Thinking of giving the (early) gift of music this holiday season, or just looking for a break from shopping? Either way, Vancouver has several options, including local roots-rock band the Sumner Brothers’ Annual Christmas Show and the Vancouver Chamber Choir performing music from the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s much-loved A Charlie Brown Christmas album.
The Sumner Brothers’ 8th Annual Christmas Show (Dec. 12 at the Biltmore Cabaret, 395 Kingsway) – Fresh off a West Coast tour, the critically acclaimed Canadian roots outfit hosts their 8th annual Christmas show. This one features two of Seattle’s preeminent folk rock bands, The Maldives and The Moondoggies, as well as Vancouver’s The Wild North. Doors: 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 advance/$13 door (bring two items for the Vancouver Food Bank and receive $1 off your ticket price). Sumner Brothers Xmas Promo Vid
12th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (Dec. 20 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – We’re not sure if there’s going to be live music, but there’ll definitely be some holiday-themed tunes at this annual event, which sells out every year. Since it began, the Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (yes, in Vancouver at least, ugly sweaters have become “a thing”) has raised thousands of dollars for various charities and not-for-profit organizations. Tickets $37.50 at ticketmaster.ca.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Dec. 20 & 21 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road) – Illustrious violinist Rachel Barton Pine (who also has a metal band, Earthen Grave) performs Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in a program that will include Mozart (Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major) and Saint-Georges (Violin Concerto in A Major). Tickets and info: vancouversymphony.ca.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. & 15 at 3 p.m. at Ryerson United Church, 2205 W. 45th Ave at Yew St.) – The Vancouver Chamber Choir and Vancouver jazz players Michael Creber and Jodi Proznick perform the songs of Vince Guaraldi and other holiday fare. The actual Peanuts characters are interpreted by Pacific Theatre actors Pippa Johnstone, Peter Carlone and John Voth. As a prelude, there will be some Renaissance Christmas madrigals and songs. Tickets: vancouverchamberchoir.com.