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23 concerts in Vancouver to check out in March

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DH Vancouver Staff Feb 29, 2016 10:09 am

Happy Justin Bieber month, Vancouver!

It’s been a long while, but Canada’s favourite pop star is back in our city soon. He’s in good company, too. With a blend of our favourite rappers, some indie and a hint of rock, we’re on our way to busy concert season. Speaking of season, it’s also Seasons Fest month. Here’s our pick of the shows you’ll want to catch in March.

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St. Lucia

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Indie pop’s heartthrobs St. Lucia are back to start the month off with some dancing! It’s been a while since we’ve seen them in town, November 2014 to be exact, but the band is back touring their latest album Matter which was released earlier this year.

When: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: Venue, 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $22.50, 19+

Vince Staples

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One of our most anticipated shows for March is Vince Staples’ Circa ’06 Tour PT II. The American rapper first announced his headlining tour when he opened for A$AP Rocky back in November. On tour to support his debut release Summertime ’06, his show has been sold out for a while. Keep an eye out for Vince Staples, he’s one to watch in 2016.

When: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Sold out.

Pusha T

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Currently on his Darkest Before Dawn Tour, Pusha T makes a stop in Vancouver this month. The American hip hop artist has been around since the early 90s, and is known for his work with Kanye West – among other musicians. Currently president of The G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T’s live show is a must see for any hip hop fans. He’s also at an after party at Caprice the night of his show.

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $45-$149. All ages.

GoldLink

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We are loving all the rap shows this month. Washington, D.C’s GoldLink is at Happy Ending Fridays at Fortune Sound Club this week. The young talent burst into the rap scene back in 2013 with his mixtapes and Soundcloud plays. Fresh in the scene, GoldLink’s sound gives rap a unique sound – one not to miss in such an awesome venue.

When: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 9 p.m.
Where: Fortune Sound Club, 147 E Pender St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $25. 19+

Delhi 2 Dublin

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Locals Delhi 2 Dublin are on the road this month, and playing to their home crowd this weekend. The awesome cross-cultural band is known for their energy and mash-up of genres, including global beats and sounds. Delhi 2 Dublin is one of Canada’s most buzzed about bands that is going to put some funk in your life.

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $27.50. 19+

Ani DiFranco

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New York singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco has been in the game for a quarter century now and sang about kissing girls and liking it years before Katy Perry did (check out “In Or Out” from the singer’s gorgeous 1992 album Imperfectly). DiFranco, who still runs indie label Righteous Babe Records, is in town promoting Allergic to Water which was mostly recorded during the singer’s 2014 pregnancy.

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online for $71.25. All ages.

Black Sabbath

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Alright let’s try this again – after postponing their February Vancouver concert because of Ozzy’s bout with tinnitus, Black Sabbath are coming back to Rogers Arena for the very last time on March 7. Floor seats are going for about $150 on Craigslist but for the bargain price of $2,500, fans can enjoy the show from the front row and participate in a Q&A with Ozzy where no questions are off limit. The band just released The End, an 8-track EP that’s is only available for purchase at their live shows.

When: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $29.50 to $150. All ages.

Heart

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Rock goddesses Ann and Nancy Wilson bring their fiery Queens of Sheba tour to the Orpheum on March 8. It’ll be tough for the ladies to top their last Vancouver show from 2013, when they sang with Sarah McLachlan and performed “Stairway to Heaven” with a children’s choir, but this time around they’ve got Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, so anything is possible. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of “These Dreams”, Heart’s very first number one single.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $85 to $135. All ages.

Andrew Bayer

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Legendary electronic label Anjunabeats brings its 2016 tour to the Commodore, with headliner Andrew Bayer. The progressive-house producer is joined by Ilan Bluestone, and Jason Ross for a night to dance your troubles away.

When: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $38.50. 19+

We Are The City

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One of our favourite local bands is back touring the homeland after a two year absence. Indie prog rockers We Are The City won the top price at the 2009 Peak Performance Project, and last year the trio released their album Above Club. Check out their Vancouver stop at one of our favourite venues, Imperial.

When: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: Imperial, 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $20. 19+

Disturbed

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After a four year break, Disturbed surprised fans in 2015 with Immortalized which became their fifth consecutive number one album. The buzz behind the band’s return is incredibly high – Disturbed were forced to tack on a “Canada-only” leg to their tour after virtually all of their North American shows sold out. Expect a setlist chockfull of hits, including their Grammy-nominated “Inside The Fire”.

When: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Sold out.

