Two Vancouver live music venue parties you won’t want to miss

Maggie May Morris brings her band Sunbathe to Vancouver for the Rickshaw Theatre’s 9th anniversary party.

While many of the city’s live music fans are still lamenting the recent closure of rock club the Cobalt, two other local venues are celebrating their staying power.

On Friday, July 6, Mount Pleasant’s the Biltmore Cabaret celebrates 10 years of hosting many of the most celebrated names in indie-rock, not to mention its dance-filled weekend DJ shows. And on July 13, the mighty Rickshaw Theatre pops the cork on nine years of presenting ear-damaging punk and metal shows, as well as some of the best in indie-rock, pop, and more, along with a wide variety of other shows and events.

See below for more info on how these two storied Vancouver venues are kicking out the jams for their respective anniversaries.

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Two Vancouver live music venue parties you won’t want to miss

Get your V-Day on with these special Vancouver events

Lesli Brownlee and Alex Rose in ABB Collective’s production of Sam Shepherd’s Fool For Love.

Dream with the fishes, soak up a heartbreaking two-hander or experience the post-VDay hangover blues with Vancouver’s bluest musical sex comedy performer. Here are a few events that will make this year’s Valentine’s Day (and Day After) one to remember.

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Get your V-Day on with these special Vancouver events

Dance students, instructors showcase their work this Sunday in White Raven Revue

Luciterra students. FUBAFOTO photo.

The students of Luciterra Dance Company are putting on a show.

The East Vancouver-based school’s annual winter student showcase, The White Raven Revue, takes place this Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings St.). The students have been working on their routines for the past four months.

We asked co-director Nikki Mae to tell us more about the show and the company.

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Dance students, instructors showcase their work this Sunday in White Raven Revue

Legends of Vancouver rock – three must-see shows in May!

Art Bergmann plays a show to mark the re-release of his 1991 self-titled album at the Rickshaw Theatre May 19. Lisa Macintosh photo.

Want a crash course in the Vancouver music scene? You could do worse than check out some shows this May. In what is probably a coincidence but may be a cosmic alignment, this month’s concerts include a long-awaited reunion by one of the city’s most popular live bands, a tribute to a rockabilly legend, and what may be the “last electric” show by a songwriter many consider to be one of the best Vancouver has produced.

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Legends of Vancouver rock – three must-see shows in May!

Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot brings their activism to Vancouver

Pussy Riot, in a promotional photo for the 2013 documentary A Punk Prayer.

Pussy Riot, in a promotional photo for the 2013 documentary A Punk Prayer.

Are you angry? Frustrated? Do you feel like things are spinning out of control? Are you eager to know what it’s like to live in a totalitarian regime?

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Pussy Riot.

Members of the controversial Russian punk rock band are coming to Vancouver. But the group’s Maria Alyokhina (Masha) and Alexandra Bogino (Sasha) won’t be playing music. Instead, they’ll appear onstage at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings St.) on Nov 21 to discuss politics, art, feminism, LGBTQ issues, prisoner’s rights, and, presumably, living under an authoritarian regime. Of course, any resemblance to life in North America will be completely coincidental.

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Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot brings their activism to Vancouver

Bowie tribute act back by popular demand!

Spacejunk performing at the David Bowie Tribute at the Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, Feb. 16 2016. Shannon Steele photo.

Space Junk performing at the David Bowie Tribute at the Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, Feb. 26 2016. Shannon Steele photo.

In February, Vancouver bands came together to celebrate the life and music of David Bowie. One of the highlights of the night was Space Junk, a group of local musicians who performed songs from Bowie’s final album, Blackstar.

The set was such a success that Space Junk are going to not only repeat the feat but play the entire album.

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Bowie tribute act back by popular demand!

Nootka Sound Festival in Vancouver

L.A. trio together Pangea

L.A. trio together Pangea appears at this year’s Nootka Sound Festival.

Billed as a “garage, rock, punk and psychedelic music festival,” the Nootka Sound Festival is a two-day music extravaganza taking place at two East Vancouver venues, the Rickshaw Theatre (at the corner of Main & Hastings) and the Astoria (769 E. Hastings).

This is officially the second year of the fest, which takes place Aug. 29-30. But this is the first year it’s bringing in acts from outside of Vancouver to help augment and showcase local talent. Below are some of highlights from this year’s lineup.

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Nootka Sound Festival in Vancouver