The return of Death From Above 1979

Death From Above 1979 – Vogue Theatre – January 21, 2015

Death From Above 1979 are back, after a 5 year hiatus and 10 years between albums, with their second full length album, The Physical World. The Toronto duo kicked off their cross country tour last week with back to back to back shows at Victoria’s Sugar Nightclub, Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre and Commodore Ballroom.

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The band hasn’t played the West for nearly half a decade so the audience was chopping at the bit to get a chance to see the iconic band.  The devotees certainly we’re disappointed,  at the show I saw, at The Vogue, they crowded the front of the stage with much moshing and crowd surfing happening in between cheers, singing and fist pumps.

 

DFA1979_SebastienGraingerAs is always the case with The Vogue, the standing and seated areas leant for varied experiences for the diverse audience fans as well as varied sound quality as the overhanging balcony can affect the sound.  But the amount of sound generated by just two performers was impressive and any time Sebastien Granger spoke the audience hung on every word.

The Nick & Knight Tour coming to town

NickKnightTwo of the most popular members of two of the most popular boybands are heading out on tour together; Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and New Kids On The Block’s Jordan Knight.  The Nick & Knight Tour brings the boys back together for the first time since their two groups NKOTBSB World Tour in 2011/2012. In support of their collaborative album, Nick & Knight set for release in September 2014.

The Nick & Knight Tour comes to Vancouver on Friday November 21 at The Vogue Theatre, tickets are on sale now at Northern Tickets. 

I AM HARDWELL – Watch the behind the scenes DJ Documentary

Robbert van de Corput is one of the best DJs in the world but you probably don’t know his name. However, if you hear the name Hardwell you’ll know that he is a top DJ.  I AM HARDWELL, the documentary takes people behind the scenes to show how Robbert became Hardwell.

I AM HARDWELL is screening across North America beginning on Wednesday, March 26th. After the red carpet documentary premiere during last year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, Hardwell brings his very special film across the pond, being released into theatres by distributor Syndctd Entertainment.

For over two and half years, Hardwell has been followed by videographer Robin Piree, the man behind Hardwell’s stunning aftermovies and Q&A concepts. During that time, Piree had been extensively filming the 25-year-old DJ/producer’s growth from being an upcoming artist to becoming an international superstar. The documentary provides a captivating inside-look on Hardwell that is just as rare as the story behind the dance music icon during a period when Hardwell’s global success grew exponentially.

The all-embracing motto of I AM HARDWELL, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” translates the dream of the 16-year-old Hardwell to someday becoming the number one DJ in the world. The documentary is a profound interview that gives personal insight on being an artist and the constant struggle that it brings, including always wanting to overcome the personal goals that you set for yourself, and always pushing to give the greatest performance of your life. Syndctd Entertainment has helped to bring this story to North America, and its co-founders have some words to say about this project:

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with the number one DJ in the world, Hardwell, and his team to release the documentary ‘I Am Hardwell’ into movie theatres across North America.  The film tells the story of an incredible journey that will resonate with music and film fans everywhere,” says co-founders Philip Camino & Jonathan Chaupin of Syndctd Entertainment.

After an official North American debut screening and Q & A with Hardwell and the director in Miami on March 26th, I AM HARDWELL screenings will be held at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, Village East Cinemas in New York, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Los Angeles, the Marina Theatre in San Francisco, and AMC River East in Chicago on March 27th.  For movie tickets, times and more information on Hardwell’s I AM HARDWELL Documentary screenings visit: DJHardwell.com/docu.  The documentary will be available on DVD and in stores April 1st.

Check out the trailer below and watch the full-length documentary at a theatre near you on March 27th.

Picks Of The Week – February 5, 2014

We’re already into the second weekend of February and it’s a long weekend for Family Day on Monday the 10th! Get out and have some Family Fun & Laughs!

Broadway: One of the most respected musicals in American Theatre, West Side Story, presented by Broadway Across Canada, plays at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Sunday February 9th.

Laugh: Funny man Brent Butt brings his “Almost A Movie Star” tour to the Vogue Theatre for a night of laughter on Thursday February 6

Stand-up: Award winning comedienne Debra DiGiovanni fills the Vogue Theatre with laughter for another night of comedy on Friday, February 7th

Punk: Vancouver’s  legendary punk band D.O.A. holds a live show at the Rickshaw on Friday night to celebrate the release of their latest album “Welcome To Chinatown”

Comedy: More laughter fills the Vogue Theatre as the Snowed In Comedy Tour brings 4 stand-ups; Arj Barker, Dan Quinn, Craig Campbell and Pete Johansson to town.

