Jan 2008 24

Soundcheck Vancouver – Chapter 1: The Rootsystem

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A night at The Commodore

Have you ever wondered about the musical history of Vancouver? Following our article on Vancouver music clubs, we have just posted part one of our complete guide to music in Vancouver. Divided into several chapters, it will take you to a journey through the decades of musicals, opera, swing, jazz, folk-rock and grunge.

So don?t miss the introduction to the music scene in Vancouver!


There was a time when the now-derelict stretch of Hastings Street between Main and Cambie was a neon-lit stretch of theatres, clubs and restaurants known as ?The Great White Way?. It was home to such legendary establishments as The Beacon Theatre, The Lux Theatre and The Pantages of the famous continental theatre chain. A young and vibrant array of both professional and amateur companies was producing world-class shows, and venues like The Vogue, The Strand and The Coronet were fast becoming popular landmarks also.

But something was developing across town?

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