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, June 17 through Sunday, June 23

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Community Calendar

Cheaper Than Therapy, And More Fun!

Tuesdays June 18, 25 & July 9
7:30 to 9 p.m.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church (1130 Jervis)
$20 per session (cash only)
Pre-register at

Sing City Choir welcomes singers of all levels, from beginners to experienced choristers, to join in the fun. Learn how to harmonize with fun, easy songs and challenging ronds in all styles. Discover new rhythm exercises, games, basic ear training and performance techniques. Come to any single workshop or enjoy the entire series and maybe perform at a pop-up concert. This is a great way to learn more about Sing City, the West End’s popular community choir, and maybe decide if you’d like to join for the season in September. Pre-register so they can send uyou a link to the materials you’ll ned to print and bring with you. Enjoy!


Every Third Thursday (June 18)
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.

All Our Father’s Relations screens at Gordon Neighbourhood House.

A Free Public Screening

Tues. June 18
6:30 p.m.
Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton)

All Our Father’s Relations tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their faher’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and indigenous people today and in the past. A Q&A with the producers follows the screening.

Steveston Village Historical Tour

Wed. June 19
9:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Meet at West End Community Centre / Haro St. Entrance

Enjoy an educational tour of Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Shipyards and afternoon tea at London Heritage Farms’ circa 1890s tea room. Register early at the WECC.

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An Annual Community Favourite At Barclay Square

Saturday, June 22
1 - 4 p.m.
Barclay Heritage Square (1447 Barclay)

Kids Zone, crafts, live music, and of course strawberry shortcake! Our annual Strawberry Festival is always lots of fun for the whole family! This year’s Festival will feature musical performances, a bouncy castle, horse-drawn carriage rides, activities for all ages, local vendors, and delicious strawberry shortcake! The Happy Hookers will have some beautiful hand-knitted products for sale, and the Painting Studio group will have their works of art for sale as well. Barclay Manor’s next-door neighbour to the east, Roedde House Museum, will be offering free tours and neighbour to the west, Friends for Life, will be hosting a BBQ. Music by Black Gardenia.

A Tutorial On An Indigenous Art

Saturday, June 22
3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon (712 Lost lagoon Path)
Pre-registration $55 for members / $70 for non-members and Drop-in $65 for members / $80 for non-members
here to register and to learn more about upcoming Stanley Park Ecology Society events.

Western red cedars stand as one of the oldest and most revered trees in the forests of Stanley Park. Join Contessa Brown Qmdmaxl of the Heiltsuk Nation as she shares the sacred place of cedar bark in Northwest Indigenous culture and teaches some basic weaving techniques. Participants will be provided with prepared cedar bark, with Contessa sharing the process of harvesting, cleaning, beating, and splitting the materials. After the tutorial participants will create their own small baskets to take home.


Sunday, June 23
1 - 2:30 p.m.
West End Community Centre / Barclay Room
Free / Registration at 604.257.8333

Join the West End Neighbourhood Food Network at a family-friendly monthly gathering. Bring something tasty, share some good food and conversation with neighbours, and pick up a West End Urban Garden Calendar. You’ll also learn about the many other West End Neighbourhood Food Network events and activities. Each month’s meeting includes a mini-workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic, and is followed, from 2:30 to 3:30, by a meeting of the West End Urban Garden Club (separate registration required) where you can share information, help organize food and gardening workshops, and save and share seeds.

The June 23 workshop is titled “Eating on the Wild Side: Growing Vegetable Varieties that Maximize Nutrition.”


Dance at Dusk … Mondays June 17 through August 19 you are invited to join in (or just enjoy the spectacle) the Royal Scottish Dance event, with dancing to pipes, drums, accordions and fiddles. On Tuesdays it’s the Vancouver International Folk Dancers turn, with line and circle dances from Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. No dancing July 1 and 2 or August 5 and 6. Visit or for more information.

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.

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.

Mole Gallery … Every Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at 1157 Pendrell (access from Jepson-Young Lane). Each month during the summer the Mole Gallery, a pop-up gallery at Mole Hill, features works by a West End Artist. For June the gallery will feature an exhibition of the works of Aaron Miller, titled “Blind Art.” Open every Friday

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


Thursday, June 20
7 - 9 p.m.
Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay)
Pay What You Can / No Reservations

The Roedde House Museum’s monthly jazz series moves outside for the summer, with June’s featured artists Paul Rushka (bass), Oliver Gannon (guitar), and Steve Kaldestad (sax). Concert seating on the lawn at Barclay Square.

The cast of “Jack of Diamonds” at PAL Studio Theatre June 21 - 23. (Ellie O’Day Photo)

A Western Gold Staged Reading at PAL Studio Theatre

Friday & Saturday June 21 & 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23 @ 2 p.m.
PAL Studio Theatre
Admission $27 Tickets

Western Gold Theatre’s popular Studio Series of staged readings presents Jack of Diamonds, a tale of revenge as exacted by a group of bilked seniors, cleverly crafted by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Smith!

Jack of Diamonds follows a group of four madcap residents of an upscale, luxurious, privately-owned retirement home who are under the all-seeing eye of mean Nurse Harper. Their lives are thrown into high gear when they discover that they are the victims of a Ponzi scheme, and have lost their retirement funds to Barney Effward. As they contemplate being moved out of their “home”, and into a state-run facility, the fun begins when they discover that the conman who has bilked them is suddenly transferred into their midst. A scheme is hatched to make all their money back, and then some. But first, like a band of super heroes, they have to apply every one of their special skills to get past Nurse Harper, the cops and Barney’s equally shady lawyer, Mortimer. Pandemonium ensues as they try to find a way to exact their revenge, recoup their losses, and keep the authorities from discovering their plans. It's all about diamonds! and who gets them.

A Summer Series At Haywood Bandstand

Sundays June 23 - July 21 and August 11 & 18
1 - 3 p.m.
Haywood Bandstand in Alexandra Park (1755 Beach)

You’ll have seven Sunday afternoons June through August to pack a picnic lunch and head over to the bandstand at Alexandra Park to enjoy some fine live music, with an emphasis on jazz and blues, and a touch of country.  

The series kicks off June 23 with country / bluegrass / western swing Murfitt & Main and continues June 30 with Silk Road Music. If you’re really planning ahead, it will be Dan Hare on July 7, The Mad Affair on July 14, Ginallna & Accordian Man on July 21, The Lucie Walker Band on August 11, and The Just Jazz Trio on August 18.


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: neo-soul with Marla Torgerson on Wednesday, June 19; swing, jazz and R&B with the Blue Velvet Duo on Thursday, June 20; and Wanda Nowicki and Harris Van Berkel on Sunday, June 23 And every Sunday is Prime Rib Night!

Anything Can Happen Friday … The June entertainment lineup on Friday nights at the lively Park Pub at English Bay (1755 Davie) at the Sands Best Western’s includes Paul Gibbons on June 21. But they don’t call it “Anything Can Happen Friday” for nothing, so be prepared for, well, anything! No cover.

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.

Senior Moments

Take The Survey - Share Your Thoughts

Monday, June 17
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Barclay Manor / Piano Room
Register at 604.669.5051

Learn about the various rental and supportive housing options available to older adults in BC, the role of various agencies and housing providers, and available grants and benefits, nd about the Older Adult Housing Navigation Service at West End Seniors’ Network. Registration is required as seating is limited.

Leading up to the June 17 seminar the West End Seniors’ Network is updating their 2012 study on older adults who rent their homes in the West End. Help them understand you challenges, needs, and values by filling out the survey here. The survey is open through to the date of the seminar.


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.