Photo by Candice Webster

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week Dan Moxon of Bend Sinister gives the scoop on Vancouver, Canada.

Several years ago Vancouver got deemed “No Fun City” from many in the artistic community. The city made liquor licenses almost impossible to attain, and venues started disappearing and turning into condo developments. Police also cracked down on illegal events and parties with large fines. Fast forward a few years and Vancouver is starting to come around with more DIY venues opening up every day and lots of places for bands to play. The Rio Theater has brought back a great ’60s-era San-Francisco-style venue vibe to the city, and places like the Electric Owl, the (new) Cobalt, the China Cloud, the Rickshaw Theatre and the Biltmore have also sprung up. While DJs reign here in Vancouver, there is still a vibrant scene of local music with all genres represented and lots of people to support it. Just check out the Green Couch Sessions site to see lots of these musicians play around town.

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