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Concerts are garbage these days.

November 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments


Saturday night I attended the Corb Lund show at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom. One of the best (and only remaining) mid-size venues in the city. The music was fantastic. Corb Lund (and his band the Hurtin’ Albertans) are a tight ‘alt country’ act that brings a genuine thinking person’s perspective to the dusty boot-stompin’ genre.

Too bad the same can’t be said for the venue. All drinks were only available in disposable plastic cups. Which, unsurprisingly, became a complete garbage fest. The Commodore was once known for its class as a local night spot. It now appears the economics of disposability have finally caught up with this venerable institution.

corb_lund_showWhat made us wonder was the fact that behind each bar were stacks of clean glass, just waiting for frosty beverages. Our server implied that the band had requested plastic cups be used, as, in her words, ‘things get thrown’ at Corb Lund shows. Sounds like more of a security problem than a glassware threat. What’s more surprising is that such a decree might come from Lund, who sings many songs about the beauty of the land, the plight of the family farmer and even the vagaries of gnetically-modified canola seed.

And throughout the evening, no such projectile behaviour was in evidence. I’ll try to find out more, but in the meantime, will be voicing my displeasure to both the performers and the Commodore.

Anyone have similar experiences? Let me know.

Tags: Green Points of View · Sustainable Lifestyle

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mark // Nov 17, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Corb Lund also sings songs about the Alberta oil patch…. Do you think they care about stupid little plastic cups?….

  • 2 admin // Nov 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Good question. At the show Corb actually talked about both sides of that – the ranchers he knew who had issues with the oil patch and his buddies who work there earning a living. I personally think plastic cups are a waste of valuable hydrocarbons. As for little, check out this photo – of how many cups are used in airplanes around the world!

  • 3 Banjogal // Nov 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I was at the show too and was appalled that they charged us $7 plus for a drink and then make us drink it out of plastic. Their excuse that last time Corb played there was too much broken glass on the dance floor just didn’t fly with me – the crowd was 19 – 70 year olds and well behaved. Also, it’s pretty hard to break glass on that dance floor. I’ve been going there over 30 years to a wide variety of shows and never experienced any broken glass on the floor. I figure it was just cheaper to serve it in plastic – no dishwashing, easier clean-up. If the Commodore is going to serve in plastic, they should tell us when we buy the tickets. I personally, won’t go and support that.

  • 4 Ray // Nov 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

    dumb and dumber.
    dumb to use plastic. If you must use disposables, it’s even dumber not to use readily available biodegradable beer cups. If you must dispose, don’t hurt the environment in the process. duh!

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