Battle of the Brush

September 9th, 2015

The next Battle of the Brush happens Friday, September 25th at Heritage Hall. This edition of the popular artistic showdown features five teams of two artists with differing styles who will need to set aside their differences and combine their talents to create an original painting -and they only have 80 minutes in which to finish the work! The finished pieces are then viewed by the audience, who will vote for the winning piece. The theme this time around is “lust” – a theme sure to yield some interesting results!

Battle of the Brush

Finished pieces will be auctioned off, and the winning artists will be featured at The Archer and the Horseman Gallery.

Artists appearing at this edition of the event include Jeremy Henrickson & Karyn Wong, Tanya Lehoux & Elaine Chen, Taka Sudo & Jace Junggyu Kim, and Jennifer Chernecki & Jorn P. Turner. The evening will be DJ’ed by Supa G Swift, with a half-time performance from Chaplyn.

Previous winners include (clockwise, L-R): James Ritchie and Arden Ross (Kid Marrow), Lalita Hamil and Marney-Rose Edge, Jose R. Urbay and Lixandro Cordero, and Bill Higginson & Olga Rybalko.

Previous winners include (clockwise, L-R): James Ritchie and Arden Ross (Kid Marrow), Lalita Hamil and Marney-Rose Edge, Jose R. Urbay and Lixandro Cordero, and Bill Higginson & Olga Rybalko.

Advance tickets are just ten dollars -and the first 50 tickets sold (until September 18th) are good for 2-for-1 admittance! Regular admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased online here, or by phone (604- 370-1728), text (778-869-5115), or email ( For more information, please check the Battle of the Brush website.

The End of Summer Spells the Start of Makeover Season

August 31st, 2015

The end of summer is approaching, which means an end to casual beachwear and, perhaps, the desire for a more sophisticated look. Main Street’s got a plethora of options when it comes to sprucing up your fall wardrobe, but don’t forget to upgrade that relaxed summer ponytail to something a little sleeker! Whether it’s time for a more professional look as we head back to school and work, or whether you’re getting an early start to the party season, award-winning salon On The Fringe Hair Design can help you add some extra finesse to your look. Check out these before-and-after pics!




Take a peek at their photo gallery for more makeover pictures. To book your consultation, give them a shout at 604-569-0856 or book an appointment through their online booking system.



Car Free on Main Street

June 18th, 2015

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It’s time again for Vancouver’s best street fest! Car Free Day happens Sunday, June 21st from noon until 7:00. Here’s a brief round-up of some of what’s going on on Main Street.

Make sure you take the time to check out some of the great demos local artists will be doing in the neighbourhood! Giving Gifts will feature demos from their artisans, as well as giving you the opportunity to try your hand at needle-felting from noon-4:00 with Blushing Lotus Designs. At Arts Off Main from 12:00-3:00 Sabine Simons will be doing a demonstration of encaustic painting (weather permitting), a method of using pigmented wax as a painting medium. At Bird On A Wire Creations, glass artists Maria Keating of Sage and Sprite and Georgina Black are pairing together for a lamp-work glass demo.

It wouldn’t be a street festival without face painting and bubble-making! You’ll find both happening at Rocky Mountain Flatbread -and, in honour of Father’s Day, $5 pints for dads.

twigg&hottie is hosting a “Style Your Dress” event; choose your own hem line, draping, neckline, and straps -and have a custom-fitted dress for just $99! You’ll also find 20-30% off regular season stock, and super-sale bins with out-of-season items. Devil May Wear is holding their annual sample sale, and bringing back their ever-popular $5, $10, $20, and $30 bins. Y’s Books will have great deals on hardcovers and paperbacks at their sidewalk sale, and Main Street Chiro is offering free posture evaluations and $40 off an initial chiropractic consult (and x-rays, if necessary) which is normally $120.

Make sure you take time to stop at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House to add to the “Food In Our Community” map, and to find out what’s happening with the Little Mountain-Riley Park community garden. Also join bee-huggers Brian Campbell and Madame Beespeaker from 1-3 pm to learn about hosting bumblebees in your garden.

