Ready for Gaga? January 2013 Vancouver Concert Preview

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January brings multiple Canadian rock legends to Vancouver stages, as well as one world-famous songstress and provocateur who was “born this way.”

Blue Rodeo, Jan. 5 at the OrpheumIt was a quarter-century ago that Toronto-based pop and country-rock band Blue Rodeo released their debut album, Outskirts.  Since then, Jim Cuddy and co. have made another 11 hit albums and cemented their place in Canadian rock iconography.  Blue Rodeo swings through Vancouver Jan. 5-Jan.6 for their 25th anniversary tour.


Nelly Furtado, Jan. 9 at the Commodore BallroomVictoria, B.C.-born singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado vaulted onto the world stage back in 2001 with the unforgettable singles I’m Like a Bird and Turn off the Light.  Of Portuguese-descent, Furtado has gone onto produce international hits in both Portuguese and Spanish as well as chart-topping albums in English.  The two-time Grammy Award winner stops in Vancouver as part of a tour for her latest album, The Spirit Indestructible.


Lady Gaga, Jan. 11-12 at Rogers ArenaGaga storms into Vancouver for a two-night stand this January as part of her Born This Way Ball tour.  Rocketed into the spotlight with her 2008 album Fame (featuring classics like Poker Face), the always controversial  Gaga has gone onto sell 23 million albums and win five Grammy Awards.  Her latest world tour, which visits every continent except Antarctica, supports the 2011 mega-hit album Born this Way.


Two Gallants, Jan. 17 at Biltmore Cabaret: This folk-rock duo from San Francisco has toured extensively in Europe and the U.S.  Once noted for lush instrumentation featuring cellos and double basses, the band experiments with a more stripped down sound – just guitar, vocals and drums – on its latest album, The Bloom and the Blight.


Whitehorse, Jan. 26 at the Commodore BallroomThe Canadian folk rockers from Hamilton, Ontario, bring their incredible singing and songwriting chops to Vancouver.  Led by a husband-and-wife duo, Whitehorse emerged in 2011 with their self-titled debut album, winning over listeners with gorgeous songs and instrumentation.  The follow-up album The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss embraces folk, rock and pop and is highlighted by the Devil’s Got a Gun.


These are just a handful of the concert offerings in Vancouver for January.  Going to another must-see concert? Let us know below. 

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