Jeni’s Picks of the Week August 17-21, 2016

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Dear Picks People… picks at the last minute as I have been enjoying a visit with my son and his girlfriend. When you only have 2 immediate family members, time spent together is very precious!!

Onwards to this week….
Of course, we knew this already but….
“Researchers in Australia found that people who habitually attend musical engagements are reported to have higher levels of subjective well-being”

Free stuff in August

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

Pacific Cinematheque’s 2016 Film Noir Festival August 4-22
Doomed romanticism, dark city streets, double-crossing dames, disillusioned anti-heroes, murderous hoodlums, cynical cops, hard-boiled dialogue, head-spinning Expressionist style — it’s time for The Cinematheque’s annual summer celebration of the giddy, gloomy, seductive glories of Film Noir!

film noir


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.


Monsoon Festival of the Performing Arts to August 21
The welcoming of captivating and spiritual force of the monsoon dates back thousands of years in India.  Vancouver is also known for its heavy rainfall. With the intersection of these two natural phenomena, the goal is to celebrate the monsoon here in the Lower Mainland by welcoming the storm with the 1st Annual Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, presented by South Asian Arts Society.


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

Wednesday Aug 17

Provence Marinaside Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie 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!
This week… Adam Rohrlick-guitar/sax, Kristian Alexandrov-keys, Joel Fountain drums/vocals, Brent Gubbels Bass.

hip pocket

Thursday Aug 18

Gallery Cafe at VAG Summer Musica 4-8p.m. No cover
Siobhan Walsh Group
The summer musica series continues 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.


Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
*from Toronto*
John Nicholson Quintet
Saxophonist John Nicholson grew up in Vancouver, but after finishing his degree at Capilano University, he moved to Toronto where he has quickly become a sought after sideman. His playing is dazzling, his compositions are provocative. With Brad Turner – trumpet, David Blake – Guitar, Eli Davidovici – bass and Mili Hong – Drums

Princeton Pub 1901 Powell St 9p.m. No cover
Sick Boss w/Chad MacQuarrie
A beautiful beginning to a regular monthly night at the princeton. Tunes by Neil Young, Ornette Coleman, ZZ Top, CCR, Chad Macquarrie, Sick Boss and others played with a searching reckless abandon. Chad MacQuarrie – Vocals and guitar, Cole Schmidt – guitar, James Meger – bass, Skye Brooks – drums


Friday Aug 19

Bentall Centre 1055 Dunsmuir 12 noon Free
Bentall Summer Concert Series presents Swing Aggregation
Come down to the lower plaza at Bentall IV for an afternoon of swinging jazz

swing agg

WISE Hall 1882 Adanac St 9p.m. $15
WISE in the Round with Pugs & Crows
An Intimate Concert Experience with … PUGS & CROWS & Tony Wilson with Special Guests ONLY A VISITOR and Jenn Bojm and Khingfisher
JUNO Award winning band, Pugs and Crows, performs original instrumental music that explores a wide range of sonic textures by blending elements of indie rock, modern jazz, and neoclassicism.


Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. Possibly $10 cover (and on Saturday)
Hip Pocket
A mix of swinging’ Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Blues.















Saturday Aug 20

Vancouver Mural Festival
35 new murals, 40 artists, 20 bands, 150 local businesses.
Vancouver’s biggest celebration of public art!  Local and international artists will be creating 35+ brand new permanent murals all along Main Street between Prior St and 16th Ave. Art, music and community events will take place throughout the day including public markets and a street festival with musical performances, interactive art exhibits, and more!


Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Summer piano series
Tony Foster

tony foster

Vogue Theatre 918 Granville St 8p.m. $42.50
Shawn Colvin/Steve Earle
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle together in concert for a rousing night of song swapping, duets, storytelling and stellar guitar playing, sharing music from their extensive catalogues as well as some of their favourite songs by other classic songwriters.


Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
James Danderfer Quartet
LEO award winning composer/performer James Danderfer has been twice nominated Best Jazz Clarinetist in the National Jazz Awards. Drawing inspiration from the New Orleans sounds of Barney Bigard and Johnny Dodds to the modern style of John Coltrane, James’ music is a unique blend of soulful and contemporary jazz. Joined by some of Canada’s finest musicians: Brad Turner (piano), Andre Lachance (bass), and Joe Poole (drums).


MERGE NE corner Clark & Powell (ring the buzzer) 9p.m. $10 (cash only)
Kenny Rogers’ Birthday Eve
An evening of sweet celebration on the eve of Kenny’s 78th birthday. Featuring some little-known gems played by members of Fond of Tigers, The Modelos, and Carolyn Mark’s band, plus some classics on the ol’ record player.


Sunday Aug 21

Strange Fellows Brewing 1345 Clark Drive noon-11p.m. Free
The desire to make the most of the last days of summer, or maybe our need to rejoice in community, creativity and tradition – the very things we need to survive the dark days of winter. Whatever the reason, it’s time to make merry while the sun shines.
5:30-7:30 THE ROSSI GANG
8:00-10:00 THE PRETTYS
1:00–6:00 TUBIFY
5:00-10:00 EL CARTEL


Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Thad Bailey-Mai Quartet
Trumpeter Thad’s quartet explores the original compositions of its members. Thad’s big sound and ferocious improvising is inspired by the tradition of post-bop trumpet players that includes Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. With David Blake – Guitar, Eli Davidovici – bass and Miles Wong – drums

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, Cameron Hood on bass, and Buff Allen on drums. Plus weekly guests….




















Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Jillian Lebeck & Tristan Paxton Band
This group is a collaboration between Jillian and Tristan. Featuring original songs in a variety of styles from modern jazz, vintage country, jazz standards to singer songwriter material.