Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet Coming to Vancouver: Tickets on sale now

Promotional photo from Wikipedia

Promotional photo from Wikipedia

Two of the biggest music stars on the planet – whose ages happen to differ by more than 60 years – are all set to go cheek-to-cheek in Vancouver.

Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga will be rolling into Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre May 25 and May 26 as part of their much talked-about Cheek to Cheek concert tour.  Tickets (from $94-$275) are on sale now via Northern Tickets.

The special performances will highlight tracks from the pair’s Billboard-topping album Cheek to Cheek, released back in September. The album features 88-year-old Bennet and 28-year-old Lady Gaga crooning away to jazz standards.  The unlikely chemistry between the two artists comes through in classic duets including title track Cheek to Cheek, But Beautiful and I Won’t Dance.  Each artist also has a solo number on the album.

The fact that Vancouver is a stop on their tour is, in itself, pretty amazing.   Continue reading:
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet Coming to Vancouver: Tickets on sale now

Six must-see May concerts in Vancouver

Foster the People at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby, June 25 2012. Jade Dempsey photo.

Foster the People at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby, June 25 2012. Jade Dempsey photo.

You know what they say – April showers bring May shows. This year is no exception, but things really peak on the weekend of May 23-25. That’s when the annual Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State brings hundreds of bands to the Pacific Northwest for our own (potentially rainy) Coachella.

So if you’re in Vancouver that weekend, you’ll have options galore – some of the bands playing that weekend include Waxahatchee, (Vancouver’s own) Pink Mountaintops, City and Colour, Brody Dalle, Cut Copy, Chet Faker, Haim (alas, sold-out), Banks, Parquet Floors, Lana Del Ray, and Mogwai. For that weekend’s selection in our six must-see May concerts, we picked – well, see below.

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Six must-see May concerts in Vancouver

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in January 2013

Street Food City II at the 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Festival

2013 started with a bang. That is the nature of New Year’s. And the good stuff keeps coming. Urban winter rain is no match for the glut of snowy adventures possible at our trio of nearby mountains – Grouse, Cypress, Seymour. From snowshoeing, the fastest growing winter sport, to snowboarding, cross country and alpine skiing, it’s easy to keep those resolutions.

Good thing too as the hotly-anticipated 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Canada’s largest restaurant festival, kicks off January 18. This annual smorgasbord enables curious diners to sample set menus from the city’s best restaurants at budget-friendly fixed prices ($18, $28 and $38 per person). Dine Out also means unique events, like a Portland-style Street Food City II – a.k.a. a food cart pod – located by the Vancouver Art Gallery, January 23-27.

Finally, January wouldn’t be complete without PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (160 edgy shows in 20 days starting Jan. 15), plus visits from two of the world’s most influential women: Oprah and Lady Gaga. You may be more interested in a talk by Merkel or Lagarde, but there’s no denying these womens’ clout.

Get the full list of January fun after the jump.

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in January 2013

1. Public Holiday, January 1
Sleep. Hydrate. Head to brunch. Couch it. Hit the slopes. Whatever makes you happy. Tomorrow it’s back to 9 to 5. Continue reading:
20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in January 2013

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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