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New Year’s Eve is still two weeks away, but don’t wait until the last minute to buy party tickets, or you’ll end up in one of two places: stinking up your rented tux on an overcrowded, overpriced dance floor, or banging pots and pans on your front stoop.
And if your procrastination is due to discouraging hundred-dollar tickets and the overwhelming number of events to choose from, don’t despair. Here are five cool music-filled New Year’s Eve parties in Vancouver, all with advance ticket prices between $12 and $55.
Get your soca (and dancehall and chutney) on at Surrey’s historic Sullivan Hall with DJs Obosi, Hayden and Kizum, and guitarist Vincy Man. Includes a full-course Trinidadian dinner, with vegetarian options. Cash bar serves 10 varieties of BC and organic wines as well as beer and liquor. Sullivan Hall, 5888-152 St, Surrey. Tickets: Clubzone and Zulu Records.
Ring in the new decade with local up-and-coming indie talent. Members of the Painted Birds, Elias, Bend Sinister, Said the Whale, The Gentle Infidels, Laura Smith and Hannah Georgas join forces for covers and collaborations. The Media Club, 695 Cambie St, Vancouver. Tickets, or call 604-608-2871.
Not just for soul purists and record geeks, this first-ever New Year’s dance party features favourites and rarities spun by SlimRoy and Jonny Was. Ticket includes a Soul Club pin, an official Astoria Soul Club compilation CD, and midnight champagne. Astoria Pub, 769 East Hastings St, Vancouver. Tickets: Zulu Records and Red Cat Records.
Live performance art, music, complimentary tarot readings, and painting lessons at Yaletown’s only sustainable eatery-slash-art studio. What more could you ask for? Organic wine and tapas, you say? Done. Raw Canvas, 1046 Hamilton St, Vancouver. Call for tickets: 604-687-1729.
Ice Cream Social New Year’s Party
This third annual party features 1950s and ’60s dance tunes by Vancouver’s premier sockhop DJs Trevor Risk, Cam Dales, Tyler Fedchuk and Justin Gradin, and sets by local bands Terror Bird, Defektors and Dead Ghosts. Biltmore Cabaret, 395 Kingsway, Vancouver. Tickets: Zulu Records and Red Cat Records.
Where will you be spending New Year’s Eve?