Five acts to make your TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival experience even more memorable this 2022

If there’s one cultural event that sends a message we’re truly and finally back to something resembling normal, it’s the return of the sprawling TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Over the next 10 days you’ll have the chance to see over 700 artists in 200 shows spread across the city. You already know about the … Read more

Tampa Bay Lightning keep Stanley Cup “threepeat” dream alive with 3-2 win over Colorado Rockies in elimination game

The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, facing elimination in their Stanley Cup final series with the Colorado Rockies, edged their rivals 3-2 to keep alive their dream of winning three consecutive Cups. Colorado, which won the Cup in 1996 and 2001, is now up three games to two and lost a chance to win the coveted … Read more

John Muscedere and Alex Mihailidis: Canada is getting older, so why not make our communities wiser?

By John Muscedere and Alex Mihailidis The recently released 2021 census data reveals Canada’s population is not just aging—it has already aged. Baby boomers, who make up almost a quarter of Canada’s population, are now hurtling toward their mid-70s. That’s not a problem, as it is often made out to be—unless we refuse to age … Read more

Mayoral candidate Jinny Sims says it’s time to raise the Pride flag at Surrey City Hall

The City of Surrey claims to actively support diversity. And it’s lighting Civic Plaza in the colors of the Pride flag until June 29 in recognition of Pride Month. But BC’s second-largest municipality still has not flown the Pride flag at Surrey City Hall. Surrey Forward mayoral candidate Jinny Sims says that’s not good enough. … Read more

Indigenous choreography helps decolonize this year’s Dancing on the Edge

Vancouver choreographer and dancer Starr Muranko has been thinking a lot about water these days. “We have the concept of water within our bodies and then the water that flows and keeps us connected outside of our bodies,” Muranko, co-artistic director of Raven Spirit Dance, tells the Straight by phone between rehearsals. She also believes … Read more

Balmoral Hotel’s huge neon sign to be removed Sunday

The distinctive neon sign affixed to the front of the Downtown Eastside’s Balmoral Hotel (159 East Hastings Street) will be taken down Sunday (June 26). The announcement on the City of Vancouver website said the decision to remove the sign prior to the building’s planned demolition is “due to the [sign’s] deteriorating condition and risk … Read more

Former Toronto club kids are paying homage to lost venues in the coolest way

If you’ve ever made memories at one of a handful of now-shuttered Toronto nightlife venues, there’s a new and unique way that you can commemorate them and keep a part of them with you always, even if the actual businesses are long gone. Two former members of the industry, themselves reminiscing on old times in … Read more

Jeff Shantz: Small city, big police problem—killings by cops in Campbell River

By Jeff Shantz Campbell Rive is a small urban center with a population of roughly 37,500 people. It is located in the traditional territories of the Ligwiłda’xw people and the Kwiakah, We Wai Kai, and Wei Wai Kum First Nations. According to tourist sites, it is known for a beautiful natural environment, nearby skiing, and … Read more

Demonstrations underway after US Supreme Court revokes the constitutional right to an abortion

In a 6-3 decision, the US Supreme Court has turned over authority on abortion law to elected officials in individual states. It overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which enshrined the constitutional right to abortion in the first two trimesters across the United States. The majority opinion was written by Samuel Alito and supported … Read more

Rigorous curiosity at the core of Dancing on the Edge’s glint triple bill

Dancing on the Edge has never been afraid of taking chances with talented local choreographers. So it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the festival has brought together three new works this year in an unusual triple bill. It’s called glint and it will be available at the Scotiabank Dance Center over five-hour periods … Read more