Why don't we start with bad news... because that doesn't happen enough in Vancouver. From Jarrett from Shipyards/Geographing/Phantom Islands:
I spoke yesterday on the phone with Jian from Hoko's. She informed me that earlier this week they received another visit from city inspectors. It seems that, much like the last time, the inspectors arrived looking to find faults and kept trying different avenues until they could finally pin something on Hoko's, leaving them with nothing to do but wait for a hefty fine in the mail. It has come to the point where Hoko's feels singled out and in light of this and what they feel is a continued unfair treatment by city officials(and I would add that I certainly agree with that sentiment), they have decided to close their restaurant.I'd add that I've seen countless great shows there, notably the very first time I saw Japandroids... you might have heard of them.
Personally, I am devastated; Jian and Hoko found a way to make a business in an area that doesn't attract many casual diners viable, and in doing so made themselves an important part of the music community in this city. Anyone could book a show at Hoko's with just a myspace message, they never asked for any money from the bands/promoters, they took video of performances themselves and posted them online-- they went far and beyond anything that could have been expected of them in supporting the music scene. I've been working closely with Jian & Hoko since they reopened for shows a few months back, trying to help them out both through the Safe Amplification Society and just by doing as many shows there as i possibly could, but it's gotten to the point that they need to look out for their family and they feel continuing on is not a possibility.
I personally want to thank them again for all they have done, and I will be attempting to help them with this latest and last ticket they received by at the very least holding a fundraiser show at another venue in the coming months. Any individuals or bands wishing to contribute in any way are welcome to email me at
geographingrecords [AT] gmail.com.
Also, there are a number of shows booked at Hoko's this month that have been canceled last minute now, notably the Makeout Videotape/Search Parties/Half Chinese show on September 5th. Anyone who might be able to help us out with a new location for these shows would be very, VERY appreciated. On top of that, in my own personal note, I am left without a home to book my monthly Phantom Islands show, and I
would love to continue it on in a new location as well.
One more time, a huge thank you to Jian & Hoko for everything they did to create one of the best venues this town has ever had.
Jarrett Evan Samson
On to the weekly listings.
Regulars: August 31st-September 6th
Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: back on Sept 15th
Sailing @ the Astoria: unknown
Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: "Hearing Pin" (2/3rds of Shearing Pinx), Nu Sensae, Gross Xmas, Terror Bird
The Beehive @ Honey: back on September 30th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: Fanshaw, Kidnap Kids, and Shane Turner Overdrive
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: back at the end of September
Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: back on September 10th
Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Disaster
Far Away @ the Media Club: no live act
Phantom Islands @ Hoko's: RIP
Glory Days @ the Biltmore: no live act
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Vapid and Juvenile Hall
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Dreamboat, Stefana Fratila, and Balacade
Fuck the City of Vancouver in the earhole.
Salut, Jian and Hoko, you beautiful people. And salut, Jarrett.