Are you one of those people who wait until the last minute to make your Valentine’s Day plans? Well, we have you covered with our list of must-see live musical events taking place on and around the big day.
Wanna bump and grind to the sounds of jazz legend Branford Marsalis? Or maybe boot, scoot & boogie to songs by country heartthrob Brad Paisley? We’ve got a little something for everybody, whether you’re up all night to get lucky on Valentine’s Day, or want your fancy tickled the following week.
Vancouver country radio station 93.7 JRFM presents the third annual Boots & Babes Ball at the Commodore Ballroom on February 13. Get ready to swing your partner dosey-do to the sounds of Canada’s own Side One, who call themselves a “jaw droppingly talented band that can play everything from Sinatra to Macklemore and everything in between”.
Boots & Babes Ball feat. Side One
Juno Award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo and Vancouver’s own R&B Allstars are teaming up for a benefit dance in support of a Canadian-registered charity called Love Is The Answer. Love Is The Answer, or LITA, works in Africa to help orphaned children in areas of poverty relief and reduction. For just $25, fans will enjoy a fun concert, snacks, a silent auction and a 50/50 draw with proceeds going to LITA.
Love Is The Answer – 2nd Annual Valentine’s Benefit Dance
Grammy Award winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis is performing an intimate show at the Chan Shun Concert Hall the day before Valentine’s Day. The concert will feature songs from the bandleader’s recently released Four MFs Playin’ Tunes album in addition to a handful of jazz standards. The Chan Centre is also hosting a free event called “A Conversation With Branford Marsalis” where the legend will tell stories about his musical upbringing and extraordinary career.
There’s a worldwide celebration going on this year to commemorate the 100th birthday of late music icon Frank Sinatra. The Fox Cabaret is getting into the spirit with a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes featuring local talent like Chelsea Hartwig and Jarrod O’Dell of the Ballantynes. Tickets are just $15 and attendees will also enjoy a special performance by The Lovers Cabaret and a Valentine’s Photobooth by Lindsay’s Diet.
Swingin’ Sinatra Valentine’s Party
Singer-songwriter Booker T. Jones returns to Vancouver on February 13 with a show at the Vogue Theatre. The multi-instrumentalist will play songs from his latest album Sound the Alarm in addition to tracks from his extensive catalogue. Over the course of his five decade-long career, Jones has collaborated with everyone from Neil Young to Questlove and won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys in 2007.
Booker T. Jones
What do Canadian superstars Barney Bentall, 54-40 and Chilliwack all have in common? They’ve sold countless albums, have been nominated for a slew of Juno Awards, and all three are performing at the 50th annual Variety Show of Hearts telethon in Vancouver. Variety is a non-profit organization that provides help to children with special needs in B.C., and this year’s event promises to be their biggest show ever. 54-40 just released their new album La Difference and their Variety performance will air live on Global BC.
Variety’s 50th annual Show of Hearts Telethon
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.
If you’re looking for more live entertainment the following weekend, here are another four concerts to check out.
New Brunswick’s Matt Andersen started 2016 off with a bang, winning his second consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year trophy at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto. Andersen releases his latest album Honest Man on February 26 and anticipation is high – he’s expanded his North American tour to include more than 50 shows as a result. The singer plays the Vogue Theatre on February 18 and plays a show in Kelowna the following night.
Tanga describes themselves as a “west coast world fusion group” that mixes afro-latin and world beats with a hip-hop kick. On February 19, the nine piece collective will be fronted by Malcolm Aiken, a Vancouver trumpet player whose debut album Paper Star earned rave reviews upon its release in 2010. Tanga is presented by Coastal Jazz, a charitable arts organization that develops educational initiatives and community programs to benefit British Columbia’s jazz and blues scene.
Tanga with Bazooka Picnic
The award-winning Vancouver Bach Choir is celebrating their 85th anniversary season with the return of Andrew Downing’s Phantom of the Opera to the Orpheum Theatre. Fans will enjoy a screening of the 1925 Rupert Julian silent film while the choir performs its haunting score. Downing is a two time Juno Award recipient whose previous soundtracks for silent films include The Shock and The Impossible Voyage.
Vancouver Bach Choir presents Phantom of the Opera
Canadian singer-songwriter Alejandra Ribera heads to Vancouver on February 20 to participate in the city’s 11th annual Winterruption Festival. Her breakthrough album La Boca was produced by Jean Massicotte (Lhasa de Sala, Patrick Watson) and contains the single “I Want”, which won the prestigious SOCAN Songwriting Prize two years ago. After Winterruption, Ribera will tour the UK where La Boca will be released on March 25.
Alejandra Ribera with Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s Shiv’A