I.M.U. presents . . .
Fri Sept 26th The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS A Celebration Of The Doors, STONE COLD CRAZY Queen Tribute & RED HERRING @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri Sept 26th ORGANIK THE BAND, FREEFLOW & CHAMPAGNE REPUBLIC @ The Backstage Lounge - Info HERE
Fri Oct 3rd GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, YEAR OF THE WOLF, GHOST BODY & CORNSHED @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri Oct 10th RAMPANT LION, The DASH, INTERNATIONAL BLINDFOLD & BEYOND SQUARE @ The Fairview - Info HERE
Fri Oct 17th COCAINE MOUSTACHE, LA CHINGA, BURN HOLLYWOOD BURN & NOSE DRAG @ The Wise Hall - Info HERE
Fri Oct 17th SISTER SABBATH Black Sabbath Tribute, GENERATION WHO Canada's Who Tribute & CLAPTON'S BLUES POWER Eric Clapton Tribute @ The Fairview - Info HERE
Sat Oct 18th HARMA WHITE, CHIMPANZEBRAS, The ENEMY FEATHERS & guests @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri Oct 24th NORTH COUNTRY GENTLEMEN CD Release Party w/ guests @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri Oct 24th FREEFLOW, JABUTI THE TORTOISE & The SURFRAJETS @ The Backstage Lounge - Info HERE
Fri Oct 31st HALLOWEEN CIRCUS SPECTACULAR! REVEREND HEATHEN STRAGEFELLOW & The VAUDVILLE VAGABONDS, The MILK PIPES CD Release & The FATALZ @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri Oct 31st HALLOWEEN TIME MACHINE! JAPANESE COWBOY Ween Tribute, STONE COLD CRAZY Queen Tribute & The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS A Celebration Of The Doors @ The Fairview - Info HERE
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. Friday, September 26th IMU presents The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS A Celebration Of The Doors, STONE COLD CRAZY Queen Tribute & RED HERRING @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 9pm / $10

The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS come amazingly close to replicating the music of THE DOORS note for note while capturing their raw energy through each band member's interpretation, combining to deliver a groovy reproduction of a live Doors show that keeps audiences in a head-bobbing, toe-tapping trance. Their singer's Morrison-esque look, vibe and baritone voice combine with swirling organs and deft musicianship to captivate and transcend time and place, allowing audiences to be transported back in time to experience a taste of live shows that are now a part of rock mythology.

STONE COLD CRAZY is Vancouver's foremost tribute to legendary UK rockers QUEEN, capturing their spirit, spectacle and songs with power and grace. Taking their mutual love of all things Mercury into the hearts and minds of Vancouver's classic rock fans, they skillfully deliver quintessential Queen from throughout their chart-topping career.

Stone Cold Crazy is excited to introduce the gender-bending performance of singer/pianist Tania Gosgnach, channelling the legendary Freddie Mercury. Come and get your Queen on!

RED HERRING - Featuring an impressive line-up of local musicians who've worked with the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Paul Hyde, Veda Hille and Sook Yin Lee, Red Herring plays jangly, spiky, danceable art punk that is quirky, unique and iconoclastic. Landing MuchMusic airplay and top honours in CiTR's Shindig, the 4 founding members have reunited after an extended hiatus to revisit past favourites and explore exciting new compositions.

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. Friday, September 26th IMU presents ORGANIK THE BAND, FREEFLOW & CHAMPAGNE REPUBLIC @ The Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston Street, Granville Island. Show 9pm / $10 cover

ORGANIK THE BAND (or-gan'ik) creates mindblowingly clever, pure soulful music with primal urgency and infectious party vibes. Their high-energy live performances skillfully blend hip hop, pop/rock and r&b sounds, taking the musical leads of classic acts like Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix and Run DMC to create a sexy, stylish sound.

