30+ Vancouver Blues Acts Coming Together for 1 Blowout Benefit Concert

Image sourced from www.dalannahandowen.com

Image sourced from www.dalannahandowen.com

If you’ve heard Dalannah Gail Bowen sing once, you probably remember her voice. The soulful, gritty blues singer has been crooning to audiences throughout the Lower Mainland for more than three decades. During that time, her reputation spread far and wide. In fact, she was elected to the Blues Hall of Fame last year.

But several months ago, Bowen suffered a stroke after performing at a Christmas benefit concert. She remains hospitalized, with an extensive rehabilitation period ahead. Now, music lovers from throughout the province are banding together for an all-star benefit concert for one of the city’s blues legends. For fans of Bowen, and blues aficionados everywhere, it promises to be the blowout of the year.  Continue reading:
30+ Vancouver Blues Acts Coming Together for 1 Blowout Benefit Concert

Iconic Yale Club on Vancouver’s Granville Street Set to Reopen … as a Saloon

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

The historic Yale club on Vancouver’s Granville Street is back, with a Wild West twist.

The iconic blues joint, which operated for more than 30 years before closing its doors in 2011, is set to reopen as a saloon this fall. The big neon saxophone sign will still be out front, and there will still be some live blues music, but pretty much everything else has changed.

For starters, the building itself was been completely renovated. Originally built in 1889 as a bunkhouse for Canadian Pacific Railway workers, the structure was long overdue for an overhaul. In place of the low ceilings, ancient carpet, time-worn tables and dark, dank (but not uncharming) interior that characterized the old Yale, music fans will now find an open, airy space themed like a country barbecue. Continue reading:
Iconic Yale Club on Vancouver’s Granville Street Set to Reopen … as a Saloon

Vancouver’s Best Dance Classes for Singles

Photo credit: Justin Lee

Photo credit: Rhythm City Productions

By Amy Watkins

It takes two to tango but only one to sign up for dance lessons in Vancouver. You don’t need to be in a duo to dance as solo spinners can drop in to a class and pick up the moves… and possibly a new partner.

Offering classes like sexy salsa and classic ballroom, the city’s dance floors are home to teachers who can show you moves from fancy footwork to beginner friendly boogies. Here are our favourite types of classes to meet people, learn something new and dance the night, or day, away in Vancouver…

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Vancouver’s Best Dance Classes for Singles

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend features a great variety for everyone of all ages, including culinary events, comedy, music, and hockey!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Best Blues Club in Vancouver? You make the call!

A blues icon you probably won't see in Vancouver's blues clubs. Photo credit: F. Antolín Hernandez | Wikimedia Commons

A blues icon you probably won’t see in Vancouver’s blues clubs. Photo credit: F. Antolín Hernandez | Wikimedia Commons

Fans of blues music in Vancouver are still mourning the loss of the Yale.

It was more than two years ago when the iconic blues club at the end of Granville Street – with the big neon saxophone sign outside – closed its doors.  The owners promised to rebuild and reopen, but now all that’s left is a For Lease sign in the window.

It’s never been easy to find great live blues music in Vancouver, and since the Yale closed  it’s gotten even harder.  But I know there must be a few options left out there, which is why I need your help.

Do you know a good blues club in Vancouver? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

I’ll start things off with my new favourite, a tiny club that’s been around for years but still doesn’t get much attention.

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Best Blues Club in Vancouver? You make the call!

Free Live Music on Granville Street in Vancouver Every Saturday

Photo courtesy of Vancouver FanClub

Photo courtesy of Vancouver FanClub

Music fans know that it can sometimes be a challenge to find places to catch live bands in Vancouver.  The bars and restaurants in the city that do specialize in live music often either charge a hefty cover or wait until the wee hours of the morning to bring bands on stage.

All of which is why a new music series in the heart of downtown Vancouver on Granville Street is such a find.  Every Saturday afternoon, from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., New-Orleans’-style supper club Vancouver FanClub hosts Saturday Jams.  I checked out the free event on a recent weekend and it was, well, music to my ears.

The FanClub opened about a year ago as a new project from the owners of the Yale, Vancouver’s venerable and now defunct blues music club.  They’ve tried to recreate the look and feel of New Orleans music hall – and spared little expense doing it.   Continue reading:
Free Live Music on Granville Street in Vancouver Every Saturday