18 concerts in Vancouver to check out in May

Apr 25 2017, 11:14 pm

Whether you’re ready to rock or singing the blues, Daily Hive is your hook-up to the hottest concerts in Vancouver!

Grab a friend and check out our monthly concert roundup, including indie rock, Stadium singers, and more.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

The 1975

the 1975

Image: The 1975/Facebook

  • What: British rockers The 1975 stop in Vancouver in support of their latest album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 1 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $49.50

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

  • What: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’s latest album, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, compiles all their biggest hits onto one disc. Expect to hear many of your favourites at the Commodore Ballroom, like “I Believe I Can Fly”, “Desperado”, and “Straight Up”.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 3 at 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $30

CJ Ramone

  • What: CJ Ramone is the artistic name of Christopher Joseph Ward, known as the famous and latest bass player of the most legendary American punk rock band The Ramones. CJ Ramone is an important part of punk rock history and the best part is he’s just getting started. Big Eyes and Childsplay also perform.
  • When: May 4 at 8 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $17.50

Melissa Etheridge

  • What: Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge has remained one of North America’s favourite female artists for more than two decades. In addition to her two Grammy Awards, Etheridge has won an Academy Award for “Best Original Song”, a Juno Award for “International Entertainer of the Year” and ASCAP’s “Songwriter of the Year” Award.
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Rd, Richmond
  • When: May 5 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online

William So CBCF Charity Concert

  • What: William So will perform many of his smash hits from his over 30 years in the music industry and he will take the audience down memory lane during his charity concert. Net proceeds will be contributed to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • Where: Hard Rock Casino – 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
  • When: May 6 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $65-$170

VAM Symphony Orchestra: A John Williams Tribute

  • What: Cinema meets concert hall as the VAM Symphony Orchestra, bolstered by the forces of guest ensemble VAM Intermediate Symphony, presents the popular film music of John Williams. With music from films such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Catch Me If You Can, VAMSO brings the 2016/17 season to a riveting close by igniting a cinematic imagination.
  • WhereOrpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 7 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

  • What: The iconic, Grammy-award winning band return for a select stadium tour this summer, and it all starts right here in Vancouver at BC Place. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic album, The Joshua Tree, U2 will be performing the album in its entirety, with the support of a number of special bands. In Vancouver, their support is popular indie/folk rockers, Mumford & Sons.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: May 12 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$280

Chris Hadfield’s Canada 150 Tour

  • What: Canada’s first spaceship commander, Colonel Chris Hadfield shares a selection of stories, images, songs and ideas that celebrate the 150th birthday of the nation he is so proud to call home.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 12 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$80

Tanya Tagaq


Image: Tanya Tagaq / Facebook

  • What: Nunavut-born Tanya Tagaq came to international attention when she appeared on superstar Björk’s 2004 Medulla album and tour. Since then she has created four albums that have all received widespread critical acclaim.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 12 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $50

James McCartney

  • What: Singer-songwriter James McCartney has garnered critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Daily News. He’s built a robust international profile through tirelessly touring the UK, Europe and the US, most recently including a sold out three show residency at The Islington in London.
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac, Vancouver
  • When: May 13 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Ron Sexsmith

  • What: Ron Sexsmith is touring in support of his 13th solo album, The Last Rider, where for the first time he, in tandem with his longtime collaborator Don Kerr, has taken matters into his own hands as a producer. Over the course of its 15 tracks, The Last Rider is by turns romantic, bittersweet, uplifting and humorous.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway
  • When: May 15 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $38.50


  • What: KONGOS is a rock band of four brothers – Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Danny Kongos. Sons of British singer-songwriter John Kongos, they grew up in London and South Africa, and are on tour to support their latest release Egomaniac.
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 16 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$405

An Evening with Pete Yorn

  • What: American singer-songwriter Pete Yorn performs an acoustic concert at the Biltmore Cabaret.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 18 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$310

LOVE SHACK! A Live Band Burlesque Tribute to The B-52’s!

  • What: Kitty Nights wraps up their season and kicks off your Summer of Lovin’ with a Live Band Burlesque Tribute to The B-52’s. Beehives, miniskirts and shagadelic, swingin’ fun abound as our Hot & Heavy Band kicks out your favourite B-52’s hits live onstage at The Biltmore accompanying the wild antics of a bevvy of fun-lovin’ burlesque beauties.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Barn Burner 2017

  • What: A night of music and dancing featuring Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts Band, Odds, Rich Hope, Wild Honey and other special guests. All proceeds from the Barn Burner will benefit Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation and extend their partnership with Jack.org. Together, they will improve youth mental health along the North Shore and Sea to Sky corridor.
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 26 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $75

The Shins

The Shins (Image: Benoit Daoust / Shutterstock)

  • What: Multiple Grammy-nominated band The Shins are returning to Vancouver in support of their fifth album Heartworms.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 27 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $36.50-$56.50

The Sophistocrats

  • What: Old-fashioned souls with offbeat ideas. The Sophistocrats came together during their years together at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC. They have an eclectic style, heavily influenced by Alternative R&B and Indie Pop, with lead vocalist Sophie MP singing in English, French and Spanish. Also featuring Davuis Yates on guitar and backup vocals, Nathan Swift on Bass, and Aybars Savat on Drums.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: May 28 at 8 pm

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: Soul2Soul The World Tour

  • What: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s 65-city tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of the record-breaking Soul2Soul II tour, the highest-grossing country music tour of all time. It is also the first time that Faith Hill has toured since 2007.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver,
  • When: May 31 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online