On a Saturday September 29, a night that had Vancouver concert-goers choosing between Madonna, Weeknd, and Bloc Party, a solid crowd turned out to see the return of 90s cult-favourites Garbage.
Animal Collective / Micachu and the Shapes
September 19, 2012
Malkin Bowl/Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
If there’s a word that could sum up this show I would have to say it would be intensity! There was definitely a crowd and a buzz noise outside Venue on Granville Street as the number of people grew and grew on this night. The doors did not open promptly but the casual delay seemed to allow things to germinate out front, no doubt. I was pleasantly pleased to see the onlookers inside building and diversifying for this show.
I was sweating under my shirt in the muggy August weather as I stepped to avoid fresh puddles from the rain. I had been looking forward to seeing Yeasayer live at the spectacular outdoor venue, Malkin Bowl, but I suppose fear of the rain caused them to move the show to the more suitable indoor Ballroom.
Vancouver Co-op Radio is changing frequencies! They’re moving from 102.7 FM to 100.5 FM on Monday September 10, at 1pm. To celebrate, Vancouver Co-op Radio is hosting it’s 100.5 FM Frequency Launch Party Saturday September, 8 at The Wise Hall.
For those of you who don’t know, Malkin Bowl is a park venue located in Stanley Park—which is a large and beautiful park directly west of Vancouver’s downtown core. I had never seen a show there before, so I jumped at the chance to catch Temper Trap there on the cool summer evening of June 20. The weather was perfect for a chilled out summer night.
Japandroids certainly have become the darlings of Vancouver. Making their return to their hometown for the first time since the release of their sensational sophomore LP, Celebration Rock, Brian King and David Prowse played to a restlessly eager crowd at the Biltmore Cabaret on July 7th. And sure enough, every itch was satisfied for each concertgoer.
Arriving early at FiveSixty on June 15, I was surprised to see that there were very few in attendance at the doors. In fact the opening was delayed by a half hour until 10pm which seemed a bit peculiar to me as 8pm seems standard for an opening time at most venues around town. Then again I think I learned some of the reasons why FiveSixty is not your regular venue.
Music Waste is one of the most exciting weekends of the year for fans of Vancouver’s local arts scene. It’s a long-running festival that boasts a tradition of featuring some of the city’s best local independent and DIY musicians, comics and visual artists in venues across the city. This year, over 100 musicians played sets for the festival, and with tickets for each show costing a mere $5 (as always), it was no challenge to get great bang for your buck.
There was a hell of a lot going on in Vancouver on Thursday June 7, and for any fan of local
talent, there were certainly tough decisions to be made. With other Music Waste showcases at the Waldorf and Zoo Shop featuring acts like Vincent Parker, Capitol 6, and B-Lines… there was still enough sweat and beer to accommodate an equally enjoyable party at Library Square with Philoceraptor and Dead Soft.