Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Special Event: Comedy Competition @Zawa's

These days, we could all use a good belly laugh. 17 year veteran laughmaster Carter Hortie thinks so anyway, and is putting his money where his mouth is by hosting a competition between 40 local stand up comedians all vying for a $750 brass ring, not to mention a chance for a paid headline spot on Hortie' regular "Drive By Comedy" night.
Now in it's fifth week, this competition is clearly heating up. We sat down with Carter and let him tell us a bit about his show and how the contest works. Plus we gave you a little taste of last night's competition.
Drive By Comedy happens every Thursday night at 9pm @ Zawa's.
WARNING: Strong language and questionable subject matter. Viewer discretion is definitely advised.

For complete info join the Facebook group "Drive By Comedy".

Coming up on Thursday, Oct. 1st:
Semi Final

Headliner: Darcy Michael
plus semi-finalists:
1 Seth Perry
2 Ivan Decker
3 Byron Bertram
4 Watermelon
5 James Masters
6 Andrew Von Rosenbach
7 Lauren McGibbon
8 Zack Hershfield
9 Russ Kennedy
10 Danny Mendlow

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Special Event: Microscopic, No Hitting & Velour Bunker @ The Cultch

Get to The Cultch on Sunday, September 27th for the second installment of Vancouver's newest, raddest performing arts series.
Cultch Curator in Residence, Aaron Joyce, brings a night of improvised music and dance:
The Microscopic CD release party (guitar, cello, weissenborn, tabla...what?)
No Hitting (7 dancers + 7 musicians = total madness)
Velour Bunker (Leah Abramson, Jeff Younger and Tommy Babin interpret the songs of Nico)Sunday, September 27th 2009
The VanCity Culture Lab @ The Cultch
Show starts at 7:30pm SHARP!$10 (cheap!)
Listen to Aaron talk about the show and his curatorship with Lisa Christiansen on CBC Radio 3 this evening (Friday) at 5:30pm. you on Sunday!

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Photo of the Day: Peter Valentine

Commercial Drive looking North from onboard Skytrain.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Special Event: Bellies to Babies Celebration

Sunday, September 27th, 11 am – 4 pm, Auditorium I, Main Level, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, VancouverHere’s a chance for new and expectant parents and grandparents to shop for baby and connect with community resources and support services. Plus the first 100 moms in attendance will receive a complimentary diaper baby thanks to New & Green Baby Co.:

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Special Event: New Trout Lake Rink Opens

Thursday, September 24th, 5:15 pm – 8 pm, Trout Lake Rink, near Victoria Drive just South of East 12th Avenue, VancouverJust in case you haven’t heard, the Olympics are coming! And with them comes some great new venues, including the Trout Lake Rink and it’s official opening will include a free public skate with mascots from 6:30 – 8 pm and more:

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Friday, September 18, 2009

CANCELLED -: Marnie Mains @ St. Augustine's

Gary Hendry photo
Marnie emailed to say her show had been cancelled because of a fire in the kitchen of St. Augustine's.

Check her music out anyway at one of the sites listed below.


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Theatre: Word Wear @ The Fringe



Welcome to Word Wear – Theatre Terrific’s newest offering at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. A look at the language of clothes, Word Wear is directed and devised by Susanna Uchatius, Theatre Terrific’s Artistic Director, with Joanna Garfinkel as Dramaturg and Assistant Director, and Theatre Terrific students as collaborators.

Date and Time: Performances will take place Sept. 16 to 19 at 8:00 pm, with a matinée on September 19 at 2:00 pm.

Location: Vancouver Japanese United Church, 4010 Victoria at East 23rd Avenue. Click here for map.

Tickets: Tickets are $10 for weekday shows and $12 for weekend shows plus an additional $2 for advance tickets purchases. A one-time $5 Fringe membership is required and can be purchased at any Fringe performance, or through the Fringe. To order online go to For ticket information call (604) 637-6380.

