Legends of Vancouver rock – three must-see shows in May!

Art Bergmann plays a show to mark the re-release of his 1991 self-titled album at the Rickshaw Theatre May 19. Lisa Macintosh photo.

Want a crash course in the Vancouver music scene? You could do worse than check out some shows this May. In what is probably a coincidence but may be a cosmic alignment, this month’s concerts include a long-awaited reunion by one of the city’s most popular live bands, a tribute to a rockabilly legend, and what may be the “last electric” show by a songwriter many consider to be one of the best Vancouver has produced.

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Legends of Vancouver rock – three must-see shows in May!

Delhi 2 Dublin at the Commodore Ballroom, Mar 5 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Delhi 2 Dublin was a happy accident born out of Vancouver’s Celtic Fest in 2006. Their sound started as an electronic fusion between bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle and has since grown into anything from dub reggae to breakbeats to just straight up happy dance music. File under… best.

Founded by Tarun Nayar (of Beats Without Borders cred), Sanjay Seran (at the time hailing from live bhangra act Signia), and Ravi Binning (a professionally trained bhangra dancer and dhol player), it was obvious D2D had something people wanted. Continue reading:
Delhi 2 Dublin at the Commodore Ballroom, Mar 5 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Next wave of Vancouver musical talent showcased this Thursday

This guy calls himself Bed of Stars.

This guy calls himself Bed of Stars.

This Thursday marks the climax of the Peak Performance Project. Over the last seven years, the Project has groomed bands from throughout B.C. for the next stage of their careers. Through writing workshops and live showcases, the PPP has brought a wealth of local talent to the attention of music lovers across the province and beyond.

On Nov. 19 at the Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville St.), the finalists of the last year for the initiative will take the stage. Let’s take a look at who’s made it to the final round of the final round.

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Next wave of Vancouver musical talent showcased this Thursday

Dash and dance in an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Photo from Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Facebook

Photo from Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Facebook

At some point in December the Christmas kitsch can start to get to you. You can either bemoan it or embrace it—and the latter is much more fun.

So dig out your best, most gaudy Christmas sweater, and get ready to run! Or dance– whichever you prefer.

Promising “the most fun you can have with your knitwear on”, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash takes place on Saturday, December 13.  (Full disclosure: it also promises to be “the hottest and itchiest 5K ever”.)

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Dash and dance in an Ugly Christmas Sweater

The Tea Party (with Guests) at The Commodore Ballroom, Dec. 10 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The arrival of the venerable Canadian exotic rock trio’s highly anticipated new studio album, The Ocean At The End, marks the official end of the 10-year vacuum of fresh The Tea Party original material. “The Black Sea,” a stellar track from the 11-song-deep effort and the electrifying tandem of Jeff Martin (vocals, guitars, producer, songwriter); Stuart Chatwood (bass, keyboards) and Jeff Burrows (drums, percussion), completes the band’s cycle of resurrection, some of the first new music we’ve heard from them since 2004’s Seven Circles and the first project since the double-disc Live From Australia: The Reformation Tour 2012.

“The three of us probably never thought we’d be sitting here right now,” admits Martin, whose booming baritone, emotionally candid and mystical songwriting and string-bending guitar prowess has served as the creative catalyst for eight platinum and gold studio albums, one EP, one greatest hits collection, a live disc and over 2 million in global album sales.

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The Tea Party (with Guests) at The Commodore Ballroom, Dec. 10 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

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One of Vancouver’s most venerable entertainment institutions now has its own book.

Local author/historian Aaron Chapman has penned Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom. The book is a loving ode to the Granville Street venue that has hosted everything from vaudeville to big bands to classic rock to punk, and just about everything in between.

Live at the Commodore Ballroom is in local bookstores now. But you can also attend a launch at the Commodore itself Nov. 26. It will feature readings and live music, and admission is free with ticket or reservation (see below for details). Also featured as part of the evening, The Vancouver Heritage Foundation will present one of its Places that Matter plaques to the Commodore Ballroom recognizing its significance to the city.

We talked to Chapman about the book, which is filled with telling anecdotes and never-before-published photographs, posters and more.

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‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

Six must-see Vancouver concerts in October

Sarah McLachlan at Lilith Fair

Sarah McLachlan at Lilith Fair at Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, July 1 2010. Jade Dempsey photo.

October is studded with shows, far too many to mention here. So we’ve selected a few highlights, with the emphasis on homegrown talent as well as a few outliers, including “the Sinatra of flamenco” and the artist behind what the Guardian says may be “the first post-Internet album,” The Future’s Void.

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Six must-see Vancouver concerts in October