a minor bone of contention
From the comments on this article in the Straight about Hoko's shutting down on August 22nd:
I was in Hoko's on Saturday, August 21st and the inspectors were in there giving him a hard time on that night too. They've clearly got an agenda to shut Hoko's down. On this night, there was maybe 10 college student's having some drinks and dinner. It was pretty quiet, no band. The place was kind of dead. Everyone had ordered food including myself. Hoko looked like he was going to have a meltdown. The inspectors were going through everyone's reciepts and generally being a nuisance. I was amazed at what I was witnessing so I wrote down the details including the name and email address of one of the inspectors laying down the no-funs.If you're back at school at UBC (or if you work there like me), you'll be pleased to note that CiTR is presenting bands at noon on various days throughout this month. Gang Violence unfortunately got rained out last week, but Hermetic plays Tuesday and Fine Mist plays Thursday. "Live at Lunch" goes down outside the South end of the SUB.
I should also mention that just getting to Hoko's was a GONG SHOW of crack heads, prostitutes, and people tweeking on meth. We all know this area and what it's like at night. You can do pretty much anything.
This is where your tax dollars are going Vancouver. Paying some twit to go through the bills of a handful of Karaoke singers on a Saturday night while the REAL problems in this city rage out of control.
The guy harassing Hoko that night was named: Edward Osei-Appiah and his email is: email@example.com
A beer on the stage. puhleezze. Oh and you can't dance at Hoko's either, that's illegal too. Where's Kevin Bacon when you need him.
Rah Rah plays WISE Hall on Thursday with Red Cedar and Yukon Blonde.
Adjective, Peace, and Spectres are at Pat's on Friday.
Empty Love, Holzkopf, the Worker, Frozen Stake, Jarrett Evan Samson, the National Shield, and Dr. Dad's Sound Lab play the Shed on
Octoberman, the Abramson Singers, and Bells Clanging are at the Railway on September 24th.
That reminds me that the Abramson singers have a new album out and as of right now, you can only get it direct from Leah. Details are on her MySpace. I still need to get my copy.
Red Cedar, No Horses, A Pale Blue, Adelaide, and the Shilohs play WISE Hall on October 11th. If a night of great tunes isn't enough for you, you should note that there's also a pig roast before the bands go on.
Former Ghosts are at the Media Club on October 21st.
Alea Diane and Marissa Nadler co-headline the Media Club for an early show on October 23rd.
Regina Spektor is at the Orpheum on November 2nd.
Art Brut is at the Biltmore on November 3rd.
Bishop Allen plays an early show at the Media Club on November 6th.
Shout Out Out Out Out play the Rickshaw on November 13th.
The Fiery Furnaces play the Red Room on November 17th with Cryptacize.
King Khan & the BBQ Show play the Red Room on November 23rd.
And Japandroids play a homecoming show at the Rickshaw on December 2nd.
Oh, and I was under the weather last night, so I wasn't there, but can report that Aunts & Uncles won the first night of Shindig.
Just a comment that the inspector named above re: Hoko's is not a City of Van employee (they have @vancouver.ca email addresses) but a Provincial liquor inspector. End result is the same, but it’s nice to be able to blame the right people.
Liquor Inspector, Vancouver
Telephone: 604 775-0059
Organization Code: HSD
Alternate Phone: Not Available
Organization Unit: LWRMAIN - Lower Mainland Region
Facsimile: 604 775-0044
Cellular: Not Available
Mailing Address: Not Available
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once again, anyone with any info or help about Hoko's, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, the Shed show with myself and all the other bands is a week this Saturday, on the 26th.
Jeffrey Lewis with Ora Cogan at the Rickshaw, monday september 28th.
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