36 concerts in Vancouver to check out in April

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Festival season is upon us.

And this means, a ton of touring artists will be starting to flow through Vancouver. Not only are some major international superstars in town this April, but we also have some local faves on tour as well, giving us a total of 36 fantastic shows to check out this month.

Metric & Death Cab For Cutie


Vancouver is in for a double dose of hipster fun when Death Cab For Cutie and Canada’s own Metric play UBC on April 1. Death Cab’s 2015 album Kintsugi received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album while Metric just scored a Juno nod for Group of the Year. Vancouver is just one of 11 stops on their co-headlining The Lights On The Horizon tour.

When: Friday, April 1, at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC, 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $40.50 to $60.50. All Ages

Ellie Goulding


After selling out Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre and the Commodore Ballroom on previous tours, Ellie Goulding is bringing her highly anticipated Delirium tour to Rogers Arena on April Fool’s Day. The singer’s latest album was produced by hitmaker Max Martin and hit single “Love Me Like You Do” was the only decent thing the come out of 50 Shades of Grey (besides the stunning Vancouver backdrop).

When: Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $32.25 to $62.25. All Ages

SkiiTour


These mountain-electronic-music-addicts are well known in the local scenes of the West Coast, and they are in town as part of Fido’s Road to WSSF (Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival). The Whistler, B.C, based SkiiTour are a producing and performing duo that’s bound to deliver a high energy show that you will not forget. Get your dance shoes on early this month!

When: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 10 p.m.
Where: Fortune Sound Club, 147 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $15, 19+

Goldroom


The king of tropical textures and soulful rhythms Goldroom is back in Vancouver this month as part of his Pacific Coast tour. Goldroom will also be joined by Vancouver’s own Pat Lok- who will also be performing a live set. Note, this is an early show.

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $15, 19+

Atlas Genius


Australian brothers Atlas Genius stop into the city this month, touring their second release Inatimate Objects. The music blog favourites are on tour with Skylar Grey and Secret Weapons. Note, this is an early show.

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Where: Venue, 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $25, 19+

Father John Misty


Our favourite Honeybear is back! The talented, and very bearded, Father John Misty returns to Vancouver for a sold-out show at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre. His latest album I Love You, Honeybear was a fave last of 2015, and his ticket sales prove it. Make sure to check him out next time around.

When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Orpheum, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Sold Out.

G-Eazy


After doing the summer festival thing for two years (the rapper played past editions of the Squamish and Pemberton Music festivals), Oakland’s G-Eazy is heading back to Vancouver on his very own headlining tour. G-Eazy’s sophomore album When It’s Dark Out topped Billboard’s rap chart last year and breakout single “Me, Myself & I” is still in the chart’s top ten.

When: Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: PNE Forum, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $45 to $151. All Ages

Allan Rayman


Up and coming singer/songwriter Allan Rayman is a performer known as a compelling storyteller. His lyrics flow like poetry, and his music is an authentic masterpiece. In a space like Guilt & Co, this is bound to be a beautiful and intimate show.

When: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: Guild & Company, 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $18. 19+

Mariana’s Trench


From platinum-selling albums to a Juno Award, Vancouver’s Mariana’s Trench has been on a wave of success since their 2006 debut Fix Me. The emo/punk band is scheduled for a homecoming tour date this month as part of their Never Say Die tour, with guests Walk off The Earth.

When: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Where: Pacific Coliseum, 2901 E Hastings S, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $35. All Ages

Rococode


Local indie pop duo Rococode released their second full-length album Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon earlier this year, and are having an album release party this month. The line up of their show in Vancouver includes local babes IMUR.

When: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $12. 19+

Pink Licorice


Disco pop locals Pink Licorice are releasing their debut album Punishments on pink 180g vinyl, and are throwing a gig with Black Magique, Pine Tarts, and Pale Reed. Join the celebrations at the Biltmore at this early show!

When: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
Tickets: At the door, $10. 19+

Mike Snow


Swedish indie-pop band Miike Snow are on the road promoting their appropriately-named third album iii and will bring their awesome brand of fun to the Commodore Ballroom on April 9. Miike Snow, made up of singer Andrew Wyatt and producing team Bloodshy & Avant, eschew the use of laptops in their live shows and instead use “The Blob” – a hexagonal synthesiser created especially for their tours.

