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Canadian Music Venues

The Imperial

319 Main St, Vancouver


The Imperial is one of Vancouver’s most stylish venues, combining an eastern aesthetic with top notch sound equipment. While the space was designed to accommodate a cinema, the arrival of a new booker in 2014 has seen an explosion of shows at the venue.

Located at 319 Main St., the Imperial used to be the Golden Harvest movie house, which specialized in Chinese kung fu films. It has since been remodelled to feature terracotta statues, comfortable seating near the bar and wooden floors. In 2013, the venue opened its doors to more events, bringing in promoter David Hawkes to book bands. Alongside these shows, the Imperial often hosts film screenings, conferences and more.

Promoters at the venue book a range of international acts, including Lucius, Tortoise and Super Furry Animals. Canadian bands also pass through frequently, with musicians such as Plants and Animals, Dirty Radio and more. The Imperial has also taken part in Vancouver’s Levitation festival, which highlights an array of psychedelic-inspired music. As a result, artists such as Thundercat, Shabazz Palaces and Com Truise have taken the stage at the venue.