Marpole Online 2011 News Archives

Christmas In Marpole Village

DEC 2011 — For more information and updates on our annual Christmas In Marpole event, see

Marpole Cares 2011

DEC 2011 — Help a neighbour in need this holiday season. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item until December 16, 2011, at five locations in Marpole. Details at

SafewayThe next Yaletown?

NOV 2011 — If you walk, bike, bus or drive south down Granville Street and cross West 57th Avenue, you enter the neighbourhood of Marpole, an easygoing, unpretentious working class and immigrant community of 23,000 people. It won't be small for long. Sleepy old Marpole is changing fast. [READ STORY]

SafewayReport slams Safeway project process

NOV 2011 — A UBC researcher says the public process involved with the approval of rezoning and redevelopment of property at Granville Street and West 70th Avenue was flawed. White wrote the report, entitled "Searching for Ecological Democracy: A Case Study of the Marpole Safeway Rezoning Process," for her masters of arts degree in the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. [READ STORY]

Spooky Success!

NOV 2011 — The ninth annual Great Marpole Trick-or-Treat proved very popular again this year with merchants and children alike. The desire for treats and the dry weather made for a street full of costumed children going door-to-door to participating merchants displaying the now well-known orange pumpkin decal. Thanks to those merchants who posted the pumpkin decal and participated in this very popular community event.

The Great Marpole Trick Or Treat

NOV 2011 — The seventh annual Great Marpole Trick-or-Treat took place on Halloween day, Monday, October 31, 2011 from 4pm - 5pm.


New cinema complex will anchor Marine Gateway development

OCT 2011 — Cineplex Entertainment announced plans to build a new movie theatre complex at the new Marine Gateway development at Marine Drive and Cambie Street in south Vancouver and is scheduled to open in 2014. [READ MORE]

Abbeyfield House residents get security and support without losing independence

OCT 2011 — Abbeyfield is an innovative success story, placing a group of seniors together in a house. It offers support to residents, but also maintains the look and feel of a private home. [FULL STORY]
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Dunbar Haunted House moves to Marpole

OCT 2011 — The Dunbar Haunted House has moved to a bigger location this year, to accommodate the exponential growth and large traffic flows of the past few years. The new address is 8934 Shaughnessy Street near the Marine Drive station of the Canada Line. They are open from October 14th to October 31st, evenings from 7 pm to 10 pm Sundays – Thursdays, until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and during the day Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 7pm. Live actors spook nightly from 7 pm. This year's Haunt "Barbaric British Columbia" will combine elements and characters from traditional horror genres with iconic aspects of B.C. culture and industry. Details:

Historic Joy Kogawa House 2011 Writing Program

SEP 2011 — On Thursday, September 15, Historic Joy Kogawa House will welcome Toronto author Susan Crean as our 2011 writer-in-residence. Crean will lead writing workshops and engage in a series of conversations during her residency with writers who use their work as a means of social change. Writers in this series include poet Evelyn Lau, journalist Eric Enno Tamm, playwright Tara Beagan, essayist Betsy Warland, writer Wayde Compton, and artist Shirley Bear. Details: or call (604) 263-6586.

New Pedestrian Crosswalk for 66th @ Granville

SEP 2011 — After nearly eight years of lobbying, petitions and meetings, the Marpole BIA is very pleased to note the construction of the city of Vancouver's newest pedestrian crosswalk, at 66th Avenue and Granville St. "We are very happy that the City is installing the new crosswalk. It will enhance pedestrian safety, and make it easier for customers to access our businesses on both sides of Granville Street," says MBA President Michael Tee. The Marpole BIA thanks the City of Vancouver for installing the crosswalk, which should be operational in the coming months.

11th Annual Marpole Summerfest Success!

SEP 2011 —The Eleventh Annual Marpole Summerfest community celebration on Saturday, July 11th was a huge success! Thousands of people enjoyed the great street entertainment, wide variety of food, and the super merchant specials. The Sixth Annual Classic Car Show & Shine was the best ever. Many thanks to all of those participating merchants who helped make Marpole Summerfest such a success! Special thanks to our event sponsors, the Vancouver Courier, the
Beat 94.5 FM, QM FM 104.5 and Safeway!

