03 Apr 2020

Kimura Parker + Ax

Jon Kimura Parker – or ‘Jackie’ as he was known – grew up in Vancouver, studying piano with his uncle Edward Parker, mother Keiko Parker and Lee Kum Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and UBC. Parker was a fearsome presence at the Kiwanis Festival, sweeping gold with his brilliant

06 Dec 2019

Sheku + Isata Kanneh-Mason

You might remember his beautiful playing from the wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. . . 20 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition and one of seven gifted, musical siblings – saw his 2018

22 Jun 2018

Kamasi, Morgan, Moor Mother + Miles @ The Jazz Festival

Today marks the start of the 2018 Coastal Jazz Festival and stages across Vancouver will be buzzing with all sorts of interesting musicians, visiting and Vancouver-based. The Marquee Series at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre includes Kamasi Washington – the hottest of hot saxophonist whose award-winning 2015 album – The Epic

22 Apr 2018

Tonye Aganaba

i. I work as a: Singer-Songwriter, Social Justice Advocate, Arts Educator & Facilitator I write and produce music, tour regularly, play local shows. I paint, do photography, and have a real passion for design. I have developed an arts based education program providing kids with creative ways to deal with issues

06 Apr 2018

Take 6 Night

If you’re pitch-sensitive and like a well-rounded a cappella sound with complex harmonies, you’ll be thrilled to know that Take 6 – the Grammy-laden group based in Nashville – are at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight. Last we checked, there were still tickets left. This is a much-revered group that

20 Jun 2017

Branford + Nik @ The Jazz Festival

Nature and nurture have baked music deep into the bones of the Marsalis family. Ellis, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, Jason. Here they are ‘struttin’ with some barbecue.’ Marsali have been in and out of Vancouver at Jazz Festivals over the years. This year, it’s the oldest brother, saxophonist and clarinettist Branford

30 Apr 2017

Solange Knowles

Finally, some good came from surfing the Internet mid-sentence. Solange Knowles was visiting town in support of her striking new album, A Seat at the Table. This Vancouver leg of her Scales museum tour would feature three concerts of just 105 people each – first come, first served. Yes. Buy. Check

18 Apr 2017

Derek Healey ⊄

Breaking New Ground: ⊄ We are talking to a range of creators about their creative process, particularly when they take their work in a new direction, breaking new creative ground. We will be including excerpts from the interviews on the Creators Vancouver site, starting with noted composer, Derek Healey. Healey has won

18 Oct 2016

Sam Cave

We were running down Railspur Alley, a little late to a meeting on an officeboat. (What an entirely Vancouver sentence 🙈) But, we had to pause to listen to a busker who caught our attention: Sam Cave. Cave was singing one of his own songs and playing some great guitar. How

05 Jun 2016

Gregory Porter @ Coastal Jazz

Jazz clubs have a tough go in Vancouver. The Cellar, The Smiling Buddha, The Harlem Nocturne, Flat Five, The Cave, Isy’s – all gone. Thankfully, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival has run annually since the summer of 1986, giving local and visiting jazz lovers a hit. This year, the Festival is on from