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14. Jun. 2017

New Series: The Imperial

In our never-ending quest to keep the festival fresh, new, and exciting, this year we’re thrilled to present a new series at The Imperial, a venue that’s new to us, but which has quickly established itself as one of Vancouver’s coolest spaces.

Where is it?

The Imperial is located at 319 Main St.



The closest regular Jazz Festival venue is The Ironworks, it’s also quite close the The China Cloud. A hardy soul can walk from downtown.

What’s it like there?

The Imperial is one of Vancouver’s coolest venues—a hidden gem on the edge of Chinatown / downtown east side / Strathcona. Located in the former Golden Harvest kung-fu movie theatre, at 6,000 square feet, it’s spacious, revitalized, and comfortable.

It’s got state-of-the-art sound and lights, and it’s fully licensed. A lot of care was taken with the technical aspects of the venue, which means it's as good for music as it is for film. The tasteful reno makes the space welcoming and comfy. Miniature replicas of Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors line a shelf encircling the bar’s counter:  which the venue calls “a tasteful touch of chinoiserie that acknowledges the venue’s past.” 

The auditorium is set up as mainly standing room for live music events. Dancing is encouraged, and staff members do their best to look after special requests for seating.

What kind of music have you programmed there? 

In a word, eclectic.

Sunday, June 25

We last saw him at Performance Works in 2012. Since then the Syrian singer has blown up, signed to Mad Decent and taken the world by storm. Here’s his latest official video:


Monday, June 26

Land of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell nearly threw in the towel on music after 2010’s Cloak and Cipher. We’re so glad she didn’t, and that Land of Talk is back with new record, Life After Youth.


Wednesday, June 28

Electronics genius Tom Jenkinson, AKA Squarepusher, takes his unique genius and adapts it for a live band—albeit one wearing face-obscuring helmets. Who doesn’t like helmets?


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