The landscape of Vancouver’s Chinatown has seen a lot of change over the past six years and Fortune Sound Club has definitely played an integral part in it, undeniably for the better. From their on point hip hop, punk and indie show bookings to their weekly Friday and Saturday nights, Fortune has always been on the cusp of the emerging music scene both locally and internationally.
Tonight, the infamous Vancouver night club is celebrating their 6th anniversary with a big party headlined by Baauer. Below, we take the time to reflect on 23 of Fortune Sound Club’s most memorable shows since the beginning.
- Skepta – One of the clubs most recent sell out shows. The U.K. was well represented that night; the place was definitely shut down.
- A Tribe Called Red – One of the most important groups coming out of Canada in the past little while, A Tribe Called Red brings positive influence to First Nations youth and Fortune was one of the first venues to book them in the West.
- Little Dragon – After a strong opening year in 2010, the club booked these indie juggernauts from Sweden in for one hell of a show in January of 2011.
- OFF! – Solidifying Fortune’s reputation of being a multi-genre venue, Fortune proved it could hold up against a solid punk show.
- Barrington Levy – Breaking the genre mould yet again, this reggae legend performed to a packed room back in 2011 alongside local artist Red One.
- Cyril Hahn – You might say, one of Cyril’s first major shows was booked at Fortune right after his Destiny’s Child bootleg went viral while he was going to school in Vancouver.
- Riff Raff – This night was a blur for many, including Riff himself back in 2012.
- Flying Lotus – Every one of Flying Lotus’ shows feel unique, but the size of Fortune as a venue gave a really special feel to this one specifically.
- Partynextdoor – OVO Party brought the R&B feels to Vancouver in 2014 for a sell out performance on a Friday night at Fortune.
- Death Grips – This show was booked right after ‘No Love Deep Web’ came out in 2012. Sold out one off shows like this one just make you feel all sorts of corny feelings.
- Waka Flocka Flame – This show took place in 2013. Ever since, we’ve never been able to see him in a more intimate venue in Vancouver ever again.
- SBTRKT – His self titled album came out in 2011 and shortly after, the sold out show at Fortune Sound Club. From the U.K. to Vancouver with love.
- Duke Dumont – Expertly produced UK dance remixes in the summer of 2013. Only beautiful memories from this night remain.
- A$AP Ferg – Shabba! 2013.
- Yelawolf – Another rare and memorable 2012 show.
- Flosstradamus – Taking their enormous stadium shows into account now, jamming gangs of hdy byz and grlz into a medium sized venue like Fortune seems kind of ridiculous now doesn’t it?
- Breakbot – The local dance music scene turned out and turned up for this legendary French producer back in 2013.
- Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller – Another two shows where Fortune got in on the ground floor to bring these two (at the time) underground artists to their Vancouver fans.
- Grimez – The first stop on her first headlining tour after ‘Visions’ released was to a sold out crowd at Fortune back in 2012.
- J. Cole – This show went down in 2010, the first year the club was open! Shout out to Nardwuar!
- Wu-Tang Clan – After their incredible ‘reunion’ show at the Queen E (almost) the whole crew came to Fortune and performed an impromptu 1.5 hour concert for everyone there. A wild experience.
- Drake and Jay-Z – These guys didn’t actually perform at Fortune, but they both came through to afterparty after their respective shows at the club back in 2010, no lie.
Share with us some of your favourite Fortune Sound Club shows from the past six years in the comments below!