19 concerts in Vancouver to check out this September

Aug 28 2017, 6:33 am

Put your hands up in the air and rock your way through a great September. From Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey to Simple Plan, Janet Jackson to Lang Lang, here are 19 concerts to check out around Vancouver.

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

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey “All The Hits Tour” 2017

  • What: Multi-platinum-selling artists, multiple Grammy Award-winners and music icons, Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey are touring together for the first time ever. Lionel Richie has sold over 100 million albums world wide, and has an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four Grammy awards all to his name. Mariah Carey has sold over 220 million records, and has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist Of The Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting.
  • When: September 3
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena –  800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Live Nation, $39.95 to $299.95


  • What: HAIM is embarking on a North American tour, with Vancouver as its only Canadian destination. The sisterly trio from LA — Danielle Haim (guitars and lead vocals), Este Haim (bass), and Alana Haim (guitars and keyboards) — promises their second album Something To Tell You differ from the band’s debut, and said they’re excited to share it with their fans.
  • When: September 4
  • Time: Doors 5:30 pm, / Show 7 pm
  • Where: Malkin Bowl, 610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $42.50

Simple Plan

  • What: Simple Plan are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. In addition to being certified 2x Platinum in Canada, U.S. and Mexico, No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls is 5X Platinum in Indonesia, Platinum in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and certified Gold in Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls features hits like “I’d Do Anything,” “I’m Just A Kid,” “Addicted,” and “Perfect.” Featuring guests Courage My Love, Selfish Things & The Bottom Line.
  • When: September 5
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 7:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $45

Reverend Horton Heat

  • What: Throughout the band’s million plus album selling career, their music has been featured in countless TV shows, movies and commercials, it’s impossible to deny the powerful force that is the Reverend Horton Heat. They continue to electrify audiences time and time again with their incredible stage presence, rock ‘n roll charisma and contagious energy.
  • When: September 7
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $35

Accordion Noir Festival

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  • What: Featuring artists from as far afield as St. Petersburg, Accordion Noir Festival events will take place at various locations across the city in an effort to bring a completely different perspective on accordion playing to Vancouver.
  • When: September 7 to 10
  • Where: St James Anglican Church — 303 E. Cordova St, Vancouver, Russian Hall — 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $7-$20

Against Me!

  • What: Against Me! is ready to release their new album, Shape Shift With Me in September. While much has changed in the lives of Grace and her bandmates—guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Atom Willard—in that time period, it’s clear that those intervening years have done wonders for creativity.
  • When: September 8
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver,
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$32.50

The David Symons Project: Clapton Unplugged

  • What: Comprised of David Symons, Jorah “Keys” Kauffman, David Capper and Sean Preston, these Vancouver musicians will bring you back to the heyday of Eric Clapton with rich vocals and expert musicianship.
  • When: September 8
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $15

Dionne Warwick

  • What: Dionne Warwick’s career, which currently celebrates 50 years, has established her as an international music icon and concert act. She has earned more than 60 charted hit songs, won Five Grammy Awards, and sold over 100 million records.
  • When: September 9
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Rd, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $89.50

Dear Father with guests Grizzly Waves and MidAtNight

  • What: Dear Father is a solo acoustic artist from Langley, British Columbia. His debut album, “A Hundred Years,” which was released in January 2017 through Ditto Music Canada, is a contemporary blend of folk music brought to life through Dear Father’s distinct voice and sound.
  • When: September 10
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Dear Rouge with Little Destroyer

  • What: Dear Rouge is led by husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart. Between the two of them, they carry years of touring and recording with multiple bands and different musical ventures. Presented as part of the Westward Music Festival.
  • When: September 15
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Affordable Concert Series: Big Easy Funk Ensemble with Disco Funeral and Subscura

  • What: The Big Easy Funk Ensemble teams up with Disco Funeral and Subscura to bring an amazing night of music and performance arts to the Rio Theater.
  • When: September 23
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Tristen with special guest Jenny O

  • What: A native of South Side Chicago turned longtime Nashville resident, Tristen has released two critically acclaimed solo records — 2011’s Charlatans at the G arden Gate and 2013’s CAVES — and toured extensively as a member of Jenny Lewis’ backing band.
  • When: September 23
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $13

Lang Lang with the VSO

  • What: Lang Lang returns to the Orpheum to perform Gershwin’s famous and much-loved Rhapsody in Blue with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Tovey conducts this special concert that also features the Australian String Quartet, led by former VSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop. Lang Lang will also perform Saint-Saëns Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals, America from Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Sugar Plum Fairy, from Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker.
  • When: September 25
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Janet Jackson

  • What: Jackson is ready to hit the stage again with her State of the World Tour, and promises fan faves from her chart-topping, latest album Unbreakable along with an array of her ‘socially conscious’ music from her vast career, and more soon-to-be released new tracks. A published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist, and one of biggest-selling artists in popular music history, Jackson has sold 160 million records worldwide, and is a star that has definitely left a mark on the pop industry.
  • When: September 26
  • Time: Doors at 7 / Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29 to $125

Vance Joy

  • What: Feeding on a diet of The Pogues, Paul Kelly, and whatever else was playing, Vance Joy cut his teeth performing at open mike nights in Melbourne. His songs capture the familiar pulse of everyday experiences in a unique and celebratory manner. Featuring guests Amy Shark and Chappell Roan.
  • When: September 27
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $49.50

Austra with guest Ela Minus

  • What: Canadian synth-pop band, on tour to support their latest release “Future Politics”.
  • When: September 29
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20


Samsung Canada Coldplay


  • What: Since 2000, Coldplay has released seven studio albums and also played seven concert tours, and frontrunner Chris Martin announced they will be playing songs from each album on this tour. Known for their theatrical displays on stage, unique covers, and witty banter with the crowd, this is sure to be another incredible show.
  • When: September 29
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Live Nation

The New Pornographers

  • What: The New Pornographers’ latest full length album Whiteout Conditions was released in Spring 2017. It’s the first release on the band’s own Collected Works Records. With guests Born Ruffians.
  • When: September 29
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $36.50

Ben Folds

  • What: Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending musical art that includes pop albums as the front man for Ben Folds Five, multiple solo rock albums, as well as unique collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to Weird Al and William Shatner. His most recent album is a blend of pop and classical original works, in part recorded with the revered classical sextet music that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.
  • When: September 30
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver,
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$349
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