Jan Stephen said opening the Vinyl Garage has been a dream come true. (Cherie Wheeler/CBC)
On a quiet cul-de-sac in Pasadena, N.L., a yellow home with a white covered veranda looks like any other, but sometimes when the sun goes down, it turns into a rocking live music venue.
Jan Stephen has been living his dream for the past two years hosting live acts right out of his own home.
He calls it the Vinyl Garage, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is some glorified shed party. In fact, it’s not even a garage.
“This room, originally in the house plans, was supposed to be a car garage,” said Stephen. “[But] instead of putting in a garage door at the front, they put in a bay window and turned it into a rec room.”
The whole room is surrounded by signed album covers. (Cherie Wheeler/CBC)
On a concert night, Stephen takes great pride in being a good host. Often dressed in a concert T-shirt, black blazer and fedora, he wants people to enjoy the space as much as the concert and spends much of the shows making the homemade pizza he gives out for free.
A massive music lover himself, Stephen estimated he’s been to around 60 concerts over the years, many of them blues and jazz festivals across the country. He said there’s nothing like live music and is honoured to provide a space where others can watch an artist in action right in his own home.
“It’s like a dream come true, really.”
About a dozen artists have performed at the Vinyl Garage since it first opened. Many…