Want to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Vancouver with a DJ? Just step out your door and walk into any restaurant or bar. Want to celebrate NYE 2016 with a live band? Here are some of your options.
New Year’s Eve Van (Canada Place Way, Coal Harbour) – Some of B.C.’s most buzzed-about bands play this family friendly outdoor countdown. Acts include Bed of Stars, Current Swell, We Are the City, and the Matinee. Free.
Yob (Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St.) – What better way to spend midnight than with a glass of bubbly and doom-metal from Portland? Yob fulfills this NYE dream along with fellow doomspitters Bison and Astrakhan. Tickets $25 at Neptoon, Red Cat, Scrape and ticketfly.com.
One Night Stand VIII (Imperial, 319 Main St.) – The annual event features some of the city’s top musicians covering favourite songs. Guests include members of Yukon Blonde, Rococode, Brasstronaut and Hey Ocean. Tickets $50 at HipCityMusic.ca/tickets.
Cocaine Mustache (Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St.) – Blues-rock band Cocaine Mustache headlines an evening that includes guests Muddy Goats, Whiskey River Club and the Tassel Twirlers Burlesque Beauties. Tickets $15 at Zulu, Highlife, Red Cat and ticketzone.com, or $20 at the door.
New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Media Club, 695 Cambie St.) – Vancouver rockabilly band Big John Bates performs along with Alchemy Chamber, Year of the Wolf and the Tassel Twirlers Burlesque Beauties (who will be having a busy night). Tickets $15 at Zulu, Highlife, Red Cat and ticketzone.com, or $20 at the door.
The Real Mackenzies (Falconetti’s Eastside Grill, 1812 Commercial Dr.) – Popular Scottish rock band The Real Mackenzies perform with guests Making Strangers. Advance tickets $30 at Falconetti’s or ticketfly.com.