Stop and rest your feet in Dr. Carmen Tanaka‘s tent and indulge in a little bit of conversation about health -she’s got comfy chairs, an activity table for kids, and tea or water for your parched throat.

For more information and schedules of the what’s happening on the performance stage, please check the Car Free Main Street website.




Patient Appreciation is Back at Main St. Chiro!

May 5th, 2015
Main St. Chiropractic is holding another great patient appreciation promotion, this time in honour of Mother’s Day! Book a new patient appointment with Dr. Caitlin from May 11-14th FREE of charge (regularly $120 – includes x-rays if necessary). Please call 604.569.0937 or email to schedule your appointment today. Be on the lookout for gift certificates at Main St. Chiropractic and local shops on Main -they make a great addition to any Mother’s Day card!


Handmade Holidays: Giving Gifts & Co

December 15th, 2014

Giving Gifts & Co is one of Main Street’s best kept secrets! This little gem began as a pop-up in spring of 2013, and proved popular enough to become a permanent fixture on the street. The collective has grown in the last year and a half from a dozen artists and vendors to more than twenty, resulting in a range of goodies that will help you cover all your last-minute shopping this holiday season: they host everything from jewelers, to floral designers, to photographers, to chocolate makers, and beyond!


Giving Gifts & Co provides a year-round home for some of the artisans you might otherwise only find at a market or fair, like Golem Ceramics, Green With Envy, Tracy Tomtene Photography, and Inner Fire yoga apparel.


Their roster of artisans and vendors also includes Ayala Moriel Natural Perfumes, DIY or Die!!!, Made by Lex, and -of course!- Giving Gifts.


This Thursday (December 18th), Giving Gifts & Co is hosting a holiday sale for last-minute shoppers! Drop by between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. for light refreshments and 15% off everything in the store.

For more information about Giving Gifts & Co, check out their website or follow them on Facebook.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith Appearing Live at Red Cat Records

December 12th, 2014

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Red Cat Records is breaking in their new stage with a local favourite! Dan Mangan + Blacksmith will be performing songs from their soon-to-be-released album Club Meds this Saturday (December 13). Refreshments will be served! The event is free, but space is limited. The line-up starts outside the store at 5:30 p.m., and they’ll let folks in at 6 p.m. for the show.


Handmade Holidays: Nineteen Ten

November 20th, 2014

It’s that time of year again! Time to finish up those sweaters you’ve been knitting all year for your loved ones, time to slap fancy labels on the blackberry jam you slaved over in a hot kitchen one weekend in late summer, time to put the finishing touches on the cookies/ornaments/candles/jewelry you’ve been in a frenzy to finish before party season hits.

We all love giving and getting handmade goodies for the holidays -but let’s face it, we don’t all get around to completing our projects, whether it’s due to lack of time, lack of interest, or a perceived lack of talent. Never fear, Main Street has a heap of shops that can help you out! Over the next few weeks, our “Handmade Holidays” posts will feature a few of our favourite boutiques that can supply you with handmade goodies this holiday season.


_nineteen-ten-2Nineteen Ten Home Boutique (4366 Main Street) is home to a selection of home decor items that range from small gifts to mid-sized furniture pieces and lighting. Their passion for beautifully made, functional, and entirely special items make your holiday shopping easy, and their eclectic collection of modern, vintage, upcycled, and handmade items by local and international designers mean you can feel good about your purchases.



As an added bonus, this year Nineteen Ten is hosting a series of “Meet The Maker” events -the next best thing to making something yourself is getting to know the person behind the product!


DW Leatherworks
November 29th 2:00-4:00 
DW Leatherworks goodies are handmade from start to finish using high quality leather and waxed linen threads. Founder Derrick Wong will be setting up in the shop and taking orders for complimentary stamping on pre-paid key fobs and wallets.


East Van Jam
December 6th 12:00-2:00
Meet the force behind East Van Jam! East Van Jam produces fun food using local and mostly organic ingredients. And less sugar means MORE FRUIT.  Natalie will have selection of her delicious jams available to try and buy!


