Welcome To Night Vale: Live at the Chan Centre

Hello. I hope you had a wonderful, spooky Halloween!

I spent my evening at the Welcome to Night Vale live show at the UBC Chan Centre. I’d seen the show once before in the summer of 2014; they performed “The Librarian,” and featured Eliza Rickman performing the weather (always a musical act). This time around, Rickman returned for the northernmost part of the North American tour and we got to hear a few new songs from her recently released album! The Chan Centre has amazing acoustics and really brought out the best of her beautiful lilting, sing-song voice. so it was a treat to hear her perform again.

It was F’s first time attending one of Welcome To Night Vale’s shows, so he hadn’t heard Eliza’s music before. He really enjoyed her bare-bones musical aesthetic, and downloaded all of her three albums when we got back home. It always makes me happy when F discovers new music he likes (he didn’t listen to much music before getting to know me) and it makes me even happier when people choose to support smaller artists!

After Eliza opened, Welcome to Night Vale began with Meg Bashwiner, the voice of the proverbs, among other things, going over the rules for the night.

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For those of you who don’t know, Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast about a fictional American city in the desert. From the website:

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.

Cecil (voiced by Cecil Baldwin) is the narrator/radio host, and thus the main voice of Night Vale. If you’re into the supernatural and the whimsically bizarre, then I’d recommend giving the show a listen! Even if you’re not into all those things, check them out because there I don’t know how to properly describe the show without failing to do it justice.

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The show was so, so much fun. I felt like last year’s show was qualitatively better, but this time the show was more interactive and I still left with the high hopes that I’d be able to attend more in the future. And it was on Halloween! Waiting for the show to start was also a treat because we got to scope out all the spooky costumes the crowd has donned. One of my favourites were a pair of Night Valeian hooded figures easily spotted across the performance hall, whose eyes could be seen beneath their black hoods only periodically–when they glowed red.

If you’re a Night Vale fan but missed this year’s show, be sure to get tickets when they come back to Vancouver! The experience is worth it.

Cheers,

Miriam

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