Jeni’s Picks of the Week April 21-26, 2015

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Firehall Arts Centre to April 26
Award-winning playwright Michael Healey takes on his biggest subject yet: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper. His sexy, cheeky and surprising play will have you rolling in the aisles – regardless of your politics. You may even find yourself liking the man! Proud imagines a different outcome to the last Federal election – the Tories took Quebec and won a huge majority. A young, attractive and very inexperienced female MP provides the Prime Minister with a new tool in his arsenal. Unfortunately for him – she may be the smartest man in the room!








9th Annual Gypsy Jazz Festival April 24 & 25

2015 Verses Festival of Words (5th annual organized by Vancouver Poetry House) to April 28.
Verses takes place annually at venues clustered around East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive. This cultural district is the heart of Vancouver’s spoken word community. Celebrate the transformative power of words – written, spoken or sung

9th Annual Eco Fashion Week April 19-24
Including several shows at VanCity Theatre

Tuesday April 21

Libra Room 1608 Commercial Drive 9ish Donation
Elijah Wald with Paul Pigat, Paul Rigby and Monte Jones
Says Elijah…”For any friends near Vancouver, BC… I’m doing a gig there next Tuesday, joined by god’s own band: Monte Jones on harmonica (we’ve been playing together for thirty years, whenever I can get out there) and his buddies Paul Pigat on guitar (of Cousin Harley and an incredible range of side projects, from his own classical guitar compositions to psychobilly and Gypsy jazz) and Paul Rigby on mandolin and maybe some guitar as well (of Neko Case’s band, and Garth Hudson’s band, and…you get the idea). It’s going to be a hell of a night.”
Apart from being a fine guitarist, Elijah Wald is an eminent jazz/blues historian and author probably best known for co-authoring Dave Van Ronk’s Mayor of McDougal Street memoir. He’s on his way to an EMP conference in Seattle but briefly alights on Commercial Drive.

Wednesday April 22

steve k








The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Bentley/ Paton / Lachance/ van der Schyff
Jon Bentley – sax, John Paton – sax, André Lachance – bass, Dylan van der Schyff – drums
Four of Vancouver’s best known improvisers examine the standards. Motian, Trane, Konitz, Shorter.

Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 7p.m. No cover

Colleen Savage/Ron Thompson with guest Dave Guiney (bass)

colleen & Ron







ThursdayApril 23

Vancouver Public Library Central Branch 7.30p.m. Free (but could be full house so go early)
A rare Incite event featuring mother and daughter. Beloved Canadian author Jane Urquhart reads from her new novelThe Night Stages. She’s joined by Emily Urquhart who reads from her debut non-fiction book, Beyond the Pale, inspired by her daughter who has albinism.








Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Ben Henriques 4Tet
Ben-sax, Tristan Paxton-guitar, James Meger-bass and Dan Gaucher-drums
Exploring original music by Ben Henriques.







Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 7p.m. No cover
Krystle dos Santos
Jazz, blues & soul









Friday April 24

Double D’s 45th Birthday celebration.

double d's biorthday






St. James Hall 3214 W10th Ave 8p.m. $30
9th Annual Gypsy Jazz Festival… April in Paris
Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars
Travel back in time to the early acoustic swing era of the 1920’s & 30’s and experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-jazz ensembles. Chanteuse Deanna Knight, shares sassy and sultry vocals alongside the driving rhythms and hot solos of Michael Dunn and the Hot Club of Mars. Rooted deeply in the rhythms of Django Reinhart, this unique ensemble adds to a traditional sound with melody, charm and loads of fun. A clever repertoire, spanning a full century from historical tangos written in the early 1900’s to contemporary songs of today.


deanna k






Saturday April 25

soda crackers








Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
David Blake Trio (+ surprise)
David-guitar, Joe Poole-drums. Eli Davidovici-bass.. plus a surprise
Surprise is a big part of high-quality improvised jazz music. It’s great to have a sense of where a soloist is going or to be familiar with the melody of a jazz standard, but it’s even better to be surprised by unexpected twists and turns in a solo or a fresh arrangement of an all too familiar standard. No idea who the surprise guest may be. All part of the experience!

Sunday April 26

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. No cover
David Blake & Tristan Paxton
2 guitarists play originals and tunes by some of their favourites.

Bayside Lounge 1755 Davie St 7p.m. Suggest Music Contribution $10
Daphne Roubini & Black Gardenia
Daphne Roubini on vocals & Ukulele, Andrew Smith on Guitar & some Ukulele, Paul Pigat on Guitar, Bonnie Northgraves or Chris Davis on Trumpet, Steve Charles on Bass.

Central Bistro Denman St 7p.m. No cover
Don Stewart 5tet
Don-Vocals, Ron Johnson-keys, Buff Allen-drums, Dave Guiney-bass, Kelly Brown-guitarDon Central


  1. Jeni, you’ve got a great list of performances every week but I only receive your post on Sundays which is too late for most dates. Any chance the posts can come earlier in the week?


    1. Hi Doug, thanks for the comment. Have sent you an email. Going to try to do better and get the posts up earlier in the week in the future.

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