Jeni’s Picks of the Week October 12-16, 2016

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Hello Picks People. Apologies for last week’s lack. Life (and Chick Corea in Seattle) overtook me. Hoping you all enjoyed a wonderful long weekend with many things to be thankful for. Here is a sampling of this week’s offerings….

As usual, please check with venues for any changes in programming and apologies to any event not listed.

2016 Vancouver International Film Festival Sep 29-Oct 14
Expand the Frame. The Vancouver International Film Festival enters its 35th year with a fresh approach to programming and a renewed commitment to the best two weeks in a cinephile’s calendar. Plan ahead as many films sell out!



Vancouver Writers Fest October 17-23
Some tickets sold out already!!!










Murray Adaskin Salon Series Oct 2016-April 2017
4 Intimate Concerts Celebrating 4 Legacy Canadian Composers
4 Documentary Film Premieres from award-winning Director John Bolton

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36 Concerts to check out in Vancouver during October

Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour 4-6p.m. No cover
October 12  Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Brad Turner (piano)
October 13/14 Ron Johnston
October 19  Cory Weeds Trio
October 20/21  Jennifer Scott
October 26  James Danderfer Trio
October 27  NO HAPPY HOUR
October 28  Willie MacCalder

New Tuesdays at the gold saucer performance series curated by
barbara adler, cole schmidt and james meger
Gold Saucer Studio 207 W.Hastings 9p.m. $5-$10
**Information for how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:30 PM on every show night. You will need a cell phone to enter**
This Week ….
Sick Boss with new works by Barbara Adler


Kino Cafe Live Music Sat/Sun Series in October


Wednesday October 12

Provence Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie 6- 9pm no cover
Hip Pocket Quartet presents Tom Arntzen
Tom Arntzen-keys & vocals, Tim Porter-guitar, Graham Clark-acoustic bass, Nino DiPasquale-drums

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Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 8p.m. No cover
Don Stewart Quintet
Yeah! Don returns after a several month post-surgery hiatus with his special smooth jazz, R&B, Soul, and British Invasion interpretations.
With Ron Johnston-piano, Cameron Hood-bass, Nick Apivor-vibes & percussion, Buff Allen-drums

Don Sylvia

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.00p.m. No cover
The Mojophonics
The Mojophonics (Jesse Waldman & Marc L’Esperance) kick out some sweet jams


Orpheum 865 Seymour St 7.30p.m. Various Prices
VSO at the Movies: Alfred Hithcock’s Psycho
Prepare for Hallowe’en with a very special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Bernard Hermann’s spine-tingling score elevates this cinematic masterpiece to new heights in a thrilling big-screen presentation, accompanied by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Re-live one of the greatest thrillers of all time and re-discover one of the most iconic scores in cinema history. Scott Terrell directs the VSO.

VSO Hitchcock

Thursday October 13

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.00p.m. No cover
Chris Fraser Quartet
Young guitarist Chris Fraser is quickly becoming an in demand musician in town. After releasing his debut recording “Give” he’s back with a new ensemble that will explore his original compositions as well as thoughtful arrangements of standards.
With Saul Alviar – vibraphone, Eli Davidovici – bass and Mili Hong – drums

Roedde House 1415 Barclay St 7p.m. $15
Jennifer Scott & Bill Coon (in rare duo perforamance)
Rene Worst is unable to play as he is having surgery. Wishing him the best outcome and a speedy recovery.


Friday October 14

VIFF? The movie “I, Daniel Blake” sounds interesting.
Saturday October 15

Highlife Records Commercial Drive 2p.m. Free
Paul Pigat & El Twangeuro
Live in-store performance (see Cap College concert listing below for tonight for full info)


Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Darlene Ketchum & Bill Sample Bill is Vancouver’s pre-eminent accompanist. No wonder he has his own star on Granville Street’s Walk of Fame. So when he says he has a singer he’d like to bring to The Pat, we’re all ears.
Darlene and Bill have been working together since 2011, writing songs and directing the Marcus Mosely Chorale. They are inspired by alternate harmonies and by the great Jazz and Soul performers and arrangers of our time like, Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Etta James, Warren Burnhardt, Dr. Music and Snarky Puppy.
Bill Sample – piano, Darlene Ketchum – vox, Bill Runge – saxophone, Buff Allen – drums

ketchum Sample

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.00p.m. No cover
Tangent Café is turning 4 years old!! Come celebrate with the Tangent crew, great live music (Casa Rosa), wicked craft beer list, and awesome food.

Tangent bday


Blueshore Financial Centre for Performing Arts Cap College 8p.m. $30/27
El Twanguero & Paul Pigat
When two rockabilly virtuosos come together from different sides of the world for one special night, magic is bound to happen. Join local master guitarist and singer/songwriter Paul Pigat (aka Cousin Harley) and Spanish finger picking sensation and pioneer of Western Swing and ragtime in Spain, Diego ‘El Twanguero’ Garcia for a mashup up of rockabilly, flamenco, country blues, tango, jazz, ragtime and more.  (link not working!
Sunday October 16

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 2-5p.m. No cover
Henry Young Quartet in Concert
Henry Young – Guitar   ~   Doug Louie – Keyboards Paul Blaney – Bass   ~   Drums

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Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Thunder Lizard
This collective of Vancouver improvisers has a contemporary approach to the classic organ trio. Influenced by composers ranging from John Scofield to Kenny Wheeler, this group deals with thoughtful originals and soaring group improvisation.
With Jared Burrows – guitar, Joe Poole – drums and Nick Peck – organ
Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Maureen Washington Quintet CD release
One of the most sought after vocalists on Vancouver Island, Maureen Washington, slips easily from sassy to sexy within a single line of lyrics, at times echoing the haunting tones of Etta James and Carmen McRae, then faster than the mind and ear can make the transition, Maureen Washington exudes the impish irreverence of Jann Arden and the vocal agility of Holly Cole. And yet, with all splendour attached to such comparisons, Maureen’s musical style remains distinctly her own. Currently she just finished her 9th album “Harvest Moon” recorded with Juno and Grammy award winning producer, Joby Baker.  With Karel Roessingh Piano and a rhythm section to be announced.

maureen washing

Rio Theatre 1660 E. Broadway 8.00p.m. $24 advance $28 at door
4th Annual East Van Opry
Some of Vancouver’s best roots and country music, a southern tradition with a little East Van style!
Petunia and the Vipers
Dawn Pemberton
Carolyn Mark
Sam Parton
Khari Wendell McClelland
Twin Peaks
The Burying Ground
Elliot C. Way
The Wild North
Kitty & The Rooster
JJ Lavallee
Fagan Furlong
The Vicious Cycles
Big Top
Viper Central
The East Van Country Band










13th Annual Downtown Heart of the City Festival Oct 26- Nov 6
Over 100 events at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown.Twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, public art, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks.

DTES Festival