FREEFLOW - Combining dynamic, rhythm-fused soul with funk, reggae, rock and electronica, Freeflow creates something that's wholly original -- music for and of the people. Their electrifying live shows deliver ass-shakin' grooves that have turned many a sold out crowd into frenzied disciples while getting even the most jaded club hoppers jumping around.

CHAMPAGNE REPUBLIC transcends genres, combining influences from R&B, soul, rock, pop, funk and reggae to create a unique sound that captures audiences of all musical tastes.

With high energy out-of-your-seat grooves that are electric, funky, melodic and non-stop, Champagne Republic is set to make dance floors groove in the Vancouver area and beyond!

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. Friday, October 3rd IMU presents GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (from the U.K.) w/ YEAR OF THE WOLF, GHOST BODY & CORNSHED @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 9pm / $10

Get soused and get your stomp on with GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS the premier purveyors of alcoholic circus music w/ moonshine soaked rabble-rousers CORNSHED, bluesy rock'n'rollers YEAR OF THE WOLF & dark punk rock'n'rollers GHOST BODY!

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS - Premier purveyors of alcoholic circus music, this London UK-based three piece is equally adept at power trio riffing as they are producing string-laden baroque outsider music. Their unique mix of joyful gypsy power pop stomp, chaotic piano balladry and wide-eyed punkabilly is colourful, hard-hitting and brilliantly unified by a killer pop sensibility.

YEAR OF THE WOLF - Bent on keeping the roots of their music true to themselves and their fans, Year Of The Wolf is a blues-inflected rock and roll band with razor sharp expression.

CORNSHED - A blend of East Coast, folk, and bluegrass with the tempo and driving force of a punk band makes Vancouver's Cornshed a stomping, rabble-rousing, "forget about your next day of work" experience. Back to the roots is the simplest way to put it, and the boot stompin’ tunes these guys play get everyone dancing. With an undeniable fire burning in their belly, Cornshed are about to bring the dead back to life.

GHOST BODY delivers modern, dark punk with rock n roll rhythm and the leads punk always could've sold but didn't. Elevated by transcending vocals, melody and rhythm, they put aside traditional genre stigmas to produce something that can't be to pigeonholed.

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. Friday, October 10th IMU presents RAMPANT LION, The DASH, INTERNATIONAL BLINDFOLD & BEYOND SQUARE @ The Fairview, 898 West Broadway . Show 9pm / $10 cover
RAMPANT LION possesses a growing catalogue of dynamic songs featuring 3-part harmonies, hummable melodies and garage grunge post punk riffs in a sound that's familiar yet current, aggressive yet melodic, fun yet serious. Their latest EP "Mirror Distortion" was recorded in Seattle with Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) and features the raw, dynamic energy of the band in its purest form.

The DASH is a local four piece band with killer guitar riffs, catchy melodies and choruses, and lyrical content ranging from social awareness to personal experiences everyone can relate to. You'll be sure to leave their show with a few songs happily stuck in your head.

INTERNATIONAL BLINDFOLD - With a punked-out '80s glam rock tone bleeding into a '90s grunge vibe, this high energy alternative Vancouver rock band plays as if the fate of the world depends on it, crafting a unique and solid blend that's all their own.
BEYOND SQUARE mixes classic rock influences with a punk edge and indie feel.

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. Friday, October 17th IMU presents COCAINE MOUSTACHE, LA CHINGA, BURN HOLLYWOOD BURN & NOSE DRAG @ The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street @ Victoria Drive. Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

COCAINE MOUSTACHE - Formed during an out of control party that turned into a band, Cocaine Moustache delivers good time songs influenced by rock, blues, soul and funk with a hard edge. An orgy for the ears, their sonic cocktail of booze-fueled anthems is the perfect soundtrack to a world in need of a killer party!

