East Vancouver Arts & East Van Artists


East Vancouver Arts Neighbourhoods & East Van Artists

Vancouver has the highest concentration of artists, many in the East Van Arts Neighbourhoods. In Vancouver, artists make up 2.3% of the labour force with the broader category of cultural workers representing 9.7% (almost 20,000).  East Vancouver Arts Neigbourhoods include: Grandview, Collingwood, Hastings East, Hastings Sunrise, Mount Pleasant, Renfrew, Riley Park / Kensington, Sunset, Fraserview and Killarney. 

Grandview, East Vancouver

The Grandview area in East Van includes Commercial Drive aka The Drive is known for over 300 shops, restaurants and cultural facilities along the long Commercial Drive roadway, mostly single-location and owner-operated. Most businesses are micro-sized – with less than five employees. Commercial Drive is also a mixed residential-commercial area with family-oriented parks, a large number of local ethnic stores and community groups, Edwardian-style heritage buildings, European-style cafes, bars, alternative shops and entertainment venues.

The Granview area is known for its East Van roots in arts and culture. Notable venues and events include: Havana Restaurant & Gallery at 1212 Commercial Drive, East Side Cultch at 1895 Venables, which is a gathering place at a former abandoned church re-developed into a diverse performance space with weekly showings, the Wise Hall at 1882 Adanac Street which supports local artists, performers and promoters, including flea markets with over 200 local vendors, The Drive Murals along Commercial Drive from Salsbury Park to Grandview Tire are painted by Vancouver artists and sponsored by Commercial Drive Business Society. And every November, the area is part of Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl with over 300 artists participating and over 15,000 art-goers attending. The neighbourhood also hosts the annual Car-Free Day where over 10,000 Vancouverites gather to enjoy a day of celebration, shopping and eating along Commercial Drive.

Collingwood, East Vancouver

Collingwood is a large, culturally diverse and family-oriented neighbourhood in Vancouver, east of Victoria Drive, with a business community in several areas, as well as some of the fastest-growing residential sectors of Vancouver. It is the crossroads of Vancouver and Burnaby, with a shopping area that has served Collingwood’s needs for generations, reflecting a larger proportion of seniors compared to other Vancouver areas. Comprised of long-term family-owned businesses and shops such as bakeries, banking, professional and business services, health, beauty, hair care, clothing, deli, grocery and vegetable stores, most businesses in Collingwood are micro-sized – with less than five employees. Also higher than Vancouver averages are banks, motion pictures, holdings and other investments, as well as hotels and rooming houses.

Half of the Collingwood population claim Chinese as their mother tongue, then followed by Hindi and Punjabi. Household sizes in the area are larger than Vancouver average, with more married couples and more children per household, making it a family-oriented area to establish roots with home ownerships. The dominant lifestyle group of the area is successful middle-aged Asian families, with average incomes although an upwardly mobile lifestyle. Reflecting the higher percentage of seniors than average, a lower percentage of the Collingwood population is in the labour force, making the area ideal for multi-generational and family-oriented residents.

Hastings East, East Vancouver

Hastings East includes Canada’s largest Chinatown and North America’s third largest Chinatown by population, after San Francisco and New York. Located on the downtown east side of Vancouver, Chinatown, has grown into a proud centre of Chinese culture, home to traditional restaurants, markets, temples and gardens. Hastings East extends from Chinatown along Hastings East to Nanaimo Street. The region also includes Strathcona and within it, the Downtown Eastside (DTES), Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods. In recent years, Hastings East has experienced a renaissance, with trendy bars, shops and restaurants, along with new art spaces reclaiming historic spaces. Hastings East has transformed dramatically, with the young and cultured relocating and co-creating a trendy art scene.

Chinatown has a much higher percentage of retail businesses than average for Vancouver, with food stores being the most common. So not surprisingly, food stands are popular at the Chinatown Night Market on Keefer Street, open every weekend from May to September. Enjoy live music, storytelling, and Mahjong, as well as authentic dim sum treasures.

