◆ Date: March 23rd, 2017
◆ Location: Vancouver Art and Leisure, Vancouver, British Columbia
◆ Music: Open Mic (Doomczar, Jewel Maiden, Matthew Graves) Fastbom. bryface, Hitori Tori, Boaconstructor
◆ Visuals: Base64, Partlyhuman
◆ View complete photo set: https://flic.kr/s/aHskU9Xhws
This was my first trip to Canada and if you’ve never been there before everything you’ve heard about it is an understatement. The scenery is gorgeous, the people are friendly and the coffee is amazing. The way of life seems to be more thoughtful and peaceful and the people I met were quirky yet genuine. It was starting to rain when I arrived at the venue, Vancouver Art and Leisure. The room was mostly an open floor with a small stage at one end a bar along the wall with an open box of donuts from the local donut shop, Cartems. Sofas were placed around the edges of the room inviting anyone to take a break and relax while still enjoying the show. The ceiling had a solar sytem of disco balls ready to sprinkle light around the space and party. The room buzzed with energy as sound check had started and everyone was working together to troubleshoot the typical diy set up. Pretty soon the pieces of the puzzle fell into place and the lights dimmed revealing a neon light stage with the visual art projected on the back wall just above the stage. The open mic performers (Doomczar, Jewel Maiden, Matthew Graves) kicked off the night with one of the most curated open mics I’ve ever seen setting the tone for the rest of the night. The main show lineup included two artists that I’ve never seen before, Fastbom and Hitori Tori as well as two artists who I’ve had the pleasure of shooting in the past, bryface and Boaconstructor. The two visualists, BASE64 and Partlyhuman were also new to me making the night especially memorable. As much as I was fighting jet lag- I also didn’t want the night to end I’m truly excited to see how the Vancouver chip scene develops in the future.