1067: Vancouver Underground Jazz Spot (on Granville)
It’s been a while since a culture-related or Vancouver-related post so I thought I’d muse a little about “1067″. 1067, prosaically named after its address on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver, is an ultra-cool underground jazz venue that few know about even here in town. I personally got introduced to it rather randomly. When I was still quite new to Vancouver and largely ignorant of the music scene I found myself at Calhoun’s (another good local live jazz spot). I was talking to their house band’s drummer during a break between sets and he suggested I check out 1067 when I asked him to recommend other places around town for good music. After following his cryptic directions (see info on how to find it at the end of this post) a few days later, I made it to this mysterious little space.Photos courtesy of: Flickr, MySpace, Petterpang’s blog and a friend of mine. None are mine, but I’ve tried to link all to the sources.
When I got in from the random back alley door (see photos) and got up a set of stairs, I found a little jazz club that looked a lot like someone’s living room and served only cans of beer from a mini-fridge. The acoustics in this large room are quite good and the music has definitely kept me coming back. 1067 has some of the best jazz in town, especially if you are into its more modern and experimental forms. You can listen to some samples and see if you like it (MySpace). Cover is always $5 and a beer costs $4. Lately, they’ve been getting more organized and have a little Yahoo! Groups page which they use to keep people updated about the upcoming shows. It also seems more consistently open than before: there used to be times when the door would be inexplicably locked on Fridays or Saturdays. They even have a MySpace page with fan comments, photos and tunes played the club.
I get a really peaceful vibe at 1067 and the music has a tendency to put me in a very contemplative state. This is a great spot to while away the evening and you can combine it with other weekend outings – they usually start at 10 or 10:30 PM and play until 2 AM or so. Now that I’ve moved downtown, I would like to come here much more often.
Directions: coming soon
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