Nothing lifts the spirits like music, a host of concerts and festival events return to the stage this Yuletide to make the season bright.
Latincouver Holiday Concerts: Salsa Navidad + Bossa & Holidays
Christmas classics with a Latin twist. Salsa Navidad, is a tropical take on holidays performed by Rumba Calzada and guests Sara Magal and Frankie Hidalgo.
Tickets available via Eventbrite: On The List readers can use code “holidaydiscount” to receive 20% off tickets
Salsa Navidad – Friday November 26, 2021 – 8pm at Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton Street
The Tenors: Santa’s Wish Tour
It’s not Christmas without The Tenors! Santa’s Wish Tour with special guest Tyler Shaw plays across Canada including these British Columbia dates:
November 23, 2021 8pm: Prospera Place, 1223 Water Street, Kelowna
December 13, 2021 8pm: Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
December 14, 2021 8pm: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street, Victoria
VSO “A Traditional Christmas” Concerts:
The annual tradition returns this Christmas with host Christopher Gaze to celebrate the season with Christmas favourites such as Angels We Have Heard on High, Sleigh Ride, Auld Lang Syne, River, and more.
December 1-4, 2021 seven shows at various venues around Metro Vancouver
December 18-19, 2021 three shows at Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Dawn Pemberton & Jodi Proznick O, Come All Ye Soulful
Queen of Vancouver soul Dawn Pemberton joins bassist/bandleader Jodi Proznick, along with an all-star band to deliver a joyful and soulful bounce to your favourite holiday classics.
December 3, 2021 8pm live-streaming or live in-person at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Vancouver Men’s Chorus: Making Spirits Bright 2021:
For over 40 years, Vancouver Men’s Chorus has been “Making Spirits Bright” with a selection of favourites, current hits, and perhaps even some classics-to-be.
December 4, 2021 (2 shows) 3pm & 8pm: Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton Street
December 8-10, 2021 8pm: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis Street, Vancouver
December 11, 2021 3pm: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Winter Harp Celtic Ensemble:
Classical and Celtic harps combine with flutes, violin/fiddle, rare medieval instruments, percussion, poetry and song to wrap you snugly in the silken cloak of Christmas.
December 4-21, 2021 a dozen shows at various locations around the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver
Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir – Sing We Now Of Christmas:
VWMC will be singing four live shows around the Lower Mainland, as well as an online performance. VWMC Christmas Concerts, the choir will once again be supporting young musicians by sharing the stage with three high school choral ensembles, two emerging vocalists and two outstanding local instrumentalists, saxophonist Julia Nolan and flutist Paolo Bortolussi. Guest artists, including The Winter Harp, will vary for each performance, with a full lineup listed on the VWMC website.
December 5, 7, 13, 16 Live various venues / December 18 2021 – January 1, 2022 online
VSO “The Nutcracker” – Tea & Trumpets:
Christopher Gaze and Andrew Crust, introduce selections from Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece
December 9, 2021 2pm at Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas:
Good Noise Returns to In-Person Concerts for the 2021 Christmas Season!
December 10-11, 2021 9pm + December 11, 2021 3pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver
VSO “A Dee Daniels Christmas”:
Vancouver jazz diva Dee Daniels joins the VSO London Drugs Pops to enchant audiences with the magical music of Christmas.
December 10-11, 2021 8pm at Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Music On Main: Music for the Winter Solstice 2021:
Music On Main welcomes audiences online or in-person at Heritage Hall to bask in the candlelit glow and great music of this annual concert.
December 15-16, 2021 7:30pm in-person at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
December 18, 2021 until January 6, 2022 online on-demand
Symphony 21 – The Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky Meets Ellington:
Enjoy seasonal favourites with a full-sized big band, made up of some of the best jazz musicians in Vancouver performing Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangements of the Nutcracker Suite.
December 15, 2021 8pm at Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC, Chan Shun Concert Hall, 6265 Crescent Rd, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Gateway Theatre’s A Broadway Holiday
Gateway Theatre welcomes audiences to enjoy a festive concert featuring a selection hits from Broadway shows like “Let it Snow”, “Sleigh Ride”, “White Christmas” and more
December 16 – 23, 2021 nine in-person performances at Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
December 18-23, 2021 online on-demand.
Early Music Vancouver – Festive Cantatas: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio feat. Pacific Baroque Orchestra
EMV’s annual Festive Cantatas features some of the most popular Christmas music of Germany in the 18th century by Johann Kuhnau and J.S. Bach.
December 16, 2021 at Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC, Chan Shun Concert Hall, 6265 Crescent Rd, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Shine Bright New West – Anvil Centre:
Joining the city’s Shine Bright series of seasonal events, the Anvil Centre hosts 8 ticketed live music, dance, and magic performances
December 16 – 30, 2021 various times at Anvil Centre Theatre or Ballroom, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Vancouver Chamber Choir: Wassail:
Join the Chamber Choir as they come a wassailing with a warm seasonal selection
December 17, 2021 7:30pm: Pacific Spirit United Church, 2205 W 45th Ave, Vancouver
Christmas with Chor Leoni:
Visit the spectacularly restored St. Andrew’s-Wesley United in-person for this annual holiday tradition as the voices of Chor Leoni promise to fill you with comfort and joy.
December 17-18 & 20, 2021 six shows at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson Street, Vancouver