Justin Bieber

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It’s been a busy couple of years for the Biebs – he peed in a bucket, egged a house, spat on his fans over the side of a balcony and abandoned his pet monkey at a customs stop in Germany. Sure, he released Purpose to big sales and universal praise, but is it too late to say sorry now? Judging by the demand for tickets for Bieber’s Purpose World Tour, which hits Vancouver on March 11, it’s safe to say we’re cool with him…for the time being.

When: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Sold out.

Ian Fletcher Thornley

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Ian Fletcher Thornley brings his intimate and interactive Share Your Secrets tour to Venue on March 12. Expect Thornley, the former lead singer of Big Wreck, to sing big shiny tunes like “Easy Comes” and “Ghosts” from the album of the same name. For an additional $50, fans can upgrade to the VIP experience which includes access to Trornley’s soundcheck and a tour t-shirt.

When: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:45 p.m.
Where: Venue, 881 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online for $25. 19+.

Leon Bridges

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Perhaps known as an American gospel singer, Leon Bridges is so much more than just that. The soul songwriter’s entire album will give you shivers down your spine, while you contemplate what year his album was released in. Back in Vancouver after his debut last winter, Bridges is sure to put on an unforgettable sold-out performance. We. Can’t.Wait.

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Orpheum, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Sold out.

Daughter

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Like scores of other bands, indie folk rockers Daughter became famous in North America when their music was featured in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy (they’ve also had songs appear in Person Of Interest and The Vampire Diaries). Daughter are spending most of 2016 on the road promoting Not To Disappear and will appear at a handful of summer festivals including Montreal’s Osheaga in July.

When: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online for $27.50. All ages.

This Will Destroy You

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Almost a year exactly since their show at the Electric Owl (RIP), This Will Destroy You is back in Vancouver touring their album Another Language. The Texas instrumental rockers will be playing their melodic guitar riffs to take you through an electric evening at the Rickshaw.

When: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $17. 19+

A Great Big World

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Singer-songwriters Chad King and Ian Axel got a huge break in 2011 when their song “This Is The New Year” was used as the theme for MTV’s I Used To Be Fat. Two years later, producers of So You Think You Can Dance discovered the band and featured their song “Say Something” on an episode, which caught the attention of singer Christina Aguilera. The diva convinced the guys to re-record it with her as a duet and the rest is history.

When: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: RIO Theatre, 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online for $27.50. All ages.

Wintersleep

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Juno Award-winners Wintersleep didn’t even have an active record deal when they began recording The Great Detachment, their sixth studio album that comes out March 4. But once the album was completed, the band was scooped up by major label Dine Alone Records (home to Tokyo Police Club) and announced a Canadian tour that includes a stop at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom.

When: Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online for $20. 19+.

Seasons 2016

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Blueprint has put together yet another amazing event for Vancouver’s EDM lovers with Seasons 2016. The festival, which takes place over the course of five days and features shows and showcases at a number of local venues, finishes off with a 2 day main event at the Pacific Coliseum with performances by Porter Robinson, Odesza and more. Like last year, the folks at Seasons are donating $1 from every ticket sold to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Seasons 2016 Electronic Music Festival – Main Event
When: March 25 & 26 at 7 p.m.
Where: Pacific Coliseum, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Wristbands: Available online for $89.50 to 189.50. All ages.

Rachel Platten

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Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” was a huge smash last year and the singer is digging the perks that come with a number one song…especially a tour bus. She told Fuse that after spending “years and years of touring” in her mother’s car, a bus is a “big item on my list that I’m checking off”. Platten’s beloved bus will be parked behind the Vogue Theatre on March 28, and fans with tickets who shell out an additional $53 for a VIP upgrade get to attend the singer’s pre-show soundcheck.

When: Monday, March 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online for $25. All ages.

Alessia Cara

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Ontario pop sensation Alessia Cara got her start singing cover songs on YouTube and caught the attention of Def Jam Recordings last year. “Here” the first single from Cara’s debut album Know-It-All cracked Billboard’s top ten and earned the singer a Juno Award nomination for Single of the Year. Hopefully you can catch Cara’s show at Vogue Theatre before she undoubtedly graduates to arenas a year from now.

When:Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Sold out.

Yung Lean

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Swedish rapper and producer Yung Lean is back in Vancouver this month. The 19-year-old has just released his sophomore album Warlord and is taking it on the road. The underground sensation has a solid online following, one that’s sure to fill the Vogue soon.

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $30. All ages.

Ra Ra Riot

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It’s hard to believe that indie rockers Ra Ra Riot have been around for 10 years. The New Yorkers recently released their fourth studio album Need Your Light. Expect a mix of old and new tracks at this Thursday evening gig.

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $18. 19+

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