What If They Gave A Party ….

July 16, 2017

… and no-one showed up?  That was kind of what it was like at Grandview Park this afternoon.

Today was the first of three Sundays In the Park events that the Commercial Drive Business Development Society (the local BIA) are organising this summer. I am pleased they are taking this initiative but clearly they need to work on their promotion of the festivities.  The event was scheduled for 1 pm to 4 pm and there were, perhaps, less than forty people in the Park at three this afternoon.

I don’t recall seeing any posters for the event on the Drive. I did see some notice in Twitter earlier this week, but that was it.  The weather was perfect — a touch cooler than earlier this week, and with a splendid breeze — and the patios on the Drive were full and bustling with business, but this Zoomba and Salsa party didn’t attract the attention it may have deserved.

Reminder: Car Free Day

July 7, 2017

Sunday is Car Free Day on Commercial Drive. It runs from noon until about 7:00pm and the streets will be filled with booths and food and tens of thousands of people. It is my favourite festival on the Drive, feeling somehow a whole lot less corporate than Italian Day has become.

I will be helping to crew the Grandview Heritage Group booth which will be outside Bosa Foods at the corner of Parker.  We will have a lot of interesting material to display, including mystery objects from the past, maps showing the development of Grandview in the early days, images of period interiors, and access to the Grandview Database to look up the history, perhaps, of your house.

Come on by for a chat. I look forward to seeing many of you at some point during the day.

Next GWAC Meeting

July 6, 2017

The July meeting of the Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) takes place next Monday, 10th July, at 7:00pm in the Learning Resources Centre (under Britannia Library).

The main topic  of the evening will be local Community Services and will include speakers from the Vancouver Tool Library, the Vancouver Green Streets Program, and others.

GWAC will also have a table at this weekend’s Car Free Day on Commercial Drive.  They will be next to the booth operated by the Grandview Heritage Group outside Bosa Foods.


Dates For The Calendar

June 21, 2017

Here are a few more dates of interesting events/debates at Britannia:


  • Thursday 22nd June, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, in Gym D

A discussion about the Arts & Culture spaces in the future Britannia. Snacks and refreshments available.


  • Monday 26th June, 10:00am to 6:00pm, Carving Pavilion (behind the rink)

An all day event to celebrate the naming of the Carving Pavilion. The Naming Ceremony is 10:00am to noon; noon to 1:00pm, community lunch; 1:00pm-6:00pm Open house discussion; 6:00pm Community Feast.


  • Tuesday 27th June, 5:30pm to 8:00pm, Carving Pavilion

An Indigenous Visioning Workshop to develop ideas for better serving our indigenous population at Britannia. This will lead to a design charrette in the fall.


  • Wednesday 28th June, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ice Rink Mezzanine

What would make the new Britannia a welcoming place for LGBTQ2S folks.

Broadway & Commercial: Another Open House

June 14, 2017

I have tonight received an email about another Open House on the Broadway & Commercial proposed development.  This one is NOT a City of Vancouver event but, rather, is being put on by the developers’ “project team”.

Bing Thom Architects, Westbank the developer, and Crombie REIT (owner of the Safeway site) are “excited to share our initial concept” including “a new form of family oriented housing.” They say they have developed ideas from the Ideas Fair they held at Federico’s Club last year.

Oddly enough, they have put flyers into the mailboxes of the most immediate neighbours (a block or two only I understand) but I can find no other posting about this event and there seems no way to register. However, this is less odd when one notices that the PR company involved is Brook Pooni Associates — famous in our neighbourhood for working with the developer to obfuscate the facts about the Boffo tower project at Commercial & Venables.

The Broadway & Commercial meeting is on Tuesday 27th June at the Croatian Culture Centre.  There will be a brief 15 minute presentation at 6:00pm and the open house formally runs from 6:15pm to 8:30pm. There will not be an official Q&A session, but who knows what questions might be asked?

Hope to see many of you there!


A Real Garage Band!

June 11, 2017

Last night we went to the CD release party for Brainchild. It was held at the S&M Auto Shop on Venables, just around the corner from the Drive, which turned out to be a fabulous place for a band show. It was quite a grand little party with many of our friends there to enjoy it with, and the cover charge got you free beer from Storm which was great.

Image: c. Penny Street

It is a tight, classic rock band, with three guitars, drums and keyboard pushing out a powerful sound. The band’s lead singer Bing, a pal from an activist past, moved some months ago from Grandview to Victoria Island, so it was especially good to see him and his wife once again.

A good night at a surprisingly perfect venue!

Renters in Grandview: An Important Meeting

June 5, 2017

Just a reminder that tonight’s GWAC meeting, at 7:00pm will feature a joint presentation by the Grandview-Woodland Renters Action Group and the Vancouver Tenants Union on:

Uniting Renters in Grandview-Woodland and Vancouver.

We have a clear majority of renters in our community, so this is an important topic, especially in a time of rapidly increasing rents accompanying a rampant gentrification of the neighbourhood. There will be a discussion after the presentation, so come to the Learning Resource Centre (under Britannia Library on Napier) and have your say.