Next Music from Tokyo Vol. 14 brings back favourites Koutei Camera Girl Drei and four more

Koutei Camera Girl Drei

Twice a year, music fans in Vancouver (and Montreal and Toronto) are treated to some of the wildest underground musical talent Japan has to offer. Next Music from Tokyo comes to Canada courtesy Toronto music fan/anaesthesiologist Steven Tanaka, who makes annual scouting pilgrimages to the country and then brings the best of what he sees back home.

This latest edition, Vol. 14, features five acts, one back by popular demand and a few new ones. The showcase comes to the Biltmore May 20. Tickets are only $15 at eventbrite.ca. Find out more about the bands below (click on names to watch a video).

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Next Music from Tokyo Vol. 14 brings back favourites Koutei Camera Girl Drei and four more

Six concerts to check out this month in Vancouver

Jenny Lewis plays songs from her acclaimed fourth album On the Line at the Commodore Ballroom May 20.

Whether it’s ’90s alt-rock, gospel or old video game music that’s your jam, May has you covered. Below we’ve selected six out of the many concerts coming to town, including Lemonheads, Jenny Lewis, and even jazz, to check out.

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Six concerts to check out this month in Vancouver

Wu-Tang Clan, free concert lineup announced by 2019 Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan comes to the 2019 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

In what is kind of a big deal, the 2019 Vancouver International Jazz Festival has announced a headlining show by legendary hip-hop act Wu-Tang Clan.

The group, whose 1993 album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is considered one of the best hip-hop debuts ever released, plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre June 23. Tickets for what is sure to be a sold-out show start at $69 and go on sale this Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at coastaljazz.ca.

The festival, which is going into its 34th year, runs June 21 to July 1. Other headliners include the Roots (June 28) and Herbie Hancock (June 29).

As usual, organizers Coastal Jazz are also presenting a ton of free concerts. Many of these are at the Vanccouver Art Gallery/Robson Square (June 22/23), David Lam Park (June 29/30), and Granville Island (for Canada Day Celebrations) July 1. Performers include King Ayisoba, Yonatan Gat and the Eastern Medicine Singers, Troker, and more. Find out more below.

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Wu-Tang Clan, free concert lineup announced by 2019 Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Celebrate April in Vancouver with Paris-style Gypsy jazz

Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars perform as part of April in Paris: A Gypsy Jazz Festival.

Van Django, the Hot Club of Mars, The Bills and The Lawless Firm perform as part of April in Paris: A Gypsy Jazz Festival.

The three-day event takes place April 26-28 at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave.). Find out more below.

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Celebrate April in Vancouver with Paris-style Gypsy jazz

Six concerts to see in Vancouver in April

Anoushka Shankar. Rolex Fadil Berisha photo.

From a new British indie-pop band to a sitar-playing royalty to a Filipino-by-way-of-Toronto gong collective, April has music-lovers covered. Scroll below to check out just a smattering of shows coming to Vancouver concert halls, rock clubs, and even art galleries over the next four weeks.

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Six concerts to see in Vancouver in April

Piaf! The Show comes to Vancouver

Anne Carrere as Piaf.

Piaf! The Show has sold more than a million tickets in more than 50 countries and garnered positive reviews worldwide. On Tues., March 19, the musical celebration of the life and music of legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf, who died in 1963, comes to Vancouver’s Chan Shun Concert Hall.

Playing Piaf is Anne Carrere, a young French performer who has been hailed as the singer’s “legitimate musical heiress.” Conceived and directed by the Nice-based Gil Marsalla, the show was inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie En Rose (2007, with Marion Cotillard as Piaf) and premiered in 2015.

Find out more about Piaf! below.

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Piaf! The Show comes to Vancouver

Free jazz this weekend on Granville Island

Tonya Aganaba performs Saturday night Feb. 23 at Performance Works on Granville Island.

Catch some free live music this weekend on Granville Island.

Programmed by Coastal Jazz, the folks put on the Vancouver International Jazz Festival each year, Winter Jazz on Granville Island features four free concerts from Feb. 22-24. The music includes improvised jazz, classic jazz, and some funk/soul, all at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) See below for more details.

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Free jazz this weekend on Granville Island