A guide to the beat of your life

Ana X. Martínez Lima (she/her) // Contributor
Geraldine Yaris (she/her) // Illustrator

Any fans of live music, read on. Back on Oct. 1, 2022, a fresh Instagram account popped up and it’s here to stay. This account goes by the name “This Week in Van.” If you want to stay in the loop about local and global music scenes, here you will find all the information you need about where, when, and who will be performing your favourite musical styles live. It has emerged as a way to discover live music in Vancouver with just a click.

The Instagram account @thisweekinvan presents an extensive roster of weekly events encompassing the current musical landscape in our city. A variety of musical styles can be found, from techno and house, to soul, R&B, and many others, such as rock and jazz. 

Classic rock holds its position as one of the most listened-to musical genres among Canadians, capturing nearly 20 per cent of the population. Hip hop and rap have garnered considerable popularity among individuals aged 18 to 34. You will find a great diversity of genres, artists, and styles showcased in this online compendium of weekly live music Check it out and look for your favourites on the list.

Some of the venues featured include Orpheum Theatre, home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, where you will find popular national and international artists, or The Pearl, located on Granville Street, which is the place to go for alternative and rock music. Village Studios, which opened in the summer of 2021, is a new and innovative space that is not only a recording studio, but also a venue that showcases a variety of musical genres such as punk, house, and techno. Rogers Arena, better known as the home of the Canucks hockey team, also serves as a venue for events, music, and concerts of well-known artists from around the world. Some of the other local venues include the Hollywood Theatre, The Roxy, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and Biltmore Cabaret.

Depending on the genre and musical style you enjoy, you’ll find the right event for you. The price range may vary depending on the artist and the venue at which they will be performing. The account doesn’t provide a list of event prices, but it makes it easy for you to find your favourite one.

“This Week in Van” is focused on making your life easier by listing the groups that will be performing live on a weekly basis. You can find everything organized by week, and day. In the list, you will see the artist or band’s name in uppercase letters, followed by the musical genre in parentheses, and ending with the name of the venue where they will be performing in bold letters. The format makes it easy for everyone to find what they are looking for.

In addition to offering a list of bands, venues, and genres, “This Week in Van” also has a playlist available on Spotify where people can discover new music from artists around the Greater Vancouver Area. The playlist is updated every Monday, so you won’t miss any new releases. If you know of any group or event missing from the list, you can click the link in their profile to submit one, and it can be featured on the main account so that no one misses out.

This account is the place to go to stay up to date on the latest shows and artists, and to ensure that you don’t miss out on your favourite event. Anyone can contribute to the growth of local talent by attending and supporting their favourite artists and venues.  Let’s keep an eye on what is happening this week in Van.

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