Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are eight events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, December 21.



The 29th annual Blues for Christmas features many of Vancouver's top blues and R&B performers at the Commodore Ballroom.


St. Mark's Church hosts a solstice celebration with Labyrinth Lady, Diana Ng, Under the Piano, Craig Addy, Mike Ewan, and Mary Gavan.


Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are nine events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, December 20.


Hardly Art and Burger Records recording artists Shannon & the Clams (pictured above) perform with guests La Luz, the Flintettes, and Sh-Shakes at the Electric Owl.


East Van Studios hosts Nochebuena 4, a holiday marketplace featuring Vancouver artists, crafters, and designers.

Perhaps you, like me, have dreams of one day hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in the western U.S.?

Either way, you might have read the best-selling book Wild by Cheryl Strayed and watched the movie adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon.

Here's a video that features the real Strayed on camera.

In it, the author talks about her experiences with the Pacific Crest Trail and encourages people to support the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

The PCTA is a Sacramento-based nonprofit that works to "protect, preserve and promote" the trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington.

It's been such a wonderful year for women! As 2014 draws to a close, let's relive some of the amazing progress made in regards to women this year.

Those of us living in southwestern British Columbia are blessed with incredible natural surroundings. For hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, the Coast Mountains are a wonderland of glaciers, lakes, meadows, and waterfalls.

Many of these places wouldn’t be the same without the conservation efforts of dedicated environmentalists. And not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to hit the trails and enjoy the alpine vistas.

Rather than buying yet another piece of gear, how about donating to a nonprofit doing good work in the great outdoors? Here’s eight B.C.-based organizations (listed in alphabetical order) worth supporting this holiday season and beyond.


Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 11 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, December 19.


Swedish rapper Yung Lean & Sad Boys (pictured above) performs with guests Gravity Boys at the Vogue Theatre.

The Modelos perform at a benefit for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society at the Fairview Pub.

Keithmas V celebrates the birthday and music of Rolling Stones member Keith Richards at the Electric Owl.


It was another good year for hiking around Vancouver. But isn't it always?

Highlights for me included Mount Harvey, Mount McGuire, Alouette Mountain, Levette Lake, and Mount Crumpit.

Meet the Snoopy the northern saw-whet owl. 

I first saw him at A Midsummer Fete in Colony Farm Regional Park back in 2011.

Now he's the star of HootSuite's designed-to-go-viral take on the Yule log video.

It's not all self-promotional social-media marketing.

HootSuite is selling $20 stuffed animal versions of its Owly mascot, with all proceeds going to the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.). Well, until January 10, at least.

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are six events happening in or around Vancouver on Thursday, December 18.


Portland pop trio the Lower 48 (pictured above) performs with Catlow, Combine the Victorious, and the Lion at Hindenburg.

Vancouver swing quartet Van Django performs nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, and pop tunes at the Michael J. Fox Theatre.



Last week, I issued a challenge to three people to sing one of Bono's lines from the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

The first nominee, Georgia Straight sales and marketing manager Tony Barnes, has accepted, as you can see in the video above.

Rumour has it that another nominee, UBC president Arvind Gupta, might be honing his singing skills in preparation to follow suit.