Jeni’s Picks of the Week Feb 10-16, 2014

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Granville Island Winterruption Festival Feb 14-16

Granville Island is gearing up to celebrate its ninth annual Winterruption, a truly unique Vancouver winter festival!  Lots of music and theatre, dance, film performances.  Discover artists’ exhibits, local food, French films and Pop up Dances around every corner of the Island all weekend long!

Monday Feb 10

Vancity Theatre Seymour St   7p.m. $11

Black History Month

Sweet Dreams

 In the aftermath of genocide, a group of women form a collective, Ingoma Nshya, the first women’s drumming group in the history of Rwanda (where the drum has always been a male domain). Impressive enough, but this is where the dream turns sweet: founder member Kiki Kakase came to New York to participate in a theatre lab, and came across a store: Blue Marble Ice Cream. She had never tasted anything like it. “I want to open an ice cream shop in my home town,” she announced. And remarkably, Blue Marble owners Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen agreed to come to Kigali and help introduce ice cream to Rwanda. Mixing music with dessert, this doc proves there is always light at the end of the turnnel. But sibling filmmakers Lisa and Rob Fruchtman don’t shy away from the darkness either, whether it’s recollecting the horrors of the genocide twenty years ago, or showing the endemic poverty that makes even such an apparently simple enterprise as opening an ice-cream parlor a monumental challenge in this part of the world.

Post screening entertainment will be a drumming performance by women drummers led by Jacky Essombe.

 Tues Feb 11

Wed Feb 12

Sylvia Hotel Lounge 1154 Gilford St  8p.m. No cover

The Hot Mamas

Georgina Arntzen, Julie Brown,  Mary Ella Young

3 seasoned performers come together with a UNIQUE blend of tight harmonies and intricate vocal arrangements

 Ten Ten Tapas 1010 Beach Ave   7-9.30p.m. No cover

Cory Weeds (sax) Tilden Webb (keys)

Kozmik Zoo 53 W. Broadway 8p.m. Donation

Like Smoke… Anita Eccleston Jazz Quintet as Tubes & Grooves ft. Alexander Flock

Anita Eccleston – Vocals & Trumpet, Alexander Flock – Guitar ,  Jim Hopson – Trombone
Dr. Timothy Van Cleave – Vibraphone, Graham Clark – Bass, Graham Ellsworth – Drums

Cellar Jazz   3611 W.Broadway   8p.m  $15

featuring MARIA HO vocals, CAMPBELL RYGA sax, RON JOHNSTON piano, DAVE GUINEY bass, and CRAIG SCOTT drums

With a smile in her voice, Maria’s impeccable articulation and precise diction captivate audiences through a musical breeze of jazz standards, sambas and bossa novas. She treats every song as a painting, drawing from her own experiences and interpretations of these timeless songs to connect with the listener. Inspired by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Freddie Cole and Shirley Horn, Maria’s engaging and spellbinding stage presence will uplift your mind and brighten your day.

Thurs Feb 13

Cellar Jazz   3611 W.Broadway   8p.m  $20

Cuban born Pablo Luis Cardenas is a classically trained pianist with the ability to play in a multitude of styles each with enthusiasm, skill and finesse. He has a charisma and charm that both intrigues and entertains his audience.  Pablo Cardenas Latin Jazz Combo gives a showcase for Pablo to play his own arrangements of traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms weaved together with Brazilian Sambas and classical songs with deep roots in jazz. Pablo Cardenas Latin Jazz Combo is always full of surprises so be prepared for a very memorable show!

MERGE  N.E. Corner of Clark & Powell (ring door bell next to Merge sign) 10p.m. $10

Isis Giraldo (Montreal) – Piano, Voice, Compositions, Sam Davidson – Clarinet, John Paton – Saxophone
James Meger – Bass, Omar Amlani – Drums

SICK BOSS (2nd Set)
Cole Schmidt – Guitar, Peggy Lee – Cello, Tyson Naylor – Accordion, Jeremy Page – Clarinet, James Meger – Bass, Dan Gaucher – Drums


