Dear Picks People… thanks for reading all year long and for getting out to support live music and other cultural events in Vancouver.
**THINGS GET VERY QUIET DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON SO PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK ANY VENUES YOU ARE USED TO FREQUENTING TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE OPEN/HAVE LIVE MUSIC.**
Wednesday Dec 23
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 4P.M. No cover
Jillian Lebeck will be playing some solo piano and singing on December 23rd and December 30th to get you into and keep you into the spIrit. 4pm – 6, no cover and lots of ‘happy hour’ deals.
Thursday Dec 24 TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE….
St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 3p.m. Donation
We Three Queens
The good times keep rolling. Christmas Eve with We Three Queens. This one will benefit the Refugee Assistance Committee.
Friday Dec 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS
Saturday DEC 26 BOXING DAY
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Tom Keenlyside 4tet
Skip the sales and wash away the Boxing Day blahs with the Tom Keenlyside 4tet. They will be remembering Bob Murphy by playing his music
Sunday Dec 27
St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
45th Avenue Band 17 17 piece big band. Swing and jazz music from Bassie to Goodwin but always with a drum beat in the future.
Tuesday Dec 29
Merge NE corner of Clark & Powell (ring the bell) 8.30p.m. $10
Cat Toren 5tet
Cat Toren’s in town and playing a show at Merge over the holidays! She’ll be sharing the bill with Gord Grdina, Francois Houle, and Kenton Loewen.
Thursday Dec 31st HAPPY NEW YEAR
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 9p.m. $90 (includes 3 course dinner)
NYE with Dawn Pemberton
Vancouver-based vocalist Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz and funk. This recent Western Canadian Music Award winner has become a staple on the local music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up on stages across the country. A passionate and engaging performer, Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, a serious groove, and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package. With Mike Ardagh drums, Ian Cox piano and Derek DiFilippo bass.
Blue Martini Jazz Cafe 1516 Yew St (no time or price listed,, contact 604 428 2691 for reservation)
Uno Mas featuring Dave Say
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 7.30p.m. $30/$35
Hugh Fraser Sextet (with the music of the Crusaders)
Friday Jan 1
Vancouver Polar Bear Swim English Bay
The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. Its initial swim was in 1920 when a small number of hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year’s Day. Led by their founder, Peter Pantages, the swim has grown from around 10 swimmers in that year to the new record of 2,550 official entries set in 2014.The swim generally takes place at 2:30pm on the first day of each new year. Costumes and the Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race are the highlights of this event.
Saturday January 2
Fairview Pub W. Broadway 4.30-7.30 $6
Willy Ward’s Revenge
Great chance to dance off all that holiday excess!!
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover Ben Henriques 4tet
Playing original, contemporary jazz. Start 2016 off right by hearing this killer band play some wacky jazz.
David Blake – Guitar, James Meger – Bass, Daniel Reynolds – Piano,
Dan Gaucher – Drums, Ben Henriques – Saxophone(s)