Hastings Sunrise, East Vancouver

Hastings Sunrise is located in the northeastern corner of Vancouver. Hastings Sunrise is best known as the home of the Pacific National Exhibition, at Hastings Park for over 100 years. The area is mainly residential, while the shops and services along Hastings Street’s are part of Vancouver East Village from Commercial Drive to Renfrew, as well as parts of Powell Street. The affordable Hastings Sunrise is an ethnically diverse and working-class area that in more recent years have attracted young professionals, artists and musicians. Most Hastings Sunrise businesses are ‘micro’ sized – less than 5 employees. Major business types include eating and drinking establishments, food stores, retail, automotive dealers, service and repair, as well as health and personal services.

Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Hastings North. Since the first Fair, the event has become the largest annual ticketed event in the province, and continues to draw over 900,000 visitors during its 17 days. 

Hastings Sunrise is a young adult, mobile and ethnically diverse community. Reflecting their younger age and lower education levels, Hastings North residents have lower household incomes than the Vancouver average. Also reflecting their young age and lower incidence of full-time schooling, a high percentage of Hastings North residents are in the labour force.

Mount Pleasant, East Vancouver

Mount Pleasant aka SoMa for South of Main is a vibrant and eclectic area known for its unusual stores, heritage buildings, artistic residents, and arts-focused festivals. The area is popular with urban professionals and families. Mount Pleasant is a young adult, well-educated and mobile community with a high population density. Most businesses are ‘micro’ sized – less than 5 employees. Recently, South of Main (SoMa) has transformed from a former working class neighbourhood into a cultured area with new upscale restaurants and bars along Main Street. There is a new area with commercial art galleries called near the 2nd Avenue-Great Northern Way route called The Flats.

Since 2004, The Drift Art Festival has included a wide range of arts and community-based events that occur in galleries, businesses, restaurants, open studios, community organizations and public spaces around Main Street from Industrial to 33rd during Fall. In more recent years, The Flats is now Vancouver’s hottest art district with galleries that have relocated to the affordable and large warehouse spaces along East 2nd Avenue and Great Northern Way. All within walking distance for convenience, galleries include: Catriona Jeffries, Chernoff Fine Art, Equinox Gallery, Gallery 295, Grunt Gallery, Macaulay Fine Art, Monte Clark, Winsor Gallery, WAAP and more!

Renfrew, East Vancouver

Renfrew is a dynamic, family-oriented neighbourhood, known for its active community spirit and remarkable diversity. Its residents value the area’s single-family neighbourhood, views from public places, and open sections of Still Creek and Renfrew Ravine. Comprised of long-term family-owned businesses and shops such as bakeries, banking, professional and business services, health, beauty, hair care, clothing, deli, grocery and vegetable stores, most businesses in Renfrew are micro-sized – with less than five employees.

Residents of Renfrew celebrate the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival annually. The festival is a celebration of art, music, environmental stewardship, and community participation with lanterns, live music and walks along the ravine trails to Renfrew Park. It also celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance, honouring diverse cultural traditions.

Riley Park / Kensington, East Vancouver

Kensington has a wide social and demographic mix, as well as ethnic groups and artists in residential live/work studios. Kensington was predominantly working class, but rising house prices have changed the neighbourhood’s demographics. The area’s parks offer a community centre, pool, neighbourhood house, and community-policing centre. Kensington was largely rural until the beginning of World War I when a number of industries emerged. The majority of commercial shops and services are concentrated on Kingsway itself and most are micro-sized – with five employees or less.

The Illuminaires Lantern Festival is an annual summer event, traditionally held at the Kensington area’s Trout Lake. Illuminares started as a community festival in 1988 and it remains one to this day, relying on public participation to create its special kind of magic. The Public Dreams Society, a group formed in 1985 to encourage community events, puts on the event. Illuminares is a mixture of events put on by the society, such as fire-breathers and bands, and participants bringing their own homemade lanterns. Local lantern making workshops help people make their own personalized lantern. About 30,000 people come to this event on the last Saturday of July each year.

