Five things to do in Vancouver

John Stetch & Vulneraville

Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. | Frankie’s Jazz Club, 755 Beatty St.

Tickets and info: From $25 at

A six-time JUNO nominee, pianist John Stetch relocated to Vancouver after years in New York. His 15th album with his crack N.Y. quartet Vulneraville is titled The Vancouver Suite and showcases Stetch’s love of everything from Ukrainian folk songs to baroque classical and serious, sleeves-rolled up jazz. Backed by saxophonist Steve Krotyka, who performs with Lady Gaga when she does her jazz project, drummer Philippe Lem and bassist Ben Tiberio, Stetch is in a perfect zone to explore everything from the Mercer/Ellington classic, Things Ain’t What They Used to Be to the wittily named Oscar’s Blue-Green Algebra. A rare local gig for this in-demand artist.

PNE Fright Nights 2017. A prop at the new haunted house at this year’s show. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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A prop at the new haunted house at this year’s PNE Fright Nights show.

Fright Nights

Until Oct. 31 | Playland

Tickets and info: From $22 at

It’s really hard to remember back when this annual haunted house extravaganza didn’t make October that much more fun. With eight uniquely themed houses, including a new one that looks to be particularly grisly, it’s hard not to encounter something that gets you a bit weirded out. Even if it’s the tunnel that moves while you walk across it that makes your balance sensors go all awry, the artistry that goes into putting these houses together is considerable. Plus, 20 rides at Playland in the dark and all kinds of spontaneous live performances. BOO!

Blue Hawaii. Raphaelle (Ra) Standell of Braids and Alexander (Agor) Kerby.

Blue Hawaii

Oct. 14, 10 p.m. | Celebrities Underground

Tickets and info: $12 at

What do you get when you put together Braids member Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alex (Agor) Cowan? You get the Montreal electronic duo Blue Hawaii, whose latest album, Tenderness, is out on Arbutus Records. The sound is pretty dance-oriented, with plenty of the disco strings and handclaps that are turning up in a lot of European clubs of late.

Hospital of Horrors

Until Oct. 31, various times | SmartyPantz, 100-289 Abbott St.

Tickets and info:

The folks at popular escape-room facility SmartyPantz have joined up with vrCAVE to put together a Halloween virtual-reality experience where

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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