Readers, last week I caught a show, it was a great indie-folk type thing and after the show, the drummer, upon hearing that I was from Vancouver, went on about how Vancouver and Victoria were “so uptight.” “I was touring out there last month and every club we played in had to stop the music by midnight,… like, that’s it, not a minute later. Can you believe that!?”
As someone who’s a couple months away from moving back there, I ask you IS Vancouver really such a buzz kill for the arts?
Just to clarify, I am aware there are many great artists in my home town who contribute lots of fantastic work to the Vancouver seen, but that’s not the question here. The question is in regards to the artistic environment of Vancouver.
Lots of people rail against the scene there, claiming that Toronto or Montreal are so much better. And to some extent they may be,… they’re also larger cities.
I wonder, is the West coast frame of mind just a little too passive about arts? Are the artists themselves too passive? Does Vancouver’s natural beauty supplant the need for more cultural activity? And is it really so bad if things end a little bit earlier?
Well, clearly not everyone’s passive about the situation (… if there is a situation) as city councilor Heather Deal is trying to bring “funky” back to Vancouver by amending bylaws to allow for creative cultural events, without the red tape. For more info see here and here.
So what are your thoughts? Is it so bad? What would you like to see more/less of in Vancouver and how could it be achieved?
Alright readers, take it away!