$5 entry fee per participant.
Have you ever found yourself caught between your desire to support local businesses and the temptingly easy process of online and big-box store shopping? Maybe you ordered an item from Amazon, and suppressed a twinge of guilt that you weren’t picking it up from a local retailer instead, or maybe you grabbed something mass-produced at a big-box because it was convenient, when what you really wanted was something local and handmade. Help is at hand! Vancouver-based startup Locasity has partnered with more than 30 local businesses to completely revamp the shopping experience.
The process couldn’t be easier – choose what you want, select a delivery time and location, and get what you want, when you want it. And if the delivery address falls within Vancouver city limits, everything gets even more awesome – orders placed before 4:00 p.m. are eligible for free, same-day delivery!
Main Street retailers like Lüt, Lifetime Collective, Nineteen Ten, and Giving Gifts & Co have embraced the concept, and you’ll find chic, ethical, and just plain awesome items on the site. Order something for yourself, or treat someone else – why send flowers when you could send jewelry instead?
To learn more about Locasity and to receive a first hand experience of their service, please visit locasity.com.
If you’ve been to one art opening, you’ve been to them all, right? Think again! ROVE is Vancouver’s only recurring multi-venue art opening event, and it’s happening again on Thursday, August 7th, from 6-10 p.m.
ROVE includes eight opening night receptions taking place on and around Main Street, giving art enthusiasts a chance to explore a variety of work and to meet the artists in person.
“Art galleries and art venues all around Main Street are currently working hard to get artists and the community together. ROVE is a great way for people to experience all the art, venues, and artists around Main Street in one fun and interactive night out,” said artist and organizer Jamie Smith.
You can grab a free ROVE map at the first location, Meccanica (102 East 1st Ave), and then walk, cycle, bus, or drive between locations along and around Main Street. At each location be sure to take a picture of the featured ROVE art and tweet it with the hashtag #roveYVR. Every tweet enters you into the draw to win an original painting by Jamie Smith.
Locations and artists involved in the tour are:
WAAP – Various artists
MakerLabs – Various Makers
The Archer and the Horseman – Raymond Chow and more
Join Magpie on Main Street next month for a trunk show from artist, fashion designer, and jewelry designer Masha Archer! The trunk show runs for three days only -August 8th, 9th, and 10th 2014, from 12-6 each day. There will be hundreds of Masha’s one-of-a-kind creations available.
Masha Archer has been creating dramatic and gorgeous pieces of wearable art for decades. Her works feature coral, amber, bone, jade, and antique African trade beads, as well as Czech and Chinese glass and Tibetan silver. Her creations are highly sought after and collected by discerning people the world over, including Barbara Walters, Beyonce Knowles, HRH Princess Turki Bin Nasser, and Oprah Winfrey, among others.
Tucked just off Main Street on 6th Avenue is The Whip, a laid-back favourite destination for locals seeking brunch, burgers, and beers. The brick walls and exposed beams provide a warm atmosphere, and the option to grab a seat at the communal table adds to the friendliness of the joint. And now that summer’s officially arrived, the patio is a great spot to put your feet up and enjoy a craft beer on a warm evening.
The Whip is also well-loved for their annual spring Show n’ Shine, and their rotating displays of work by local artists. From now until July 8th, drop by and take a peek at what’s on display from multi-media artists Jason Neve. Since 2008, Jason’s main creative focus has been Disposable Landscapes; a compilation of photography, graphic design, and street poetry collected and inspired by Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It’s a raw look into the doorways and alleyways of the city’s grittiest neighborhood – a record of messages that have come and gone.
Car Free Day is upon us again, and Main Street is gearing up for a good time! The Car Free activities span from Broadway all the way to 33rd Avenue, and the street will be packed with tons of activities for everyone.
With no fewer than ten music stages, Main Street’s got more live music than any other Car Free Day activity in town! Make sure you leave time to catch a few sets at the Neptoon Records Stage (Factories & Alleyways, Allen Forrester, Little Wild, The Flintettes, Percheron, Terminal Station, Ben Rogers, The WILD NORTH) and the Red Cat Records Stage (Invisible Ray, Blind Horses, The Great Outdoors, Lesser Negatives, Skunt, Cloudsplitter, Flying Heads).
Take part in some great activities and demonstrations hosted by Main Street shops! The Soap Dispensary will be outside with bubble solution and wands on hand for some GIANT bubble making, The Granville Island Toy Company is hosting an awesome Kids’ Zone, and the Main Street Honey Shoppe is hosting honey extraction demonstrations and a live bee beard demonstration. RollerGirl.ca is home to a Roller Derby Zone, Organic Acres is holding some demonstrations by Nectar Juicery and Rooted Nutrition, and 4Cats is…. well, 4Cats is keeping their activity secret for now – but they say “it will be worth the stop and there will most likely be glitter and pixie dust involved!”, so we’re pretty sure that it’s going to be stellar, whatever it is!
No street festival is complete without great food! In addition to all the fabulous Vancouver food trucks and carts that come out for the event, Car Free Day gives our own restauranteurs the opportunity to get out of their kitchens and onto the sidewalks. We know that lots of neighbourhood regulars are looking forward to The French Table‘s pulled-pork sandwiches, and The Reef‘s extended patio is a great place to rest your feet and enjoy some great Caribbean food, and maybe a glass or two of their (in)famous Reef Rum Punch.
