CBC Musical Nooners 2018 Line-Up

The CBC Musical Nooners make their return on Tuesday.  For the 9th year, the outdoor plaza at CBC studios at 700 Hamilton Street comes to life with music acts performing live, each weekday from noon – 1pm, from July 10 – August 17

Opening day, July 10th is a celebration of Indigenous Culture and a performance by North West Coast First Nations rap duo Mob Bounce, taking the stage from Noon.  The Indigenous food truck, Mr Bannock, will also be on site to fill your lunch time appetites while you enjoy the music on stage. The rest of the opening week’s performers are in association with the Vancouver Folk Festival, teasing the great music performing at the iconic festival, as well the Surrey Fusion Festival brings performers to the nooners to highlight the world beats on stage there.

The CBC Musical Nooners cover all genres of music from HipHop, Pop, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Soul, Reggae, and more. Many CBC Music Searchlight competitors take the stage highlighting the best of local talent.

The line up for the rest of the season is;

July 10 – Mob Bounce (hip hop)
July 11 – Son de Madera (folk/world)
July 12 – Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (folk)
July 13 – Little Miss Higgins (blues/country)
July 16 – Winsome Kind (indie/folk)
July 17 – Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron (roots)
July 18 – Haley Blais (pop)
July 19 – Dawn Pemberton (soul/gospel)
July 20 – Rumba Calzada (Latin jazz)
July 23 – Adam Robert Thomas (jazz)
July 24 – Portraits of Us (acoustic)
July 25 – Fall Brigade (rock)
July 26 – The Long War (indie)
July 27 – Jen Hodge All Stars (jazz)
July 30 – Old Soul Rebel (soul)
July 31 – Sinclair & Bennett (blues)
August 1 – Will Stroet from CBC Kids (children’s)
August 2 – Lonesome Town Painters (bluegrass)
August 3 – Tanga (world fusion)
August 6 – BC Day, no concert
August 7 – Petunia & The Vipers (rockabilly)
August 8 – David Ward (funk)
August 9 – Roy Forbes (folk)
August 10 – Schwey (R&B)
August 13 – Desirée Dawson (soul)
August 14 – Caleb Hart (reggae)
August 15 – Sister Speak (world)
August 16 – Wooden Horseman (rock)
August 25 – Coco Jafro (funk)

For details about each of the acts and more information, like weather interruptions, about the CBC Musical Nooners visit the CBC British Columbia website.

CBC Musical Nooners 2017 start today!

Returning for their 8th year, the CBC Musical Nooners are a great way to spend a summer lunch hour. The outdoor plaza at CBC studios at 700 Hamilton Street comes to life with music acts performing live, each weekday from noon – 1pm starting today July 7th, running until August 25th.

For opening day, today, a special extra long nooner kicks off the season with electronic art-pop act Fake Shark onstage from 12pm until 12:30pm, then Juno Award winners Said The Whale take over from 12:45pm until 1:45pm.

The CBC Musical Nooners cover all genres of music from Blues, Pop, Jazz, Reggae, Folk and more.  A special CBC Kids Day on August 2nd is a special two hour nooner with CBC Kids performer Will Stroet and plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep your little ones entertained.

The line up for the rest of the season is;

July 10 – Murray Porter
July 11 – Buckman Coe
July 12 – Jon and Roy
July 13 – Wesli
July 14 – Melisande
July 17 – Old Soul Rebel
July 18 – Khari Wendell McClelland
July 19 – Desiree Dawson
July 20 – Brishen
July 21 – Locarno
July 24 – Paul Lambert
July 25 – Cassandra Maze
July 26 – Raquel Cole
July 27 – The Long War
July 28 – The Velveteins
July 31 – The Ruffled Feathers
August 1 – Steph Cameron
August 2 – Will Stroet – Kids Day: Bring your kids from noon – 2pm for special kid-friendly activities
August 3 – Miss Quincy
August 4 – Warren Dean Flandez
August 8 – BC Day, no concert
August 9 – David Sinclair & Keith Bennett
August 10 – Sister Speak
August 11 – Jesse Roper
August 14 – Mainstreet Muze ft. Babe Gurr
August 15 – Aché Brazil
August 16 – Mazacote
August 17 – Wooden Horseman
August 18 – Derrival
August 21 – Leah Barley
August 22 – Dave Bawa
August 23 – Fionn
August 24 – Roy Forbes
August 25 – Coco Jafro

For details about each of the acts and more information, like weather interruptions, about the CBC Musical Nooners visit the CBC British Columbia website.

