As the leaves begin to change colour to prepare for autumn, music fans in Vancouver are preparing for some of the year’s biggest shows this month.
From incredible producers to pop queen Madonna, it’s almost tough to choose which concerts to go to this month – especially when three artists play the exact same night. And don’t worry Rock & Roll fans, there are a couple of legends in town for you this month as well. Get ready for a month filled with pumpkin spice, turkey, and some highly anticipated concerts.
In terms of songcraft, Neil Young is the master craftsman – he’s sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and has collected seven Juno Awards over the course of his amazing five decade-long career. The Canadian superstar’s latest album, “The Monsanto Years,” is a collaboration with Promise of the Real who are accompanying Young on his 25-city fall tour. Ontario’s City and Colour (aka Dallas Green) has the honour of serving as Young’s opener.
With the fresh release of her sixth studio album, RUB, Toronto’s Peaches brings her unique sound and sense of style to Vancouver this October. The electronic musician, also known as Merrill Beth Nisker, produces her own albums – writing songs that often push comfort boundaries. Featured in many television series and movies, Peaches mixes electronic beats with explicit lyrics (like her early single “F*ck the Pain Away”). It’s been a few years since her last Vancity stop, so if you’re a fan, make sure you catch Peaches and her futuristic dance moves at the Commodore.
Now if we’re talking bodies of work, Tove Lo has got a perfect one. Her debut album “Queen of the Clouds” was released last year to rave reviews and breakout song “Habits (Stay High)” has collected more than 400 million(!) YouTube views to date. Music critics have dubbed her “the saddest girl in Sweden”, but Lo has nothing to be sad about – her 16-city North American tour is virtually sold out and current single “Moments” is just about to catch fire on pop radio. Be sure to catch her at the Vogue Theatre before she undoubtedly graduates to arenas a year from now.
So, October 6 is a big music night in the city. The third show you may want to check out on this special musical Tuesday is Mikky Ekko. If Peaches is too racy, and Tove Lo is not your cup of tea, Mikky Ekko is the soulful Nashville sound combined with electro beats and ballads that will fill your night with groovy slow-dance moves. Known for his hit with Rihanna, ‘Stay’, this producer and songwriter is currently touring his debut studio album, Time. After opening for Broods at the Imperial earlier this year, Mikky Ekko is back headlining his own show at Venue.
Happy 18th Anniversary, Blueprint! Celebrations for the anniversary will take place at Pacific Coliseum on Thanksgiving long weekend, with Swedish electronic producer Alesso, along with Audien, Project 26, Matoma and Timeline. Probably one of the largest names in EDM, Alesso released his debut full-length album, Forever, earlier this summer through Def Jam Recordings. The album includes Alesso’s major singles “Under Control” with Calvin Harris, “If I lose Myself” with OneRepublic, and club favourite “Heroes (We Could Be)” with Tove Lo. This is bound to be an epic long weekend celebration.
As far as rock bands go, Slash is arguably one of the best guitarists of the century from one of the most legendary bands of all time – Guns N’ Roses. Last year, Slash released his third solo album “World on Fire” which featured Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Rocking the top-hat and leather everything for over 20 years, Slash is a symbol of rock. For his highly anticipated Vancouver stop, fans can expect a mix of songs that include some classic GNR, and songs by his other band Velvet Revolver. Canadians may recognize Slash’s bassist, Todd Kerns- once lead singer of Age of Electric. Kerns takes lead vocals on a couple of tracks during the tour. Get ready to be welcomed to the jungle, Slash fans! He’s almost here.
Full disclosure – one of our concert writers is a HUGE Madonna fan and he’s been avoiding all spoilers regarding her upcoming “Rebel Heart Tour,” so don’t come looking for them here. What we can tell you is that the Queen of Everything is set to dazzle Vancouver with a mix of songs from this year’s critically-adored Rebel Heart album and a handful of classics from her kickass catalogue. And if anyone in Madonna’s camp is reading this, there’ll be a dashing young(ish) man in row 3, seat 14 who promises to vogue his ass off (especially if she busts out old school jams like “Borderline” and “Deeper & Deeper”). You’ve been warned.
From legendary pop and rock concert, to one of the most talented producers and DJ’s of recent years, Hudson Mohawke. The Scottish producer, also known as Ross Birchard or HudMo, gained global attention for producing with the man himself Kanye West. HudMo also has rooted Canadian ties, as he was one half of trap music duo TNGHT with Montreal’s Lunice. HudMo released his second studio album in June, “Lantern,” six years after his debut album, and is currently touring the recent release. Lucky for Vancouver fans, also on this tour is R&B and pop producer The-Dream. This is a double bill made in electronic music heaven, and is bound to sell-out.
Vancouverite Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, plays a hometown show this month after a busy summer touring with Lana Del Rey. Part of her Rhinestone Cowgirl Tour, the Juno Award-winner is currently working on her fourth album here in B.C. Touring with Nicole Dollanganger, this is the “Oblivion” singer’s first headlining tour since 2012. Although tickets are sold out online, limited tickets may be available at the door on a first come first serve basis on the day of the show.
It’s been another crazy year for English rockers Florence + the Machine. They headlined Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo this summer and filled in for the Foo Fighters at Glastonbury after Dave Grohl fractured his leg at a show in Sweden. All that hard work has clearly paid off – the band scored their first number one album with this year’s fantastic How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and as expected, decent seats for their show at Rogers Arena are going for $250 or more on various resale sites. Indie darlings The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger will serve as openers.