Saturday, September 29, 2007

News: Man Stabbed, Suspects on the Loose

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Vancouver Police are on the hunt for a group of suspects who stabbed a 24-year old man 3 times in the neck.

The attack happened around 1 Friday morning near a school close to Commercial Drive and East 5th.

The victim ran onto the street, collapsing on top of a car, which crashed into another car.

Despite the police helicopter above, the group of suspects managed to scatter and get away. The victim is in serious condition in hospital. So far no arrests have been made.


News: Fire on Commercial Drive Sends One Person To Hospital

EAST VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - A building fire has shut down several blocks of the Drive this evening. Vancouver fire crews were called to a 2nd alarm blaze in a suite above the Kokopelli hair salon. Battalion Fire Chief Fred Crouch says it was fully involved when they arrived.

"The top floor has one single suite, it had three residents living in there, all three got out safely. One of the victims has gone to hospital for a check-up for smoke inhalation, but at this time he appears to be fine actually."

Crouch says the suite was gutted and the hair salon suffered smoke and water damage. Crews expect to be there for some time tonight mopping-up. There's been no word on a possible cause.

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Heart of the City Festival

Since its founding in 2004 the annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival has become a flagship for the hot bed of the arts simmering in the heart of our city.

With a focus on rich and diverse communities of the DTES, the 4th Annual Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver. This year’s festival features an extraordinary breadth of arts with more than 200 artists, with a spotlight on Asian Canadian artists.

Full program details for the 2007 Festival will be posted by Friday Oct 12, 2007

For further information please contact 604-254-6911


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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A “Hysterical” Fundraiser for Malaika Millions on Her Birthday

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Variety: East Van AllStars

A variety show featuring some of east van's best, comedy, poetry, burlesque... CR Avery, Be Good Tanyas, Crystal Precious, Malaika Millions, Jess Hill, Dan Mangan, Taylor Harp, RC Weslowski, Fernando, Lola Lush, Bonnie Kilroe, Shameless Lee, Graham Clark...and more!
Tix $15 at the door only... don't be late!
Hosted by Watermelon and Christine Tiny Taylor

Starts at 8pm at the Grandview Legion,
2205 Commercial Drive - Grandview Legion

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Music: Blackberry Wood & Something About Reptiles

Appearing with Anita George, Friday September 25th at Cafe Deux Soleils.
$7 cover charge.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Britannia Artist In Residence Shows Work

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Friday, September 21, 2007

News From A Small World Shop & Gallery

"Imaginature" by Zoey Ennenberg

Zoey Ennenberg’s 12 piece water color series can only be called one thing - Absolutely Amazing! You’ve never seen watercolor like this.
From the Sunshine Coast, Zoey has a wonderful first hand view of nature. “Imaginature” is a brilliant display of life in harmony and a reminder to all of us to appreciate all that is nature.
Exhibition & sale runs September 1st through September 30th. Closing Artist reception: Friday September 28th starts @ 8:pm – ‘til late.

ASW has started accepting art submissions for the fall/winter art gallery campaign.
If you are an artist or know of one that is ready for a show, please send a brief description of works along with any images, web links and short bio to the e-mail below. Sadly we do not have enough room or time to accommodate all the artists that submit.
Only artist chosen for exhibits’ will be contacted. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments; we would like to hear them. ASW Thanks you in advance.
”Exhibition For Replacements Needed” - by Peace Activist Group of Seattle Washington USA
***Exhibit runs 2 days only******September 21st & 22nd***
September 21st at 8:pm to 1:pm – Wine & Cheese Reception (Advance tickets $10.00 or $12.00 at the door. Ages 19+) Door Prize entry automatic with ticket purchase.(a one month Fastbreak Pass to Steve Nash Sports Club - $150.00 value) Tickets available at A Small World Shop & Gallery.

September 22nd from 10:am to 3:pm free movie screening (up to 25 people per showing) Movie TBA – all ages welcome September 22nd from 6:pm to 9:pm performances by SOS aka Sauce & His Crew – will be in Da Hisouse – all ages welcome. Come and enjoy the music and support the message – NO MORE WARS!

A Small World Shop & Gallery is please to welcome Dreamfire Healing as the newest addition to the ASW Family.
Located on the second floor, Marlee Ouellet (owner/certified Chair Shiatsu & Reiki Practitioner) is here 4 days a week offering this wonderful and therapeutic service. Relieve the tension of your every day life from your head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, upper, middle & lower back. Rates: $1.00/min. Longer table sessions available. Mobile & events services also available.
Call Marlee @ 778-928-777 to schedule or simply come on by!5% of all proceeds go to the Vancouver Food Bank.

