June 1, 2023 edition - Hot off the presses 🔥


*To the tune of Europe’s “The Final Countdown”*

It’s a PRINT ED-I-TION doo-doo-doo-doo, dududoodoodoo, doo-doo-doo-doo, dududoo doo doo doo doo, dododooo, dododoo doo doo DOO DOOOOOOOOOOOO, dududooooo.

Who says you can’t do karaoke without a microphone, a voice, or any sound waves whatsoever?

Yes, it is a print week here at the Georgia Straight, as it is not just the first Thursday of the month but the very first day of June, which in a way kind of feels like the first day of summer.

We think that’s cause for celebration.

And what better way to celebrate than by finding a freshly printed edition of the latest Georgia Straight newspaper, posting up at your favourite Vancouver park/beach/brewery patio, and reading all about how millennials are totally screwed inheriting an, ahem, uneasy world. 

Plus we’ve got stories on the housing market, Bard on the Beach, Jazz Fest, cannibalism (you read that right), and so much else—much of which you can actually find right here in this very newsletter.

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Millennials grew up in a world on fire. Now, they're trying to transform it

Millennials, in most definitions, were born between 1981 and 1996, making them around 26 to 42 today.

Several factors define the generation in the public consciousness: coming of age with the rise of digital technology, entering the workforce during the 2008 financial crisis, and being accused of killing everything from retail stores to cable TV.

Their baby boomer parents long held the majority of financial, political, and social power—but that may finally be changing.


Get the perfect Father's Day gift with tickets to Vancouver’s best food and drink event of the summer on July 9

Brewery & the Beast—Festival of Meat—features 50 of the city’s best restaurants serving incredible dishes prepared with local ingredients and cooked over open fire. Refreshments include craft beer, cider, cocktails, wine, n/a drinks, and original live music.

Tickets for this premium culinary experience are all-inclusive, no additional purchasing required. A sneak peek of the participants include: Savio Volpe, Published on Main, Boulevard, Hanai, Anh & Chi, Juke Fried Chicken, Torafuku, Two Rivers Meats, Parallel 49 Brewing, Ardbeg Whiskey, Driftwood Brewing, and Ocaso Tequila Soda, along with 45 more eateries and beverages!

To buy tickets, see the full line up, and see all event details, visit BreweryAndTheBeast.com.


Affordable housing needs more than just empty homes tax

The ABC-majority Vancouver city council raised eyebrows last month when it decided to scrap a planned increase to the empty homes tax from three to five per cent. The move, recommended by a staff report, cited “fairness and effectiveness” as reasons.

Council also voted to apply new exemptions retroactively—giving back $2.4 million from city coffers to developers with unsold empty units, and $3.8 million less in tax revenue overall. Critics say the move goes in the wrong direction, during a time of skyrocketing housing costs and spiraling unaffordability.


Bard on the Beach's Beatles-powered hit As You Like It makes a fab return to Vancouver

In hindsight, the idea was a little out there, with director Daryl Cloran not exactly convinced he was crafting a hit with Bard on the Beach’s 2018 re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

Reached at his home base of Edmonton, where he heads up the Citadel Theatre, Cloran recalls plenty of scrambling with musical director Ben Elliott after they set out to combine the words of the Bard with the music of the Beatles.

Featured arts listings

  • Other Space | Jordan Juras and perila: Lobe is hosting an immersive performance by artist-duo Jordan Juras and perila that explores the outcomes of their research and residency at Lobe, culminating as a live interpretation of Other Space. | 6pm, 8pm | June 2 | $15-30 | Lobe Studio

  • Happy Valley: Through text, song, multimedia and music, Happy Valley is a new performance piece that dissects the historic, political, and cultural context surrounding Hong Kong’s current democratic struggles. | To June 4 | From $25 | Firehall Arts Centre

  • Theatre Under the Stars returns to Stanley Park from Jul. 6 until Aug. 26 with Broadway blockbusters The Prom and Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical.*

  • Spring Awakening: Spring Awakening is a Tony Award-winning musical that tells the story of young adults in Germany in 1891 as they navigate their way through adolescence and discover their sexuality. | To June 10 | $29-59 | The Shop Theatre

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On Friday, June 16, from 6-9:30pm, drag performers from BC will transform Britannia Mine Museum’s historic mill into the Province’s biggest drag runway with unique musical performances.


