Come down to the 450 Granville Street cafe and take in some great tunes at our Open Mic Thursdays and Live Music Fridays, while enjoying some warm ambiance and your favorite coffee drinks and maybe a little something for dessert (our famous cheesecake, anyone?).
Marq talks about his musical journey including sharing the stage with artists Drive By Truckers, Matthew Good, Sarah Harmer, Nickelback and Sir Bob Geldof just to name a few. He’s plays just about every instrument imaginable, has recorded several indie albums over the past years plus hosts a jam at Trees Organic Coffee on Granville in Vancouver every Thursday night as well as a concert series there on Friday nights.
Thursday night is our all-ages open mic night. It is one of the most popular and long-running in Vancouver.
Friday night is an original artist showcase that runs from 8 to 10 pm. Solo performers and groups, mostly local but often touring from all over the world.
Thursdays - Open Mic
Thursday night is open mic night, hosted by Marq DeSouza. You’ll never know what you’ll get, as a variety of performers drop in for a set. Everything from music to spoken word, and even stand-up comedy acts could be on stage.
Interested in performing? Here’s how it works:
- Performers can start signing up at 7:15 pm. There will be a sign-up sheet and it’s first come, first served!
- The musical showcase goes from 7:30-10 pm and each performer gets 3 songs, unless it is very busy; in that case, every performer will showcase 2 songs each. If there is time at the end, performers have the opportunity to play an additional song.
- Any genre is welcome, as well as stand-up comedy and spoken word!
Live Music Fridays
Friday night is an original artist showcase that runs from 8 to 10 pm. Solo performers & groups, mostly local but often touring from all over the world. Dan Mangan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Wanting Q & Hannah Georgas all had either their first, or earliest gigs here. See below for a list of upcoming acts.
Interested in performing?
About our host - Marq DeSouza
A veteran rock n’ roll survivor, Marq DeSouza has weathered the fads of the music industry over the years, never losing site of the integrity that cornerstones the stuff that truly lasts. Songs in the classic way. Lauded for his razor-sharp lyrics, ambitious arrangements, & incendiary live performances, whether solo-acoustic at a sold-out Commodore Ballroom, or fronting his full-band at the grungy Cobalt. Music that knows no fixed genre.