Jeni’s Picks of the Week December 2-6, 2015

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It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas (and the holiday season in general) so very early out there….. .thanks to Katherine Penfold for this little gem of a rendition of an old standard …

And the craft beer capital of Canada is???









In case you need warming up…






Vogue Theatre Christmas Movie Series
Starting Sunday, December 13th The Vogue Theatre will be screening your holiday
favourites to help collect for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Doors open at 1pm, movie starts at 1:30pm.The Vogue staff will be serving an assortment of beer and wine along with traditional movie snacks. All AGES WELCOME!
Admission is FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Vancouver Food Bank. Cash donations will also be accepted.
THIS WEEK… The Polar Express






18th Annual EU Film Festival Nov 27- Dec 9                                                                        This year’s event is Pacific Cinematheque’s largest yet, with entries from all 28 of the EU member states. A lively, provocative, stimulating, and entertaining state-of-the-Union celebration of the diversity, dynamism, and accomplishment of contemporary European filmmaking. In the festival for the very first time is Malta, an EU member since 2004, but largely without an active domestic film industry.





Wednesday Dec 2

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation

Blue Martini Jazz Cafe 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Dawn Pemberton
Vancouver’s funk & soul dynamo Dawn Pemberton! Tight, expressive and bold.
With Paul Clark, Scott Tucker and Gavin Youngish.









Calabash Bistro 428 Carrall St 8.30 $5
Latin Groove Night
The best in soulful Latin beats Stephanie Pedraza trio is:
Stephanie Pedraza on vocal and guitar, Andre Stepanian on guitar,
Lyndon Dewitt on percussion








Thursday Dec 3

Pulpfiction 2422 Main St 7p.m. Free
Michael Turner reads from “Kingsway” (20th anniversary new edition)
When Michael Turner’s Kingsway was published in 1995, critics and readers were either effusive in their praise or confounded by the book’s unwillingness to adhere to traditional poetry structures. In this collection
of linked poems that evolve around Kingsway, Vancouver’s oldest thoroughfare that cuts diagonally across the city, the single-stanza poems approximate city blocks, as diverse and complicated as the neighbourhoods Kingsway traverses; in this way, Kingsway is neither a “street” nor an “avenue” but a “way”of thinking about cities and people and different points of view. Kingsway is a place to get lost, to lose oneself; a starting point and a destination.







Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Dan Reynolds Quintet feat. Special guests from Montreal
Vancouver native Dan Reynolds has been in active force in the Vancouver jazz scene since his return from Montreal several years ago. A skilled pianist and composer, Dan will likely be performing music from his upcoming album. This time he brings the horn section from Montreal.
With Simon Millerd – trumpet, Mike Bjella – saxophone, Eli Davidovici – bass and Adam Cormier – drums

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Bernie Arai’s To Be Ornette To Be
Revisiting a life-long love for the pioneering free jazz of Ornette Coleman, drummer Bernie Arai gathers his like-minded quartet–Steve Holy bass, Jon Bentley tenor saxophone, Bill Clark trumpet–to explore the Harmolodic concept of improvisation. Featuring compositions from throughout Ornette’s career, To Be Ornette To Be, will take you on a ride between blues, bebop and free improv with humour and intensity.

Arai, Bernie







The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Ave (in back room) 9p.m. Small cover.                    Gentle Party with Skye Brooks & Paul Rigby Duo
Skye Brooks/Paul Rigby
sonically adventurous improvisations, deconstructions of familiar tunes and original compositions. The music will be both intimate and expansive…
Paul Rigby – Guitar & effects, Skye Brooks – Drums
Gentle Party
A harp, a voice, a violin, and a cello make hauntingly beautiful sounds that some have called life-changing.Original music by Elisa Thorn, Shanto Acharia, and Jessicka. The quartet weaves an Impressionistic sonic tapestry that evokes a moving picture in your imagination.
Meredith Bates – violin & effects, Elisa Thorn – harp & effects, Jessicka – voice & effects, Shanto Acharia – cello & effects

gentle party








Blue Martini Jazz Cafe 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover (also Fri Dec 4 and Sat Dec 5)
Adam Thomas Trio
A mix of original music, contemporary covers and jazz standards. Adam Thomas – bass and vocals, Jillian Lebeck – keys and vocals, Justin James – drums Thursday, Adam Cormier – drums Friday, Julian MacDonough – drums Saturday.

