Hello everyone,

We’ve been putting off writing this for the better part of 3 months now, but the time has come to formally announce that Big Smoke will be taking a break for a while.

We’ll keep this short and sweet, but we wanted to thank this audience for coming out to the shows, streaming or buying the songs, supporting the bands, and for taking an interest in the same things that interest us.

Thank you also to the bands who’ve allowed us to experiment with their release campaigns! Business will continue as usual for them so we’d encourage you to go and follow their social media channels, accessible via the ‘Artists’ tab above.

We anticipate a return to this in 2020, and until then mail orders will continue to be fulfilled in a timely manner and the discography will remain available to stream/download from all the usual places.

Thanks for 2.5 great years. See you all in a couple more!

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out last night. The evening was a huge success and a great way to ring in our third year of operation!

Whenever I rent venues for the shows we throw, there’s a to-be-expected air of caution taken from the landlords because of the antisocial behaviour that has historically been associated with rock music and young people partying. I actively assure them every time that I can rely on followers of Big Smoke and this group of artists to not cause any trouble or damage to property, and once again that was true last night.

Without getting too sappy, this is a beautiful community and I feel very lucky to be a part of it. Cities can be lonely places but that has not been my experience in Vancouver since arriving here 8 years ago. I hope that this record label can continue to offer a reliable space for positive engagement with all types of people through music.

A final and very special thank you to my friends for performing and helping out with door/bar/merch/everything else last night.



On March 25th, we’ll be celebrating our second birthday! Come out to Gam Gallery at Main/Hastings for just $5 and catch sets from four of the great bands we’re currently working with.

You’ll also be able to pick up some crazy-discounted merch from the past two years of releases.

Here’s the event page with more details.

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On January 20th, Big Smoke will release the debut album by Vancouver art-rockers, Nothingness.

“Being” will be supported by a western Canadian tour (support from C. Diab), and a local release show scheduled for February 10th at Hidden City Records (support from label mates Spruce Trap, plus Moondle).

The album will be available digitally from Bandcamp and all other online music outlets, or with an accompanying silk-screened poster in collaboration with visual artist, Patrick Cruz. Posters will be available after January 20th to order from Big Smoke or pick up at a show. 15×22, 3 colour, edition of 80.
Preorder the album now before its release and save 25% from https://bigsmokevancouver.bandcamp.com/album/being

January 19th – Nanaimo, BC – The Vault
January 20th – Victoria, BC – Logan’s Pub
January 21st – Pender Island, BC – Port Browning Pub
January 31st – Edmonton, AB – The Almanac
February 2nd – Calgary, AB – Broken City
February 3rd – Nelson, BC – The Royal
February 4th – Penticton, BC – Saint-Germain
February 10th – Vancouver, BC – Hidden City Records (Album release show)



On Friday December 2nd, Spruce Trap will release their debut full-length, The Wise Prefer To Perish, through Big Smoke and Eagle Time Records. To commemorate the release, Big Smoke is proud to present a special evening of music to celebrate community and magnificent architecture in our city, and the art scene that inspires Vancouver’s cultural identity.

The show will be held at the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver and will be free to attend. Performances will come from Spruce Trap, Holy Hum, and Ian William Craig.

New additions to the label, Nothingness, have released their first single, Annie’s Song. The track is available for streaming or download now from all the usual places, including at our bandcamp page: https://bigsmokevancouver.bandcamp.com/album/annies-song