Story Gallery Festival: October 22nd

September 23, 2011

Here’s a good date for your calendar:   the Story Gallery Festival that will take place in and around Britannia Library and Info Centre on Saturday 22nd October from 1pm until 4pm.

The Festival celebrates the number of books and stories in various art forms about East Vancouver that have emerged this year. Along with my own “The Drive,” other featured groups are the Under One Umbrella group which will be launching its book of local stories the collection of which was organized as part of the Vancouver 125 celebrations; the Eastside Studio Society‘s collection “View From Here“; Our Roots, an audio collection of stories from Aboriginal and new Canadians; a collection of video interviews called, I believe, “Vancouver Stories”; and new work from a group that gives voice to youth in the community.

There will be story readings in the Library Art Gallery every quarter-hour from 1:30pm to 4pm (I’ll be doing readings at 1:45pm and 3:00pm) and the usual fun-filled raft of local artists, food, music and ceremony from all over in the central plaza.

This will be a bright spot in the middle of Fall!


What Are These?

September 21, 2011

Yesterday I bought a bunch of tall willowy flowers that were simply beautiful. But I have no idea what they are and I am humbled by my ignorance.

Do you know their name?

Update:  Thanks to a friend on another site I have learned that these are crocosmia lucifer. I love ’em!

Kansas Tornado

September 21, 2011

Kansas Tornado” (2008), acrylics on canvas, 48″ x 24″

People’s Co-op Bookstore

September 20, 2011

The People’s Co-op Bookstore at 1391 Commercial is having its Annual General Meeting on Friday 30th September.  It has been part of the Drive for more than 20 years, and year after year it wins the Georgia Straight People’s Choice award for Best Bookstore in town. It is a friendly local place to shop for good books and magazines.

This is a community-owned business and you too can share ownership by going to the store and buying a membership. No one has to buy a membership to use the store, but it is an easy and cheap way to contribute to the preservation of The Drive as a viable and unique community.  Pay a few bucks and show up for the AGM, just to show your support; you could even run as a director.

It is worth it. We would sure miss it if it were gone.

Thoughts On A Walk On the Drive

September 20, 2011

So I took advantage this afternoon of what might be the last warm sunny day for at least a week and probably much much longer.  It was perfect for short-sleeves and shorts.

I found this poster on most every pole in the neighbourhood.  It’s for the “This is Strathcona” Festival next Sunday down on Maclean Park. Looks like fun. One of the Tall Brothers who are playing there is a close neighbour of mine – grand fellow; and they play good music. You can get more details at:

I love it when a community has the ass to come out and declare itself worthy of celebration!

And talking of celebration, the owners of the Riot store on Commercial have taken over its windows to declare their love for the Drive after 15 years in business:

The wording begins: “I can’t believe we’ve been lovers for 15 years!” These folks have been leaving messages on their windows for a long time and this is a fitting memorial to their longevity.

A commenter on an early post about the “Grandview Sniveller suggested this morning that production of the “Sniveller” was perhaps “in hiatus.”  I have to report that I didn’t find any new copies, and I looked in a few places.  It was due out a day or so ago, I think, so perhaps it is just late. I hope so.

I finished off my walk with a coffee at Pane Vero which was busy and reveling in the warm sunny day; the patio was full.  Good stuff.


September 19, 2011

Cadman Ousted by COPE

September 19, 2011

Local resident and long-time Vancouver councillor David Cadman failed to be nominated for a place on City Council at a packed COPE meeting yesterday.  Cadman was part of a slate that included Ellen Woodsworth and Filipino-community-backed newcomer R.J. Aquino, but he was pushed into fourth place by the old “warhorse” Tim Louis (pictured) who crashed his way to second on the ballot.

Ellen Woodsworth was clearly discomfited by the development and was less than gracious to Louis during her presser after the nomination vote. I don’t always agree with everything Tim Louis says, but I like his Rankinesque dynamism and so I am glad to see him on the slate for the election.

Couple of points:  One, Cadman who lives just a few blocks away was not at the Grandview Park opening on Saturday. I was surprised at that. I’m sure this had no effect on Sunday’s vote, but it might indicate a drift away from community by Cadman.

Second, COPE managed to gather a thousand people out to a Sunday nominating meeting.  This needs to be compared to the 60 or 70 people who showed up to nominate the NPA’s Suzanne Anton shortly before.

It is a shame that COPE — under its agreement with Vision Vancouver — can only run three candidates this year (up from just two last time), but I guess it is still a re-building period. I hope this is the last time this arrangement is in place — and I think it may be if the NPA gets wiped out this year.