Suzanne Anton Speaks at Marpole Summerfest

JUL 2011 — Suzanne Anton, Vancouver City Councillor and NPA candidate for Mayor cuts Vancouver's 125th Birthday cake at Marpole Summerfest 2011 and gives a short talk about the new development in Marpole including a possible new library and community centre.

Vintage hotrod cars at Marpole Summerfest

JUL 2011 —Marpole Summerfest Show & Shine 2011 July 9th 2011 Collector vintage hotrod cars convertibles.

Marpole Parks from vancouverstories125

JUL 2011 — Childhood memories of Marpole parks by Vivienne Van Slyke.

New Crosswalk Coming at 66th & Granville

AUG 2011 — Work is set to begin on the long-awaited new pedestrian-activated crosswalk at 66th Avenue and Granville Street. This crosswalk will enable pedestrians to cross Granville St. with greater ease and safety, and allow for more east-west flow from both sides of the commercial district.

11th Annual Marpole Summerfest!

JUL 2011 — The 11th Annual Marpole Summerfest and Show & Shine was held Saturday, July 9th, from 11 AM to 4 PM along Granville Street in Marpole. It's a family-friendly, community celebration for residents and businesses.

Marpole Summerfest 2011 Photos

JUL 2011 — A collection of photos submitted to the Marpole Business Association from the 11th Annual Marpole Summerfest.


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Proposed Richmond Island Marina & Boatyard

JUN 2011 — The Musqueam Indian Band and Bastion Development Corporation have made an application to Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) for a new commercial marina at Richmond Slough & Richmond Island. An open house was held June 22, 2011. For updates, see:

Free I Heart Marpole Buttons!

JUN 2011 — Free "I heart Marpole Summerfest" buttons will be handed out throughout the day on Saturday, July 9th, from 11 AM to 4 PM along Granville Street in Marpole.

Marpole Literacy Map

JUN 2011 — This is a map of resources available in Marpole, as representative of the Marpole Literacy Task Group members. Among the services our members provide are spirtitual, early childhood (including daycare, preschool, parent/child support, adult interest and certification classes, and adult educational services including English Language classes. [SEE MAP]

The CoV & PlaceSpeak invite you to Tag your 'hood

JUN 2011 — PlaceSpeak is launching this neighbourhood identity initiative as part of the City of Vancouver's engagement mandate. We want to know what the different communities of this City mean to you. All of the submissions will be uploaded to the PlaceSpeak website after the June 24th, 2011 deadline. [READ MORE]

Summerfest Entertainment Announced

JUN 2011 — There will be a wide variety of fun, family-oriented entertainment at this year's 11th Annual Summerfest event. [READ MORE]

Marpole BIA active in the social media sphere

JUN 2011 — The Marpole Business Association BIA has been tweeting local events and community festivals, as well as highlighting important things like the Safeway Public Hearing, traffic problems, and promoting individual businesses and products. [READ MORE]

Marpole BIA partners with CLS Link for vacancy/sales listings

JUN 2011 — The Marpole BIA is pleased to remind members of its partnership with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s Commercial Real Estate Listings Service. This on-line tool enables
prospective business and property owners to search for commercial vacancies or business listings by BIA area. The Marpole BIA web page highlights some of the amenities, transportation linkages and demographic information for the commercial district. There are also links to the VEDC’s Neighbourhood and Commercial District profiles for the Marpole community. For more information, visit

Annual student volunteer graffiti paint-out

JUN 2011 — The Marpole Business Association was very pleased to host the Fourth Annual Volunteer Graffiti Paint-Out, in conjunction with the Kerrisdale-Oakridge-Marpole Community Policing Centre (KOMCPC) in mid-May 2011. [READ MORE]

Coast Hotel Rezoning Proposal & Open House

APR 2011 — Robert Turecki Architect has applied to the City of Vancouver to expand the existing CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District for the Coast Hotel at 1041 SW Marine Drive by rezoning an adjacent MC-1 (Light Industrial) site. For updates, see:

