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, October 22 through Sunday, October 28
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Community Calendar …

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.


Second & Fourth Fridays (Oct. 12 & 26)
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 Oct. 26 title will be "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. There’s still time to read the book and join the conversation!

Ziatna Mountain.


Music In The Labyrinth
Last Friday of Every Month (Oct. 26)
St. Paul's Anglican Church (1130 Jervis)
7 to 9 p.m.
By Donation

The Labyrinth at St. Paul’s Anglican Church is a full 13-metre replica of the medieval labyrinth laid in the stone floor of the 13th-century Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Chartres, 80Km south of Paris. It is laid on the hardwood upper floor of St Paul's Church Hall in a space once used as a theatre and a basketball court. The Labyrinth is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and Sundays from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. The last Friday of every month the Labyrinth experience is accompanied by a local musician or group. Music on this last Friday, Oct. 26, will be by Zlatna Mountain.

Click here to learn more about the St. Paul's Labyrinth.

That’s Entertainment!

The Hot Mammas at The Sylvia.


Sun. Oct. 28
7 to 9 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: Sun. Oct. 28 (7 to 9 p.m.); Thurs. Nov. 15 (8 to 10 p.m.); and Sun. Dec. 9 (7 to 9 p.m.). 

Bob Liley heads up The Sanctuary All Stars, October 28 at Jazz Vespers.


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 October lineup concludes with Bob Liley and the Sanctuary All Stars on the 28th. This is a 17-piece jazz band, featuring some highly regarded soloists and an amazing collective playing swinging tunes from the libraries of Count Basie, Oliver Nelson, and Bob Florence, among others. If you've heard the band before, this is all new material for them.

Senior Moments …


Mondays, Tuesdays, & Fridays
1:30 p.m.
Barclay Manor / Piano Room
By Donation (Popcorn Included)

West End Seniors’ Network hosts three movie series each month, with screenings on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. October’s schedule includes:
Monday, Oct. 22: Bowie: The Man Who Changed The World (2016) with David Bowie, Laurence Myers, and Mick Rock. (1 hr 38 min)
Tuesday, Oct. 23: A Rasin In The Sun (1961) with Sidney Potier, Ruby Dee and Louis Gossett Jr. 2hr 8 min;


Tuesdays to Oct. 23
West End Community Centre
$43.25 plus GST

A fitness and social program for people living with early-stage dementia or memory loss and thir friends, family members, or care partners. A light exercise session conducted by a certified fitness instructor is followed by activities and social time. For more information or to try out a free session prior to registering, call coordinator Sonia Furstrand at 604.675.5157. Register in person at the WECC or by phone at 604.257.8333.


Tuesdays, Oct. 23 & 30
12:30 to 3 p.m.
Barclay Manor Basement

Are you looking to unleash your creative side? Join the Painting Studio through October for mini drawing and art tutorials and have fun creating works of art in the company of friends. Everybody is welcome and no experience is necessary.


Last Friday of each month (Oct. 26)
10 a.m. to 12 noon
St. Andrew’s Wesley Church (1018 Nelson)

The monthly Seniors’ Community Planning Table is an opportunity for West End seniors, community organizations, and service providers to connect and share information and views on issues important to seniors in our community. Each month’s agenda features updates on community programs for seniors, including reports from Mole Hill Community Housing Society, Gordon Neighbourhood House, West End Seniors Network, and others. There will also be a keynote speaker and discussion on a topic currently of interest to West Enders.

For information on this or upcoming month’s topics and speakers, contact Sharon Isaak at or 604.880.2743.


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.

October’s question is “What gets you out in the community?” 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 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.