Music scene booming at local Legion

The growing local music scene has the Lynn Valley Legion doubling its popular Sunday Jam Sessions.

Part open-mic, part jam, all good music

“There aren’t many places where you can show up, sign up and play what you feel,” says Matina Spiropoulos, a volunteer event coordinator for the Legion. “Or show up, sign up and decide, ‘Hey, I am not feeling this today.’ There is a lot of great local talent existing and spread out in the community. We are trying to bring them together.”

For 10 years the Legion has been hosting a jam session in one form or another off and on. Recent success has the Legion adding a second monthly session; they now occur on the second and last Sunday of the month. However, the busy Legion schedule may result in some sessions being shifted, so keep up with the Jam and its schedule on Facebook.  

“It began when members of the Legion connected, picked up some instruments started playing together,” said Spiropoulos. “It was an avenue for the members to jam, which led to some bands being put together and now it’s open to all.”

Just jammin’

The sessions run from 3 to 6 p.m. and are led by the house band The Remnants. At any given session 100-125 musicians come together to listen and play. If the popularity continues to grow, Legion members will be given priority – and joining is one way to support veterans and access the great music community, says Spiropoulos.

The Remnants“Getting people isn’t hard but we want to get the word out so new musicians will come – there is a big community here in Lynn Valley. This is a place where people can come hang out and make new musical connections. And jam!”

A typical session will have classic pop and rock, blues and more. Spiropoulos says the positive vibe offers a great way for musicians to work through new songs or sets to see how they play to a crowd. While it is not geared to beginners, it is a flexible and open venue, she says. Plus, there is fresh pub food available and the occasional guest band.

“I like music, I like being a part of my community, I like listening to music, I like the causal venue,” says Spiropoulos. “It’s relaxed and positive.”

Upcoming Sunday Jams

Jan. 28, 3-6 p.m. The Remnants coming up!

Feb. 11,  3-6 p.m. with Miss Behave and guests

Feb. 25, 3-6 p.m. The Remnants (house band) and guests

Follow the Legion and Jam to stay connected to the local music scene and more!

Give thanks, and give food!

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and LynnValleyLife is hoping everyone can have a share in the harvest.

This year we are teaming up with St. Clement’s Anglican Church to help people with enough food on their table make sure the same goes for their neighbours. Thanksgiving has long been celebrated as a time of gratitude at the end of the harvest season, and if you would like to express your gratitude in a tangible way – with garden produce or a bag of groceries –  your contribution would be much appreciated!

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Pumpkin patches to spring up in Lynn Valley!

It’s almost that time of year for the Great Pumpkin to descend once again (whether Linus sees him or not!) to transform a Lynn Valley field into a magical pumpkin patch.

On October 14th starting at 11am, there will be Halloweeny fun for all ages, hosted by the Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool and Lynn Valley Elementary.

See below for more details.

We are proud to once again be sponsoring these two family-friendly events!

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Lynn Valley LINK trail becomes a reality

The hard work of Lynn Valley Community Association volunteers and district parks staff – and the leadership of local residents Suzanne and Gabriel Mazoret – was celebrated at Lynn Canyon on September 16 with the grand opening of the Lynn Valley LINK trail.

The trail links previously existing trail networks such as the Baden-Powell, Princess Park, Lynn Canyon, Inter-River and Kirkstone Park paths to create a pedestrian route that circumnavigates Lynn Valley. New Lynn Valley LINK information kiosks are up and running at the five trailheads that offer parking facilities – Lynn Canyon Park, Inter River Park, Kirkstone Park, Princess Park, and the Fromme Mountain lot at the top of Mountain Highway. Along with the LINK map, each kiosk features historical information and photos specific to the immediate area.

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Celebrate 150th plus local history at Heritage Fair!

Here’s a great community event coming your way! Canada Day celebrations continue on Saturday, July 15th- with lots of indoor and outdoor fun!


Celebrate Canada’s 150th with LVSS

The Lynn Valley Services Society (LVSS) and Lynn Valley Seniors Association (LVSA) will be hosting a Heritage Community Fair at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., on Saturday July 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free event, held in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, will feature many local community exhibitors and exciting activities, including:

  • Heritage Activities: Games for all ages, rag doll craft demonstration and a time capsule
  • A Museum Tour on the main floor of Mollie Nye House, featuring exhibits from North Vancouver Museum and Archives that showcase the lives of early Lynn Valley pioneers.
  • Shaketown display: Come by to see our early logging days exhibit.
  • Live Entertainment including a Barbershop Quartet, Puppet Show, North Shore Celtic Ensemble, the Strolling Barbs and more.
  • Food and Refreshments: Come enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade, tea, cookies, and a cake-cutting ceremony at noon.

 

 

The fun will take place rain or shine! Free parking will be available at the Church of Latter Day Saints, at 941 Lynn Valley Road off Mollie Nye Way.  Check out the flyer (below) for more details!


Event Flyer

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Don’t miss out on Canada Day fun!

There’s certainly no excuse for thumb-twiddling this Long Weekend, given the myriad events that have been organized to celebrate Canada 150+ in style.

Canada Day flagThe Canada Day Parade is extra-special this year, and will kick off with a Lions Pancake Breakfast in Grand Boulevard Park starting at 7:30 a.m. The parade will start at 10am, marching from the park along 13th Street, turning right on Lonsdale and left on West 17th Street, terminating at Jones (a route map is right here.) Don’t forget your hats, glasses and sunblock!

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New Lynn Valley Days events offered this year!

Lynn Valley Days are fast approaching, and fingers are crossed for a warm, sunny weekend. Even if it’s drizzly, however, the famous Big Tent will keep revellers dry and spirits high! We are as pleased as punch to be a main sponsor again this year, and we thank all the other citizens, businesses and organizations who have banded together to pull off this major event.

Friday frolics

On Friday, June 16 the Gala Dinner is back for the seventh year running (or is that dancing?) There’s a new twist this year, though – if you’re more of a dancing fiend than a dinner hound, there are late-entry tickets available that will have you grooving under the Big Top from 9 p.m. to midnight. For more details about the cocktails, dinner, Bosa lounge, silent auction, live band and limo service, click here. And get your tickets soon, they’ve been selling well!

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Concert supports work of Rainbow Refugees

Looking for a tuneful end of the week, and happy to support a great cause? Proceeds from this community concert on Friday, May 26 will help fund Rainbow Refugees, a group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada due to sexual orientation or gender issues. The following press release is from the Lynn Valley United Church website:

Defying Gravity is a fundraising concert featuring baritone, Geoffrey Dice – a Vancouver dentist and member of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus and Lynn Valley United Church’s Music Minister, Frank Chu.  The duo have joined forces to perform music they both love and feel empowers the spirit.

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Be a Lynn Valley LINK trail builder!

There’s an exciting new outdoor recreational project afoot in Lynn Valley, and you could be on the ground floor (literally). The Lynn Valley Community Association’s Annual Park Project takes place on Saturday, May 13 and is a key component of the new Lynn Valley LINK, a collaborative project between the LVCA and the District of North Vancouver.   The LINK will connect existing trails within and through Lynn Valley and will feature informational kiosks at key locations around the community.

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Meet the town planner, and join the LV Community Association!

The Lynn Valley Community Association annual general meeting is coming up on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Please consider getting involved as a member – or even a board member! – to help keep Lynn Valley a community that is vibrant, welcoming and supportive of citizens of all ages and stages. Here is the press release from the LVCA:

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