10 Hotspots for Electronic Music in Vancouver

Posted on January 25, 2017

CityMash.com - Vancouver has an entertaining night life, whether you enjoy sipping cocktails, catching a comedy show or dancing to the latest electronic beats. Since being dubbed the “no fun city” in recent years, Vancouver has renewed its nightlife scene with new electronic venues popping up all around town. From alternative dub-step to main stream dance, all sorts of beats can be heard blasting out of the speakers of Vancouver’s newest clubs, bars and concert halls.

Here are the 10 best electronic hotspots in Vancouver. Check it out!

1. M.I.A.

It’s been almost two years since electronic hotspot M.I.A. opened in Gastown. The venue distinguishes itself from other nightclubs with its highly trendy decor of futuristic purple and red, and intimate dance floor. M.I.A. offers alternative strains of electronic dance music that carry elements of R&B, techno, hip-hop and house. On Saturdays, well known DJ talent takes the stage and mesmerizes the audience with deep electronic beats. Upcoming acts include Chris Lorenzo (Feb 4) and Bedouin (Feb 11).

Where: 350 Water Street

2. Fortune

What was once a Chinese restaurant is now one of Vancouver’s most popular electronic venues. Fortune mixes weekday shows of hip hop, punk and indie bands with weekend nights full of electronic music. Expect a street-style ambience when you walk in the door. The wooden eco-friendly details give this venue a trendy outlook. With washrooms that are completely environmental friendly, Fortune is a shining example for modern day music clubs who want to go green. Upcoming acts include The Knocks (Feb 3) and TokiMONSTA+CRI (Feb 9).

Where: 147 E. Pender Street

3. The Commodore Ballroom

The Commodore Ballroom has been Vancouver’s prime entertainment venue for over 80 years. Over time it transformed from a swing ballroom in the fifties, a rock stage in the eighties and the pop concert venue we now know it as in the new millennium. George Conrad Reifel opened The Commodore Ballroom in 1929, due to a lack of ballrooms in Vancouver. To this day The Commodore is known to have one of the biggest and best dance floors in town. Browse through the event calendar and you’ll find Sting (Feb 1) and electronic acts like Borgore (Mar 4) and Tchami (Mar 17).

Where: 868 Granville Street

4. The Alexander Gastown

The Alexander Gastown is a young club in an old heritage space that launched in 2015 to help spice up the music and restaurant scene in Gastown. It offers afternoon cocktails, happy hours, art exhibitions and deep electronic music on the weekends. With its atmospheric stage and past acts such as Loretta Brown and Zimmer, The Alexander definitely contributes to that Gastown vibe we all know. Hip-hop is The Alexander’s main focus but electronic, R&B and house music are also featured. Upcoming acts include Dumbfoundead (Jan 26) and Lizzo (Jan 27).

Where: 91 Powell Street

5. Venue

Venue walks a thin line between concert hall and nightclub catering to a wide variety of both bands and DJs. Major Lazer and David Guetta have played sold out shows here. Venue is a popular nightlife spot with weekly events like Good Fridays and TheNiteShow on Saturdays. The two-level interior provides a view of the expansive dance floor with its impressive light displays. With upcoming acts like indie-electronic producers Trentemøller (Mar 10) and Big Wild feat. Ida Hawk (Mar 16), Venue is an interesting electronic hotspot to keep an eye on.

Where: 881 Granville Street

6. The Imperial

Located in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver, the Imperial is a hidden gem. The Imperial has been called one of the coolest boutique theatres in Vancouver after it was renovated from a Chinese-Language house and movie theatre into its current form. An aquarium with real koi fish and replica statues of Terracotta warriors look out over the dance floor as features that link to the building’s past. The Imperial provides not only a stage for popular indie bands but some interesting electronic acts as well. With upcoming acts like Sango (Jan 28) and Metacosm (Apr 29), this venue is definitely worth checking out.

Where: 319 Main Street

7. Open Studios

Another electronic hotspot is a lesser known East Vancouver warehouse venue called Open Studios. The small space hosts many techno and house music events and has a specific underground atmosphere. To get tickets you have to be fast because this popular venue has a small capacity. With upcoming acts like Sergio Levels (Feb 10) and Pezzner (Mar 4), Open Studios offers an alluring place for electronic music fans.

Where: 252 E 1st Ave #200

8. Red Room

The Red Room offers drum and bass, dubstep and trap music with weekly features of electronic music. As well as Latin Friday night, Red Room offers SUBculture Saturdays where DJs take the stage. If you don’t want to be stuck with Top 40 electronic music, you should check out the event calendar for an overview of the more alternative acts that visit Red Room. Upcoming acts include JOKER w/Truth (Feb 2), CALYX AND TEEBEE (Feb 4) and Tropkillaz (Feb 11).

Where: 398 Richards Street

9. Celebrities

Celebrities is known as one of Vancouver’s best spots for electronic music. The building that houses Celebrities was originally built as a dance academy in 1912. It changed over time to become a ballroom and a psychedelic rock venue where Jimmy Hendrix’ career got kick-started. The nightclub has been visited by international DJs like Tiësto, Skrillex, David Guetta and Avici. Upcoming acts include Whethan (Feb 25), electronic music producer Max Graham (Mar 2) and Peking Duk + Jackal (Apr 4).

Where: 1022 Davie Street

10. Harbour Event Centre

Located in scenic False Creek, Harbour Event Centre has quickly become one of the go-to spots for electronic music lovers. This scenic location also boasts fun high tech effects like CO2 cannons, indoor fireworks and over 100 LED light panels. Solid Events, the group behind the updated Harbour Event Centre, has been hosting massive musical acts, such as Tiesto and Hardwell, for over a decade. Upcoming acts at Harbour Event Centre include hardstyle duo Da Tweekaz (Feb 18), Norwegian DJ Orjan Nilsen (Feb 25) and Dutchman Jay Hardway (Mar 4).

Where: 750 Pacific Boulevard

Who knew Vancouver had so many great options when it came to electronic music? Which one of these venues will you be visiting next?

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