Pinocchio explores Commercial Drive: an East Van Panto walking tour!

A Commercial Drive walking tour inspired by East Van Panto: Pinocchio

Remember last year when Dorothy and friends traveled to Olympic Village to meet the Wizard of OV? Or the year before when Snow White escaped to the PNE and danced with the SuperDogs? Who could forget Little Red Riding Hood’s adventures along the Adanac bike path in search of Grandma’s house at the Woodwards Building?  Remember Hansel and Gretel lost in the wilderness of Stanley Park; Cinderella cleaning her house on Fraser Street; or even the first East Van Panto, Jack And The Beanstalk, which re-opened the York Theatre on Commercial Drive?

Over the years, Theatre Replacement’s hyperlocal East Van Panto has featured some of Vancouver’s best places and beloved hot-spots – and this year is no exception! This season, Pinocchio and friends explore Commercial Drive, encounter a cappuccino war between the Drive’s many coffee shops, venture to Hastings Racecourse, and end up at so many more East Van spots. Check out some of the local favourites Pinocchio comes across in East Van Panto: Pinocchio below.  

Kin Kao Thai

Kin Kao (‘eat rice’), deliver a compact but diverse selection of authentic Thai dishes.

903 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W8
604-558-1125 | INFO@KINKAO.CA | kinkao.ca

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Bump n’ Grind on the Drive

Bump n’ Grind on the Drive is known for its quality coffee and baked goods. The drinks are unique and tasty.

916 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W7
604-569-3362 | bumpngrindcafe.com

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Absinthe Bistro French

Absinthe Bistro is an owned and operated family business based on the idea of bringing fresh and flavourful French food to Vancouver.

952 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W7
bistroabsinthe.com

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Britannia School

Britannia Community Secondary School is a public community secondary school located in the Grandview–Woodland neighbourhood on the east-side of Vancouver.

1001 Cotton Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3T4
604-713-8266 | britannia.vsb.bc.ca

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Sunrise Pizza

Find all the pizza, Italian, Greek, steakhouse, and barbecue options you’re looking for at Sunrise Pizza & Steak House.

949 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W8
604-251-2411 | sunrisepizza.ca

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Joe’s Café

Serving the perfect espresso, the most exquisite cappuccino, the tallest latte. One of Vancouver’s great secrets.

1150 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X2
604-255-1046 | joescafebar.com

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Grandview Park

The Grandview Park is a big summertime lure for locals and Drive visitors.

1657 Charles Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2T4

Beckwoman’s Hippie Emporium

Beckwoman’s Hippie Emporium is a real hippie paradise.

1314 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X6
778-709-8516

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Continental

Continental Coffee on Commercial Drive is one of the cities best coffee shops, and a welcome break from the Starbucks and Blenz that dot most corners.

1806 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A5
foodology.ca/continental-coffee

Café Deux Soleils

Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive is your home for healthy comfort food, morning, noon, and night.

2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B2
604-254-1195 | cafedeuxsoleils.com

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Jam Jar Lebanese

Jamjar tells a story of communal living and sharing food as a means to connect. The idea originates from the heart of Lebanese culture based on hospitality and generosity.

2290 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B5
604-252-3957 | jam-jar.ca

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Hastings Racecourse

Hastings Racecourse is a horse racing facility at Hastings Park, four miles from downtown Vancouver.

188 N Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 3N8
hastingsracecourse.com

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Burrard Inlet

Burrard Inlet is the fjord that separates the coastal mountain range to north from the city of Vancouver and the rest of the lower mainland to the south. The Lions Gate Bridge crosses Burrard inlet at Stanley Park. 

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Fox Cabaret

The Fox Cabaret is an independent venue in Vancouver with a focus on live music, dancing, entertainment and good times.

2321 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9
foxcabaret.com

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East Van Panto: Pinocchio runs Nov 20-Jan 5, 2020 at the York Theatre. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604-251-1363.

Introducing East Van Panto’s new scenic illustrator: Cindy Mochizuki!

We are so excited to welcome Cindy Mochizuki to the East Van Panto team!

Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto features the work of so many amazing artists every holiday season. Part of the magic of the Panto, is having new voices featured each year with new members of the creative team. This year, we are so excited to welcome Vancouver artist Cindy Mochizuki to the team!

Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, performance, animation, drawings, and community-engaged projects that explore the ways in which we manifest ‘story’. Her community-engaged projects explore the triangular relationship of performativity, social engagement, and magic. 

 A large body of her work investigates narratives and memories within the archive of familial architecture, including childhood spaces, home videos, photography, and oral histories.  These projects revisit the memory and history of displacement and migration of family members both within Canada and Japan.”

Check out some of her amazing work below!

Cave to Dream:

Explores the passage of time, life and death, and the power of dreams.
Image credit: www.cindymochizuki.com

Other Faces of Nihonga:

An embroidery and listening experience that brings to light remembrances of Japanese Canadian mothers and their domestic skills and artistry during the internment camps as conjured by their daughters (now in their 80’s).
Image credit: www.cindymochizuki.com

Loch:

During her residency, Mochizuki opened a fortune shop out of her studio and offered fortunes in exchange for personal monster stories.
Image credit: www.cindymochizuki.com

Check out Cindy’s amazing work on stage at East Van Panto: Pinocchio!


East Van Panto: Pinocchio runs Nov 20-Jan 5, 2020 at the York Theatre. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.