Vancouver album releases pt. 1: year in review

Vancouver’s own White Lung. Photo by Rick Rodney.

For the third year in a row, we’re putting together what we hope is a fairly comprehensive look at notable album releases out of Vancouver. We’re looking at both high-profile albums as well as a selection of some of our favourites that might not have received the recognition they deserve.

But first, let’s start with an overview of the year in album releases. And any round-up of Vancouver music in 2016 must, rightfully, start off with the band that not only made more critics’ year-end best-of lists than any other Vancouver act, but which appeared on more lists than any other punk rock group, period.

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Vancouver album releases pt. 1: year in review

#VanKiss Mistletoe Popping up in Vancouver for the Holiday Season

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Image courtesy of VanKiss Facebook page

What would the holidays be without a little mischief under the mistletoe? Mysterious sprigs of mistletoe are starting to pop up around the city with only a #VanKiss label on their bright red post.

This fun, annual tradition first began in 2013 when a group identified only as the “#VanKiss Elves” first tweeted about the smooching stations. Since then, several hundred kisses have been photographed and posted on social media.

The mistletoe is back for the 2016 holiday season, so we’re challenging you to take a selfie with your sweetheart at one (or all) of the 2016 locations!

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Vancouver-made docudrama about Canada’s forgotten Evel Knievel opens today

Aim for the Roses is a 2016 docudrama that tells the story of Canadian stuntman Ken Carter.

Aim for the Roses is a 2016 docudrama that tells the story of Canadian stuntman Ken Carter.

A new Vancouver-made documentary about an obscure but ambitious Canadian stuntman begins its Vancouver theatrical run today, Dec. 2, at Vancity Theatre.

Aim for the Roses has been described as “Errol Morris and Philip Glass meets Super Dave Osborne” – that is, a film that combines the vision and/or investigative abilities of an incisive documentarian with the musical acumen of a neo-classical composer brought to bear on the subject of a semi-amateur, showboating daredevil/stuntman. We’re not sure about that. What we do know is that, to some, Ken Carter – the film’s subject (and not to be confused with the American basketball coach) – is the Canadian Evel Knievel, and filmmaker John Bolton’s docudrama tells his story, as well as the story of one of his biggest fans.

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Elvis Costello in a rare, exclusive Vancouver appearance this Wednesday night!

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Elvis Costello makes a rare non-concert appearance this Wednesday in Vancouver. Mary McCartney photo.

Besides being one of the most respected bespectacled songwriters of his generation, Elvis Costello is also a part-time Vancouverite. The British singer/songwriter lives here at least part of each year with his wife, Vancouver Island native/jazz singer Diana Krall, and their two sons.

Perhaps proximity is why the city is lucky enough to host Costello in a rare non-concert appearance; on Nov. 23, the Vancouver Writers Festival presents Elvis Costello in Conversation with Stephen Quinn, an exclusive event at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd., University of British Columbia).

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Elvis Costello in a rare, exclusive Vancouver appearance this Wednesday night!

‘How perfectly ripping!’ A glimpse of Vancouver over the decades

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From Vancouver: Exponential Change.

A new collection of vintage film clips shows us how Vancouverites have spent their leisure hours over the years. A 1928 home-made melodrama, a ribald mid-century PNE, a promotional film extolling a Vancouver Honeymoon, and clips from Expo 86 and Vancouver’s centennial celebrations are among the highlights of Vancouver: Exponential Change.

Featuring newly digitized film and video, the collection was put together by the City of Vancouver Archives as part of an annual series. Vancouver: Exponential Change screens at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) Nov. 20, along with the 2014 selection Vancouver – A Progressive City, and Nov. 27. But wait, there’s more!

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Vancouver as you’ve never seen it in new book

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A new photography book collects some of wildest images ever taken of Vancouver. Flower power, Greenpeace, gay rights, Wreck Beach, the Gastown Riot – it’s all between the covers of Vancouver in the Seventies.

You can be part of the excitement this Friday, Oct. 14, when the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.) hosts an official book launch upstairs in its Projection Room. Guests will enjoy themed cocktails, a seventies dress competition, and mingling with some of the people behind the book, all while grooving to a soundtrack of 70s tunes. The event is from 7 – 10 p.m.; no cover.

Beginning today, Oct. 13 and until Feb. 26 2017, many of the photos will be on display at the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St.). Or you can just pick up a copy of the tome, from publisher Greystone Books, through your favourite bookseller.

Here’s a little more of what to expect.

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Vancouver as you’ve never seen it in new book

A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 2 – Job Dropping

Photo: fineartamerica.com

Photo: fineartamerica.com

Hello Vancouver! My name is Britanny, and I’m a Vancouver newbie. I’m from Canmore, Alberta, I went to university in Calgary, after that I moved to Montreal, and now I’ve landed here in Vancouver. Though I’m a fresh Vancouverite, I’ve already come to adore this city and I’m proud that I now get to call it home. Follow me and my column, New-B, as I get to know Vancouver and, inevitably, fall in love with it.

Throughout my travels I’ve come across a whole lot of people who just can’t wait to tell me what they do for a living. By this I do not mean they are so passionate that they just want to share. What I mean is that they want to rattle off their verbal resumes to seem impressive in social situations whenever possible. Continue reading:
A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 2 – Job Dropping