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Imaginary Cities at the Waldorf Hotel, Vancouver

Imaginary Cities photo

Imaginary Cities at the Waldorf Hotel, Vancouver, July 12 2012. Robyn Hanson photo

Imaginary Cities at the Waldorf Hotel, July 12 2012

– photos by Robyn Hanson

Winnipeg’s Imaginary Cities on a West Coast tour. The band has announced that it will record its next album, the follow-up to their debut Temporary Resident, in Vancouver.

Photog Robyn Hanson says the quintet played two new songs before the encore, including a track that featured group vocals. Singer Marti Sarbit was an energetic, exuberant presence, thanking the audience after every song; guitarist Rusty Matyas took charge between tunes to interact with the full house.

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