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January 20th


The Cap Jazz Series is pleased to present genre-bending powerhouse jazz trio The Bad Plus on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 8 PM at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University. The Bad Plus features Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass and Dave King on drums.


Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and inspired such controversy, as The Bad Plus. For over a decade, they have thrived at the intersection of jazz, indie rock and contemporary classical music, inspiring Rolling Stone to call them "about as badass as highbrow gets." On Made Possible, the group's 8th studio album, The Bad Plus unleashed spellbinding original compositions that showcased everything this groundbreaking trio is capable of: heart-pounding acoustic anthems, bleary melancholia, fearless juxtapositions, tunefully mathematic contortions and a masterful sense of song. From first listen, it's the sound of three gifted players and composers at a dizzying creative peak, proving yet again that a piano-bass-drums trio can still transport listeners to rapturous and uncharted places.


January 27th


#2 75 Front Street in Nanaimo @ the Nanaimo Bar - Enjoy some Celtic indie rock from The Clanns! Featuring songs from their last album and upcoming new EP. Two sets in total! Doors at 9PM Start at 10:15 PM End at 1AM $6 at the door. No advance tickets available. Limited seating - so get to the venue early!
Bringing more than a pint of fervor and charm, The Clanns are a lively Celtic Rock band from Vancouver Island, BC.


January 29th


The Cap Jazz Series is pleased to present retro-hip global group Banda Magda on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8 PM at St. James Hall. The band features Magda Giannikou on accordion/ vocals, Ignacio Hernandez on guitar, Andres Rotmistrovsky on bass/ vocals & Keita Ogawa on percussion/ vocals.


Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band's global background and unchained musicality. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou's film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet, to Snarky Puppy to Louis CK (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian's TV show).




Juno World Music Award Winner, QUIQUE ESCAMILLA "A unique talent who holds to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao!" – CBC. Caravan World Rhythms presents him in concert at Guilt & Co, 1 Alexander in Vancouver, February 3.


Celebrate music with real Chutzpah! Chutzpah Festival 2017 presents outstanding internationally-celebrated music, including leading world music pioneers from, Israel, Argentina, Japan, USA and Canada. “The rich global landscape of music presented as part of Chutzpah! 2017 showcases some of the world’s most exciting musical performers,” says Artistic & Managing Director Mary-Louise Albert. “Whatever your musical tastes are from jazz to world music to musical theatre, Chutzpah! Festival has something for you.” 


Highlights include; world-renowned and Grammy-winning superstars of the klezmer world The Klezmatics 30th Anniversary Tour (USA); David Broza & Mira Awad in Concert: Israeli superstar David Broza’s charismatic and energetic performances have brought audiences worldwide a blend of music from the three different countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain, and England. Born in the village of Rameh in the Galilee to a Palestinian father and Bulgarian mother, singer-songwriter and actress Mira Awad, is a multidisciplinary international performer who has developed a unique fusion of sounds, weaving the Arabic language and its oriental ornaments with Western harmonies; EXIT - Shalom Hanoch with Moshe Levi.Touted as ‘The King of Israeli Rock’ and compared to such musical ‘giants’ as Neil Young and Mick Jagger, Shalom Hanoch is not just the biggest and most significant artist in Israeli Rock, but one of the most fascinating and prolific forces in Israeli music.   Hanoch will be joined on stage tonight by his long-time musical partner and keyboard player Moshe Levi (Israel); now based out of Chicago, MARBIN, founded by Israeli guitarist Dani Rabin and Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch, is a progressive jazz-rock band with a unique story that stands out in today's music world. Local favourites MNGWA [ming-wah] open the night, mixing elements of psychedelic rock, dub, African rhythms, and vocals in four languages, and injecting the Vancouver music scene with a fresh global perspective; Israeli singer Maya Avraham, who is known by Chutzpah! audiences from her performances with The Idan Raichel Project, comes to Vancouver with her band of extraordinary Israeli and American musicians; Lyla Canté (USA/Israel/Japan/Argentina) -a Jewish Cantor meets a Gypsy Flamenco guitarist.  Sparks fly. They add percussion, a Blues guitarist, a Rock & Roll bassist and Lyla Canté is born. These amazing world musicians explore the intersection of Sefardi, Flamenco & Ashkenazi music; and  Canada’s emerging composer Landon Braverman & Friends foran evening of musical theatre (Chutzpah!PLUS, April 2).


