Jeni’s Picks of the Week July 13-17, 2016

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Soggy greetings Pick’s People… the only reason I know it must be summer is because I am off to Folk Festival this weekend. I spied a ray of sun a few moments ago and rushed onto the balcony to bask in it.. only to have it disappear as quickly as it arrived and to feel raindrops falling on my head! That weather app is all wet as it has those annoying little sun icons displayed all across the page for this afternoon.





Oh well, at the least the rain is warm and there are lots of events to divert our attention and bring a little cultural sunshine into our lives…. though some of them are outdoors so we do need to think real sunshine!!

And here is an interesting little video by Marcio Siecola about Pat’s Pub I wasn’t aware of before (thanks Neal).. if you are a patron you will definitely recognize lots of folks featured.

Apparently the links in this post may not work.  Trying to figure out what has gone awry. So for now please have patience and copy and paste.

Please check all venues for changes in programming and apologies as usual to any important event not listed (they are all important!)

38th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 15-17
60 acts from 18 countries on 7 stages in a spectacular setting!

folk fest


Musical Nooners at CBC are back for the 7th year!
Free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage on Hamilton Street from 12-1p.m.




23rd Annual Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden June 30-Aug 25
One of the city’s most magical places to catch a concert (and the option of a gourmet pre-show picnic). A live stage for fiery trumpets and spacious flutes, mainstream jazz and swing tunes, funky folk-jazz and classical piano tunes.











Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival to September 24
27th season outdoors in Vanier Park which includes The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Pericles and more.

Bard wives-page

Indian Summer Festival July 7-16
Arts, ideas & music. A stellar cast of thinkers, musicians, actors, writers and filmmakers coming your way.The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Border Crossings’. Borders are not just geographic, but also linguistic, religious, racial, sexual, emotional, psychological and culinary!







Gallery Cafe at VAG Summer Musica 4-8p.m. No cover
The summer musica series is happening again on the patio outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Sitting in a beautiful secret garden in the middle of the city, sipping on a cold drink while listening to good music is hard to beat. The sunset skies are pretty spectacular too.
This week..
Thurs July 14 Nova Sol
Fri July 15 Siobhan Walsh Trio

Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour in July 4-6p.m. No cover
July 13 – James Danderfer Trio
July 20 – Steve Kaldestad Trio
July 27 – Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Ron Johnston (piano)

Drop In Rock Choir $10
Every Tuesday at Britannia Community Centre and
Every Wednesday at St. James Hall
Organized by my downstairs neighbour vocalist, pianist and educator, Matt Smith…no auditions, no need to read music, open to all levels of musical experience! There’s no waitlist, no need to memorize song words and no solo singing -its all about having fun singing classic and contemporary rock, pop and indie songs. The next step for shower/car singers!.

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Wednesday July 13

Provence Marinaside Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie Street in Yaletown 4:30 – 7:30pm No cover
Hip Pocket Quartet 
A mix of swinging’ Jazz, Latin Jazz, contemporary instrumentals and Blues on a beautiful patio overlooking the seawall on False Creek.Adam Rohrlick-tenor saxophone & electric guitar, Jason de Couto-keyboards, Brent Gubbels-acoustic bass, Joel Fountain-drums & vocals..

Adam Rohrlick









Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Laurence Mollerup Trio
Laurence on bass obviously, but no further info on website.

Thursday July 14
Roedde House Museum 1415 Barclay St 7p.m. $15
Jazz Concert Series presents Eli Davidovici and Leo Bae Quartet
with Milli Hong and Tristan Paxton.
Limited Seating. Reservations 604 684 7040


















Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Jeff Gammon Quartet
Bassist Jeff Gammon leads a chordless quartet that features some of Vancouver’s most acclaimed improvisers. With Mike Allen – saxophones, James Danderfer – clarinet and Joe Poole – drums

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. $10
Gord Grdina Trio
Last chance to see the Trio for a while as Tommy is heading back to San Diego. With Gordon Grdina- Guitar, Oud, Tommy Babin- Bass, Kenton Loewen- Drums

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Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
Shades of Dalida, Nat Cole, Edith Piaf, and Blossom Dearie color Heather’s vocal style whether she’s singing classic ballads, jazz standards or authentic French chansons. Christofferson has played with Kurt Elling and is widely heard on CBC recordings with Nancy King.

