Six must-see March concerts in Vancouver

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Photo credit: Anja Weber.

It’s the middle of March, and all the cool kids are down in Austin for the annual South by Southwest music conference. Maybe that’s why the next week or so is heavily weighted with what the music industry likes to call “legacy acts” such as Yes, ZZ Top, The Wailers (March 14 at the Commodore) and Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

But, while March’s concert schedule may be a field day for classic rock radio listeners, Vancouver is getting some hip indie-rock and -pop acts as well. Here’s a look at some of the top concerts in the last two weeks of this month.

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Six must-see March concerts in Vancouver

13th Talking Stick Festival brings Electric Powwow to Vancouver

A Tribe Called Red will perform at the Commodore February 21 & 22 Photo Credit: Athena ANASTASIOU

A Tribe Called Red will perform at the Commodore February 21 & 22 Photo Credit: Athena Anastasiou 

Western Canada’s premiere Aboriginal arts fest, the Talking Stick Festival, returns to Vancouver February 18-March 2 for it’s 13th year. This year’s festival menu includes some electric powwow, theatrical explorations of Canada’s Aboriginal and Chinese cultures, boundary-pushing contemporary dance and slam poetry face offs.

“Nurturing the talents and providing opportunities for our people to share their stories and have their voices heard has been my objective and passion,” stated Margo Kane, Artistic Managing Director.

Attracting performers from far and near and audiences young and old, this year’s Talking Stick Festival promises to get your mind and body moving.  Continue reading:
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Seven must-see concerts for February!

The Naked and Famous at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, Oct 20 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

The Naked and Famous at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, Oct 20 2013. The New Zealand band opens for Imagine Dragons at Rogers Arena Feb. 10. Kirk Chantraine photo.

This February is a hot month for concerts in Vancouver – from what is sure to be one of the biggest arena spectacles of the year (Miley kicks off her 38-city Bangerz tour here on Valentine’s Day) to the city’s own blues-rock duo the Pack A.D. playing a hometown show. If you like love music, you’re going to find something to love this month.

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Vancouver concert highlights for January 2014

Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Aug 31 2011. Photo credit: Jason Statler.

Here it is – the New Year. Almost, anyway. So how is the Vancouver concert scene looking? Pretty healthy, actually.

January 2014 has at least one big name act, some up-and-comers, plenty of below-the-radar acts and at least one reality-TV star. Not to mention the return of a few perennial Vancouver favourites, like Zappa Plays Zappa and the Reverend Horton Heat.

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12th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party This Friday

Photo credit: TheUglySweaterShop.com | Flickr

This Friday, attend a holiday party in your most ugly festive wear: the Christmas sweater. That’s right, the Original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is back at the Commodore Ballroom, where you can celebrate Christmas in your warmest, cosiest, and ugliest holiday knitwear. The event promises giveaways, carolling, eggnog chugging, a visit from Santa, and costume prizes for the Ugliest Sweater, the Most Original Sweater, Best Moustache, and Group Costume, with entertainment by Dr. Strangelove Band, Greg Drummond, and the Vancouver Sweet Soul Gospel Choir. The party, which began right here in the Lower Mainland, has since become a global trend with Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties around the world.

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