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anyone here from Vancouver? i'm moving in october. tell me about the music scene, good venues etc
... so I don’t know all the current details, but I had a great time at gigs in Vancouver in my day. Most bands touring N. America pass through town, usually at the start or finish of their tours (due to geography). It looks like a bunch of my favourite venues have closed down (Starfish Room, Richard’s on Richards, Sugar Refinery) but there are a slew of new ones that have cropped up (Rickshaw Stop, the Biltmore, Electric Owl). Bigger bands, the type that would play someplace like the Brixton Academy, usually play the Commodore Ballroom, which is a nice venue. And it looks like there’s now a big festival up in Pemberton every summer with a decent lineup, and Pemberton is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Not too many notable local bands these days, maybe Destroyer is still kicking around (I used to see him from time to time hanging at JJ Bean on Commercial drive).
Enjoy, it’s a great city!
I was there in 2000-2001, and there were always tons of great gigs going on. Can't believe Starfish Ballroom and Richard's on Richards have gone. What a great shame...
I most of my gig listings from the free paper the Georgia Straight. Is that still a thing?