From longtime legends to fresh-faced newcomers, there is a huge range of wonderful talent performing in Vancouver this month.
Sam Smith’s massive hit, “Stay With Me,” combines his expressive, powerhouse vocals with delicate piano and strings and catapulted the talented British crooner to international success in 2014. With six Grammy nominations in tow, the Smith is embarking on his first-ever arena tour.
The Devil Makes Three combines sounds of jazz, folk, blues, and ragtime to create energetic, genre-defying knee-slappers. The California-based band, who has toured alongside the likes of Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, is currently on their largest tour yet in support of their latest release, I’m A Stranger Here.
There are a few reasons why this double-header show is a must-see. For one, local hillbilly, boogie, swing, and jazz hybrid Petunia & The Vipers only plays two shows a year—this is their first in eight months. And for two, roots-blues band and Peak Performance Project alums Miss Quincy and the Showdown are just a bunch of bad asses.
The Tragically Hip, affectionately referred to as the Hip, are Canadian music legends. Since their formation in the early 80s, they’ve released 12 studio albums, two live albums, one EP, and 54 singles including “Blow at High Dough,” “Ahead By a Century,” “New Orleans is Sinking,” and “38 Years Old,” just to name a few. Nine of their albums have reached number one in Canada and they’ve received 14 Juno Awards. The band released a super deluxe version of 1992’s Fully Completely this past October and are currently on a North American tour where they’ll play the album in its entirety.
Meghan Trainor is the woman behind “All About That Bass,” that infectious track you likely can’t get out of your head. The 21 year old American singer-songwriter’s debut studio album, Title, was released in January and supports her first headlining concert tour which kicks off in Vancouver.
English rocker Billy Idol first achieved fame in the early 70s as a member of punk band Generation X before embarking on a hugely successful solo career. His iconic anthems like “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” and, of course, his cover of Tommy James and the Shondell’s “Mony Mony,” made him one of the first MTV video stars and forever a fan favourite. Idol released his latest and seventh studio album, Kings & Queens of the Underground, in October last year.
Smokey Robinson is a legend in every sense of the word. His group, the Miracles, was one of the first to be signed to Motown Records and their single, “Shop Around,” was Motown’s first million-selling hit record. Robinson became one of the label’s most in-demand songwriters and producers, penning tracks for artists including the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes. He’s found great success with his own solo career, most recently releasing a duets album, Smokey & Friends, last August.
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier released his self-titled debut album late last year. The record includes his breakthrough single, “Take Me To Church,” which has just been nominated for Song of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
A member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the recipient of seven Juno Awards, and an Officer of the Order of Canada, Tom Cochrane is a national treasure. He found much success with rock band Red Rider and then embarked on a solo career in 1991 with the release of the massive hit, “Life is a Highway.” With no intention of stopping, Cochrane’s latest single, “Sunday Afternoon Hang,” was dropped in 2014.
Sam Roberts’ 2001 debut, The Inhuman Condition, was one of the bestselling independent releases in Canadian music history. A winner of six Juno Awards, Sam Roberts released his latest album, and second under the Sam Roberts Band moniker, Lo-Fantasy, last year.