The Georgia Straight


Couldn’t make it out last Saturday night? You missed rising Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ at the Vogue. 
Hakeem Hussein was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Joey Bada$$ at the Vogue Theatre on October 11, 2014.
Thanks Hakeem!

Recent entries

Constantines at the Commodore
Fink at the Biltmore
New Pornographers at the Commodore



Most weekdays and occasionally on the weekend, the Straight highlights a shot from one of the previous night’s music events. It’s our Concert Pic of the Morning. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group or post your stuff on Twitter or Instagram and tag the act’s name.

Couldn’t make it out last Saturday night? You missed rising Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ at the Vogue. 

Hakeem Hussein was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Joey Bada$$ at the Vogue Theatre on October 11, 2014.

Thanks Hakeem!

Recent entries

cityofvancouver
cityofvancouver:

We had the data, so we made it visible: here’s Vancouver voter turnout dating back to 1936. What year had the highest voter turnout? Let’s get our voter turnout even higher this year! 
Don’t forget to vote from November 4-15, 2014, now! Learn more on our website: vancouver.ca/vote.

Reminder: you can’t complain about politics unless you vote.

cityofvancouver:

We had the data, so we made it visible: here’s Vancouver voter turnout dating back to 1936. What year had the highest voter turnout? Let’s get our voter turnout even higher this year! 

Don’t forget to vote from November 4-15, 2014, now! Learn more on our website: vancouver.ca/vote.

Reminder: you can’t complain about politics unless you vote.

On this, the third day of the eighth annual Homeless Action Week (formerly Homeless Awareness Week) in Metro Vancouver, I despair of ever seeing an end to homelessness.

Actually I don’t believe there will ever be an end to people falling into homelessness and people should probably stop looking for one. Instead I believe we should be building a sort of social escalator that will continually help lift as many homeless people as possible back into the mainstream of society so they can be self-supporting, contributing citizens.

This would ultimately involve dealing with as many barriers as possible: literacy, depression, skills training—the third-world conditions of reservations—but if this sounds too ambitious, we could just start with the drugs.

Nothing contributes as much to the misery and social harms of homelessness as street drugs do. And nothing else stands in the way of empowering people quite like drug addiction.

Take away addiction and all the other issues of homelessness become so much easier to deal with.

Read more: Homeless in Vancouver: Homelessness—it’s about the drugs, stupid!

Looking for something to do with all those turkey leftovers? Savoury Chef’s Taryn Wa offers up a delicious recipe for turkey congee.

Looking for something to do with all those turkey leftovers? Savoury Chef’s Taryn Wa offers up a delicious recipe for turkey congee.

Before Hong Kong’s so-called Umbrella Revolution started this past summer, Vancouver-area realtor Winfield Yan had been busy with clients based there.
“I already made a few deals with Hong Kong people,” Yan related in a phone interview with the Georgia Straight.
There’s a young couple in their 30s and with kids. They’ve bought a house in Vancouver for almost $1 million. They’re already here and staying for good in Canada.
Another couple is in their 50s. They’re also looking for a house in Vancouver. They have a budget of about $1 million. When they relocate from Hong Kong, they plan to stay.
But this isn’t exactly a repeat of the exodus from Hong Kong in the years leading up to the 1997 handover of the then British colony to China.
Read more: Canadians in Hong Kong moving back to Vancouver, realtor says
Awesome Vancouver photo by Evan Leeson.

Before Hong Kong’s so-called Umbrella Revolution started this past summer, Vancouver-area realtor Winfield Yan had been busy with clients based there.

“I already made a few deals with Hong Kong people,” Yan related in a phone interview with the Georgia Straight.

There’s a young couple in their 30s and with kids. They’ve bought a house in Vancouver for almost $1 million. They’re already here and staying for good in Canada.

Another couple is in their 50s. They’re also looking for a house in Vancouver. They have a budget of about $1 million. When they relocate from Hong Kong, they plan to stay.

But this isn’t exactly a repeat of the exodus from Hong Kong in the years leading up to the 1997 handover of the then British colony to China.

Read more: Canadians in Hong Kong moving back to Vancouver, realtor says

Awesome Vancouver photo by Evan Leeson.

So you’ve got your Thanksgiving turkey, your stuffing and all of the fixings, but you can’t decide on the perfect wine to go with it all.
Well, assuming there will be a few of you around the table, who says you have to choose just one? This year, why not mix things up a little and offer your guests a flight of wines, so they can enjoy a cornucopia of styles and flavours with their plates of plenty?
Here’s what I suggest. Put three glasses at each place setting and an array of wines on the table. Let everyone mix and match their food and wine pairings, and have fun seeing which combos work best.
Read the full article!