Rock: Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro get the Commodore Ballroom shaking on Saturday night

Pop: X Factor judge, Glee cast member and pop star Demi Lovato performs at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena on Sunday February 9th.

Dance: Blueprint Events packs the Pacific Coliseum with dance music and DJs Chuckie, Tritonal, Andrew Rayel, DVBBS and Paris Blohm for an all-ages Family Day “Get Together“.

Concert: Las Vegas based alt-rockers Imagine Dragons get Rogers Arena hopping for a second night as they take to the stage on Monday night

8th Annual Barney Bentall & the Grand Cariboo Opry Benefit Show

Grand Cariboo OpryThere’s just a month to get your tickets to a fall tradition, one that raises funds and entertains the community in a one-of-a-kind variety show.  Richardson GMP and Potluck Café Society are proud to present Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry at The Vogue Theatre on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The show brings concertgoers together to support the Potluck Café Society and its work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Formed in 2001, Potluck Café Society is an award-winning social enterprise that works to transform lives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by providing people in the community with free, nutritious meals while creating stable jobs with training. Over the past seven years, the proceeds of Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry concert in Vancouver have helped to create jobs and serve over 50,000 nutritious meals to people living in the Downtown Eastside.

The Grand Cariboo Opry is entertaining show, hosted by Canadian music icon Barney Bentall, blending humorous and sentimental monologues with a heartfelt set of roots and folk favorites. This year, Bentall is joined by an line up of local friends and performers including Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Kendel Carson, Matt Masters, and other special guests – including 54-40’s Neil Osborne.

The Grand Cariboo Opry takes place Saturday, November 23, 2013 at The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, Doors 6:30pm | Show 7:30pm
Advance Tickets via NorthernTickets.com

Jon & Roy wrap up the Holidays

Jon and RoyJon & Roy Holiday Special – The Vogue Theatre – Dec 21, 2012

Victoria’s Jon Middleton (pictured below) & Roy Vizer brought their Christmas show through the province in December stopping at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.  The Jon & Roy Holiday Special tour, has become an annual tradition, this year sharing the bill with Frazey Ford (from Be Good Tanyas), Vince Viccaro, Wake Owl & Kim Churchill.
When the trio (Jon & Roy plus Louis on base) took the stage the diverse audience was plenty warmed up and were treated to an enjoyable, entertaining evening ofJon Middleton tunes taken from the group’s 4 albums. While there was talk of singing Christmas songs, alas none were to be heard, just an hour plus of great tunes was the group’s gift  to the audience.

Music BC presents first Beautiful Heart Award at Celebration 2012

Celebration 2012 - Steph MacPherson
Steph Macpherson
Celebration 2012 - Vancouver Technical Secondary Band
Vancouver Technical Secondary Concert Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, The Vogue Theatre was host to an evening long concert and fundraiser for Music BC Foundation, Celebration 2012. Various BC artists donated their time to benefit the Charitable Foundation which supports music education throughout British Columbia by providing instruments to underfunded music programs in public schools, Aboriginal schools, community centres, and regional youth orchestras; scholarships for young artists pursuing a career in music, and mentor-based music programs for at-risk youth.

Celebration 2012 - Jim Byrnes
Jim Byrnes

During the concert the Music BC Charitable Foundation announced the creation of the Beautiful Heart Award to recognize a person whose sensitivity, endurance, inspiration and musical artistry and has made an enduring contribution to British Columbia and Canada.  The inaugural recipient of the award is Bill Henderson, of the band Chilliwack. Henderson has contributed an immense amount to music and music education over the years, holding volunteer positions as the President of SOCAN, Director for CARAS, and was a founding member of the Artist Rights Coalition. He also advocates for youth programs, including being the musical representative for the Sir Richard McBride School Playground Campaign.

 

 

Celebration 2012 - Bill Henderson
Bill Henderson
Celebration 2012 - Chilliwack
Chilliwack

The Beautiful Heart Award originated from a quote by renowned music educator Shinichi Suzuki. “Teaching music in itself is not the main purpose of music education. We want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” Music BC Charitable Foundation wants every child and youth in British Columbia to have the opportunity to develop their own beautiful heart through access to music and music education.