Monday 05th, March 2018 / 07:00
By Yasmine Shemesh

Vancouver’s local music scene is wonderfully diverse and inclusive, with thriving communities that range from punk to hip-hop. As the JUNO Awards quickly approach, a handful of events, presented by Let’s Hear It BC, are celebrating our special scene.

March 10 @ Red Gate

QueerFM, which airs on CiTR Radio every Tuesday, dedicates their airtime to playing Canadian LGBTG2 artists. This showcase of music and art includes performances by Kimmortal, Prxncxss Apprntly, and REID, as well as an art exhibition by Berlynn Beame.

March 11 @ the Wise Hall

Photo by Maya Fuhr

#BrokenGlass represents smashing glass ceilings and celebrating diversity. Presented by Come On, Vogue: Creative Women* in Music, this evening features local artists like dream rockers FRANKIE, poet and social justice educator Rose Water, and Laydy Jams, a collective of women of colour.

BeatRoute presents BC Extreme
March 22 @ Anza Club

Photo by Mats Schram

BeatRoute’s very own showcase of local talent reinforces the pride we feel about being able to support our creative community every day. Come by and enjoy a spirited night of music from Schwey, So Loki, Prado, Peach Pyramid, and more.

Mint Records
March 22 @ Red Gate 

Photo by Caelie Frampton

Since its inception in 1990, the Vancouver-based record label has become a tastemaker for local music lovers with an endlessly talented roster. The label’s showcase features a performance by Kellarissa, project of Larissa Loyva of Mint staples Fake Tears and the Choir Practice.

Scéne Vancouver
March 23 @ Vancity Culture Lab

Photo by Dominique Pelletier

Gabriel Dubreuil, Alisa Blanc, and Jazztown – amongst some of BC’s rising Francophone talent – are featured in this presentation.

Surrey Local Indie Showcase
March 23 @ the Flamingo

Photo by James Weekes

Held in the newly opened Flamingo, this showcase promises a hard rocking lineup with the likes of Aviator Shades, Redwoods, Nine O’Clock Gun, and Joey Chaos and the Ghosts.

JUNO Cup: 15th annual charity hockey game supports MusiCounts
The JUNO Cup takes place at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

Photo by Christine McAvoy

This annual celebrity hockey game benefits MusiCounts, a charity that works to safeguard access to music education and musical instruments for all Canadian children. The JUNO Cup, which has Canadian music icons face off against NHL legends, has successfully raised more than $840,000 for the charity. 2018 marks its 15th anniversary. Defending their 13-year winning streak are former Vancouver Canucks BJ MacDonald, Kyle Wellwood, Paul Reinhart, Kirk McLean, and Dave Babych. Danielle Dube of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team also joins them on the roster. Aaron Pritchett, Grant Lawrence (CBC/the Smugglers), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Nancy Mike (the Jerry Cans), and Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck) are amongst the rock and rollers who are lacing their skates up to the challenge. The real winners, though? The kids, every time.

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