Jeni’s Picks of the Week February 15-19, 2017

Posted by

loveHappy Valentine’s Day Picks People…whether you are celebrating the day or not, let’s all try to do something to put a little more love in the world!!



Black History Month February 2017

A month-long celebration of contributions to history and culture by citizens of African and Caribbean descent… music, dance, film, poetry and more


Winterruption 2017 February 17-19
Music, Arts, Film, Performance, Food on Granville Island










Talking Stick Festival 2017 February 16-26
A 2 week festival exploring Aboriginal Culture through the Arts







3rd Annual KDocs 2017 February 16-17
Documentary film festival from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in partnership with VIFF at VanCity Theatre. The festival showcases award-winning documentary films, speakers, filmmakers, panelists, exhibitors, and community members. Participants engage in lively discussion, debate, and dialogue as they investigate today’s most pressing global issues. Click here for a PDF file with full information.






















Chutzpah Festival 2017 February 16-March 13
The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists

Click here for more information






Happy Hour at Frankie’s this week…
Feb 15 Steve Kaldestad Trio
Feb 16/17  Tom Arntzen 

Wednesday February 15

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 8.30p.m. $11
Iranian Film Society presents: Bench Cinema 
Nasi spends months after release from prison, watching the films and memorizes all the lines. He then travels around to perform the films as a one man show on a bench. Gradually he forms a theatre group called Cinema Bench…








The Heatley 696 East Hastings 8p.m. Donation                                                               Just the Two of Us: Marin Patenaude and Ben Rogalsky duets                                     The centrepiece of the night will be Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton’s second record “Just The Two Of Us”, played in its entirety front to back. It’s fair to say this’ll be the only opportunity this month to hear a doleful monologue about the children dying some awful fateful death while a pedal steel sighs in the background!! With the special expanded East Van Country Band including Kathleen Nisbet on fiddle, Patrick Metzger bass, Scott Smith pedal steel, Barry Mirochnick drumsdrums






China Cloud Main St Doors 9p.m. $10
Lights Out Wednesdays (featuring innovative talent and cosmic world talent)
A weekly series from Invisible Taste… this week
Carsick vs Brooks/Zubot/Kelly
featuring Dave Sikula, JP Carter, Skey Brooks, Joshua Zubot, Chris Kelly


Thursday February 16

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. Donation
Dubly Sound System
This double guitar fronted group explores the cannon of contemporary jazz guitar as well as original compositions. With Tom Wherrett and David Blake – guitars, Paul Rushka – bass and Bernie Arai – drums

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $20 (and on Friday Feb 17)
From NYC: Emmet Cohen Trio: A Handful of Keys
Harlem-based piano phenom Emmet Cohen swings through town with his all-star trio featuring Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s bassist, Russell Hall, and drummer Kyle Poole, recently on tour with Wynton Marsalis. Audience members can expect to be treated to a master class in stylistic juxtapositions, including the melding of stride, blues, church, bebop, free, and contemporary styles, resulting in the innovative sound of swing’s future.


Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m.
Ray Ayott’es Impromptu
Ray-drums, Andre Lachance-bass, Dave Sikula-guitar

Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 7.30p.m. Donation
Third Thursday Jazz Vocal Jam
Hosted by Nancy Newman, the house band perform an instrumental set and then accompany vocalists between 8 and 11p.m. Sign up!












Friday February 17

Western Front 303 E8th Ave 9p.m. No cover
From Montreal…Madou Diarra
Madou Diarra Record Release Djandjon (Hunter songs from the precolonial Mandinka Empire).Madou Diarra works in a West African folk genre known as “Hunter music”. Traditionally, this genre is written and performed by members of the Brotherhood of Hunters, an occult spiritual group founded in the precolonial Mandinka Empire. The Hunters use music to express their ancient philosophy, which combines a shamanistic worldview with a commitment to democracy.














Guilt & Co 1 Alexander St 9.30p.m. No cover
The Return of the Space Cowboys
Paying tribute to the British band Jamiroquai … funk/acid jazz                                                     Click here for more information















Saturday February 18

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Vocal month continues with…
Karin Plato
Karin will be bringing her 5tet for an afternoon session where anything goes. Expect jazz, roots and pop arrangements that’ll satisfy your soul.
Chris Gestrin…piano
Geoff Claridge…clarinets
Laurence Mollerup…bass
Dave Robbins…drums
Karin Plato…vocals, percussion, piano












Performance Works, Granville Island 3.45p.m. Free                                                           Blue Moon Marquee                                                                                                                            Delta blues, old time jazz, ragtime, and Django Reinhardt all find a home in this raw duo of guitarist/vocalist A.W. Cardinal, a Metis Albertan who cut his teeth in the jazz clubs and crowded bar rooms in Montreal and New York City, and one-woman rhythm section Jasmine Colette Ohlhauser bass/percussion.












Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Siobhan Walsh Group
With a voice uniquely her own, Siobhan weaves the stylings of soul, blues, jazz and gospel into one. With familiar, yet refreshing takes on classic songs, Siobhan’s heartfelt delivery captivates her audience every time! With Adam Rohrlick on guitar and saxophone, Jason De Couto on piano and keyboards, Cameron Hood on bass, Jamie Fraser on drums.















WISE Hall 1882 Adanac St 8p.m. $20/25
The Big Sound
A celebration of the glory days of classic soul, Motown Records and the Motown sound featuring a 26+ piece band recreating the music of Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Chess, Phillies, Hi-Records & more.


Sunday February 19

The Forge, Granville Island 1.15p.m. Free
Daphne Roubini & Black Gardenia
Unique, darkly-relaxed blend of vintage jazz, country, folk and blues from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s. Black Gardenia takes listeners on a journey to an age where cool meant classy and noir was the norm.

Performance Works, Granville Island 3.45p.m. Free
The Rossi Gang
A British Columbian twist on New Orleans hot jazz, this young quintet brings a raw exuberance to their swinging, greasy party music. Mardi Gras and Mingus-inflected fun with Chris Davis – Trumpet, Eli Bennet – Tenor Saxophone, Julian Jayme – Guitar, John Lee – Bass, Aaron Levinson – Drums














St.Andrew’s Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Henry Young Quintet
His entire career, guitarist Henry Young has been involved with crafting music of the highest calibre. A previous Juno nominee, Henry’s work has drawn praise from the likes of Ray Charles, Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis. As a former principal member of Nina Simone’s superlative band, he has received international critical attention, having performed at the prestigious Montreux, African and Newport Jazz Festivals.

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Brad Turner Trio
Prolific artist Brad Turner is one of Canada’s most esteemed jazz musicians. His associations with groups such as Metalwood, and his own quartet have led him to become among the busiest musicians in the west coast.
With David Blake – guitar and André Lachance –

Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 6p.m.-9p.m.
Jazz Jam with Gabriel Hasselbach & Bruno Hubert

Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 7p.m. No cover
Ingrid Stitt Trio








**Please confirm details with venues and apologies to any event not included**