Bare Knitwear
December 13th 10:00-6:00
Bare Knitwear is a handmade luxury alpaca knitwear brand born in North Vancouver.  Kelsey is the maker of Nineteen Ten’s exclusive Everdeen throw and will be showcasing her new collection of Peruvian alpaca scarves and toques.

For more information about Nineteen Ten, follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or check out their website.

Rovers and Drifters Taking Over Main Street Again!

September 30th, 2014

There’s always a tonne of original art to be found on Main Street -many of our awesome eateries, boutiques, and coffee shops host a regular rotation of works by local artists. This week, there will be even more to check out, as two of our favourite events are returning: Rove happens October 2nd, followed by The Drift on October 4th.rove-flyer

ROVE is a wandering art-opening tour of Main Street and the surrounding area. Rovers grab a map at any of the participating locations and rove between 8 venues showcasing awesome local artists. Don’t forget to get your map stamped at each opening you visit! Rovers with at least four stamps on their map can enter the draw for a prize at the end of the night.


Guests will meet talented local artists in person, and maybe even take home a new piece of original art! ROVE guarantees an evening of community, art, and culture, and is a brilliantly unique way to spend a fall night in Vancouver. Rovers can follow the suggested route on their free maps to end their art opening tour at the final art show called “Four by Four” at Meccanica (#102 East 1st Ave @ Quebec Street), where artist and Rove founder Jamie Smith has teamed up with local painters Donna Giraud, April Lacheur and Sarah Clement for a group show.


ROVE starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends  at 10:00 p.m., with the prize draw taking place at Cressey’s Meccanica Presentation Centre at 9:30 p.m. ROVE is free, open to the public, and a fun event for art collectors and enthusiasts of all kinds. Come out and meet the artists, hear their stories, and be a part of supporting local talent! For more information, maps, and a list of participating artists and venues, visit

Also happening this week is the 2014 incarnation of The Drift. This year, The Drift is taking place on Saturday, October 4th at Renegade Arts Company. This year’s show features live music in addition to a great selection of local artists! Admission is free from 2:00-7:30; the show re-opens at 8:00 with a special evening show and an admission fee of $5 (get advance tickets here).


Fore more information, visit The Drift’s Facebook event, email, or phone 604-685-0435.

Wrap Up the Summer at the 5th Annual Autumn Shift Festival

September 10th, 2014

Another gorgeous Vancouver summer has come and (nearly) gone, and what better way to celebrate the changing seasons than a visit to the 5th Annual Autumn Shift festival this weekend?


The family-friendly festival hosted by the Mount Pleasant BIA will feature no less than THREE stages, a market, the much-anticipated Annual Smoking Sausage BBQ Cook-off (proceeds to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank), a BLIM fashion show, a mini SNAG, a flash mob organized by ImproVancouver, and free cotton candy, free popcorn, and free pony rides. Yes, you read that correctly. FREE PONY RIDES.

The festival takes place on and around Main Street from 7th Avenue to Broadway from noon to 6 on Sunday, September 14th, 2014; please check the Mount Pleasant BIA website for more information.

What’s Happening On Main

August 12th, 2014
Hey, Vancouver! Our latest heatwave has broken, and there’s rain in the forecast. It’s time to head indoors for a few days!  Main Street has a tonne of things happening this month to help keep you occupied while you wait for the return of the sun.

Hawkers Market and The Eastside Flea at The Independent (188 Kingsway)
Saturday, August 16th, 10:00-4:00 and 6:00-late
Hawkers Market is a monthly dose of local food, drink, and music in Mount Pleasant. The August incarnation of this vibrant event sees them pairing with The Eastside Flea for a double-whammy of awesomness; the Eastside Flea runs from 10-4, and Hawkers Market takes over the space from 6-late. Check out the food and music lineup and get advance tickets for just ten bucks on Eventbrite.