LA CHINGA play '70s-inspired, blues-infected hard rock that is thoroughly indebted to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer. Complete with a long-haired, side-burned, leather-vested lead singer, their big, smokey, whiskey-soaked sound is "so rooted in the ‘70s that visions of motorcycles and desert leather are evoked the second you press play." - Discorder

BURN HOLLYWOOD BURN - With influences ranging from Foo Fighters and Motorhead to AC/DC and GNR, their music mixes blazing guitars and tight drumming to concoct an effort bursting at the seams with spine-tingling classics and ultra-catchy gems.

NOSE DRAG - Featuring former members of Mongoose, Caustic Thought and Trike Wipeout, Nose Drag occupy the musical spectrum somewhere between The Melvins and Queens Of The Stone Age.

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. Friday, October 17th IMU presents SISTER SABBATH Black Sabbath Tribute, GENERATION WHO Canada's Who Tribute & CLAPTON'S BLUES POWER Eric Clapton Tribute @ The Fairview, 898 West Broadway . Show 9pm / $10 cover
SISTER SABBATH is different from other Black Sabbath tribute bands, a force to be reckoned with boasting a female singer who covers all the eras of Sabbath with ease while wearing a psychotic nun's outfit. Their set list covers every angle of the band's vast career from their biggest hits to underground favorites, with an entertaining stage show featuring some of the city's finest musicians.

GENERATION WHO - From hungry young artists in the mid-'60s to arena rock royalty of the '70s, The Who has constantly changed and reinvented itself. Generation Who showcase material from the legendary band's expansive catalogue and put on rousing performances on-stage. Brilliant, inspired and in top form, expect Generation Who to rock you with The Who's musical legacy!
CLAPTON'S BLUES POWER follows Eric Clapton's musical journey and rise to the pinnacle of rock history, playing songs from his early years with The Yardbirds, classics from rock's first supergroup Cream, and the best of his solo career. They strive to recreate the riffs, harmonies and feel of a blues guitar legend who played alongside some of the greatest musicians of his era.

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. Saturday, October 18th IMU presents HARMA WHITE, CHIMPANZEBRAS, The ENEMY FEATHERS & guests @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 9pm / $10 cover

HARMA WHITE
brings heavy doses of party rock, blues and soul along with a strong passion for getting crowds moving and rocking out. Reviving a long lost tradition of keeping sounds raw and real, they've won over concert goers and musicians alike. Consistent gigging and hard work has kept the trio creating and pushing the boundaries of their sound while sharing stages with bands like Finger 11 and You Say Party We Say Die!

CHIMPANZEBRAS
offer biting social satire underneath jubilant surf-punk and jazz-influenced pop anthems. Their music provides a fresh alternative and astronomically more productive reality, allowing you to step outside your adolescent self and manually remove the layers upon layers of crap you once considered fact.

The ENEMY FEATHERS embrace DIY pop music, post-punk craft, folk rock guts and epic garage excitement in a do-or-die struggle with the banalities of everyday life. Enjoy the sorrows of being alive while escaping the dustbin of history - it's time to join the enemy!

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. Friday, October 24th IMU presents NORTH COUNTRY GENTLEMEN CD Release Party w/ guests @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 9pm / $10 cover

NORTH COUNTRY GENTLEMEN - Filled with rich, haunting melodies and four-part harmonies, North Country Gentlemen is a magical blend of grit, poetry, humour, and nostalgia. Formerly known as COWBOYS & INDIANS, they're back with a new band name, a new band member, and Featured Artist of the Month status from Shore 104.5 FM.

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. Friday, October 24th IMU presents JABUTI THE TORTOISE, FREEFLOW & The SURFRAJETS @ The Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston Street, Granville Island. Show 9pm / $10 cover

FREEFLOW - Combining dynamic, rhythm-fused soul with funk, reggae, rock and electronica, Freeflow creates something that's wholly original -- music for and of the people. Their electrifying live shows deliver ass-shakin' grooves that have turned many a sold out crowd into frenzied disciples while getting even the most jaded club hoppers jumping around.