Discover your new favourite artist at Music Waste this weekend

The 29th annual Music Waste festival returns to rowdy rooms across Vancouver this weekend.

Running from June 1 to 4, it’s set to include four days of packed programming at a variety of intimate independent venues around the city, such as Green Auto on Pandora Street and Red Gate on Main Street.

Featured music events

  • Full Circle presents the 22nd annual Talking Stick Festival 2023: Summer Reverb. It celebrates and honours National Indigenous History Month.*

  • Wavves: The American rock band based in San Diego, California is performing at the Rickshaw Theatre with support from Ultra Q on Friday. | June 2 | $27.50 | Rickshaw Theatre

  • ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience: Having played over 4,500 shows since coming together as ZOSO in the mid-'90s, the seemingly tireless quartet continues to earn its well-deserved reputation as being one of the best Led Zeppelin tribute bands of all time. | 6pm | June 3 | $30 | The Pearl

  • Join Vancouver’s renowned, multi-faith choir, Universal Gospel Choir for How I Got Over. Saturday, Jun. 3 at the Vancouver Unitarian Church on 49th and Oak.*

  • East Van Social: The Colorifics. The Vanrays. The Brian Holden Band. Three great bands at one great venue. Support local original musicians and socialize like the good old days. | 7pm | June 3 | $25 | The Russian Hall

  • The Truck Stop Concert Series at Red Truck Brewery is back on Jun. 17, featuring headliner MAGIC! and an epic supporting lineup. Get your tickets today!*

  • Kick off summer with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival from Jun. 23 until Jul. 2. Enjoy more than 140 shows, including 50 free performances. Visit CoastalJazz.ca.*

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Get your tickets for the Langley Poker Run hosted by Fraser Valley Cider, Roots and Wings Distillery, Locality Brewing, and Valley Commons Winery on Jun. 17, 1-6pm.

Your $15 ticket includes a glass, complimentary tastings, and snacks at each location. Collect your poker hand as you go to win the grand prize, a bar fridge full of drinks. Shuttle bus tickets are available for a no-drive option.


Cannibalism is having its cool moment as humanity continues to go belly-up

Like many, I have been avidly consuming Yellowjackets this year. Loosely inspired by the events of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, the Showtime series documents a high school soccer team whose plane crashes in the wilderness. Finding themselves in the dead of winter in the North American woods (filmed right here in Vancouver, in reality), the teammates turn to cannibalism in order to survive.

The question keeps coming up: why are we so fascinated with cannibalism? And why is the thought of eating each other so prevalent in pop culture right now?

The Rest of the events

  • West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest: The District of West Vancouver invites everyone to attend West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest (formerly Bridge Festival). This two-day festival brings people together through food, music and culture. | June 2 and 3 | Free | Ambleside Park

  • BC Cider Festival: Meet producers and orchardists while sampling the full range of authentic craft ciders available here in BC. | June 3 | $76 | The Pipe Shop

  • Roller Derby Bout: Expect performances, raucous cheering, and a good time with friends at a roller derby bout between the East Van Crows and the West End Rainbows. The beer garden will be open all night. | June 3 | $22 to $34 | Rolla Skate Club

  • The 3rd annual Tour de Concord, free Bike Festival, and pro cycling race is happening on Jun. 10. Register for free today!*

  • Kick off summer at the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival with Dear Rouge and Sabai on the TD Main Stage, and the continent’s biggest dragon boat races Jun. 24-25!*

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