Sunset, East Vancouver

Sunset residents appreciate single-family neighbourhoods and cultural diversity. Memorial Park South and the Sunset Community Centre are well-used by families in the area. The Sunset aka South Hill-Fraser Street is a community where people come to settle down and raise a family. Residents are a multicultural mix of immigrant and young families, with a South Asian population majority. Fraser Street and Main Street are the commercial centres of the community, providing a range of shops and services. Most businesses are micro-sized – less than five employees. Sunset is one of the city’s oldest shopping areas, with commercial roots dating back to when a streetcar route ran over the Fraser Street Bridge to Richmond that once served as farmland. The area is a well-known destination for specialty ethnic foods and textiles as well as general supply stores.

Sunset has more than three times as many food stores and heath service businesses than the city and regional average, and double the amount of eating and drinking establishments, banks and personal services. Sunset is also home to “Little India’s” Punjabi Market, a commercial district and ethnic enclave six blocks along Main Street around 49th Avenue. The market has become a shopping destination for many weddings due to numerous Indian ethnic clothing and bridal goods. There is also a significant number of jewelry stores, making it the highest concentration of jewelers in Canada.

Fraserview, East Vancouver

Fraserview is a large and multiculturally diverse area, including a large Indo-Canadian population. Much of the commercial development in the neighbourhood is focused along Victoria Drive. The area features a range of ethnic shops and services, with some of the city’s best prices for produce, and the greatest selection of local and exotic fruits and vegetables, as well as traditional European baked goods or any kind of Chinese dining. Most businesses are micro-sized – with less than five employees The neighbourhood also features a large park, Fraserview Park and a golf course, Fraserview Golf Course.

Fraserview residents enjoy Fraserview Golf Course, an old course feeling in a relaxed West Coast setting. Overlooking the Fraser River, this well-maintained and traditional-style course features topographical changes along majestic, tree-lined fairways. The Fraserview Clubhouse also provides a beautiful setting for hosting private parties, luncheons, cocktail receptions, banquets and other special events, all year round.

Killarney, East Vancouver

Killarney consists of Champlain Heights and Fraserlands, in the extreme southeast corner of the city. The area contains single-family residences, with a few multi-family homes as well as townhomes and high-rises. The area was largely rural until the 1950s and abundant green spaces are still visible between Killarney’s houses. Killarney residents shop at Champlain Square mall, which includes a large grocery store, fresh produce market, financial institutions and a library, as well as a variety of shops along Kingsway. Most businesses are micro-sized – with less than five employees. Everett Crowley Park with 40 hectares bordering Burnaby and Fraser River, offers walking trails and an off-leash area for dogs.

Casual, fast food and family-style restaurants abound in Killarney, along with sports and recreational offerings at the Killarney Community Centre, which includes a fitness centre, leisure pool and ice-skating rink. The area also boasts one of Vancouver’s largest public parks, Everett Crowley Park at 40-hectare or 100 acre, built on a former landfill. Located at Kerr and Marine Way, in southeast Vancouver, Everett Crowley Park is a unique place for recreation, nature appreciation, and wildlife habitat. The park rests on an escarpment and looks out over the North arm of the Fraser River. Nature trails and walking paths offer magnificent views for Killarney residents.

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The Art Party is collaborating with IMPACT Festival for Virtual Charity Festival: July 16 to 20, with livestream to 3D Virtual World with +10 million active users and Zoom for an even bigger impact! 💥

The Art Party is supporting vegan Zoom workshops as this is a solution to reduce our carbon footprint with a more plant-based diet.

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Happy Bains is a Canadian Success Coach, former Indian and International Model, Actor, Fashion & Event Director, Celebrity Manager, he is now a certified and professional Consultant, Speaker, Seminar Leader, Career and Business Advancement Coach and proud Founder of GURU! Global Consulting. A vegan since childhood, Happy will talk about vegan cooking, time management and how plant-based protein is a solution for our current pandemic crisis affecting our global food supply chain.


IMPACT Festival has tested the multi-stage digital festival model to include cutting edge visuals, 3D-designed stages, virtual dance floors, merchandise integration, and more. This is all to help attract a huge audience of virtual supporters for your art, music or passion. 🌎

There are multiple causes for IMPACT Festivals in 2020, including the Artist Relief Impact Fund to support artists who perform at Impact Festival and its associated streams. 100% of this fund will be given to participating artists, divided fairly by the fraction of viewers of each artist’s stream. IMPACT Festival is also supplementing through grand stand sponsorship. ❤️

IMPACT Festival offers consistent streaming for recurring revenue sources for artists to make money online.


