Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas.

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster”.” And so begins Martin Scorsese’’s masterpiece, based on the biography of real-life mobster Henry Hill and his brutal but seductive life of organized crime.

Starting at full throttle and speeding towards a life of flashy cars, gold watches, women, cash and crime, Goodfellas gives us the best performances of every actor in the cast with an unforgettable soundtrack. As Roger Ebert wrote, “”No finer film has ever been made about organized crime – not even The Godfather.”


Cory Weeds is a tenor saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in Jazz. Weeds was the founder and owner of Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club which became one of North America’’s best jazz clubs, where masters such as George Coleman, Jeff Hamilton, Louis Hayes, David “Fathead” Newman and Dr. Lonnie Smith performed before it closed in February 2014.

Weeds has also recorded nine albums including Condition Blue, The Music Of Jackie McLean, As Of Now, Juno-nominated Up A Step, With Benefits, The Many Deeds of Cory Weeds, Everything’’s Coming Up Weeds and Big Weeds. He’s also in charge of the jazz program at Francesco’s Restaurant, organizes a monthly series at The Italian Cultural Centre, leads jazz tours to New York and works as an educator and DJ.

Vancity Cinema Salon and Cory Weeds Present Goodfellas

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 pm
Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online

*Please note: The July 7 screening is the final Cinema Salon of 2015. In 2016, the Cinema Salon will take place every three months.

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