I.M.U. presents . . .
Fri Apr 25th IN THE EVENING Led Zeppelin Tribute & The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS A Celebration Of The Doors @ The Fairview - Info HERE
Fri Apr 25th RUNNIN' DOWN A DREAM Tom Petty Tribute w/ SEARCH PARTY & ONE BIG BICYCLE @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Sat Apr 26th BYZANTINE BLUE CD Release Party w/ ORKSTAR ŠLIVOVICA & special guests @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri May 9th CORNSHED, DEVIL IN THE WOOD SHACK & MY DEAREST FRIENDS @ The Fairview - Info HERE
Sat May 10th VAGABONDS & The BRASS ACTION @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri May 16th SKOOKUM CD Release Party w/ QUEEN ANNE'S REVENGE, FIGHTER JET & HILL BEAST @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri May 23rd THOSE THINGS Vinyl Release w/ GNOMADICS, NIGHTSHIFT & DUSTY BONES @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Sat May 24th POWER CLOWN, COCAINE MOUSTACHE, LIGHTBULB VAPORIZER & TRAMP STAMPER @ The Fairview - Info HERE
Fri May 30th SLAM LOTUS CD Release Party w/ The HARVEST, ALLUVIUM & LEVITY BALL @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri Jun 6th STONE COLD CRAZY w/ guests @ The Fairview - Info HERE
Fri Jun 6th RUDE CITY RIOT, The BRASS ACTION, BREHDREN & SWEET LEAF @ The Railway Club - Info HERE
Fri Jun 27th SUMMER TIME KICK-OFF! @ The Railway Club
Sat Jun 28th SUMMER TIME KICK-OFF! @ The Railway Club
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. Friday, April 25th
IMU presents CLASSIC ROCK ALBUM SERIES: IN THE EVENING Led Zeppelin Tribute & The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS A Celebration Of The Doors @ The Fairview, 898 West Broadway . Show 10pm / $10

Don't miss The Unknown Soldiers performing The Doors' "Strange Days" album from start to finish in its brilliant entirety. The band kicks off their third installment of an epic classic records series at 10pm, followed by a stellar selection of Doors favourites spanning their entire catalogue, plus an incendiary set of Led Zeppelin's best songs from Led Zeppelin Tribute band, "In The Evening"!

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.

IN THE EVENING pay homage to LED ZEPPELIN, presenting the music of one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time performed by the members of local Cult tribute act SPIRITWALKER. Immerse yourself in an authentic, hypnotic hard rock experience fueled by the power and majesty of Zeppelin’s iconic riffs, rhythms and textures delivered with faithful use of alternate tunings, effects units and analog bass pedals.

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. Friday, April 25th
IMU presents RUNNIN' DOWN A DREAM Tom Petty Tribute w/ SEARCH PARTY & ONE BIG BICYCLE @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 10pm / $10 cover

RUNNIN' DOWN A DREAM (Tom Petty Tribute) - Mark Ingram started Runnin' Down A Dream in 2009 as a way to introduce new fans to the music of one of the greatest songwriters in rock and roll while entertaining existing fans with familiar hits and standout rarities. This kick-ass band of experienced musicians will blow you away with their high energy takes on classic Tom Petty songs like American Girl, Free Fallin' and Mary Jane's Last Dance, not to mention a song or two from the Traveling Wilburys, Mudcrutch, and Petty's Live Anthology.

ONE BIG BICYCLE is a fun-loving, entertaining, talented trio that plays melodic pop and blues-inflected rock. Featuring great male/female vocals and spirited energy inspired by classic bands like Jefferson Airplane and Fleetwood Mac, their musical passion is evident in their extensive and dynamic originals and covers.

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. Saturday, April 26th
IMU presents BYZANTINE BLUE CD Release Party w/ ORKSTAR ŠLIVOVICA & special guests @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 10pm / $15 cover

Join Byzantine Blue as they celebrate thier newest release joined by Orkstar Slivovica & a very special guest!

