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House favorite returns to downtown

Recently Pub 340 announced to the dismay of Vancouver musicians and patrons that its Sunday Jam would be shut down. Normally a cancellation announcement like this is the final nail in the coffin but this is not the end of the story. Yesterday it was announced that the 'house favorite' musician singer/songwriter and host Steve Stone would be bringing the jam back to life! The Sunday Jam (which has run over 2 years) features a house band and open stage for local bands to perform. It was reportedly shut down due to noise complaints from tenants in the neighboring buildings. An inside source shared with Examiner that noise complaints aside ... "the jam had lost its ' X-factor' without its creator and host Steve Stone on board weekly."

Sidewalk sign welcomes patrons to Open Mic Night with Steve Stone
Dawnn Behrens

Stone was on property at the Pub 340 Sunday to share the good news with patrons and jammer's that the jam would return, and that he would be returning to take the helm. He also announced that management would also be bringing him back to host the Wednesday Open Mic night that he created almost four years ago. He began his relationship with the pub as a patron who would occasionally drop by after a show with guitar in hand, after some coaxing by fans he would give in and perform an acoustic set. The overwhelming positive response of the crowd caught the attention of manager Sharon White, who quickly hired Stone to be a regular house performer. His successful Wednesday Open Mic nights have drawn many different acts. Musicians, singers, poets,comics and the occasional celebrity, have all hit the stage under his command, the Sunday Jam that followed the open mic was a big success as well. Now that he is back in the captains seat his motto is "It's all about support for live music in Vancouver".

Obviously Pub 340 manager Sharon agrees with Stones philosophy of supporting live entertainment. Sharon holds a variety of weekly events besides Stone's jams for her patrons including "Three-forty-oke" (karaoke hosted ) by Heather Watson, pinball tournaments, holiday events,FREE new Years Eve concert, and a yearly Christmas gift drive which earned her a well deserved 'Vancouver Santa' recognition. It's no wonder the Pub 340 is nicknamed Vancouver's version of the "Cheers" bar. It truly is a place "where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came".

Stone an accomplished musical artist has been a staple on the Vancouver scene for many years even breaking thru to airplay on radio, a video on Canada's Much Music. He's also made a quite name for himself as alter ego Mick Believe, the premier Mick Jagger tribute artist of North America. He performs as Jagger locally with his band TONGUE , has been featured in a major motion picture (The Watchmen), performed on stage in Las Vegas, toured with Rolling Stones Tribute "Heart of Stone" featuring Al Harlow (PRISM),and landed the cover shot for a published photography book.

Stone invites everybody to come down the the Pub 340 and help keep the music alive every Sunday from 6-10 PM, and Wednesday's from 8-11PM.

PUB 340 340 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

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