Welcome to the WISE

The WISE Social and Community Arts Club features a historic performance & event hall upstairs and a cozy lounge downstairs. Just off the north end of Commercial Drive, the WISE is East Van’s favorite local!

Founded in 1958, The WISE is a non-profit heritage social organization whose mission is to foster and facilitate cultural, artistic, sporting and social endeavors in partnership with a diverse community in a fiscally responsible and socially respectful manner.

Our Hall

Concerts, celebrations, dances, fundraisers, theatre, cabaret…We feature some of the best local events, including our own Live at the WISE music series. The hall features more than 2,600 square feet of floor space, a professional sound and lighting system, a fully-licensed bar, a hip vintage feel, and can hold up to 250 people. The
WISE Hall is also available for rent, for more information see the Hall page


Our downstairs lounge is a hip hideout, offering free darts, pool, foosball, WiFi, and a flat screen TV to watch the game. The bar features daily specials and the best brews at the tastiest prices in East Van. Home to many notorious musical and literary locals, you’ll never know who you’ll sit down next to! Memberships are only $10/year and loaded with perks – everyone is welcome to join. Join us today! For more information, see the Lounge page

Our Neighbourhood

The WISE Social and Community Arts club would like to formally acknowledge that it occupies space on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which was never officially given up.

We have been proud to be part of the diverse and vibrant community that is The Drive for the last 55 years. We kindly ask that our members and guests remember to respect that we are in a residential neighbourhood; while outside the WISE Club, kindly smoke in the designated area and keep voices down. Thanks!

Our WISE Board

The WISE is a registered not-for-profit community arts club.   We are governed by an elected board of WISE members.  The board members are elected at the WISE’s Annual General Meeting.  The AGM will take place in early February or March.  An AGM notification will go out to current WISE members by the end of January.

WISE  AGM Minutes https://drive.google.com/file/d/12ZWivDREhfUE_l6GjtsmlCLVkvViyv3V/view?usp=sharing

WISE 2019 Statement of Financial Position  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1brat454XsoDzouhRKRO45MuuJad0Vbh4/view?usp=sharing

WISE Manager’s Report 

WISE Board for 2020/2021

  • Michael Demers (President) 2 Year Term exp: 2022
  • Duncan Shields  (Secretary) 2 Year Term exp: 2022
  • Bob Petterson  (Vice President) 1 Year Term exp: 2021
  • Harvey McCormick  (Treasurer) 2 Year Term exp: 2021
  • Gabrielle Raymond 2 Year Term exp: 2021
  • Karen Pighin 2 Year Term exp: 2021
  • Alvin Singh 2 Year Term exp: 2022
  • Stefano Corradini 1 Year Term exp: 2021
  • Kathy Ho 2 Year Term exp: 2022