Picks people there is just so much going on this week. Here is a sampling…
19th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival Nov 5-8
A lineup that examines the complications within the search for personal and cultural identity. The festival’s nine film programs include 37 feature-length and short films of all genres, with English dialogue or English subtitles, from the Asian diaspora.
12th Annual Heart of the City Festival Oct 28- Nov 8
Featuring 90 events throughout the Downtown Eastside, the 2015 Festival features a feast of twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, panels, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibitions, multi media, art talks, history walking tours, and a diverse array of artists.
12th Annual Diwali Fest Nov 3-15 Celebrated across the world, Diwali is the biggest, brightest and most popular event in the Indian calendar. The word diwali means “row of lighted lamps”, with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance.
Diwali Fest is an annual South Asian arts & culture festival celebrating the universal light that exists in everyone. Each year’s festival engages dozens of artists in events across the city, the majority of which are open and free to the general public, by suggested donation, or at very affordable ticketed prices.
Circus Fest Nov 6-9
A celebration of the circus, the festival features leading circus acts and performers, Main Stage shows, hands-on workshops, installations, cabarets, industry panel discussions, in a weekend of circus exploration and inspiration.
Firehall Arts Centre Nov 4-14
The Incompleat Pete Seeger
Mark Hellman is Pete Seeger in the Other Guys Theatre Company’s adaptation of Seeger’s, The Incompleat Folksinger. Pete Seeger was a folk singer, political activist, and a key figure in the mid-20th century American folk music revival. He sang in defense of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited; and always to enliven and encourage, to delight, and to tell tales.
Wednesday Nov 4
Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 8p.m. $11 ( to Nov 9)
The Assassin (in Mandarin w/English subtitles)
Furthering the trajectory of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, and The Grandmaster, The Assassin is a martial arts movie recalibrated as an exquisite work of art.
It is the Tang Dynasty: 10-year-old Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts. One day, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised. A slave to her mistress’ orders, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.
Centre for the Performing Arts 777 Homer 5p.m. Free (registration required)
We the City (an evening at the Centre with Candy Chang, Teju Cole, Buffy Saint Marie & Mo Dhaliwal)
Consider how the arts create, reveal, critique and enhance the identity of our urban centres and powerfully foster connection, incite social change and build capacity for healthy communities. Cities are a reflection of our human needs and values.
Street Meet and Greet
Prior to the official start of the event (from 5:00pm onwards), a community building block party (Street Meet and Greet) will take place on Homer Street (between Robson and West Georgia outside of the Centre). This is a non-ticketed, free event, open to the community. There will be food trucks, tents, artists, music and activities. Join us and grab a bite to eat at one of the local food trucks. This will be a Zero Waste Event.
The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Interface with Bruce Freedman and John Paton
Interphase is a multi-generational grouping of some of Vancouver’s finest improvisers. An unorthodox instrumentation of two tenor saxophones, two basses and drums, the music runs free through the trackless terrain of collective improvisation with a chemistry that is uncontrived, full of feeling, intensity and honesty. Bruce Freedman – tenor saxophone, John Paton – tenor saxophone. Clyde Reed – bass. James Meger – bass, Dan Gaucher – drums
Thursday Nov 5
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (with minimum)
Steve Kaldestad 4tet celebrates John Coltrane
Inspired by the legendary John Coltrane’s late work in the 1960s with his classic quartet on the Impulse label, saxophonist Steve Kaldestad and his band—Miles Black piano, Paul Rushka bass, Julian MacDonough drums—will be visiting the music from Coltrane’s recordings Crescent, Coltrane with Duke Ellington, and the iconic suite A Love Supreme.
Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe St 7p.m. $12
The Chan Centre Connects Series
Youssou N’Dour: I Bring what I love
An audience sensation at film festivals worldwide, I Bring What I Love takes you behind the scenes and into the world of Africa’s most famous musician: Youssou N’Dour. This never-before-told story follows N’Dour at a turning point in his life and career, as he releases his most personal and controversial album, Egypt. The singer’s hope for promoting a more tolerant face of Islam erupts in scandal and outrage in his native Senegal, which rejects the album and denounces it as blasphemous. Part explosive documentary, part stirring drama, I Bring What I Love is an unforgettable musical journey with an artist whose courage and conviction shook the music industry and ultimately awakened the world.
