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What's on this week: Oct. 22-29

Thursday, Oct. 22 Music The Bros. Landreth Juno Award winning folks-roots-rock band out of Winnipeg play tunes from Let It Lie, with special guest Donovan Woods. 8pm at Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets $13.50 at Red Cat and TicketWeb.
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Thursday, Oct. 22


The Bros. Landreth Juno Award winning folks-roots-rock band out of Winnipeg play tunes from Let It Lie, with special guest Donovan Woods. 8pm at Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets $13.50 at Red Cat and

Givers Indie pop group, groomed by the sweaty dancehalls of Lafayette, Louisiana tour in support of their upcoming release, New Kingdom, with special guests Caddywhompus. 9:30pm at The Cobalt. Tickets $15 at Red Cat, Zulu, and

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations Australian singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist known for his command of the didgeridoo, plays the first of two nights in support of Nanna, with special guests Jon and Roy. 8pm at Commodore Ballroom. Tickets $37.50+ at and

Carcas Latin punk rockers take the stage with special guests Know How Sugar. 8pm at Studio Records. Tickets $10 from the band and $12 at the door.


Damonde Tschritter Perhaps Canada’s finest comedic storyteller, the Globe & Mail calls him “comedy’s new superhero” with appearances on CBC’s The Debaters, and the first ever Canadian to win the Seattle International Comedy Competition. 8pm at Yuk Yuk’s. Tickets $10 at


Generation Sacrifiee Iranian artist Sayeh Sarfarez, of Montreal, translates political movements and uprising occurring in Iran into a drawing series, challenging the viewer with naïve forms and innocent aesthetics, juxtaposed with threatening motifs. 7-10pm at Grunt Gallery. Runs until Nov. 28.


Friday, Oct. 23


Vancouver Chamber Choir In collaboration with Early Music Vancouver, this ensemble presents a program of the early baroque masterpiece, Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, under the direction of guest conductor, Stephen Stubbs. 7pm at Chan Centre. Tickets $17.50+ at

Black Mastiff Psychedelic rockers from Edmonton, on tour in support of Music Machine, with special guests Molten Lava and Satan’s Cape. 8pm at The Cobalt. Tickets $10 at Red Cat, Neptoon, Zulu and

Desert Dwellers Electronic music duo of Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe bring their beats to the stagewith special guests Kalya Scintilla, Eve Olution, and EJ Emog and an opening set from DJ Emog. 10pm at Rickshaw Theatre. Tickets $25 at

War Baby Vancouver band celebrates the release of their new album, Death Sweats, with guests Twin Crystals, Invasives, Dirty Spells, Hole in my Head and 42. 8pm at the Hindenburg. Tickets $10 at the door.


A Doll’s House The landmark production from the “godfather of modern drama” returns to the JAC for the first time in over a decade; the story of Nora Helmer, a symbol for women fighting for liberation and equality throughout the world, first performed in Stockholm in 1880 from the pen of Henrik Ibsen. 8pm at Jericho Arts Centre. Tickets at Final performance.

The Damage is Done – A True Story Renowned author-thinker-speaker Dr. Gabor Mate, onstage in collaboration with actor-writer-director-therapist Rita Bozi, combine theatre, dialogue, essay, video, music and modern dance to explore cultural history and family dynamics in the scope of depression, addiction, and suicide. 8pm at Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Tickets at Runs until Oct. 24.


Saturday, Oct. 24


Delta Rae American folk rock outfit, play an early show in support of their second full-length album, After It All. 8pm at Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets $13 at

The King Khan & Bbq Show Garage rock duo from Montreal, return to Vancouver to support their latest release, Bad News Boys, with special guests Milk Lines and Is/Is. 9pm at Rickshaw Theatre. Tickets $18 at Red Cat, Zulu and

Paco Pena Virtuosic flamenco guitarist brings his highly anticipated new show, Flamencura, in a passionate and fiery tribute to both the rich history and thriving future of flamenco music with an ensemble of guitarists, singers, and dancers. 8pm at Chan Centre. Tickets $52+ at

Dar Williams American singer-songwriter with a penchant for folk-pop performs in support of her latest offering, Emerald. 8pm at St. James Hall. Tickets $24 at Rufus’ Guitar Shop, Highilfe, Prussin Music, Red Cat and

Marina & the Diamonds Welsh indie-pop singer-songwriter takes the stage in support of her third studio album, Froot.9:30pm at Commodore Ballroom. Tickets $35+ at Red Cat, and

Dune Rats Australian rock band, on tour to support their debut self-titled release with special guests Brass and Mosfett. 9:30pm at The Cobalt. Tickets $13 at Red Cat, Zulu, and

Kill Matilda Toronto based high energy punk rockers return home to take the stage in support of their latest EP, Songs of Survival, with special guests The Nailheads, and Contra Code. 9pm at LanaLou’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Eatery. Tickets $10 at the door only.


