It's really hard to get bands to tour into Vancouver on a regular basis. Since we are in the Northwest it seems like all tours get as close as Seattle but do not venture into Canada because of the hassle of crossing the border and the distance between towns in BC. Not to mention the dwindling venues that Vancouver has to offer. As of lately, all of the all ages venues have closed down and we are left with nothing more then bars to have our shows in. The promoters are doing the best they can with the limited resources and spaces they are given.
It's honestly a bit frustrating to be in a large city and have nothing, I guess it's a good thing that Seattle is only 3 hours away and the friend network we have is uncanny.
As per bands, I feel there are tons of great/amazing bands coming out of the Vancouver/Seattle area (just to name some off the top of my head).
Go it Alone
I feel there are tons of really talented kids that have a lot to offer to the Hardcore scene that are right here in our small scene.