You’d have to be crazy to miss Mass of the Fermenting Dregs

Led by unruly frontwoman Kobara Sae, Otori stunned audiences in Toronto in 2015. She’s in Vancouver with the band Oct. 10.

We’ve written at Inside Vancouver before about one of the most cosmic music events to wash up on these shores. Well, we’re excited again to spotlight a new Next Music from Tokyo!

This twice-annual touring bill offers audiences in only three cities in North America (Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver) the chance to see bands from the Far East who might otherwise never perform here. And, if the chance to see bands with names like Mass of the Fermenting Dregs and Paranoid Void wasn’t enough, this latest edition marks the first time a non-Japanese band is touring as part of the lineup.

See below to find out more about Next Music from Tokyo Vol. 13, which comes to the Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St.) on Oct. 10. (Click on band names for videos.)

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You’d have to be crazy to miss Mass of the Fermenting Dregs

Six free shows to catch at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival this week

One of Vancouver’s biggest music festivals of the year kicks off Friday, June 22. The TD International Vancouver Jazz Festival runs until July 1.

Along with ticketed concerts, there are numerous free shows, from all-day events downtown and David Lam Park to sets in smaller venues. Here, we’ll look at some of the acts playing free shows in the first days of the festival, June 22-27.

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Six free shows to catch at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival this week

Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Dirty Projectors. Jason Frank Rothenberg photo.

Robert Plant is among the headliners at the 33rd Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The former Led Zeppelin lead singer is performing with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. Other headliners include Macy Gray, Kamasi Washington, Bonobo, and St.Paul and the Broken Bones.

This year’s festival takes place June 22-July 1 at various venues in Vancouver. For a look at a few more of the more than 1800 artists who will perform at over 300 indoor and outdoor events, scroll below.

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Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Duck defender dances her truth in Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster at this year’s PuSh Festival

Nicola Gunn tells the story of a woman, a man and a duck in Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster at the 2018 PuSh Festival. Sarah Walker photo.

One of the most talked-about presentations coming to this year’s PuSh Festival is Nicola Gunn’s Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster. In the Dance Centre co-presentation, the Melbourne-based performance artist dramatizes, through words and movement, a confrontation she had in a foreign country: upon seeing a man throw rocks at a duck protecting her eggs, Gunn intervened.

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster runs Jan 17-19 at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street). The PuSh Festival itself runs Jan 16-Feb 4. For more info and festival highlighs, check out our PuSh Festival 2018 preview post. Visit ticketstonight.com for tickets ($36).

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Duck defender dances her truth in Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster at this year’s PuSh Festival

Tickets for added Betroffenheit performance on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 8!

Betroffenheit. Michael Slobodian photo.

Since its unveiling last year, the made-in-Vancouver dance piece Betroffenheit has met with universal acclaim.

Earlier this year, as part of its 2017/18, DanceHouse announced three more performances in March. All three have sold-out, and now the presenter has added a fourth show on March 14. Tickets for additional performance, at Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.) go on sale tomorrow, Friday Dec. 8, at 10 a.m.

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Tickets for added Betroffenheit performance on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 8!

Five acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival

Toronto’s Charlotte Day Wilson is a buzzed-about artist coming to Vancouver for the Westward Music Festival.

Vancouver hasn’t had its own music multi-venue, multi-genre music festival since the late lamented Music West went under shortly around the turn of the century. (Music Waste has tried to fill the gap, but the event is focussed on local punk and underground acts.)

This year’s Westward Music Festival will attempt to fill that void. From Sept 14-17, the four-day event populates various venues with 15 live music events, including acts from all over North America. The shows all take place within a 2.5 km radius of one another at locations such as the Vogue Theatre (open to all ages), the Biltmore Cabaret, The Imperial Theatre and Fox Cabaret. (Note: sets originally scheduled for a two-day outdoor event at Red Truck Brewery have been moved to the Vogue and Venue.)

Headliners include Vince Staples, A Tribe Called Red, and Gov’t Mule. Here’s a look at five of the undercard players.

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Five acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival

Legends of Vancouver rock – three must-see shows in May!

Art Bergmann plays a show to mark the re-release of his 1991 self-titled album at the Rickshaw Theatre May 19. Lisa Macintosh photo.

Want a crash course in the Vancouver music scene? You could do worse than check out some shows this May. In what is probably a coincidence but may be a cosmic alignment, this month’s concerts include a long-awaited reunion by one of the city’s most popular live bands, a tribute to a rockabilly legend, and what may be the “last electric” show by a songwriter many consider to be one of the best Vancouver has produced.

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Legends of Vancouver rock – three must-see shows in May!