What we do (our mission)
Locals Lounge is a monthly event that showcases Vancouver’s abundant musical talent and connects the audience with the human beings behind the music. Our goal is to identify, host, and promote the best emerging artists in the local scene by providing them with a platform to share their stories and experiences with their fans as well as people who are discovering them for the first time. In so doing, we aim to make Locals Lounge an integral part of Vancouver’s music community and a meaningful and helpful stop on the road to success.
Why we do it (our motivation)
We believe in the power and value of community. We believe in the power and value of live music. And we think those two things, put together, can empower us to change the world. Since 2016 we have brought together musicians with their audiences so that each can better know the other.
Our guests come from many different corners of Vancouver's burgeoning local music scene - from hot up-and-comers to industry veterans. Vancouver is a city that is home to a wonderful variety of cultures, identities, ethnicities, and musical genres. It is our goal to invite Vancouver to learn about and connect with all of them through songs and stories.
Finally, we want everyone to feel as though they belong. Whether you're new to the city, 604 born and raised, or only exploring Vancouver for a short time, we invite you to spend an evening reconnecting with old friends while making new ones. All with a great soundtrack.
Who we are (our team)
We are a collective of music lovers, community builders, and creative professionals who are devoted to building and fostering connections between the people of Vancouver. In addition to numerous other collaborators, each event is the product of a core team:
Ian Cromwell - Curator/Host
Ian organizes and hosts our events, drawing from his ten years of involvement with the local music scene as both a gigging musician and a music fan.
Johann D'Souza - Design Director
Johann is responsible for the look and feel of Locals Lounge, creating arresting visuals that suit each guest's individual style, and is a frequent collaborator with some of our favourite locals.
Leah Gair - Event Photographer
Leah captures and preserves the best moments from each event, allowing both guests and audience members alike to relive their favourite nights.
Alexander Neff - Community Engagement
In addition to interacting with and supporting our audience both during and after live events, Alex creates unique portraits for our guests through his project Drawing Thanks.