Where to experience the music of ABBA in Vancouver this spring!

The VSO will join Arrival from Sweden in playing the hits of ABBA May 2 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Nothing cheers up your friendly neighbourhood Inside Vancouver correspondent more than being able to bring readers news related to the music of one the best pop bands ever, ABBA. And this spring offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the music of the Swedish quartet.

A remount of the spectacular musical Mamma Mia!, a Swedish ABBA cover act playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and even ABBA burlesque are coming to town. See below for details.

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Where to experience the music of ABBA in Vancouver this spring!

Home-made version of Family Feud returns!

A local version of Family Feud was such a success that organizers are bringing it back.

On Aug 9, the Biltmore Cabaret will host the second edition of Mack Gordon’s version of the famous TV game show. The first edition played to a packed and raucous house last June.

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Home-made version of Family Feud returns!

Catch HBO star/podcaster/talk-show host/stand-up comic Chris Gethard this Tuesday night in Vancouver!

On his Beautiful/Anonymous podcast, Chris Gethard fields a random call and talks to a stranger. As the comedian himself admits, this is can go a lot of ways – funny, sad, neither. Which is why, when he comes to Vancouver to record a new episode tomorrow night (Tuesday May 30) at the Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St.), he’ll also do a set of stand-up.

Besides Beautiful/Anonymous and his standup comedy career, Gethard hosts his own TV talk show, The Chris Gethard Show; starred in the 2016 Mike Birbiglia film Don’t Think Twice; and is a cast member on the hit Comedy Central series Broad City.

Other credits include Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central), The Office (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Louie (FX), and Bored To Death (HBO). You can also catch him in his own HBO comedy special, Career Suicide. We talked to the 37-year-old New Jersey-ite about the podcast, therapy, and his upcoming Vancouver show.

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Catch HBO star/podcaster/talk-show host/stand-up comic Chris Gethard this Tuesday night in Vancouver!

Vancouver rocks this Wednesday night with five bands from Japan

Yukueshirezutsurezure (YSTZ for short) is a little bit pop, a little bit hardcore/screamo.

Now in its 10th iteration, Next Music from Tokyo is a treat for music fans unlike any other. The semi-annual event is the passion project of Steven Tanaka, an anesthesiologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto. For each edition of NMfT, Tanaka brings some of the most exciting Japanese underground, indie-rock bands to Canada for exclusive showcases in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

It’s a mini-festival of bands that we most likely would never see otherwise outside of Japan or, perhaps, a major music festival like South by Southwest. Next Music from Tokyo vol. 10 features five acts at the Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St.) this Wednesday (May 24), at one incredible low price – only $14! The bands include a returning favourite, an all-girl quartet that mixes pop and hardcore/screamo, and a group that Tanaka says puts on “one of the craziest, LOUDEST and most awe-inspiring shows around.” Here are the bands.

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Vancouver rocks this Wednesday night with five bands from Japan

Fleetmac Wood this Thursday – check out their Top 5 Fleetwood Mac remixes!

Lisa Jelliffe and Alex Oxley of Fleetmac Wood

Lisa Jelliffe and Alex Oxley of Fleetmac Wood. The DJs spin remixes of ’70s soft-rock hits and beyond this Thursday night at the Biltmore Cabaret. Ben Cope photo.

In honour of the return of Fleetmac Wood, the London-based remix project honouring Fleetwood Mac, the project’s Lisa Jelliffe has shared a list of Top 5 Fleetwood Mac remixes.

As one of the DJs behind Fleetmac Wood, Oxley has traveled the world, spinning the gospel of 1977’s Rumours and 1979’s Tusk to excited masses, many of whom are too young to recall a time when those albums were at the top of the charts.

Fleetmac Wood last touched down in Vancouver in the summer of 2016. The one-night celebration of all things Mac brings what it calls its Rumours Rave to the Biltmore Cabaret this Friday, April 13 (visit ticketfly.com for tickets – $12 in advance). If you ever spun around in a gossamer gown alone in a candle-lit room to the strains of “Rhiannon” – or if you’ve ever even just thought about it – you’ll want to be there. In the meantime, here are those five remixes, with comments by Jelliffe.

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Fleetmac Wood this Thursday – check out their Top 5 Fleetwood Mac remixes!

JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s comedy festival profiles – Barry Crimmins

Barry Crimmins.

If any of the comedians coming to this year’s JFL NorthWest are in a position to talk about the current political situation in the U.S., it’s Barry Crimmins.

An activist as well as a stand-up comic, the Boston-raised Crimmins is known for his acerbic and trenchant take on politics. An acknowledged influence on comedians Marc Maron and Patton Oswalt, he’s been honing on the stand-up circuit since the 1970s.

In the 1990s, he led a crusade against child porn on the internet. More recently, his old friend from the Boston comedy circuit Bobcat Goldthwait directed a documentary about Crimmins called Call Me Lucky (2015). In it, Crimmins talks about his own history of sexual abuse, and of being raped at the age of four.

We talked to Crimmins, who plays the Biltmore Cabaret as part of JFL Northwest Feb. 23, about the current political situation, why Vancouver is his kind of town, and touring with musician Warren Zevon. Continue reading:
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Japanese new music showcase goes girl-group crazy!

Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu is one of five Japanese bands playing the Biltmore Cabaret May 25 as part of Next Music From Tokyo Vol. 8.

Gozen Sanji to Taikutsu is one of five Japanese bands playing the Biltmore Cabaret May 25 as part of Next Music From Tokyo Vol. 8.

There’s nothing quite like Next Music from Tokyo (NMFT). A tour that brings bands from Japan’s indie and underground music scene to Canadian audiences, NMFT is curated by a lone music fan – Toronto-based anesthesiologist Steven Tanaka. On his numerous trips to Japan throughout the year, Tanaka scouts out the best possible lineup to bring to Canadian audiences, often for the first – and, sometimes, only – time.

This latest volume (#8) features five bands, all but one making their Canadian debuts in a tour that includes four shows – two in Toronto, one in Montreal and a final night in Vancouver, on May 25.  NMFT Vol. 8 include three female-fronted acts, including the return of what Tanaka calls “one of the greatest female bands of all time,” as well as an instrumental post-rock group and a dance-rock band, all for the low low price of $10. Find out more below.

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Japanese new music showcase goes girl-group crazy!