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, July 23 through Sunday, July 29

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Once (Or Twice) A Week - Every Week …

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Dance At Dusk ... Mondays and Tuesdays to August 13 and 21 Ceperley Meadow in Stanley Park is the scene of much lively dance. Mondays the folks from Royal Scottish Country Dance and Tuesdays the Vancouver International Folk Dancers invite you to join in the fun. All ages and levels welcome, and no partner needed. Ceperley Meadow is by the old fire engine near Second Beach. And non-dancers are always welcome to come and watch … and maybe be tempted to try a turn or two! 

Summer Cinema In Stanley Park ... Tuesdays through August 21 Second Beach / Stanley Park. Entry from 5 p.m.  Showtime at Sunset
General Admission is Free / VIP Tickets from $23 (click here). Drive-in theatres are few and far between these days, but West Enders (and others of course) can catch some flicks under the stars Tuesday nights through July and August. Fresh Air Cinema's 2018 season of outdoor movies includes: The Lion King (July 17); Mean Girls (July 24); Spice World (July 31); Sing-Along Mama Mia! (August 2); Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (August 7); Grease (August 14); and Titanic (August 21).

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. 

Farmers’ Market on Comox (between Thurlow and Bute) every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Stock up on fresh seasonal fruits and veggies, locally made preserves and pickles, or some tasty snacks for a day at the beach. You can find the full list of this year's participating vendors here.

West End Art Market ... Every Saturday at Jim Deva Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. come on out and meet your neighbours, buy some art, and get to know the local artists and craftspersons. 

The ragtime ramblers at Jazz Vespers July 2

West End Originals ... Enjoy live interviews with your neighbours Saturdays through August 4 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Three-Quarters Full Cafe (Denman Place Mall). Sit in on the conversation with members of your community as they share their thoughts about everything from living in small spaces to dreaming big dreams. All ages welcome, and light refreshments provided. Free. Information at

Music In The Park ... Sundays from 1 - 3 p.m. Haywood Bandstand / Alexandra Park (Beach and Bidwell) Free. Any Sunday through to August 26, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy some fine live music, with an emphasis on jazz and blues, and a touch of country.  On Sunday, July 15 it's The Just Jazz Trio, and July 22 hear Silk Road Music.

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 July 22 features Sharon Minemoto and The Ragtime Ramblers are on for July 29. By Donation.


One-Offs & Limited Engagements ...

Paige Fraser and Blake Sartin in "42nd Street"  (Lindsay Elliott Photo)


Through through August 18
8 p.m. except on Fireworks nights, when showtime is 7 p.m. No shows July 6 - 8)
Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park
Tickets $30 - $49 at or 604.631.2877
This year, Theatre Under The Stars presents a season of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” and "42nd Street", running on alternating evenings. Brimming with wit and warmth, the Tony Award-winning “Cinderella” promises the classic magical fable of fairy godmothers, glass slippers, and the triumph of true love. “42nd Street” is a celebratory ode to the grandest musicals of yesteryear, bursting with all-time classics like 'Lullaby of Broadway,' 'Shuffle Off To Buffalo,' and 'We're In The Money.’  More information, including precise show roster, here.

Pre-Rezoning Application Open House

Artist's rendition of  silhouette of proposed tower at 1157 Burrard.

Re: Proposed 43-storey tower at 1157 Burrard (present Community Garden)
Wednesday, July 25
5 - 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn / Columbia Ballroom (1110 Howe Street)

Prima Properties Ltd. and Merrick Architecture are hosting a public pre-application open house to inform a forthcoming rezoning application for the property located at 1157 Burrard Street, the current site of a Community Garden. The proposal is for a 43-storey tower on the north-west corner of Burrard and Davie, with a six-storey podium with retail uses along Davie Street. The community is invited to attend, learn about the proposal, and share their views.

This is not a City of Vancouver event. If a rezoning application is subsequently submitted to the City, there will be an official City-led public consultation process, including a City-hosted open house with a detailed description of the application complete with scale model.


Illustration By Jeff Kulak

Wednesday, July 25
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Jim Deva Plaza
Learn more about the Places for People project here.

Vancouver's public spaces – our plazas, squares, streets, laneways, pathways, and waterfront – are where public life happens. These spaces are where we connect with the city and with each other – it's where community is created.

The City of Vancouver's  Places for People initiative seeks to catalogue these spaces, create dialogue with citizens around their relationships with the built environment and to form frameworks for the continued integration of public space in the city’s core over the next three decades.

Pop-up events around the City feature an information kiosk, maps, custom modular furniture and participatory opportunities for residents to share their perspectives directly with the city’s planning department.