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Virtual Charity Festivals 2020

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Collaborations With IMPACT Festival

The Art Party is collaborating with IMPACT Festival for joint charity festivals July 16 to 20 and September 5 weekend. These events are live stream to 3D Virtual World with over 10 million active users and Zoom, a video and web conferencing platform. The Art Party has grown an audience of +10,000 social media contacts with +1000 Mailchimp contacts for workshops and events. 

The United Nations has declared September 5 yearly as International Day of Charity. As a non-profit in Canada, The Art Party is planning to participate and collaborate with IMPACT Festival for online events with DJs and live paintings, along with break out rooms for live workshops using Zoom. https://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/

For IMPACT Festivals in 2020, The Art Party is providing Google Ad Grants for promotions in 2020. The Art Party is also providing support for Zoom workshops with Zoom moderators during the virtual festivals and also in-between to promote the workshop trainers.

There are multiple causes for IMPACT Festivals in 2020, including the Artist Relief  Impact Fund to support artists who perform at Impact Festival and its associated streams. 100% of this fund will be given to participating artists, divided fairly by the fraction of viewers of each artist’s stream. IMPACT Festival is also supplementing through grand stand sponsorship. ❤️

IMPACT Festival in 2019 had over 1,000 live attendees and raised over $40,000 for charities. For 2020, IMPACT Festival will be virtual with the goal of over 100,000 and up to 1 million virtual attendees on Twitch.TV and up to 1,000 participants on Zoom to raise online cash donations. http://www.impactfestival.ca/

Why Join A Virtual Festival? 

Burning Man will be virtual this year and take place in the multiverse because of the ongoing threat of COVID-19. It usually brings in crowds of over 80,000 to Black Rock, Nevada, but in 2020 it will take place online. It’s not just Burning Man, but all summer festivals are banned in 2020; all governments in Canada and the USA have placed a ban on all large gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These summer festivals typically feature live music, art, alternative workshops, food vendors and more. https://burningman.org 

There is a need for community building and social engagement, even with social distancing laws. The virtual charity festivals will take place entirely online. Similar to live in-person workshops at festivals, virtual workshops at a virtual festival could have break-out rooms with art-making, vegan / veg cooking demos, yoga, and skillshare workshops. 

The Art Party is focused on vegan / veg cooking demos for the Zoom workshops as this is a good fit with the IMPACT Festival audience who is looking to reduce their carbon footprint with a more plant-based diet. There is also a surge in online vegan / veg cooking classes since COVID-19 outbreak, with millions of cooking related searches on Google. The current and other previous pandemics are zoonotic (disease transmission from animals to humans). We will require at least 2 volunteer moderators to help up to 1,000 participants during Zoom breakout sessions to view and send video, screen share, annotate and security. https://zoom.us 

About The Art Party

The Art Party focuses on the development and promotions of Creatives & Changemakers in the Creative Economy. We provide services that build and connect our communities with social networking, as well as space for arts cultural events and skills training for Creatives & Changemakers. This empowers these passionate entrepreneurs to make a positive social impact. We’ve co-produced and co-promoted over 30 events and workshops since 2014.


We co-produced and co-promoted the successful Crowdfunding Success to Help 270 Creatives & Changemakers get their projects funded with The Tribe (sponsored workshop space), FundRazr (keynote speaker), Spring (community promotions) and Blackbox Print (graphic design and printed postcards). Crowdfunding already has a successful track record funding artistic and creative projects, or community-oriented social entrepreneurship projects.


Earth Charter® Endorser

The Art Party is an endorser of Earth Charter® principles for a just, sustainable and peaceful planet. Earth Charter as an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action. 

