There’s always a pop-up store opening up in Vancouver for a season but there’s never been one with as much rock and roll clout as this. Legendary rockers KISS are celebrating the release of their studio album Monster with a month-long Canadian tour and the opening of three KISS Army Depot pop-up shops across the country.
Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto (Calgary’s was unfortunately cancelled) all have KISS Army Depot stores this month, featuring KISS merchandise, music, and exclusive products. A portion of the proceeds from each of the Pop-Up stores will be donated to local charities. In Vancouver, the participating local charity is Sophie’s Place, at the Centre for Child Development in Surrey.
Sophie’s Place is a child advocacy centre focussed on providing specialized services to physically, mentally or sexually abused children up to age 18 in a child-friendly setting. It provides an opportunity to participate in the safeguarding of our children and in playing a key role in their healing process. Sophie’s Place is named for the centre’s patron Sophie Tweed-Simmons.
The downtown Vancouver shop opened last week at 929 Granville/Tom Lee Music and it will only be around for another few days. The official grand opening is tomorrow — Thursday, July 4, 2013 — and the first 200 fans to arrive (check-in is at 10:00am) will have the opportunity to get their Kiss Army Depot merchandise (or small item, no instruments) signed by the band following a press conference. All four members of KISS will be on site, in full makeup, for the event.
The Vancouver KISS Army Depot will be open until July 7th, Edmonton’s will open July 13th until the 21st at West Edmonton Mall, and Toronto’s will be open July 19th to July 28th at 842 Yonge Street. KISS will kick off their Monster Canadian Tour on July 5th in Victoria, followed by a July 6th performance in Vancouver before heading out to the Okanagan and over the Rockies.