Steampunks at Fan Expo Vancouver

Friday November 10, 2017   2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday November 11, 2017   10 am to 7 pm
Sunday November 12, 2017   10 am to 5 pm
Come Join the Steampunks at Fan Expo Vancouver!

For the first year, there is dedicated steampunk panelling at Fan Expo, courtesy of members of the Vancouverites for Steampunk community, and organized by Tracey Ernst and Fan Expo. In addition, the Time Travelers’ Bazaar is making a special appearance in Artists’ Alley, in our own little enclave featuring 12 of our vendors! Step out in your steamiest splendour and join the thousands of costumers at the geek extravaganza that is Fan Expo!

Steampunk Panel Schedule (something every day!):

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10
5:30 pm – Room 2
STEAMPUNK 101
You’ve heard about it, but what exactly is Steampunk; aside from being the fastest growing sector of science fiction culture? Here is your chance to ask the questions you have and gain the insight of the many Steampunk experts that are attending Fan Expo Vancouver. Panelists include: Kristina Uyeda, Bob Lepine, Deb MacKenzie (Rosemary) and Dolce Douleur.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11
11:30am – Room 2
STEAMPUNK PARASOL & NERF GUN DUELING
How do the fine and gracious ladies of Steampunk settle a disagreement? With a parasol, of course. It’s not fiction; in this demonstration our gals will be using the official rules from Madame Hemlock’s parasol dueling league. And an added attraction, the spectacle of specially modified Nerf Guns in the dueling arena! Panelists include: Jayne Barnard, Kevin Jepson

4:30pm – Room 2
STEAMPUNK GADGETS, GIZMOS AND PROPBUILDING
Fantastic gadgets and weapons play an important part of many a Steampunk costume… Steampunk is after all a form of Science Fiction, and gadgetry of all sizes help add the “Science” to that equation. Our panel of expert prop-builders have years of experience and will share techniques and tips on making your own. Panelists include: Bob LePine, Scott Murphy

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12
1:30pm – Room 2
STEAMPUNK COSTUMING ON A BUDGET
It might seem like everything called “Steampunk” costs an arm and a leg, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Learn some tips and tricks for getting a steampunk look starting in your own closet, or from items picked up at a traditional store. Panelists include: Tracey Ernst, Deb MacKenzie (Rosemary), Anna van der Loos-Meyer, and Dolce Douleur

3:30pm – Room 2
LEATHER WORKING AND COSPLAY
Eva Foam and Worbla are great! However, leather is classic, durable, and long-lasting. Over the course of human history, this versatile material has been used for clothing, accessories, and armor. Get to know it, see it, smell it! Join us on a tour of how we use this amazing material for cosplay and everyday uses including handling, storage, tooling, and much more. Panelists: Dolce Douleur, Bob LePine

Time Travelers’ Bazaar Enclave will be in Artists Alley, along with a stunning backdrop for steampunk photo ops! Hours are:

Our vendors include:

Alkymiya Gallery
Bits & Keys
Carolyn Bruce Designs
Faye: The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan
K-West Costume Art
Monika’s Costume Emporium
Morgan’s Pillows & Patchwork
My TellTale Heart
Smart Tart Designs
The Slug and Kraken
Through the Clockwork Door Jewelry
Vintage View Atelier

Guest steampunk model Dolce Doleur will be there, as well as author Adam Dreece.

Fan Expo Ticket Information can be found here: http://fanexpovancouver.com/

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2017 Annual BRASS IN THE GRASS PICNIC

SUNDAY JULY 23, 2017
12 to 5 pm

QUEENS PARK, NEW WESTMINSTER, BC

Picnic

Vancouverites for Steampunk is delighted to invite you to join us for our annual Brass in the Grass steampunk picnic in The Royal City of New Westminster.  Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of al fresco dining and fun, in the company of other differently-dressed folks.

Pack your parasols & straw boaters, and your picnic hampers, blankets, cushions, chairs, stools, shade canopies & tea-serving automatons, and other such necessities for your comfort.
We will bring croquet and bocce.  Feel free to bring any other games and entertainments, or a book to read, or a wee sewing project to work on, or some such.  This is a casual costumed event.

DRESS CODE: Steampunk, Victorian, Edwardian, Dark Victorian, Goth, Lolita, neoEdwardian or your best effort at such.  Message me if you’re unsure what to wear!

Event is FREE! It is BYOR – Bring Your Own Repast – whether this be sandwiches and iced tea, kippers & lemonade, or anything else you think to bring. We provide the grass to sit upon, fresh air, and hopefully sunny weather. Look for the Union Jack bunting!

LOCATION: Queen’s Park in New Westminster (the Royal City). Map with precise details is below.

Gears on the Green Map_SmallIN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, notice of event cancellation will be made by 10:30 am, and will be posted on this website, and in the open Facebook group Vancouverites for Steampunk.

