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The Chapel Arts venue in Vancouver

The Chapel Arts venue in Vancouver

29 April – There has been much ado about the lack of good venues in Vancouver ever since the Waldorf shut its doors. Vancouver only seems to have two options for going out – the drunken fraternity party that is Granville Street or drinking at a pub. Granted, this is a highly biased generalization, but you get my point. As such, it was with great satisfaction that I was reintroduced to a venue on Saturday that is worthy to carry the Waldorf torch – Chapel Arts.

Chapel Arts is a great venue. It is a former chapel and funeral home that has been fashioned into an Art Deco multi-room venue. You enter from Dunlevy Street, which is just off of East Hastings. It is dark, creeky, and old…but insanely cool! There is plenty of space to get lost and dark corners with which to snog, all adding to the ambience.

On Saturday night, Intimate productions brought Fred Falke to play at Chapel Arts. The evening started a little slowly but by midnight it suddenly picked up. The place was great and music was bumping throughout, especially the upstairs stage.

Pure Addiction play at Chapel Arts

Pure Addiction play at Chapel Arts

DJ’s Pure Addiction were rocking the crowd upstairs. There must have been some theme going on as most of the crowd that night seemed to be sporting pink. Nonetheless, the night got off to a great start and went from there. The DJ’s all played great and the crowd really responded.

I am quite fond of Intimate events for both the quality of music they bring in and the caliber of crowd they draw. As opposed to other events I attend, I find Intimate is just that — intimate. The crowd seems to be much more familiar with each other and this feeds into the overall positive vibe of their events. I really look forward to May 5th when they bring Soul Clap to play at Chapel Arts.

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