Six hot December concerts in Vancouver

Said the Whale at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, April 6 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Said the Whale at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, April 6 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Looking for some live music to warm your chestnuts? December is traditionally a slow one for concerts, but a few worthwhile shows are coming through town over the next few weeks. They include a couple of legendary acts in small venues, some of the biggest names in dance music at a massive two-day stadium extravaganza, and even a group of nice young men performing seasonal favourites.

An Evening With the Tenors at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St.) -Formerly known as The Canadian Tenors, the pop-opera group is bringing its 70-city North American Christmas show tour to Vancouver. Tickets: $39 – $99. Reserved seating/all ages. Dec. 2, 8 p.m.

Lee Renaldo and the Dust at the Biltmore Cabaret (395 Kingsway St.) – Founding member of Sonic Youth, Lee Renaldo comes to town with his new band, which includes another SY member, drummer Steve Shelley. The group has a new album, Last Night on Earth. Listen to the song “Lecce, Leaving” here. Tickets: $15 at ticketweb.ca. Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m (early show).

Pere Ubu at the Biltmore Cabaret (395 Kingsway St.) – Now in its 35th year, Pere Ubu is on tour for a new album, Lady From Shanghai. According to a review on The Quietus, the album is the experimental rock group’s “best record since 2002’s St Arkansas and marks a return to the more electronic-oriented sound of the band’s earlier records.” Listen to the song “Waiting for Mary” from the 1989 album Cloudland here. Tickets: $15 at ticketweb.ca. Dec 14, early show, 8 p.m.

Public Enemy at the Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville St.) – Another legend, Public Enemy celebrates 25 years of aggressive, political hip-hop with a tour that brings the act to the Commodore Ballroom just a few days before Christmas. Tickets: $49.50 at ticketmaster.ca. Dec 22, 9 p.m.

Flavor Flav with Public Enemy at the Garrick Theatre, Winnipeg, May 21 2010. Ailsa Dyson photo.

Flavor Flav with Public Enemy at the Garrick Theatre, Winnipeg, May 21 2010. Ailsa Dyson photo.

Contact featuring Skrillex at B.C. Place (777 Pacific Blvd.) – Have yourself a merry post-Christmas dance party with major knob-twiddlers like Skrillex, Kaskade, Dada Life, Diplo, Bingo Players, Baauer, Flosstradamus, Dirty South, Cashmere Cat and Makj. Tickets: $99 (early bird) – $225. Dec. 26 & 27, 5 p.m. both days.

Said the Whale at the Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville St.) – Local band Said the Whale bring their feel-good folk pop to the Commodore for two shows. The first is all-ages, the second 19+. Tickets: $23 at ticketmaster.ca. Dec 28, 5 & 9:30.

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