Exclusive: Vancouver's Victory Square Block Party "Taking a Year Off to Regroup" After Rent Increase, Planning to Return in 2010

Exclusive: Vancouver's Victory Square Block Party "Taking a Year Off to Regroup" After Rent Increase, Planning to Return in 2010
If you live in Vancouver, you probably see the Labour Day weekend as a time to reflect, prepare for the cold rainy season ahead and to check out some rad jams in the Downtown Eastside.

We're talking, of course, about the Victory Square Block Party, a locally organized free concert that takes place at Victory Square, and has featured performances from the likes of Pink Mountaintops, No Kids, the Evaporators, Defektors, White Lung and so many more Vancity bands. Unfortunately, this year's block party, which would have been the fifth, has been cancelled.

According to organizer Cameron Reed, who also runs the Music Waste festival, the block party had to be cancelled for logistical reasons. In a statement to Exclaim!, Reed explained, "After our most successful and biggest Music Waste ever, we felt we needed to take a year off. The main reason was 1) the cost to rent the field increased by $750 this last year and 2) I was the only person organizing it this year."

Fortunately he has every intention of resurrecting the outdoor concert for 2010. "The block party is taking a year off to regroup," he says. "We're going to plan it at the same time as Music Waste 2010 to alleviate the stress and budget well in advance."