Refuge – a powerful play at Firehall Arts Centre

Refuge - Firehall ArtsBalancing a fair refugee system and public safety are especially topical subjects with the current global debate on immigration.    Halagonian Mary Vingoe’s play, Refuge, reminds us that even a country as diverse as Canada has been touched by class, culture and sectarian violence as well as blemishes in our treatment of refugee claimants.

A powerful and relevant work, Refuge is a based on actual transcripts from an award-winning CBC Radio documentary “Habtom’s Path” about Eritrean asylum-seeker Habtom Kibreab.  Using the radio factual radio script as the centre of the story, changing the character’s name to Ayinom, Mary Vingoe has dramatized the rest of  his time in Canada.  Director Donna Spencer, has staged and cast the play nicely to keep the intimate story centred in the realism of the radio interviews with the rest of the staging kept sparse leaving focus on the human drama.

Pamela Ross (Sangeeta Wylie) & Saul Ackman (Robert Moloney)
Photo: Emily Cooper

Refuge feels a bit like a mystery, through the past vignettes we get clues to piece together the story being referenced in the radio interviews.  Although Ayinom is the central character, he never appears in the play, perhaps reflecting his uncertain refugee status. His limbo-like status is referenced by Pamela Ross (Sangeeta Wylie), the Halifax-born half-Indian woman who helps Ayinom’s mother Amleset (Angela Moore) learn English. Pamela learns of Ayinom’s plight and enlists her ex-boyfriend, human-rights lawyer Saul (Robert Moloney) to take his refugee case.

Interviewer (Nicola Lipman) & Mebrahtu (Aadin Church)
Photo: Emily Cooper

Brought together by the case, Pamela and Saul work through their own personal baggage, much involving the Air India bombings, and her family. Pamela’s husband Allan, played by Frank Zotter, is the voice of caution and fear of the unknown foreigner in his spare room. Perhaps a healthy dose of jealousy is nudging Allan to take the counter-argument to Saul as he sees his wife drawn to her human-rights activist past. Allan’s character is perhaps the least likeable character but also offers up dialogue that could be heard on any current-day debate on immigration.
Since Ayinom is never present but ever-present,  his friend and interpreter Mebrahtu, (Aadin Church) becomes his surrogate as he reads from his diary and shares his own first hand recollections. As the soft-spoken gentleman, Aadin’s performance offers up the most emotion and emotional scene of the 90 minute play.

See Refuge at the Firehall Arts Centre until April 1st, 2017 (dark on Mondays). Runtime is 90 minutes without intermission.

CBC Wraps Up Rio 2016 in a most Canadian way

Last night, the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics came to a close.  Team Canada came away with one of the most successful Games ever, matching their highest medal count (in a non-boycotted Games) with 22 Gold, Silver & Bronze.

While some sports excelled and exceeded expectations, Aquatics & Athletics, some faltered from the previous achievements, Rowing & Kayak.  Women took great strides to lead Team Canada with 84% of the medals, boosted by the Bronze medals performances of the Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens and Soccer teams.  Some athletes became household names, Penny Oleksiak & Andre de Grasse to name but two.  Records were broken, even by our many fourth place finishers, showing the depth of competition in these Games.

During this show of athletic prowess, Canadian all across the world took a break on Saturday night as CBC broadcast the final Tragically Hip concert from Kingston. The Tragically Hip : A National Celebration was watched by an estimated 11.7 millions people.
To wrap up the Rio 2016 Games, CBC combined these two events with a touching montage of Games highlights set to “Ahead By A Century”.

With many of the Team Canada members being relatively young, the future looks bright for Tokyo 2020.

Polaris Music Prize 2016 Long List Revealed

Polaris_400x400Last week in Whitehorse,  the Polaris Music Prize revealed the Long List of 40 albums in contention for the 2016 prize.  This year’s list includes 19 returning and 21 new nominees.

The Polaris Prize Long List and Short List are selected by an independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada. Then eleven people are selected from the larger jury pool to serve on the Grand Jury and they will convene the night of the Polaris Gala to select the 2016 Polaris Music Prize winner. The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year.  Each of the nine other short listed artists will receive $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.

