Live Nation has announced that American doom-metal band Sleep will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Formed in San Jose in 1990, Sleep earned critical and record label attention early in their career. Critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes them as "perhaps the ultimate stoner rock band", and notes they exerted a strong influence on heavy metal in the '90s.
The group currently consists of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike, and Jason Roeder.
Tickets for the 19+ show are priced at $25 (plus service charges and fees) and go on sale Friday, October 31, at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website.
CircusFest Vancouver, an exciting new festival that showcases local and international circus talent, takes place at various Vancouver venues from November 6 to 9. Events and performances will take place at the Cultch, PNE Garden Auditorium, Wise Hall, and Sideshow Studios.
The festival combines classic and contemporary circus acts and includes everything from daytime children’s shows to late-night cabarets. Included are 14 main-stage shows, two cabarets, 21 workshops for all levels of performers, and three industry panel discussions.
An Angel for May is a U.K. film directed by Harley Cokeliss. The film tells the story of 12-year-old Tom, who travels 50 years to the past after discovering a time machine. Tom becomes friends with May, an orphaned World War II evacuee, and once Tom is back in the present day, he realizes he must make one more trip back in time.
An Angel for May is based on the book by Melvin Burgess. The film is rated G, and deals with divorce and violence.
This fall, HUB Bike to Work Week returns to Metro Vancouver from October 27 to November 2.
Since the first HUB Bike to Work Week in 2007, over 9,500 people have tried cycling to work for the very first time during the event.
HUB encourages cyclists of all levels to participate in Bike to Work Week by offering online tools to track commutes and a chance to win over $15,000 worth of prizes.
During the week-long event, over 30 HUB celebration stations will be set up on high-traffic bike routes for free coffee and snacks, bicycle tune-ups, and daily giveaways.
Mandala Arts and Culture presents the fifth annual Gait to the Spirit Festival. This three-day celebration of classical Indian dance takes place October 31 to November 2 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street).
The festival features three mainstage performances. Meenakshi Srinivasan will perform on opening night at 8 p.m. Known for her grace and elegance, Srinivasan is one of India’s new bharata natayam sensations.
On Saturday (November 1), Janaki Rangarajan will bring her refreshing approach to bharata natyam to the Vancouver stage at 8 p.m. The following day, Toronto’s Nivedha Ramalingam and Vancouver’s Sujit Vaidya Nivedha will perform in a pay-what-you-can matinée.
The Blue Dot Tour: An evening with David Suzuki and friends arrives at the Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe Street) on November 9 at 7 p.m.
The national tour will stop at 20 cities from Newfoundland to Vancouver. The goal of the tour is to gain support for the right to live in a healthy environment.
Joining Suzuki on his tour is Neil Young, Feist, Barenaked Ladies, Hey Ocean, Margaret Atwood, Raine Maida, Shane Koyczan, Raffi, Robert Bateman, and Wanting Qu.
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online in advance.
The Heavy Hitting HorrorFest takes place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on October 30.
The one-night screening of independent short horror films by local filmmakers attracts over 1,100 horror fans and film industry insiders. Five giant screens will showcase gore-soaked indie cinema and DIY savagery.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online in advance.
The Firehall Arts Centre presents Urinetown: The Musical from November 1 to 29. This all-new production of the Tony Award-winning musical features 16 local performers and five musicians at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street).
Urinetown imagines a future with drastic water shortages and a large corporation with a monopology on all toilets forces citizens to have to pay for the privilege to pee. The dark dystopian vision of our future is offset by writers Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ delightfully witty and irreverent humour which sends up everything from evil tycoons to musicals themselves.
Flamenco Rosario presents the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival from October 28 to November 11.
The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival showcases the growing local and national flamenco community in music, song, and dance. This year’s festival will feature flamenco legend Joaquin Grilo along with other local and international artists.
Hailing from Jerez de La Frontera, Spain, Grilo will perform at the Vancouver Playhouse for one night in Grilo in Concert. He will be accompanied on stage by guitarist Juan Requena and singer Jose Valencia.
Vancouver Moving Theatre in association with Carnegie Community Centre and the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians presents the 11th annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Over 90 events take place at more than 25 locations throughout the DTES from October 29 to November 9.
This year’s festival theme is “keeping the home fires burning” and includes 12 days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks, walking tours, and artist showcases.