BYZANTINE BLUE is a complex synthesis of modern rock arrangements, creative rhythms and emotionally charged melodies. With heavy ethno-fusion sounds and soulful vocals floating over exotic rhythmic patterns, this Vancouver-based gypsy-rock trio was brought together by a shared love of western alternative rock and traditional Balkan music.

ORKSTAR ŠLIVOVICA plays high energy Roma-style music and and heart-wrenching songs from the Balkans featuring trumpets, saxophone, driving percussion plus baritone and bass tubas. Wielding battered and ancient instruments and dressed in the highest fashions of your great grandparents' youth, their repertoire includes tunes from Serbia, Macedonia and other mysterious and distant lands.

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. Friday, May 9th
IMU presents CORNSHED, DEVIL IN THE WOOD SHACK & MY DEAREST FRIENDS @ The Fairview, 898 West Broadway . Show 10pm / $10

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.

DEVIL IN THE WOOD SHACK is a six-piece acoustic band with unapologetic honesty and more intrigue than a well told story! Their members hail from opposite ends of the country, forging a gypsy, western, pirate punk sound that's raw and untamed, straight from hell riding on drunken angel wings.


MY DEAREST FRIENDS - The stirring sounds of My Dearest Friends fall somewhere between The Beach Boys and Portishead, a 1950s burger joint with rollerskates and Radiohead b-sides blaring out under the covered parking lot.

Like all great art, it's indescribably focused, beautiful and irreverent, music that undeniably needs to be heard. Right. Now.

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. Saturday, May 10th IMU presents VAGABONDS & The BRASS ACTION @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 10pm / $10

VAGABONDS - Starting out as a five piece cover band whose members all originally hail from Ireland, Vagabonds have become a regular fixture on the local music scene with a live show that bursts with energy on every occasion. They play contemporary rock with a Celtic twist and at least ten different instruments between them, mixing traditional Irish favourites with songs by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Prince and Arcade Fire.

The BRASS ACTION is high-energy horn-driven ska at its finest! This 5-piece band brings a wide variety of influences and styles to the stage... be prepared to dance, skank, mosh, sweat, and find out why they're called The Brass Action.

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. Friday, May 16th
IMU presents SKOOKUM CD Release Party w/ QUEEN ANNES REVENGE, FIGHTER JET & HILL BEAST @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 10pm / $10

Join Skookum as they celebrate the release of their latest CD "Pleasure Crüz", joined by special guests Queen Anne's Revenge, Hill Beast & Fighter Jet at the legendary Railway Club!
SKOOKUM - Lumbering out of the depths of a densely forested bush, Skookum was born with a thunderous boom that caused the villagers to raise their fists to the air in an all out heavy-rawkin' salute. The spawn of four guys who like to play riff-heavy rock, Skookum's infectious rhythms and driving beats sound like no other!

QUEEN ANNE'S REVENGE - Featuring a 70s garage sound with hints of hard punk edge and modern indie rock, Queen Anne's Revenge plays honest rock from a bygone era that smells like good times and bad decisions from hard drinking young men.

FIGHTER JET is destined to take audiences on a wild ride to new heights and far away places, navigating a flight plan of soaring melodic hooks with explosive climbs and daring dives. An East Van garage band with stoner rock sensibilities, Fighter Jet is ready for take off!
HILL BEAST is a 3 piece guitar-driven band that mixes alt rock, indie rock, post rock and noise rock with psychedelic and shoegazer overtones.

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. Friday, May 23rd
IMU presents THOSE THINGS Vinyl Release Party w/ GNOMADICS, NIGHTSHIFT & DUSTY BONES @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 10pm / $10 cover

Join us this special evening as THOSE THINGS celebrate the release their new vinyl album with special guests Gnomadics, Nightshift & Dusty Bones!

