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7th Annual McSpadden County Fair September 11

1 Sep

Although summer is winding down, there are still lots of great events to take in around East Van. The McSpadden Country Fair being one of them.  This community event now in its 7th year features fun activities for the whole family including live music, games, local vendors, food trucks and the ever popular East Van zucchini races. Last year they had 150 entries, so if you have an idea on how to make a fast zucchini, now’s your chance! If you cycle, Kickstand will be on hand doing bike tunes up by donation. As with any country fair, there will be raffles, contests and prizes.  The 7th Annual McSpadden County Fair takes place, as you might guess, in McSpadden Park which is located at 2125 Victoria Drive between 11:00 and 5:00 pm. To learn more about the event, you can visit them on online at www.mcspaddenfair.ca or on Facebook.

1st Annual Riverside Street Vibe Festival August 27

22 Aug

Wesgroup Properties presents the 1st Annual Riverside Street Vibe Festival happening Saturday August 27th in River District.  The event will feature live music, food trucks, local artisans and a beer garden. This inaugural event takes place between Boundary Road and Rivergrass Drive on East Kent Avenue North. For those driving, there is ample free shaded parking in the industrial area on Boundary Road a short walk away. To learn more about what vendors and food trucks will be on hand, visit Riverside Street Vibe.

Firehall Arts Centre Presents Music In The Courtyard

19 Jul

The Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Independent Music Centre present the third season of Music in the Courtyard series from Saturday, July 30th to Sunday, September 4th. The performances will take place outdoors in the courtyard at The Firehall Arts Centre at 280 East Cordova Street. Performances will be held in the afternoons and evenings with ticket prices ranging from $15 to $25 per show.  The event features a wide variety of music styles including Latin, blues, guitar, experimental electronic and much more. We’ve set out a list of the upcoming performances below. For more information and to grab your tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Saturday, July 30th – 8:00 pm
The Noodle Connection

Sunday, July 31st – 7:30 pm
Niho, Fito, y Marlin

Friday, August 5th – 7:30 pm
Don McGlashan

Saturday August 6th – 7:30 pm
Murray Porter Band

Sunday, August 7th – 3:00 pm
x/o

Friday, August 12th – 7:30 pm
Michael Red + Tsimka

Saturday, August 13th – 7:30 pm
Curtis Clear Sky & Constellationz

Sunday, August 14th – 3:00 pm
Serenata Mexican

Friday, August 19th – 7:30 pm
Kutapira

Saturday, August 20th – 7:30 pm
The Fugitives

Sunday, August 21st – 3:00 pm
Public Dreams

Sunday, August 28th – 3:00 pm
Omianan featuring Thad Bailey-Mai

Friday, September 2nd – 7:30 pm
Saxophilia

Saturday, September 3rd
7:30 pm
Matt Cook-Contis & Eagle Ex Machina

Sunday, September 4th – 3:00 pm
Whelming

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Evening Concert Series

8 Jul

The Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting Wednesday, July 13th and happens weekly until August 24th. The concerts are free and are held on the East side of the Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive. In the event of rain, concerts are moved indoors.

We’ve had the opportunity to take in some of the concerts and have to say it’s a perfect way to spend a summer evening. Bring a blanket, your friends, family, kids or the dog or all of the above and a picnic and you are set.  If you aren’t able to organize a picnic, some food trucks will be on hand. Concerts begin at 6:30 pm and continue till 8:30 pm.

For those that love the lantern processions around Trout Lake, take note. On the very last concert of the summer, August 24th, there will be a lantern procession along with performers and musicians around Trout Lake between 8:00 and 9:00 pm.

 July 13
JESSE WALDMAN

July 20
THE SWINGIN’ DOORS

July 27
KAYA KURZ

August 3
VOSTOK

August 10
SOUTH VAN BIG BAND

AUGUST 17
MARIACHI TABASKO


AUGUST 24

VOC SWEET SOUL GOSPEL CHOIR

6-8 pm

AUGUST 24
Lantern Procession
THE CARNIVAL BAND
8-9 pm

Note: Performances are subject to last minute changes.

Italian Day In Grandview Park Sunday, August 28

6 Jul

The Italian Day Festival Society is set to host a village style Italian Day festival celebrating Italian culture and heritage on Sunday, August 28th. This year the event will take place in Grandview Park meaning Commercial Drive will not be closed down to traffic as it has in past years.  Some side streets will have traffic closures around the area of Grandview Park in order to facilitate vendors and those attending the celebrations.   All the fun favourites will be back including live music, fashion show, wine and beer court, contests, activities areas for children and, of course, delicious Italian food and many food trucks.  The festivities kick off at Noon and continue until 9:00 pm.  For more information, visit www.italianday.ca.

Greek Summerfest on Boundary July 7-10 and July 14-17, 2022

7 Jun

Greek Summerfest on Boundary is back for its 36th year.   If you haven’t checked this event out, it is a true culinary experience you don’t want to miss.   Along with great food, there is lots of great entertainment by local performers.  Food includes souvlaki, BBQ lamb, spanakopita the ever delicious Greek donuts (loukoumades) one must try.   Greek Summerfest on Boundary takes place at 4541 Boundary Road at 29th Avenue, close to Moscrop Avenue on the Burnaby side.   This year we hear there is also a To Go option for food. To learn more, visit them online at Vancouver Greek Summerfest.

