Premier John Horgan acknowledges importance of the goddess Durga in advance of major Hindu celebration

Premier John Horgan acknowledges importance of the goddess Durga in advance of major Hindu celebration

There’s a reason why the Hindu goddess Durga is often depicted riding a tiger or a lion. That’s because she is associated with protection, unlimited strength, and motherhood—a deity who represents good over evil and who isn’t shy about exercising that power when warranted. Today, B.C. premier John Horgan paid his respects to Durga, an … Read more

The Mildura-Wentworth Country Music Festival is back with new shows after pandemic hiatus

The Mildura-Wentworth Country Music Festival is back with new shows after pandemic hiatus

Rhonda and Rod Owen are a husband-and-wife team determined to breathe new life into the Mildura-Wentworth Country Music Festival after the show was forced online last year due to the pandemic. Key points:  The Mildura-Wentworth Country Music Festival is back after it was forced online due to pandemic restrictions Organisers have launched an innovative new stage at the Apex River … Read more

50 things to do in Vancouver this week, September 26 to 30

50 things to do in Vancouver this week, September 26 to 30

MONDAY: screenings of Indigenous short films at the Vancouver Public Library will showcase the work of Haida artists Bill Reid and Robert Davidson, new animation from emerging creatives, and documentary work by Indigenous filmmakers and activists. MONDAY: Swiss avant-garde metal band Zeal & Ardor plays the RIckshaw Theatre. Uninvited shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery. MONDAY … Read more

Comedic glam-metal maniacs Steel Panther to play the Commodore Ballroom on December 29 and 30

Comedic glam-metal maniacs Steel Panther to play the Commodore Ballroom on December 29 and 30

Can’t get enough over-the-top ’80s glam-metal these days? Still yearn for the days of big hair, brightly coloured spandex, and pointy guitars? Can’t get enough of bombastic cock-rock songs with titles like “Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’”, “Weenie Ride”, and “It Won’t Suck Itself”? Then look no further than the Commodore Ballroom this winter, December 29 and 30, when … Read more

Vancouver Opera makes cast change for The Pearl Fishers

Vancouver Opera makes cast change for The Pearl Fishers

Vancouver Opera has announced a cast change to the opening production of its 2022–2023 season, Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, in October. “Our original singer portraying the role of Nadir is unable to join us for this production,” says Vancouver Opera general director Tom Wright in a news release, “and we have cast American tenor Aaron … Read more

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival: Choreographer Kara Miranda embraces her Self in Sombras/Shadows

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival: Choreographer Kara Miranda embraces her Self in Sombras/Shadows

Victoria-born flamenco dancer and choreographer Kara Miranda’s latest project was initially inspired by the visual look of shadows.  But as Miranda dug deeper into this subject, she became fascinated by the work of Carl Jung, a pioneer in depth psychology and dream analysis who died in 1961. In particular, she was drawn to Swiss psychoanalyst’s … Read more

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes play Vancouver tonight, and maybe they’ll do the Carpenters’ “Superstar”

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes play Vancouver tonight, and maybe they’ll do the Carpenters’ “Superstar”

Vancouver punk-rock fans looking for a good time tonight (September 22) should be aware that Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are playing at the Harbour Events Centre.  In case you didn’t know about the Gimmes, they might be the most incredible cover band of all time. And they’re a punk-rock supergroup to boot, featuring … Read more

Family-owned Black Bond Books will purchase Hager Books in Kerrisdale

Family-owned Black Bond Books will purchase Hager Books in Kerrisdale

B.C.’s independent book business appears to be on solid ground more than two years after the pandemic devastated many other industries. Today, the family-owned Black Bond Books announced that it will be buying another independent retailer, Hager Books, which is at 2176 West 41st Avenue. The founder of Hager Books, Louise Hager, described this as … Read more