Jeni’s Picks of the Week July 29-Aug 3 2014

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Have a great long weekend everyone. Will try (but no guarantee!) to send some options for B.C.Day in a timely fashion. In the meantime here are a few things you may want to check out for the remainder of this week.

CBC Musical Nooners July 15-Aug 23
The sounds of summer are here: the CBC Musical Nooners return for their fifth year! These free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson).

Bard on the Beach Festival June 11-Sept 20
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September.

Honda Celebration of Light
The annual off-shore fireworks display is back with another three night schedule. July 26, 30 and Aug 2. An excess of 300,000 spectators are expected at English Beach each night during the event’s 24th year.

38th Annual Powell St Festival Aug 1-3
The Powell Street Festival celebrating Japanese arts, culture and heritage has had to reorganize locations and is now a car-free Block Party spanning four city blocks with Alexander Street and Jackson Avenue as its central hub. 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. One outdoor main stage and several indoor venues.
Harmony Arts Festival Aug 1-10
West Vancouver hosts their annual 10 day open-air celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts on the waterfront. Lots of excellent music. Check the schedule.

Wednesday July 30
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Kevin Elaschuk 4tet
Kevin Elaschuk – trumpet, flugelhorn, Dave Say – saxophones, Steve Holy – double bass, Joe Poole – drums and cymbals

Thursday July 31
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
John Nicolson Quartet
John Nicholson –sax, David Blake – guitar, Eli Davidovici – bass, Mili Hong – drums
23 year old saxophonist John Nicolson has been quickly gaining attention in Vancouver’s jazz community. As a recent graduate from Capilano University’s jazz studies program, John has studied with Chad Makela, Steve Kaldestad, Brad Turner and Bill Coon. John will be moving to Toronto in the fall.

Libra Room 1608 Commercial Drive 7.30 p.m. Donation
Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars
Dr.Sun Sat Yen Chinese Classical Garden 578 Carrall Street Doors 7p.m. Show 8p.m.$25
21st Annual Enchanted Garden Series
Vancouver Piano Ensemble
Performing this evening are: Chin Yen Lee, Susan Wong Lim, Win Rompf and Tanya Tyuleneva.
Specializing in multi piano music, the group has performed both locally and internationally, including Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, China, and Singapore. In collaboration with the renowned Baynov Piano Ensemble from Germany, VPE played concerts for various combinations of pianists, including up to 32 hands on 8 pianos. Performing this evening are: Chin Yen Lee, Susan Wong Lim, Win Rompf and Tanya Tyuleneva.
** al fresco dinners, wine, and cocktails are also available prior to performance… see website**
Friday Aug 1
Jack Poole Plaza Burrard Landing 1085 Canada Place 7p.m. Free
Live symphony performance by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra
World-class music set to the backdrop of Vancouver’s stunning Coal Harbour, overlooking the water towards the North Shore Mountains and Stanley Park. Seating is first-come, first-serve and spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the plaza.
Saturday Aug 2
Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Sharon Minemoto Trio

Merge N.E. Corner of Clark/Powell (ring the bell downstairs) 10p.m. $10
Chris Russell 4tet
Chris Russell – guitar, Devon Wells – banjo, Liz Bader – dobro, Russell Scholberg – bass
An instrumental mix of world music and North American folk music. Imagine if Bela Fleck had a baby with Shakti…
Plus Elk Horn plays the music of Tom Wherrett, which is somewhere in between rock, jazz, folk and country music.
Sunday Aug 3
36th Annual Pride Parade 12-3p.m.
Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world. The parade begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue and finishes at Sunset Beach Pride Festival and Market.
Central Bistro 1172 Denman 8p.m. No cover
Kentish Steele

Branas 617 Stamps Landing 6p.m. Donation Reservations (604) 568-6707
Lolo Bianco
Lory White-vocals, Ray Ayotte-drums, Ron Thompson-guitar