A poster promoting Rock for Insite 2, as seen outside Red Cat Records.
Just in case you’re not there already:
Matt Camirand (of Black Mountain fame) is performing at yet another concert supporting Insite, Vancouver’s one-and-only supervised injection site. This time, the full-day event (which actually started at 1:00 pm today) is happening at the Railway Club on the corner of Dunsmuir and Seymour.
The lineup features a varied assortment of local staples and up-and-comers, including Swank, Orchid Highway, The Get Down, Bocephus King, D.Trevlon, Maria in the Shower, Invasives, The Furies, The Modelos, Eldorado, CR Avery, and the Pack A.D.
Tickets are $18 at the door.
The event follows a December 6 concert held at the street corner of Main and Hastings, where Black Mountain and frontman of Bedouin Soundclash Jay Malinowski performed. Whereas the last effort had more of a protest vibe, this one seems more like a fundraiser.
If you haven’t already heard, Vancouver rock quintet Black Mountain played a free outdoor show on December 6, 2008. But it wasn’t just any free show. This particular concert was in support of Vancouver’s controversial safe injection site, located near the corner of Hastings and Main Street.
The political message was simple: “fuck Stephen Harper.”
(I’m not kidding—this phrase was shouted into the microphone repeatedly).
But during more tactful moments, these local musicians sought to warn the federal government that Insite saves lives on the streets of Vancouver. The slogan “play music not politics” adorned dozens of surrounding placards and banners. Organized by the Portland Hotel Society (PHS), the afternoon event also featured free burgers, stilt walkers, and sheets upon sheets of cold December rain.