And let’s not forget one of the other reasons to come out for Car Free Day – sales, sales, sales!!! On The Fringe is offering quick braiding and up-dos and mini manis/pedis by donation; Devil May Wear will have bins full of $5 and $10 items; Hazel & Jools is holding a 20% off storewide sale; Y’s Books is having a sidewalk sale with some great deals on hardcovers and paperbacks; Giving Gifts & Co. is offering 15% off everything in the store; Kali is holding a “buy one, get one 50% 0ff” sale, and Adhesif Clothing will be blowing out specially made upcycled summer designs with nothing exceeding $50 dollars as part of the Canvas Handmade Group between 22nd and 23rd.
Come celebrate with us! The festivities start at noon and run until 7:00 PM, rain or shine!
Summer’s just around the corner, and parents and caregivers are starting to look for activities to keep the kids occupied. 4Cats on Main Street has some of the best summer classes around!
Sign the kids up for one of their awesome summer camp courses, like Space Camp…
…or even SHARK WEEK Camp!
If you’re a traditionalist, never fear – 4Cats still offers its very popular Van Gogh and Monet summer camps. If the multiple-day commitment of a summer camp is too much, 4Cats also has a few great classes that only require a few hours to complete, like their awesome Mermaids and Sparkles class and their polymer clay Minecraft-inspired pixelart class. And on top of their already-packed schedule, 4Cats also hosts the most amazing parties in town!
And wait – do you think 4Cats is just for kids? Think again! They’ve added a few adult classes to their curriculum: check out their adult painting and graffiti classes next time you’re looking for a new hobby!
Seven artists are launching new shows at various Main Street venues next week -and you can attend all seven openings in just one evening! Thursday, May 1st, 2014 is the inaugural run of ROVE, a free community event put together by a couple of local painters to promote local art. Checking out the event is easy: just grab a map from any of the participating venues or download one in advance and head out for a night of neighbourhood exploration, tasty refreshments, and good times!
Participating venues and artists:
Lüt Boutique – Emily Cooper
The Archer and the Horseman – Raymond Chow
Bird on a Wire Creations – Dana Johnson, Ellen Walde, Twila Olson
Kafka’s – artists TBA
Hot Art Wet City - Mark Atomos Pilon, Luc Latulippe, Laura Bifano, Gary Taxali
ANZA Club – Jamie Smith
Visual Space – April Lacheur
Make sure you stop at at least four of the participating locations and get your map stamped – four stamps qualifies you to enter a draw for a prize pack of artful goodies donated by each location! The draw will take place at 9:30pm at the cocktail reception at the ANZA Club (you must be in attendance at the reception to collect your prize).
The event launches at all locations at 6:00 p.m. on May 1st. More information and a handy “How To ROVE” guide can be found at jamiesmithstudio.com/how-to-rove.
Main Street’s newest artists’ collective, Giving Gifts & Company, is celebrating their One Year Anniversary this April! Giving Gifts is a cooperative of 20 local artists, all sharing one eclectic and charming little space at 4570 Main Street.
The big event takes place Saturday, April 5th, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Drop by for tea and treats all day long, and for live music from singer/songwriter Josh Niehaus in the evening. And on April 5th, you can get 20% off the registration fee for any of the awesome DIY or Die!!! classes hosted at Giving Gifts if you come sign up in person! They’ve got Trashion 101, felting classes, and a fascinator workshop coming up soon in the friendly little shop.
Giving Gifts is also marking the one-year milestone with a month-long Blue Heart Campaign fundraiser: for every person that comes into the store in April, Giving Gifts will donate $1 to the Somaly Mam Foundation to help fund their fight against the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls in Southeast Asia. Did you catch that? All you need to do is walk through the door, and you’ll be helping to make the world a better place! Some amazing prizes from members of the collective are also going to be up for grabs in a fundraising raffle: a terrarium from Green With Envy, a blue topaz and sterling silver necklace from Made By Lex, a tank-top from Inner Fire, a felting kit from DIY or Die!!!, and lots of other goodies!
Y’s Books continues their series of author readings and signings over the next few months! Here are some of the highlights:
Gordon A. Bailey, author of The Prayer Book Cowboy and The Jagged Cup, will be in store Friday, March 28th from 2-4pm to discuss the topic of his next novel – the Kinder Morgan and Northern Gateway Pipelines. Mystery lovers and ecoholics should make sure to be in store for a reading at 2:15.
Mark Bentley Cohen will be in store Friday, April 18th from 2-4pm (reading at 2:15). His book Confession of a Bisexual Husband details his struggles with accepting his bisexuality, and the subsequent transition to non-monogomy he and his partner went through after 15 years of marriage. He is a writer, speaker, facilitator, counsellor and performer in Vancouver, BC.
Set in the beautiful Kootenays, No Reason To Stay is a touching story of one woman’s journey in life. Meet AK White in store Sunday, May 4th for a book signing from 2-4pm.
“A novel of change and compelling insights into the mind of a woman…the journey that her disease takes her on and the flashbacks of her previous life with her much loved husband, makes for a compelling and poignant read.” -Roberta Rich, The Midwife of Venice