As Nanaimo’s population marches past 90,000, and businesses note the growing influx of university students, the need for an accessible night-life for various demographics grows. While some venues are beginning to accommodate this need, there are still hurdles to overcome.
What’s it like to be a band in Nanaimo? If you ask the members of Sweetdreams and Lovely Grime, you can expect to hear a lot about community support, and a comradery with your fellow local artists that is unmatched anywhere else they’ve been. Add that to the growing number of venues in town and … Continued
Above: 📷 courtesy of HYPE music By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland It only takes one listen to hear the depth of life experience and heartache in Kendall Patrick’s lyrics. A Nanaimo native, Patrick can be found most evenings working at The Vault Cafe. In this supportive community, with it’s creation-stimulating aesthetic, her strength as a poet and … Continued
By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland Nanaimo’s music scene is alive and well. On any given night, there is at least one live show happening in the downtown core. Moments after arriving at The Vault Cafe, at 8:20 pm for the 9 pm show, a sign marking sold out was taped to the door. A small … Continued
By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland Over the next few months, The Nav will be showcasing local venues that provide a platform for artists looking to break into the music and spoken word scene. These venues focus on local comedians, musicians and poets by providing them with a once a week slot to get their work … Continued