Archive for January, 2011

Eastvan Cross Tattoo

January 16, 2011

Amazing tatty on an unknown subject. This photograph was apparently displayed at The Tattoo Project on Granville Island a few months back.


Anyone with any info on this piece, please contact me:

Also, hit me up if you have a tattoo pertaining to eastvan or vancouver in general! I’d love to feature it!


Kanye West’s MONSTER (Muppet Remix)

January 16, 2011

This track’s been getting hella play for awhile now. But check out this lazy sunday shit.


I don’t think this is the ‘Official’ video (below) as there were reports of unfinished versions showing up on the web. Sheesh. I guess songs aren’t the only things that get bootlegged anymore. Anyways, chickity check:


January 15, 2011

Dutchess Princess Fishes

Lettuce do this

Rip Shit and start again



January 14, 2011

RAP LOBOTOMY by Kid Lithium

January 14, 2011

The homie and fellow East Side Magician, Kid Lithium, drops a verse over the current Bangladesh/Weezy single, 6 Foot 7. Something about this makes me want to throw on Beatlejuice and boogie.

Filmed (by yours truly) for Beast Van Productions on the 200 block of Princess Avenue in the Downtown Eastside. Home.

Download the single HERE!

And if you haven’t already done so, go grab Lithium’s free album, The First Downloadable Drug.


Tweet @lithinvan

Call for submissions

January 14, 2011

Looking for high quality photo submissions of people wearing their Welcome To Eastvan gear

Send to:

No condom wearing pictures will be accepted!

As seen on the internet

January 14, 2011

“I want to emblazon my community on my chest and show it off”, said Rob Geary, founder of the Welcome to East Van brand, in an interview I did with him last year. Geary was saying this in response to my asking him if his tshirt line had anything to do with the gentrification of the East side. To him, the birth of this line was never meant to functions as a commentary on the changing face of area, it was, and continues to be about celebrating the culture and community that always existed there.

So it’s only fitting that I was lead to today’s “Couldn’t Have Said it Better” article through him.

Read the rest of the article here

Lima at I, Vancouverite posted this article.
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East Van sheds its bad rep and emerges as Vancouver’s cultural heart

January 13, 2011

found here

East Van sheds its bad rep and emerges as Vancouver’s cultural heart

VANCOUVER — East Van has had a bad rep for decades. It’s the poor side of town, a scary no-man’s land you steer clear of when the sun goes down.

Frankly, you get the feeling many people on the west side would rather live in Nanaimo than east of Main Street. But wait!

Rising rents and real-estate prices have pushed many people out of Kits and Point Grey and over to Main, Commercial and Strathcona.

Main Street has in fact become Vancouver’s main street, a vibrant strip humming with many of the city’s hippest new stores and restaurants. (Not the high-end, chi-chi places, but the most interesting ones.)

East Van’s coolest bar, the Waldorf, has been refurbished and reinvented as a hipster hangout. In tandem with the cheese mecca Les Amis du Fromage, it’s bringing life back to a long-dead part of Hastings.

Commercial Drive has been happening for years, an exotic blend of groovy restaurants and offbeat stores. Donald’s Market anchors a thriving shopping district around Hastings and Nanaimo.

In November more than 10,000 people trekked down to the Eastside Culture Crawl, a decade-old event where East Van’s many artists open up their studios to the public.

East Van even has its own icon, the giant East Van cross (Monument for East Vancouver) artist Ken Lum erected on the bluff at Clark Drive and Great Northern Way.

A shift in the public perception seems to be afoot. In many eyes, East Van has become the cool part of town, the cultural heart of Vancouver.

Read more: Vancouver Sun

Some comments from that article:

10:33 PM on January 6, 2011
I find alot of west side snobs trying to hang out in east van?


you stand out….stay away please.


1:20 PM on January 6, 2011

So sick of stories that try to keep Vancouver divided into east and west. There’s good and bad in all parts of this city. I don’t find any particular postal code has a lock on generous, interesting people in this city.


9:10 AM on January 6, 2011

I’ve lived in both Kits and the Commercial Drive area, and I’d take the Drive any day — real people, relaxed, interesting, lots of flavor and vitality…. you know, the way Kits used to be way back when, in the days before it lost its funky pizazz.


11:58 PM on January 5, 2011

This story is so condescending. The east side is a wonderful place to live with strong community connections and has been for years. Rennie is right the W is the most expensive letter in the alphabet. The ironic thing is that the west side is now full of wealthy immigrants and the east side is becoming full of the native born canadians who are priced out of the west side.


January 13, 2011

found here

Balmoral Blues: Renting from Vancouver’s notorious slumlords

January 13, 2011

The facts from the people who live here.

found at

Two years ago, Megaphone published a story on the destitute conditions residents of the Sahota-owned Balmoral Hotel were living in. Now, one the hotel’s longtime residents provides an update on what’s changed, and what hasn’t, inside one of Vancouver’s most notorious SROs.

I have lived in the Downtown Eastside for 13 years now.

I don’t want to put my name here, but I am a long-term Balmoral Hotel resident. I don’t want to give my name because I don’t want any harassment from the owners, the Sahotas.

In the past, the owners of the Balmoral have threatened to kick me out if I tried to get the health board in. The roof and ceilings were mouldy. The lobby looked like a parking lot for wheelchairs and bikes. The elevator didn’t work. The rooms had rats, mice and roaches.

read the rest of the article here