June 14 - The Dudes with Mindil Beach and Rolla Olak
The final night of the weekend promises to be a party, and it could be argued that no band knows how to have a good time better than The Dudes. The Calgary-based rockers play persistently fun music that’s guaranteed to get the crowd dancing. Combine that with their dynamic stage presence and you’ve got a show to remember. Their opening artists are both B.C.-based genre benders: folk songwriter Rolla Olak and rock band Mindil Beach.
June 13 - The Zolas with James Younger and The Damn Fools
Taking over the headlining slot on Friday’s show are Vancouver music scene veterans The Zolas. Zach Gray and Tom Dobrzanski, the duo at the centre of the band, have been making music together since they were teenagers. Their style ranges from piano-driven cabaret pop to progressive pop with synth beats and catchy hooks. Opening the show will be one of The Zolas’ touring musicians, James Younger, and local six-piece rock band The Damn Fools.
The weekend starts early with local trio Hey Ocean headlining a show on Thursday night. Hey Ocean’s special brand of West Coast party pop has made them the darlings of the local indie scene, and their high-energy show is not to be missed. Their opening act, Surrey folk band Good For Grapes, has also been getting a lot of buzz, releasing their debut album in 2013 and earning a fourth place finish in the Peak Performance Project. Not bad for a band that was graduating high school just three years ago.
Check out three nights of live music for The Imperial's first anniversary
Originally the theatre of choice for watching “authentic kung-fu movies” in the '70s, The Imperial is a Vancouver venue like no other. It has undergone a few renovations throughout the decades and is now one of the hottest spots in town to catch live music, see films and host parties. In honour of the theatre's one-year anniversary, a lineup of (mostly) local artists will help celebrate with three nights of concerts from June 12 to June 14. Click through for the exciting highlights.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Kirsty is currently studying Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. When she’s not studying (which is more often than it should be), she can be found discovering new music or planning her next trip.