Jeni’s Picks of the Week June 8-14, 2015

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I am back from the U.K. Still a bit jet lagged but trying to get back into the routine!
Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 18- July 1
Get your paid tickets before they sell out and check out all the free concerts around town.






Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 17-19
**early bird tickets on sale to June 15**
38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival presents 60 music acts from over 14 countries, ten US states, and seven provinces and territories at beautiful Jericho Beach Park.
This year’s performers include Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Trampled by Turtles, Frazey Ford, Basia Bulat, Hawksley Workman, Adam Cohen, Blind Pilot, Said the Whale, Lucius, Phosphorescent, Parsonsfield, the Sadies, Rory McLeod, Jenn Grant, Pokey LaFarge, Australia’s Perch Creek and Melbourne Ska Orchestra, La Gallera Social Club from Venezuela, Scotland’s Breabach, Paulo Flores from Angola, Hungary’s Söndörgő, Nunavut’s the Jerry Cans, Mali’s Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba, and many more.






FIFA Women’s World Cup June 6- July 5
Vancouver is the host city for this year’s women’s world cup of soccer. All games are $20 and at BC Place.
or head down to the free fan zone featuring live soccer match broadcasts, local live music acts, exhibition soccer tournaments, athlete autograph opportunities, delicious food and beverages, and much, much more
Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway June 9, 12 & 13 various times $10/12
Italian Nights Film Festival
Marking Italian Day on the Drive, a great selection of classic Italian films spanning decades & genres (including The Bicycle Thief and Cinema Paradiso). Bar service!!

Monday June 8

VanCity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 8.30p.m. $7
Blue Monday
Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz
Women instrumentalists have made major contributions to American jazz, and this film captures many of the lost stories, from the early 1920s to the 1970s, including the development of numerous all-female jazz ensembles. Join Peggy Gilbert, Marian McPartland, Carline Ray, Quincy Jones, Jane Sager and many others in this important remembering of our musical past.Musician/composer Patrice Rushen is our guide though the era. Using historical photos, provocative and often wildly humorous interviews with musicians, big band leaders, jazz authors and historians, this textured film is balanced with rare recordings and forgotten footage, both television and film. Like the stories of those who made it, the music is always engaging, often uplifting, and sometimes heartrending.







Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway 8.45p.m. $12 at door
Banksy Does New York
Director Chris Moukarbel’s look at the sensational (not to mention notoriously mysterious) artist known around the world as Banksy and his electrifying “31 works of art in 31 days” project in New York City. The film is comprised of footage cobbled together from various sources, including material crowd-sourced from mobile phones and Banksy’s own narrative animation, resulting in a visual structure that complements one of the central conceits of both the artist’s work and the film itself; the larger questions of ownership and authorship in the era of social media.







Roundhouse Community Centre Cafe 181 Roundhouse Mews 7p.m. Free
The Soda Crackers
Another chance to catch The Soda Crackers doing their rootsy, jazzy eclectic thing.

soda crackers






Tuesday June 9
On your own!!

Wednesday June 10

Vancouver Public Library 350 W. Georgia 7p.m. No cover
From Babylon to India
Ruth W. Kozak and Eileen Kernaghan read from and discuss their new historical novels, “Shadow of the Lion” and “Sophie, in Shadow”

from babylon








The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Crowman – 1st set
Chris Gestrin – Synthesizers. Meredith Bates – Viola
Seamless, effortless ambience moves freely in and out of oddly familiar tunes, weaving together subtle melodic fragments, innovative electronic sounds, shifting ambient textures, and classical innuendos with nostalgic songs and samples that titillate the imagination.
Rigby & Skye Brooks Duo- 2nd set
Paul Rigby – Guitar, Skye Brooks – Drums
Paul and Skye play sonically adventurous improvisations, deconstructions of familiar tunes and original compositions. The music will be both intimate and expansive.

Thursday June 11

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Cole Schmidt Quartet
with Tyson Naylor on keyboards, James Meger on bass and Dan Gaucher on drums.
Cole Schmidt has been at the helm of many of Vancouver’s prominent improvised groups. His associations with Peggy Lee, Tony Wilson and SICK-BOSS haver brought him acclaim.

Friday June 12

Italian Night at the Rio (see above)
2 movies …. La Dolce Vita and The Night Porter

Saturday June 13

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Patricia Hotel 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Zapato Negro
Featuring musicians from Canada, Cuba, Venezuela and the USA, this quintet has rapidly been building a reputation for its own exciting blend of progressive jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythm.





Merge (NE corner Clark & Powell. Ring the buzzer) 9.30p.m. $10
Meredith Bates (violin) & Tony Wilson Duo (guitar) 1st set
Waxwing 2nd set
Peggy Lee cello, Tony Wilson guitar, Jon Bentley sax.

Sunday June 14

Italian Day on the Drive 12 noon (13 blocks of Commercial Drive)
6th annual Italian Day Street Festival
Vancouver’s original Little Italy, and will offer anything from Italian inventions to Italian goods and lifestyle, as well as the products of Italian history and culture found in our very own backyard. Music, food, dancing, movies & more ….

World Naked Bike Ride Vancouver Sunset Beach 2p.m.
No explanation necessary!

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Lisa Miller Trio
with James Meger on bass and Joe poole on drums
A mainstay of the Vancouver jazz & piano music scenes, Lisa is an authoritative force on the piano. Her trio explores original compositions and thoughtful improvisations.

Basyside Lounge 1755 Davie St 7p.m. Suggested music contribution $10
Daphne Roubini & Black Gardenia
Darkly-relaxed blend of vintage jazz, country, folk and blues from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s, Black Gardenia take listeners on a journey to an age where cool meant classy and noir was the norm.


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