February 28, 2017
Tickets for the Smugglers reunion / “Dirty Windshields” book launch have been on sale for a month, and we’re happy to report that they’re moving fast! We’ve been receiving many different questions about the logistics of the event, which I will attempt to answer as a whole here.
FRIDAY: On the evening of Friday May 12, we’ll be having a “welcome party” at 8pm for the bands and out-of-town guests at What’s Up? Hot Dog!, at 2481 East Hastings Street. I’ll be doing a reading from the new book, there will be a DJ, and some special surprise appearances.
SATURDAY: The East Van Baseball League will host two special games between the Black Sox vs. the Mount Pleasant Murder (1pm) and the Isotopes vs. The Chinatown Cobras for your enjoyment at Strathcona Park. Members of the Muffs will be throwing out the first pitch and singing the anthem.
The event at the Commodore on Saturday May 13 is an early show! Doors will open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Books will be on sale and I’ll be at the signing table at the beginning and end of the night. The Commodore serves a full dinner menu, and you can even reserve a table. The order of the show from start to finish is Needles//Pins, Chixdiggit, the Muffs, and the Smugglers. The entire show will definitely be over by midnight. Babysitters, eh?
SUNDAY: On Sunday May 14, our pal Nardwuar the Human Serviette and the Smugglers will attempt to co-host a “send off brunch” at the Tomahawk BBQ in North Vancouver.
We are recommending two hotels, both roughly priced at $150 US / $195 CDN for a “deluxe queen” room.
The first is Moda Hotel, which is very close to the venue, just a half block away on Seymour Street. It’s a downtown hotel close to all the action. Some would say too close. The other is the Sylvia Hotel, a Vancouver classic with a world-class location, right on English Bay beach in the West End. It’s very close to Stanley Park and right on the seawall, and a bus, cab, or long-ish walk to the venue. For the cheapest option (under $100 CDN), check out the Waldorf tiki hotel, which is close to What’s Up? Hot Dog! and definitely a cab or bus ride away from the Commodore. And there’s always AirBnB.
As indicated, taxis and city buses are your best bet, since Vancouver is the biggest major city in North America still without Uber. Sorry! We do have rapid transit from our airport to downtown, however (“The Canada Line”) which drops you off within two blocks of Moda and the Commodore.
Tickets are $25.00 each for the Commodore show. Friday and Sunday events are free. If you’re in Vancouver, your cheapest option for tickets is by purchasing them at either Red Cat Records location (East Hastings or Main Street). Otherwise, you can purchase them online here, or by calling 1-855-985-5000.
Any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Hope to see you in Vancouver in May, and thanks for the interest!