Retired tradesperson Peter Mattoo is hoping to be the first person of colour elected to Delta municipal council. (Yes, Delta really hasn't passed that milestone yet.)
Disgustingly, it appears that someone or a group of someones wants council to retain its all-white composition after the November civic election.
Mattoo, an independent candidate who was born in India, says his campaign signs are being targeted by vandalism while other candidates' nearby signs remain untouched. He put out a news release today (October 23) claiming that he also found racist slurs on his signs in a "few instances".
The Blue Dot Tour: An evening with David Suzuki and friends arrives at the Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe Street) on November 9 at 7 p.m.
The national tour will stop at 20 cities from Newfoundland to Vancouver. The goal of the tour is to gain support for the right to live in a healthy environment.
Joining Suzuki on his tour is Neil Young, Feist, Barenaked Ladies, Hey Ocean, Margaret Atwood, Raine Maida, Shane Koyczan, Raffi, Robert Bateman, and Wanting Qu.
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online in advance.
The Heavy Hitting HorrorFest takes place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on October 30.
The one-night screening of independent short horror films by local filmmakers attracts over 1,100 horror fans and film industry insiders. Five giant screens will showcase gore-soaked indie cinema and DIY savagery.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online in advance.
The Firehall Arts Centre presents Urinetown: The Musical from November 1 to 29. This all-new production of the Tony Award-winning musical features 16 local performers and five musicians at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street).
Urinetown imagines a future with drastic water shortages and a large corporation with a monopology on all toilets forces citizens to have to pay for the privilege to pee. The dark dystopian vision of our future is offset by writers Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ delightfully witty and irreverent humour which sends up everything from evil tycoons to musicals themselves.
Flamenco Rosario presents the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival from October 28 to November 11.
The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival showcases the growing local and national flamenco community in music, song, and dance. This year’s festival will feature flamenco legend Joaquin Grilo along with other local and international artists.
Hailing from Jerez de La Frontera, Spain, Grilo will perform at the Vancouver Playhouse for one night in Grilo in Concert. He will be accompanied on stage by guitarist Juan Requena and singer Jose Valencia.
Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with Carnegie Community Centre and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians presents the 11th annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Over 90 events take place at more than 25 locations throughout the DTES from October 29 to November 9.
This year’s festival theme is “keeping the home fires burning” and includes 12 days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks, walking tours, and artist showcases.
Twenty years ago tomorrow--on October 24, 1994--Aerosmith played the Pacific Coliseum. The legendary hard-rock band from Boston was touring behind its Vancouver-made Get a Grip album, which--while it wasn't no Get Your Wings or Rocks--became its best-selling disc worldwide, moving over 20-million units to date.
Here's the best tune from that album. It's the only one written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry themselves, without the "song doctors" they relied on back then to score hits. (I'm talkin' to you, Jim Vallance!)
Stand on it Joe!
Chor Leoni presents their 22nd annual Remembrance Day concerts, A Great Service from November 8 to 11. The November 8 concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Queens Avenue United Church (529 Queens Avenue, New Westminster). The November 11 concerts will take place at 1 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver) and at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street).
The choir will perform works by Holst and Schmitt, as well as Agnus Dei by Ghedini from Mass in D and Dies Irae by Stroope. Along with the choir, concerts will feature a reading from Christopher Gaze, organist Ellen Ay-Laung Wang, and pianist Ken Cormier.
The Vancouver Cantata Singers open their 2014-15 season with Frank Martin Mass, Baroque Heritage, and Modern Age at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street) on Saturday (October 25) at 8 p.m.
The concert explores choral masterpieces and features Frank Martin’s Mass for Unaccompanied Double Choir. This work is universally regarded as one of the great choral masterpieces of the 20th century. The concert will also include works by Bach, Stravinsky, Block, Poulenc, and Orban.
Tickets to Frank Martin Mass, Baroque Heritage, and Modern Age are $25 to $30 and can be purchased online in advance.