Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the Beat 94.5's Denai Johnson at Fortune for the club's Hip Hop Karaoke 5 Year Anniversary. Newsha Towfigh was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here's your concert pic of the morning. Denai Johnson at Fortune Sound Club for the Hip Hop Karaoke 5 Year Anniversary on December 15, 2014. Thanks to Newsha. Shout out to Andy Milonakis.

The 21st season of Winter Harp returns to St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street) on Saturday (December 20) at 7:30 p.m.

Winter Harp features musicians and singers clad in medieval attire performing festive carols set to Celtic, medieval, world, and Spanish tunes.

Performers include Kim Robertson on Celtic harp and vocals, Janelle Nadeau on pedal harp and vocals, Roger Helfrik on recorder, plucked psaltery, and vocals; Lauri Lyster on percussion and vocals, Jeff Pelletier on flute, bass flute, recorder, and wooden piccolo; Joaquin Ayala on nyckelharpas, bass psaltery, and organistrum; and Lori Pappajohn on Celtic harp and vocals.

Here's a disturbing holiday story.

A registered sex offender, Norman Burback, was hired to dress up as Santa Claus at a McDonald's restaurant in Texas, according to KPRC TV in Houston.

The station reported that back in 1998, Norman Burback, 54, was convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in Ohio.

Kids sat on his knee while he worked as Santa in McDonald's, KPRC revealed, but police couldn't arrest him because he hadn't done anything illegal.

This is one view of the Conservative government's new prostitution law, which allows sex workers to sell their services, but penalizes any buyers.

The era of the anti-binner litter bin may be coming to a quiet end.

For some nine years, locking grey metal litter bins have dominated the streets of Vancouver, but one of them has lately disappeared from a corner on West Broadway Avenue—replaced not by another of the same ilk but by a completely different open-top canister bin.

I’m told this new style of open-top litter bin is already common in some parts of Vancouver, including the downtown core.

The new-style litter bin does away with locks and basically winds the clock back to the simple, accessible style of litter bin that Vancouverites took for granted for at least 36 years.

Thanks to a tweet from the fine folks at JamBase I just caught wind of a video of David Gilmour performing the Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here" with some indie-rock band called Bombay Bicycle Club.

Hey, wasn't that the name of a Vancouver nightclub back in the day? Sounds familiar.

Anyway, Gilmour performed with BBC last Saturday at London's Earls Court because it was the last-ever gig at the famed venue before it gets demolished. Pink Floyd had played there many times over the years, and recorded live there as well.

It’s nearly Christmas, which means the Vancouver Canucks have released their annual Christmas video.

Last year, some of the team’s most popular players, including Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, and Alex Burrows, starred in the video. They wore ugly Christmas sweaters and answered holiday-related questions on cameras, while a festive Michael Bublé tune played in the background.

This season’s Christmas video features newer and lesser-known Canucks: Zack Kassian, Luca Sbisa, Nick Bonino, Shawn Matthias, Derek Dorsett, Radim Vrbata, and Bieksa all make appearances in the three-minute clip.

While Squamish calls itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada", the municipality could also market itself as a destination for fans of Dr. Seuss.

In How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the author writes:

Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mt. Crumpit,
He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it!

Well, the Mount Crumpit in B.C.'s version of Whoville is just over 1,000 feet high, but it would make for a great holiday-season hike (trail map and GPS device recommended). 

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are eight events happening in or around Vancouver on Tuesday, December 16.


Pop-punk band Joyce Manor (pictured above) tours in support of latest release Never Hungover Again, with guests Toys That Kill at the Korean Hall.

Canadian industrial group Skinny Puppy tours in support of latest release Weapon at the Commodore Ballroom.


If you were big fan of guitar-based rock in the '70s and your head wasn't too far up your ass you probably listened to Robin Trower, the bluesy British picker who released a string of soulful albums heavy on the Hendrix that went gold on the charts and in my rock-lovin' heart as well.

Now Fender guitars has issued the Robin Trower signature Stratocaster, and guitar technician Greg Koch has shot a video demonstrating how awesome it is.

I like the way he integrates little bits of Deep Purple's "Woman From Tokyo" and Dick Dale's "Miserlou" into the demo. He also throws in some riffs from Trower's "Bridge of Sighs" and "Day of the Eagle" in case you forgot who the model was named after.