Photo Credit: Greek Summerfest on Boundary

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society Presents The Innovation Series At The Ironworks June 24 – July 3

30 May

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society presents the Innovation Series at The  Ironworks which is part of the 36th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival that runs from June 24 to July 3.  Musicians from Canada to South Korea participate in this much anticipated annual festival.

The Innovation Series at The Ironworks, 235 Alexander Street, brings together Vancouver’s best improvisational musicians and those from around the globe for more than 16 electrifying explorations of experimental jazz. Programming sees two shows per weekend with performances at 9:00 pm followed by an 11:30 pm late show. Weeknights see 9:00 pm shows only. All tickets are $29, including service charges, and are available for purchase at www.coastaljazz.ca.

We’ve set out the schedule of performances happening for The Innovation Series at The Ironworks below:

  • Darius Jones and Strings with Gerald Cleaver on Friday, June 24 at 9:00 pm and JOYFULTALK at 11:30 pm
  • Jaimie Branch C’est Trois on Saturday, June 25 at 9:00 pm and JP Carter / Lisen Rylander Löve / Luke Stewart / Jason Nazary at 11:30 pm
  • Amendola vs Blades with Skerik and Cyro Baptista on Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 pm and Anteloper at 11:30 pm
  • CANABRAVA NOW featuring Douglas R. Ewart and Mankwe Ndosi on Monday, June 27 at 9:00 pm
  • Like the Mind on Tuesday, June 28 at 9:00 pm
  • Wayne Horovitz Trio and Karen Ng on Wednesday, June 29 at 9:00 pm
  • Thumbscrew on Thursday, June 30 at 9:00 pm
  • François Houle RECODER 4tet with Gordon Grdina, Mark Helias and Gerry Hemingway on Friday, July 1 at 9:00 pm and Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio with Matt Mitchell and Jim Black at 11:30 pm 
  • FIRE! At 9:00 pm on Saturday, July 2, with Dave Rempis, Tammy Babin and Kenton Loewen at 11:30 pm 
  • Amirtha Kidambi, Julia Úlehla and Darius Jones Sunday, July 3 at 9:00 pm and Jeff Parker (solo) at 11:30 pm 

Music At The Cinemas Series At The Fox Cabaret

23 Nov

Vancouver Independent Music Centre and No Horses Music present Music at the Cinemas Series. Curator, Tony Wilson, presents two double bill concerts at the Fox Cabaret Saturday, November 27th and Friday, December 3rd at the Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street.

Saturday, November 27th

Veda Hille
On November 27th, Veda Hill will perform songs about love and nature and time, in an art rock/chamber folk style. She will be accompanied by vocalists Lucien Durey and Patsy Klein, Nicholas Krgovich voice and keyboard

Veda Hille has been writing music, making records, and performing internationally since 1992. She is a classically trained pianist, art school drop-out, performance curator, self-taught singer, theatre interloper, and independent artist. She has released 22 albums, the latest being Little Volcano, a solo album that accompanies her new touring show.

Tillicum Shantie
Featuring jazz arrangements of Salish songs and the music of two legendary indigenous jazz artists – Mildred Bailey and Jim Pepper. To purchase tickets for the November 27th performance, visit Eventbrite.

Friday, December 3rd

Josh Zubot Strings
Josh Zubot Strings will perform a wide gamut of melodic/suspenseful harmony, improvisation and extended exploration in sound Josh will be accompanied by Jesse Zubot violin, viola, James Meger bass, Meredith Bates violin, Peggy Lee cello.

Josh Zubot’s string explorations have found a new home with his string quintet of genre defying West Coast players. Josh’s compositions take on emotion, energy, calmness, unpredictability and virtuosic technique. The music combines traditional and graphic notation while slicing group improvisation moving from the tiniest of sound to the extreme. After hearing his acoustic string music, the listener’s sonic universe will be stretched to the limits.
www.joshzubot.ca

Scott Smith and Tony Wilson’s Tribute to Lenny Breau and Buddy Emmons

Tribute to Canadian legendary guitarist Lenny Breau and Nashville pedal steel guitarist Buddy Emmons with music drawn from the jazz tradition.

In the late ’70s guitarist Lenny Breau and pedal steel guitarist Buddy Emmons teamed up and recorded an album entitled Minors Aloud. Recorded in Nashville, the album became a hard-to-find classic and a must-listen for guitarists of any kind. The quartet will play the entire album as well as other tunes Lenny and Buddy collaborated on.

Scott Smith is an award-winning pedal steel player and guitarist who has toured and recorded with Barney Bentall, Rich Hope and Terminal StaQon among many others. Host of the popular Adventures in Pedal Steel series at the Heatley, he released the instrumental album Lifeboat: Explorations in Pedal Steel in 2020.

