Live At The Commodore – Book Launch

Elbow onstage at Commodore Ballroom

The Commodore Ballroom is Vancouver’s and perhaps one of Canada’s most treasured live music spaces.  Great sound, great sightlines and the famous sprung dancefloor have helped to keep fans flocking to the venerable venue.  Since 1929, the Commodore has hosted an amazing array of music greats like; Duke Ellington, Tina Turner, James Brown, U2, The Police, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga but still leaving space for up and coming opening acts or those found in the PEAK Performance Project.

Lily Allen Plays The Commodore

In his new book, Live At The Commodore, Aaron Chapman presents an illustrated history of the legendary Granville Street music hall. On November 26th, Chapman will launch his book at the Commodore. The evening, hosted by CBC Radio 3 host, Grant Lawrence, will include history, readings, live music and the Vancouver Heritage Foundation will present the Commodore Ballroom with a “Places That Matter” plaque.  The plaques are a way to celebrate the people, places and events that make up the history of the city.

Live At The Commodore book launch takes place Wednesday November 26th, at 7pm.
Tickets are on sale now at

The Fratellis return

The FratellisScottish rockers, The Fratellis return to touring after a 5 year break with a show at Venue in Vancouver.  The band, Jon, Barry and Mince had a lot of tunes to catch up on, supporting their latest album We Need Medicine.  The sold out show, was filled with a diverse audience of wildly enthusiastic fans.  As with many British bands the expats, young and old, come out in force to catch a big act from ‘home’ in a intimate setting. They were rewarded with an exciting and energetic show although there was some sound issues with lead singer Jon’s microphone, much to his chagrin as he mentioned it was “getting on his tits”.Jon Fratelli
The nearly two hour show included tracks from their three studio albums; Costello MusicHere We Stand and We Need Medicine as well as a couple of brand new tracks debuted for the Vancouver audience.  Most Vancouverites, especially hockey fans, know The Fratellis best known song Chelsea Dagger as the Chicago Blackhawks goal song, the source of many Boos over the years.  Thankfully the Venue audience cheered the song as they reminded them how great the track sounded live.
Jon & Mince The Fratellis wrapped up their US/Canada dates last night in Atlanta and now head to Japan and Australia for the spring and back to Europe for the summer festival season.

Follow their exploits online, on Twitter @TheFratellis, Instagram @TheFratellis and Facebook The Fratellis

Reminisce with Commodore Ballroom’s Historic Archives

The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver has been an institution in the city for over 80 years.

photo: Commodore Ballroom
photo: Commodore Ballroom

Begun as a ballroom for dining and dancing featuring house bands like the legendary Dal Richards Orchestra.  As trends changed and waned the fortunes of the Commodore Cabaret dropped.  New owners and the addition of a liquor license in the 1970’s changed the appeal of the newly renamed Commodore Ballroom.  But again tastes changed and the late 90’s found the room fall dark for three years, until new ownership under the House Of Blues banner revived the venue once again. Now renowned as one of the country’s best and most influential live music halls, the Commodore has booked some of the best and brightest acts in the world.  Historic early performances from acts like U2, Tina Turner, Nirvana, Coldplay, and Michael Buble have graced the stage and had their audiences dancing on the famed sprung dancefloor.
The Commodore Ballroom has now put their history online so you can relive and reminisce on some of the great shows over the last 5 decades of live music.

Visit to see what shows you can remember from your own visits to the historic venue!

Help Keep The WISE Alive Fundraising Concert

WISE-Benefit-Aug9-PSTR-New-Teal-home-pgWith three weeks left in the ‘Keep the WISE Alive’ fundraising campaign and just over half of the $10000 goal raised, WISE Hall has announced a benefit concert. On August 9th, local rockers The Odds, are joined by Palomars and Big Top with an appearance by the Screaming Chicken Burlesque Society.  Besides a night of great music, the event will feature a silent auction featuring many prizes donated by local businesses.

The WISE has recently received persistent noise complaints from a new member of the community and we have been working hard with the City of Vancouver and the BC Liquor Board to resolve the issue. As part of the solution, we have brought in additional security and increased signage in order to reduce noise from outside the Club.  The WISE has partnered with Nimbus School of Recording Arts to install better sound insulation and baffling in the hall to reduce interior sound bleed and continue to thrive in harmony with our neighbours.  As a non-profit, the WISE does not have the funds to complete this project. The  “Keep The WISE Alive” is an indiegogo project reaching out to the community for assistance and support to fund the $10000 cost of the sound reduction plan.

The WISE Social & Athletic Club was created in 1958 as a members club for ex-patriots from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England. Over the years, the WISE Hall has evolved and diversified beyond the original UK traditions and culture to embrace the entire east side social, arts and culture community. A rental and performance hall upstairs with a member’s social lounge downstairs, the WISE Hall is an affordable and accessible space for the whole community to gather, perform and celebrate. In 2013, The WISE Hall was named one of Vancouver’s 125 Places that Matter by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and Vancouver 125.

Tickets for the WISE Benefit Concert are $25 + s/c in advance or $30 at the door and are available at: Red Cat Records, Highlife Records, Brown Paper Tickets on-line  and the WISE Lounge. Doors at 8pm, 19+,  no minors.

