What is Commercial Drive Car Free Day?
Commercial Drive Car Free Day is a free festival that spans 15 blocks in East Vancouver. It highlights local shops, food trucks and entertainment. As you may have guessed from the name, there is a strong emphasis on taking public transit, walking or biking to the event. Commercial Drive will be shut down from North Grandview to Venables and buses have been rerouted to accommodate the event. Don’t fret! The Commercial/ Broadway skytrain station is super close to the festival making it accessible for everyone (even if you’re coming from Surrey)!
When/ Where is Commercial Drive Car Free Day?
Commercial Drive will take place on Sunday, July 7, 2019 from noon to 7pm. The festival will take place from North Grandview to Venables on Commercial Drive. It is a free, family friendly event. Food trucks and local restaurants will be open but if you prefer to pack a lunch and have a picnic, Grandview park is a nice place to visit. Wear comfortable walking shoes as the festival is 15 blocks long. Bring sunscreen and water because it’s July and the festival takes place outside.
Should you go?
If you like fun, free, community oriented activities then you should definitely go. This is our second year vending. We had so much fun last year that we just had to come back. You can browse the goods of local artisans or watch interesting street performers if that’s more your jam. Whatever you decide to do, it’s am upbeat, inclusive event that is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We will be bringing an excellent selection of Venus & Mars clothing for you to fall in love with. If you want to stay up to date with what we’re doing follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
What is East Side Pride?
East Side Pride is a family oriented Pride event. Come enjoy live music, yoga demonstrations, burlesque and drag performances. Check out the goods from local artists and businesses or learn about different organizations and groups who support the Vancouver Pride Society. This is our third year doing East Side Pride and it is quickly becoming one of our favourite events! You would be hard pressed to find a more positive, friendly and welcoming event.
When/ Where is East Side Pride?
East Side Pride will take place at Grandview Park located at Commercial Drive and Charles Street. It will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from noon to 6pm. There is no admission and this is a family-friendly event. Grandview Park is a short walk from the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station or you can take a number of buses right to the park. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on. You can also bring a picnic or get delicious treats from food trucks and local business on the drive!
Should you go?
You should definitely come to check out East Side Pride. Why? First of all, it’s free. Second, it’s easy to get to by public transportation. Third, you can show your support for Vancouver’s LGBTQ community. And finally, it’s a lot of fun! Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your kids. Everyone is guaranteed to have a great time. Come down, have a little picnic and watch some awesome performances. If you need to stretch your legs, come check out the vendors or maybe go for a little walk down commercial to get some gelato. Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday in June?
Does your life just needs more glitter, tassels and butts? Well, good news because Vancouver has an incredibly active, unique and eclectic burlesque community! There are monthly shows going on all over the city. Here are a couple you may want to check out!
Taboo Revue is a Vancouver’s biggest and longest running burlesque show. Put on by the Screaming Chicken’s Society, it is a monthly show that takes place at the Wise Hall in East Van. Whether you’re watching a Becoming Burlesque graduation show or checking out a seasoned pro, it’s an event that you’ll walk away happy from. There’s no dress code but dressing up is encouraged so why not wear your new corset?
Go Go Bungalow
Go Go Bungalow is your go to place for vintage cocktails and go go dancers. What could be better? It takes place every Sunday night at the Shameful Tiki Room on Main Street. Dance to surf, soul, rock and roll and motown or sit back and take in the tiki decor. If you want to dress in theme, we suggest adding some rainbow sparkle glovelets to your outfit.
Glam Slam is when burlesque meets wrestling. It’s a weird combo but it works. Whether you’re watching wrestlers who do burlesque or burlesque dancers who wrestle, it’s a good time for everyone. Glam Slam is a monthly event that takes at the Wise Hall. But be warned, it sells out super fast so if you have to opportunity to grab tickets, do it! It is highly encouraged that you dress up so come grab some gold leggings and show off your moves!
There’s so many cool burlesque events in Vancouver that you should totally check out. The ones I’ve listed are ones that occur regularly but groups like Geekenders do limited run shows like Star Wars: A Nude Hope and one off shows all the time. So lookout for them and support your local artists! What’s your favourite burlesque show in Vancouver?
Vancouver has a bit of a reputation of being a no fun city especially when it comes to clubs and dancing. There are, of course, the mainstream pop music clubs on Granville street. But where are you supposed to go if you don’t want to hang out with the jocks? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Descent is Vancouver’s Goth night. It takes place the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Red Room. Founded in August, 2007, Descent provides a chill environment for the city’s Goth kids to dance and drink in peace. There is no dress code but you are encouraged to wear whatever you want to express yourself. The music is good, the cover is cheap and everyone is pretty friendly. Throw on a black frock coat and some dark jeans and go dance the night away.
Galaxion is your place to drink, dance and game. Heavily inspired by 80s pop culture, Galaxion takes place on the first Saturday of every month at the Astoria. Dance the night away to 80s classics, New Wave, Synthpop, Hip Hop and Post Punk. Don’t feel like dancing? Check out some of the retro arcade games set on free play. It’s the perfect place to rock some rainbow sparkle leggings!
Sin City is Vancouver’s longest running fetish party. It takes place on the second Saturday of every month (plus a couple other bonus parties) at various venues. If you’ve never been to a fetish party before don’t be scared! Sin City is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the life style. There is a dance floor or if you’re feeling spicy then you can check out the dungeon. Sin City has a fetish dress code to keep the normies out. We suggest starting your outfit with a corset.
I know it can seem hopeless when you’re passing the Lamp Lighter on a Saturday night but there are really cool events and venues you can find in Vancouver if you look hard enough. These are just a few examples. Did I miss anything? Where do you like to hang out on the weekend?
As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, one of our most frequently asked questions is “What is Steampunk?”. Sometimes the best way to explain it is through movies. If you want to familiarize yourself with the Steampunk genre or you’re looking for some visual inspiration for your steampunk costume then these are some movies I would check out. A caveat, these aren’t great movies but they do have some really excellent costumes and sets.
Wild Wild West
I think the 1999 Will Smith and Kevin Kline film is one of the most frequently referenced when people are trying to explain the steampunk aesthetic to muggles. Waistcoats, corsets, gadgets, giant robotic spiders and googles are just some of the steampunk elements that this movie highlights. Wild Wild West gives us cowboy steampunk. What’s not to love about that? A warning though, it has a terrible script so maybe watch it on mute. If you want to make a Wild Wild West inspired costume I would start with a double breasted waistcoat and build your outfit from that.
Sucker Punch is probably the next most referenced film when people are looking for steampunk examples. It offers a more militaristic version of steampunk. Most of the colours are muted compared to Wild Wild West. This movie is highly stylized and visually stunning. But the story is weird and the ending is unsatisfying. The costumes and character designed are super cool though and it’s worth watching in the background if you’re trying to come of with a steampunk character. For a Sucker Punch inspired costume, I would start with a holster harness.
So I had to include at least one movie set in Victorian England and while Sherlock Holmes and The Prestige are great choices I choose Sweeney Todd. Tim Burton’s twisted dark fairy tale style gives Sweeney Todd a little bit more personality. Everything Mrs. Lovett wears is amazing. It might not be strictly steampunk but it’s close enough. I especially love her swim wear (pictured above). Unlikely the other movies on my list, Sweeney Todd is actually an enjoyable film especially if you like murder musicals and Alan Rickman. For a Mrs. Lovett inspired outfit, I would start with a rail pull skirt.
Did I miss anything? What steampunk movies would you include on your list? What do you watch to get inspired? Let us on know on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. We’re always looking for good references to steer people towards!