Culture: The Dark Nights Rise

Social awareness snaps, Seattle sounds and a side of spooky.   Music // The Head and the Heart

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The Head and the Heart hits the Commodore Ballroom on Oct 11.

Social awareness snaps, Seattle sounds and a side of spooky.


Music // The Head and the Heart

What started at a Seattle open mic night in 2009 ballooned into one of this year’s must-see indie acts. The six members of The Head and the Heart (which include a violinist) have been showered with praise during their brief time together, including rave reviews from Washington state’s hipster-approved Sasquatch! Music Festival. The group combines powerful lyrics with seamless vocal harmonies, switching from uptempo tracks to haunting ballads without missing a beat. To get a feel for their buttery-smooth sound, check out the first single, “Down in the Valley,” from their self-titled debut album, which the band released on seven-inch vinyl. The Commodore Ballroom, October 11.


Event // Secret Souls Walk


Secret Souls Walk Instead of marking the Halloween season simply by passing out candy to tiny, sugar-fuelled ghouls, don your most devilish attire and walk among the fabulously dead at the annual Secret Souls Walk. The parade used to be on Commercial Drive, but when it attracted upwards of 60,000 people, officials changed tack, opting for a rotating location announced each year on the day of the event. However, it’s a safe bet each year that the parade will remain in the vicinity of Commercial Drive so, to calm your nerves after a night of terror, head to Havana at Commercial Drive and Williams Street to indulge in a pitcher of blood-red sangria. East Vancouver, October 27.


Art // Hope in Shadows


With its massive, swinging pendulum and seven-storey glass-covered atrium hall, downtown Vancouver’s Pendulum Art Gallery provides a dramatic background for innovative local artists. This month, the gallery will showcase the winners of Hope in Shadows, an annual, east Vancouver photography contest that features impressive visual outpourings from low-income community members of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Without the aid of expensive equipment, the photographers produce staggering images of the city’s most notorious neighbourhood, using only disposable cameras. A word to the wise: the 2012 calendar featuring these images quickly sold out so, should you wish to support the cause, grab one fast when they go on sale this month. Pendulum Art Gallery, October 8-20.