East Van Panto at the York Theatre … to January 3 (saw it..recommend it!)
Hansel & Gretel
An East Van Panto is back! Theatre Replacement steps way off the beaten path for this year’s edition with the weird and wonderful Hansel and Gretel. Complete with an edible house, a butt-kicking brother and sister team, and a cute little cannibal witch, Hansel and Gretel lures you deep into the East Van wilderness to deliver a fantastic holiday treat.
The draw: Panto favourites Veda Hille, Allan Zinyk, Dawn Petten, and Charlie Demers return
*** several performances already sold out so book early
East Van Craft Breweries Self-guided Tasting Tour
start at 1345 Clark Drive Strange Fellows Brewing
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a (tipsy) afternoon, take yourself on a Vancouver craft beer self-guided tasting tour around the lower East Vancouver / Strathcona area (also lovingly known as Yeast Van)! If you can make it to all the stops, way to go! Otherwise, take it easy and spread this tasting tour over a couple of days.
Wednesday Dec 16
InterUrban Gallery 1 E. Hastings 7p.m.
Artists Within (Eastside Aboriginal Art Show)
Culture saves lives hosts a show of powerful new works by John Sam, Cyrile Derrick, Mary Durocher (Edgar) Eric & Pauline Parnell, Garnet Tobacco, Rory Dawson, Randy Wisla, Phabion Sutherland, Patrick SMoth, Carlee Ashton Kanen:Tahawai Diabo, Johnny Tuktu
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
The Boys of BenRiach
Kevin Elaschuk – trumpet, Dave Say – tenor saxophone, André Lachance – guitar, Steve Holy – bass, Joe Poole – drums
Will be playing some of Kevin’s originals and the odd tune by Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson.
Pacific Cinametheque 1131 Howe St 7.30p.m. $12
Eva Nova (presented by Frames of Mind)
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Writer-director Marko Škop’s intimate psychological drama won a prestigious International Critics Prize at TIFF this year due largely to an absolutely stellar performance from Emília Vášáryová, the “First Lady of Slovak Film and Theatre.
Vášáryová plays the titular Eva, a discredited, once-famous actress well into her 60s, recently released from her third stint in rehab for alcoholism, and desperate to make amends with the now-adult son she abandoned in infancy to the care of her sister. Travelling to the country village where her son, his family, and her sister live in the crumbling family home, Eva is promptly shown the door and instructed never to return. What follows is a sometimes harrowing, ultimately hopeful portrait of a woman determined to do anything to be given a second chance.
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Rene Weideman, a registered psychologist in private practice with a focus on psychotherapy.
Thursday Dec 17
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Jesse Cahill Quartet
Drummer Jesse Cahill is a well known sideman, and is the leader of several of his own groups, which frequent festivals and venues across the country.
Rio Theatre 1660 E.Broadway 7p.m. $12 at door
All Things must Pass: The Rise & Fall of Tower Records
Filmmaker Colin Hanks spent seven years working on this nostalgic tale of the rise and fall of the once-behemoth Tower Records—which started in the back of a Sacramento family drugstore and became an international retail powerhouse before it collapsed in 2006. It’s an affectionate documentary tribute filled with memorable moments you’ll enjoy, even if you’ve never bought music in a store. Featuring Chuck D, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, David Geffen and more.
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Miles Black Trio Plays Sonny Clark
Hard Bop pianist/composer and Blue Note recording artist Sonny Clark was a thoughtful, hard-swinging, meticulous pianist. He worked with the finest jazz players of the 50s (John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones) until his untimely passing in 1963. His compositions have stood the test of time. The Miles Black Trio—Miles Black piano, André Lachance bass, Julian MacDonough drums—will put their personal stamp on the tunes and arrangements of Sonny Clark.
Western Front 303 E8th 8p.m. $20 at door
Pugs and Crows CD release (with guests Inhabitants)
The Juno award winning band is back and bolder than ever with their 3rd release -Everyone Knows Everyone, Part 2. This recording includes 15 new pieces of music, produced by Chris Gestrin, and features the band’s long-time collaborators, Tony Wilson and Debra-Jean Creelman.
Blue Martini Jazz Cafe 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover (also on 18 & 19)
Brad Turner Trio
Brad-trumpet,Darren Radtke-bass, Bernie Arai-drums
Friday Dec 18
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Raphael Geronimo timbales/drums/vocal leads the charge of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms that is Rumba Calzada. This salsa juggernaut has been a runaway hit with Vancouver music enthusiasts for over fifteen years. With Allan Johnston bass / vocal , Rolando Preza congas / vocal, Nick Apivor vibraphone, and Lou Mastroianni piano.
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings 7p.m. $10
Bill Sample Trio
CD release of Bill’s new CD “small”.
Bill, Buff Allen and Rene Worst
Rogue Folk Club, St James Hall 3214 W10th Ave 8p.m. $20
Cool Yule with Van Django
Renowned for the quality of their musicianship and as great entertainers, Van Django’s variety show is a festive Christmas mix of nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, pop tunes, classical elements, and sing-alongs, plus a few surprises – all delivered in swinging gypsy jazz style. Folks of all ages can celebrate the season at this fun and festive yule-time show. Joining Van Django’s violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels are harmonica virtuoso Keith Bennett, and stellar vocalist L.J. Mounteney.
Rickshaw Theatre 7p.m. $15
Keithmas V1- A Food Bank Fundrager
100% proceeds to the Food Bank
With Rich Hope & His Evil Doers, The Jolts, The Vicious Cycles Mc, Elliot C Way & The Wild North, The Rentalmen, The Ballantynes, La Chinga, Dahle Brothers And The Tranzmitors
Back for it’s sixth year bigger and badder than ever Keithmas returns to raise an almighty ruckus. Keith Richards will turn 72 this year on Friday Dec 18th and you can be there to celebrate in the company of 9 or so incredible bands playing their collective asses off doing the Stones/Keef songbook and drinking an ungodly amount of Jack Daniels.
Saturday Dec 19
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover (Arrive early to secure a seat)
We Three Queens
Jazz at The Pat gets into the spirit once again with We Three Queens: Three of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists—Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato and Kate Hammett-Vaughan. Their ever-growing repertoire of classic carols, holiday favourites, originals and international songs have been bringing joy and good cheer to audiences for almost a decade.
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Sarah Kennedy Plays Joni Mitchell & Charles Mingus
Vocalist Sarah Kennedy has gathered a full band—Ben Henriques saxophone, David Blake guitar, Nick Peck piano, Michael Rush bass, Sam Cartwright drums—to perform a Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus tribute show. The show is inspired by the lyrical and compositional genius of Joni’s collaborative album Mingus—a melding of poetic folk music and avant-garde jazz at its finest. The concert will cover the entire Mingus album as well as other pieces from Joni’s and Mingus’ lifeworks.
Sunday Dec 20
St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
An Old Time Family Christmas
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m.p.m. Donation
Darren Radtke and Bill Coon Duo
Two of Canada’s best guitarists take the stage at Tangent for an intimate night of duo music. Expect intricate interplay and improvisation.
Blues for Christmas at the Commodore
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (reserve early)
If you missed We Three Queens at Pat’s on Saturday you can catch them again here!
Blue Martini Jazz Cafe 1516 Yew St 8p.m. (also on 21)
Steve Kozak and the Westcoast Allstars