Guitarist and composer Tony Wilson has been a fixture on the West Coast jazz and free improv scene for decades. In addition to releasing numerous albums under his own name such as Looking Back and A Day’s Life, he has also played and recorded with the Peggy Lee Band, Waxwing and Pugs and Crows.
To purchase tickets for the December 3rd performance, visit Eventbrite.

Songwriters In The Round December 3rd At The Cultch

22 Nov

Sarah Jane Scouten, Samantha Parton and Suzie Ungerleider are talented Canadian songwriters who are making their way to The Cultch Friday, December 3, 2021.  They are all uniquely talented Canadian songwriters whose combined achievements include multiple world tours, Juno nominations, Canadian Folk Music Awards and several studio recordings as solo artists and as members of acclaimed acts like the Be Good Tanyas and Oh Susanna. They will be bringing you a round style concert sharing their original music, stories and collaborations and invite you to join them for one evening, December 3rd.    This is an in person event. Tickets are $30. To purchase yours, visit The Cultch.

IronFest: A Fall Jazz Concert Series November 18-20 at The Ironworks

24 Oct

The Coastal Jazz & Blues Society prsents IronFest: A Fall Jazz Concert Series from Thursday, November 18 to Saturday, November 20, 2021 at The Ironworks, 235 Alexander Street. IronFest features 6 performances over a period of 3 nights. These concerts mark the return to live performances. The line up for the inaugural IronFest: A Fall Jazz Concert Series includes:

Bill Coon Quartet with Campbell Ryga | Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 pm

Bill Coon is an award-winning guitarist who has played with jazz luminaries like Peter Bernstein, Jimmy Heath, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. A prolific and adaptable composer, he has written everything from intimate solos to large-scale works for the VSO and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. For this concert, Bill will showcase some original tunes and cook on some fine arrangements of Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. With a passion for groove, beautiful melodies and hard-swinging improvisation, Bill’s always engaging quartet features Campbell Ryga (saxophones), Miles Hill (bass), and Dave Robbins (drums).

Emad Armoush’s Rayhan | Thursday, November 18 at 9:30 pm

Led by Emad Armoush on oud, ney, guitar and vocals, Rayhan’s interpretations of traditional Arabic songs are filled with intensity, bold sonic colouring, and far-reaching improvisation. Aided and abetted by the extended techniques, electronic manipulations, and fire-stoking sonic excursions of François Houle (clarinet), Jesse Zubot (violin/effects), JP Carter (trumpet/electronics) and Kenton Loewen (drums), Armoush’s arrangements flourish wildly without losing the delicate beauty and originality of the time-honoured melodies.

Krystle Dos Santos | Friday, November 19 at 7:00 pm

Two-time Western Canadian Music Award-winning vocalist Krystle Dos Santos absorbs classic and neo-soul along with jazz and R&B into her inviting sound. Bold and elegant, Dos Santos is a balm for the soul for fans of legends like Sharon Jones, Erykah Badu, and Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Handmade Blade | Friday, November 19 at 9:30 pm

Handmade Blade is Peggy Lee (cello), Aram Bajakian (guitar), and JP Carter (trumpet). Each member of this trio contributes compositions that launch striking and explosive improvisations. This small group has a huge sonic palette and great energy. The trio has performed at numerous venues in Vancouver, and in May 2016, made their U.S. debut at Constellation in Chicago for the Chicago String Summit. The group has produced one recording: 3 interpretations of guitarist Aram Bajakian’s Dolphy Formations.

Jodi Proznick: New Horizons | Saturday, November 20 at 7:00 pm

Two-time JUNO-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists and collaborators. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year twice. Among her many honours, Jodi was awarded the Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year for 2019. Jodi Proznick’s New Horizons project features three of Canada’s bright musical lights – Chris Davis on trumpet, Tilden Webb on keys, and Nick Bracewell on drums. They will be exploring jazz repertoire from albums such as Herbie Hancock’s Fat Albert Rotunda and Empyrean Isles; Woody Shaw’s United; Kenny Wheeler’s Gnu High; and Miles Davis’ E.S.P, as well as new originals.

James Meger’s How To Do Nothing | Saturday, November 20 at 9:30 pm

This music isn’t shy about exploring extreme emotional dynamics or diverse sonic influences, moving gutsily between free improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, jazz, metal, noise, and song. Led by bassist James Meger, the newly formed ensemble skillfully pulls listeners through trashed maximalist howls of feedback and noise to emerge in clearings of delicate acoustic improvisation. It’s a voyage through the supersaturated dirt of janky electronics to the purity of handmade sound, but even that isn’t always what it seems. At its core, this project explores the wild scope of human experience while teasing our confusion between the fake and the real; the most soulful cries come from broken machines. This ensemble features James Meger (bass, compositions), Lisa Cay Miller (piano), Sam King (guitar), Andromeda Monk (no-input mixer, saxophone), and Dan Gaucher (drums).

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now. To grab your tickets, contact Coastal Jazz.

Photo Credits: Rebecca Roberts & Michele Mateus

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