Dear Picks People… hope you are all recovered from Jazz Festival and ready to continue supporting live music and the arts in Vancouver. It’s a good way to stay dry while we are experiencing January in July… but please think sunshine which is much needed for all the upcoming outdoor events.
Have a good week and remember to check venues for any changes in schedule. Also apologies in advance to anyone whose event I erred in not including.
Musical Nooners at CBC are back for the 7th year! (Starting July 8)
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.
This week… Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars
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.
Summer Festivals in Vancouver
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.
Thursday July 7 Nova Sol and ….
Friday July 8 Siobhan Walsh Group
Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour in July 4-6p.m. No cover
July 6 – Cory Weeds Trio featuring Nick Peck (organ)
July 7 – Diane Lines
July 8 – Diane Lines
July 13 – James Danderfer Trio
July 20 – Steve Kaldestad Trio
July 27 – Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Ron Johnston (piano)
Carnaval Del Sol 2016 July 9 & 10 from 10a.m. to 10p.m. Free
The biggest Latin American Celebration in the Pacific Northwest at Concord Pacific Place
Come and join as we groove to the greatest latin dance and show off your Salsa, Bachata, Samba and Zumba moves.With over 350 Artists and lots of exciting activities for the Kids Plaza and soccer tournament.
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!
Greek Summerfest July 7-17
Back for its 30th consecutive year! The Vancouver Greek Summer Festival is an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun — from the famous “BBQ Lamb” and “Loukoumades” to the dozens of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage. Live a day the Greek way!
Pacific Cinematheque: Shakespeare 400 July 1-13
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, some of cinema’s best, boldest, most imaginative and most spectacular adaptions will be screened. 13 remarkable features.
Wednesday July 6
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.
Thursday July 7
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
David Blake Trio
Original tunes with David Blake-guitar, Darren Radtke-bass, Bernie Arai-drums
Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 6.30p.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
Friday July 8
Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
Flora Scott Quintet
Flora on guitar/vocals, Graham Clark on bass, Nick Apivor on vibes/percussion and Ben Henriques on sax.
Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway 6.30p.m. $10/12 (additional showtimes TBA)
James D. Solomon’s riveting new documentary. In 1964, Kitty Genovese became synonymous with urban apathy after news that she was stabbed to death on a New York City street while 38 witnesses did nothing. Forty years later, her brother decides to find the truth. He uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city and defined an era.
Saturday July 9
Khatsahlano Street Festival 11a.m. to 9p.m.
Vancouver’s largest free Music + Arts Festival! Multiple stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as the eclectic work of local artisans and street performers. This 10-block street fair, spanning from Burrard to MacDonald Street also features a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways, special activities, and licensed beer gardens.
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
July Piano 310 Series
Leo Bae Trio
Mili Hong – Drums, Eli Davidovici – Bass
We first heard this recent Cap U grad backing a touring Toronto performer at The Pat where he stole the show. Come see this remarkable talent before he leaves town to attend the University of Oregon’s masters in jazz studies program.
Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover
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 and Sax, Cameron Hood Bass and Jamie Fraser Drums.” Coastal Jazz
Sunday July 10
Havana Restaurant 1212 Commercial Drive 4-7p.m.
Chaplyn’s Art Opening
Solo exhibition until July 20th
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Morgan Childs/Alvin Cornista Quartet
Two former Vancouverites return for a special night of music. After moving to Toronto, drummer Morgan Childs has become a sought after musician and band leader. Saxophonist Alvin Cornista is a leading voice in jazz in his home town of Manila.
With André Lachance – bass and special guests.
The Bayside Lounge @ The Sands Hotel 1755 Davie Street 7p.m. Contribution.
Ron Johnston Quartet
This is a new residency on Sundays each week until the end of August.
Featuring the legendary Ron Johnston on piano, Jeff Mahoney on trumpet, Cameron Hood on bass, and Buff Allen on drums. With special guests each week.
38th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 15-17
60 acts from 18 countries on 7 stages in a spectacular setting!
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.