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It’s time for music to find a home here, one that is progressive in nature and global in perspective.

With your help, Vancouver will gain a creative hub and iconic landmark that celebrates our music. 

For a new grown-up Vancouver.

Vancouver is home to some of the best musicians in the world and a growing population eager for music of all kinds. Surprisingly, our city has no centre specifically dedicated to music creation, education and performance. 

It’s time for a great place to hear and discover live music in Vancouver.  The Vancouver Independent Music Centre Society was established in 2011 to develop the VIM House—a well designed, acoustically excellent space featuring a 250-300 seat concert venue, rehearsal and workshop spaces and a destination café.  The VIM House will provide the intimacy and warmth for jazz, blues, early, folk and classical music, the energy and vibrancy that attracts audiences of all ages, and the technical brilliance required for electro-acoustic and experimental music.

It’s time for a great affordable and sustainable space for live music. The VIM House will support creativity, showcase local and world talent, educate and enable outreach through workshops, after school programs, webcasts and streaming and, ultimately, bring our community together. 


Every era has had its own destinations for Vancouver’s best music, and we intend to honour and build on this rich legacy:

1920s and 1930s 
Hogan’s Alley, The Cave

1950s, 1960s and 1970s
The Smilin’ Buddha, The Cellar, The Harlem Nocturne, Isy’s Supper Club, Oil Can Harry’s, The Classical Joint

1980s and 1990s
Richards on Richards, Town Pump, The Glass Slipper, Rossini’s, The Landmark Hotel

2000s
The Cellar Jazz Club

Sadly, these Vancouver venues have been lost for different reasons, from re-development to retirement. With your generous support, we can make the VIM House happen and build Vancouver`s first centre designed for music, musicians, concert goers, students and all eager to hear the past, present and future of music.