The Tea Party (with Guests) at The Commodore Ballroom, Dec. 10 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The arrival of the venerable Canadian exotic rock trio’s highly anticipated new studio album, The Ocean At The End, marks the official end of the 10-year vacuum of fresh The Tea Party original material. “The Black Sea,” a stellar track from the 11-song-deep effort and the electrifying tandem of Jeff Martin (vocals, guitars, producer, songwriter); Stuart Chatwood (bass, keyboards) and Jeff Burrows (drums, percussion), completes the band’s cycle of resurrection, some of the first new music we’ve heard from them since 2004’s Seven Circles and the first project since the double-disc Live From Australia: The Reformation Tour 2012.

“The three of us probably never thought we’d be sitting here right now,” admits Martin, whose booming baritone, emotionally candid and mystical songwriting and string-bending guitar prowess has served as the creative catalyst for eight platinum and gold studio albums, one EP, one greatest hits collection, a live disc and over 2 million in global album sales.

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The Tea Party (with Guests) at The Commodore Ballroom, Dec. 10 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
  The forecast calls for a weekend of beautiful sunshine!  Get out there and enjoy all our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Exploration of Nairobi portrait culture opens today

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A first-of-its-kind exhibition reveals the transformation of Kenya’s urban culture through portrait photography.

Opening tonight (Nov. 25) at the Museum of Anthropology, Piga Picha! 100 Years of Studio Photography in Nairobi includes more than 180 photographs. Many of the images are carefully staged portraits, although some were taken quickly on the streets of Nairobi.

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Exploration of Nairobi portrait culture opens today

Goh Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 18-22 (VIP Prize Package Giveaway!)

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A heart-warming journey into a magical world, the Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker production is the perfect holiday treat for your family. Since the production began six years ago, critics have called it “an outstanding production” (the Vancouver Sun), “a gleaming ornament” (the Georgia Straight) and “the one to see” (the Province). The production quickly became a holiday tradition for Vancouver families and is the only Nutcracker in Vancouver that features live music and a cast composed of more than 200 dancers, including ballet superstar Paloma Herrera from American Ballet Theatre (New York) as the Sugar Plum Fairy. This ballet interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s adored fairy tale, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” is set to the Vancouver Opera Orchestra’s rendition of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, The Nutcracker Suite.

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Goh Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 18-22 (VIP Prize Package Giveaway!)

European Union Film Festival kicks off tonight with Italian romance, Latvian animated memoir

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Recent award winners, national blockbusters, festival circuit faves, Oscar submissions and even three all-ages screenings make up this year’s European Film Festival.

Now in its 17th year, the festival collects the best and brightest from the European Union. This year that means screen entries from 27 member states, beginning tonight (Nov. 21) and running until Dec. 4 at the Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.).

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European Union Film Festival kicks off tonight with Italian romance, Latvian animated memoir