Rumor Has It
Signs of Life
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
When last we talked, I covered the Subdued Stringband Jamboree’s 2021 vaxx-only policy and hinted that although they were the first live music purveyors to make vaccines a condition of attendance, they certainly would not be the last.
Shortly after that, the Wild Buffalo—which was the show announcement I hinted at—dropped the news that they’d booked the Posies and the Black Tones to play the venue’s first show in 15 or so months (not that I’ve been counting or anything). That show, which takes place July 17, will also require all attending to be vaccinated. As I write this, less than 40 tickets remain for the limited-attendance one-off. By the time you read this, the show could very well be sold out. The plan for the Buff is to host the show, go dark again for a short time, and then reopen with a slow and steady rollout of live entertainment. It’s a good plan, but frankly after a year of no live music, I’m down for whatever they might like to do with the proviso that it’s safe for them to do so.
It’s probably worth noting that Stringband is also not yet sold out. I’m not sure how many tickets are left, but with the exceedingly popular event operating at limited capacity, it can’t be a whole lot of them and they won’t last long.
At this point, signs of the music scene coming back to life—at least as far as venues are concerned—are everywhere and I’ve never been happier or more grateful for the perseverance of the stages that our musicians call home. It’s possible that I shed a tear or two of sweet relief when Boundary Bay released its summer beer garden calendar and then again when the Shakedown show announcements began to roll in. So what if I did?
Another sign of brighter future days is a recent Make.Shift job posting. The multipurpose arts space is hiring a venue manager, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The person will be responsible for booking the basement music venue with “diverse and interesting” acts, handling promotion and payouts, keeping record of attendance and ticket sales, and supervise and collaborate with the event crew, volunteer staff and booking crew.
Best of all, venue manager is a paid position, which is exciting stuff. Full disclosure: the starting wage is $14 per hour at 30 hours a week with the expectation that it will grow to “at least” 40 hours a week. Is it great that it’s not a volunteer position? Unequivocally. Is that a living wage? Not in Bellingham, not anymore, a fact of life that is not Make.Shift’s fault. However, I have no end of faith that the right person will see it for the opportunity it is, bring no end of positive energy and creativity to the job and make it work.