Vancouver’s Gun Will Now Salute at 7pm for Health Care Workers

Photo Credit: Mark Teasdale

 

Park Board salutes health care workers with 12-pound cannon boom at 7pm, altering schedule of iconic Nine O’clock Gun.

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Vancouver’s Gun Will Now Salute at 7pm for Health Care Workers

Vancouver Yoga and Barre Studios Offering Live Digital Classes

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Physical distancing has changed the way we interact and go about our lives. And because you can’t get to the yoga studio, some of Vancouver’s fitness and wellness studios are bringing class to you… online! Flow, tone and keep up your practice from home with these digital class offerings.

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Vancouver Yoga and Barre Studios Offering Live Digital Classes

In trying times, Vancouver singer/songwriter Frazey Ford turns to Aretha Franklin and gospel music

Frazey Ford’s new album is out today. Alana Paterson photo.

U kin B the Sun, Frazey Ford‘s new album, is officially released today (March 27). It marks the third solo release from the East Vancouver-based singer/songwriter, who first came to international attention as one-third of the local folk trio Be Good Tanyas, and her first since 2014’s Indian Ocean.

The soulful, rootsy album features the molasses-lie vocals and intimate, defiant lyrics of Ford backed by her band of local musicians, including Darren Parris, Leon Power, Craig McCaul, Caroline Ballhorn and Phil Cook. In a four-star review, the Guardian says that U kin B the Sun is “an album that doesn’t grab your attention with pyrotechnic displays, opting instead for a slow-burning, unassuming kind of power: a low-key delight, but a delight all the same”.

We talked to Ford about finding comfort in creativity and solace in Aretha Franklin.

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In trying times, Vancouver singer/songwriter Frazey Ford turns to Aretha Franklin and gospel music

Experience ‘Vancouver after dark’—vicariously

Last fall, local imprint Arsenal Pulp Press published Vancouver After Dark. The fifth book by Vancouver historian Aaron Chapman, VAD  explores the bygone days of local nightclubs, bars, and drunken reckonings. Through interviews with participants and a trove of never-before-seen images, Chapman evokes exactly the sort of thing we used to take for granted—going out for a drink with friends, new or old.

Considering none of us is going anywhere for awhile, we thought this would be a good time to talk to Chapman—whose myriad other hats include musician and live-music facilitator—about writing the B.C. bestseller, what he discovered along the way, and why every generation thinks no one ever had it so good.

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Experience ‘Vancouver after dark’—vicariously

Vancouver musician Ashleigh Ball on her new song ‘Vultures’

Ashleigh Ball. Jeremy Cox photo.

Ashleigh Ball is a founding member of Juno-nominated Vancouver indie-pop trio, Hey Ocean!, a voice actor (My Little Pony), and solo artist. Recently, she released a new single/video. Recorded with local Grammy-winning producer Chin Injeti (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Drake), “Vultures” is said to be about “the intimate connection of lifelong friendships and the importance of women strengthening each other.”

We talked to Ball about the single, what else she has been up to, and her plans.

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Vancouver musician Ashleigh Ball on her new song ‘Vultures’

Vancouver-made Harpoon and the Irish thriller The Perished are highlights of this year’s Badass film festival (postponed)

A promotional image for the Vancouver-made Harpoon, one of the movies screening at Badass 6.

Looking for the latest and weirdest in genre films? Badass 6 has your backside.

A privately-funded film festival, Badass showcases features and shorts in genre cinema from around the world. Now in its sixth year, the festival takes place March 27-29 in East Vancouver, at four Commercial Drive-adjacent locations: the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway), Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr.), and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (1895 Venables St.), along with the Legion Branch 179 (2205 Commercial Dr., for the March 27 launch party).

In all, there are 12 events, including eight features, 50+ shorts, and the Genre Film Awards gala closing show which will include reptiles, fire burlesque, and circus sideshow acts. See below for some highlights from Badass 6—if you dare. (Click on film titles to view trailers.)

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Vancouver-made Harpoon and the Irish thriller The Perished are highlights of this year’s Badass film festival (postponed)

Dance Centre showcases young dance collective Immigrant Lessons

The March edition of The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! series features the young collective Immigrant Lessons. The group has quite the CV: notable performances include Pattern Nation, Sleepless Mindz, Ted Talk, Junofest, Basscoast Music Festival, Shambhala Music Festival, Vines Art Festival, Vancouver Street Dance Festival, and New Works, as well as collaborations with the Juno Award-winning hip-hop act A Tribe Called Red and Juno-nominated Shad.

You can see the group on March 5 in two performances, at noon and 6:30 p.m. Find out more about Immigrant Lessons below.

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Dance Centre showcases young dance collective Immigrant Lessons