Jeni’s Picks of the Week July 28-31

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Dear Pickers… a short version this week as I spent a few days in Calgary visiting my son. I also managed to see Sting & Peter Gabriel (brilliant) and the newly opened National Music Centre (interesting but the exhibits need expanding imho).

Hope you are all enjoying the warm sunny days now the they have finally arrived and wishing you all a lovely long weekend.

40th Annual Powell Street Festival July 30 & 31
The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese Canadian performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance, alternative pop/rock/urban music, visual arts, film/video, as well as historical walking tours, tea ceremonies, and a fantastic array of Japanese food, crafts, & displays.

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Harmony Arts Festival West Vancouver July 29-Aug 7
Music, film + fiction, arts, food etc.
Lots of free outdoor music including Coco Love Alcorn, Wil Campa, Soulstream, Deanna Knight, Van Django, Paul Pigat & many more.

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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.

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Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour in July 4-6p.m. No cover
July 27/28 – Ron Johnston (piano)
Thursday July 28

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Len Aruliah Quartet
London, UK based saxophonist Len Aruliah plays original music that is deeply informed by jazz legend Kenny Wheeler. Len returns to Vancouver frequently to collaborate with a diverse group of musicians. With Joe Poole – drums, Nick Peck – piano and Paul Rushka – bass















Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Max Zipursky Quartet
All we know is that it is Max on keyboards plus 3 others! Although he plays your typical Jazz standards and lounge tunes, Max specializes in Hip Hop, Jazz and Soul. He plays old favorites, new and originals with a special twist.

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Friday July 29

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Siobhan Walsh Group
Siobhan Walsh has been hitting the Vancouver music scene in style with her soulful, gospel approach. Weaving through neo-soul, fusion, jazz and blues, Siobhan delivers a captivating and powerful performance that will leave you wanting more. With Siobhan Walsh Vocals, Jason De Couto Keyboards, Adam Rohrlick Guitar/Sax, Cameron Hood Bass and Jamie Fraser Drums.


Saturday July 30

Vancouver Street Dance (at Robson Square) 5-11p.m.
A great day at a free festival that caters to all stripes of dance and music lovers in the city Battles & Cyphers, Dance Workshops, Live music, Performances

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Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Summer piano trios series…
Sharon Minemoto Trio
Sharon-piano, Darren Radke – bass , Joel Fountain – drums
The generous, compassionate, kind-hearted host of Pat’s Monday night jazz jam gets a long-overdue opportunity to stretch out unencumbered. Go Sharon go!



Park Theatre 3440 Cambie St. 6.40p.m. (also on Sunday)                                   The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
The latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Forget more cowbell. According to the celebrated Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, what this crazy world needs now is more pipa (a Chinese version of a lute), more gaita (a bagpipe of Spanish origin) and definitely more kamancheh (an Iranian bowed string instrument).
That is the basic message of Morgan Neville’s “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” which ambitiously tries to capture the evolution of a cultural experiment involving a blend-ship of music from around the globe that began in earnest in 2000. So far, the loose collective of 50 or so members of Eurasian backgrounds has recorded seven albums (the latest, “Sing Me Home,” was released just this year) and performed for two million people in 33 countries.


Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Zapato Negro
Zapato Negro has built a reputation on it’s own exciting blend of progressive jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Their eclectic and exciting repertoire includes original compositions, underplayed jazz standards played in clave, and classics of Latin Music reworked, re-harmonized, and re-rhythmicized in jazz


Sunday July 31

38th Annual Vancouver Gay Pride Parade 12-5p.m.
A tradition since 1978. This year there are approximately 150 parade entries and the parade route has recently been extended to central downtown, beginning on Robson Street at Thurlow Street, continuing through the West End (on Denman Street) to finish at the …
Sunset Beach Festival (over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, supporters, and community organizations. A variety of bands, drag performers and speakers will be featured on the main stage, with DJs spinning in the beer garden throughout the day)


Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Geoff Claridge Quartet
Whether found playing saxophone or clarinet, Geoff Claridge has a distinct voice, influenced by reed players such as Jimmy Giuffre, Wayne Shorter and Seamus Blake. His original compositions are inquisitive and thought provoking. With Mili Hong – drums, David Bake – guitar and Eli Davidovici – bass

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Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Four for Three
Four For Three draws on the rich tradition of west coast piano-less groups led by the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Bob Brookmeyer and Herb Geller. The space left in place of the piano allows for tight arrangements, group interplay and contrapuntal lines between the two horns, creating a distinctly melodic sound. With Mike Allen saxophones, James Danderfer clarinets, Jeff Gammon bass and Joe Poole drums.


Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival 2016
An eclectic showcase of world class music on 3 stages.Colin James, Frazey Ford, and Cyril Neville and the Royal Southern Brotherhood top the bill this year.Also scheduled to perform are Como Mamas, Lindi Ortega, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Shred Kelly, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Dawn Pemberton, Ben Rogers, and Wes Mackie.

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