When: Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $25. 19+

Tinashe


The new queen of hip-hop and R&B brings her Joyride Tour to Vancouver this month. This highly anticipated show is bound to be full of energy and dancing. Think arena show in a smaller venue.
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When: Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $40. All Ages

Iron Maiden


Vancouver is set to party like it’s 1989 when heavy metal gods Iron Maiden invade Rogers Arena on April 10. The band literally kicked off their South American tour with a bang last month when their plane, known as Ed Force One, collided with a ground tug and sustained major damage. But never fear – Iron Maiden released a statement on their website saying their “Killer Krew has sorted out all logistics” and the tour would continue as planned.

When: Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $29.50 to $97.50. All Ages

Twenty One Pilots


Pop-rock duo Twenty One Pilots rose to fame in 2013 as an opening act for Fall Out Boy, and scored their first-ever number album with last year’s Blurryface. Not content to stand still and perform their songs as-is, the guys like to mix things up a bit – expect Tyler Joseph to perform backflips off of his piano and Josh Dun to play drums on a platform raised above the crowd.

When: Sunday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $29.50 to $39.50. All Ages

Santigold


Santigold is on a bit of a hot streak lately – her song “Radio” was featured in the hit film Paper Towns and her latest album, 99 cents, earned the singer some of the best reviews of her career. Fans can expect a lot of new material including “Can’t Get Enough Of Myself”, the video for which is interactive and allows fans to digitally insert themselves into it.

When: Monday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $34.50. All Ages

Pete Yorn


Pete Yorn is no stranger to Canada – his latest song is called “Halifax” and the singer-songwriter cites Nova Scotia’s Sloan as his greatest musical influence. Yorn plays the Imperial on April 11 and will play material from his new album ArrangingTime, a collection of tracks that one critic referred to as “splendidly miserable”.

When: Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
Where: Imperial, 319 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $36.95. 19+

Spirit of the West


Vancouver’s indie-folk band Spirit of the West have been around since the early 1980s, and in December they announced their final tour. 13 albums and plenty of tour dates later, this tour is sure to be a sad one for the fans. The band plays three back to back shows at the Commodore with The Odds.

When: April 14, 15 and 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $45. 19+

Boyce Avenue


Boyce Avenue rose to superstar status a few years ago courtesy of their wildly popular YouTube channels. The band, made up of brothers Daniel, Fabian, and Alejandro Manzano, upload original material and cover songs (like their awesome version of Adele’s “Hello”) and their videos have been seen more than a billion times online.

When: Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $30. All Ages

Collective Soul


After doing the side-project thing for a couple of years, singer Ed  Roland and boys are back together as a collective and are heading to Vancouver on April 17. Over the last three decades, Collective Soul have scored seven number one songs on Billboard’s Rock chart and their latest album, See What You Started by Continuing, is their first to feature the sounds of new lead guitarist Jesse Triplett.

When: Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $45. 19+

St Germain


French new-jazz musician St. Germain is a legend in his genre. 20 years after his release Boulevard and 15 years after his timeless Tourist, the incredible Ludovic Navarre (aka St Germain) is back on a world tour. He stops for a sold-out show in Vancouver (and on Yasmin’s birthday!).

When: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Sold Out.

The Story So Far


From the stages of Warped Tours to the Imperial, The Story So Far are bringing the pop punk sounds to Vancouver. On tour to support their latest self-titled release, The Story So Far are bringing guests Comeback Kid and Culture Abuse.

When: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where: Imperial, 319 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $25. 19+

Paul McCartney


The legendary Beatle returns to Vancouver in April with his One on One tour, which is being billed as a career retrospective featuring solo tunes and material from his time with the Beatles and Wings. The demand for Sir Paul McCartney’s tour is incredibly high – floor seats for his Rogers Arena show are going for as high as $1,750 on various resale sites. The Grammy Award winner last visited our city in 2012 on his On The Run tour.

