Jeni’s Picks Week of November 25-30, 2014

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December 9-21
The Cultch 1695 Venables from $19
Dylan Thomas: Return Journey
Over 80,000 people around the world have enjoyed this critically acclaimed production. Critics worldwide have heralded the production as a “lyrical tour-de-force,” commending Bob Kingdom’s electrifying performance as Dylan Thomas en route to the White Horse Tavern in Anthony Hopkins’ celebrated directorial debut. Don’t miss your chance to see the farewell tour of this legendary hit production

14th Annual EU Film Festival November 25- December 8
Europe without the jetlag.
Entries from 24 of the European Union’s 27 member states. Each country has carte blanche to choose the film that will represent them. Together, their exciting selections make for a lively, provocative, stimulating, and entertaining state-of-the-Union celebration of the diversity, dynamism, and accomplishment of contemporary European filmmaking.

Tuesday November 25

Imperial 319 Main St 8p.m. $17.50
Cold Specks (with We are the City)
London based songwriter tours in support of her new record “Neuroplasticity”.

Wednesday November 26

Commodore Ballroom 868 Granville St 7p.m.
“Live at the Commodore” Book Launch
Hosted by Grant Lawrence with special musical guests, Aaron Chapman’s new illustrated book about the Commodore, the music it hosted and its colourful social history.
Plaque presentation by The Vancouver Heritage Foundation to the Commodore as part of VHF’s Places That Matter series. to be added to guestlist)



The Emerald Supper Club 555 Gore Avenue 9p.m. Donation
Robin Layne Band
Robin Layne – marimba, Wynston Minckler – bass, Colin Maskell – saxes, Sam Cartwright – drums
With hypnotic grooves, modal improvisation and rhythms from around the world, Robin has created a vibrant approach to the marimba that combines classical technique with jazz and world music

Thursday November 27

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 8.30p.m. No cover
Leo Bae Trio
A wonderful pianist and a prolific composer, Leo Bae is a name to pay attention to. Whether he’s leading a big band or playing solo, his sound and personality always comes through.
With Eli Davidovici – bass, Mili Hong – Drums

St James Hall 3214 W10th Ave 7.30p.m. $25/$30
Heart & Soul ….. Karin Plato
plus Jillian Lebeck & Adam Thomas with James Danderfer
‘Heart & Soul’ features some of Vancouver’s most talented and diverse musicians sharing a double bill. Jillian Lebeck and Adam Thomas are about to release their first duets recording and they’ll be featured in the first set. Jillian and Adam sing with voices pure, unaffected and soulful. Their repertoire is wide ranging and it’s true these two talents enjoy performing a variety of genres ranging from jazz to pop to soul based music.Karin Plato will perform the second half of the evening with Jillian and Adam as her band and with the brilliant clarinetist, composer and arranger James Danderfer as special guest.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at Red Cat Records – 4332 Main St (604-708-9422) or

Fox Cabaret 2321 Main St 9p.m. $15
Jazz is the New Punk
DarkBlueWorld and The Inhabitants and also JP Carter
JP Carter, Tony Wilson, Cole Schmidt, Skye Brooks, Pete Schmitt,Elizabeth Fischer, David Sikula

Seven Dining Lounge 53 W.Broadway 7.30p.m. Donation (proceeds to Covenant House & Raincity Housing)
Cavalcade of Merriment: An evening of Voices & Music
A fundraiser featuring a plethora of local poets & musicians

















Friday November 28
Pyatt Hall 843 Seymour St 8p.m. $30 (also on Saturday)
featuring PAUL SIKIVIE bass, CHARLES GOOLD drums, JOHNNY O’NEAL voice/piano



Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 8p.m. $10 at door
Steelin’ in the Years
The music of Steely Dan brought to life. Pop, rock and jazz come together with the help of Billy Mendoza, Debbie Low, Talia Butler-Gray, Geeta Das, Bill Runge, Dave Say, Jason Decouto, Andreas Schuld, Phil Robertson, and Kerry Galloway

MERGE, NE Corner of Clark & Powell (ring the bell) 9.30p.m. $10
New Van Band Launch
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb – voice, ,Meredith Bates – violin, Aram Bajakian – guitars, Peggy Lee – cello, Dylan VanDerSchyff – drums

Saturday November 29

Pat’s Pub 403 E.Hastings St 3-7p.m. No cover
Brad Turner 4tet
Expect unequaled improvisation.
Brad Turner – trumpet, Dylan Van Der Schyff – drums, André Lachance – bass, Bruno Hubert – piano


The Emerald 555 Gore 4p.m. Donation
Legendary Roots Rockabilly Jam
Joe Rotundo Trio hosting this week



A Secret Space (167 Water St ) 8p.m. Tickets by Donation

Sofa Sessions with the Sojourners & Ben Rogers

A (private) live music concert. A gorgeous room in the heart of gastown. An after party dance up. An opportunity to support global change through education. It’s SOFA SESSIONS VOL. 5
Soul. Blues. Doo Wop. Gospel. RnB – The Sojourners cross all these boundaries with their uniquely moving sound that has all but vanished from today’s music scene. Prepare for goose bumps when these Juno nominated crooners hit the stage!
With a voice like smoke damaged velvet soaked in Tennessee whiskey and a trusty old acoustic guitar in hand, Ben Rogers will have you stomping your feet to the steady rhythm of the moving stories he tells in song.

Sunday November 30

St Andrews Wesley 1012 Nelson St 4p.m. Donation
Jazz Vespers (free parking in parkade under church..enter from laneway)
Bem Bem Beo
DAVE SAY saxophone; FRAN JARE piano/vocals; CAMERON HOOD bass; JOEL FOUNTAIN drums; RAPHAEL GERONIMO percussion; Special guest: OLAF DE SHIELD guitar
Latin band executing unique arrangements, originals, as well as some authentic Brazilian, Afro-Cuban culturally diverse repertoire.

Tangent Café 2095 Commercial Drive 4p.m. No cover
Formed in 2008, Triology is a jazz trio featuring three of Canada’s most sought after jazz musicians(Miles Black, Bill Coon and Jodi Proznick). The group was fashioned after the great trios of Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson, and features arrangements of jazz standards, as well as original tunes by the trio.

Rio Theatre 1660 E.Broadway 8p.m. $16 advance $20 at door
2nd Annual East Van Opry
It’s a big ole Country Music Show with a little East Van style, featuring East Vancouver folks and friends!
lineup includes:
The Sojourners, Rich Hope and His Blue Rich Rangers, John Reischman, Carolyn Mark, Stephen Nikleva, Jimmy Roy, Kelly Haigh, Scott Smith , Rusty Ford and the Extra Regulars,
Steve Brockley, Colleen Rennison, Khari Wendell Mclelland, Jeff Gladstone & The Bad Ideas,
DJ Elliot C Way, Viper Central , and some Very Special Guests!!
Hosted by: Charles Demers