A Small World Shop & Gallery Ltd. is an independent retailer of earth conscious commodities and sustainable fashions devoted to protecting you and the environment. We work hard to ensure the quality of our products and the legacy of our fragile planet.
To learn more about ASW, please visit:
Located at:
2120 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver BC V5N 4B4

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Capers Donates $42,000 to MOBY to Build a Playground

by Capers Team

Vancouver, B.C., September 17th, 2007 - Canada’s leading natural and organic food retailer, Capers Community Market, has donated $42,000 to My Own Back Yard Community Association (MOBY) community gardens on Commercial Drive.

Capers gives back to local communities through support of local non-profit organizations whose programs create more vibrant neighbourhoods and positively impact their surrounding areas. This year, proceeds from Capers’ 12th Annual Living Naturally Fair – a two-day family community event where sustainable and organic vendors, natural health experts and non-profit organizations create a festival and farmers’ market at the Robson Street store’s parking lot – were donated to MOBY.

MOBY is a non-profit society, representing the collective voice of hundreds of residents, businesses and community activists in the Broadway and Commercial Drive area intent on cultivating and sustaining healthy community interaction through its first food-focused garden at 11th Ave and Commercial Drive, just behind the Broadway SkyTrain station.

With the generous funds raised from the Living Naturally Fair, MOBY will build a playground area and community meeting place on a derelict piece of land, directly across from the MOBY Community Garden. The greening of urban brownfields in Vancouver neighbourhoods is an action that MOBY whole-heartedly supports. By beautifying physical spaces and creating events that invite social interaction, MOBY encourages cohesive, flourishing connections between neighbours. Through civic engagement, MOBY encourages positive elements of transformation that resonate far beyond our own back yard (

Committed to the community, Capers’ Living Naturally Fair has raised more than $356,000 to support local non-profit organizations since 1996.

For more information, please contact:

Emma Davidson or Jason O’Brien
My Own Back Yard
Phone: (604) 736-6457

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Tune of the Week: The Mission

This week's tune is from All Purpose, Commercial Drive's hot, juicy big band featuring Candice R. Curlypaws, Dayle Allison, Sacha Levin, Timothy Wisdom, Michael Louw, Curtis Mathewson and Corrine Mundel. The on-stage portions of this video were filmed at the Yale in August of last year.
The footage was filmed by Don Xaliman
Check them out at

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Earthdance Pre-Party at Radha on Friday Night

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Literary: Brendan McLeod @ Rime

Brendan McLeod is a former Canadian SLAM poetry champion, the recent winner of the 3 Day Novel Contest, and a musician/spoken word artist with The Fugitives. Tonight, he combines elements of all three of these fields: high energy poetry, surreal/earnest folk songs, and passionate storytelling. He'll be armed with surprise special guests to help him rock out.
"One of the most intelligent and dynamic performance poets on the globe." - Chair, Spoken Word Canada
"McLeod's (novel) works away with quiet efficiency...a personal addendum to the most horrific of biblical parables" - Globe and Mail
"Canada's top SLAM spieler" - CBC

Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 9:00pm

1130 Commercial Drive
Contact Info:

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tune of the Week

This week's featured song is Jess Hill's "This Old Town". Check the link on the sidebar to the right under the Amazon link.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Theatre In the Raw opens to a Standing-Room-Only Fringe Crowd!

The cast of "You Are What You Eat": Roger Howie, Maria Lakes, and Kevin Sloan.

TITRaw Fringe debut was met with wild applause and a room full of smiling faces at the Agro
Café last Sunday night.

Remounting Patrick Foley’s funny and relevant “You Are What You Eat”, and premiering Manual Kane’s poignant “Duet in The Park”, the “little company that did” has taken “community” theatre to a whole new level and has introduced Vancouver theatre goers to some outstanding local talent.

“You Are What You Eat” features TITRaw veterans Roger Howie, Kevin Sloan and Maria Lakes. The shining star has to be Howie, who has a face like Silly Putty, which he moulds into countless, great comedic expressions. Sloan and Lakes both have to work hard to keep up with Howie’s relentless delivery, and they do. I completely related to their two characters in that type of situation: being cornered by someone who won’t shut up and feels it’s his right to proselytize regardless of whether the other parties are interested or not.

Foley’s script covers a lot of socio-economical and ethical ground, talking about the industrialized food chain we are the end-users of. I thought that setting the play in a café was brilliant; after all, when you think about it, it’s at a restaurant that we are most divorced from our food. We only want to see and enjoy the food, not think about where it came from.

The other one-act, “Duet in the Park” is an intimate tale about two young women – Bubbles, a prostitute caught under her vicious pimp’s thumb, and Florabelle, a “retard” (as the other kids in the foster home she’s left called her) - who find themselves lost together on the same park bench.

Bubbles and Florabelle (played by Julie Cohn and Edwina Cheer respectively) are charming and frank characters who seem destined to run into each other’s arms. The actors do a great job of fleshing out two roles which could easily become stereotypical.

By the way, Cohn looks great in her superhero knee boots and ultra mini-skirt! I mention this only because if you don’t get there early and get a seat up front, you’ll miss out – which is my only complaint about the production. With no raised stage or raked seating, the audience further back gets a slightly limited view of the show.

