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, September 16 through Sunday, September 22
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On The Campaign Trail



The writ has been dropped and campaigns for the privilege of representing Vancouver Centre, which includes the West End and Coal Harbour, are underway. Incumbent Liberal MP Hedy Fry has opened her campaign headquarters in the site of the former Dover Arms on Denman Street. NDP candidate Breen Ouellette will, probably this week, be opening his own campaign headquarters on Denman, just north of Pendrell in the former bike shop. No word yet from the campaigns of Conservative candidate David Cavey, Green Party’s Jesse Brown, or People’s Party candidate Louise Kierans as to campaign headquarters locations. (follow the links to each candidate’s website or Facebook page).

The Rhino Party of Canada’s website indicates that they are running a candidate named Guy Champoux in Vancouver Centre, but no other information about the candidate or his campaign is currently available. While the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada is fielding candidates in several Metro Vancouver ridings, Vancouver Centre does not appear to be one of them.


The Vancouver Centre NDP will be holding a fundraiser for candidate Breen Ouellette, with special guest Svend Robinson, on Friday, September 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mole Hill Housing Society’s Common Room at 1157 Pendrell Street (access from the rear in Jepson-Young Lane).

No other campaign events have been confirmed so far.

Community Calendar

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Vist A Buddhist Temple in Richmond

Your West End Community Centre offers out-trips every month. All outings begin and end at the WECC Haro Street entrance, unless otherwise indicated. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before departure. Note that WECC outings are not wheelchair or walker accessible. For further information, and to register and sign the required waiver, check with the information desk. And be sure to register early!

The International Buddhist Temple in Richmond is one of the largest and most authentic such temples in North America. Take a guided tour of the colourful, gilded temple and spend some time exploring on your own. Afternoon tea/lunch will be served at London Heritage Farms’ 1890s Tea Room. Tuesday, September 17. 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. $109.

Help ID Some Memories

Mole Gallery (1157 Pendrell / Rear Entrance)
Fridays, September 20 & 27
1 to 5 p.m.

With the recent donation of the Gay and Lesbian Archives to the greater collection of the Vancouver Archives, and the ongoing digitization of that record of Vancouver’s LGBTQ history, many more sources are turning up photos, posters, and other records of that community’s rich past.

Mole Gallery will be hosting a retrospective of personal photo albums donated from the estate of a community member. Many of the images are identified, but many are not and it is hoped that visitors to the exhibition will be able to help put names to the many youthful faces from the 80s and earlier. 

The retrospective is curated by longtime West Ender and LGBTQ community member Jamie Lee Hamilton. 

A Book Reading by Ann Pearson

Thursday, September 19
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Joe Fortes Library

Biographical fiction is an increasingly popular genre, yet some critics claim that it is illegitimate, even unethical, to fictionalize real historical figures.

What are the challenges in writing bio-fiction and what can it achieve that straight biography cannot? Ann Pearson will discuss these questions in relation to her novel A Promise On The Horizon, a historical travelogue set in Italy in 1811 that was inspired by the French novelist Stendhal.

Community Dinner

Saturday, September 21
4 to 7:30 p.m.
Gordon Neighbourhood House

West End Families In Action will hold a meeting and dinner at Gordon Neighbourhood House featuring an opportunity to meet and speak with three of the candidates running in Vancouver Centre. The NDP candidate Breen Ouellette, the Conservative’s Dave Cavey, and the Green Party’s Jesse Brown are confirmed to attend. The meeting takes place at 4 p.m., followed by a salmon dinner at 5:30 p.m. Childcare provided during the meeting.

A Stanley Park Story @ Jim Deva Plaza

Saturdays, September 21, & 28
The West End Summer Arts Market / Jim Deva Plaza
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

West End author Duane Lawrence will be on hand at the weekly West End Arts Market to read from, and sell copies of his children’s book about two other West End residents.

When best friends Sammy Squirrel and Rodney Raccoon decide to explore the world beyond their home of Stanley Park in Vancouver, an adventure is what they are after and it is certainly what they get. Swept out to sea in a little boat, the woodland creatures embark on an unexpected journey to a mysterious new land. Their courage and ingenuity tested every step of the way, Sammy and Rodney are introduced to exciting new friends like Salty Seagull, Winifred Whale and a shy deer called Shika, who takes them to her home in the new land where they help resolve a crisis they never expected to encounter.

With members of your community. Moderator Bill Arnott leads the September discussion.


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-schoolers and toddlers of all abilities to enjoy and learn together.

West End Writers’ Club … Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Barclay Manor. West End writers gather to share and critique their work. Includes all genres. Members don’t have to read at every meeting, just enjoy and participate in the discussion. Three free visits, after which there is an annual membership fee is $20.

Friday Nights For Youth @ Coal Harbour Community Centre … Every Friday it’s something different, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. with activities for youth ages 13 - 18. Upstairs in the Multi-Purpose Room. Info at 604.718.8222.

West End Farmer’s Market …The annual West End Farmers Market features more than 30 farmers, producers, vendors, and food trucks on hand to replenish your depleted larder with fresh fruit, veggies, baked goods, and other locally grown goodies. Runs every Saturday through October 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 1100 Block Comox, between Bute & Thurlow.

Community Lunch ... Mondays through Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. 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.

NAR-ANON Family Group … Fridays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Barclay Manor (Piano Room). A gathering for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone near and dear. Confidentiality and anonymity are respected.

That’s Entertainment


Jazz On The Bay Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday the Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford) presents an evening of live jazz in their lounge overlooking English Bay. The week ahead includes: classic jazz with Harriet Clare Goodwin (Wed. Sept. 18); blues ballads with the Blue Mistral Quartet (Thurs.Sept. 19); and French jazz and pop with The Mad Affair (Sun. Sept 26).

Samba Fusion Fridays & Saturdays at 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.

Tony Wilson appears at Jazz Vespers Sunday, September 22.

Jazz Vespers … Every Sunday afternoon the folks at the historic St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church present the finest jazz musicians in the Lower Mainland in an afternoon performance where jazz meets, and dances, with the spirit. Relocated to the Church Salons (1018 Nelson) while the main church is undergoing renovations. The September lineup includes Tony Wilson on September 22. Check here for updates and further details.

Senior Moments

Special Presentation on Issues Facing Senior Renters

Friday, September 20
Lunch at 12:30 p.m. / AGM at 1 p.m.
West End Community Centre Auditorium
Lunch is by Donation

The West End Seniors’ Network will hold its Annual General Meeting on Friday, September 20 in the auditorium at the West End Community Centre. There will be special presentations by Cycling Without Age and Craig Jones from the Housing Research Collaborative at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. Craig’s presentation will include the release of a new report on issues facing older adult renters in the West End. 2019/2020 membership applications will be accepted starting after the meeting.


Each month the West End Seniors’ Network poses a question for its members to respond to. The September question is “What is one attainable, realistic suggestion that you believe would elevate the West End Seniors’ Network?”

To participate in this question drop by Barclay Manor and write your response on the board at the front entrance, or answer online here.


Senior’s Lounge … Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at Gordon Neighbourhood House. An informal gathering where you can catch up with old friends, make new ones, and get to know the neighbours. There will be coffee, cookies, and conversations. Bring a joke and share a smile! Free.

At The Movies … Tuesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. at Barclay Manor (Piano Room) West End Seniors’ Network hosts two movie series (no Monday movie this month). Free admission, with popcorn included! Find this month’s screening details in their online newsletter here.


For more listings of West End community events and activities visit The West End Journal online.