Monthly Archives: November 2014

Battle of the bands finds rythym in new venue

Bassist of Vancouver's Poles headbangs on a Tuesday night at Shindig. Photo by Jon Hernandez

Bassist of Vancouver’s Poles headbangs on a Tuesday night at Shindig. Photo by Jon Hernandez

A battle-of-the-bands that has been a launching pad for local artists since the 1980s is getting back to its rowdy roots after a move away from its longstanding venue.

Shindig, a 27-band tournament restricted to local acts only, is well underway in its new home, the Hindenburg on West Cordova.

Six weeks in, the vibrant crowds in attendance offer a sharp contrast to the subdued atmosphere of Shindig’s last two years. The event is organized by the University of B.C. campus-radio station, CiTR.

“We had a [mosh breakout] last Tuesday,” said Ben Lai, Shindig’s organizer, host and MC. “[At the Hindenburg], the bands feel like they’re playing a legit rock-and-roll show.”

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Ottawa Senators: Reporter and No Tape

I did a little live reporting during the overtime period between the Vancouver Canucks and the Ottawa Senators. Check out the soundbyte, and the epic OT winner that transpired during my recording.


Hopes grow for all-ages venue in Vancouver

Vancouver's downtown entertainment district caters to an older crowd. Photo by Jon Hernandez

Vancouver’s downtown entertainment district caters to an older crowd. Photo by Jon Hernandez

Proponents have welcomed a pledge by Mayor Gregor Robertson to support an all-ages venue in Vancouver.

But the leading organizer for all-ages music, SafeAmp, says there is still a long way to go.

“This is a very exciting time for us,” said Grace Loes, a member of SafeAmp’s board of directors. “A lot of things need to fall into place before this materializes.”

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