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Annual Brass in the Grass Steampunk Picnic

SUNDAY AUGUST 28, 2016
12 to 5 pm

QUEENS PARK, NEW WESTMINSTER, BC

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Vancouverites for Steampunk is delighted to invite you to join us for our Brass in the Grass steampunk picnic in The Royal City of New Westminster.  Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of al fresco dining and fun, in the company of other differently-dressed folks.

Pack your parasols & straw boaters, and your picnic hampers, blankets, cushions, chairs, stools, shade canopies & tea-serving automatons, and other such necessities for your comfort.
We will bring croquet and bocce, and possibly horseshoes. Feel free to bring any other games and entertainments, or even a wee project to work on.  This is a casual costumed event.

DRESS CODE: Steampunk, Victorian, Edwardian, Dark Victorian, Goth, Lolita, neoEdwardian or your best effort at such.  Message me if you’re unsure what to wear!

Event is FREE! It is BYOR – Bring Your Own Repast – whether this be sandwiches and iced tea, kippers & lemonade, or anything else you think to bring. We provide the grass to sit upon, fresh air, and hopefully sunny weather. Look for the Union Jack bunting!

LOCATION: Queen’s Park in New Westminster (the Royal City). Map with precise details is below.

Gears on the Green Map_SmallIN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, notice of event cancellation will be made by 10:30 am, and will be posted on this website, and in the open Facebook group Vancouverites for Steampunk.

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Time Travelers’ Bazaar 2016 – Sunday April 17

Time Travelers Bazaar Banner -smallSUNDAY APRIL 17, 2016
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street (at 15th Ave)
Vancouver, British Columbia

Admission $2 for adults, free under 14
Come one, come all,
to the Time Travelers’ Bazaar
for Vintage and Eclectic Fashion & Costumes
and Unique Jewelry, Accessories and Props

While not a specifically steampunk event, this is a unique annual market sure to please all folks who like a little something different in their wardrobe, from dedicated costumers to vintage fashionistas.  This is the place in Vancouver to find eclectic locally-made fashion and vintage styles!  From across time and space, from far distant lands and from the active imaginations of our artisans, they strive to bring you the beautiful and unique! Meet our artisans & vintage collectors, and join us to shop, enjoy the spectacle, and be inspired!

The event is located in the stunning & magical Heritage Hall on Main Street, Vancouver, in a neighbourhood full of vintage and unique fashion stores.  Go and make it Eclectic Fashion Day on Main Street!

The range of merchandise carried by their vendors is great: vintage hats and clothing from a selection of vintage sellers, handmade fascinators and hats, unique jewelry of all sorts, amazing leatherwork, beautiful masks, fairy wings for the young and young at heart, and clothes and accessories which will make you stand out.

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Costumed Jaunt to the Seaside – UPDATE!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016
12 noon to 5 pm
Jericho Beach, Vancouver

Vancouverites for Steampunk would like to invite everyone to a Vintage-Costumed Day at the Seaside on Sunday August 16, 2015!  Here is a map to find us! We will be on the sand at Jericho Beach – precise location will depend on where we can find an empty spot when I arrive. We will be to the West of the Concession stand, and to the East of Locarno Beach.  There will also be a 10×10 shade tent which you will not fail to miss once it’s up, as it will be Union-Jack-bunting bedecked.Jaunt to the Seaside_Jericho MapDon your vintage-styled or steampunk beachwear and join us on Jericho Beach to enjoy a day of vintage summery seaside fun!  You can select beachwear from any time between the mid-1800’s through the 1930’s. Spread the word to any costume-afficionados you know who might be keen for the excuse to try their hands at vintage beach wear! Keep in mind, if you’re worried, that, like now, it is always quite appropriate to also head to the Seaside in your “regular” period clothes – long dresses, skirts & shirtwaists, trousers and suspenders, etcetera. So steampunk, Victorian, Edwardian, ’20s or steampunk togs are also perfectly acceptable.  Ladies, you can even come out in your bloomers & chemise!

I have created a photo album in the Facebook group specifically for resource photos etc.

Alas, I cannot arrange a charabanc to get everyone to the site, but I have chosen a site accessible by car and public transit.  The # 4 bus will take you right nearby – get off at Wallace Street, the stop past the Alma Street stop.

Look for me in my smashing new get-up!
EdwardianSwimsuit_redIn the very unlikely event of inclement weather (constant rain) – I will post a cancellation notice on this website, on the Facebook event page and group page, and on twitter as @ClockworkDoor

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Playa Pre-Burn Party with Heathen Strangefellow & the Vaudeville Vagabonds

Friday August 7 @ 8 pm
Rickshaw Theatre
254 East Hastings Ave, Vancouver

Spreading the word of the pre-Burning Man party and local artist showcase with Heathen Strangefellow & The Vaudeville Vagabonds (also their album pre-release party), with guests alt-country gypsy circus band Blackberry Wood.

