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, March 18 through Sunday, March 24

Submit your event listing online here.


Community Calendar …

Roedde House Museum.


Tuesday, March 19
Roedde House Museum
1415 Barclay Street
7 - 9 p.m.

Are you a member of Roedde House Museum, that gem of a house museum in the heart of the West End? If not, consider becoming a “Friend of Roedde House” and attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting to learn more about the museum and how you can help. You can sign up here.

The agenda for the AGM includes current and new events for the year, reviewing the past and upcoming budget, and an election for new Board Members. Members are encouraged to attend and vote on executive decisions.. If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors, please contact Kelsey at

This year they are especially on the lookout for a new treasurer. If you have accounting experience and are interested in working with Roedde House Museum in this volunteer role, please have a look at their volunteer posting here  and contact Kelsey.

This elegant and historic (1893) West End landmark is the former home of Vancouver’s first book-binder and his wife, Gustav and Matilda Roedde. The museum is attributed to famed architect Francis Rattenbury and is a City of Vancouver-designated Class A Heritage House.

The Museum is owned and physically maintained by the City of Vancouver. All other expenses, including staffing, insurance, parking rental, collections maintenance and purchases, are borne by the Roedde House Preservation Society.



Wednesday, March 20
4:30 - 6 p.m.
JJ Bean (Bidwell & Davie)

"Tales From the West End” is an evening of story-telling exploring our community through stories about our common past. Bring your stories and photos to share with your neighbours.  

March’s featured storyteller is Kevin Dale McKeown, editor and publisher of The West End Journal.   As part of his “People’s Park” story, Kevin recalls the spring of 1971 when Vancouver's  Yippie movement occupied and built a tent city on the proposed site of a new Four Seasons Hotel at the entrance to Stanley Park -- where Devonian Harbour Park is today. Kevin was in the thick of the action, helping out at the camp kitchen. The protest lasted a year, Mayor Tom Campbell called it "a breakdown of society”, and obviously the campers / protesters won the battle. Today the main attraction at the site is not a glitzy international hotel but the bronze statue of a woman sitting on a park bench, apparently searching in her purse for the glasses we can all see sitting atop her head. But things could have gone differently.


Every Third Thursday (March. 21)
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.


Thursday, March 21
6 p.m.

Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton)

The sun's out and temperatures are warming up, which means the growing season is just around the corner! If you’re interested in getting involved in the many gardening opportunities at Gordon Neighbourhood House this spring and summer, come learn about their volunteer gardening programs.


Fourth Friday of Every Month (March 22)
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 fourth Friday of the month. The March 22 title under discussion will be "The Lifeboat" by Charlotte Rogan.


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.

Drag Bingo … Every Wednesday (to March 27) at 7 p.m., a long-running weekly fundraiser for Vancouver Friends For Life Society now takes place at the recently reopened Mary’s On Davie (1202 Davie) is fun opportunity to grab a burger and shake, play a few cards of bingo, support a great cause, and enjoy the hilarious antics of drag diva Carlotta Gurl and guests.

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.

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.

That’s Entertainment …



March 22 - 24
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday / 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
PAL Studio Theatre (581 Cardero)
Admission $28.94 (with service charges)
Tickets at 604-363-5734, online
here, or at www. 

Western Gold Theatre kicks off their 2019 season with J.B. Priestly’s Mystery at Greenfingers, where at the closed Greenfingers Palace Hotel part of the staff, preparing for the new season, is enduring an unanticipated violent snowstorm. Into this group comes Robert Crowther, the rather stupid house detective sent to investigate something secret. As the snowstorm intensifies, a Miss Tracey appears, requesting accommodation for her and her passenger. 

That night shots are heard and Miss Tracey’s passenger disappears from her room, even though the doors and windows are locked from the inside. Crowther questions the chef, the housekeeper, two maids, the new social hostess, the bartender, and the assistant manager, to no avail. Who did it and why is the puzzling, clever and witty resolution.

Anna Hagan directs this staged reading featuring Daria Banu, Dave Campbell, Tanja Dixon-Warren, Keith Martin Gordey, Annabel Kershaw, Olivia Lang, Gerry MacKay, Bronwen Smith, Sean Sonier, and Colleen Winton. 


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 features: contemporary jazz with Allegro Duo on the 20th; neo-soul with Marla Torgerson on the 21st; and jazz-funk stylings with Hooked on Jazz on the 24th. And remember, Sundays are Prime Rib nights!

SAMBA FUSION: Fridays & Saturday Evenings at Rio Brazilian Steakhouse (1122 Denman) enjoy dinner and Samba Fusion, 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.

JAZZ VESPERS: Every Sunday afternoon the folks St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church present the finest jazz musicians in the Lower Mainland in an afternoon performance where jazz meets, and dances, with the spirit. This month the congregation of St. Andrew’s-Wesley has embarked on an 18-month “pilgrimage” to adjacent facilities while the historic church is renovated (see story here), with Jazz Vespers moving to First Baptist, just across the street. The March 24 artist will be John Stetch.

Senior Moments


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Third Monday of Each Month (March 18)
Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay)
2 to 3 p.m.
Reservations at 604-669-5051 or

Are you a member of the West End Seniors’ Network ... and if you're a senior and aren't a member, why not? During the month of your birthday, you and a guest are invited to celebrate your special day with others whose birthday fall in the same month.

Join the party for tea, birthday cake and live music.


French Conversation Circle: Every Monday from 10 - 11 a.m. at Barclay Manor in the Piano Room. Admission is by Annual Membership in the West End Seniors’ Network ($10), Weekly Pass ($5), or Day Pass ($2). This intermediate level French conversation get-together is an opportunity to work on your vocabulary and grammar and sharpen your conversational skills. Registration is required at 604.669.5051 or programs@wesnca

Senior’s Lounge: At Gordon Neighbourhood House every Tuesday from 1 - 4 p.m. Admission is free. This is 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!

At The Movies: The West End Seniors’ Network hosts several movie screenings each month, with shows on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. at Barclay Manor in the Piano Room. Admission is by donation (popcorn included). The coming week’s schedule includes: Monday, Mar. 11 The Leisure Seeker (2017), starring Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, and Christian McKay 1 hr 52 min.; Tuesday, March 12 In The Heat of the Night (1967) with Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. 1 hr 50 min.; and Friday, March. 15 The Fighter (2010) with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams. 1 hr 55 min.


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.

March’s question is “Where would you like to go if WESN organized out-trips? For example, Vancouver Art Gallery, Science World, Queen Elizabeth theatre, etc.” and you can answer by writing your response on a sheet of paper located in the Fireside Room at Barclay Manor, or online here.