Safeway Redevelopment Facts

APR 2011 — The rezoning and redevelopment of the Marpole Safeway site will be going to a Public Hearing at City Hall on Thursday, April 21, 2011. This redevelopment proposal is an important and positive catalyst for change in the Marpole commercial district and is strongly supported by the Board of the Marpole Business Association. [READ MORE]

Marpole Chinese New Year Celebrations 2011

MAR 2011 — The Marpole Business Association (BIA) presented the 3rd annual Marpole Chinese Lion Tour, in celebration of the Chinese New Year on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 11 AM along Granville Street. [READ MORE] [DOWNLOAD POSTER]

Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre Facility Renewal Public Open House (Thu Mar 17, 2011)

FEB 2011 — You are cordially invited to view the schematic design plans and feasibility study for the proposed new community centre on Thursday March 17, 2011 6-9pm at 990 West 59th Ave, Vancouver. Park Board staff and architects will be available to answer questions and receive comments. For more information please contact John Ross, Facility Development Coordinator, at 604-257-8676. [PDF FLYER]

Richmond Island marina proposal raises wildlife habitat, recreation access issues

FEB 2011 — The slough lies between Vancouver and Richmond Island, a property owned by the federal Port Metro Vancouver that is being eyed by Bastion Development and its partner, the Musqueam Indian Band, for a marina. [FULL STORY AT GEORGIA STRAIGHT]
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Granville Street Parking Restored in 8600 block

JAN 2011 — After years of lobbying by the Marpole Business Association to reinstate on-street parking along Granville St. that was removed in 1998 due to the 98 BLine rapid bus, the last stretch of parking spots have been returned along with a newly installed 2-hour parking sign north of the 64th Avenue bus stop. [READ MORE]

2011 Community Events

Conversations at Joy Kogawa House

Sun Dec 11, 2011 (2pm-4pm)
Open house with a reading by writer-in-residence Susan Crean. Admission by donation.

Conversations at Joy Kogawa House

Sun Dec 4, 2011 (2pm-4pm)
Shirley Bear is a multimedia artist, traditional First Nation herbalist and elder whose poetic writing voices incisive cultural and political vision. Admission by donation.

"My Three Angels" at Metro Theatre

Sat Nov 5 - Sat Dec 3, 2011
Matinees: Nov 13 and 27th

This is a delightful French comedy directed by Alison Jopson and based on the French play, La Cuisine Des Anges by Albert Husson, and is set in French Guiana around the turn of the century. It tells of the interaction between a family of French colonists and three prisoners who help them with the circumstances of their lives.

Conversations at Joy Kogawa House

Sun Nov 27, 2011 (2pm-4pm)
Wayde Compton explores the possibilities of combining re-mix culture and traditional literary expression. Admission by donation.

Conversations at Joy Kogawa House

Sun Nov 20, 2011 (2pm-4pm)
Sheena Wilson launches a collection of essays on the literary and activitist work of Joy Kogawa, with readings by Joy Kogawa, Glenn Deer and Ann-Marie Metten. Admission by donation.

Marpole Museum & Historical Society Christmas Fair at St. Augustine's Church

Sat November 12, 2011 (10am - 3pm)
8680 Hudson Avenue at 71st
Baking, silent auction, refreshments, crafts and local vendors.

Westside Baptist Church Coffee House for Senior High and College Students

Fri November 4, 2011 (8pm–10:30pm )
For details and registration, please call 604-266-5602 or visit

The Great Marpole Trick Or Treat 2011

Mon October 31, 2011 (4 - 5 PM)

Dress up in your best Halloween costume, spot the orange pumpkin decal and trick-or-treat at participating local Marpole merchants along Granville Street! The decals show local trick-or-treaters that they can safely obtain candy & treats from participating Marpole merchants.

Giant Book Sale at St. Augustine's Church

Fri October 28 6pm-8pm
Sat October 29 10am-1pm
8680 Hudson Street

Hundreds of books of all kinds...hard cover, soft cover, trade, paperbacks, kids books...history, food fiction, reference, crafts, and more! There will also be a jewelry table!