The 2016 Polaris Music Prize Long List:

  • Art Bergmann – The Apostate
  • Justin Bieber – Purpose
  • Black Mountain – IV
  • Jean-Michel Blais – II
  • Basia Bulat – Good Advice
  • Daniel Caesar – Pilgrim’s Paradise
  • Tanika Charles – Soul Run
  • City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You
  • Coeur de pirate – Roses
  • Dead Obies – Gesamtkunstwerk
  • Destroyer – Poison Season
  • Dilly Dally – Sore
  • Drake – VIEWS
  • Essaie pas – Demain est une autre nuit
  • Fred Fortin – Ultramarr
  • FOXTROTT – A Taller Us
  • Grimes – Art Angels
  • Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On
  • Veda Hille – Love Waves
  • Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  • Junior Boys – Big Black Coat
  • Kaytranada – 99.90%
  • Jessy Lanza – Oh No
  • Majid Jordan – Majid Jordan
  • Michelle McAdorey – Into Her Future
  • Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale
  • Safia Nolin – Limoilou
  • Operators – Blue Wave
  • Peaches – Rub
  • PUP – The Dream Is Over
  • Daniel Romano – Mosey
  • Andy Shauf – The Party
  • The Strumbellas – HOPE
  • Suuns – Hold/Still
  • U.S. Girls – Half Free
  • Un Blonde – Good Will Come To You
  • The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
  • White Lung – Paradise
  • Donovan Woods – Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled

The 10 album Short List will be announced on July 14 at The Carlu in Toronto. On September 19th, The Polaris Gala will be held at The Carlu in Toronto and streamed live by CBC Music and AUX.tv.

Picks Of The Week : June 11, 2014

Mid month already? Time really does fly by when you’re having fun!

Knights: Join the Knights who say “Ni!” at The Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage as the Monty Python comedy “Spamalot” continues playing until June 29th.

Celebration: The Imperial on Main Street celebrates its 1st Anniversary with a weekend of shows starting tomorrow night: Hey Ocean! w/ Good For Grapes on Thursday, The Zolas w/ James Younger and Damn Fools on Friday and then The Dudes w/ Mindil Beach and Rolla Oak on Saturday night.

Fight: All eyes are on Rogers Arena this Friday as Ultimate Fighting Championship takes to the octagon for UFC174

East Van: Head over to The Astoria for a new party, Brain Candy on Friday the 13th hosted by Shanda Leer, Anna Propriette, and Junita Werk


Filmmaker: Vancouver Biennale invites you to join Oscar winning screenwriter and director Oliver Stone for two events on Saturday, a Masterclass at SFU Woodwards in the afternoon between 1-3pm, then a screening and audience with and screening of “The Untold History of the United States – Bush II & Obama: The Age of Terror” at The Vogue Theatre at 8pm

Fest: Saturday head out to Deer Lake Park for a day of great music as CBC Music Festival brings Tegan & Sara, Hanna Georgas, Spoon, The Arkells and many more to the outdoor stage.

Folk: American folk/pop singer Josh Rouse plays an early gig at Biltmore Cabaret on Saturday evening.

Foxy: Have you checked out The Fox Cabaret yet? If not, Saturday is the time to pop your cherry as a new monthly night Cherry Pop relives the old Fox Theatres era of Strip, Sex, Glitter & Grit.


CBCMusic.ca Festival heads West!

cbc-music-festival-poster-3-3_0329083856571Saturday June 14th, Deer Lake Park in Burnaby will come alive with the sound of CBCMusic! CBC Radio One’s Jian Ghomeshi hosts the second annual CBCMusic.ca Festival produced by Live Nation Canada and co-presented with The Georgia Straight.

To further the goal to connect music lovers with the very best Canadian and international music and concerts; and after the hugely successful inaugural CBCMusic.ca Festival at Toronto’s Echo Beach last year, this year’s festival in Vancouver will feature some of the hottest musical acts.

The Vancouver CBCMusic.ca Festival lineup includes: Juno Award winning Tegan And Sara, Spoon, Arkells, Hannah Georgas, Chad VanGaalen, Wake Owl, Bell Game, Crystal Shawanda and more.  The festival will also showcase the CBC Music’s Searchlight Winner (to be announced on CBC Radio One’s Q on May 9th)

In addition to Ghomeshi, the day will also feature guest appearances from CBC hosts including On The Coast’s Stephen Quinn, Tom Power, CBC News Vancouver hosts Gloria Macarenko and Renee Filippone. Rich Terfry will perform a DJ set and the CBC Radio One comedy program The Irrelevant Show will take the stage for a live performance.

Tickets for the CBCMusic.ca Festival will go on sale tomorrow morning, Friday, April 4 at 10am
General admission tickets will be available for $59.50 (plus fees)
Family 4-pack ticket bundle will be available for $200 (plus fees) at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

For more information on the festival, please visit cbcmusic.ca/festival.