Parkour Competition and Freestyle Tournament at Origins Parkour (2655 Main)
Saturday, August 16th from 10:00-6:00
The 2014 Origins Summer Open is open to spectators! Register for your seat here.
An Evening of BC Crime Fiction at The Book Warehouse (4118 Main)
Saturday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.
An evening of readings from crime writers E.R. Brown, author of Almost CriminalR.J. Harlick, author of Silver Totem of Shame, one of the Globe and Mail’s Top Ten Summer Crime Reads; and Sam Wiebe, author of The Last of the Independents.
Go-Go Bungalow at The Shameful Tiki Room (4362 Main)
Sunday, August 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Three world-class, Vancouver-based Go-Go dancers will thrill you with their wicked moves.
WOO HOO! Classic Simpson’s Trivia at Simply Delicious (4316 Main)
Monday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Woo Hoo! Classic Simpsons Trivia is 50 cromulent questions from seasons 1-9, three classic Simpsons episodes, and probably the most fun you’ll ever have on a Monday night. Form a team of up to 6 players and test your knowledge and whispering skills! Game starts at 7pm.
$5 entry fee per participant.

Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School at Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main)
Tuesday, August 19th, from 7:00-10:00pm (doors 6:30)
Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School is what happens when a simple question is asked: why can’t figure drawing be sexy? Part art class, part cabaret, drop by Hot Art Wet City for 3 hours of drawing and decadence! Check for more information or to purchase tickets. Advance tickets also available at the gallery. Bring your own drawing materials or buy them at Hot Art Wet City.
Dungeons & Dragons for Kids at Strategies (3878 Main)
Sunday, August 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; ages 10 to teen
Sign up to play Dungeons and Dragons. New to D&D? This is a perfect event for you! Everything will be provided.
Reading, Q&A, and book signing with Judy McFarlane at The Book Warehouse (4118 Main)
Tuesday August 26th at 6:30 pm
“Put her away and forget about her.” was the blunt advice Grace Chen’s grandfather gave Grace’s parents when she was born with Down syndrome. Twenty-four years later, Grace writes “I always dream to be a famous writer.” When Judy McFarlane is asked if she will help Grace, she realizes she holds deep, unacknowledged fears—that Grace will be a dull-eyed young woman who can’t read, let alone write; that she might become agitated, even lash out. But the idea that Grace wants to be a writer, a dream McFarlane gave up when she was young, captures McFarlane. She helps Grace write her book and travels with Grace when she gives a copy of it to her grandfather. Writing With Grace is the inspiring and informative story of the journey Grace and Judy have taken together. It relates the often dark history of Down Syndrome, something the Canadian Down Syndrome Society maintains is “not a birth defect or illness” but “a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been part of the human condition.” With honest introspection and keen insight, McFarlane delves into what it takes to face one’s own prejudice, and what it means to live a full life. From a young woman who is marginalized by society, McFarlane learns how much courage it takes to follow a dream, even when everyone tells you it’s impossible.
The Fox Cabaret has been busy, busy, busy since the porn-theater-turned-hotspot opened its doors this spring.

The Fox Cabaret has been busy, busy, busy since the porn-theater-turned-hotspot opened its doors this spring.

Main Street is, of course, home to a plethora of live music venues, hosting a huge variety of acts. The Fox Cabaret has a busy calendar, as does the Cottage Bistro. The Shameful Tiki Room and Chai Lounge/East Is East both regularly host live music great live music and dance acts, and The Main is rapidly becoming one of the ‘hoods favourite spots for catching a band while downing a pint or two.
If you’re looking for a mellower activity, there are plenty of things happening! Everyone is welcome at the Friday Night Crafter’s Club at Bird On A Wire Creations; bring your project, or start one when you get there from supplies they have for sale. Also on Fridays: Open Board Game Night at Strategies. Drop into a game or show up with your favourite game and recruit some people to play – they have lots of open games for you to try. Swing on by and get in on the fun! Strategies also has a regular schedule of RPG games you can drop in for; check their event guide for more information. And no Main Street list would be complete without The Legion, well-loved by regulars for shuffleboard, darts, pool, pinball, trivia night, and (infamously) karaoke.
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