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Frog Eyes

China Cloud is hot and cramped, as if it could be any other way for Frog Eyes’ final Vancouver show. I move a tealight candle…

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Blocktreat

In the wood walled China Cloud, electronic cyberscapes mingled with warmer and more human sounds. It was the final stop on a tour that took…

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This Saxophone Kills Fascists

The clock struck midnight and all through the China Cloud, minds were on their way to systemic loss. For some, the symptom was laughter —…

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The Hero Show: SHERO SHOW 2

An existential amoeba, a voodoo infomercial and a healthy dose of necrophilia made their appearance in SHERO SHOW 2, an all female sketch comedy revue…

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Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting 2017

Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting 2017 presents 3 nights of creative improvisation, featuring pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, drummer/percussionist Ted Byrnes and saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist…

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Twin River

I spent a good amount of time this summer with Twin River‘s sophomore LP Passing Shade and couldn’t wait to get out the door to…

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Malcolm Jack

The door to the China Cloud opened only a few minutes before the show was set to begin, and the room filled up quickly. It’s…

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Big in Japan Recordings

Big In Japan Recordings is a word of mouth operation. Happy to fly under the radar, the Chinatown studio doesn’t concern itself with advertising or…

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Colin Cowan & the Elastic Stars

The release party of Spring Myths celebrated eleven days of hard work, Sun Ra and Cowan’s birthday, and the three quarter completion of Cowan’s seasonal…