Jeni’s Picks of the Week August 10-14, 2016

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Middle week events to help to ward off the dreariness of the current damp weather, plus some end of the week sizzlers to add to the heat that the weather forecast is promising us for the weekend.

Please check with venues for program changes and apologies to anyone/event not listed.

Artful Sundays 2016 August 7- Sep 4
In Napier Greenway (at Britannia Community Centre) 12-5p.m.
Outdoor multi-media visual arts market. Local artists, workshops, live music, tea leaf readings and more!

artful sundays

28th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival Aug 11-21
Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is Vancouver’s second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada.



Vancouver Bach Festival August 2-12
Early Music Vancouver presents its first ever Vancouver Bach Festival, taking place in the heart of the city at the Christ Church Cathedral. The festival offers local enthusiasts a veritable ‘Best of’ collection of the German composer’s masterworks, from exquisite chamber music to monumental orchestral undertakings. Also intimate recital offerings around town.




Musical Nooners at CBC are back for the 7th year! to August 19
Free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage on Hamilton Street from 12-1p.m.



Vancouver Chinatown Festival Aug 13 & 14
At Columbia & Keefer in historic Chinatown.This year’s theme is Hong Kong. Festival activities include day market, “Historical & Food Tasting Walking tour”, Desjardins Kids corner, multicultural stage performances, Cultural Corner, TD Youth Talent Showdown, Young Star Challenge, theme related activities and Streetfest.


Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour in August 4-6p.m. No cover
August 10           Cory Weeds Trio with guest Nick Peck (organ)
August 11/12     Willie MacCalder
August 17           Cory Weeds Trio with guests Chris Gestrin (organ), Jack Duncan (congas)
August 18/19     Diane Lines
August 24           Cory Weeds Trio
August 25/26     Jennifer Scott
August 31           Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Steve Kalestad (tenor sax)

Wednesday August 10

Provence Marinaside Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie Street 4:30 – 7:30pm no cover
Adam Rohrlick’s Hip Pocket Quartet
A mix of swinging’ Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Blues a beautiful patio overlooking the seawall on False Creek. Plus great appies and 135 wines by the glass!

hip pocket

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.00p.m. No cover
The Walkman Brothers: Jesse Waldman & Noah Walker
Bluesy with elements of folk, gypsy, country, and r&b.


WISE Hall 1882 Adanac St 8p.m. $20
Frank Yamma & Larissa Tandy: An evening of Australian Talent.
The man Everbody’s Talking about in the world music scene globally is Indigenous soulster Frank Yamma, the voice of Australia’s Central Desert. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his native Indigenous language and in English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply arresting voice cross cultural and musical boundaries.
Larissa Tandy was recently named as one of Australia’s top ten emerging songwriters. Her instinctive, muscular songwriting and unrestrained performances are fast becoming her hallmarks, and she writes songs that communicate a sense of time and place, and invite the listener into the world of the song.

Frank Yamma

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 6.30p.m. $11 (also on Aug 11 &13)
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Werner Herzog 2016)
Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting lives. Herzog captures interviews with a treasure trove of strange and beguiling individuals—from Internet pioneers to victims of wireless radiation—whose anecdotes and reflections weave together a complex portrait of our brave new world. The Internet may be, as Herzog states, “one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing,” but he tempers this enthusiasm with tragic stories from victims of online harassment and Internet addiction, wrestling with profound questions about the future of the Internet—and humanity. Is this digitally dominated age humankind’s salvation or a high-speed pipeline to our demise?

lo and behold

Thursday August 11

Gallery Cafe at VAG Summer Musica 4-8p.m. No cover
Siobhan Walsh Group 
The summer musica series is happening again on the patio outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Sitting in a beautiful secret garden in the middle of the city, sipping on a cold drink while listening to good music is hard to beat. The sunset skies are pretty spectacular too.


Ron Johnston Trio
A gifted and prolific pianist, Ron Johnston was inspired by Canadian jazz pianist Tommy Banks and later studied with the “Maharaja of the keyboard” Oscar Peterson. He has worked and recorded with many great musicians including Paul Horn and Moe Koffman, and was a founding member of the influential jazz-fusion band Pacific Salt. Performing with Cameron Hood bass, Buff Allen drums.

