Top 10 Albums of 2009

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Welcome to another issue of the Georgia Straight. This week, the Straight's seasoned music reviewers give you their picks for the top 10 albums of 2009. Don't forget to check out Straight.com for daily news and views on everything Vancouver.

Top 10 albums of 2009
It wasn't a particularly stellar year for music, but our critics managed to find a few things that didn't suck.
/ Recordings

Burrard Thermal: a victim of private power?
As the United Nations climate talks proceed in Copenhagen, the debate around green energy is taking on a life of its own in B.C. A natural-gas-fired power plant in Port Moody has taken centre stage in a complex fight that will determine B.C.'s energy future.
/ News

Indulgent lunches to linger over till dinner
It's holiday crunch time, and many of us are stretched trying to fit family, friends, and work obligations-maybe even a trip-into a few short weeks. So now's the time to plan how you'll steal away for a feel-good late lunch or two with your best buds.
/ Dining

Goh Ballet brings Vancouver a Nutcracker of its own
After years of preparation, the Goh Ballet readies dancing mice and exquisite sets in an effort to launch a local holiday tradition.
/ Arts

Mew explores space on No More Stories
Let's get the full title of the latest Mew album out of the way right off the bat. It takes a while to say (and type), but that seems apt, since the music that the album contains is worthy of spending some quality time with.
/ Music

Penélope Cruz Embraces her Broken director Pedro Almodóvar
Penélope Cruz is fresh off one Oscar win and is being talked about as a possible two-category nominee in 2009.
/ Movies

 

Things to do

Music Zero 7 Commodore Ballroom Dec. 13, 2009
Sports Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild GM Place Dec. 12, 2009
Movies Global Lens Film Festival Vancity Theatre Dec. 11-20, 2009
Theatre The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Pacific Theatre To Jan. 2, 2010
Christmas Sing Along Messiah Orpheum Theatre Dec. 13, 2009

 

Comment of the Week

Re: "Burrard Thermal: a victim of private power?"

Instituting mandatory employment standards where any government worker who can work a three-day work week and/or telecommute will be allowed to, then using "strong persuasion" to encourage the private sector to do the same, would eliminate the need for transit and highway builds in Greater Vancouver and Victoria and reduce GHG's far more than Burrard Thermal running full tilt 24/7. [read story]
> Submitted by seth, 2009-12-10 10:40

 

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