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Hard Rubber

“The Godzilla of the Vancouver jazz scene, a big, goofy monster that stomps through complex charts with the swagger of a big swing band and the head of a thermonuclear explosion.” – Alex Varty

Four Premieres!
Saturday, May 25, 2024


The award-winning 18-piece

Hard Rubber Orchestra will debut new compositions by four outstanding yet wildly different Vancouver composers:

Jill Townsend

Lisa Cay Miller

Shruti Ramani

Dean Thiessen

Plus many surprises!

Saturday, May 25, 2024
7:30 pm, doors at 7 pm
SFUW Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings

Tickets at the door or at SFUW Box Office:

2023 Juno Nominated
Best Instrumental Album!

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Hard Rubber Orchestra

with John Hollenbeck

Saturday, May 27, 2023 7:30 PM

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

149 West Hastings Street

Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre

Tickets: $15-$35


One of the leading composers in jazz today, John Hollenbeck has released twenty-one albums, and leads several ensembles such as the Claudia Quintet, George, and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble.

Hollenbeck’s awards and honors include six GRAMMY nominations; the 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, the 2010 ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship; a Rising Star Arranger win in the 2012 and 2013 DownBeat Critics’ Polls as well as in 2011 for the JHLE as Rising Star Big Band. He is a Professor of Jazz Performance at McGill University's Schulich School of Music, where he teaches Improvisation and Composition.

Also featured is new work by rising star composer Gabriella Yorke, and Vancouver super-band, Raagaverse (Shruti Ramani, Noah Franche-Nolan, Jodi Proznick, Nick Bracewell)


Recent new works. . . 




Release of recording of Source Code by Montréal/ New York Composer Harry Stafylakis, with video editing by Eliot Doyle.

Source Code Video below:

Release of recording of Dissolver by Vancouver composer/ cellist Peggy Lee with animation by Melissa Hubert 

Dissolver Video below:



Release of recording of A bilateral, a symmetry by Montreal composer James O’Callaghan with visuals by James O’Callaghan 

A bilateral, a symmetry Video below:

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