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Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Cory Weeds Trio
Saxophonist Cory Weeds plays hard swinging music in the organ trio format in which he is very comfortable. With Nick Peck-organ and Joe Poole- drums







Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Ray Ayotte/Mike Rud/Allan Johnston
O.K. … so we have drums, guitar & bass.











Friday August 12

Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover (and on Saturday)
Siobhan Walsh Group
Siobhan Walsh has been hitting the Vancouver music scene in style with her soulful, gospel approach. Weaving through neo-soul, fusion, jazz and blues, Siobhan delivers a captivating and powerful performance that will leave you wanting more. With Siobhan Walsh Vocals, Jason De Couto Keyboards, Adam Rohrlick Guitar/Sax, Cameron Hood Bass and Jamie Fraser Drums.



Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8.00p.m. $10
South Van Big Band: Fighting Cancer
A “RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER” fundraiser for drummer and cancer survivor James Kempton and his team “Beat It!”. All proceeds are donated to the BC Cancer Foundation. Swing, latin jazz, rock/funk, fusion and contemporary styles.

svan big band


Backstage Lounge 1585 Johnston St Granville Island 10p.m. $10
Sweetz & Emily Chambers
Sweetz is a fusion of fresh ideas and classic vibes. from 1960’s Soul to modern era Hip-Hop, Sweetz’ eclectic tastes in style creates some serious ear candy. with deep roots in R&B, Rock, and Jazz there’s sure to be a treat for everyone!
Say goodbye to Aaron Andrada who is taking to the high seas for a few months as an on board bassist.
Emily Chambers is a dynamic vocalist with a sultry tone and a powerhouse range. With a love for classic soul and R&B, she combines an old school Motown vibe with hints of hip hop and a little bit of Southern grit, to give you a fresh sound that hits you in the gut.







Saturday August 13

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Bill Sample Trio
Bill on piano with Buff Allen drums and Miles Hill bass playing tunes from Bill’s new cd Small.

bill sample

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
B3 for Bunny: Brian Charette Quartet
New York City organist Brian Charette has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll in the “Rising Star: Organ” category and has climbed to 4th place in The 2015 Critic’s Poll in the main Organ category. Brian has worked with notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, and many more.With Cory Weeds – tenor saxophone, Dave Sikula – guitar, Julian MacDonough – drums.

brian charette








Sunday August 14

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
*from Toronto*
Laura Swankey Quartet
Toronto based Vocalist Laura Swankey is an active member of the Canadian jazz and improvised music communities. An avid improviser, her influences range from classic singers such as Betty Carter to avant grade vocalists like Theo Bleckman.
With John Nicholson – saxophone David Blake – guitar, and Paul Rushka – bass

The Bayside Lounge @ The Sands Hotel 1755 Davie Street 7p.m. No cover
Ron Johnston Quartet
This is a new residency on Sundays each week until the end of August.
Featuring the legendary Ron Johnston on piano, Jeff Mahoney on trumpet, and this week Joe Poole on drums and tbd on bass. Plus weekly guests…




















Studio Records 919 Granville St Dance Lesson 7p.m. Band 8p.m. $12
Swing Aggregation
Dust off your dancing shoes and come boogie down to some of the hottest jazz music by the greats, performed by Swing Aggregation. Also prepare your ears for the sweet sounds of vocalist Teresa Riley.

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CBC Studio 700 Hamilton St 6.00p.m. $20
Legacy Jazz Series presents the Steve Holy Quartet
For this performance bassist Steve’s group will explore compositions by Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington to create music that will be familiar to jazz fans yet uniquely personal and contemporary. Don’t miss this swingin’ adventure! With Mike Allen-saxophones, Rod Murray-trombone and Dave Robbins-drums.In keeping with Legacy Jazz Series Society’s philosophy of creating opportunity and exposure for gifted younger musicians, trumpeter Thad Bailey-Mai will be sitting in with the Steve Holy Quartet as a special guest during the show.

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