All Candidates Meeting at Marpole Place

Thu October 27, 2011 (7:30pm-9pm)
1305 West 70th Ave at Hudson
Meet candidates from all civic political parties. They will be ready for your questions. Find out how each plans to support the changing Marpole community.

Starting a Community Garden (Workshop)

Fri September 30, 2011 (7-9pm)
Marpole Place 1305 West 70th Avenue
Join Bonita Magee from FarmFolk CityFolk for an informative workshop on
starting a community garden. Topics include Location, Gathering a Community, Preparing the Soil, Winter Maintenance, and more! Free event. Please RSVP to Lee Weinstein.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Sat September 24, 2011 (10am start)

Concerned Citizens, a volunteer group, has been coordinated to clean the shoreline along the Vancouver Transit Centre and logging all the waste they collect. Meet on water side of path. Bring a lunch for a picnic.

Marpole Business Association
Annual General Meeting

Thu September 22nd, 2011 (6:30 PM)

Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel

To be eligible to vote you must own or lease property within the Marpole BIA boundaries or be representing the aforementioned and return a completed Membership Registration Form before Thursday, September 15th, 2011. Nominations for the Board of Directors are open and will be accepted until Thursday, September 22nd, 2011.

Neighbourhood Cleanup Around Vancouver Transit Centre

Thu September 22, 2011 (1pm–3pm)
The Vancouver Transit Centre environmental committee will pick up litter along the roads, railway and boulevards near the transit centre (excluding the shoreline). The event is sponsored by a City of Vancouver program called Keep Vancouver Spectacular which will provide all tools and materials needed as well as pickup of the waste collected. Volunteers will meet at the entrance tower in the parking lot of Vancouver Transit Centre. Please feel free join us.

Yard Sale at Westside Baptist Church

8506 Ash Street, Vancouver
August 21, 2011 (2pm-6pm)

Connecting Marpole Day

Saturday, Aug 13, 2011 (11am-3pm)
Location: Marpole Place & Hudson St.
from 67th & 70th Ave West
Performers, music, activities and workshops. [DOWNLOAD POSTER]

Marpole Place Multi-Family Garage Sale

Saturday, Aug 6, 2011 (10am to 2pm)
Details: A great opportunity to clean out your closets and make some dollars! Rent a table for $10, indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). Sell your wares or come by and check out all the great deals! Contact 604-266-5301 to reserve your table.

The 11th Annual Marpole Summerfest

Saturday, July 9, 2011 (11am to 4pm)
Download: Schedule of Events PDF

Marpole Museum & Historical Society Fundraising Event: Strawberry Delight

Sunday, July 3, 2011 (weather permitting) 2pm to 4pm

Colbourne House, 8743 SW Marine Dr.

Westside Baptist Church Block Party

July 1, 2011 (Canada Day); 1pm to 4pm


Marpole BIA Renewal Open House

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Time: 6:30pm to 8pm
Characters Books & Coffee Bar
8419 Granville Street, Vancouver


Proposed Richmond Island Marina Open House

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Time: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Fraser Arms Hotel Lobby, 1450 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver

Historic Joy Kogawa House Book Sale

Sat June 18 and Sun June 19, 2011
10am to 4pm each day

Point of View Workshop with Zsuzsi Gartner

Sunday, June 5, 2011 (10am to 3pm)

Colbourne House Plant Sale

Saturday, May 28, 2011 (11am - 2pm)
8743 S.W. Marine Drive (Marpole)

Joy Kogawa Remembers

Thursday, May 26, 2011 (6 to 8pm)

Jumpstart Your Engines Poetry Workshop with Jericho Brown

Sunday, May 15, 2011 (11am to 1pm)

Haiku Myths and Realities Workshop with Michael Dylan Welsh

Sunday, May 15, 2011 (1:30 to 5:30pm)


Mothers and Others Tea and Reading

Saturday, May 7, 2011 (2 to 4pm)

Safeway Redevelopment Public Hearing

April 21, 2011 at Vancouver City Hall

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