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.”