It’s no secret Vancouver loves their bass music, and when it comes to sound, there’s not much that can match the power of PK Sound. Those familiar with The Bass Pod from EDC or Shambhala’s Village know the earth moving sounds of a PK rig. The once small speaker manufacturer from Calgary, Alberta has grown into one of the most recognizable speaker systems in electronic dance music. For over 10 years they’ve been responsible for some of the hardest hitting sound systems both on tour and in venue. It’s no wonder when the time came to upgrade their sound system “The VAL” went with a PK Sound rig. Vancouver’s Art and Leisure Society has been home to some of the cities best underground events for years. Staying true to their vision of providing a place for artists and musicians alike to express themselves has certainly help gain their ranking amongst our favorite venues in the city. Promoting the possibilities of all individuals regardless or race, religion or sexual orientation has created a safe space for all to enjoy. From Vancouver Pride Week to VALoWeen and artists label showcase, we’ve had countless memorable nights at The VAL. The very welcomed addition of PK Sound to the The VAL is just another notch in their belt. This year they’ve hosted names like Greazus, Ivy Lab an Biome…just to name a few. We can only imagine how much better the next show will be with their serious upgrade. The addition of their PK Sound system marks the 3rd (that we know of) system in the city. Vancouver’s Red Room has been melting faces with theirs for almost 3 years now and we love having a new one in the city. At this point it’s pretty obvious how serious Vancouver really takes the sound. When you also stop to consider several other venues in the city feature Funktion 1’s, the picture becomes even clearer. As the rise of electronic music only continues to make its way through the PNW we hope to see more venues like The VAL take sound more seriously. There’s certainly no turning back once you’ve heard how good music can be once it’s from a great system.We’d also like to commend The Val on providing free earplugs to those without them for their shows. Advocacy of harm reduction from them has always been something we’ve loved and wish more venues strive towards. We congratulate Vancouver’s Art and Leisure Society on the momentous achievement and look forward to seeing what they have in store for the future. Cameron Frazier Avid adventure, and full time wild thing. Lover of all types of music but hold those that make me want to shake my rumpus close to my heart.