August is just around the corner, which means it’s almost the end of the summer concerts. But fear not, besides all the beloved B.C. music festivals coming up this month, there are a few more outdoor – and indoor – shows to keep you singing in the city. Take advantage of the heat and the remaining summer days, and take some time check out some of the best shows to hit Vancouver this month.
Attention all lonely Starbucks lovers! Taylor Swift returns to BC Place on August 1 with her 1989 World Tour. It’s been an incredible year for the country pop diva – 1989 is the year’s best selling album by far and it’s spawned three number one songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart as well. Vance Joy and Canada’s own Shawn Mendes are opening for the superstar.
Indie darlings Wilco are heading to the Orpheum Theatre on August 12 as part of their 20th Anniversary Tour. Last year, the band released “Alpha Mike Foxtrot,” a 4CD/4LP/digital boxed set of rare and live recordings, and also just released Star Wars, their ninth studio album, as a free digital download. The setlist for Wilco’s tour is expected to change nightly and will feature their greatest hits and obscure favourites from their extensive catalogue. Jenny Lewis will serve as the band’s opener.
From “Hello” to “Big in Japan,” Dragonette has worked with international producers and artists. The Toronto natives are back on the road, bringing their synthpop dance to the Commodore this month along with Mia Martina, Shawn Hook and Trevor Guthrie for the Virgin Radio Beach Ball. With tickets as low as $13.95, there is no better reason to get your beach gear on and have a dance on a Thursday.
Lululemon’s annual half marathon is back, and with it the Sunset Festival concert. Besides the yoga and the running, the festival brings an indie-dance triple header worth checking out at a beautiful location. St. Lucia, Yeasayer, and Bear Mountain will be performing at Stanley Park’s Brockton Oval. And even if you’re not taking part in the run, tickets are available online (or the event is free with your SeaWheeze wristband). Shuttles will be available from the Vancouver Convention Centre to the Oval and are free with your ticket.
Nicki Minaj is set to take over Vancouver on August 16 with a little help from her friends. Her Pinkprint Tour will feature guest appearances by fiancee Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and detroit emcee Dej Loaf. It’s Minaj’s first time headlining Rogers Arena as a solo artist; she previously opened for Britney Spears and L’il Wayne there in 2011.
On the heels of the release of their debut album “Collateral,” Nervo is bringing the EDM to our city this month. The Australian twin sisters have opened up for Britney Spears, had their own Vegas residency, and played to thousands at several international major music festivals. Their local stop is bound to make one of the top electronic dance shows of the month.
Grammy award-winning R&B babe Miguel released his latest album “WILDHEART” in June, and is touring the first leg with a highly anticipated stop here this month. The follow up to his four-time Grammy nominated album “Kaleidoscpe Dream” is just as great, and potentially much sexier sounding (if that is at all possible). It’s no wonder his tickets sold-out within minutes. Did we mention he’s a babe?
Jon Bon Jovi is set to play an outdoor concert in Vancouver’s Stanley Park on August 22. 14,000 fans are expected to attend the show which will feature the Kings of Suburbia, a band the singer uses when performing solo. Vehicle access to the venue will be extremely limited, so organisers have arranged bike valets for fans who plan to cycle to the show. Bon Jovi’s breakthrough album “Slippery When Wet” was recorded in our city and its title pays tribute to the Number 5 Orange, a notorious Vancouver strip club.
Every summer, the PNE Amphitheatre plays host to a slew of rock, pop and R&B artists, and this year’s lineup is one of their best. Grammy winners Boyz II Men, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Beach Boys and American Idol winner Chris Daughtry are all set to perform, in addition to Canadian superstars Sloan, the New Pornographers and Tom Cochrane with Red Rider. Each concert is free with park admission, but fans can reserve premium seats for a low cost.
Janet (or “Miss Jackson” if you’re nasty) is hitting the road again for the first time in four years to promote her highly anticipated eleventh studio album due this fall. Fans can expect Janet to whip through her hits at a breakneck speed with the help of a troupe of backup singers and dancers. Her latest single “No Sleep” recently became the singer’s 40th song to chart on the Billboard’s Hot 100 countdown.