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The Imperial 319 Main St 7.30p.m. $35 Tickets at Highlife & Red Cat
Dave Alvin/ Phil Alvin and the Guilty Ones
The Canadian Pacific Blues Society presents American roots-rock greats, former members of the Blasters, with guests Paul Pigat & Cousin Harley.

Friday July 15

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach is an award winning jazz stylist who plays a unique combination of trumpet, flute, flugelhorn, and valve trombone. In concert he walks a fine line between the classic and contemporary idioms incorporating both styles seamlessly. With Joel Fountain drums, Lawrence Mollerup bass, Miles Black piano, and Brian Monroney guitar.









Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover (also on July 16)
A-Train Soul Revue
A-Train on electric bass obviously, no further info on website.

Saturday July 16

Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 2.15p.m. $11 (also other showtimes)
Mia Madre (Italy 2015)
In what has been acclaimed as his best film since the Palme d’Or winning The Son’s Room, Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti helms this quasi-autobiographical drama about a movie director (played by preeminent Italian actress Margherita Buy) trying to juggle her latest production with her own mother’s failing health. In this she is not helped by the presence of needy US film star “Barry Huggins” (John Turturro), a temperamental talent who seems incapable of following simple direction, nor by the demands of her adolescent daughter… Moretti takes the supporting role of director’s brother, in this ruefully funny, poignant film


Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
George McFetridge Drummerless Trio
Apparently Chet Baker said “It takes a really good drummer to be better than no drummer”. Continuing on with summer piano trio series. George-piano, Paul Blaney – bass, Dave Say – saxophone


Merge NE corner of Clark & Powell (ring the bell) 8.30 $10
Matt Choboter Trio & Cole-Birney Stewart Quartet +1
A 2 drummer thing. Matt & his Trio opening and doing double duty with 2nd set. Interesting high energy music.

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Enigma Restaurant 4397 W10th Ave 7p.m. No cover
Flora Scott Trio
Flora on vocals/guitar, Craig Scott on drums and Andre LaChance on bass.



Roundhouse Turntable Plaza 1-4p.m. Free
Dancing in the Street 2016
Dancing in the Street is a completely FREE, public event sharing the magic of local jazz music and swing dance with anyone who is itching to learn to dance or just listen to stellar local bands.With local gypsy jazz legends, Van Django!







Haywood Bandstand Alexandra Park Beach Ave 1-3p.m. Free
Music in the Park
Celebrating Haywood Bandstands 102 Years of Community Performances from 1914 – 2016. The 17-piece South Van Big Band features musicians from the Lower Mainland. Playlists include an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, Latin, and contemporary music.


Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
Brent Mah and Nick Morgan
West coast alto saxophonist Brent Mah reunites with old friend from Toronto, Nick Morgan who also plays the alto. These two fiery improvisers have created distinct voices for them selves, but push each other to new heights! With André Lachance – bass and Bernie Arai – drums

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Paul Rushka Sextet
Award-winning bassist Paul Rushka leads his dynamic Sextet through original compositions and formidable group improvisations.With Jon Bentley, James Danderfer reeds, Dave Sikula guitar, Jillian Lebeck piano, Joe Poole drums.

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The Bayside Lounge @ The Sands Hotel 1755 Davie Street 7p.m.
Ron Johnston Quartet
**Cancelled this week**


Roundhouse Recreation Centre July 27-29 $25
pataSola Dance presents UMBRAL there is a way
pataSola Dance continues to investigate the Marvelous Reality, Butoh and contemporary dance in an interdisciplinary performance that intertwines  poetry, music, film, photography, lighting and dance. Umbral explores themes that reflect our social, political and spiritual values today. It is a commentary on the reality of war, destruction and violence in the world caused by greed in the pursuit of power.