THOSE THINGS - "Equipped with some raw punk energy, pop hooks, and metal-tinged fretwork, Those Things aims to entertain with catchy tales of dismembered bodies and rabies-infected bites" - the Georgia Straight

GNOMADICS - Influenced by 90s alternative and 60s pop, Gnomadics combine power-pop, garage, surf and glam sounds into a unique brand of psychedelic alt rock. Their democratic songwriting process invites stylistic variation whch they bash out gleefully in their East Vancouver rehearsal.

NIGHTSHIFT delivers California-style hardcore with infectious sing-along punk harmonies, fantastic riffs and an occasional poppy edge.

DUSTY BONES - Hailing from East Van, Dusty Bones brings an authentic, hauntingly gritty rock sound to the small stage, complete with female vocals and creative instrument swapping.

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. Saturday, May 24th
IMU presents POWER CLOWN, COCAINE MOUSTACHE, LIGHTBULB VAPORIZER & TRAMP STAMPER @ The Fairview, 898 West Broadway . Show 10pm / $15 cover @ the door / $12 advance tickets available directly via the bands
POWER CLOWN features members of D.O.A., The Real McKenzies and Death Sentence thrashing out tunes in a wild and shredding performance while dressed as psychotic clowns to create the greatest Maiden tribute ever!

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!

LIGHTBULB VAPORIZER are full blown disciples of improvisation in its most raw and limitless form, crafting psychedelic jams to the moon carried in the ever warm embrace of the groove. With skull-melting guitar virtuosity they explore the nether regions of the sonic landscape, distorting the audience's sense of reality.

TRAMP STAMPER - Booze-filled debauchery and crazy lifestyles have fuelled the fire for Tramp Stamper's heavy-hitting songs, all based on true events. With a hard-working blue collar background, they've busted their asses to record two EPs in LA, mastered by the world-renowned Howie Weinberg.


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Friday, May 30th
IMU presents SLAM LOTUS CD Release Party w/ The HARVEST, ALLUVIUM & LEVITY BALL @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 10pm / $10 cover

Come celebrate with Slam Lotus as they release their self-titled debut CD joined by The Harvest, Alluvium & Levity Ball!

SLAM LOTUS have brought together their diverse backgrounds and influences to deliver a rock solid sound reminiscent of the super groups of the 60s and 70s. Drawing on styles ranging from middle eastern to southern rock, Slam Lotus creates music that you'll want to listen to again and again.

The HARVEST mixes punk ethics, DIY personality and genuine passion for great music in a variety of styles from hard rock to blues and ska. Their influences are wide and varied from the Ramones and Sublime to No Doubt and Motley Crue, alternating elements of soul, rock, reggae, funk and percussive glam.

LEVITY BALL combines '50s rockabilly, '60s pop, '70s rock and quirky '80s new wave into a musical melting pot with a dash of the blues to create original music with a classic rock sound.

ALLUVIUM's sound is influenced by jazz, pop. folk, and psychedelic rock, and their live show is engaging and lively. And sweaty. And looking to spread some love!

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. Friday, June 6th
IMU presents STONE COLD CRAZY Queen Tribute w/ guests @ The Fairview, 898 West Broadway . Show 10pm / $10 cover

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!

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. Friday, June 6th
IMU presents RUDE CITY RIOT, The BRASS ACTION, BREHDREN & SWEET LEAF @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 10pm / $10 cover

RUDE CITY RIOT - Contagious melodies, smart lyrics, tight grooves and a wailing horn section keep the dance floor packed and the crowd singing along. With a strong reverence for the mighty ska tradition and influences ranging from punk to reggae to soul, Rude City Riot is set to make their mark on the ska community!

The BRASS ACTION is high-energy horn-driven ska at its finest! This 5-piece band brings a wide variety of influences and styles to the stage... be prepared to dance, skank, mosh, sweat, and find out why they're called The Brass Action.

BREHDREN - This Vancouver-based reggae/ska/rock band was formed in 2010 with their sound based around energetic front man Scott E. Moil who's more than just a singer, he's an entertainer first and foremost. The other members of Brehdren back him up with songs that touch on elements of jazz, indie pop and even progressive rock.

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