JABUTI THE TORTOISE - Formerly known as MOONSHINE EXPRESS, Jabuti The Tortoise shares a love for funky grooves and energetic jams. Cranking out hip hop, jazz, funk, soul and reggae elements, their sound is both raw and thoughtful.

The SURFRAJETS are a surfy '60s garage quartet from Vancouver influenced by the likes of Link Wray, The Ventures, The Shadows and Eddie Cochrane.

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. Friday, October 31st IMU presents HALLOWEEN CIRCUS SPECTACULAR! REVEREND HEATHEN STRAGEFELLOW & The VAUDVILLE VAGABONDS, The MILK PIPES CD Release & The FATALZ @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 9pm

Step right up for a rock n roll circus extravaganza this Halloween starring internationally acclaimed musical cabaret extravaganza Reverend Heathen StrangeFellow and the VaudeVille Vagabonds as they unleash an awe-inspiring production of epic proportions. Joined by the CD release party for stellar drunkabilly music makers The Milk Pipes, and friends The Fatalz, this show will have you boozin and floozin in the best moonshine tradition!

REVEREND HEATHEN STRANGEFELLOW & The VAUDEVILLE VAGABONDS is a gypsy rock circus show with live music, exotic belly dancers, contortion, sword swallowing, clowns, audience game shows and even werewolves fighting Mexican wrestlers! Musically inspired by the likes of Gogol Bordello and Tom Waits, the shows are akin to a grass roots Cirque du Soleil in the form of a swing/rock band with coed vocals and instrumentation including standup bass, accordion, clarinet, baritone saxophone and drums. "Acrobats, monsters, belly dancers, a Riverboat Queen, and the best undefinable and amazing music I've experienced in decades!" ­J Andrew Banks (journalist/photographer)

The MILK PIPES
- Sounding like a '63 Impala comin' sideways around a corner on two wheels, The Milk Pipes always drop the hammer on their original tunes with a joyful and reckless abandon. Tube amps and classic guitars slash against the solid punch of a rhythm section born to serve the song while keys and ukes underpin the whole cacophony with delicious counter melodies.

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. Friday, October 31st IMU presents HALLOWEEN TIME MACHINE! JAPANESE COWBOY Ween Tribute, STONE COLD CRAZY Queen Tribute & The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS A Celebration Of The Doors @ The Fairview, 898 West Broadway . Show 9pm / $10 cover

Celebrate the spirit of Halloween, rock'n'roll style, with 3 killer tribute bands showcasing the stellar music of WEEN, QUEEN & The DOORS! Transport yourself into the musical past and revel in psychedelic aural delights with JAPANESE COWBOY, STONE COLD CRAZY & The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS!

JAPANESE COWBOY - Renowned for spawning ingenious creations of bad taste and dizzying chaos, Japanese Cowboy definitively delivers the innovative meta-rock stylings of WEEN. Ween's incredible musical diversity, reckless experimentation and cheeky humour has traversed almost every genre in existence, brilliantly blended with genuine rock'n'roll excitement.

STONE COLD CRAZY (10:30pm) is Vancouver's foremost tribute to legendary UK rockers QUEEN, capturing their spirit, spectacle and songs with power and grace.

Taking their mutual love of all things Mercury into the hearts and minds of Vancouver's classic rock fans, they skillfully deliver quintessential Queen from throughout their chart-topping career. Stone Cold Crazy is excited to introduce the gender-bending performance of singer/pianist Tania Gosgnach, channelling the legendary Freddie Mercury. Come and get your Queen on!

The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS come amazingly close to replicating the music of THE DOORS note for note while capturing their raw energy through each band member's interpretation, combining to deliver a groovy reproduction of a live Doors show that keeps audiences in a head-bobbing, toe-tapping trance. Their singer's Morrison-esque look, vibe and baritone voice combine with swirling organs and deft musicianship to captivate and transcend time and place, allowing audiences to be transported back in time to experience a taste of live shows that are now a part of rock mythology.

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