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27 Vancouver Concerts This MAY

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Rain, rain, go away! The next best thing after a lack of sunshine is some rays of good music! So if you’re sick of a gloomy beginning to spring 2017 in Vancouver check out these concerts this May:

27 The 1975
Monday, May 1, doors 7pm, show 8pm
PNE Forum

English rock band and 2017 Brit Award winner for Best British Group, The 1975, bring their Manchester rock sound to the PNE Forum to kick of the month of May. They’ve released four EP’s and two studio albums to date.

The 1975 in concert

26  Kehlani
Monday, May 1, doors 7pm, show 8pm
Vogue Theatre

This year Kehlani Ashley Parris released her debut studio album, SweetSexySavage, and turned 21. The Oakland, California singer, songwriter and dancer made it to the finals of America’s Got Talent with the teen pop group Poplyfe. She’s now a solo urban artist of R&B, hip hop and neo soul.

musician Kehlani

25 Timber Timbre
Friday, May 5, 7pm
Vogue Theatre

Canadian mixed-folk group Timber Timbre bring released their 6th album this year and have come a long way from recordings in a timber-framed cabin out in the Ontario boonies. Their mixed-folk genres include freak, psychedelic, blues and southern gothic.

Timber Timbre
(Photo/Caroline Desilets)

24  Melissa Etheridge
Friday, May 5, 8pm
River Rock Show Theatre

We’re not in Kansas anymore! Melissa Etheridge brings her ‘heartland’ and folk-roots rock to the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond. She established artist and activist has a pair of Grammy Awards and an Oscar for Best Original Song “I Need to Wake Up” from the documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

Melissa Etheridge

23 Christopher Martin
Saturday, May 6, 8pm
Dhaliwal Banquet Hall

The Christopher Martin Big Deal Tour takes over Surrey with DJ Hoppa and DJ Chizzle. Bottle service is available. It’s a night of dancehall and reggae fusion!

Christopher Martin

22  Flogging Molly
Sunday, May 7, doors 8pm, show 9pm
Commodore Ballroom

What’s more unique than a seven-piece Irish-American Celtic punk band from Los Angeles? The group, Flogging Molly, released their sixth studio album Life is Good this year.

Flogging Molly

21  Testament
with Sepultra and Prong
Wednesday, May 10, doors 7pm, show 7:30pm
Commodore Ballroom

Commodore Ballroom gets a healthy dose of American trash-metal music from Testament and guests.

(Photo/Cover art by Eliran Kantor)

20  The VSO at the Movies: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
May 10-11, 7:30pm
Orpheum Theatre

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra compliments a HD screening of the childhood favourite, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, with a live orchestra performing the movie’s score. Lead by Conductor Constatine Kitsopoulos.

19  U2
Friday, May 12
BC Place Stadium

Hello, hello. Dublin alternative rock gods U2 take over the entire BC Place Stadium which has a capacity of nearly 55,000.


18  James McCartney
Saturday, May 13, 8pm

British musician and songwriter James McCartney takes on East Vancouver. Yes, he is the only son of Paul McCartney and his first wife Linda.

James McCartney

17  Peter Silberman
Saturday, May 13, doors 7pm, show 8pm
Fox Cabaret

Peter Silberman, of The Antlers, is touring to promote his first solo album. The American indie-rock singer and songwriter and guests take over Fox Cabaret.

Peter Silberman

16  Ron Sexsmith
Monday, May 15, doors 7pm, show 8pm
Rio Theatre

Canadian pop-folk musician Ron Sexsmith has been performing for nearly 40 years and has over a dozen albums to show for it. This includes his 2017 release of The Last Rider.

Ron Sexsmith

15  Kongos
Tuesday, May 16, doors 7pm, show 8pm
The Imperial

South African alternative rock band Kongos consists of four brothers who showcase the kwaito genre which kicked off in Johannesburg in the 90’s. It features an infusion of African sounds and samples.


14  The Wild Reeds
May 16-17, 8pm
Biltmore Cabaret

LA-based band The Wild Reeds brings harmony across their mix of folk, rock and roll and country ‘twang’ music. Blank Range and Jenny Banai join them at the Biltmore Cabaret.

The Wild Reeds

13  Pete Yorn
Thursday, May 18, doors 8pm, show 9pm
Biltmore Cabaret

American singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer Pete Yorn has performed with Scarlett Johansson, Iggy Pop, R.E.M and more.

Pete Yorn

12  Needtobreathe
Monday, May 22, doors 7pm, show 8pm
Vogue Theatre

American Christian rock band Needtobreathe brings their South Carolina country rock to Vancouver.

the band needtobreathe

11  Rising Appalachia
Tuesday, May 23, doors 8pm, show 9pm
The Imperial

American folk group Rising Appalachia hails from New Orleans brings the harmonics, banjos, fiddles, congas, beatboxing and even the old spoon & washboard. The group is led by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith.

Rising Appalachia
(Photo/Chad Hess)

10 Wild
featuring special guest soprano, Carla Huhtanen
Wednesday, May 24, 8pm
Orpheum Annex

It’s opera night!  Standing Wave presents its spring concert Wild which includes excerpts from Wild Dogs – a new one-act chamber opera based on a novel. It’s about strangers who call for their dogs from the woods which have joined a wild pack.

(Photo/Standing Wave Facebook)

Wednesday, May 24, doors 8pm, show 9pm

Experimental hip hop group Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror) hails from Newark, New Jersey. They were included in Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know” in 2014.


Wednesday, May 24, doors 9pm, show 10pm
Alexander Gastown

Chris Smith Jr. aka Smino comes from a musical family and brings his rap game to Alexander Gastown. The 25-year-old released his debut album, blkswn, earlier this year.


Thursday, May 25, 8pm
Commodore Ballroom

After kicking off his tour at Coachella, Simon Green aka Bonobo continues on the road and lands in Vancouver. The Brit musician, producer and DJ who is based in LA released his sixth electronic album this year. He also plays at Sasquatch! on the weekend.


6  Foxygen
Thursday, May 25, doors 8pm, show 9pm
Rickshaw Theatre

Jonathan Rado and Sam France form American indie rock duo Foxygen which originated in Agoura Hilla, California over a decade ago.


Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 26-28
Gorge Amphitheatre

Head down South to George, Washington for the annual Sasquatch! Music Festival over the American Memorial Day weekend. This year’s lineup features Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots, Chance The rapper, Mac Miller, Kiiara and more.

Sasquatch Music Festival
(Photo/Sasquatch Music Festival)

The Shins
Saturday, May 27, doors 7pm, show 8pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The Shins come North after performing at Sasquatch for a Vancouver concert. The American indie rock band hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been performing since 1996.

The Shins

Sergei Babyan
Sunday, May 28, 3pm
Vancouver Playhouse

Armenian-American concert pianist Sergei Babyan musically takes over Vancouver Playhouse for a Sunday afternoon concert.

Sergei Babyan

Rüfüs du Sol
Monday, May 29, doors 5pm
Malkin Bowl

Rüfüs du Sol also come North after performing at Sasquatch for a Vancouver concert.  The alternative house and dance group hails from down under Sydney, Australia.

Rufus du Sol

Monday, May 29, doors 8pm, show 9pm
Commodore Ballroom

With only two Canadian stops on his tour, American hip hop artist Blackbear hits up Commodore Ballroom at the end of May with special guests.


By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch

Amar enjoys writing for online publications and working with film festivals. He also likes his beer chilled and ranch sauce with pizza.

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