alone with you








Friday Dec 4

The Orpheum Annex 823 Seymour St 8p.m. $51 (also Sat Dec 5)
Dr. Lonnie Smith with the Jill Townsend Big Band
Dr. Lonnie Smith is a master of the Hammond B-3 organ. He’s been featured on over 70 albums and has performed with luminaries like George Benson, Lee Morgan and Lou Donaldson among others. Since 1989, Smith has consistently won the Downbeat Critics’ Poll as the world’s premier organist/keyboardist. Arranger/composer Jill Townsend leads a big band that features seventeen of Vancouver’s finest jazz musicians.

lonnie smith







Fairview 898 W.Broadway 7p.m. $10
9th Annual Foodbank Fundraiser
The Modelos, Boomchix, Kelly Haigh & The Murderbirds, Hunting, Real Pomchos, Sun Belt, Just a Season, D Trevlon, Mark Peterson, Eddy D & The Sex Bombs etc









Renegade Theatre 127 East 2nd Ave 8p.m. $20 (matinee sold out)
Trunk Puppet NOW
Did you hear an odd thump? What’s inside the trunk? What’s that strange scratching sound? A show for all ages about what happens when you dare to unlatch the Big Box of Life. What wonders, what mysteries, what hilarity -what havoc- might be unleashed? Once opened, can it ever be closed again?
Featuring: Trunk Puppet: Peter Balkwill, Jenny Cassady, Randi Edmundson, and Teddy Ivanova from the Old Trout Puppet Workshop
NOW Ensemble: Tony Wilson, Cole Schmidt, Jeff Younger (guitars), Lisa Cay Miller (piano), guest musician Joe Williamson (bass), and Skye Brooks (drums)

trunk puppet







Saturday Dec 5

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Boys of Benriach
Kevin Elaschuk -Trumpet and Fluglehorn, John Paton – Tenor Saxophone,
André Lachance – Electric Guitar, Steve Holy – Acoustic Bass, Joe Poole – Drums
Kevin says the band will play modern jazz, original compositions and some classic 60’s Blue Note tunes with the odd standard mixed in.









Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Paul Pigat Daily Special
Blessed with a jazzman’s sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo’s soul, there aren’t many genres of music that don’t pull at guitarist Paul Pigat’s wayfaring imagination like a magnet. Over the last several years this unassuming Vancouver native has quietly compiled a list of credits that would be the envy of anyone in the music business. With Jeff Gammon bass, Jesse Cahill drums.

paul p







Sunday Dec 6

International Day to End Violence Against All Women
White Ribbon Day

prevent it









Roadhouse Radio 714 Alexander St 5p.m.
Please join the PACE Society and Roundhouse Radio in an evening of remembrance and hope as we gather for International Day to End Violence against ALL Women. The night will include live music by the stunning Krystle Dos Santos, great food and drink & the opportunity to meet others committed to an inclusive feminism.

int day women





Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 3p.m. $12 at door
Haida Gwai: On the Edge of the World
Director Charles Wilkinson (Oil Sands Karaoke, Peace Out), completes his environmental trilogy with Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World. Winner of the top prize at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and winner of Most Popular Canadian Documentary at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, the film tells the story of a group of remarkable characters living on Haida Gwaii, a remote archipelago off the Northwest coast of B.C.







St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Marcus Mosely Chorale
Kicking off the holiday season AKA Advent with a bang. Marcus Moseley Chorale. And…Rev. Gary Paterson, now officially The Very Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson, will be in the house!!




Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6-9p.m. Donation
NOTE… new time slot
Chris Fraser Quartet
23-year-old guitarist Chris Fraser is quickly becoming an important voice in the local music scene. His playing is influenced by classic guitarists such as John Scofield and Jim Hall, yet his unique contemporary sound shines through.
With Nick Peck – piano, André Lachance – bass and Miles Wong – drums

Bayside Lounge 1755 Davie 7p.m. suggested contribution $5-20
Black Gardenia Show & Christmas Party
Vintage Jazz, Old Country and Blues.featuring Daphne Roubini and her Ukulelewith her Vintage Jazz Band, ‘Black Gardenia’, With Paul Pigat on guitar, Patrick Metzger on Bass, Francois Houle on Clarinet, Andrew Smith on Guitar and Ukulele.
You are invited to stay and celebrate the holiday season with The Bayside Lounge DJ, Kurt, who will be playing jazzy lounge tunes till late!!







Backstage Lounge Granville Island doors at 6.30p.m. Music at 8p.m.                       Atomic Radio with Swing Aggregation
Dance to the swingin’ sounds of the 8-piece “little big band”.
Come early for the dance lesson and stay late for all the fun on the dance floor!


One comment

  1. thanks for including International Day to End Violence Against All Women. i’m not able to attend the film @ SFU, but will be wearing my white ribbon. an important day to mark.

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