Jeni’s Picks of the Week December 13-18, 2016

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Dear Pickers… hope you are not too caught up in the holiday rush to take some time out and enjoy live music, theatre, dance, a movie etc. Here is a small sampling of what is on offer this week.

Please confirm with venues before venturing out (especially in this wintry weather for last minute cancellations) and apologies to any event not listed.

now until Dec 31
East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood
RECOMMENDED (opening night was a hoot!)
Here she comes! Little Red Riding Hood is bombing down the Adanac bike trail to deliver a basket of goodies to her sweet little granny. Easy, right? Not in the East Van Panto where everything gets real wacky, real fast! Cheer Little Red along as she battles everything from bike thieves to distracted drivers to The Big Bad Wolf. And what the heck are Three Little Pigs doing here?!


Where to see Holiday Lights in Vancouver

Happy Hour at Frankie’s … this week
Dec 14 Chris Sigurson Trio
Dec 15 Wilie MacCalder

Kino Cafe during December

Tuesday Dec 13

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (all proceeds to Bruno)
**Make a reservation**
We Love Bruno! (A fundraiser for Bruno Hubert)
One of the most-loved misfits of the Vancouver jazz scene is undergoing a surgery in December that will keep him out of action for 3 weeks.1st set the The Brad Turner Quartet, and 2nd set The Bruno Hubert Trio…possibly with a guest appearance by Cory Weeds.

Gold Saucer Studio 211-207 W. Hastings 8.30p.m.
Sawdust Collector Presents Broken Merchandise w/Kokoro Dance
featuring Tony Wilson – Electric Guitar, Josh Zubot – Violin, Kenton Loewen – Drums with dancers Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi

Wednesday Dec 14

Brentwood Church 1600 Delta Ave Bby 8p.m. Donation
Vancouver Saxophone Jazztet
featuring Mike Allen, Chad Makela, Chris Startup, Ben Henriques

Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 7p.m.
Ron Johnston Trio                                                                                                                            Ron-piano, with Cameron Hood-bass, Buff Allen-drums

Thursday Dec 15

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
*from Toronto*
Meghan Gilhespy Quartet
Vancouver native, Meghan Gilhespy, returns home from Toronto where she is now working on her Masters in Jazz at the University of Toronto. After the success of her debut album, Vive le Tour, she ceaselessly strives to continue refining and developing her unique approach to vocal performance.
With Leo Bae – piano, Jeff Gammon – bass and Andrew Thomson – drums

Heritage Hall 3102 Main St 8p.m. $25/10 and on Friday Dec 16)
Music on Main presents Music for Winter Solstice
Caroline Shaw, voice & violin
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano
Adrian Verdejo, guitar
Veda Hille, voice & piano



MERGE NE Corner Powell St (push the bell) 8.30p.m. Donation
Monthly Improv curated by Meredith Bates
Another beautiful and fun improv session at Merge to quench your insatiable desire for great spontaneous music! This one features the great Clyde Reed on bass, Joshua Zubot and Meredith Bates on violin/viola, Jesus Adrian Caballero on drums, and Francois Houle on clarinet.

Friday Dec 16

Eastside Flea 1024 Main St 6p.m.
Shop n’ Bop Presents- A Sumner Brothers Christmas


Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. $10 (and on Sat Dec 17)
Siobhan Walsh Group





Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 6.15p.m. $12 (also on other dates)                                  A Man Called Ove
A touching comic crowd-pleaser that may call for a tissue or two by the end, A Man Called Ove is Swedish helmer Hannes Holm’s irresistible adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s eponymous bestselling novel. It’s a heartwarming tale about a stubborn, short-tempered man with steadfast beliefs, strict routines and the feeling that everyone around him is an idiot—and no reticence about telling them so. After new neighbours accidentally run over his mailbox, the cantankerous old git’s solitary, regimented world is shaken in ways he would never have imagined.




Saturday Dec 17

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Michael Creber Quartet
Christmas edition of Jazz @ The Pat. Expect to hear Charlie Brown Christmas favourites plus more Vince Guaraldi and favourites like Huron Carol and My Favourite Things.


Unity Church 5840 Oak St 7.30p.m. $30/25
Marcus Mosely Chorale presents “Peace on Earth”
An evening of Gospel Music and Christmas Tales


Rio Theatre 1660 E Broadway 8p.m. $17
I’m Your Man: A Tribute Concert to Leonard Cohen


Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20 (reservation needed .. also on Sun Dec 18)
We Three Queens
This engaging holiday season trio is comprised of 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


Sunday Dec 18

St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
An Old Tyme Christmas
















Britannia Community Centre 1661 Napier 7p.m. Free                                                                                                     Winter Solstice Coffee House 2016

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Ben Frost Quartet
Trumpet player Ben Frost’s new group explores Ben’s dark and emotional compositions. His lyrical improvising is informed by his passion for the tradition of jazz as well as contemporary artists such as Tom Harrell and Ingrid Jensen.
With Jenny Xu – piano, André Lachance – bass and Miles Wong – drums

St.James Hall 3214 W.10th Ave 8p.m. $22/$18 (tickets at Highlife & Red Cat Records)
A Cool Yule with Van Django
A festive mix of nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, pop tunes, classical elements and singalongs, plus some surprises, all delivered in swinging gypsy jazz style. 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.



Bayside Lounge 1755 Davie St 7p.m. Suggested contribution (pay what you can)
Daphne Roubini & Black Gardenia with special guests

black gardenia

Every Monday until Dec 26
The Wise Hall & Lounge (downstairs)
Petunia & the Vipers playing 2 sets starting at 8p.m.

Jacques Lalonde fundraiser for his nephew & family – various dates