Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Winter has sure blown into town with some extra-crisp air this week (at least for Vancouver, which is really not that bad, I must admit.) Luckily there are a whole bunch of indoor programs that have begun! Warm up with some dance with Ballet BC’s season starter, step out to catch a First Nations film program, or celebrate Diwali – a Hindu festival of lights!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Cheapest Way to See Shows in Vancouver? Tickets Tonight

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Want to see some of the best live shows in Vancouver at half-price?

For years, a little ticket booth tucked away near the Vancouver waterfront has been offering some of the best deals on concerts, theatre, musicals and comedy in the city. Tickets Tonight, located inside the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre (200 Burrard St.), is the region’s only outlet for half-price, day-of ticket sales.

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Cheapest Way to See Shows in Vancouver? Tickets Tonight

NYE 2014 in Vancouver – concerts and shows

Steel Panther at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, March 9 2011. Photo: Jade Dempsey.

Steel Panther at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, March 9 2011. Photo: Jade Dempsey.

New Year’s Eve is traditionally a bounty for DJs, with most clubs offering multiple record spinners for your dancing and drinking pleasure. However, some of us still like to go out and see live music, even while ringing in the New Year. With that in mind, we dug up some choices for Dec. 31 in Vancouver, ranging from ’80s to faux-’80s to ’90s bands and even some more contemporary acts.

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NYE 2014 in Vancouver – concerts and shows

Six hot December concerts in Vancouver

Said the Whale at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, April 6 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Said the Whale at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, April 6 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Looking for some live music to warm your chestnuts? December is traditionally a slow one for concerts, but a few worthwhile shows are coming through town over the next few weeks. They include a couple of legendary acts in small venues, some of the biggest names in dance music at a massive two-day stadium extravaganza, and even a group of nice young men performing seasonal favourites.

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Six hot December concerts 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

Six October concerts in Vancouver

Phantogram at Venue, Vancouver, July 25 2012. Photo credit: Christine Redmond.

Phantogram at Venue, Vancouver, July 25 2012. Photo credit: Christine Redmond.

The Vancouver concert scene is hot this month, with the ladies (Dixie Chicks, P!nk and Sarah Brightman) taking over the arena and singer/songwriter Jack Johnson at a theatre. Meanwhile, Living Colour returns to take us back to the pre-grunge late-’80s and Phantogram bring the mod sounds of today’s electro-rock to the Commodore. Read on for more info…

Jack Johnson (Oct 14 at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.) – Laidback Hawaii-livin’ surfer dude on tour for his new album From Here to Now to You. With opener the appropriately named Bahamas. Show: 7:30. Tickets: $66.90 at ticketmaster.ca. All-ages/assigned seating.

Phantogram (Oct 15 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St) – The Rhode Island duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter toured heavily on the strength of their 2009 debut Eyelid Movies as well as three EPs. Now Phantogram is back on tour, this time on the strength of a new EP, Black Out Days (only available at tour stops). Show: 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $22.50 at ticketmaster.ca. General Admission.

Living Colour (Oct 17 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St) – Be the first on your block to take a trip back in time – to 1988, to be precise – as Living Colour returns to the album that launched their career. The group reunites to play Vivid in its entirety, and kicks off its comeback tour in Vancouver. Show: 9 p.m. Tickets: $28.50 at ticketmaster.ca. GA.

P!nk (Oct. 21 at Rogers Arena,  800 Griffiths Way) – Once-notorious performer on tour for sixth album, 2012’s The Truth About Love. From Jody Rosen’s Rolling Stone review: “It’s supercatchy, but Pink strains to shock, peppering songs with gratuitous curse words.” Tickets still available. Show: 7:30. Tickets: $39.50 – $125 at ticketmaster.ca. All-ages/assigned seating.

Sarah Brightman (Oct. 25 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – Seller of 30 million albums worldwide, Brightman is on a 33-city North American tour for her latest album Dreamchaser. Show: 7:30. Tickets: $54.50 – $130 at ticketmaster.ca. All-ages/assigned seating.

Dixie Chicks (Oct. 26 at Rogers Arena,  800 Griffiths Way) – After solo projects, the country-rock trio is back for an arena tour. Show: 8 p.m. Tickets: $29.50 – $89.50 at ticketmaster.ca. All-ages/assigned seating.

 

Neko Case this Friday, and more September concerts in Vancouver

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MNDR at the Commodore Ballroom, Feb 10 2011. Skot Nelson photo.

Neko Case (Sept 20 at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.) – Vancouver likes to claim Neko Case as one of our own, due to the Tacoma-raised singer/songwriter’s lengthy stay here back in the ’90s (she attended art school and played drums in all-girl punk-pop trio Maow). Case, who now lives back in the U.S., is on tour for her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Vancouver’s Wake Owl opens. Doors: 7 p.m. Tickets: $28.50 – $35.50 at ticketmaster.ca, reserved seating.

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Neko Case this Friday, and more September concerts in Vancouver