** Youssou N’Dour is performing at the Chan Centre on Tuesday Nov 10**
Orpheum Annex 823 Seymour St 8p.m $20
RCE presents Tiny Islands
Original west coast indie funk sound.At the core of band is the Tim Sars Trio, with long standing bass player Wynston Minckler and Brendan Krieg on drums. This powerhouse trio has been together for over five years, and is now able to play together telepathically, and they still don’t hate each other!!! New members include Alex Flock on guitar, Sacha Levin on percussion, and Nathan Barrett on trumpet.
Friday Nov 6
Fairview Pub 898 W. Broadway 8.30 $10
An all original band that explores a myriad of music styles, eras and cultures in the music they write and perform with class, sass and lot’s of energy.
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (with minimum)and Sat @8.30p.m.
Brad Turner 4tet/trio
Multiple Juno award-winning multi-instrumentalist Brad Turner is one of Canada’s most prolific jazz artists. His acclaimed Vancouver-based quartet—Bruno Hubert piano, André Lachance bass, Dylan van der Schyff drums—is known for it’s keen interactive sense, formidable improvisational skills and varied repertoire.
For the trio—Darren Radtke bass, Bernie Arai drums—Turner switches to piano and his style exhibits the quirky eccentricities tempered with a broader harmonic palette.
Saturday Nov 7
Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Mike Field 5tet
World-travelling trumpeter Mike Field brings his 5tet to The Pat. You can learn all about Mike and his three albums here:
Silk Purse Arts Centre 1570 Argyle St W.Van 7.30p.m. $20
Don Stewart 4tet
Don kicks off the Jazz Waves Series with his signature blend of smooth stylings.
With Ron Johnston-piano, Cameron Hood-bass, and Buff Allen-drums
CBC Studio 700 Hamilton p.m. $10 at door or 604 737 8858
Mike Allen 4tet
This is the first show in a series of quarterly events being presented by Legacy Jazz Series Society (BC non-profit arts organization) at CBC Studio 700.
Fox Cabaret 2321 Main St 7.30p.m. $15 (tx at Red Cat & Highlife)
Cousin Harley Dutch Sessions CD release (with Speeding West)
Vancouver’s Cousin Harley is the rocking hillbilly persona of Gretsch endorsee Paul Pigat—multi instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, and guitarist of epic proportions. Paul Pigat, Keith Picot, and Jesse Cahill on a rollicking romp through the repertoire from their live show, paying homage to many of the great artists who have inspired them over the years. It’s stripped down, primitive and bristling with the energy and attitude for which this trio is famous. Gritty baritones, twanging guitars, slapping bass and kicking drums abound!
Speeding West, perform original music as well as classics from the West/Bryant songbook, The Texas Troubadours, Hank Garland, Spade Cooley and many more. Speeding West features recently relocated NYC guitarist Luca Benedetti (Jim Campilongo, Honeyfingers), Tom Hammel (steel guitar), Jeremy Holmes (bass), and Liam MacDonald (drums).
Sunday Nov 8
Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. No cover
John Nicholson 4tet
Saxophonist & composer John Nicholson is joined by his west coast friends, Brad Turner on keyboards, Eli Davidovici on bass and Mili Hong on drums.
Oddfellows Hall 1443 West 8th 7p.m. $15 advance $20 at door
Hot Jazz, Blues & Swing #2
Double-bill with Alan Matheson’s Jambalaya and Rugcutter Jazz Band providing a solid night of hot jazz, blues and swing from the early 1900s, featuring special guest Lloyd Arntzen!
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15 (with minimum)
Jennifer Scott 4Tet
Jennifer Scott is a Vancouver-based vocalist and pianist specializing in jazz, blues and world music. Stylistically diverse she is one of the most important vocalists working in North America. She has performed with jazz luminaries such as Hugh Fraser, Kenny Wheeler and Don Thompson. With David Sikula guitar, Rene Worst bass, Bernie Arai drums.