10 concerts in Vancouver to check out this December

Dec 4 2017, 4:54 am

Turn your December up to 11 with our picks for 10 concerts to check out around Vancouver this month. The Killers, Jay-Z and more to rock out to.

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

Franz Ferdinand

  • What: Franz Ferdinand’s second single, Take Me Out, arrived in early 2004. The single propelled them to greater popularity in the UK and laid the groundwork for the band’s debut album. Their most recent project, 2013’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, featured collaborations with Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor, Peter Björn & John’s Björn Yttling, Veronica Falls’ Roxanne Clifford, and DJ Todd Terje.
  • When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 and Wednesday, December 6, 2017
  • Time: Doors open at 8 pm, showtime is 9 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Via Live Nation, $49.50

The Killers

  • What: The Killers are touring their newly released album Wonderful Wonderful, the band’s first album in five years. The Killers, named after a fictional band referenced in the music video for the New Order song Crystal, were formed in Las Vegas in 2001 by frontman Brandon Flowers. They quickly became known for their arena-pleasing anthems in songs like Somebody Told MeMr Brightside, and All These Things I’ve Done.
  • When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $55-$95

Jhené Aiko

  • What: Songstress Jhené Aiko will be bringing her sultry tunes to Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre as she embarks on her Trip tour. The 29-year-old R&B star is known for her airy vocals and poetic lyrics. Her musical journey took off with the release of Sail Out (2013), and she rose to stardom after featuring on Drake’s hit “From Time” from his 2013 album Nothing Was the Same. Aiko has since gone on to release Souled Out (2014) and Twenty88 (2016) which was a collaboration EP with her boyfriend, rapper Big Sean.
  • When: Friday, December 8, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Via Ticketfly.com


  • What: Grammy Award winner producer and rapper Jay-Z will be at Rogers Arena on December 11 as part of a massive North American tour. Mr. Beyonce, aka Shawn Carter, dropped his 13th album 4:44 on June 30 and it has topped global charts since. The album was exclusively released on Tidal, a music service that Jay-Z co-owns, during its first week.
  • When: Monday, December 11, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

No Dress Rehearsal – A Tribute to Gord Downie

  • What: A night of music, poetry and story in honour of Gord Downie. Hosted by C.R. Avery, house band Noah Walker, Geoff Hicks, Matt Rogers, Patrick Metzger, and Kathleen Nisbet, and a lineup of Vancouver musical talent.
  • When: Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Music for the Winter Solstice

  • What: Now in its fourth year, Music on Main is proud to present the beloved Music for the Winter Solstice concert on December 14 and 15. Featuring pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, vocalists Carman J. Price and Wallgrin, and Composer in Residence Nicole Lizée, the show will have Vancouver audiences celebrating the winter season in style.
  • When: December 14 and 15, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$39

One Cure Live: A Mental Health Awareness Concert

  • What: Featuring performances by Oluwa Toni, Ndidi Cascade, Tonye Aganaba, Dianna David, Desiree Dawson, Camaro 67, K-Star, Amanda Silvera, DJ Rossco, Tina Tank Gyal, Sarah Eske, B Kenyan, LT Irie, Bounty Hunta, Yvonne Kushe, Alic Adams, Megan Phillips, Joanna Paisley, and more.
  • When: Friday, December 15, 2017
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$35

A Baroque Christmas: Bach and More

Image: Vancouver Chamber Choir

  • What: Always a popular draw, The Vancouver Chamber Choir is celebrating the Christmas season with selections by Bach, Vivaldi, and popular carols that will have audiences singing “Hallelujah!”. This one-night-only production will feature guest conductor John William Trotter and the ensemble’s family of choirs, orchestra, and soloists.
  • When: Saturday, December 16, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouve
  • Tickets: At Ticketmaster, $24-$55

Christmas Presence

  • What: The Pacific Theatre plays host to a number of local musicians this season as Carolyn Arends, Ron Reed, The Tourist Company, and more are teaming up for Christmas Presence 2017. The celebration will be held over five nights in Vancouver with a special show in Abbotsford on Sunday, December 17.
  • When: December 19 to December 23, 2017
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Pacific Theatre; $15.75-$38.35

An Olde English Christmas With Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

  • What: One of the most popular bands from the 60s British Invasion, Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone will be performing at River Rock Show Theatre. Today Noone can be heard on SiriusXM Radio’s 60s on 6 channel where he hosts the show, Something Good with Peter Noone. Additionally he and the band continue to perform to sold-out audiences with their fans spanning the generations.
  • When: Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $49.50
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