by Andrew Morrison | The next cool thing is Lizzy Karp. She’s the founder of Raincity Chronicles, the always entertaining storytelling nights that feature a cash bar and a diverse cross-section of interesting Vancouverites taking turns at the mic to tell tales on a particular theme (the most recent event – held in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on July 26th – saw speakers relate anecdotes about their hotel experiences). Some are nervous, others are bang-on, but all find their groove in the act of sharing. One of the persistent criticisms of life in Vancouver is a perceived sense of disconnectedness between its citizens. Lizzy’s efforts aim kicks at that notion, and they always hit their mark (right in the ass). I can’t wait to see what she does next. She’s one of the most genuine and naturally amusing individuals that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet, and a major asset to this town.
Definitive Records is a new Scout column that asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from the founder of Raincity Chronicles…
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill | LISTEN | “As a young lady growing up in Utah, buying this album was insurance that I’d be able to navigate the world like a normal person. Yes, it was popular, but it introduced me to hip-hop and rap as a genre that was larger than my MTV screen. Not only does Ms. Hill still deliver, it harkens back to the good ol’ days of skits in-between songs and secret tracks.”
Wilco & Billy Bragg – Mermaid Avenue | LISTEN | “Perhaps it was my childhood crush on Buddy Holly, or non-stop exposure to Dylan (Bob) and Bruce (Springsteen), but once introduced I fell head over heels for Wilco. Not only is Mermaid Avenue a beautifully crafted album collection, but it also has an unforgettable story of bringing to life the Woody Guthrie songs that were never recorded in his lifetime.”
Gonzales – Solo Piano | LISTEN | “Haunting, romantic, and minimal, this album has not been out of rotation since I got my paws on it in 2004. Chilly Gonzales is one of the best showmen I’ve ever seen (the guy also set a world record for longest solo concert!). Additional points received for being Canadian.”
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Next week local creatives from across the city will gather to watch yet another series of Pecha Kucha presenters take the stage at the Vogue Theatre. The line-up this time (as always) is stellar. We’re super stoked to hear from the ladies of Victory Gardens and TJ from The Shop, and we’re also looking forward to hearing what Lizzy Karp has to say. We’re used to seeing Lizzy’s name around town a lot. It’s always tied to something pretty great, so we knew that we wanted to find out a little more about her. We could have waited until next week to catch her PK performance, but we didn’t. We tracked her down and asked her a few questions instead. What an awesome decision. What an awesome girl. Between planning Raincity Chronicles this Friday (sorry, it’s sold out), darting around town collecting books for A Good Book Drive and pulling together her PKN presentation, Lizzy took a few minutes to answer a few of our questions….
Three things about Fairview that make you want to live there I technically live in Fairview, but refer to it as South Shaughnessey when I want to feel fancy. It’s not one of Vancouver’s most celebrated ‘hoods, but I love my corner grocer Sunshine Market, long runs through Shaughnessey and the endearing architecture and logotypes of the apartment buildings.
Where did you grow up? Salt Lake City, Utah, aka the Beehive State.
Where did you go to school? The University of Toronto to sit in the Hart House library and read all the books.
Where was the last place you called home? Toronto aka “Tarana”
How long have you lived in Vancouver? I moved here the day Michael Jackson died, June 25, 2009. I’ve got a couple of years under my belt, and can (usually) get around without using Google maps.
What was your first Vancouver experience? Before I put down roots here, my boyfriend Pat and I came on a reconnaissance trip in January to get the feel of the city as I’d never been before. That was the wild and weird foggy weekend that covered the entire city in a thick blanket of clouds. We wandered down to the seawall in Stanley park and I couldn’t see the water, or the mountains, skyline, anything. So we danced and guzzled beer at Honey, followed by a hangover brunch at Bandidas the next morning, and in my foggy state was sold on the idea.
What was it about Vancouver that made you want to move here? My hometown is nestled in a gorgeous mountain range and after years living in Toronto I was drawn towards Vancouver’s proximity to nature and mysterious personality. I made the decision that I wanted to continue living in Canada, but was intrigued by the west. And like a fresh notebook or next chapter in a novel, it’s always invigorating to start something new.
The first album that made you love music? I grew up sounded by Motown and classic rock records, but Buddy Holly sparked my very first crush, musically and romantically. Any compilation of his hits I adored (and still do!).
Three of your favourite films? I’ll go for Man on Wire, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Clueless.
An under appreciated Vancouver event/person/feature that you think deserves a closer look? This city is filled with so many talented people that are not celebrated in the way they should be. But I’d have to pick Banquet Atelier and Workshop. Sarah Edmonds and Tammy Lawrence create gorgeous paper products that are produced and printed in Vancouver, yet the accolades they’ve received are mostly from out of town. I adore the work they do and hope you do, too. Read more