Wanted: One Cultural Attaché

Other potential titles: Concert Curator, Music Maven, Showtime Superstar. Whatever floats your boat.

2003 by TigerPiglet


  • Identify and procure tickets for approximately 10 shows a year, within a strict budget, for this busy and clueless music lover and her husband, who haven’t been to a concert since 2006 and would love to see some great indie bands, but have no idea where to start.
  • Requirements:

  • Must be well-informed and current in all matters concerning live shows in Vancouver.
  • Must be able to take particular but ultimately boring mainstream tastes and marry them with interesting performances taking place in cozy and inexpensive venues around the city.
  • Must be able to clearly articulate why I want to see a band I’ve never heard of, which bands I have heard of that their music could be compared to, and how much I will regret not seeing them live before they sell out/move on/break up/die in a fiery bus crash.
  • Bonus Qualifications:

  • Willing to provide albums/playlists of these new bands in advance so our hapless music-lover can sing along to a song or two (inside her head, don’t worry)
  • Ability to make going out on a work-night seem like a very good idea.
  • Remuneration:

  • A beverage or two of your choice at each show we attend
  • A couple new friends to enjoy concerts with
  • The joy of introducing someone to acts you’re passionate about
  • Those who would suggest big-name concerts in large venues and country music fans need not apply.

    (inspired by Darren’s ticket-stub photo set of all the show’s he’s seen this decade)

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    6 thoughts on “Wanted: One Cultural Attaché

    1. col

      I’m not a Cultural Attaché, but I think you guys should check out Blind Pilot. They’re here Dec 3rd at the Media Club ($18.75 tix at Red Cat Records).

    2. Kirsten

      If you’re ever in Dublin I can definitely help you out! Unfortunately being here 5 years means I’m out of the loop when it comes to the Vancouver music scene. All I can offer is playlist suggestions, I’m afraid.

    3. Crissy

      I get free tickets to shows all the time … I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

      Most are for shows at the Commodore (the best venue in the city – wahoo!)
      .-= Crissy´s last blog ..Vamp at work =-.

    4. Darren

      Ha, Miranda pointed this out to me earlier this evening.. my tastes are diverse so I’m always a little hesitant to recommend shows to people b/c live shows can be hit or miss. But I’ll do my best to let you know what’s happening in the next few months.

      Kinda sucks b/c there was a great run of bands in town over the past couple of months.

      Anyway, can you email me the bands you guys like to listen to so I can get an idea of what type of music you’re into? Right now my first impulse is to get you to read:


      and watch the video performance of The Gossip at the end of the article. One of my favorite bands of the last decade and I realize I don’t have a single ticket stub from any of their shows that I’ve seen!

      Anyhow, why don’t we sit down over a beer sometime soon and discuss your musical tastes and such?
      .-= Darren´s last blog ..You’re the Bone Machine =-.

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