THIS IS EAST VAN is an ongoing project challenging photographers to submit photos that tell the story of what that community means to them.
The project began two years ago when East Side artists Erin Sinclair and Jason Uglanica put out a call for images of the community, from anyone, in any photographic medium.
Soon candid photos began pouring in highlighting the people, places, food, architecture, design and art of the ‘hood. That project culminated in the first edition of THIS IS EAST VAN and now it’s time to celebrate the second in the series with a book launch, and first gallery show, July 7 at Interurban Gallery, 1 East Hastings St. at 7 p.m.
The images will be for sale for $160, with $150 going to the photographer and $10 to the gallery. No book launch is complete without a DJ and bar, so bring your cash. For more information visit thisiseastvan.com.
Get out your best crinolines and cowboy hats.
Dance Up A Storm, the 29th annual convention of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs, is at the Hyatt Regency Hotel this weekend.
This event looks like a lot of fun and the public is invited to two events, including Gay Silverheels, a country and western dance featuring Bev Elliot and Band, Friday June 29 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., plus the gender-free Contra Dance Saturday, June 30 from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
In Vancouver, gay, lesbian, transgender and straight communities are invited to learn square dance through the social club Squares Across the Boarder. For more information visit squaresacrosstheborder.org.
Advance tickets are available for $10 at Little Sisters bookstore on Davie Street. Tickets at the door are $12. The Hyatt is located at 655 Burrard St.
An event July 7 aims to highlight home-town shops, events and designers. Shopping!—need I say more?
The E BAZAAR is a one-day event gathers more than 20 Vancouver artisans and designers, with a promise of food trucks and music. The E BAZAAR takes place at the Biltmore Hotel, 2755 Prince Edward St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you hang around long enough you can catch a live show. The Biltmore Cabaret and Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series presents the Japandroids with guests Previous Tenants. Visit biltmorecabaret.com for details.
Tbooth wireless is hosting a free Canada Day block party July 1 in partnership with ViVa Vancouver, the city’s new initiative that transforms public spaces into people places.
Tbooth wireless will take over the 700- block of Granville Street between Robson and Georgia, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. when friends, families and pedestrians are invited to this summer celebration featuring live music, mobile gaming stations, a life-sized “Words with Friends” interactive game and an onsite Instagram photo booth.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is the location for the start of Slutwalk Vancouver 2012, a march to end “victim-blaming” and “slut-shaming.” The march started in Toronto a year ago in response to a police officer’s comment that women can avoid being sexually assaulted by not dressing like “sluts.”
Vancouver held its own rally in May 2011 and that tradition will continue this Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m.