Jeni’s Picks of the Week October 26-November 1, 2016

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Dear Picks People.. an interesting week coming up with the emphasis in the latter part on celebrating the intermingling of the living and the dead, the creepy, mysterious and spooky.   
Carve out some good times and bewitch yourself!



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.


Beaumont Studios 316 W.5th Ave to Oct 31
Haunted Circus (in support of BC Women’s Hospital)
Love clowns? Hate clowns? How about clowns with chainsaws? The Circus is in town this Halloween Season! Haunted Circus is Vancouver’s Newest Haunted House Experience with over 2500sqf. of scary Halloween terror spread throughout the amazing Beaumont Studios.

















Kino Cafe Live Music Sat/Sun Series in October

Frankie’s Jazz Bar Happy Hour 4-6p.m. No cover
October 26  James Danderfer Trio
October 27  NO HAPPY HOUR
October 28  Willie MacCalder

Wednesday Oct 26
Provence Restaurant 1177 Marinaside Crescent at Davie 6- 9pm no cover
Hip Pocket presents Van Django playing Gypsy Jazz
Cameron Wilson: violin, Budge Schachte: acoustic guitar, Finn Manniche: acoustic guitar & cello, Brent Gubbels: acoustic bass










Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 8p.m. No cover
Don Stewart Quintet
Smooth jazz, R&B, Soul, and British Invasion interpretations.
With Ron Johnston-piano, Cameron Hood-bass, Nick Apivor-vibes & percussion, Buff Allen-drums




Hidden City Records 651 E. Hastings 8.30p.m. $5
Khari Wendell McClelland & Friends
Gospel, roots, soul singer Khari will perform a live show a capella with special local guest singers




Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour St 6.30p.m. $12
The Lovers and The Despot
As close to omniscient as a film buff is ever likely to get, the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il was so enamoured by South Korean moviemakers Shin Sang-ok and his actress (and ex-wife) Choi Eun-hee that he had them kidnapped, whisked over the border, and put to work reviving local film production. They had little choice but to comply, and in the process, they fell back in love…

Thursday Oct 27

Cabrito Tapas 2270 Commercial Drive 7.30p.m. No cover
Latin Groove Night with Stephanie Pedraza
Stephanie -vocals/guitar, Andre Stepanian- guitar, Lyndon Dewitt-percussion

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
David Sikula Trio
Dazzling guitarist David Sikula is at home playing everything from groovy organ trio jazz to electronic noise music and everything in between. As a sideman he’s worked with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Brian Charrette, Cory Weeds and many more. His own groups often explore the music of jazz composers such as Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman.
With Eli Davidovici – bass and Joe Poole – drums



Blue Martini 1516 Yew St 8p.m. No cover (as far as I know)
Ray Ayotte’s Impromptu
Ray on drums with Michael Creber-piano and Keith Bennett-harmonica











Friday Oct 28

VCC Auditorium 1155 E. Broadway 8.30p.m. $20
Haram with special guest from NYC Michael Blake
A culture-mashing juggernaut led by Gordon Grdina on Iraqi oud, Haram pays homage to traditional Arabic music while mixing elements of noise, electronic soundscape, and western free improv into their explosively self-expressive sound. With creative heavy-hitters JP Carter trumpet, Jesse Zubot violin, Kenton Loewen drums, Jeremy Holmes bass, Emad Armoush vocals, François Houle clarinet, Chris Kelly saxophone, Tim Gerwing, Liam MacDonald percussion with special guest Michael Blake on sax.

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $30
Willie Jones III Quintet
Willie Jones III, one of the world’s top jazz drummers and producers, performs tunes from his latest album, Groundwork, in addition to a repertoire that has influenced his hard bop philosophy. Known for his distinct style of rhythmic expression, the first-call drummer has lent his supple rhythm and spirit to jazz’s most important artists including Cedar Walton, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and more. Virtuosos Eric Reed (piano), Ralph Moore (saxophones), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) and Gerald Cannon (bass) for this special engagement.