When: Tuesday, April 19 & Wednesday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $39.50 to $295. All Ages

Courtney Barnett


If Paul McCartney ain’t your thing, check out funky indie rocker Courtney Barnett on April 19. The Australian singer/songwriter was nominated for a Grammy Award, and one spin through her debut album Sometimes I sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit will make you understand why. This is definitely an artist to watch.

When: Tuesday, April 19 2016 at 7 p.m.

Where: Imperial, 319 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: Sold out.

BAP


It’s another K-Pop invasion this month when BAP hits The Orpheum Theatre. The Korean pop stars are playing Vancouver as part of a limited Canadian tour. The six member group is bound to leave many young fans screaming for days.

When: Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Will be available online from $65. All Ages

Sloan


Sloan is hitting the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal One Chord to Another album. The Halifax rockers will perform two sets each night – one will feature all of the songs from Chord while the other will consist of big hits and fan favourites. Singer Jay Ferguson recently hinted that an expanded boxed set of the album is on the way.

When: Wednesday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
Where: Imperial, 319 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $35. 19+

Lush


It’s a major reunion for indie pop band Lush. The UK band released three studio albums in the 90s, and their first release in what feels like forever came out in February as an EP entitled Blind Spot. This is Lush’s first North American tour in almost 20 years.

When: Thursday, April 21 at 9 p.m.
Where: The Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $35. 19+

Rihanna


Pop music’s most titillating star scored a number one album this year with ANTI, and brings her tour of the same name to Vancouver on April 23. The Barbadian beauty has put a lot of hard work work work work work into the tour which features new songs like “Kiss It Better”, in addition to classic hits like “Run This Town” and “Stay”.

When: Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $30.50 to $165. All Ages

Death From Above


Rocking out since the early 2000s, Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger (aka the boys of DFA1979) have been through a lot together as a duo – including a band break up. But to mend our broken hearts, the band has since reunited and are back on tour this month with Eagles of Death Metal.

When: Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m.
Where: PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $59.10. All ages

Lapsley


Lapsley’s voice is haunting. Just give “Station” a listen (above). The English singer/songwriter has been making waves since last year, and her album just came out in March of this year. That says a lot for this talented 19-year-old. A must-see artist of 2016!

When: Tuesday, April 26, at 8 p.m.
Where: Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $15. 19+

The 1975


If you’ve never heard of The 1975, you won’t stop hearing about them now. With a number one album globally, the English band are seriously taking over airwaves- and our iTunes, but we’re not complaining. Known for their dedicated fanbase, this show is bound to sell-out.

When: Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m.
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Centre, 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $35-$45. All Ages

James Bay


English singer-songwriter James Bay released his debut album last year to rave reviews – Chaos and the Calm topped the UK charts and earned Bay three Grammy nominations, including one for best new artist. Vancouver fans can expect the singer to perform hits like “Running” and “Hold Back The River”, as well as a pretty decent cover of CCR’s “Proud Mary”.

When: Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 884 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $25 to $35. All Ages

ZHU


Grammy-nominated electronic producer ZHU remains elusive – but we do know he’s in Vancouver this month. Chances are you’ve danced to his track “Faded” over the last year. He’s back with his Neon City Tour, an experience that should pump us up until summer.

When: Thursday, April 28, at 9 p.m.
Where: The Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $40. 19+

Pentatonix


After meeting during auditions for the reality competition show The Sing Off, Pentatonix began touring relentlessly as a cover band and quickly earned a loyal fanbase who call themselves “Pentaholics”. The fab five’s latest album, which features mostly original material, was their first to top Billboard’s album chart.

When: Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m.
Where: Pacific Coliseum, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online from $48.80 to $119.20. All Ages

Years & Years


To say we’ve been waiting “years and years” for this show is an understatement. The British trio released their first single back in 2014, and proceeded to win a ton of Brit awards for best new act. Their debut album Communion was finally released in 2015, and this will be their first Vancouver show. And we’ve been waiting years and years for it.

When: Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $35. 19+

Beach House


Dream pop’s finest band is one of the best live shows you will see. Between their melodic instrumentals, ultra low vocals of singer Victoria Legrand, and their visuals, Beach House’s upcoming gig is highly anticipated – especially among the fans who haven’t seen them tour since their 2012 release Bloom.

When: Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Sold Out.

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