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, August 13 through Sunday, August 19

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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: 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. 

Rio Samaya Band plays at the Haywood Bandstand Sunday, August 19.

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, August 12 it's The Lonesome Sinners, and August 19 hear the Rio Samaya Band.

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). August 12 features Palo de Rosa, and Super Trumpets are on for August 19. By Donation.

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.

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. 
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.


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

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.

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.