July 4 edition: Orville Peck keeps evolving

Plus: Resurrection Spirits, ALOK, and all-new horoscopes

Hi there. It’s been quite a week—and there’s still two whole days left. 

Our new print edition is out today. You know the drill: find it at newsstands (and businesses) all over the Lower Mainland. 

None other than Orville Peck graces the front cover. And you can read that feature right now, in this very newsletter. The wonders of modern technology never cease!

— V.
Associate Editor


Orville Peck isn’t such a lonesome cowboy anymore

A white man in a cowboy hat and brown mask sits in front of a gold curtain

“I like change,” Orville Peck says over the phone. “I think change as an artist is really important and actually very crucial to keep making good art.” That might explain how the Vancouver underground mainstay turned into a boundary-smashing country renegade—and why he’s releasing an eclectic album of genre-spanning duets. We caught up with the ever-changing mystery man ahead of his headlining show at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on Monday.


Your very Vancouver July horoscopes

The Stanley Park seawall in soft light

What does the summer have in store for you? Cancer season is here, and Rachel Burns is on hand to give you all the advice you didn’t know you needed. Whether it’s advising Leos to watch out for unicyclists on the seawall or reminding Geminis to avoid bad fitness deals, the stars have some very Vancouver predictions for you.

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Canada Pride 2024 is almost here!

Get ready for the biggest Pride celebration Vancouver has ever seen! Canada Pride is bringing over 40 events in just 10 days. You can catch amazing performances by Rêve, LU KALA, Litney and Witch Prophet. Plus, Canada’s Drag Race superstars Venus, Giséle Lullaby, Icesis Couture, Aurora Matrix, Kendall Gender and Melinda Verga will be there to light up the stage alongside our best local drag performers and DJs.

With 2 lounges and VanPrideFest taking over Concord Pacific Place for a free 2-day festival, Canada Pride is sure to be the hottest party of the Summer. Check out the full schedule on our website.


ALOK finds power in the paradox

A South Asian person with pink hair smiles in front of a field of flowers

ALOK is doing everything, everywhere, all at once. The non-binary poet and performance artist has carved out a niche from themself as a comedian, telling stories both silly and deeply personal in their quest to spread radical kindness. That journey continues at the Chan Centre this weekend, as part of the Indian Summer Festival. “My comedy came from a place of celebration, of triumph,” says the endlessly thoughtful speaker. “I'm having fun being here, as me.”

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Here are all the coolest concerts happening in July

Five women of Babe Corner sit around a low table with chess on the floor

Ah, July: the month where sweating your feelings out at a show can take on a myriad of different forms. Do you prefer sunstroke at a festival, or heat exhaustion in a mosh pit? Or possibly, refined enjoyment from a seat in an air conditioned theatre? Whatever your flavour, we’ve rounded up July’s coolest concerts—all in one place.

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Facing a Driving Prohibition?

If you have received a DUI/Immediate Roadside Prohibition, Notice of Intent to Prohibit or a Driving While Prohibited charge, Acumen Law Corporation has a highly experienced team of driving lawyers to provide you with the strongest legal defence. Start your defence by calling Acumen Law at 604-685-8889 for a free consultation.


Resurrection Spirits is changing the game in East Van

A grey-haired man makes a cocktail in front of a crowded barback

Just south of Hastings and Commercial, there’s a little stretch of the city filled with great bars and restaurants, but enough out of the way that they remain local secrets. Resurrection is one such spot: a craft distillery home to gorgeous ambiance, sublime cocktails—and now, great pizza—that’s long been a hidden gem. “That’s what we’re here to fix,” explains director of operations Shawn Bachynski, “putting ourselves on people’s radar.”


Chilliwack Mural Festival announces 2024 performer lineup

Chilliwack Mural Festival has announced over 40 performers for the free, annual street festival in Downtown Chilliwack from August 15-17. Performers include Sadé Awele and Serengeti, Las Empanadas Illegales, Vox Rea, Higher Ground Dance Battles, Spank Williams, Kara Kata Afrobeat Group, Michaela Slinger, CiMaX & Vino, and more.


A dozen artists appreciate nature in Terrain: West Coast Views. (July 4 to 28 @ Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver)

The sun’ll be shining for Pacific Northwest’s largest Latin American festival, Carnaval del Sol. (July 5 to 7 @ Jonathan Rogers Park)

A Smoke Behind the Rope follows two accidental activists in solitary confinement. (July 5 to 10 @ Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre) 

Theatre Under the Stars kicks off its 2024 season with CATS. (July 5 to August 24 @ Malkin Bowl)

Catch Babe Corner, Hotel Mira, Toddy, NADUH and more at Khatsahlano Street Party. (July 6 @ West 4th Avenue)

Local comic Amar Singh releases his debut standup special. (July 6 @ The MOTN)

Don something smashing for a vintage evening wear fashion show, Night at the Theatre. (July 6 @ Mackin Heritage Home and Toy Museum, Coquitlam)

Kimira Reddy’s Drift encourages interaction and reflection in a strange, immersive tableau. (July 6 to 14 @ Ocean Art Works)

Want to know what else is happening in Vancouver? Check out our events listings.

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