Dan St. Germain Actor-writer-comedian and all around workaholic, the creator and star of Kicking Dan Out, named one of Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch” with a half hour Comedy Central special appears with opener Kevin Banner. 7pm & 9:30pm at Yuk Yuk’s. Tickets $25 at

Dan Soder American stand-up comic from Connecticut known for his appearances on MTV2’s Guy Code and Comedy Central Radio’s The Bonfire appears with opener and local favourite, Kyle Bottom. 8pm & 10pm at Comedy Mix. Tickets $20 at


Empire of the Son Tetsuro Shigematsu wrote and stars in this story of his personal relationship with his father. Separated by a generation, but connected by blood, Tetsuro and his father speak different languages, possessing different values, but what has ultimately kept them apart is their similarities. 8pm at Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Tickets at Final performance.

The Waiting Room A moving story about family, healing, and hope this production is the highly anticipated collaboration between John Mann (Spirit of the West) and Canadian playwright Morris Panych; drawn from Mann’s own experience as he navigates life before and after a diagnosis. 2pm & 8pm at Granville Island Stage. Tickets at Runs until Oct. 31.


Sunday, Oct. 25


Rubblebucket Indie pop-dance band from Brooklyn with a reggae past bring their penchant for worldbeat and ska-infused rhythms to the stage. 9pm at Media Club. Tickets $15+ at

Florence and The Machine Florence Welch brings her English indie rock band back to town in support of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, with special guest The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.8pm at Rogers Arena. Tickets $36+ at and All ages show.

Marian Hill Electronic pop duo from Philly, on tour in support of their debut album, Sway,with special guests Heavy Mellow. 8pm at Fortune Sound Club. Tickets $12 at Red Cat, Zulu, and


The Sunday Service A high energy comedic production that carries the audience through a kaleidoscopic trip, this group builds, demolishes and builds again in an absurd patchwork of scenes and stories favouring discovery over structure. 9pm at Fox Cabaret. Tickets $7 at the door.


TBD: Liberation Through Hearing A unique performance event investigates death and rebirth as 100 adventurous audience members are guided through a metaphorical process, connecting in unconventional and unexpected ways over the course of three weeks, in this smartphone-enabled theatre experience. Tickets at Runs until Nov. 14.

Wicked Ways Kitty Nights presents this super-villainous cosplay bash with nerdlesque, a costume contest, dance party full of tricks and treats and more. 8pm at Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets $9 at and at the door.


Monday Oct. 26


Grimes Multimedia project of Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter-producer Claire Boucher, who returns to her hometown to while on The Rhinestone Cowgirls Tour, with special guest Nicole Dollanganger. 8:30pm at Commodore Ballroom. Tickets $28 (limited number at the door). SOLD OUT.

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers Canadian folk musician takes the stage in support of his second studio album, Birds with Broken Wings. 8pm at Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets $15 at Red Cat and

Albert Hammond Jr. The Strokes’ guitarist-turned-fashion designer turned solo artist plays tunes from his third studio album, Momentary Masters, with special guests Walking Shapes. 9pm at Venue. Tickets $15 at Red Cat, Highlife, and


Phantom Signal A live comedy-horror radio performance featuring the talents of Jayson McDonald, Andrew Bailey, and Tara Travis with and original score from Erin Hope-Goldsmith and special celebrity guest, Debra Williams. 8pm at Fox Cabaret. Tickets $10 at the door.

The Laugh Gallery with Graham Clark One of Vancouver’s brightest comics hosts this weekly, wonderfully eclectic show where you get to laugh AND win a great prize! 9pm at Havana Theatre. Tickets $5 at EventBrite

Cheap & Fun

Sick Boss Mondays Improvised and experimental jazz, accompanied with delicious (cheap) craft beer and a rotation of guests from Vancouver’s music scene. 9pm at The Lido. No cover.