Fri Feb 14  Happy Valentines Day everyone

Kozmik Zoo    53 W. Broadway    8p.m.  $10

HAPPY LOVE DAY with Holly Burke & The Naturals

Plus spoken word by Kyle Hawke & Sho Wiley

HOLLY BURKE – flute and vocals, BILL RUNGE – saxophones, KRISTIAN ALEXANDROV – piano, BRENT GUBBELS – basses, RANDALL STOLL – drums


Cellar Jazz 3611 W. Broadway 8p.m.  $46 (including 2 course meal)

Jaclyn Guillou: A Tribute to Dinah Washington

featuring JACLYN GUILLOU vocals, STEVE MADDOCK vocals, JUHLI CONLINN vocals, SHANNON SCOTT vocals, EMILY LYALL vocals, STEVE KALDESTAD tenor sax/clarinet, BRUNO HUBERT piano, JAMES MEGER bass, JESSE CAHILL drums

Jaclyn Guillou developed a project for CBC radio and television, a tribute to Dinah Washington and for the first time will be appearing in public for 2 nights live at the Cellar. The project is truly a reverence for Dinah Washington who was one of Jaclyn’s first jazz influences. Dinah Washington lived an incredible, yet fairly short, musical career singing various genres of music that include gospel, jazz, blues and popular hits.

Reservations required:

Cottage Bistro Restaurant 4468 Main St  7.30p.m.$10 (pre-buy recommended-last 2 events sold out)

MONICA SIU Shades of Jazz Duo


Latin Jazz Songs and more! Celebrate with your “Special Love”, or join in “Celebrating Every Day Community Love”!

Friday Night Late Movies at the Rio: Romeo & Juliet – A dizzyingly kinetic and thoroughly modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s revered tragedy about two star-crossed young lovers (Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes) is a must-see on the big screen and the perfect late night Valentine’s Day movie. Beer/wine, buttery popcorn, and grilled cheese sandwiches available. $6 in costume, $8 regular. 11pm.

Patricia Hotel  403 E.Hastings   3-7p.m.  No cover

Continuing on with a month of vocalists, it is the wonderful….

Jennifer Scott 4tet

Jennifer Scott – vocals/piano , Cory Weeds – sax, Dave Robbins – drums, Darren Radtke – bass
Theme? Feb 15? How about – Aspects of Love…

Russian Hall 600 Campbell Ave  Dance Lessons 7p.m.  Dance party 8p.m. $20

Balkan Banghra

Experience and enjoy a non-stop celebration of INDIAN BHANGRA, BALKAN BRASS, and FUSION BELLYDANCE!

Showcasing talents from India are the Vancity Bhangra dancers and  the Vijay Indian Brass Band, performing traditional Indian wedding music. To contrast these talents is the Balkan Brass band, Orkestar Slivovica, performing music in the Roma-trumpet-band tradition from Southern Serbia and Macedonia. Also featuring Luciterra Fusion Bellydancers to perform a variety of modern fusion dance.

Bar and food selection, including trays of beautiful Indian sweets, spicy hot Chai tea, Bosnian savory pastries, signature Serbian sausages, and a full bar of quality wines and spirits as well as non-alcoholic drinks.

Sun Feb 16

TANGENT CAFÉ  2095 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (@ 5TH AVE) 4-7p.m. Donation

Jesse Cahill Organ Trio
Jesse Cahill on drums, Chris Gestrin on organ and David Sikula on guitar.

This trio is the core of the soul jazz group “The Nightcrawlers” and promises to serve up some extra greasy tunes.

Central Bistro 1072 Denman St  7p.m. No cover

Don Stewart 5tet

Don – vocals, Ron Johnston-piano,  Olaf de Shield –guitar, A-Train-bass, Darrell Lang-drums/percussion

Luxe Lounge  1180 Howe St   6p.m. (dance lesson) 8p.m. (live band)  $10

Jump & Swing Sunday featuring Swing Aggregration with guest vocalist Steve Maddock

Derry Byrne – trpt, Rod Murray – trombone, Chris Startup – tenor, Dave Say – alto, Bill Sample- piano, Buff Allen – drums and Dave Guiney – bass – will be playing the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and other big bands from the 1930s to 50s, for dancing and listening.