Six Christmas concerts not to be missed – indie-rock edition



In the mood for some nontraditional music this holiday season? How about two nights of heavy metal? Or a seven-band indie-rock and -pop lineup? Or, if singer/songwriters are more your style, we’ve got that covered, too.

Here are six must-see shows for the discerning music-lover this month. Mistletoe optional.

Mint Records Ridiculously Early Xmas Party!! (Dec. 5 at the Astoria, 769 E. Hastings St.) – Join indie bands Energy Slime, Fake Tears, Monomyth, Faith Healer (solo), Supermoon, Uptights, Renny Wilson and the CiTR Femconcept DJs as they help Vancouver label Mint Records celebrate the season. Tickets are $12 through or at Pocky, Horses Records, Red Cat Records, and Zulu Records.

Supermoon plays the Ridiculously Early Mint Xmas Party this Friday.

Supermoon plays the Ridiculously Early Mint Xmas Party this Friday.

All is Bright Songwriter Night (Dec. 6 at the Media Club, 695 Cambie St.) – Catlow, Nat Jay, Dominique Fricot, Hilary Grist and more play a benefit for the Vancouver Food Bank. Admission is by a minimum donation of $10 or three items for the Food Bank.

Lovecoast + Friends Christmas Benefit (Dec. 11 at the Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St.) – The second annual benefit to support Music Heals Canada organized and featuring local band Lovecoast. The lineup includes The Katherines, Kristie McCracken, Chersea and Bazooka Picnic (which includes members of Five Alarm Funk, Kutapira, Eli Bennett, and Giraffe Aftermath). Tickets at

Diecember Fest 7 (Dec. 11 & 12 at the Rickshaw, 254 E. Hastings St.) – The longest running local metal festival/charity event in Vancouver features 14 bands this year. On night one, catch Mendozza, Bushwhacker, Hallux, Vacuus, Assimilation, Heron, and Cadaveric Lividity. On night two, experience the wrath of Cryptic Enslavement, WTCHDR, Bog, The Nautilus, Pyramidion, Revenger, and Precious Dudes. Bring donations for the Vancouver Food Bank and enter to win draw prizes. Two-day passes are $20.00 adv. + S/C, single shows are $15 at the door. Tickets are available at

A Night of Festivus Wishes (Dec. 19 at the Imperial) – This combination of craft beer and live music features two events: The 12 Breweries of Festivus (6-9 p.m.) and The Music of Festivus (9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.). Participating breweries include Red Truck, Parallel 49, Strange Fellows, Driftwood, Bomber, Howe Sound, Whistler, Steamworks, Main Street and more. Bands include The Star Captains, Prevail, and what organizers promises to be “a VERY special guest performer.” Tickets are available separately for the two events at ticketzone. Proceeds will support The Make A Wish Foundation in BC & The Yukon.

The Sumner Brothers Xmas X Extravaganza! (Dec. 19 at the Rickshaw Theatre) – Local favourites The Sumner Brothers host their annual Christmas concert. Guests include Dylan Rysstad, Johnny 99, Twin Bandit, Kathleen Nisbet of Viper Central, Colebrook Shepherds, Gabriel Mintz, Sarah Jane Scouten, A.P. Dugas, Mike Giacolino, Emile & Kesia, Real Ponchos, Etienne Tremblay, Elliot C. Way, Jayne Trimble and more. Tickets are $9.50 + s/c and are available at Red Cat Records, Neptoon Records, Highlife Records, Zulu Records and online at

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2 Responses to Six Christmas concerts not to be missed – indie-rock edition

  1. Steve

    Will be in VC Jan 27-Feb 2…My lovely wife and I are looking for evening venues, shows, galleries to visit. Staying in West End. I would appreciate any ideas that you feel may help me show her a grand time.

    • Hi Steve, keep watching this space for lots more suggestions. Not sure yet what’s happening in late January!