Coming up on June 8th & 9th, feast your ears on eight bands over two nights at one church just around the corner

›› Alexa Verstraten

In 3 short years, Vinyl Envy—at 1717 Quadra Street—has quickly become a community hub for local music and live performance! New and used record store by day, live music venue by night. Started by Michael Cline and joined shortly after by local music scene ­cultivator Matt Andrade, Vinyl Envy is a unique ­performance space designed for music-lovers of all ages.

“Our city is budding with musical talent and every week I’m amazed at the ­number of talented musicians located in and around Victoria,” said Cline. “So it got us thinking, how can we showcase a few bands we’ve worked with that really stood out and curate a show with them in a unique space?”

It’s with that in mind that Cline and Andrade co-curated Psych and Soul.

Supported by Creative BC and the ­Province of British Columbia, Psych & Soul Weekend is an electric weekend of live psychedelic and soul music on Friday, June 8th & Saturday, June 9th! The show is open to people of all ages ($25 for one night, $40 for two nights, and $5 for kids) and will take place at The First ­Metropolitan United Church at 1932 B­almoral Road (­conveniently located beside the record shop).

Cartoon Lizard at FernFest 2017 by Webmeister Bud

Friday is Psych Night and will ­feature Moths & Locusts, from Nanaimo, BC, a textural and spacey psych-rock 4 piece, along with local Victoria-based psych-pop quartet, Scars & Scarves, Poor Baby (­Vancouver, BC) and Victoria’s own ­Cartoon Lizard (who have performed to support both Fernwood’s own FernFest and Gift of Good Food Fundraiser). There will be visual effects to go along with music, whose elements will remind you of the pop/psych of the 60’s and modern-day psychedelic rock.

Carter and the Capitals

Saturday is Soul Night and will feature The Leg-Up Program (Victoria’s one-of-a-kind soul funk orchestra!) Carter & the Capitals (Edmonton, AB), who along with local favourites, The Party On High Street will bring their own funk/soul vibe to the church, and Grapefruit is Impossible, a local 6 piece collective who will add a dash of hip-hop/soul to the show.

“We’re very excited to be able to ­organize a full weekend showcase of live music in another unique space and to ­introduce ­Victoria residents to some incredible ­musicians that are right here in our own backyard,” said Andrade. “­Bringing ­talented local bands together with great touring bands is our way of showing ­support for the local music scene. It’s what gets us up in the morning.”

The event will be announced soon with tickets available at Vinyl Envy or online at