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September 28, 2023 edition: Why is Reddit the top source of local housing news?

Plus: we’re doubling up…

What’s better than a Double Stuf Oreo? Two Double Stuf Oreos. But in this case, the Oreos are this newsletter.

As of October—which, somehow, is next week, where did the year go, oh god the passage of time, etc.—the Straight is going to be shifting to twice weekly newsletters. That means getting all the best parts of our arts, culture, food, and music coverage, delivered straight to your inbox, twice as often. Which sounds twice as nice, if you ask us.

And totally cool if you’re not an Oreo fan. They just really cornered the market on the double stuffed branding.


Commentary: How come a Reddit user is doing a better job of housing communications than the City of Vancouver?

A close-up of a phone screen, with the app symbol for Reddit clearly visible

On a sunny afternoon earlier this summer, when writer Michelle Cyca could have been doing any number of pleasant activities—lying on the beach, relaxing on a patio, eating an ice cream—she was instead pacing around her kitchen, phone pressed to her ear, waiting to speak at a Vancouver city council public hearing. But she only found out about it thanks to Reddit.


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Commentary: Revitalizing Indigenous languages is a crucial step towards reconciliation

September 30 marks National Truth and Reconciliation Day. But there’s a lot further to go than just talking about it. Here, Ran Sommer explains why keeping Indigenous languages alive and passed on to new generations is so important—and needs constant commitment beyond a single day.

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Murder mysteries are back with The Improv Centre’s groovy disco-themed nights

It’s 1977 and the “Diamond Disco” is alive with its annual disco-til-you-drop-a-thon. But then: a murder! The Improv Centre on Granville Island is hoping to get everyone dancing to its disco-themed murder mystery, Stage Fright 2 – Murder at the Disco!.

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Meltt’s Eternal Embers fires up hope in times of crisis

Vancouver-based alterna-psychedelic rock band Meltt is no stranger to the existential crisis. Think back to 2020. While many of us were doing ab workouts on our living room floor, doom-scrolling on Twitter-X-whatever, and reluctantly logging onto our computers for the next Zoom happy hour, the band was working on their hopeful sophomore album, Eternal Embers.

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Stage Fright 2: Murder at the Disco dances over to The Improv Centre on Granville Island from September 28 to October 28!

The wildly successful murder mystery is back with a groovy new twist! Boogie into an interactive disco whodunnit, full of hilarious hijinks inspired by audience suggestions. And in true Stage Fright form, it’s up to one audience member to solve the murder!

Tickets available at The Improv Centre box office and online here.


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Savio Volpe team announces new Italian spot in Cambie Village

The team behind beloved Vancouver restaurants Savio Volpe, Pepino’s Spaghetti House, and Caffe La Tana have announced they’re bringing us another Italian eatery. That we will no doubt love from day one. Elio Volpe is opening this winter in Cambie Village.


Portugal's Great Voice of Fado CARMINHO brings her all-star ensemble to Vancouver on October 15

Don't miss the extraordinary voice and passionate music of Portugal's latin-blues Fado star CARMINHO and her 4-guitar ensemble, October 15 at Centennial Theatre. Carminho has performed in the grandest theatres today around the world, bringing her unique modern interpretation of Fado with her latest release, “Portuguesa”. 

Concert already 2/3 sold! Lovers of Latin and World music should not miss this concert!


Michael Abraham: Looking Forward, Looking Back at Visualspace Gallery | September 28 to October 5 | 5pm

Artist Michael Abraham’s new exhibition features heartwarming paintings about aging and play. [Free]

Vancouver Fall Home Show 2023 at Vancouver Convention Centre | September 28 to October 1 | 4pm to 9pm

Get real home advice from trusted home experts at the Vancouver Fall Home Show. With hundreds of experts all under one roof and appearances from celebrities, including HGTV Canada’s Bryan Baeumler of Island of Bryan and Tori Wesszer of Fraîche Living. [$14]

Empty Spaces by Jordan Abel book launch at Massy Arts Society | October 1 | 2pm

Join Massy Arts, Massy Books and McLelland & Stewart for the launch of Jordan Abel’s Empty Spaces, a bold and profound new vision of history that decenters human perception and forgoes Westernized ways of seeing. Moderated by author Mercedes Eng. [Free]

The Zombies at Massey Theatre | October 1 | 7:30pm

2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Zombies are back with their long-awaited new album, Different Game. [$53.50]

Danny & The Deep Blue Sea at The Nest | September 26-October 1 | 4pm and 7pm

Blue iRadio Presents Danny & The Deep Blue Sea, an Apache Dance by John Patrick Stanley. On now at The Nest Theatre on Granville Island. Use promo code code GS5 for $5 off. [$17.31]*

American Graffiti & The Muppet Movie at VIFF Plaza | October 1 & 2 | 5pm & 3:30pm

Join us in downtown Vancouver as we kick off VIFF 2023 with free outdoor film screenings, food stalls, giveaways, and more from VIFF and our partners. [FREE]*

Want to know what else is happening in Vancouver? Check out our Events Listings.

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VIFF begins today!

The lineup of 130+ films showcases some of the most visionary filmmakers from Canada and around the world. VIFF Talks gives you a behind-the-scenes look at epic films like Barbie, Oppenheimer, and Dune. And VIFF Live invites you to experience one-night-only live cinema shows. Explore the program now.

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