Did you know you can busk without a license in Vancouver?
(Okay, maybe you did, smarty pants. But I didn't.)
You need a street entertainment permit to perform on most Vancouver's sidewalks, but considering a yearly permit costs $117.14 and the city requires all kinds of personal info (and valid ID) to issue one to you, I'm all about finding free spots to hang out and peddle my musical wares.
Here's where you can busk license-free (or, conversely, how to avoid buskers in Vancouver who are too cheap to buy a permit):
The hard-rock/metal world is all a-buzz with today's news that the mighty Black Sabbath will release a CD boxed set containing the band's first eight albums—the ones it recorded before Ozzy Osbourne got the boot and was replaced by Ronnie James Dio in 1979.
That's all well and good. The more masterful Tony Iommi riffs circulating around the globe the better, in my books.
Tassa is a major figure in Isreal’s rock scene and one of the country’s most prominent singer-songwriters. His musical journey began with his grandfather and great uncle, known as the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers. With his explosive stage presence and unique mix of Iraqi, Middle Eastern, and Israeli rock sound, Tassa creates an innovating, joyous musical experience at his live shows.
Thirty years ago today—on March 5, 1984—local glam-metal band Kradle played Burnaby’s James Cowan Theatre with Black Knight. At the time I was the guy with the Judas Priest cap at the Georgia Straight who was covering the metal scene, and I was mightily impressed by these young lads from the 'burbs.
Looking back, they reminded me of a less sleazy Motley Crue, but just didn’t get the break they needed to move up in the music biz. Before retyping this dusty article I did a bit of research on the ‘net and was saddened to learn that lead singer Tod Larkin had drowned in a “boating-related accident” in 1989.
Here’s the admittedly amateurish Local Musicians story I did on the band in the Straight's March 2, 1984 issue.
Goldenvoice has announced that Australian alt-rock group Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds—with guest Mark Lanegan—is adding a second show at the Orpheum on Tuesday, July 1, in addition to the June 30 show.
The 10th annual CelticFest Vancouver takes place March 8 to 16 at various Vancouver venues. The festival features music, dance, theatre, revelry, spectacle, and more celebrating traditional and contemporary Celtic culture over nine days.