Keep Cool for Summer Concert Season in Vancouver

Commodore Ballroom, Photo: Rick Chung/YVArcade

Summer concert season in Vancouver is in full swing. Keep cool by enjoying some great music performances and concerts at various venues, theatres, and outdoor settings across the city. Whether it’s a cozy, intimate stage, big concert hall, open-air outdoor space, or public park, spend the summer listening to live music anywhere you can.

There’s something musical for everyone, whether it’s underground indie artists, established musicians, favourite singers, local bands, or touring acts. Check out these concert dates, grab a ticket, and jam out on a warm summer night.


Outdoor Music Celebrations

There are also plenty of festivals and outdoor music celebrations to attend like the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF) at Jericho Beach Park (July 19-21), The Cup at Hastings Racecourse (July 20), Public Disco x SLAB at City Centre Artist Lodge (July 20), and the Vancouver Street Dance Festival (Aug. 2-5) throughout the summer.

You can check out the Sweet Sounds of Summer at the VanDusen Botanical Garden to enjoy some music surrounded by beautiful plant life. Everyone’s also invited to South Granville‘s free Summer Sounds Concert Series on July 18 and Aug. 22 for some classical live music in a community setting.


Summer Night Concerts

Image: PNE

PNE Fair attendees will also get to see some great live music performances from a wide array of seasoned acts and crowd favourites at the Pacific Coliseum from August 17 to September 2.

From performers like BTO and Blondie to Flo Rida, Ludacris, and Barenaked Ladies, Summer Night Concerts has another impressive lineup of classic rock, pop music, and hip-hop acts.

To purchase PNE concert tickets, visit TicketLeader’s website.


Theatre Concerts

Samuel T. Herring, Photo: Future Islands

Malkin Bowl

Malkin Bowl is Stanley Park‘s 2000-seat outdoor theatre that hosts concerts during the warmer months and is also home to Theatre Under the Stars throughout the summer.

Chromeo & The Midnight (Sept. 5) – The Montreal electro-funk duo team up with their American synth-wave counterparts to co-headline the Chrome Night Tour.

Future Islands (Sept. 10-11) – Our favourite Baltimore synth-pop band travels across Canada on their North American tour with their penultimate stop here.


Commodore Ballroom

Granville Street‘s Commodore Ballroom is Vancouver’s go-to live music venue, dance floor, and nightclub for emerging artists and favourite musicians, known for its great vibes in the heart of downtown.

Queer As Funk! (Aug. 2) – The Vancouver LGBTQ band returns to Granville for a lively, queer-friendly musical performance.

Kim Gordon (Aug. 30) – The feminist rocker and Sonic Youth founding member visits Vancouver on The Collective Tour.

Tokyo Police Club (Sept. 14-15) – Don’t miss your last chance to see the Ontario rockers on one of their farewell gigs before they break up for good after what they’re calling The Final Tour.


Colin Meloy, Photo: Rich Funk/The Decemberists

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Queen Elizabeth Theatre is one of Vancouver’s most beautiful performing arts venues, hosting everything from musical theatre to dance, comedy, and ballet.

The Decemberists (July 29) – Portland’s indie rocker quintet hit Vancouver on their upcoming 31-stop North American tour.

Norah Jones (July 30) – Come away with the American singer’s sultry blend of jazz, pop, and country music on her Visions Tour.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (Aug. 13-14) – The unlikely but mesmerizing pairing of the legendary Led Zeppelin frontman and one of country music’s finest artists reunite on their Can’t Let Go Tour.


The Orpheum

The historic Orpheum Theatre is the permanent home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as the city’s iconic downtown concert hall.

Lake Street Dive (Aug. 1) – Witness the Boston-bred band’s talent for combining sociopolitical commentary with immediately catchy pop gems and joyously soulful rock and roll on their Good Together Tour.

St. Vincent (Aug. 11) – The Grammy-winning artist also known as Annie Clark brings her innovative musical presence to town on the All Born Screaming Tour.

Two Door Cinema Club (Sept. 13) – The Northern Irish indie pop trio embark on their biggest North American tour to date when they visit Vancouver.

To purchase tickets or browse more concert dates, visit Ticketmaster’s website.

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