Herewith a small sampling…
DOXA Film Festival April 30-May 10
14th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival features 89 films (6 World Premieres and 23 Canadian Premieres) over 11 days.
Wednesday April 29
Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 7p.m. No cover
Don Stewart 4tet
Don-vocals, Ron Johnston-keyboard, Dave Guiney-bass, Buff Allen-drums
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation.
Victor Noriega Quartet – Speak Yes & No Evil: the music of Wayne Shorter
Victor Noriega – keys, Tristan Paxton – guitar, Eli Davidovici – bass, Brian Fishler (NYC) – drums
The quartet will explore some of the lesser played Wayne tunes.. and will also make sure to bang out some of the hits too.
Libra Room 1608 Commercial Drive 9ish Donation
Matt Choboter Trio plays the Music of Thelonius Monk
Matt-keys, Cole Birney-Stewart-bass, Andrew Thomson-drums
Thursday April 30
Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 8p.m. $11
The entire Indian continent sets its annual clock by the coming of the monsoon season. The rains bring life to barren fields, stave off drought and starvation, bring the economy back to life… But they also bring disaster, death and destruction.
Filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson traces the trajectory of the season from the southeastern state of Kerala, where the monsoons first hit land, across the continent to Assam in the northwest. Along the way he observes the very different impact the phenomenon exerts on the lives of up to a billion people, from bureaucrats whose job it is to “announce” the season, to bookies who stake their livelihoods on predicting the weather, to 12-year-old Akhila, whose family home lies perilously close to the flood zone.
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Jesse Cahill Trio
Jesse-drums, Dave Sikula-guitar, Jeff Gammon-bass
Friday May 1
Skinny Fat Jacks 3475 Main St (back alley) 9p.m.Donation
Sick Boss + Debra Jean Creelman w/Molly Guldemond
Cole Schmidt-guitar, Debra-Jean-vox, James Meger-bass, Dan Gaucher-kit, Molly Guldemond-vox
Original material old & new, along with fun covers of sad songs
Saturday May 2
Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Ben Henriques 5tet
Ben Henriques – Saxes, Steve Kaldestad – Saxes, Hugh Fraser – Trombone/Piano, Jodi Proznick – Bass, Jesse Cahill – Drums
Wise Hall 11882 Adanac St 7p.m. Doors $20 at door
Vanvaneate – a tribute to the great Cuban Band Los Van Van
The Vancouver Cuban community is gathering on May 2nd at the WISE Hall for a unique event. Vanvanéate – a night celebrating the beloved Cuban orchestra Los Van Van and its 45 years at the heart of Cuban culture. Walking the streets of Havana, the sounds of Los Van Van are inescapable. They are the backdrop to everyday life in Cuba—the “national house band” that exemplifies the country’s struggles, humour, and vitality. Come celebrate the life, culture, and soul of Cuba with food, music and dance
7pm Doors, Bar, Caldosa (Traditional Stew)
8pm Salsa Rueda Demonstration with Más Movement
9pm Live 12 piece Los Van Van Tribute Performance
10pm DJ Kubanito
Sunday May 3
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
Backstage Lounge Granville Island 8.00p.m. $12
Swing Aggregation Big Band
Tom Arntzen on piano and also a few Sinatraesqe vocal arrangements. Ron Thompson is on the guitar. Derry Byrne is on trumpet, Rod Murray is on trombone, Dave Say and Bill Runge are on saxes, Buff Allen on drums and Dave Guiney, bandleader, is on bass.
Free swing dance lesson at 7p.m. and DJ Jose will be spinning swing classics inbetween sets.