Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

From art and board games to poetry and cultural festivals, there are so many events happening this weekend we couldn’t list them all!  Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Performing arts, historical walking tours, diving, circus, food festivals… this weekend is full of things to do for everyone in the family.  Check out our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver! Continue reading:
Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to enjoy the first weekend of autumn.  Check out our list of things to do in Vancouver this weekend!
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The Cellar Jazz Club celebrates its 13th anniversary this weekend!

Legendary pianist Harold Mabern helps the Cellar Jazz Club celebrate its 13th anniversary this weekend. Photo credit: Alan Nahigian.

Legendary pianist Harold Mabern helps the Cellar Jazz Club celebrate its 13th anniversary this weekend. Photo credit: Alan Nahigian.

Except for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, jazz can sometimes get short shrift in this city (though, to be fair, such is the fate of jazz in most towns outside of NYC and New Orleans). Fortunately for the Cellar Jazz Club, though, a recent guest brought the West Side club into the limelight.

At the end of August, House star Hugh Laurie – in town filming the Disney movie Tomorrowland with George Clooney – came by the Westside club (3611 West Broadway) to enjoy the guitar stylings of Rob Montgomery and ended up playing a few tunes on the club’s piano (Laurie is an accomplished piano player in the “stride” style, with two albums to his credit).

The appearance made headlines and boosted the 85-seat venue’s profile just in time for its 13th anniversary celebration this weekend.

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The Cellar Jazz Club celebrates its 13th anniversary this weekend!

99-Year-Old Pub in Downtown Vancouver Still Going Strong: Inside Pat’s

cva99-187Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has recently been caught in the whirl of gentrification controversy, with protestors opposing trendy new shops and eateries.

Lost in the shuffle is some historical perspective: Once upon a time, the streets around Hastings and Main were trendy.  In the early 1900s, the area was the place to go in Vancouver for music and entertainment.  And one of the hottest spots just so happens to still be standing: Pat’s Pub inside the Patricia Hotel.

Pat’s opened in 1914 as the Patricia Cafe, a jazz club.  Big name acts from around the world graced its tiny stage, including the legendary “Jelly Roll” Morton, credited in part with inventing jazz piano.

Nearly 100 years after its opening, Pat’s Pub is still quietly going strong at the corner of Hastings and Dunlevy Streets, offering up jazz and live music every weekend.  And while the surrounding neighbourhood may have fallen into disrepair, the club is as classy as ever.

I checked out the place for the first time on a recent weekend for Jazz @ The Pat Saturdays, a free afternoon concert series featuring some of the city’s top jazz musicians. Continue reading:
99-Year-Old Pub in Downtown Vancouver Still Going Strong: Inside Pat’s