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Oxford American – Music Issue 2023

By |December 10th, 2023|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

So now that it is December, we are pleased to tell all you music fans that the annual Oxford American magazine music issue has once again arrived, and is for sale at Highlife. We have told you before about the admirable mission of this amazing cultural project, but just let it be said that it remains probably the only chance [...]

Faraj Suleiman – Live at the 2018 Montreux Jazz Festival – Solo piano

By |November 21st, 2023|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

As the improvised African American based music, known by many as Jazz, enters its second century, its influences and impact can now be found and heard in virtually every community in the world. This specific, amazing record (CD) has been made by a young (29 year old) Palestinian composer/pianist named Faraj Suleiman. Mr. Suleiman currently lives in Paris where he [...]

BEST OF 2022

By |December 20th, 2022|NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

Dear Highlifers~ Happy holidays and congratulations to Argentina. We continue to think about Ukraine, women in Iran, and problems in our part of the world. Sad to hear of the passing of the great Terry Hall. Hope to see you in the shop to chat about all, and how we can make things better, even in small, individual ways. [...]

Oxford American – 24th Annual Music Issue (2022)

By |December 19th, 2022|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

As we pass another solstice and cope as best we can with the coldness of another winter, we can count ourselves fortunate that the folks at Oxford American have again sent us their annual collection of writing and music curation in magazine and CD form. This year’s (24th) annual music edition focuses on the roots of Country Music. The accompanying [...]

Oxford American Magazine – 23rd Annual Music Issue (2021)

By |December 24th, 2021|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

Well, if the days are getting short and the temperature cold, you know it is time for the arrival of one of the joys of the winter calendar, the annual music issue of Oxford American, the magazine of the written culture of, and “documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South”. This year’s edition (the 23rd annual) appears to [...]


Chris Wong Book Event

By |June 6th, 2024|In-store performances, News|

Friday June 7th at 7pm we are excited to present author Chris Wong and his special new book Journeys to the Bandstand: Thirty Jazz Lives in Vancouver. At the event, Chris will talk about the book, read excerpts from it, and answer questions in a live interview with Highlife jazz specialist Bill Hood. A few tracks that Chris wrote about [...]

Benefit Sets In-Store for Turkey & Syria

By |March 10th, 2023|In-store performances, News|

Join us after work for the next three Fridays to gather and donate to local Turkish friends who have organized a GoFundMe. From the campaign: “We are residents of British Columbia from Turkey concerned about the massive crisis unfolding in our country of origin. We aim to raise funds to support local organizations mobilizing to address the immediate needs of the [...]

Music for Now / Protest Music

By |June 19th, 2020|News|

Black Lives Matter. Highlifer Su Comandante paying tribute to Malcolm X. Bill points us to: ongoinghistoryofprotestsongs.com "This website focuses on the ongoing development of protest songs. The founder of this site and chief contributor CJ Baker is a published author and life long music fan. He is currently working on a nonfiction examination of the vital role music continues to [...]