Formed in 1985, Theatre Terrific is Western Canada’s oldest theatre company for people with disabilities, with a mission is to provide inclusive opportunities to transform lives through the power of theatre.

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Music: The Morgan Childs Trio @ Falconetti's

Tuesday, September 22nd and 29th 9:30pm-midnight @ Falconetti's the Morgan Childs Trio - chad makela on saxophone Adam Robert Thomas on bass.
This is Morgan's last month before he moves to Toronto, so come on down!
Here's a video with Adam playing as part of Queso Blanco, recorded at the Libra Room.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Public Meeting: New Trout Lake Centre to be Discussed

A public meeting next week will be the perfect opportunity to offer your two cents regarding the redevelopment of the Trout Lake Community Centre.

The meeting is scheduled to discuss the second phase of the project with park board staff and project architects. Phase one of the project included the construction of a new ice rink, which will be used as a practice rink for figure skating during the 2010 Olympic Games.

The new community centre will replace the aging facility built in 1964.

Funding for the new centre was approved as part of the park board's 2009-2011 capital plan, but it wasn't included in the plan until the public loudly protested the centre's initial omission. The meeting takes place Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the community centre, 3350 Victoria Dr. More project details are available on the park board's website at

Read the full story here >>>

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Visual Art: Famous Empty Sky @ Havana Gallery

Sept 27 - Oct 10

New work by artist Famous Empty Sky. "Beyond the Secret Garden" florals with a modern twist: mixed media collage paintings at Havana Gallery. 1212 Commercial Drive.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Special Event: Didjeridu Workshop

Come and learn to play Didjeridu.Circular breathing, Traditional and contemporary rhythms. Open to all levels with group and one on one instruction

Price: $75
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Britannia Community centre


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News: One-time B.C. Lion Charged with Sexual Assault Near Commercial Drive

VANCOUVER — Former B.C. Lions football player Joshua Joseph Boden faces one charge of sexual assault after a number of women reported being groped by a man on the streets of Vancouver.

On Monday of this week, Boden was arrested near Commercial Drive and Broadway in Vancouver and charged with sex assault and resisting or obstructing police.
Vancouver police Const. Lindsey Houghton said Thursday that Boden, 22, allegedly groped a woman earlier that evening in the same neighbourhood and that officers had "observed" the incident.

Read the full story here >>>

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Upcoming on Wax Poetic: Rowan Lipkovits

Accordion Guru and CFRO radio host Rowan Lipkovits is this week's guest on Wednesday at 2pm to talk about the 2nd annual Accordion Noir festival happeing this weekend at the WISE Hall. (See Thursday, Sept. 3rd's post)

Music: Xtra West Cultural Series @ Cafe Deux Soleils

Xtra West, Vancouver's Gay & Lesbian Biweekly presents an ongoing monthly showcase of queer music, film, readings, poetry, performance art and more.

This month featuring:

Singer/songwriter Catherine McNeil
Filmmaker Magali Gauthier's FYT
Pop quartet Locus

If interested in performing contact

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Music: Accordion Noir Festival @ The WISE Hall

The second annual Accordion Noir Festival is coming up September 10-12 in Vancouver.

For more details:

Here's the schedule perversely in reverse order:

WISE HALL, main event:
Saturday, 8 PM, Sept 12th
1882 Adanac St. at Victoria
Jason Webley (Seattle)
Geoff Berner (Vancouver)
Story (Halifax)
and more!

Also on Saturday, Sept. 12th,
Accordion Workshops:
4:15 pm at The WISE Hall
Squeezebox movies, history, song-writing, and repair!
Full day of workshops
and Saturday concert: $20
Concert at the door: $15
Pre-sale at Highlife:
all-day $15

And don't miss the Accordion Parade:
Also on Saturday, Sept. 12th,
Grandview Park to the WISE Hall 4 pm (weather permitting)

Other Day's events:

Cafe Montmartre,
Fri, Sept 11th
4362 Main Street
Squeezebox from
8 pm ‘till late!
Joanna Chapman-Smith
The Creaking Planks
Barbara Adler
Andy Fielding
Dawn Zoe
Tina Tew


Friday, Sept 11th:
Accordion Noir Radio,
With Geoff Berner live!
9:30-10:30 pm, 102.7 FM.

