This special program looks at the Hastings-Sunrise community through the eyes of the people who live there. It airs every other Friday from 10-noon, broadcasting live from different locations in the neighbourhood.

Our first two-hour broadcast was on-location at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House for their 25th Anniversary party. While kids sold lemonade in the background, Host Minelle Mahtani talked to Mark Gifford, Executive Director of Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, Jenny Kwan, East Vancouver MLA, Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer, Hastings-Sunrise community leader Travis Angus, and artist Corrina Keeling, among others.

The second episode found us seated around tables at the back of a very busy Laughing Bean Coffeeshop. For this episode, Minelle talked to a swath of small business owners – from Catherine Yamamoto, who sells seafood at her and her husband’s shop, Wheelhouse Seafood, to Andres Amata, who owns Andina Brewery Company where he and his family craft Columbian/Canadian fusion beers. Patricia Barnes, Executive Director of Hastings Sunrise BIA, and Amy Robinson, Executive Director of LOCOBC, joined the conversation to help explain some of the pressures facing small businesses and why these businesses are vital to the community

Our next show will be located at the Roundel Café.  Minelle will be talking to more people from the neighborhood – this time with an emphasis on Hastings Sunrise food issues and offerings and its culture. We expect another lively group of local guests to join us around the table for genuine conversations.

This Neighbourhood Life is a partnership between Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, Roundhouse Radio, and Hastings North Community Partners Group with support from Hastings Park Legacy and the Vancouver Foundation.

Each two-hour episode re-airs the Friday of original broadcast from 7-9pm, and one week following at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

We are learning a lot about what makes a community, and we’d love you to join us on this adventure!

We have four more two-hour segments coming up on  — Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 – from 10-noon.  We are exploring what makes up a neighbourhood by talking to the people who live there.  Our focus is on Hastings Sunrise.

On Oct. 20, we will be at the Roundel Cafe; on Nov. 3, at the Vancouver Public Library, Hastings Branch; Nov. 17 (location still tbd); and Dec. 1, at the Hastings Community Centre.