Jeni’s Picks Week of January 19-24, 2016

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Picks people… since we can’t collectively stand on our toes and screw a lightbulb into the sky, here are some things to help brighten up the drab and dreary days predicted in the weather report…

As always, please check with venues for any last minute changes. Enjoy!

Annual Dine Out Vancouver Jan 15-21
Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, 275+ participating restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences each offering three or more course dinners at $18, $28 or $38







PuSH Festival Jan 19-Feb 7                                                                                                                     The fest will serve up a multidisciplinary feast of shows that blur and mash up the lines between performance art, theatre, music, dance, film, and visual art.This year’s lineup includes works from Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Japan, Lebanon, and the United States, with 150 performances taking place around the city over 20 days. Aside from its mainstage programming, the event spans Club PuSh concerts and other performances at the Fox Cabaret, as well as the PuSh Film Series and the arts-industry-oriented PuSh Assembly.





6th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival Jan 16-Feb 14
26 participating restaurants






Vancity Theatre Seymour St Jan 17-28
(saw it at Van Film Festival.. recommended)
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
Stig Björkman’s intimate exploration of Bergman’s personal and professional life benefits immensely from the cooperation of Bergman’s children, especially daughter Isabella Rossellini, who allowed him access to never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews.






Monday January 18

Fox Cabaret 2321 Main St 7p.m. $10
Phantom Signal
Phantom Signal is a live Comedy-horror radio play, performed live on stage monthly at The Fox Cabaret.
Phantom Signal — Tales Too Terrifying to Take Seriously. Comedy-Horror Radio performed live. Featuring the talents of Jayson McDonald, Andrew Bailey and Tara Travis with original score by Erin Hope-Goldsmith.






Cottage Bistro 4468 Main St 6p.m.                                                                                                                18th year celebration party with jam session hosted by Match Box Blues







Tuesday January 19

Shadbolt Centre 6450 Deer Lake Ave Burnaby 6p.m. Free
New jazz jam hosted by Cory Weeds & Sharon Minemoto
The Studio Theatre is transformed into a lounge with cash bar.






Wednesday January 20

The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Geoff Claridge Quartet
Geoff Claridge-saxophones, Jon Bentley – saxophones, André Lachance – bass, Bernie Arai – drums. With a more open instrumentation, the quartet explores fresh and classic material from a different perspective, with a focus on interplay and melody.








soda crackers





Blue Martini Jazz Cafe  1516 Yew St No cover
Laurence Mollerup                                                                                                                       Laurence on bass or basses and band t.b.a.







VPL Central Library Alice MacKay Room, 7.30p.m. Free
An evening about outsiders and finding hope in unexpected places. With Andrew Battershill reading from his first novel “Pillow”, Pauline Holdstock, author of 6 novels, reading from “The Hunter and the Wild Girl”, and Billie Livingston discussing her latest book “The Crooked Heart of Mercy”.
























Thursday January 21

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Mike Agranovich Trio
Michael is quickly emerging as a leading voice in contemporary jazz guitar. He is an impressive improviser with a knack for intricate cord solos and harmony. His Trio plays standards and clever originals. With Eli Davidovici – bass and Mili Hong – drums

Frankies 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
Miles Black & Cory Weeds play the Music of Benny Golson
Internationally renowned composer/lyricist/arranger/producer and tenor saxophonist Benny Golson is a true innovator whose 65-year career has redefined the term “jazz.” His compositions—Killer Joe, Whisper Not, Stablemates—now standards, are recognized and celebrated worldwide. With Miles Black piano, Cory Weeds tenor saxophone, Julian “Cups” MacDonough drums, Russell Botten bass.

Miles Black







Friday January 22

Frankies 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15
The Sharon Minemoto 4tet
Pianist Minamoto’s compositions influenced by Chopin, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Wheeler & Herbie Hancock. Her writing is diverse ranging from introspective to funny to swinging. With Jon Bentley- sax, Adam Thomas-bass, Bernie Arai-drums.







Backstage Lounge 1585 Johnston St 9p.m.                                                                                         Ardent Tribe celebrates David Bowie                                                                                         Join ARDENT TRIBE for a night of music, love, dancing, and celebration of the life of David Bowie. Groove to Soul Classics, World Beat orginals, along with Bowie classics. Will also be door prizes, and 2 for 1 admission, so bring a friend for FREE.







Saturday January 23

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Two Much Guitar
Bill Coon & Oliver Gannon
How much is too much? Find out for yourself when Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon bring Two Much Guitar to Jazz @ The Pat

two much








Unity Centre 5840 Oak St 7.30p.m. $22/$25
Harmonies and Hope
Two choirs join forces for an evening of hopeful, harmonious music. Rhythm ‘n’ Roots, under the direction of Karla Mundy and Roots ‘n’ Wings under the direction of Dawn Pemberton will lift your spirits and fill your ears with glorious sound. Both choirs are heading to Cuba in the spring so there will be Latin tunes on offer to warm a winter night. As well there will be new arrangements of gospel favourites, African rhythms, new Canadian folk, jazz and a whole lot more.

harmonies & hope





Frankies 765 Beatty St 8p.m. $15                                                                                                  Steve Kaldestad 4tet
Saxophonist Steve Kaldestad is excited to announce his new quintet featuring the great trumpeter Chris Davis who is fresh off a tour with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. The quintet draws inspiration from the classic Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock while incorporating fresh new originals by Steve written with his outstanding group in mind. Nick Peck piano, Steve Holy bass, Jess Cahill drums.

Steve Kaldestad resized





Sunday January 24

St. Andrews Wesley Burrard & Nelson 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers
Henry Young 4tet

St James Hall 3214 W. 10th 4p.m. Donation
Kits Classics + Worlds Beyond, the 18th season
Cordei (violinist Janna Sailor and Harpist Albertina Chan) join clarinetist Johanna Hauser in a concert of chamber music by Maurice Ravel, Nova Pon, Camille Saint-Saëns, Michael Conway Baker, and Jean-Michel Damase

kits classics








Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 6p.m. Donation
Thunder Lizard
This modern organ trio draws on classic influences to create a unique and refreshing sound. Their collective originals range from funky gritty swing to impressionist explorations. With Jared Burrows – guitar, Nick Peck – organ and keyboards and Joe Poole – drums



  1. For people on the North Shore – David Sinclair and Keith Bennett perform in concert at Presentation house North Vancouver February 6th 8:00pm
    After a successful tour of Germany an Denmark last summer. This duo duo will wow you with the mastery of their instruments. Classical, blues, jazz, and odd spins on pop tunes.

    1. Hi Keith… if you and/or David have gigs in Vancouver area please email me at least the week before at and I am happy to include you in the picks. I do have an email list of about 100 folks in addition to this website . There was a bit of a hiatus while I was away but I am back at it now. Happy spring.

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