Saturday Oct 29

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Karen Graves Quartet
Long overdue, Karen Graves returns to The Pat with an all-star quartet
Karen Graves on sax, flute, voice   ~   Miles Black on piano ~  Rene Worst on Bass   ~   Bernie Arai on drums

David Cooper Photography 202-950 Powell St. Vancouver BC V6A1H9 604-255-4576

Frankie’s 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Siobhan Walsh Group
Siobhan Walsh with her soulful, gospel approach. She weaves through neo-soul, fusion, jazz and blues with equal ease and style. Siobhan Walsh Vocals, Jason De Couto Keyboards, Adam Rohrlick Guitar/Sax, Cameron Hood Bass and Jamie Fraser Drums.




Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Ave N.Van 7.30p.m. $28
Joe Trio
Since their inception in 1989, this classically trained violin-cello-piano Trio has played hundreds of well received performances throughout North America.  In a program that includes everything from Haydn and Mendelssohn to The Beach Boys and Bohemian Rhapsody, Joe Trio will take you on a musical ride that you will never forget. These three super talented musicians deliver an impressive musical performance with congenial wit and laugh out loud humour.
Joe Trio is violinist Cameron Wilson, cellist Charles Inkman, and pianist Alan Stiles
Joe Trio does 6 variations on Pink Panther Theme





Commercial Drive 7.30p.m.
Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret presents the Parade of Lost Souls: The Wild
Follow your instincts and transform yourself into a ‘wild thing.’ Let the creatures of story and dreams come alive…perform a wild feat. Bring a wild invention. Dress up as your favourite local species. Parade your inner animal through the streets!
**In usual fashion, the final parade route is kept a closely guarded secret – revealed only at the stroke of midnight the night before. Keep checking the website and social media feeds for updates**


Strange Fellows Brewing 1345 Clark Drive 7p.m. No cover
Las Estrellas
In celebration of All Hallow’s Eve…between 7-9p.m. join Vancouver’s very own all-female Mariachi Band will serenade spirits from worlds of both the living and the dead. Costumed souls will receive a free beer in celebration of their own impending passage between the worlds.


Mountain View Cemetery 5455 Fraser St 6p.m. Free
12th Annual All Souls
Curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, this unique cultural event offers the public an opportunity to remember their dead in a gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty. Bring a jar and copies of personal photos to make a memorial., Flowers, Candles, and Tea

Sunday October 30

St Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Siobhan Walsh Group
Siobhan Walsh Vocals, Jason De Couto Keyboards, Cameron Hood Bass, Adam Rohrlick guitar/sax and Jamie Fraser Drums.

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
*From New York*
Michael Blake’s Variety Hour
Acclaimed saxophonist Michael Blake brings his Vancouver band Variety Hour to Tangent for a Halloween themed concert. They will be playing music from classic horror films as well as some of Michael’s spookier compositions.
With JP Carter – trumpet, Chris Gestrin – Rhodes and moog and Dylan Vaan der Schyff – drums

Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St 7p.m. No cover
Sunday Jazz Jam hosted by Gabriel Mark Hasselbach


Monday Oct 31

Have A Thrilling Halloween Everyone
Rio Theatre 1660 E.Broadway 11.30p.m. $15/18
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Halloween Edition!)
Let’s Do The Time Warp… Again!
One of the most notorious cult-movie experiences you can possibly have in a darkened theatre. For over four decades, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW has been giving absolute pleasure to adoring audiences spaced out on sensations like they’re under sedation. Costumes and audience participation are highly encouraged

Tuesday Nov 1

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 Cow Trance presents new music inspired by Wassily Kadinsky, Thomas Pynchon and Heavy Metal Music!
John Paton – Saxophone, Sam King – Guitar, James Meger – Electric Bass, with Torsten Muller (Text & Double Bass), Joe Poole (Drums)

Joy of Jazz Concerts 2016/17 Series
This small invitational concert series will feature Juno nominated vocalist Karin Plato performing with acclaimed jazz, blues and bluegrass musicians at the Cottage Bistro. Each of these four concerts will include both vocal and instrumental pieces.
Tuesday Nov 1 Cottage Bistro 4468 Main $12… Night and Day
Karin Plato with Miles Black (guitar/sax) and Laurence Mollerup (bass)



One comment

  1. This is awesome. Great to see what’s going around the city and the different venue’s. Thanks Jeni!

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