Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Feb. 3 to 5

Stick Men play the Rickshaw By Steve Newton FRIDAY: American progressive-rock supergroup Stick Men, featuring King Crimson's Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, plays the Rickshaw Theatre. FRIDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director Kyle Edward Ball’s experimental, micro-budget horror film Skinamarink. FRIDAY: MRG Live presents Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan at the Fox Cabaret, performing … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Feb. 3 to 5

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Larkin Poe plays the Commodore By Steve Newton MONDAY: guitarist/oud player Gord Grdina's quartet The Marrow performs a blend of Middle Eastern music and jazz, joined by Persian singer Fathieh Honari, at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Arts. MONDAY TO FRIDAY the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival features music, theatre, dance, and multidisciplinary works … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Jan. 13-15

Brass Camel plays the WISE Hall By Steve Newton FRIDAY: Vancouver punk-rockers the Black Halos play the Rickshaw Theatre, with guests the Spitfires and Alien Boys. Billy Hopeless in da house! FRIDAY: Vancouver rockabilly trio Cousin Harley, featuring guitar wizard Paul Pigat, plays White Rock's Blue Frog Studios. SOLD OUT. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Grammy-winning violinist … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Jan. 13-15

Newt’s top 10 Vancouver concerts to see in the first half of 2023

Jason Isbell plays the Queen E By Steve Newton Bowie Ball: the eighth annual tribute to David Bowie and fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation, featuring performances by local acts the Bad Beats, Rebel Valentine, Ophelia Falling, China Syndrome, Ford Pier, Cherry Maraschino, Mime, Left Spine Down, and Rat Silo. January 7 at the Rickshaw … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 Vancouver concerts to see in the first half of 2023

Newt’s top 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Dec. 16-18

Keithmas XIII is at the Rickshaw By Steve Newton FRIDAY: Canadian rock legend Tom Cochrane performs at the Pacific Coliseum as part of the PNE Winter Fair, which includes holiday-themed food and beverages, an outdoor marketplace, live kids' shows, and ice-skating in the Agrodome. If Cochrane doesn't play "Life is a Highway" you should ask … Continue reading Newt’s top 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Dec. 16-18

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Dec. 2 to 4

Headstones play the Commodore By Steve Newton FRIDAY: Vancouver guitarists Tony D (MonkeyJunk) and Paul Pigat (Cousin Harley) perform two dinner shows at 2nd Floor Gastown (Water St. Cafe). FRIDAY: the Rogue Folk Club presents local gypsy-jazz group Van Django performing its 10th annual Cool Yule Christmas show, with vocalist L.J. Mounteney and guitarist-vocalist Andy Hillhouse. … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Dec. 2 to 4

Annihilator’s bizarre path in metal has given Jeff Waters “the funnest job in the world”

By Steve Newton When Jeff Waters picks up the phone at his home in Ottawa to talk about his metal band, Annihilator, and plug its upcoming (June 15) show at Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre, I remind him that we go way back. I last interviewed him in 1990, just after Annihilator had released its second album, … Continue reading Annihilator’s bizarre path in metal has given Jeff Waters “the funnest job in the world”

Saskatchewan guitar wizard Jack Semple is a Strat man all the way

By Steve Newton Three days ago I called Jack Semple up at his home in Regina, Saskatchewan, for an interview to help promote his show at Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre on August 31 (with guest Don Alder). In preparing for the chat I spent a lot of time listening to the Canadian guitar wizard's latest CD, … Continue reading Saskatchewan guitar wizard Jack Semple is a Strat man all the way