I’ve started a new blog!

I enjoyed compiling and posting inexpensive cultural events in Vancouver. But now I’ve decided that I wanted to blog more expansively, about culture, music, food, travel, and whatever strikes my fancy, regardless of location. My focus will still be on Vancouver, and I have a special affection for culture on a shoestring, but I’ll be blogging about a lot more too.

See you at Beyond YVR!

Omodaka, August 2, new music

(from email)
Festival Launch with Omodaka

Presented by Powell Street Festival

Sponsored by Vancouver New Music

Friday, August 2, 2013 | 8PM
Instant Coffee Workplace (441 Powell Street)
Limited seating; admission by donation.

Soichi Terada, the electro producer of Omodaka combines traditional minyo (folk music) with contemporary electronic sounds performed in tandem to projected videos. The mask-wearing chip-tune enthusiast plucks live melodies from modified video game hand-helds to create live performances of bleeps and blips with traditional Japanese singing.

Omodaka will also perform at the Firehall Theatre over the festival weekend (date/time TBA).

For up-to-date information about the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival, go to the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/ events/527132170669361/ ).

Powell Street Festival Society 

7-day Your Kontinent festival in Richmond, July 19-27, $30 pass

From BC Daily Deals:

Italian music at the Jazz Festival, June 30, and Rendezvous Innovation pass

Note the Rendezvous Innovation pass option – 7 shows for $25!

Sunday, June 30, 3:15 pm

Roundhouse Performance Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Alberto Braida al Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Alberto Braida at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The 2013 Vancouver International Jazz Festival will feature one of Italy’s most important pianists in the improvised music world: Alberto Braida. At his first appearance with the Vancouver Festival, Alberto has collaborated and played with many of this era’s great improvising musicians such as Ab Baars, Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton, John Butcher, and Wadada Leo Smith, and performed at many of the world’s great jazz / creative music festivals. Braida will collaborate with Vancouver clarinet specialist, well-known musician François Houle – a musician that has received international recognition for his performances in many different styles, including jazz, classical, world music and new music.

Tickets: $5 for the Alberto Braida / Francois Houle show, or $25 for Roundhouse Innovation for all weekend shows (7 shows) in the RH Performance Centre. Tickets at Northern tickets: www.northerntickets.com

Thought4Food, June 18, 6 PM

Thought4Food, June 18, 6 PM

THOUGHT4FOOD # 3: Farm to Table – Building Strong Links in the Food Chain

Free food, great speakers!

Surrey Open Doors 2013, June 22

Lots to see and do!

Ventos Wind Quintet, June 21

Sounds like an intriguing French-inspired performance.

So many summer festivals!

So many summer festivals!

Check the link, or get a paper copy of the Georgia Straight.

Western Front 40th Anniversary Open House, JUN 16, 2013, 12-6 PM

Western Front 40th Anniversary Open House, JUN 16, 2013, 12-6 PM

The Georgia Straight has a great article about how influential Western Front has been in the past 40 years.


Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival, June 14-16

Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival, June 14-16



June 14 – 16, 2013

Friday, June 14 – 5:00 PM; Saturday, June 15 – 1:30 PM; Sunday, June 16 – 1:30 PM

The Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival returns for its seventh year at the Vancity Theatre with 6 beautiful films which will provide a window into Taiwan for both Taiwanese and non-Taiwanese audiences.

Tickets: $8 (Afternoon) / $10 (Evening)
Tickets available via Vancity Theatre (www.viff.org):

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to a screening.

For more info, please visit: www.twff.ca