Join the City of Vancouver at the Places for People public space pop-up engagements happening this summer! Learn about the proposed vision, public space and public life goals, and emerging ideas. Over the past year, the Places for People Downtown team has been hard at work developing a plan to deliver exceptional, vibrant, and memorable public spaces, places, and experiences in the downtown peninsula. The project looks at how to help create and improve public spaces to bring communities together and allow the city to grow into a friendly and lively place.  And as a special incentive, the first 25 people to visit a pop-up event will receive a limited edition illustration by Jeff Kulak! Don't miss out.


Friday, July 27
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. The July 27 book selection is “Swallows of Kabul by Yasina Khadra”. The fourth Friday of each month is "Potpourri" when the group discusses any books that members have been reading, what they liked about them, and what they didn't!  Read the book and join the conversation!

Molestock: Mole Hill Pride!

A Molehill Block Party
Saturday, July 28
1 - 5 p.m.

Mole Hill Alleyway  (between the 1100 block of Comox & Pendrell)
Mole Hill gets a head-start on PRIDE with an awesome block party and concert with music by Devours, Kimmortal and Megang.  The afternoon will feature hotdogs, refreshments, face-painting and a community lane sale. The West End Farmers Market will be open until 2 p.m.  The MOLE Gallery (rear of 1157 Pendrell) will be open, with an exhibit of large scale photography by Arek Saczuk.

The event is fully accessible with no steps and the gender-free washrooms are fine for people in wheelchairs or with other accessibility concerns. Call the Mole Hill Community at 604.687.1145 office if you have questions.

Fireworks over english bay. (Roberta Keller Photo)


It's that time of year again, when the West End's streets teem with tens of thousands of visitors taking in the sights and sounds of the annual Celebrations of Light fireworks displays at English Bay. Here's the lineup for this year: Saturday July 28 is South Africa's moment; Wednesday, August 1 is Sweden's turn, and Saturday, August 4 features South Korea. From 2 to 9 p.m. each fireworks afternoon there will be free live entertainment at the Park Stage at English Bay, with plenty of food trucks nearby. Details here.

Streetscape rendering of proposed development at 1485 Davie Street (click to enlarge)

And Things To Look Forward To ...

Development Application Open House

Re: 1485 Davie Street (between Nicola & Broughton)
Tuesday, August 14
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel / Capilano Room (1755 Davie)

Vivagrand Developments proposes to make application for a new 21-storey building and a new six storey building. The proposal includes: 128 multi-family market strata dwellings; 51 social housing market rental dwellings; a total floor space area of 15,141 m2 (162,983 sq.ft.); a building height of approximately 58 m (190 ft.); and four levels of underground parking accessed from the lane with a total 211 parking spaces. The streetscape illustration shown here (click to enlarge) shows the proposed development in relation to the adjacent Gabriola Mansion.

This application differs from the original proposal presented last February at an Open House at the Listel, which included a 22 storey  building with a three storey building to the rear, and offered only 107 multi-family  dwellings. A subsequent April date for a Development Permit Board application was cancelled. Under the site’s existing RM-5D zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board. Though the West End Development Plan update for July provides the information for the Open House, the City's website has not, at the time of this writing, been updated to provide new information. Check here to see if they have caught up with events.

Jim Byrnes appears August 23 at PAL Studio Theatre.

Coal Harbour Music Festival

August 15 - 29
PAL Studio Theatre (581 Cardero)
Free & Ticketed Events (see below)
For information on the ticketed evening events see the PAL Studio Theatre calendar here.
PAL Studio Theatre and Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) Vancouver team up with the Coal Harbour Residents’ Association (CHRA) this summer to launch the Coal Harbour Music Festival, running August 15 to 29. Building on the popular Jazz in the Park series that has run the last two summers through the CHRA, the new festival offers free Wednesday evening concerts, a Sunday afternoon of music and family events, and two ticketed evening concerts, all taking place at PAL Studio Theatre.

Ticketed Evening Performances: Jim Byrnes (August 23) and Dawn Pemberton (August 24) with showtimes at 7 p.m.  Tickets $27 here for Byrnes and here for Pemberton.

Free Twilight Jazz Series performances: Gordon Grdina & Hamin Honari, (August 15), the Joani Taylor Trio (August 22), and Van Django (August 29).

Family Day (August 26, 12 noon - 6 p.m.: Free music and entertainment for the whole family including the Dixie Stars children's entertainment from 12 noon to 4 p.m., the Mike Higgins Trio (12 p.m.), the Robin Layne Community Beats Free Drum workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and Tiny Islands at 3 p.m.