November concert highlights – a month of old pros

Leonard Cohen at Rogers Arena

Leonard Cohen in Vancouver Dec 2 2010. He returns to Rogers Arena Nov 12. Photo credit: Ashley Tanasiychuk

Last month’s Madonna and Bob Dylan concerts were just the beginning. October might have been a hot time in Vancouver for live music, but it’s got nothing on November.

Just a few highlights this month: Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and of course Paul McCartney. Plus: a ton of smaller but no less worthwhile shows, including some legacy ’90s acts and some excellent Vancouver bands.

All concert tickets at unless otherwise noted.

Nov 2 – Cat Power at the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville Street). Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, has a reputation for erratic live shows, to say the least. Yet she’s won over tens of thousands of fans all over the world for her softspoken but intense indie-rock. Here’s hoping her Nov 2 show is a hit and not a miss. (Tickets at and at the Northern Tickets box office at the Vogue Theatre)

Cat Power

Cat Power at the Pearl Concert Theatre, Oct 3 2010. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson

Nov 8 – Mark Eitzel at Electric Owl (926 Main Street). As the frontman for ’90s indie-rock outfit American Music Club, Eitzel penned some of that decade’s finest downers (“Why Won’t You Stay”), and even a few awesomely great uptempo rock tunes (“Amsterdam”). His solo career has tended towards the moody and misanthropic, but if you’re a fan of a finely crafted song, then don’t miss this one. (Tickets at

Nov 10 – Metric at Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). One of Canada’s best-loved indie-rock bands makes the jump to an arena. Fronted by Emily Haines, the mighty Metric is touring in support of a new album, Synthetica, that can claim a guest vocal appearance by the one and only Lou Reed.

Metric concert photo

Metric at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, June 23 2012. Photo credit: Jade Dempsey

Nov 11 – Neil Young at Rogers Arena. What is there to say about ol’ Neil, really, except that this one will rock – he’s playing with his rock band, Crazy Horse, after all – and he’s got not just a new album but a memoir out. Kudos to Mr. Young for bringing along two great openers: L.A.’s roots-rock band Los Lobos and Canada’s own the Sadies.

Nov 12 – Leonard Cohen at Rogers Arena. The old smoothie on his second victory lap. This time he’s on tour for an album of new material, Old Ideas, that’s getting some of the best reviews of his career.

Nov 13 – Steve Winwood at The Orpheum (601 Smithe Street). Cohen and Young aren’t the only acts this month that remember (well, were around in) the ’60s. Let’s not forget Steve Winwood, who joined the Spencer Davis Group in 1963 at the tender age of 14. Over the decades Winwood has been in the bands Go, Traffic and Blind Faith, and even experienced a career resurgence in 1980 with the album Arc of a Diver (“While You See a Chance”).

Nov 14 – Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at The Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward Street). Another ’90s legacy act, this one the blues-infused Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Arguably, there would be no White Stripes without Spencer and his trio’s bag of tricks. (Tickets at

Nov 15 – Rachael Yamagata at Electric Owl. Yamagata is a Virginia-raised singer/songwriter whose tunes are definitely ready for prime-time—they’ve been featured on TV series such as The L Word, Charmed, How I Met Your Mother, Nip/Tuck, One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy.

Rachael Yamagata concert photo

Rachael Yamagata at the Media Club Nov 21 2011. Photo credit: Issha Marie

Nov 17 – Red Hot Chili Peppers at Rogers Arena. After Jane’s Addiction, perhaps the most tenacious of ’90s bands. (sold-out)

Nov 23 – The Pack A.D. at the Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville Street). In the last couple of years the Pack A.D., along with Japandroids and a handful of others, have proven to be among the city’s most exciting bands. The Pack A.D. play rough, raw bluesy rock that’s not without pop hooks. Opener No Sinner are an up-and-coming band with a classic-rock bent and a megawatt star power in singer Colleen Rennison.

Nov 25 – Paul McCartney at BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Boulevard). Former Beatle. (sold-out)

Nov 26 – Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band at Rogers Arena. Yes, he will probably play “Born to Run”.

Nov 27 – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings at Vogue Theatre. For their latest album Kings and Queens, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings teamed up with some of their favourite female vocalists, including Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Exene Cervenka, Patti Scialfa and Holly Cole. Now the band – which features Tom WilsonStephen Fearing, and Colin Linden – are touring that album with guests Cervenka, Matt Andersen and Amy Helm.

Nov 30 – Delhi 2 Dublin at the Commodore Ballroom. True to their name, Vancouver band Delhi 2 Dublin fuses Bhangra and Celtic music. The result is a party-inducing frenzy that is not to be missed—especially if you’re from out of town and looking for a unique, made-in-Vancouver musical experience.

Delhi 2 Dublin concert photo

Delhi 2 Dublin at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, May 7 2011. Photo credit: Tamara Lee


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