Vancouver's Coastal Jazz is pleased to present an exciting weekend of music during the annual Winterruption Festival, February 17 - 19 on Granville Island. This unique winter festival celebrates the West Coast through music, arts, performance and food. There will be lots of music during Winterruption at Performance Works. Enjoy TICKETED concerts by CAMARO 67 with special guests BIGFATE and JAMES DANDERFER'S HUMMINGBIRD BRIGADE. Free concerts are plentiful during the event. Don't miss two shows from ROBIN LAYNE BAND, BLUE MOON MARQUEE, ONLY A VISITOR, and ROSSI GANG.


Saturday, February 25th at The Rickshaw! Polyrhythmics return to the Rickshaw! Creating vivid instrumental imagery using complex rhythms and a unique precision that redefines the term “funk” for 21st Century audiences the 8 piece Polyrhythmics are proving to be one of Seattle’s finest exports.


Following in the footsteps of globally-renowned acts like Afro Celt Sound System and Sweden’s Hedningarna, award-winning artist Mélisande [électrotrad] (say: may-lee-ZAWND) is leading a movement to merge traditional Quebecois music with electronica. The band’s brand new sophomore album Les millésimes (the vintages) is an odyssey of pulsating beats, live drums and percussion, searing fiddle melodies, driving vocal choruses, blistering horn arrangements and creative synth lines – all providing hook-laden, centuries-old songs with a new life on the dance floor. See them at Festival du Bois in Coquitlam March 4th and 5th.






Percussion Workshop every Wednesday with Davide Sampaolo. This workshop series will focus on techniques including Flamenco Cajon (Drum Box), Afro-Cuban percussion, Palos Flamenco, and fusion with Cuban rhythms, clave concept, how to play Cajon in different kind of music and much more. Periodically there will be performances and jamming sessions with all the students of the class. Drop-in $20.


Kasandra “La China” (baile) and guest Ricardo Lopez (baile) Chai Lounge – East Is East 4433 Main Street, Vancouver, BC Saturdays every second week.


The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! Noon hour series continues showcasing bhangra and Bollywood dance with South Asian Arts, contemporary dance with 605 Collective, ballroom with JC Dance Co Brazilian and capoeira with Aché Brasil and more. For the complete schedule, log onto


For Powell River subscribers: LATIN DANCE CLUB FRIDAY NIGHTS | 8PM - 1AM | MCKINNEYS PUB, TOWNSITE. Enjoy Dancing Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bachata and other Latin dances every Friday night. And, if you don’t know how - we give lessons...satisfaction guaranteed or money refunded. Admission is Free!


JUMP & SWING AT THE LUX LOUNGE (1180 Howe Street) EVERY SUNDAY 5-11. How much fun is this?! Rhythm City is providing the dance teacher; there is a dance contest, big prize for the winners, great food, fun drink specials, dress to impress. 8-11pm Jump blues, Jazz remixes and Electro swing Guest DJs & live bands.


Rumba Flamenco guitarist John Gilliat invites you to join him any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night at Don Francesco in Vancouver from 7pm to 10:30pm. It’s a very cool room for live music. Be sure to call ahead as he does sub out from time to time for other performances.


Every Friday night, enjoy the best in live and recorded Latin beats with Vancouver’s original Salsa big band, Orquesta BC Salsa with DJ Danny Uno and DJ Melvin at the Konga Room, Howard Johnston Hotel at Kingsway and 12th, Vancouver.


Every Saturday is Salsaton Nite at Pop Opera Nite Club. Salsa, cumbia, bachata, meringue, reegaeton and hip hop with DJ Julio, DJ Sam and DJ Casanova. 686 West Hastings.


Vancouver, dance to salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, cumbia and more. Check out what DJ Cachete is spinning Tuesdays at Boss on Richards, Wednesday at The Vancouver Alpen Club, Friday at the Red Room and Saturday at Laguna Blu downtown.


City Salsa Vibe welcomes dancers of all levels to the Howard Johnson Hotel Ballroom. From complete beginner to seasoned pros, we have room for everyone. If you are a beginner or would like to pick up a few extra pointers, take advantage of the complimentary Latin dance lessons from 9pm-9:30pm. Some of Vancouver’s top instructors introduce you to Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha-Cha and Merengue. Live music by Orquesta BC Salsa.


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