1,000 COOL THINGS ABOUT VANCOUVER | Lizzy Karp, Founder Of Raincity Chronicles


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: The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

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 HillThe 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 BraggMermaid 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.”

GonzalesSolo 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.”