The WISE Hall is located at 1882 Adanac Street. Ph: 604-254-5858


Take it outside! Open Air Summer Concerts

Malkin Bowl
Malkin Bowl

The summer season is upon us which means we want to spend every minute possible taking advantage of the better weather. While Vancouver has some great indoor concert stages the outdoor venues around the city are spectacular. There are places to take in a show all around Metro Vancouver, some permanent stages and many seasonal ones. Last month, Holland Park in Surrey was the scene of the big Mumford & Sons show and Sigur Ros christened the Deer Lake Park stage for the season. With the PNE announcing its Summer Nights Concerts last week and Mother Mother kicking off the Malkin Bowl Summer Concert Series this weekend things are really heating up for a summer of great outdoor shows.

Here’s a look at some of the great outdoor concerts coming up this summer around Metro Vancouver. Get out and see a show in the sun!

Deer Lake Park
Deer Lake Park

Concerts In The Park – Deer Lake:
– July 1; Canada Day Foxfest with Alice in Chains & guests.
– August 10; Blue Rodeo headline Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival.
– September 19; The Lumineers with guests.

Concerts In The Park- Malkin Bowl :
– June 30; Blueprint Events presents #FVDED in the Park with Zeds Dead, Adventure Club & Felix Cartel
– August 30; The Sheepdogs with guests.

Concerts In The Park – Ambleside Park:
– August 31; FUN and Tegan & Sara

Concerts In The Park – Hastings Park – PNE Amphitheatre
– July 12; City & Colour
– September 22; The National

PNE Summer Night Concert Series:
– August 17 – September 2; nightly concerts featuring Melissa Etheridge, The Jacksons, Martina McBride, Loverboy and more

Virgin Mobile presents Squamish Valley Music Fest;
– August 8 – 9; Queens Of The Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Band Of Horses, Dan Mangan & many more at Squamish Logger Sports Grounds.

Rock The Shore – Juan de Fuca Rec Centre Lower Fields, Victoria
– July 13 – 14; City & Colour, Weezer, Sam Roberts Band & Matthew Good headline.

Gone Country – Cloverdale Amphitheatre, Surrey
– July 27; Here For The Cure, Cancer Fundraiser with Aaron Pritchett & Dallas Smith


Mika strips for ‘Origins Of Love’ tour

Mika – Venue – March 22, 2013

MikaKicking off his ‘Origins Of Love’ tour, Mika took to the stage at Venue in Vancouver for a stripped down set.  Starting the show singing a solo piano version of  “Grace Kelly” before being joined by two bandmates, who were also the opening DJs, for the remainder of the show. Known for his flamboyant, flashy stage shows this tour is the opposite, no inflatable “Big Girl”, fuzzy animal costumes or dancers, instead a simple stage setting, stripped down acoustics and 3 piece band were the order of the day. Always present at a Mika show is his fun, personality and interaction with the audience, which included many sing-along songs Mikaand humourous anecdotes and self-deprecating jokes. Fan favourite songs; “Billy Brown”, “Stuck In The Middle”, “Love Today” and “Bad Girl” were mixed among new songs from his latest “Origins Of Love” release like “Love You When I’m Drunk”, “Origin Of Love” and “Popular Song”. Adding in a few un-recorded songs to round out the set, the 80 minutes seemed to fly by as the audience danced and sang along throughout.  As with all Venue weekend shows, the gig must end at 10pm, leaving many in the audience clamouring for more.

Origins Of Love tour continues throughout North America:

MIkaMarch 25 – San Francisco, Calif., Great American Music Hall
March 26 – Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern
March 27 – Los Angeles, Calif., El Rey Theatre
March 29 – Las Vegas, Nev., Hard Rock Cafe On The Strip
March 30 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Club Sound
March 31 – Denver, Colo., Bluebird Theater
April 2 – Minneapolis, Minn., Varsity Theater
April 3 – Chicago, Ill., Lincoln Hall
April 5 – Toronto, Ontario, Opera House Concert Venue
April 6 – Montreal, Quebec, Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
April 8 – Philadelphia, Pa., Union Transfer
April 9 – New York, N.Y ., Le Poisson Rouge
April 10 – Washington, D.C., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
April 12 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Music Hall Of Williamsburg
April 13 – Boston, Mass., Royale Nightclub Boston

Picks Of The Week – March 20, 2013

It’s the last week of winter, time to dust off the cobwebs and spring clean!

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Liberace Thursday at Celebrities

Spring Break: Play Dome, Canada’s largest indoor carnival continues bringing Spring Break fun for the whole family until Sunday March 24th at BC Place.

Sounds: This Friday, March 22nd Mika brings his effervescent pop sounds to the Venue stage in support of his latest “Origins Of Love”

Stage: It’s the last few days to catch The Arts Club Theatre Company’s “How My Love Has Affected You“, playing at the Revue Stage until Saturday.

Scene: Celebrate spring at the renewed Celebrities Nightclub on Liberace Thursday, March 21st. This week featuring a performance by Vancouver’s Next Drag Race Superstar 2013 winner, Anita Wigl’it

Syrup: Get stuck in to Edible Canada‘s first Maple Syrup Festival, Sunday March 24th at Edible Canada on Granville Island. All items on that day’s menu will be prepared with Duncan BC’s Mountain Valley Western Maple Syrup, plus sample Maple Syrups from across the country

Shop: Thursday March 21 – Sunday March 24 marks the Grand Opening Celebration of BC’s first Crate & Barrel in Oakridge Centre. Visit on opening weekend to get 15% off all purchases and the first 25 shoppers in line will receive a $50 Gift Card.

Style: Generic Surplus & Mollusk Surf Shop collaborate to bring the California style & function into

Generic Surplus Mollusk Shoe
Generic Surplus Mollusk Shoe

the Spring 2013 collection, available in Vancouver at The Board of TradeJ2Zebra Club and in Victoria at Sitka Surf