The Art Party participated in Earth Charter events in Canada by providing artists on Earth Charter Day. https://www.theartparty.org/art-show/. The Art Party also collaborated on a local food event at DUDOC Vancouver. The Art Party intends to seek support for the Virtual Charity Day Festival with Earth Charter Canada. As a sponsor, Earth Charter Canada could host an Earth Charter workshop. https://www.theartparty.org/local-foods/ 

The Art Party Organizers

Liza J. Lee: (Marketing Director) has over 10 years of experience in marketing and copywriting. She’s been specializing in technology and online marketing since 2016. She’s a Google Local Guide with +5 million photo views in Vancouver, Canada since 2018. She’s also a co-founder of our non-profit The Art Party, with +30 live events. We now provide online skills training!

Kertus Cramer: (Business & Life Coach Director) Making The Right Decisions – Integrate Your Vast Ideas And Needs Into Full Expression: With my assistance, you will transform your plans from “someday, maybe” into “no time at all.”

Kevin Seng: (Artist Development Director) is the founder of Golden Brush Art, a Vancouver born company with the purpose of showcasing talented artists through live painting. We spotlight amazing artists and their artwork through our signature Battle of the Brush live painting competition 3 times per year. We also showcase the artists through private events held by local companies and at weddings. We have worked with over 200 Vancouver artists for over 30 shows.

Bob Garlick: (Photographer) has been shooting all over the world for many years. His first camera was a Pentax K1000 film camera for a student exchange trip to Japan. He is now an expert on almost any format of camera and lighting system and continues to perfect his techniques even today. With over 30 years of experience working with magazine editors, agencies and writers, Bob has the background to develop and produce editorial style photographs that no other photographer can offer.

Partner Organizations

IMPACT Festival is a non-profit festival with the purpose of empowering our attendees to make a positive impact on the world. IMPACT Festival is more than just a music event, it is a cultural movement that strives to create a more sustainable music festival, while pushing the boundaries of music, arts and harm reduction. IMPACT started in 2019 with bringing in over 80 musical acts and various art installations and workshops. With the help of our community and the ENUF foundation we were able to raise $40,000 for charity in our first year.   

Earth Charter speakers on 16 ethical principles to foster sustainable development. The Earth Charter Cities Manifesto is a call to action that was developed to help communities, cities, colleges, and companies implement the Earth Charter, affiliation with United Nations. 

3D Virtual World is the most advanced 3D environment on the web with instream advertising from Utherverse with over 10 million members. 3D internet development provides virtual environments that include live entertainment, online dating, charitable events, business opportunities and even education. Utherverse is a social network of interconnected virtual worlds. We offer opportunities for people to meet, play and work together regardless of their physical location. You explore this rich and diverse network with an Avatar, a virtual representation of your online persona.

Yoga Therapy International (YTI) has been a Registered Yoga School (RYT 200 & 500) with Yoga Alliance in Therapeutic Yoga since 2009 and recently became one of the first Accredited Programs in the world with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Maggie Reagh, the Founding Director, has been practicing Yoga Therapy for 12 years and teaching Therapeutic Yoga for 15 years. She has trained 9 Therapeutic Yoga Teachers and 6 Yoga Therapists since starting her training program in 2009. 

Happy Bains is a Canadian Success Coach, former Indian and International Model, Actor, Fashion & Event Director, Celebrity Manager, he is now a certified and professional Consultant, Speaker, Seminar Leader, Career and Business Advancement Coach and proud Founder of GURU! Global Consulting. A vegan since childhood, Happy will talk about vegan cooking, time management and how plant-based protein is a solution for our current pandemic crisis affecting our global food supply chain. 

The Art Party Promotions

In addition to Google Ad Grants (up to $10,000 / month in-kind sponsorship), The Art Party will promote IMPACT Festivals on Facebook. The Art Party Community Facebook Group represents a diverse group of artists, creatives and changemakers across races, genders and ages in Metro Vancouver. We can also invite a maximum of 500 friends on each account for a total of 1000 to a Facebook Event.  

http://www.facebook.com/lizajlee (+4000 friends)

https://www.facebook.com/artistrun (+4900 friends)

https://www.facebook.com/TheArtParty/ (+1400 fans)

https://www.facebook.com/artistruncollective (+1500 fans)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/theartparty/ (+2000 members)

Join and help us unite the world and maximize our positive IMPACT: https://www.facebook.com/events/574821323111680/


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