You’ve heard of the 100-mile diet, right?

Where you’re challenged to eat nothing but food grown within, you guessed it, 100 miles of your digs. Well, I applaud you if you could actually stick to it (I could never give up pineapples).

But you know what I could stick to? The 100-mile music diet.


Because Vancouver’s music scene is on a (rock and) roll. And not just because Justin Bieber is coming to town. Herewith, five favourites:


1. Japandroids, the duo who sing and swear about our city with reckless abandon. All together now: “It’s raining in Vancouver. But I don’t give a fu*k cause I’m in love with you tonight.” (Pardon the language, Mom.) They’ll be playing the Rickshaw on Oct. 9 (get tix here). Photo: Chad Batka.


2. Dan Mangan, who’s currently sitting pretty on the Polaris Music Prize short list and will be playing the Vogue Theatre on Nov. 13 (tickets go on sale Friday). Photo: Shea Pollard.


3. Brasstronaut. I’ve raved about them before, but their poppy jazz and animated shows will make them your new favourite band (if they aren’t already).


4. Listening Party, who came all the way from Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island (still within 100 miles, I checked) to play a show this past weekend. I missed it, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about their live performance so I won’t make the same mistake next time.


5. The WIZERDZ. I’m entirely biased (they’re my brother’s band), but they’re by far my favourite fantasy-themed electronica dance rock band out there. And they’ll be playing our magical city this fall.

So tell me: who are your favourite hometown bands? Those of you who live in Paris (Phoenix!), Stockholm (Miike Snow!) and Montreal (Arcade Fire!) have it so easy.

P.S. Go on the 100-mile Facebook diet and add the Anthology.

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  • Reply mc August 19, 2010 at 9:36 am

    i’m hoping this ranking system is in no particular order – otherwise those wiz kidz need to be pushed to number 1.

  • Reply Sabrina August 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Where to start with favourite Brooklyn bands…saw the National the other day in Prospect Park. They said they walked to their gig.

  • Reply Larissa August 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I agree with MC – although all the rest are awesome too. I hear the WIZERD are playing a show on Oct 18th!

  • Reply Masey August 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Great post Kelsey!

    If we’re talking my adopted home town (Vancouver), I’m a huge fan these days of “Run the Red Light”.

    If we’re talking my actual home town (Brisbane, Australia), however, then it’s hard to go past the soon-to-be-splitting “Powderfinger”, “The Butterfly Effect”, “Regurgitator” and soloists like “Pete Murray”.

  • Reply Rachael August 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Love all of these. Dan Mangan and Japandroids are fantastic. I also love me some Mother Mother (whom I believe are mainly from Burnaby).

  • Reply the Success Ladder August 20, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I really like your blog. Very good posts! Please continue posting such awesome cnotent.

  • Reply camille August 20, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Boston’s a really easy 100-mile music diet town as well. And it doesn’t even mean you have to like punk to do it anymore, the way it used to (although it certainly still works if you do). I want to make a list now! Maybe I’ll re-comment from work when I have a little time.

  • Reply quelle August 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    you say party!

  • Reply quelle August 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    do tegan & sara count if sara is based in montreal? :p

  • Reply Couture Carrie August 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Very cool post, darling!
    Will have to check out these bands!


  • Reply Cafe Fashionista August 21, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Is there a reason why you must always look so amazing? I adore it! And I am off to check out these bands – I LOVE music!! :)

  • Reply vagabond sister August 22, 2010 at 9:24 am

    cool blog! I love your outfits!

  • Reply Milk and Honey Home August 23, 2010 at 3:42 am

    You know, my 90-year-old grandmother (who looks 65) has only eaten this diet. She wasn’t trying to be hip or trendy…most was poverty and the latter part of her life was preference. You should see her skin. I think I need to try this!

  • Reply hauteworld August 23, 2010 at 5:39 am

    See, I’d have trouble going on this diet, considering I find French rap to be hilarious (in a bad way), so that would leave me listening to Carla Bruni all day… sigh. Love the idea though!

    And I’m trying to kick myself out of the blog laziness. It really must be the 1.5 year itch!

  • Reply janis August 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    i will definitely have to check some of these out! brasstronaut sounds most interesting!!

  • Reply Carla Bruni September 14, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Carla Bruni is my hero !

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