Firehall Fetes Local Food, Beverage & Art with Signature Celebration:
– Eat Drink Play. –
Annual Fundraiser Pairs Tastings from Gastown & East Van’s Hottest
Brewers, Distillers, and Restaurants with Local Performance
The Firehall Arts Centre presents the return of its annual Eat Drink Play. celebration on June 16, 2016 at 7pm. Created to celebrate the foodie revolution happening in the Firehall’s backyard, the event brings together East Van’s finest restaurateurs, craft brewers, small-batch distillers, and performers for an eclectic summer evening of sampling and sharing.
“For more than 30 years, we’ve been presenting art at the corner of Cordova and Gore. The changes we’ve seen in the neighbourhood during this time are nothing short of staggering,” explained Donna Spencer, Artistic Producer at Firehall Arts Centre. “Two years ago, we decided we wanted to celebrate this transformation by inviting our new neighbours to come meet our audiences and share their culinary expressions with them. The event has quickly become an annual favourite: a perfect capstone for our programming season and a refreshing way to start the summer.
The event takes over the Firehall’s entire premises, filling its theatre, lobby, studio, courtyard, and even dressing rooms with a smorgasbord of delectable treats and eclectic dance, music, and performance. Attendees are free to roam the entire complex, making culinary and artistic discoveries around each corner (as well as bidding on a silent auction bursting with prizes).
Local restaurants contributing tastes of signature dishes will include such neighbourhood hot spots as Bambudda, Bestie, Cuchillo, Sai Woo, Tacofino, and tuc Craft Kitchen, among others.
Libation samples will be available from local brewers Big Rock, Parallel 49, and Steamworks, while Odd Society Spirits serve up samples of their signature vodka and gin.
Short performances that will take place during the evening include TJ Dawe performing an excerpt from his new show, Burn This (after its highly successful run at the Orlando Fringe Festival). Nicolle Nattrass will perform an excerpt from Mamahood: turn and face the strange, which is a part of the Firehall’s recently announced 2016/2017 season. Meghan Gardiner will be reviving her Jessie Award-nominated performance playing the character Helen from the recent production of Dead Metaphor. Additional performances to be announced soon.
“There’s no better place to taste the best eats of the neighbourhood
and support the performing arts in our city.”
– Vancity Buzz
June 16, 2016 (Doors at 7pm) at the Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova
Tickets: $35 Regular / $20 Artists at firehallartscentre.ca | 604.689.0926
Full Event Details at: firehallartscentre.ca
About the Firehall Arts Centre:
Located in a heritage fire station built in 1906, the Firehall Arts Centre produces a season of eclectic theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances and acts as a host to visual arts exhibitions in its intimate gallery/lounge. Each year the Centre hosts over two hundred performances bringing audiences into the heart of the city to enjoy artistic works, view art works in the gallery and sip a beverage in the enclosed courtyard.
The building that is now home to the Firehall Arts Centre served as a fire hall – the first motorized fire hall in North America – until 1975. Minor renovations to turn the building into a theatre were undertaken at that time but it was not until February 25, 1982, that the building opened as the Firehall Theatre. Later the decision was taken to change the name to the Firehall Arts Centre to better reflect all of the different arts activities that are housed in the bustling centre that we are today!