Vancouver, BC, June 3rd, 2016 – The Vancouver Audio Show 2016 returns to the Hilton Metrotown Hotel, from 24th – 26th June 2016 Listen to a superb selection of the world’s best HiFi & AV systems all in one location, and each one within an individual listening Suite. Sit down, relax and enjoy the


Vancouver Audio Show Tickets now on-sale, grab your discount online!

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  Chester Group Exhibitions are pleased to announce that the 2015 Vancouver Audio Show details are now live along with online discounted tickets. The show will take place between Friday May 8th and Sunday May 10th. CG will be updating the latest Exhibitor list in the coming days and special event announcements will follow over


Urban Visions Collide in ‘Char Bagh’

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    As part of this year’s PuSh Festival, experience four methods of storytelling on January 31.   Char Bagh is the Persian term for a quadrilateral garden divided by water and pathways; a space for exchange and contemplation. Digital Handloom is a Vancouver communication and cultural engagement practice by Manjot Bains and Naveen Girn.


The Legacy of Cuban Music

“A member of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club” photo by Angela Anji

    At Vancouver’s annual Cuban Music Festival, see what influenced today’s chart-topping dancehall and salsa-infused club hits. Begins October 16 at Performance Works.   By Aurora Tejeida   In many ways Cuban music is the result of two cultures clashing together, predominantly Spanish folk music and West African rhythm. But what many music lovers


British Alt-Rockers in Vancouver (Again)


    Reflections of a fan who can’t afford to attend every single Alt-J show.   By Aurora Tejeida   The first time I saw Alt-J in concert was in April 2013. The British band was playing at the Commodore and I had probably listened to their first album at least 24 times during the


Worlds Apart

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    This year’s folk festival lineup includes legends of Americana alongside Afrobeat royalty.   By Sarah Berman   Ahead of the 37th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival beginning July 18, Guidebook brings you six highlights from the beachside concert series. From Bob Dylan’s ex-lover to Fela Kuti’s youngest son, it’s a chance to get


Free Jazz

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    As part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, fiery hip-hoppers from Montreal Nomadic Massive played a free show at Robson Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on June 22. Billed as “music without borders,” the group threw down funky jams in five languages.   Ethiopian-born Israeli singer Ester Rada also graced



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The Montreal band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan get a lot of genre labels thrown at them: art-rock, metal, progressive, alternative, psychedelic, experimental…   Jazz is not often one of them, but for Jazz Fest’s opening night on June 20, they share a lineup with legends of the genre Charles Lloyd and Cassandra Wilson, not to


‘Indie Music’: A Canadian Definition Explained

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  The CBC Music Festival in Deer Lake, Burnaby offers a crash course in Canada’s indie bands.   By Aurora Tejeida   I’ve always had an issue with the term “indie music.”   Short for “independent,” it originally referred to any music not produced by a major commercial record label. But in recent decades, the


Sounds from the Underground

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    Equipped with a skateboard, phone camera and a hand-drawn treasure map, Guidebook investigates Vancouver’s exciting new bands at Music Waste.   Review and photos by Andrew Reeves   It is testament to the resilience of Vancouver’s underground music scene that the Music Waste festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.   Music Waste


City of Bhangra celebrates 10 years

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    By Tanvi Bhatia   This year marks the tenth anniversary of the City of Bhangra Festival in Vancouver. Bhangra is a style of Punjabi folk dance, song and rhythm.   For ten years now, City of Bhangra has been celebrating the dance with a showcase of bhangra acts of all different styles, featuring


Music Waste Turns 20

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    A guide to getting ‘wasted’ during the city’s favourite underground music, art and comedy festival.   By Sarah Berman   For Vancouverites that can remember the first Music Waste Festival, its 20th birthday in 2014 comes as a surprise. Even though the independent music, art and comedy festival may technically qualify as a


Hip-hop meets beer hops at Vancouver’s Craft Beer Week

Vancouver’s much-loved Hip-Hop Karaoke All Stars will kick off Craft Beer Week.

    This year’s Craft Beer Week runs from May 30 to June 7 at various restaurants and bars across Metro Vancouver. It’s a nine day annual festival that showcases the best local and international craft beers.   This year’s theme? Hip-hop. Also: beer hops. You know, that bitter, floral taste that’s trending in recent


Geeky Weekends

#5 with a bullet: Customers browse the vinyl bins at Red Cat Records on Main Street./ Kristian Secher

    May is full of snob opportunities! Record collectors will swap vinyl and top ten lists over the May long weekend, while comic nerds are planning a free get-together the following weekend.   By Sarah Berman   For those who identify as comic nerds and/or music snobs, Vancouver’s got plenty of opportunity to show


You’re a Star!

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      A Guidebook to going out: karaoke songs from around the world   Do you ever dream of one day becoming a pop star? Standing on top of a stage, singing to thousands of adoring fans?   Maybe the stage isn’t for you, but you like to relive the hits of your youth


Lan Tung sets out to redefine “Chinese music”

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    The musician and improviser puts her eclectic tastes on display with the first-ever Sound of Dragon Festival beginning May 1.   By Sarah Berman   Many people have asked Lan Tung why there’s never been a Vancouver festival celebrating Chinese music. “There are so many Chinese musicians here, it’s natural to think it’s


A Taste of the ‘Indian Summer Festival’

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    Author Arundhati Roy speaks to a sold-out crowd in Vancouver   By Sarah Berman   Arundhati Roy is a Booker Prize-winning novelist and public intellectual from India, who has spoken out against corruption in all its forms for more than twenty years. For the first time ever, she came to Vancouver to read