Get your V-Day on with these special Vancouver events

Lesli Brownlee and Alex Rose in ABB Collective’s production of Sam Shepherd’s Fool For Love.

Dream with the fishes, soak up a heartbreaking two-hander or experience the post-VDay hangover blues with Vancouver’s bluest musical sex comedy performer. Here are a few events that will make this year’s Valentine’s Day (and Day After) one to remember.

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Get your V-Day on with these special Vancouver events

Yoko Ono piece coming to Vancouver

Yoko Ono circa 1967. Mirrorpix/Courtesy Everett Collection.

A 50-year-old installation by Yoko Ono is coming to Vancouver.

Mend Piece is an “instructional work… Illustrating Ono’s long-standing artistic quest in social activism and world peace,” according to presenter the Rennie Museum.

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Yoko Ono piece coming to Vancouver

Neurons to Nirvana filmmaker returns with two very unconventional works

Amanda Feilding and her pet pigeon.

Oliver Hockenhull’s From Neurons to Nirvana received quite a bit of attention in underground film circles. Now the Vancouver filmmaker is back with two films, one of which is about a pioneering drug reformer who also happens to be descended from British aristocracy and who once drilled a hole in her own head.

I Am My Own Laboratory is an experimental documentary about Amanda Feilding, Countess of Wemyss and March and amateur trepanner. The other film, Shot On Blood: Kozmikomic Electronica is even more experimental. Both expand upon the themes and ideas of From Neurons to Nirvana, and Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) is screening them on Jan. 28. The screening will include a Q-and-A with Hockenhull. See below for more info on the two films.

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Neurons to Nirvana filmmaker returns with two very unconventional works

Hot Tub Cinema Club Coming to Vancouver in May 2018

Hot Tub Movies Vancouver

Image from Hot Tub Cinema Club

If you love hot tubs and movies, have we got some news for you! An Australian-based group has announced that they will be holding an exciting event in Vancouver in May of 2018 that combine hot tubs and movies for one extra special evening.

Essentially, the idea of the “Hot Tub Cinema Club” is to allow for you and four friends to enjoy drinks in a comfy, padded hot tub. While you are lounging in your personal hot tub, enjoying a movie on the big screen, you will also be surrounded by other people who are also lounging in their respective hot tubs. What’s not to like!?

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Hot Tub Cinema Club Coming to Vancouver in May 2018

Vancouver albums 2017 part II

Vancouver metal band Bison released what may be its best album yet.

Welcome to Part II of Vancouver Albums You Might Have Missed in 2017. For more info on the rules of the list, see Part I.

In this post, we look at full-length records released by Vancouver artists between July 1 and Dec. 31 of this year.

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Vancouver albums 2017 part II

Year-end round-up—Vancouver albums you might have missed part I

Chamber-pop band Gentle Party released Jouska in March.

In what has become an annual tradition, Inside Vancouver has tried to dig up as many below-the-radar releases from Vancouver artists as possible. We found quite a few—so many that we’re dividing this post into two parts. The first, this one, covers albums released between January and June of this year. The second, which goes live Dec. 29, covers the second half of the year.

The list skews heavily towards rock, pop, country and folk. There are probably many electronica, hip-hop and metal records that we’ve missed. If you know of any, please let us know in the comments section.

The main qualification for making this list, besides relative obscurity and a release date between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 2017, is length. The release must be either at least 10 songs or over 30 minutes. Otherwise, the list would be overrun with EPs, which are more plentiful than full-length albums. Thanks to all who suggested albums, including Mark Bignall, Ford Pier, Nancy Lanthier, and David Rust.

We have however included a few EPs, mostly based on the fact that we were already aware of them. We’ve also included a list of higher-profile reissues, as well as a couple of re-releases. We hope you enjoy the list and discover some new Vancouver talent.

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Year-end round-up—Vancouver albums you might have missed part I

Card game makes fun of Vancouver traditions like _______ and __________.

The Fictionals committing Improv Against Humanity. Photo courtesy Zemekiss Photo.

One of Vancouver’s hardest-working improv troupes has released a new party game that makes fun (with love, of course) of our fair city.

Created by the Fictionals Comedy Co., Cards Against Vancouver is a spin-off of the hugely popular Cards Against Humanity game. The Fictionals recruited dozens of Vancouver comedians and comedy fans to create the game, which is free to download, print and play. And the troupe will officially launch the game Dec. 20 at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) as part of its monthly show Improv Against Humanity.

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Card game makes fun of Vancouver traditions like _______ and __________.