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, November 12 through Sunday, November 18
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Community Calendar …

“Escutcheons Proper” by Brooklyn Fink

The Mole Gallery
1157 Pendrell
Every Friday through November
1 - 5 p.m.

"Escutcheons Proper" is a solo exhibition by visual artist Brooklyn Fink at The Mole Gallery, a community gallery in the historic Mole Hill block.

A series of “cultural algorithms”, these mixed media paintings apply the visual language of heraldry to explore contemporary notions of truth, justice, beauty, and the love of the home, expressed in “coats” or layers of flat opaque paint.

Brooklyn Fink is a Canadian artist who has exhibited & lectured in Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montréal. She is currently enrolled in a pre-medicine programme of UBC’s School of Kinesiology.


Various Activities, Venues & Times
To Dec. 9

Birds in Residence celebrates our winged neighbours, from songbirds to birds of prey, waterfowl to shorebirds. Through November and December you can take part in numerous events where you can learn about these local avians through nature walks, workshops, song, and dance, with the combined insights of community engaged artists, biologists, ornithologists, and amateur bird enthusiasts. Events include:

Avian Encounters on Thursday, Nov. 15. Come and share your bird stories, songs, and poems. It seems everyone has had some kind of interesting encounter with a bird neighbour. Barclay Manor / Piano Room. 7 - 8 p.m.

Bird Felting on Thursdays Nov. 15 & 22. Make your own favourite local bird out of wool to give as a gift or use as a tree ornament. Create your bird from images of local birds using wool and felting needles. West End CC / Stanley Court Room. 3:30 - 5 p.m.


Every Third Thursday (Nov. 15)
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. It’s an opportunity to share music, stories, poems, comedy, interpretive dance, or to just listen and enjoy. “Try It Out “has seen first-time performers as young as five and seasoned performers who are — well, ageless! Everyone gets 10 to 15 minutes (enough time for up to three songs) depending on the size of the group. Sign up at 7, first come, first served. One mic, acoustic guitar amp, and piano provided.


Sunday, Nov. 18
1 - 2:30 p.m.
West End Community Centre / Bidwell Room

Join the West End Food Network and Village Vancouver at a monthly family-friendly gathering. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation, and meet your neighbours. The community seed library will be there so you can pick up some free seeds for your patio / balcony / window-sill garden, and learn about the other gardening events and activities at the WECC. Advance registration is encouraged. Call 604.257.8333.

Memories of the future.


Ongoing to November 18
Various Days & Times (see below)
Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay)
Admission $5 / $8 on Sundays for Tea & Tour

“Memories of the Future III” is an installation of prints and a collection of textiles by Diyan Achjadi and a new experimental dance film by Cindy Mochizuki that collapse fact and fiction and interweave official and counter histories. The exhibition is the third in a series of projects inviting contemporary artists to create artworks in response to the traditional stories told by historic house museums in Canada. Through a range of mediums and approaches these site-specific interventions explore the layered and hidden stories of our social and material histories. Using the visual language of the present and speculating on possibilities for the future, memories of the distant past are newly exposed, interpreted and remembered.

In response to the history and domestic setting of the Roedde House—built in 1893 and originally home to the family of Gustav Roedde, one of Vancouver’s first bookbinders— the artists have marked and inscribed the Roedde House Museum with reimagined narratives.

The artists each consider an element of the museum’s print history, including the Roedde’s successful printing business and the decorative arts typical of the late 19th century. Inserting their artworks within the period rooms, the artists interrupt the museum’s dominant story of a middle-class European immigrant family and speak to Canada’s difficult colonial history, which continues to shape the nation’s present.

“Memories of the Future” borrows its title from a controversial collection of essays by Ukrainian-born writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky. Written in the 1920s, Krzhizhanovsky’s subversive essays were censored by Soviet authorities, and it was only after his death that his writing was republished to critical acclaim. As the reference suggests, Memories of the Future offers a form of cultural excavation that attempts to uncover buried stories and forgotten histories.

Memories of the Future was collaboratively conceived and developed by curators Noa Bronstein and Katherine Dennis. The exhibition Memories of the Future III at the Roedde House Museum is the sole curatorial work of Katherine Dennis.

Dates & Times:
Through to Nov. 18: Tues. through Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. 1 to 4 p.m.

That’s Entertainment!


The Hot Mammas and Tom Arntzen.

Thurs. Nov.. 15
8 to 10 p.m.
The Sylvia Hotel Lounge
No cover.

The Hot Mammas are a Vancouver trio of seasoned performers who between them have a book’s worth of stage, concert, television, and recording credits.

Longtime friends Julie Brown (known during her years as a local broadcaster as Downtown Julie Brown), Mary Ella Young, and Georgina Arntzen will be accompanied by Tom Arntzen on piano in a series of performances at The Sylvia Hotel Lounge. This dynamic, contemporary jazz vocal trio love harmony, rollicking rhythms, and saucy lyrics and so will you as they sing the songs they love — tunes that go back to The Boswell Sisters of the roaring 20’s and encompassing Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrews Sisters, and Lady Gaga.

Dates include: Thurs. Nov. 15 (8 to 10 p.m.); and Sun. Dec. 9 (7 to 9 p.m.). 


Tues. to Sat. through Nov. 18
Various Dates & Times
PAL Studio Theatre (581 Cardero)
Tickets and information
here or at 604.363.5734.

A bittersweet comedy about three generations of dirt-poor women whose lives are thrown into chaos when a birth mother is revealed. She is both incredibly wealthy and ready to marry a charming gold-digger. Written by Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky and directed by Scott Bellis, this world premiere production of “Red Birds” features Anna Hagan, Christina Jastrzembska, Gerry Mackay, France Perras, and Gili Roskies.


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 November lineup includes Sarah Kennedy (Nov. 18); and the Bill Runge Quintet (Nov. 25).

Senior Moments …


The West End Seniors Network (WESN) has a question for you. In fact, they have a new question every month, designed to stimulate conversations, ignite ideas, and bring the community together. Your answers will also help WESN in planning their programs, activities, and services in the future.

November’s question is “What does a city for all mean for you?” and you can answer by writing your response on a sheet of paper located in the Fireside Room at Barclay Manor, or online here.

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. 

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. 

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.

Notes From Your Neighbours …


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.