Six concerts to see in June in Vancouver

Graftician (aka Roxanne Nesbitt).

It’s a big month for local music fans, as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 21-July 1) gets underway. Meanwhile, there are lots of other shows happening, including a 20th anniversary tour for a classic Americana album, a sort-of comeback by a British chanteuse who’s collaborated with Eminem, and a local singer/songwriter with a penchant for exciting visuals. Here are six concerts to check out in Vancouver in June.

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Six concerts to see in June in Vancouver

Celebrate the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary with a full day of free music

Elektra Women’s Choir performs from 3:30-4 p.m. Jan 26 at the Orpheum.

This Saturday, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrates 100 years of bringing classical music to Vancouver audiences. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Jan 26, 12 hours of free music will mark the occasion.

In all, over 1000 musicians will perform as part of over 100 musical acts on 10 stages. All events are first-come, first-serve. Find out more below.

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Celebrate the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary with a full day of free music

Historic Orpheum Celebrates 90 Years With Themed Celebration

This November, Vancouver’s iconic Orpheum celebrates 90 years of entertainment. To honour the anniversary, citizens are invited to attend a 1920s themed, Orpheum 90, party presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) in partnership with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO).

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Historic Orpheum Celebrates 90 Years With Themed Celebration

Hugh Laurie announces West Coast dates, kick-off concert in Vancouver

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Actor/ musician Hugh Laurie kicks off his West Coast tour at the Orpheum May 20. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records.

Actor Hugh Laurie is no stranger to these parts. Last summer, the star of House made an impromptu appearance at a local jazz club. At the time, Laurie was filming the movie Tomorrowland with George Clooney (due for release later this year).

Now Laurie, an accomplished pianist, has announced a West Coast tour in support of his 2013 album Didn’t It Rain. Along with his group The Copper Bottom Band, Laurie will kick off the tour in Vancouver on May 20.

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Hugh Laurie announces West Coast dates, kick-off concert in Vancouver

Eight must-see November concerts in Vancouver

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Drake at the Centre in Vancouver, July 27 2010. Photo credit: Jade Dempsey.

November’s concert calendar is looking mighty interesting. From a once-in-a-lifetime triple-threat roots-rock extravaganza to the return of the dark lord of ’90s industrial to a multi-media spectacular, this month has some real treats in store, with the heavy-hitters stacked towards December.

Here are some shows you might want to check out if you’re feeling musically inclined…

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Eight must-see November concerts in Vancouver

Vancouver Bach Choir presents The Phantom of the Opera

PhantomWhen Universal Pictures released the original version of the Phantom of the Opera in 1925, audiences would faint and scream at the famous unmasking scene. A horror movie that, well, horrific was unheard of at the time and it changed the face of film. (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, and The Mummy were all released after.) Vancouver audiences will have a chance to experience this classic film at the Orpheum on April 20, but with an added bonus. The Bach Choir will be performing an original score that accompanies the film.

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Vancouver Bach Choir presents The Phantom of the Opera

Blue Rodeo Rocks the Orpheum, January 5

Photo credit: Heather Pollock for Blue Rodeo

Canadian rock legends Blue Rodeo are set to descend on Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre this Sunday.

Their current tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of their first album, Outskirts.  In the intervening quarter-century, the Ontario-based band has sold 3 million records, scooped up seven Juno Awards and secured a place in Canadian rock history.

The latest tour highlights the entire Blue Rodeo catalogue, from early hits on Outskirts to the landmark 1993 album Five Days in July and more recent efforts.  The set list includes songs never before performed live, as well as alternate versions of classics and even songs from a still unreleased new album, according to the Vancouver Sun.

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Blue Rodeo Rocks the Orpheum, January 5