Local Artists will be showcased, including:

Live painting and art showcase from Amanda Smart Art
Handmade clothing and art showcase from Emily Kathleen McIntyre of SHIPE Studio
Handmade jewelry showcase from Through the Clockwork Door
Art showcase from Faye – The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan

If you haven’t seen & heard the Vaudeville Vagabonds in person, you should.  Music and Theatre and Circus all in one amazing package, with a steampunk flavour.  If you are on our Facebook page, there is a fun limerick contest in which one lucky person can win a pair of tickets.  Please see our Facebook steampunk page for information and to enter – the contest ends midnight Sunday August 2nd.

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Steampunk Comedy of Errors at Bard on the Beach

ComedyofErrorsThis year, Bard on the Beach has taken the radical step of steampunking a Shakespearian play – they are offering Comedy of Errors with a steampunk aesthetic on their Mainstage.  In advance of the play, I was contacted for an interview to help inform patrons and viewing public alike on what, exactly, steampunk was. The result is this interview on Bard on the Beach’s blog in March.

Subsequently I was able to dress up and went to see the show myself in early June, on the last night of the previews. What I experienced was a visual powerhouse which takes what is possibly Shakespeare’s silliest and least believable comedy, and turned it into a deliciously ridiculous and strong spectacle.

The premise of mistaken identities among two long-separated and unlikely matched pairs of twins is ludicrous to start with. So what better than to simply ramp up the ludicrous with all the spectacle, insanity, and darkness available in the colourful cloak of steampunk.

Mara Gottler’s extravagant costumes and Pam Johnson’s set of looming dark machinery enhance the thin plot and turn this into a play well worth watching, under the direction of Scott Bellis.

I highly recommend folks take this opportunity to see the hilarious, slapstick, yet darkly-envisioned result of one of Bard’s more experimental takes on a Shakespearian play. As of right now, there is still decent availability in August and September.

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Costumed Jaunt to the Seaside

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016
12 noon to 5 pm
Jericho Beach, Vancouver

jaunt1Vancouverites for Steampunk would like to invite everyone to a Vintage-Costumed Day at the Seaside on Sunday August 16, 2015!

Don your vintage-styled or steampunk beachwear and join us on Jericho Beach to enjoy a day of vintage summery seaside fun! Unlike the United Kingdom, I think we can promise relatively warm waters! (No freezing by the North Sea!). You can select beachwear from any time between the mid-1800’s through the 1930’s. Spread the word to any costume-afficionados you know who might be keen for the excuse to try their hands at vintage beach wear! Keep in mind, if you’re worried, it was also quite appropriate in all these time-periods to also head to the Seaside in your long dresses, trousers and suspenders, etcetera. So steampunk, Victorian, Edwardian, ’20s or steampunk togs are also perfectly acceptable.  Ladies, you could even come out in your bloomers!

I have created a photo album in the Facebook group specifically for resource photos etc.

Alas, I will not be able to arrange a charabanc to get everyone to the site, but I have chosen a site accessible by car and public transit.  The # 4 bus will take you right nearby – get off at Wallace Street, the stop past the Alma Street stop.

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Time Travelers’ Bazaar 2015 – Sunday April 12, 2015

SUNDAY APRIL 12, 2015
10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Time Travelers Bazaar Banner -smallHeritage Hall at 3102 Main Street (at 15th Ave)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Admission $1 for adults, free under 14

Come one, come all,
To the Time Travelers’ Bazaar,
for Eclectic & Vintage Fashion & Costumes
and Unique Jewelry, Accessories and Props

While not a steampunk event per se, this is an event to appeal to all costumers and folks who like to dress a little differently from mainstream.

The Time Travelers’ Bazaar is a unique annual market dedicated to eclectic fashion, vintage style and costumers of all sorts. You will find clothing, jewelry, hats, masks, and other accessories to ensure your wardrobe stands out! From across time and space, from far distant lands and from the active imaginations of our artisans, this market strives to bring you the beautiful and unique! Meet our artisans & vintage collectors, and join us to shop, enjoy the spectacle, and be inspired!

For their 3rd annual market, Time Travelers’ has changed venue, and is operating out of the stunning & magical Heritage Hall on Main Street, Vancouver, in a neighbourhood full of vintage and unique fashion stores. Come and make it Eclectic Fashion Day on Main Street!

For more information and updates, please check the official website of the Time Travelers’ Bazaar, or find them on Facebook. Continue reading

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Steampunk Spectacularium – February 21, 2015

MISSION, BRITISH COLUMBIA

On Saturday February 21, 2015 the Mission Arts Council is holding its bi- annual Celebration of the Arts at The Stage in Mission. The event is called the “Steampunk Spectaculorium” and will encompass all things Steampunk, from costumes, roving entertainers, live and silent auctions, a live band and much more!

Check out their website for more information, and tickets for this steampunk-themed fundraiser are available for $65 on Eventbrite.

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