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Appearing in “Red Birds” (from left): France Perras, Gerry Mackay, and Anna Hagan. (Emily Cooper Photo)


Tues. to Sat. November 2 - 18
Various Dates & Times
PAL Studio Teharre (581 Cardero)
Tickets and information
here or at 604.363.5734.

A bittersweet comedy about three generations of dirt-poor women whose lives are thrown into chaos when a birth mother is revealed. She is both incredibly wealthy and ready to marry a charming gold-digger. Written by Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky and directed by Scott Bellis, this world premiere production of “Red Birds” features Anna Hagan, Christina Jastrzembska, Gerry Mackay, France Perras, and Gili Roskies.

Bill Coon.


Second Thursdays (Nov. 8)
7 p.m.
Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay)
$15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors

The second Thursday of each month you’ll find an afternoon of top-notch jazz in the parlour at Roedde House Museum, the elegant and historic (1893) West End former home of Vancouver’s first book-binder and his wife, Gustav and Matilda Roedde. The Thursday, November 8 will feature Bill Coon on guitar and Paul Rushka on bass.

Visit their website here for information on other concerts and events at Roedde House Museum.

The Hot Mammas and Tom Arntzen.


Thurs. Nov.. 15
8 to 10 p.m.
The Sylvia Hotel Lounge
No cover.

The Hot Mammas are a Vancouver trio of seasoned performers who between them have a book’s worth of stage, concert, television, and recording credits.

Longtime friends Julie Brown (known during her years as a local broadcaster as Downtown Julie Brown), Mary Ella Young, and Georgina Arntzen will be accompanied by Tom Arntzen on piano in a series of performances at The Sylvia Hotel Lounge. This dynamic, contemporary jazz vocal trio love harmony, rollicking rhythms, and saucy lyrics and so will you as they sing the songs they love — tunes that go back to The Boswell Sisters of the roaring 20’s and encompassing Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrews Sisters, and Lady Gaga.

Dates include: Thurs. Nov. 15 (8 to 10 p.m.); and Sun. Dec. 9 (7 to 9 p.m.). 

Once A Week, Every Week …


Every Sunday / 4 to 5 p.m. / St. Andrew’s Wesley Church (1022 Nelson @ Burrard) / By Donation Every Sunday afternoon the folks at the historic church at Burrard and Nelson present the finest jazz musicians in the Lower Mainland in an afternoon performance where jazz meets, and dances, with the spirit. The November lineup includes: Deanna Knight on the 4th; TBA on the 11th; TBA on the 18th; and the Bill Runge Quintet on the 25th.


Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday The Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford) presents an evening of live jazz in their lounge overlooking English Bay. Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8 - 10 p.m. and Sundays from 7 - 9 p.m. The lineup for November includes: The Ingrid Stitt Trio (Nov. 20); Taylor James (Nov. 21); Harris & DeBray (Nov. 22); Wanda and Harris (Nov. 25); Jacob Dryden (Nov. 27); Yvonne McSkimming (Nov. 28); and Gabriel Hasselbach (Nov. 29). And Sundays feature a Prime Rib special!

Carlotta Gurl is Queen of the West End.


Davie Street is the heart of Vancouver’s LGBT+ community and home to three (and sometimes four) thriving drag venues. You can catch a show with a revolving cast of top divas just about any night of the week. For example:

Shame Spiral every Tuesday at or near 11 p.m. at 1181 Lounge, (1181 Davie). Vancouver drag artist Peach Cobblah created “Shame Spiral” to ensure that the party never closed on Davie Street, and to provide another stage for Vancouver’s talented drag artists. In a parallel universe Peach is known as playwright Dave Mackenzie Deveau ("My Funny Valentine", "Elbow Room: The Musical", etc.). The Spiral starts with cocktails at 10 and showtime "after 11". Note the disclaimer "after 11". Things can get pretty shameful for a Tuesday night, and promptness was never a drag show hallmark. 

The Barron Gurl Show every Wednesday to Jan. 3 at The Junction (1138 Davie). Doors at 10 & Showtime at 11:30 p.m. Cover $ 5.00

What do you get when you get the Queen of East Van, Isolde N. Barron and the Queen of the West End Carlotta Gurl? You get the Barron Gurl Show!  Jam packed with your favourite classic to modern drag tunes and a cast of Vancouver’s finest drag artists.  Music by DJ Del Stamp.

Sunday Legends every Sunday at XY Nightclub (1216 Bute). 8 to 11 p.m. If you’re not quite done weekending by Sunday, there’s always Sunday Legends, a weekly showcase of fabulous old-school glamour and celebrity impersonation. Presiding over all this glitz and glam is celebrated drag artist Jaylene Tyme, who recreates Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, and many more, right before your dazzled eyes. Each week features a special guest artist as well as featured performer Xanax, with DJ Dom Top keeping the beat.