 604-669-5051 or

Are you a member of the West End Seniors’ Network ... and if you're a senior and aren't a member, why not? During the month of your birthday, you and a guest are invited to celebrate your special day with others whose birthday fall in the same month.

Join the party for tea, birthday cake and live music.