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 26 through Sunday, December 2
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West Enders Getting Organized …

Berkley Tower Residents would like to remind you that it’s not over until it’s over. On Tuesday, November 27 Vancouver City Council will consider a motion (B10 on the agenda) on "Protecting Tenants from Renovictions and Aggressive Buy-Outs". You can support this motion by sending an email by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27 to Vancouver's Mayor and council, using the template here. The Motion goes to council at 6 p.m. that evening. See the full text of the motion here.

West End Action Now is a group of West End residents pushing to have the City of Vancouver to formally adopt a motion stating the City’s commitment to honouring the 2013 deal it made with West End residents, i.e., in exchange for acceptance of super-towers on the Burrard/Georgia corridors and lower Davie/Robson Streets, the City will uphold and enforce the 6 storey height limit in the four inner Neighbourhoods. Higher buildings will be an exception, to be permitted only if and when there is compelling public benefit. (Building more luxury condos is not a public benefit). You can learn more about this initiative here or contact them directly at

Community Calendar …

Community Safety Meeting @ Gordon Neighbourhood House

Thursday, Nov. 29
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton)

In light of the recent incident that occurred in the West End on Nov 17, please join us on Thursday November 29th from 6:30 - 8 p.m. for a community dialogue regarding personal safety for women. Leading the discussion and fielding your questions will be members of the Vancouver Police Department, BC Transit Police, and Vancouver Police Victim Services. 

For more information, please contact Gordon Neighbourhood House at 604-683-2554 or the West End-Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre at 604-717-2924.


Friday, Nov. 30
7 - 8 p.m.
St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church
By Donation

Join in a neighbourly celebration of Yuletide favourites and shake the rafters at St. Andrew’s-Wesley. There will be a concert by the church’s choirs, trumpet, and organ, an old-fashioned sing-along, activities for the children, and cocoa and cookies for all!

The Honourable Doctor Hedy Fry.


Friday, Nov. 30
7 - 10 p.m.
PAL Vancouver (581 Cardero)

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hedy Fry's election to the House of Commons representing the people of Vancouver Centre. This is a community celebration, and tickets are just $25. Special guests and performances by local artists will highlight this evening tribute to the achievements and longevity of your Member of Parliament. Light canapés and refreshments will be served. Cash bar.

“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.

That’s Entertainment!

Jacob Dryden at The Sylvia Hotel Lounge NoV. 27.


Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday the Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford) presents an evening of live jazz in their lounge overlooking English Bay. The lineup for the coming week includes: Tues. Nov. 27 Jacob Dryden (8 - 10 p.m.); Wed. Nov. 28 Yvonne McSkimming (8 - 10 p.m.); Thur. Nov. 29 Gabriel Hasselbach (8 - 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2 Allegro Duo (7 - 9 p.m.).


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 lineup includes Leora Cashe on Dec. 2.

Senior Moments …


Wednesday, Nov. 28
1 - 4 p.m.
Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay)

Aging can lower the body’s tolerance for alcohol.  Older adults generally experience the effects of alcohol more quickly than when they were younger, and this puts older adults at higher risks for falls, car crashes, and other unintentional injuries that may result from drinking. Certain health problems are common in older adults and heavy drinking can make these problems worse. And many prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as herbal remedies, can be dangerous or even deadly when mixed with alcohol.  Learn more and join a discussion about low risk drinking guidelines for older adults.


Last Friday of each month (Nov. 30)
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. This month’s guest speaker will be the provincial Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors, MLA Anne Kang discussing a number of issues related to seniors. .

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

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.