Six must-see Vancouver concerts in June!

Belle Game Live at Squamish Aug 21 2011

Belle Game Live at Squamish Aug 21 2011. Tamara Lee photo.

Since the massive third weekend of May, Vancouver’s concert scene has slowed considerably. However we see things start to pick up this month, especially towards the middle of June, when the CBC Music Festival hosts a slew of great Canadian acts. Several big-ticket shows, from Michael Bublé to Cher (Rogers Arena, June 7), follow. We picked a few for your enjoyment and edification (tickets still available as of this writing).

Some other notables not mentioned below: Jonathan Richman at the Biltmore Cabaret, June 4; Vancouver indie-folk troubadour Destroyer, playing a solo show June 12 at the Rickshaw; singer/songwriter Josh Rouse June 14 at the Biltmore; the return of ’90s rockers Veruca Salt (“Seether”), June 24th at the Biltmore Cabaret; and of course the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 20-July 1.

Music Waste (June 5-8 at various venues) – Vancouver music fans with long memories will recall Music West, an annual music-industry showcase for local and international acts. Music Waste was established in the 1990s as a way to promote local bands who didn’t (or didn’t try to) make the final cut of the bigger festival. Now, only one of the two festivals is left standing – guess which one? This year’s Music Waste features dozens of bands, including Mosfett, Teenagre, Fantasy Prom, Tough Age, Joel R.L. Phelps and many more.  There is also a group art show, Art Waste, June 5 at Gallery Gachet (88 E. Cordova St.). For tickets and info visit

Fantasy Prom

Fantasy Prom is one of many local bands playing this year’s Music Waste festival.

CBC Music Festival (June 14 at Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby) – This one-day music festival put on by the Canadian broadcaster includes such monsters of Canuck rock as Tegan and Sara, Dan Mangan, Arkells, Hannah Georgas, and the Belle Game. Meanwhile, Austin, Texas’ Spoon bring some American grit to the proceedings. CBC radio and TV personalities host. Show: 1:45. Tickets: $59.50 at General admission/all ages.

Tegan and Sara at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver

Tegan and Sara at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, Jan 5 2010. Sarah Bastin photo.

Michael Buble (June 19 & 20 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – Homegrown crooner on tour for his 2013 album To Be Loved. Tickets: $49-119 at ticketmaster. Reserved seating/all ages.

Michael Buble and Stephen Colbert, Vancouver

Michael Buble and Stephen Colbert, Vancouver, Feb 17 2010. Rachel Fox photo.

Fitz and the Tantrums (June 25 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – Get ready for a dance party as these soul/pop Motown modernizers from L.A. hit the stage. Tickets: $32.50 at General admission/19+.

Devo (June 26 at the Commodore) – Akron, Ohio band touring in support of recent releases Hardcore Devo Volumes 1 & 2. The albums collect pre-1978 material before the new wave progenitors signed with a major label, so the music will be a little more experimental – don’t expect “Whip It” (though you never know what might happen during the encore). Tickets: $49.50/100 (VIP) at General admission/19+.

Queen + Adam Lambert (June 28 at Rogers Arena) – Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert backed by the original members of Queen (sans lead vocalist Freddie Mercurey, of course) for a smorgasbord of the band’s hits. Tickets: $30-125 at Reserved seating/all ages.


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