Finally, start your festival right with:

Thurs, Sept 10th, 8-10 PM
Vancouver Squeezebox Circle
Open stage at Spartacus Books
684 E. Hastings St.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

News: Teacher Cuts Student's Hair With A Knife, Parents Want Answers

Family Seeks Community Help for Police to InvestigateVancouver BC - August, 2009.
Abraham and Emy Belay are the parents of nine year old grade 4 pupils at Laura Second Elementary School in the Vancouver School District. They are seeking the support of members of the African/Black communities, human rights advocates, the media and the public, in their effort to get the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) to investigate a complaint by one of their sons that his teacher cut his hair in class with a knife.
According to the parents, this strange event occurred in early June after they met with Vancouver School Board officials to lodge complaints against school officials, including the teacher in question on June 1st 2009.Like many African/Black parents, Emy and Abraham have for the past two years been dealing with various issues related to what they have described as discrimination by school officials against their sons.
Until the hair cutting incident came to light, they had pursued their concerns via internal structures within the school system. Asked why they are going public now, Emy stated that “the assault on my son in class crossed the line, and the lack of interest in investigating this by both the School police as well as the VPD left us no option”.
The African Canadian parents, owners of the popular Afro Hair Studio on Commercial Drive noted that they were shocked at the lack of responds to investigate the report they made to the VPD. According to the parents, their son told them that his teacher came to class with a knife, saying “I am going to hurt someone”, walked to his desk, cut his hair with the knife and clipped it on the board for all the students to see. The boy only informed his parents about this incident two weeks later as a result of another incident on June 19th, 2009, in which he and his brother were locked up in separate rooms by the vice principal and forced to take a test called Essential Diagnostic Tools for Mental Math and Basic Operations. Earlier, the parents had previously objected to their children taking a psycho-educational test. “We told the twins not to take a test unrelated to their class work without our permission, and we made this known to school officials in an earlier meeting” they added.
According to Abraham, he cannot understand why a VPD Constable came to their shop on July 2nd, 2009, said nothing, gave them a file number and took off. He added that they called many more times to find out why nothing was being done and why no one from the VPD came to interview their son regarding the complaint. “We persisted and got another number from the non-emergency line to call”, added Emy. The parents called and left a message at this new number, and got a call back the next day. “The officer who picked up the phone was very aggressive on the phone, not interested in hearing my complaint regarding the teacher cutting the hair of my son in class. I was shocked beyond belief when this officer told me my kids misbehaved that is why, I could not believe it”. That was not all; the officer said to me "you are jerking up my ass"“We want the VPD to investigate this matter, Abraham and Emmy pay their taxes and expect the police to give them the same level of protection and service, how would you feel if your son came home to tell you such a story” Dr. C. Apaak, a Vancouver based human rights and social justice advocate noted. According to the parents, the reluctance of the VPD to investigate has caused them to remove their children from the school as they do not feel their kids will be safe. They now think that their son was attacked by the teacher because he and his brother were the only black kids in the class, as revenge for their complaint to the school board. “They are just kids, only nine years old and they are psychologically hurt, I have seen them”, according to Dr. Apaak. African/Black community leader and human rights advocates will be contacting all those who know about this issue, and will like to know why the VPD has yet to look into this issue. Dr. Apaak is currently reviewing two binders of material given to him by the parents to explore other ways to help them get to the bottom of this rather disturbing issue.
For More Information Contact:
Dr. C. Apaak: 778-895-9242
Abraham and Amy: 604-251-2512
Messia Ditshimba: 778-887-1098/604-272-1035
Source:Charles N. Nkansah

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