‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

commodore-ballroom

One of Vancouver’s most venerable entertainment institutions now has its own book.

Local author/historian Aaron Chapman has penned Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom. The book is a loving ode to the Granville Street venue that has hosted everything from vaudeville to big bands to classic rock to punk, and just about everything in between.

Live at the Commodore Ballroom is in local bookstores now. But you can also attend a launch at the Commodore itself Nov. 26. It will feature readings and live music, and admission is free with ticket or reservation (see below for details). Also featured as part of the evening, The Vancouver Heritage Foundation will present one of its Places that Matter plaques to the Commodore Ballroom recognizing its significance to the city.

We talked to Chapman about the book, which is filled with telling anecdotes and never-before-published photographs, posters and more.

Continue reading:
‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

Six must-see Vancouver concerts in October

Sarah McLachlan at Lilith Fair

Sarah McLachlan at Lilith Fair at Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, July 1 2010. Jade Dempsey photo.

October is studded with shows, far too many to mention here. So we’ve selected a few highlights, with the emphasis on homegrown talent as well as a few outliers, including “the Sinatra of flamenco” and the artist behind what the Guardian says may be “the first post-Internet album,” The Future’s Void.

Continue reading:
Six must-see Vancouver concerts in October

Six must-see March concerts in Vancouver

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Photo credit: Anja Weber.

It’s the middle of March, and all the cool kids are down in Austin for the annual South by Southwest music conference. Maybe that’s why the next week or so is heavily weighted with what the music industry likes to call “legacy acts” such as Yes, ZZ Top, The Wailers (March 14 at the Commodore) and Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

But, while March’s concert schedule may be a field day for classic rock radio listeners, Vancouver is getting some hip indie-rock and -pop acts as well. Here’s a look at some of the top concerts in the last two weeks of this month.

Continue reading:
Six must-see March concerts in Vancouver

13th Talking Stick Festival brings Electric Powwow to Vancouver

A Tribe Called Red will perform at the Commodore February 21 & 22 Photo Credit: Athena ANASTASIOU

A Tribe Called Red will perform at the Commodore February 21 & 22 Photo Credit: Athena Anastasiou 

Western Canada’s premiere Aboriginal arts fest, the Talking Stick Festival, returns to Vancouver February 18-March 2 for it’s 13th year. This year’s festival menu includes some electric powwow, theatrical explorations of Canada’s Aboriginal and Chinese cultures, boundary-pushing contemporary dance and slam poetry face offs.

“Nurturing the talents and providing opportunities for our people to share their stories and have their voices heard has been my objective and passion,” stated Margo Kane, Artistic Managing Director.

Attracting performers from far and near and audiences young and old, this year’s Talking Stick Festival promises to get your mind and body moving.  Continue reading:
13th Talking Stick Festival brings Electric Powwow to Vancouver

Seven must-see concerts for February!

The Naked and Famous at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, Oct 20 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

The Naked and Famous at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, Oct 20 2013. The New Zealand band opens for Imagine Dragons at Rogers Arena Feb. 10. Kirk Chantraine photo.

This February is a hot month for concerts in Vancouver – from what is sure to be one of the biggest arena spectacles of the year (Miley kicks off her 38-city Bangerz tour here on Valentine’s Day) to the city’s own blues-rock duo the Pack A.D. playing a hometown show. If you like love music, you’re going to find something to love this month.

Continue reading:
Seven must-see concerts for February!