Summer is heating up, and June is all about the return of music legends in Vancouver’s concert scene. The vast difference in our concert listing this month shows the variety of talent that is coming through our city soon as part of major world tours. We also see the anticipated return of some international chart-toppers.
After doing the Vegas thing for two years, the Divine Miss M is hitting the road for the first time in a decade. Her latest album “It’s the Girls” pays tribute to the great girl groups of years past; expect Midler to cover The Supremes, The Ronettes and TLC (!!), as well as songs from her own extensive catalogue. Plenty of tickets are still available, so be sure to catch the singer up close or…from a distance.
From legendary Bette Midler, to indie duo Best Coast. Los Angeles based Best Coast are back in our city this month following the release of their latest album “California Night.” Already charting in the top three Independent Albums, according to Billboard, this new release is proving to follow the footsteps of the band’s first two albums. Indie fans might be familiar with the single “Boyfriend.” See them rock out live this month at the Imperial.
Best Coast with guests Bully
Vancouver’s Timbre Concerts partnered up with Austin’s Psych Fest to bring the inaugural Levitation Vancouver – a multi-venue festival that includes music, art and entertainment. Daytime events take place at Malkin Bowl, while nightly showcases will be at several venues across the city. The festival’s headliners include The Black Angels, Black Lips, Black Mountain and many more.
Fresh from a residency at Caesars Palace, Shania Twain is bringing her Rock This Country tour to Vancouver on June 5 and 7 (and will hopefully rock a sequinned unitard or two in the process). Demand for tickets is incredibly high; Twain added an additional 19 cities to the tour after several dates sold out in minutes. The country superstar promises she’ll hang up her touring hat for good once this trek is finished, so don’t be stupid – get your tickets now.
From banjos to electro-synth and back to indie-folk, Sufjan Stevens covers musical grounds. The singer-songwriter has not been in Vancouver since his last record five years ago, so fans are highly anticipating this show. Especially with the release of his latest, and critically loved album “Carrie & Lowell.” Sufjan is the type of show that you can go to, and feel the world melt away. Although his current album is spectacular (and mellow), we hope the setlist includes some older favourites, and the Orpheum will be the perfect setting for both.
The classical tenor is bringing his massive pipes to Rogers Arena on June 14 and tickets are selling like torte calde (Italian for “hotcakes”). Bocelli has sold more than 75 million records in his impressive 20-year career and has performed with everyone from Celine Dion to Mary J. Blige. His upcoming Vancouver show is the only Canadian date on his world tour, so be sure catch Bocelli live before it’s time for him to say goodbye.
Hard to believe I first saw Purity Ring two years ago at Coachella. The Canadians, originally from Edmonton, have since toured globally, and are continuing to do so this year. With the release of their latest “Another Eternity”, the electronic duo make a stop in Vancouver with Braids. Purity Ring’s electro-synth beats are distinct, and their fan base has grown since their 2012 single “Obedear,” so this show is bound to sell-out.
Purity Ring with Braids and Born Gold
Everyone’s favourite ginger returns to Vancouver for the fourth time in as many years. Sheeran’s latest album, X (pronounced “multiply”), was the only disc to sell a million copies in both the United States and the UK in 2014 and tickets for the North American leg of his tour, which hits Rogers Arena on June 19, are virtually sold out. And with good reason – in addition to the hits, Sheeran has been playing acoustic covers of “Fancy,” “In Da Club” and “No Diggity” along the way.
Before the current age of EDM and DJ’s, we had Paul Van Dyk. The Grammy nominated artist and globally acclaimed DJ is back in Vancouver for a rare club show at Celebrities. Van Dyk has topped the list of DJ’s globally, has toured major festivals, and has released seven studio albums since 1994. The German producer is currently touring his latest album“The Politics of Dancing 3.” Experience trance and electronic music at its finest, as Van Dyk certainly lives up to the hype.
Paul Van Dyk
As we previously reported, the “First Lady of Neo-Soul” is playing Vancouver’s International Jazz Festival on June 23. The four-time Grammy award winner is expected to perform classics like “On & On,” “Bag Lady” and “Tyrone,” among others. Fun fact – Erykah and Outkast’s Andre 3000 have an 18-year-old son together; the rapper wrote “Ms. Jackson” as a plea to convince Badu’s mother to let him see his kid more often.
An evening with Erykah Badu