2013 - 2014 SEASON
July 18, 2013

40th Anniversary Reunion Concert of

Historian of Canadian culture, and founder of the Vancouver Folk Festival, Gary Cristall writes: "Stringband holds an important place in Canadian music history. They wrote songs about just about every part of Canada, and not 'Group of Seven' hymns to the land. They wrote about real people and real events - Tugboats in the Strait of Georgia, Mrs. Murphy, a farm wife with a real estate vulture hovering over her, the heroic Maple Leaf Dog, and the young woman with a ruler who demanded 'Show us the Length.' They blazed the trail of independent touring, and pioneered indie recording. They played everywhere. They spoke truth to power, as the phrase goes, and they created complex and accurate songs about human relationships. And, together or individually, they never stopped."
Victor Anthony and Lulu present:

with their six piece band
and special guest

Friday, September 13th, 7:30pm (doors at 7) at The Phoenix Auditorium.
Tickets are $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door and available at Village Liquors in the Folklife Mall.


The Brothers Arntzen play sweet and hot music for dancers and listeners alike. Raised in the New Orleans style of jazz music by their grandpa Lloyd Arntzen, the brothers have developed their own, joyful sound derived from this musical tradition.
The Brothers are on a mission to bring this timeless music to people aged 2 to 95, playing in schools, dance halls, concert halls, pubs, clubs, living rooms, and in the streets, the Arntzens demonstrate that jazz was conceived in joy, and like to make sure that the audience has as much fun as they do.

Here they are in the streets of Gastown:

And on Granville Street:

You can find out more about the Brothers Arntzen on their facebook page:

Sunday, November 17th, at the Phoenix Auditorium

MOON LANGUAGE: Leah Hokanson
on piano and vocals
Join us from 5pm-6pm(ish) on the next full moon, Sunday, November 17th, at the Phoenix Auditorium, when Lulu presents Moon Language, an intimate and eclectic musical journey that includes classics, covers, poetry, and improvisations featuring pianist and vocalist, Leah Hokanson, with special guests Tim Harrison on guitar and vocals, and Saburo Murata on saxophones.

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7:30pm
Phoenix Auditorium at the Haven

The Darren Sigesmund Quintet

Darren Sigesmund (trombone)
Mark Feldman  (violin)
Gary Versace (accordion & piano)
Jim Vivian (bass)
Ethan Ardelli (drums)

JUNO-nominated & Galaxy Rising Star winning Toronto trombonist Darren Sigesmund appeears with his new quintet featuring New York heavyweights Mark Feldman (violin) & Gary Versace (accordion & piano). Sigesmund synthesizes wildly diverse influences from jazz, Latin, East European & classical music into new works for the quintet.
Mark Feldman has appeared on over 150 recordings and is perhaps best known for his work with John Zorn, John Abercrombie & Dave Douglas.  Gary Versace has appeared on over 50 albums, including two Grammy-winning projects by Maria Schneider.

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 7:30pm
Phoenix Auditorium at the Haven


"Rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks,
 earthy vibes and thoughtful reflections"

In Brazil, Matuto is slang for Country Boy, but this NYC based group of urbanized virtuosos is emerging as one of the world's hottest international touring acts.  Recently awarded the title of "American Musical Ambassadors" by the U.S. State Department, Matuto has been hailed as "seductively cross cultural" by the Chicago Tribune, and praised by the Sun Times as "the height of world music sophistication." 

Matuto: Bluegrass meets Brazil…an exhilarating combination of sounds that feels just right on the dance floor!


At the Surf Pub
Wednesday, June 11, 6:30
Lots of Music and Joy