Dear Picks People.. I am back in my own home at last and back at my weekly picks. And yikes, there is so much going on this month that I know for sure I have missed several worthy events.
Apologies in advance to those not included.
As usual, please check with venues to ensure that all details are correct.. especially with outdoor events that could be cancelled if the weather does not co-operate.
Think sunshine, go forth, and have fun!
Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour in June
June 16/17 Jennifer Scott
June 24 Diane Lines
June 29 Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Bruno Hubert
June 30 Bruno Hubert
Jazzstock at Pat’s Pub (13 upcoming free gigs)
Think of it as Vancouver’s Independent Jazz Festival!
June at Mountainview Cemetery
The Little Chamber Music Series that Could with a unique, reflective program program exploring life and death through art at the Celebration Hall and in the surrounding park.
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.
Vancity Theatre June Jazz & Blues film series From the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou to a fascinating journey alongside jazz’s greats from Louis Armstrong to Billie Holiday, June is hitting all the right notes for jazz music fans with four films that touch on the musical roots of jazz in some shape or form.
June is the month of jazz jazz jazz and blues blues blues
10 outdoor movie screenings in Vancouver (including Purple Rain!)
Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park
Vancouver Art Gallery June 11- Oct 2
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses
Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of great art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Examining the significance of the six women who were inspirational to his artistic development, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses is the most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver.
Festival d’ete’ June 16-25
Since 1990, the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver, held in Canada’s third largest city, has become a not-to-be-missed event that brings Francophone vocal music to the West Coast.
12th Annual Car Free Day June 18/19
Commercial Drive, Main Street, Denman Street and Kitsilano.
Celebrating community through reclaimed public space
Wednesday June 15
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
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 at this award winning French Mediterranean Restaurant and Wine Bar with a beautiful patio overlooking the seawall on False Creek. “Tappy Hour” daily tapas and wine specials from 3-5pm.
Adam Rohrlick-electric guitar & tenor saxophone, Kristian Alexandrov-keyboards, Brent Gubbels-acoustic bass and Joel Fountain-drums & vocals.
Rio Theatre 1860 East Broadway 6.15p.m. single ticket $12 double $15
L’Aventura (6.15p.m.) and BLOW UP (8.55p.m.)
As part of Italian Heritage Month in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre has included screenings of select Italian titles in June, including a night dedicated to one of Italy’s most famous cinematic exports: Michelangelo Antonioni.
Thursday June 16
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Parker Woods Quartet
Up and coming guitarist, Parker Woods, leads a group of young lions who met while studying together at Capilano University. Strongly informed by modern composers such as Kenny Wheeler and Dave Holland, there repertoire will be exciting and deeply thought provoking.
With Ben Frost – trumpet, Stephen Edwards – bass and Miles Wong – drums
Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton 7p.m. $50/$35
Canadian Premiere of The Amazing Nina Simone
The Amazing Nina Simone, a documentary film about the civil rights activist and performer, by Jeff L. Lieberman – a Canadian premier. With special musical tribute by The Henry Young Quartet featuring Candus Churchill. ** Henry was in Nina’s band for many years**
Friday June 17
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. No cover
Jazzstock presents: Chris Davis Quintet
Fresh off the road with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Chris brings the musical magic of Clifford Brown into the new millenium.
Chris Davis-trumpet, Steve Kaldestad-tenor sax, Bruno Hubert-piano, Andre Lachance-bass, Joe Poole-drums
The Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 7p.m. $30
Strumming for Stroke
The Heart & Stroke Foundation presents…
Ruby & Smith Ukelele Duo plus Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra debut performance
A wonderful evening of live music, with door prizes, a silent auction, 50/50 Draw, health information, and more! The evening will feature performances by Vancouver’s First Lady and Duke of Uke, Ruby & Smith, along with Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra, and international performer and founder of the Vancouver Ukulele Circle, Ralph Shaw. Ralph will also lead a ukulele play and sing-a-long at the end of the evening so please bring a ukulele if you have one. https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/3999-strumming-for-stroke-a-fundraising-ukulele-concert-benefitting-the-heart-and-stroke-foundation
Saturday June 18
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Jennifer Scott Quartet
The queen of Vancouver vocalists with one of the coolest bands.
Jennifer Scott-piano and voice, Rene Worst=bass, Dave Sikula-guitar, Bernie Arai-drums
Jazzstock Presents: Rumba Calzada 8p.m. No cover
Hot Latin Jazz at its best.
Raphael Geronimo-timbales, drums, vocals, Allan Johnston-bass, vocals, Rolando Preza- congas, vocals, Rod Murray-trombone
South Granville Artwalk
Vancouver’s Gallery Row opens its doors all day, with artist talks, wine and cheese tastings, and a diverse array of exhibits.
Emery Barnes Park Seymour St 10a.m. till late
Gathering Festival Community Celebration
Free music and arts festival. Join Tom Lavin & The Legendary Powder Blues Band, The Paperboys, Van Django, Kutapira Marimba, The Carnegie Jazz Band & the Iskwewsingers in support of Vancouver’s disadvantaged inner city populations. Music, food, kids games, prizes and crafts, stilt dancing and more.
Sunday June 19
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. Donation
Mike Allen Trio
Canadian saxophone titan leads a trio through swinging standards and thoughtful originals. An endlessly inventive improviser, Mike is a master of his craft.
With Russ Botten – bass and Joe Poole – drums
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Laura Crema Blue Shadows on the Trail CD release
Vocalist Laura Crema marks the release of her latest recording, a collection of early American folk, country jazz and original songs. With Scott Smithers guitars, Paul Rushka bass, Nino Di Pasquale drums, TBD piano.
The Bayside Lounge @ The Sands Hotel 1755 Davie Street 7p.m.
Suggested Music Contribution $5-$20.
Vintage Jazz, Old Country and Blues.
featuring Daphne Roubini and her Ukulele
with her Vintage Jazz Band, ‘Black Gardenia’ and special guests. Paul Pigat on Guitar, Chris Davis on Trumpet.
Phone 604-682-1831 x 1100 to reserve a spot near the band!
This is their last Show here till September!
31st Annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 24-July 3
Hundreds of performances in dozens of different venues ranging from big ticket concerts to Club Series, Innovation Series, N.Shore Jazz Series etc etc and of course, free Jazz. This is includes Downtown on June 25/26, Canada Day on July 1 on Granville Island,afternoon sessions at Performance Works and Ironworks all week, and in David Lam Park on July 2/3. Grab a brochure or go online and get planning!!
38th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 15-17
60 acts from 18 countries on 7 stages in a spectacular setting!