That aside, I loved the ensemble cast and the intelligent, deceptively simple story-telling.

If you have the chance, come out and see these shows. They alternate nightly with TITRaw’s other darker drama, a radio play by Bill Pollett, “The Toe Cutter”. You can listen to a short audio clip of it which was produced at CBC studios at

For specific dates and times, check out the Theatre in The Raw website at

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Fearless Fest on TV

The Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network Film and Video
(DTES-CAN-FV) cluster is pleased to present Fearless TV #8 for broadcast premiere in Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley on $haw cable 4, the community channel:

Wednesday, September 12 & 19 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, June 15 & 22 @ 3:00am (early morning)

This show features highlights of the Fearless Festival performances at Pigeon Park on July 1, 2007. Included are Michelle Richard and Nightlife, Gwen Lagimodiere, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Terri Williams and Poco Locos.

Thanks to Gallery Gachet, ACCESS Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, Chinese Canadian National Council
(CCNC) Pan-Asian Network, Carnegie Community Centre, Downtown Eastside Residents' Association (DERA), National Anti-Racism Council of Canada
(NARCC) and Status Through Action Towards Unity and Solidarity
(STATUS) Coalition and British Columbia Arts Council.

They suggest you make copies off the air. In time, they will be putting the shows online.

Fearless TV - shamelessly promoting our friends, neighbours and community. If you are fearless, this is your TV!

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Literary: Book Launch At People's Coop

Please join New Star Books and Matt Hern for the launch of Matt's new book

Why Safer Isn't Always Better

WHEN: Sunday, September 9, 3 – 5 PM
WHERE: Rime, 1130 Commercial Drive
All ages welcome | Free admission

For more information about the launch, call 604.738-9429, or look here:

For more information about Matt's new book, click on the image.

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Poetry Wanted!

Live on the Drive (the other great source for info about Commercial Drive) is looking to do a small feature on poetry on the Drive and I'm looking for a few submissions loosely around the theme of Urban Blues/Comedic Observations on Urbania. Any chance you can put out a call for me? Sound files welcome.

email Laura at

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Strike Benefit Tonight!

Saturday, Sept 8

8 pm
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St
Admission by Donation
Circus in Flames
More info @

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

The "Shane" on Bravo Tonight!

Season 2 of Heart of a Poet will begin airing on BRAVO! tonight.

Check it out if you can. The series starts with a bang, with an episode shot in Vancouver, featuring spoken word sensation Shane Koyczan.

It's a great season with some stellar poets and spoken word artists ... see the release below, or for more info.

Poets on prime-time ... woo hoo! Please help spread the word!

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Music: Christi Grace at the Van East

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The Drive Dance Centre Opens September 10th!

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Commercial Drive - Live! hits 10,000 Visitor Mark!

You read it right! has now had 10,000 visitors since it’s first post back on January 8th, of this year and the count just keeps climbing!

Clicking back through the archive, I’m amazed at all the great stories, amazing people and incredible places this little blog has covered.

I feel very fortunate to be part of such a creative, intelligent community. Thanks for helping Commercial Drive – Live! reach this landmark and keep checking us out as we climb even higher!

By the way, I’m starting a brand new feature – the “Drive Tune of the Week”! Every week I’ll try to feature an mp3 or video from musicians/bands who make the Drive their home base. It will be a simple direct link. (I don’t want to host the files so get it online and then send me the link). If you send me a bio and a picture too, or a link to your site, I’ll put it up on the blog, as well. Let all your musical friends know about this absolutely free promotional offer. Our first Drive Tune is “Bohemian Man” by Monica Lee, recorded live at the Libra Room. You can find the link in the blog’s right-hand sidebar under the Amazon link.

Hope you have a happy and safe Labour Day weekend!


Steven R. Duncan

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

New Campaign to Save The York!


A group of Vancouverites want to make sure one of the city's oldest theatres is preserved and reopened to entertain its neighbours in East Vancouver.

Located at 639 Commercial Drive, the 500-seat York Theatre was purpose-built in 1913 as a live entertainment venue by architect John Y. McCarter, who later designed the Marine Building.

The theatre has been on the market since last fall.

"Presently, my main concern is to make sure it is preserved as a theatre and not changed into something else," said Tom Durrie, the task force organizer.

"I'm just afraid someone is going to make an offer and turn it into a Super Value or a Wal-Mart."

The task force Durrie has assembled includes Bard on the Beach artistic director Christopher Gaze and Early Music Vancouver executive director Jose Verstappen. The group is putting together a business plan for the theatre's restoration in hopes of attracting investment to bring the theatre back to life.

Durrie wants concerned citizens to urge the city to preserve the York Theatre by e-mailing

Commercial Drive - Live! spoke to Jhayne Holmes, who also had a bid in for the historic theatre last February, "I support Tom completely? I'm glad it's happening."

For more information, Durrie can be reached

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