Tuesday, Oct. 27


Small Black Brooklyn indie pop outfit, on tour in support of their upcoming release, Best Blues, with special guests Painted Palms. 8:30pm at Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets $15 at Red Cat, Zulu and

Joyce Manor Pop-punk band from Long Beach, California on tour in support of their latest release, Never Hungover Again, with special guests Girlpool, and Dogbreth. 9:30pm at The Cobalt. Tickets $15 at Red Cat, Zulu, Neptoon, and

Heartless Bastards American garage-rock band from Cincinnati stops in on their Restless Heartstour with special guest Slothrust. 9pm at Venue. Tickets $15 at

Music on Main A unique trio performance from Mark Frewer, intrepid violinist, Jodi Proznick, jazz bassist extroidinaire, and John Novacek, virtuoso pianist. 7pm at Fox Cabaret. Tickets $29 at


Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour As night falls and shadows begin to appear, get whisked away in gruesome tales of murder, driving through the eerie streets of Stanley Park, and the winding roads of Shaughnessy mansions with a stop in Mountain View Cemetery. 6:30pm onward at Canada Place. Tickets $40 at 604-801-5515. Runs until Oct. 31.


To and Fro A new series of mixed media works by Andre Petterson sees the artist revisit images and thoughts from past travel experiences throughout the Middle East and Africa. 10am-5:30pm at Bau-Xi Gallery (3045 Granville). Runs until Nov. 7.


Wednesday, Oct. 28


Windhand Richmond, Virginia quintet bring their stoner, doom metal to the stage in support of their third full-length album, Grief’s Infernal Flower, with special guests Danava, Monolord, Dead Quiet and Hoopsnake. 8pm at Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets $16+ at

Atlanteans and The Treachery Man! Improvised psych and improvised experimental jazz noise from these co-headliners, with musicians from Himalayan Bear, Chet, The Backhomes, Psychic Pollution, Scars and Scarves, Wand and Golden Hand. 8:30pm at The Lido. No cover.

The Sword Texas stoner metal band, on tour in support of High Country, with special guests Kadavar, and All Them Witches. 7:30pm at Rickshaw Theatre. Tickets $22+ at Red Cat, Scrape, Zulu, and

Then & Now: Megaphone Mag Fundraiser A unique night of music and storytelling in support of Megaphone, a non-profit that provides a voice and economic opportunity for homeless and low-income people featuring The Matinee, JP Maurice, Little India, T. Nile, Jasper Sloan Yip, Washboard Union and others. 8pm at WISE Hall. Tickets $8-$10 at


Stand Up & Deliver Newbies, amateurs, and touring pros share the stage at one of the best comedy open mics in the city with drink and food specials. 8pm at Seven Dining Lounge (53 West Broadway). No cover.

Cheap & Fun

Ghostly Gastown Tours Step back in Vancouver’s past to learn the haunted history of Gastown, renown for its wild west legacy of drinking, gambling, and harsh justice. Guides share the tales of Gassy Jack, the Great Fire, Blood Allery and Gaoler’s Mews along with the manly ghostly encounters. 7:30pm at Waterfront Station. Tickets $15 at


Thursday, Oct. 29


Night Songs The VSO, bassoonist Sophie Dansereau, harpist Elizabeth Volpe Bligh, violinists Yi Zhou, and Dale Barltrop along with cellists Charles Inkman, and Ariel Barnes and pianist Chiharu Iinuma perform a program of works by Morlock, Ibert, and Tchaikovsky. 7:30pm at Pyatt Hall. Tickets at Runs until Nov. 1.

We Hunt Buffalo Local rock band play a hometown show, the first in over five months, in support of their latest release Living With Ghosts with special guests If We Are Machines, and Moths & Locusts.

Hawksley Workman Juno Award-winning rock singer-songwriter brings his brand of cabaret pop and glam rock to the stage in support of Old Cheetah, on the Winter Bird Tour, with special guest Fiona Bevan. 9pm at Commodore Ballroom. Tickets $29.50+ at and


Throwback TheatreSports Remember Tubbs and Crockett? Leg warmers? Rubik’s cube? All these icons from the decade of excess – the 1980’s provide a comical trip down memory lane at this battle of comedic wits, improve style. 7:30pm at The Improv Centre. Tickets $10+ at


Cock Rumble Theatre presents the Olivier Award-winning play that looks at where sexuality and identity intersect when John, after breaking up with his boyfriend of seven years, accidentally falls in love with a woman and is pressured to figure out just who he is. 8pm at Performance Works. Tickets at