Early Music Vancouver presents a performance of G.F. Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road) on August 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Il Trionfo del Tempo features the Pacific Baroque Orchestra directed by Alexander Weimann. The performance features sopranos Amanda Forsythe and Krisztina Szabó, alto Reginald L. Mobley, and tenor Colin Balzer.

Zakiya Hooker will perform at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) on August 9. The singer-songwriter will be joined by her husband, producer Chris James for an unforgettable night of music, which will complete the Aaargon Music on the Grill Series.

Hooker, who is the daughter of legendary blues icon John Lee Hooker, made her debut in 1991 and has since gone on to perform with Etta James, John Hammond, Taj Mahal, and Charlie Musselwhite. Hooker’s latest album, 2009’s Boogie with the Hook Records, showcases her signature silky-rich vocals.

James is a blues icon himself, having performed with 60s R&B group Natural Four and artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, The Temptations, and Kool and the Gang.

Melo Productions has announced that reggae groups Easy Star All-Stars, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Tatanka will play a show at Venue on Thursday, September 18. 

Easy Star All-Stars has established itself as one of the top international reggae acts since its live debut in 2003.

On this tour, the group is returning to its first release to celebrate the decade anniversary of Dub Side of the Moon, a complete reggae re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is an American jam reggae band based in Rochester, New York whose eclectic blend of roots reggae, dub, and afrobeat has garnered it a large and growing following. 

The Shishosetsu literary readings takes place during the Powell Street Festival on Sunday (August 3) from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street).

Shishosetsu, also known as Watakushi Shosetsu or I-novel, is a genre of literature that emerged in early 20th century Japan. The genre often blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction because the author is the central character in an intimate self-revealing narrative.

Uptown Live MusicFest takes over the Uptown business district (at 6th Avenue and 6th Street in New Westminster) on August 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The third-annual festival is free and open to people of all ages.

This year’s festival features an impressive lineup of local and international musicians, including headliners Five Alarm Funk and Texas-based rockers The Bright Light Social Hour. Other artists performing at the fest include Rykka, BESTiE, Jordan Klassen, The Matinee, Ash Grunwald, Headwater, Pacifika, Santa Lucia, Redeye Empire, Halfway to Hollywood, Rich Hope and the Blue Rich Rangers, and Ben Rogers.

Live Nation has announced that American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is coming to the Orpheum Theatre on October 7.

Ryan Adams has confirmed September 9 as the release date of Ryan Adams, his new album and first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the new record is the North Carolina-born singer-songwriter’s first full-length release since 2011’s acclaimed Ashes & Fire.

Live Nation has announced that Vancouver electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on December 16, with guests YNV Nation, Haujobb, and Youth Code.

Skinny Puppy formed in 1982 from the partnership of Cevin Key (Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie) in Vancouver. Key was dissatisfied with the pop direction of his then-current band Images in Vogue and began Skinny Puppy with the intention of doing something more raw and experimental. The duo recorded their first self-released cassette Back & Forth in 1984.

Weapon, the band’s twelfth studio album, was released in May 2014.

Live Nation has announced that singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is coming to the Vogue Theatre on December 7.

Live Nation has announced that Canadian indie-rock band the New Pornographers are returning to the Commodore on October 3 (with guests Pickwick and Cool) and October 4 (with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and High Ends).

The New Pornographers formed in 1997, almost immediately recorded the classic Letter From An Occupant, and it was on. Their four full-lengths (as well as numerous solo ventures from A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Todd Fancey, Kathryn Calder, and numerous films directed by Blaine Thurier) received critical and public acclaim, and continue to enjoy bigger (and taller and smarter) audiences.

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart, at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery Street) July 18 until August 16. Performances run in reperatory with The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Duchess of Malfi.

The Normal Heart tackles the public and private indifference to HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s. Considered largely autobiographical, the play by American playwright Kramer, focuses on Ned Weeks, an author and gay activist fighting to expose the truth about a burgeoning epidemic killing gay men.

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