Alright music lovers, February is shaping up to be a great month for concerts. From up-and-coming electronic artists to legendary rockers and country superstars, the month of love has it all. Check out the shows hitting Vancouver in February, and let music be your Valentine (no swiping necessary).
Canadian rockers Arkells are playing two shows at the Commodore Ballroom in February, and tickets are going fast. The quintet won the Juno Award for “Group of the Year” for the second time last year and also took home the coveted “Best Rock Album” prize. Expect the guys to perform hits like “Whistleblower” and “Leather Jacket” which topped the Canadian Alternative chart in 2014.
One of our favourite New York duos are back to get your February on a dancey start. The Knocks are currently on tour ahead of the release of their debut album 55, which includes collaborations with Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap, and Vancouver’s own Carly Rae Jepsen. Start your month right with The Knocks!
It took eight years of hard work for Australian cutie pie Troye Sivan to become an overnight sensation. The singer started vlogging on YouTube at the age of twelve which eventually landed him a record deal with Universal Music. Sivan got a huge break after performing on the soundtrack for the film The Fault In Our Stars and was named one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Teens of 2014”.
Hide your kids and hide your wives because metal’s original bad boys, Black Sabbath, are coming to Vancouver for the very last time. Ozzy and the gang are going out with a bang, performing 60 concerts in three continents, and just released an 8-track EP that’s only available for purchase at their live shows. Oh, and for $2,500, you can get a package that includes a front-row ticket, a live sound-check before the show and a Q&A with Ozzy himself where no questions are off limits.
These 90s favourites are back on the road. After almost seven years on hiatus, Super Furry Animals started playing shows last spring accompanying the re-issue of their album Mwng, which was released in 2000. Although they haven’t released a new album since 2009, fans of the Welsh band are still managing to sell out shows on their latest tour.
American rapper Logic hits the Vogue Theatre for two dates this month as part of The Incredible World Tour. After his debut album release in 2014, Logic has gained a massive following globally – including right here at home. Check out one of hip-hop’s freshest performers this month!
Winnipeg vegan punk rockers Propaganghi are on tour this month and are stopping in Vancouver for two dates at the Rickshaw. If you grew up listening to punk in the late 90s, this is show you won’t want to miss. The first show is sold out, but tickets are still available for the second show.
If punk is not your cup of tea on February 5, there’s another Canadian band in town that night. Kelowna babes Yukon Blonde hit the charts last year with their single Saturday Night, and they are hitting the road in the upcoming weeks. Their coast to coast Canadian tour hits our fine city this month with guests ON AN ON.
Fans of Vampire Weekend, rejoice! Although the band has been fairly quiet since 2013, VW bassist Chris Baio has been working on a solo album. Baio released The Names last September and is currently on tour. Don’t expect to hear Vampire Weekend, BAIO has his own style of music that you’re bound to fall in love with.
The original funky divas are back – well, two of them are anyway (Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson left the fold a few years ago and were replaced by Rhona Bennett). Expect gowns, gloves, girlish figures and great hits like “Hold On” and “My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”. En Vogue have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and paved the way for other 90’s R&B female acts like SWV, Xscape and Destiny’s Child.
Brooklyn-based trio Wet stole our hearts with their single Don’t Wanna be Your Girl off of their self-titled EP in 2013. Since then, they have signed with Columbia Records, and their debut album Don’t You was released in January. Even without the album, Wet has managed to sell-out shows on this tour, so don’t miss ‘em.
Canadian EDM superstars Adventure Club are playing Vancouver’s famous Commodore Ballroom for two nights. The duo rose to stardom by remixing tracks for Young Jeezy, Britney Spears, Metric and others before releasing their Calling All Heroes Pt. 1 EP in 2013. Adventure Club have been compared to dance legends like Tiesto and Skrillex and headlined the Ultra Music Festival three years ago.
The fourth annual Get Together event returns to Vancouver during Valentine’s weekend. You and your best guy or gal can dance the night away to tunes from trance legend Armin Van Buuren, DJ Will Sparks, Sander Van Doorn and others. Get Together takes place at the Pacific Coliseum and is billed as an all-ages event, but fans 19 and over who purchase VIP festival passes will enjoy a private bar area and direct access to the floor. For more information, use the hashtag #G2G2016 on various social media sites.
Country superstar Brad Paisley is on the road again in support of last year’s critically-acclaimed Moonshine In The Trunk album. Over the course of his two decade-long career, Paisley has scored an astonishing 32 top 10 singles on Billboard’s country chart and has picked up a slew of trophies, including three Grammys and two American Music Awards. His Crushing It World Tour storms Rogers Arena on Valentine’s Day and will feature Eric Paslay and Cam as opening acts.
Canadian rock and roll band The Sheepdogs are in town promoting last year’s Future Nostalgia album. The Saskatoon natives rose to fame in 2011 after winning Rolling Stone magazine’s “Choose the Cover” competition, becoming the first unsigned act to ever appear on an RS cover. Thanks to the exposure, The Sheepdogs were then signed to Atlantic Records and won 3 Juno Awards the following year. The band is playing several B.C. cities this month including Kamloops, Nanaimo, and Vernon.
Belgian drum & bass producer Netsky bring his Netsky & Chill Tour to Vancouver this month. This drum & bass electronic producer is known for his hard-hitting anthems and melodic vocals, as well as his live sets. From the big stages of Coachella and Tomorrowland, to Celebrities Nightclub, Netsky is bound to be less than “chill” in the best way possible.
This busy music month ends with one of Canada’s faves. Nova Scotia rapper Classified released his fourth major studio album Greatful (not a typo) in January, with the first single “No Pressure” featuring Snoop Dogg. Probably one of the biggest names in Canadian hip hop, Classified, aka Luke Boyd, has sold-out many of his upcoming tour dates already. Don’t miss one of his two Vancouver shows.