So you’ve got your Thanksgiving turkey, your stuffing and all of the fixings, but you can’t decide on the perfect wine to go with it all.

Well, assuming there will be a few of you around the table, who says you have to choose just one? This year, why not mix things up a little and offer your guests a flight of wines, so they can enjoy a cornucopia of styles and flavours with their plates of plenty?

Here’s what I suggest. Put three glasses at each place setting and an array of wines on the table. Let everyone mix and match their food and wine pairings, and have fun seeing which combos work best.

Read the full article!


Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Canadian indie-rock group Constantines at the commodoreballroom. 
Chris Bruntlett was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Constantines at the Commodore Ballroom on October 8, 2014. 
Thanks Chris!

Recent entries

Fink at the Biltmore
New Pornographers at the Commodore
Cat Power at the Vogue



Most weekdays and occasionally on the weekend, the Straight highlights a shot from one of the previous night’s music events. It’s our Concert Pic of the Morning. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group or post your stuff on Twitter or Instagram and tag the act’s name.

Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Canadian indie-rock group Constantines at the commodoreballroom

Chris Bruntlett was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Constantines at the Commodore Ballroom on October 8, 2014.

Thanks Chris!

Recent entries

Spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan admits it’s still painful, almost three decades later, to return to such a difficult part of his life.
The poet turned librettist has been doing lots of reflecting on a traumatic childhood as Vancouver Opera puts the final touches on the new work Stickboy. Written with composer Neil Weisensel, the ambitious production depicts the horrific acts of bullying the artist started suffering at around 10 years old. Stickboy follows Koyczan into the violence and depression that led him to eventually become an aggressor himself. The title comes in part from the monster he imagines inside him, one made of sticks of dynamite that he can feel readying to explode.
“I wouldn’t constantly take myself back to a place of absolute despair if I didn’t feel there was some value that would come out of it, if I didn’t think there was something that could be gleaned to help somebody get through another day or help them get through school,” Koyczan tells the Straight from Saint John, where the in-demand performer has just finished a show with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Tour to raise passion for another of his favourite causes: the environment.
Interestingly, reliving the scenes of beatings he endured through the new opera’s workshops and rehearsals hasn’t bothered the Yellowknife- and Penticton-raised Koyczan as much as other moments.
Read more: Vancouver Opera’s Stickboy boldly faces the bullies again.
Cover photo by Karre Iverson.

Spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan admits it’s still painful, almost three decades later, to return to such a difficult part of his life.

The poet turned librettist has been doing lots of reflecting on a traumatic childhood as Vancouver Opera puts the final touches on the new work Stickboy. Written with composer Neil Weisensel, the ambitious production depicts the horrific acts of bullying the artist started suffering at around 10 years old. Stickboy follows Koyczan into the violence and depression that led him to eventually become an aggressor himself. The title comes in part from the monster he imagines inside him, one made of sticks of dynamite that he can feel readying to explode.

“I wouldn’t constantly take myself back to a place of absolute despair if I didn’t feel there was some value that would come out of it, if I didn’t think there was something that could be gleaned to help somebody get through another day or help them get through school,” Koyczan tells the Straight from Saint John, where the in-demand performer has just finished a show with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Tour to raise passion for another of his favourite causes: the environment.

Interestingly, reliving the scenes of beatings he endured through the new opera’s workshops and rehearsals hasn’t bothered the Yellowknife- and Penticton-raised Koyczan as much as other moments.

Read more: Vancouver Opera’s Stickboy boldly faces the bullies again.

Cover photo by Karre Iverson.

Haven’t checked out our fall food and drink issue yet? There’s no time like now.

We ask four local chefs what they do with a bounty of vegetables at Thanksgiving and beyond.

Plus, fall beers, red wines for autumn sipping, and versatile mushroom crepe recipe.

Fall vegetables in their glory

The Wallflower’s Lisa Skelton makes mushroom crepes for brunch

Beers to drink this fall, including new Maiden Voyage, Thanksgiving saisons, and more

Reds ripe for autumn sipping

Share Thanksgiving connects newcomers with Canadians over dinner

Photo of the Day: On the hill by Lisa Nixon.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

Photo of the Day: On the hill by Lisa Nixon.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.