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 17 through Sunday, september 23

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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. 

Farmer's Market on Comox (between Thurlow and Bute) every Saturday through October 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Stock up on fresh fruit and veggies for tasty summer meals and picnics at the beach.

Shame Spiral Drag Show ... Every Tuesday at 11 p.m. at 1181 Lounge (1181 Davie) Vancouver drag artist Peach Cobblah, known in a parallel universe as playwright Dave Mackenzie Deveau ("My Funny Valentine", "Elbow Room: The Musical", etc.) brings together a revolving cast of Vancouver’s finest drag artists, with cocktails at 10 and showtime "after 11". Note the disclaimer "after 11". Things can get pretty shameful for a Tuesday night, and promptness was never a drag show hallmark. 

Jazz Vespers ... Every Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m.  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. St. Andrew’s Wesley Church (1022 Nelson @ Burrard). The September lineup includes 45th Avenue Big Band on the 23rd and Ben Lockwood on the 30th.

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.

One-Offs & Limited Engagements ...

West End scenes painted by Alexander Finlayson on display at Mole Gallery.


Fridays Sept. 21 & 28
1 to 5 p.m.
Mole Gallery / 1157 Penrell (alleyway)

For 30 years Alexander Finlayson has been painting Vancouver's West End. The Mole Gallery is presentingt a retrospective of his vibrant and colourful renderings of the neighbourhood surrounding Mole Hill. Dating from 1995 to present, Mole Hill's buildings, gardens and community are depicted before, during and after the remediation period in the early 2000s.

The Mole Gallery is a pop-up community art gallery located in the heart of Vancouver's historic Mole Hill block, open every Friday 1-5pm.

This November 20,1931 photo shows students and instructor’s from Maxine's Beauty School [Stuart Thomson. Photo).


Wed. Sept. 19
5:30 to 7 p.m.
JJ Bean (1209 Bidwell)

Tales From the West End” is an evening of story-telling the history of the West End community.
September’s featured storyteller is heritage consultant Donald Luxton, who will share stories entitled "Curl up and Dye”, the tonsorial arts as practiced in the barber shops and beauty salons of early Vancouver. He will include stories from Maxine’s Beauty School, the current location of JJ Bean.

Bring along your own photos and stories of the West End's past to share with your neighbours. Admission is free and there will be complimentary coffee and tea thanks to JJ Bean.


Every Third Thursday (Sept. 20)
7 to 9 p.m.
Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay)

Got a story to tell, a song to sing, a tune to play? Share your interests and your talent in an informal gathering of friends and neighbours, or just come to listen and enjoy. Sign up at 7, first come, first served. One mic, acoustic guitar amp, and piano provided.


Sunday, Sept. 23
Registration at 10:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies at 11:30 a.m.
Walk begins at 12 noon
Sunset Beach
here for more information and to pre-register.

BC’s first AIDS WALK was held in Vancouver in 1986 at a time when people were dying from the disease. Thirty-three years later, a lot has changed, but we’re still walking to raise funds to support low income folks living with HIV in BC.  HIV has not gone away.


Sunday, September 23
PAL Studio Theatre
7 p.m.

BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Judy Ginn Walchuk performs an incredible, heartfelt, and whimsical evening of jazz favourites, original songs, and stories from her almost 50 years on stage around the world. Joining Judy will be the internationally acclaimed Miles Black Quartet featuring Miles Black on piano, John Gross on tenor saxophone, Jim Walchuk on bass, and Buff Allen on drums. Very special guests at this PAL benefit concert include Marlee Walchuk!

Judy Ginn Walchuk’s phenomenal career touched off at Vancouver’s elegant Isy’s Supper Club in the 60s. After starring in the adored opening act at The Cave she broke through to her own CBC TV show with her brother Jim, “The Judy and Jim Show.” In the 70s Judy performed regularly on Merv Griffin and The Don Ho Show. Since then she has toured across North America and Europe and has recorded multiple albums up until the present day. To learn more about the amazing career of this multi-talented singer, playwright, and artist read the recent profile in The West End Journal here.

Don’t miss this chance to get “Close to the Heart” of one of Vancouver’s most passionate singing legends. 



The Vancouver Tenants Union (VTU) has launched a campaign to engage and organize tenants to participate in the 2018 Vancouver Municipal election on October 20. The VTU is building a network across the city of Tenant Teams - three or more tenants from as many buildings as possible, to help with this campaign. The VTU will create a renters' report card to grade municipal candidates on their platforms, particularly where they stand on renter-friendly policies such as stronger renoviction protections and rent control. These report cards will become a central tool in educating tenants and encouraging a growing tenant-powered movement to pledge to vote and elect a tenant-friendly council.

If you’d like to take part in this initiative contact the VTU West End community liaison Sue Robinet at 778.839.9450.


The City of Vancouver is ignoring the West End Plan’s height restrictions, according to a new group of West End residents, who cite numerous examples of developments in the "inner neighbourhoods" that exceed the six-story restriction promised during West End Plan negotiations. The group have launched a petition and are strategizing future action. For more information, and to sign the petition, find their website here.

Dean Thullner.


Saturday, September 22
6:30 p.m.
The Commodore Ballroom
here. Tickets here.

Not technically in the West End, nonetheless SHINE, at the Commodore Ballroom, is the creation of popular longtime West End businessman Dean Thullner of Volume Studio on Bute, so we should give the event a shout-out.

An all-star cast of more than 200 community volunteer models, choreographers, dancers, actors, musicians and more will create an extravaganza on the runway, all in support of mental illness awareness and treatment. Proceeds go to support the HOpe Centre at Lions Gate Hospital and the Canadian Mental Health Association (BC) safeTALK programming. Sponsored by more than 200 volunteer local fashion designers, hair stylists and make-up artists, the cast of hundreds will create an unforgettable evening of fashion, fun and entertainment.

One in five Canadians will personally experience mental illness at some point in their lives. And nearly all Canadians will be impacted by mental illness through family members, friends and colleagues. Championing diversity, inclusion and acceptance, individuals from Vancouver’s immensely talented, creative and diverse communities will continue to give back, keeping the message heard. Together, they’ll rally to raise funds and awareness for mental health & addiction while addressing the stigma of mental illness.