Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are nine events happening in or around Vancouver on Tuesday, January 27.



Los Angeles rock band L.A. Witch takes the stage at the Electric Owl in support of self-titled debut EP release.



At the Frederic Wood Theatre, pot activitst Marc Emery (pictured above) talks about his 20-year career in business, activism, and politics, his time behind bars, and his thoughts on the current legalization debate and progress in both Canada and the United States.

From the heartfelt soul-pop of Sam Smith to the gruesome death-metal of Cannibal Corpse, Vancouver crams a shipload of concerts into the year's shortest month.

Here's 50 options to get you filling out your calendar way ahead of time.

FEBRUARY 1: the Rogue Folk Club presents Canadian roots band the Duhks at St. James Hall, performing tunes from latest studio album Beyond the Blue.

FEBRUARY 2-3: avant-garde composer, vocalist, and violinist Iva Bittová fuses the Old World and the contemporary at the Fox Cabaret as part of the PuSh Festival.

In case you haven't heard, a paralyzing blizzard of historic proportions is about to hit the Northeastern United States. If you're travelling anywhere near it, you're likely going to need to make alternative plans.

Remember when the members of Blink-182 used the 2009 Grammy Awards to announce that they were getting back together after a bitter split? And how they made that announcement with all the enthusiasm of someone confirming a colonoscopy appointment?

Well, it turns out that their seeming lack of joy about returning to action was indeed genuine.

CBS (that’s right, CBS, as opposed to AbsolutePunk.net or HardcoreHarrysBlog.org) has announced that, with the festival season right around the corner, singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge has quit the trio. Again.

It's been a while since we posted something about the closure of a movie theatre. Metro Vancouver went through a wave of closures over the past few years, including Burnaby's Dolphin Theatre in May 2014.

But after 40 years, a movie theatre that was Abbotsford's first cinema is slated to fade to black permanently.

Landmark Cinemas 9 Towne Centre in Abbotsford will close on February 7.

Align Entertainment presents The Addams Family Musical at the Michael J. Fox Theatre (7373 Macpherson Avenue, Burnaby) from February 6 to 21.

The Addams Family Musical is a new, original show about everyone’s favourite dark, kooky family. Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has fallen in love with a boy—from a “normal” family. Now, the Addams family must hide their true colours when they host a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents.

Employees of Kinder Morgan were probably hoping for some good food, lots of booze, and a little office gossip.

They also got a side order of protesters opposed to their company's controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Beyond Boarding, the snowboarders-for-good organization founded by Tamo Campos (David Suzuki's grandson), has posted the following video showing climate-change activists interrupting a Kinder Morgan staff dinner at Fishworks in North Vancouver.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed top-drawer ska bands the Aggrolites and the Mad Caddies at the Imperial. Will G. was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. The Aggrolites and the Mad Caddies at the Imperial on January 25, 2015. Thanks Will.

Most of the Vancouver-shot movies I covered during my time as a freelancer for Fangoria magazine actually made it into theatres. One that didn't was The Resurrected, which was based on the H.P. Lovecraft novella, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

The movie--aka Shatterbrain--went directly to video, but that's okay with me. The main reason I wanted to cover it, apart from the Lovecraft angle, was that it was directed by Dan O'Bannon, who horror freaks may recall wrote the screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien.

In other words, the guy was hot shit.

Here's a heavily edited version of my set-visit piece which ran in the September 1991 Fangoria, a special Lovecraft issue.


Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are six events happening in or around Vancouver on Monday, January 26.


Scandinavian death-metal bands Mayhem and Watain coheadline at the Rickshaw Theatre.

Bluegrass banjoists Alan Munde and Bill Evans (pictured above) perform bluegrass, original compositions, fiddle tunes on banjo, and slow songs at the ANZA Club.