The Summer Night Concerts at the Fair at the PNE have just been announced for 2017.

As always this year sees a varied line-up of artists this year will means there will be something for everyone’s tastes

As in previous years the concerts are free with admission to the fair, but there are a limited number of reserved seats available for $20 each.

This year there will also be a limited number suites available, so grab 12-14 of you closest friends.  Prices run from $1500 – $2000, and include Gates Passes and Concert passes, food and drink service, and two parking passes per suite.

Tickets go on sale on may 31st

This years line up is as follows:

August 19th – Mother Mother

Vancouver based sensation Mother Mother are currently part way through the “No Culture” Tour of the US The band recently had 5 sell out shows at the Commodore Ballroom, and fans will now be able to enjoy this surprisingly quick return to the lower mainland that catch one of the freshest acts around.  See our review of their recent show here

 

 

 

August 20th – Billy Currington

Georgia native, Billy Currington’s latest album Summer Forever, his sixth studio album, brings both with a collection of songs that will take the listener on a riveting musical journey and leave them breathless at the end of the ride. Since his first album on 2003 he has earned several accolades, including wins at the CMT Music Awards, as well as CMA, ACM and Grammy nominations.

 

August 22nd  – The Pointer Sisters

Dance sensations, The Pointer Sisters, will be sure you have everyone on their feet this year.  With hits such as ““I’m So Excited”, “Jump (for my love)” and “Neutron Dance” the sisters have been topping charts and winning awards worldwide since the early 70’s  they show no sign of slowing down, will be an exciting addition to this year’s lineup.

August 23rd – High Valley

Alberta brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel, will bring their unique country sound to the Fair this year. The brothers are no strangers to success having 5 albums to their name, a string of accolades, including Canadian CMA Group of the year, and have had opening slots with Shania Twain and Martina McBride to add to their resume.

August 24th – ZZ Top

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top have been at this game a long time, and are perhaps one of the most instantly recognisable bands on the planet.  After 45 years of touring the band continues to impress, and has a stunning back catalog that is sure to please fans.  Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard (the only one who doesn’t have a beard), will be sure to draw on the massive collection of hits that have helped propel the band to superstar status, and helped them to stick together as one of the longest running rock acts which still has its original members.

August 25th – Chicago

With Top 40 albums in each of the last six decades Chicago, it is a surprise that it took until 2016 for the band to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Along with an almost endless string of hits, the band has also got an award-winning documentary to its name, as well as numerous awards including Grammys, AMA’s and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Remarkably the band has toured for every year of their existence, with this year being their 50th anniversary.

August 26th – Colin James

Local talent and 6 time Juno winner Colin James will be showing his extensive talent this year.  James who has had hits in several genres, including blues, pop, and even swing continues to sell out shows across the country, and always is a huge hit with crowds in Vancouver.

 

 

 

August 27th – Huey Lewis and the News

With 20 million album sales, and a history of almost 40 years, Huey Lewis and News show no sign of stopping any time soon, and always put on a top performance. Many will remember their hits The Power of Love and Back in Time from the movie Back to the Future, as well as songs such as Hip to be Square and If This Is It.

August 29th – Tom Cochrane and Red Rider

Toronto native and music icon Tom Cochrane took the hard way to rock stardom. Per Cochrane his career which started in the pubs, rough neck bars and coffeehouses of the roads and highways of first Ontario and then the rest Canada, before reaching further afield over a period spanning 4 decades.

During that time, he has had to support himself with several “character building gigs” including cab driving, working at a paint factory, and on the loading dock at Sears and Canada Packers.  This experience is what has helped build out his unique sound.

August 30th – The B-52’s

The Worlds Greatest Party Band have had a career spanning 40 years and more than 20 million albums, and to this day they continue to explode on every stage they take to.  With hits, such as Rock Lobster and Love Shack to build on every night is party night.  Bouffant wigs and boas are certainly a great choice for anyone attending this show.

 

 

August 31st – The Doobie Brothers

Born out of Northern California’s chaotic, late-1960s musical stew, The Doobie Brothers’ rugged, real and authentic approach to rock and roll made them biker bar stalwarts. But their self-titled debut album in ’71 went beyond just leather and motorcycles, revealing even more musical layers; sweet three-part harmonies and rootsy, introspective, acoustic flavors.

Since those early years the band have continued to produce music that truly connects with peoples lives and is relatable to multiple generations of fans. The four time Grammy winners are sure to perform some of their core classics including “Listen the Music” and “Jesus is Just Right”

September 1st –  Rick Springfield

Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He’s an accomplished actor who most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective and is earning great reviews for his portrayal of Lucifer this season on the CW hit, Supernatural. In 2014, Springfield was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located around the corner from the first apartment he lived in when he first arrived in the U.S. from Australia in 1971.

September 2nd – The Gypsy Kings

Twenty-Five years and nine albums since the Gypsy Kings first burst onto international stage the band makes a welcome visit to Vancouver.

Over the years, the music of the Kings incorporated elements of Latin and Cuban styles, Arabic music, reggae, and jazz guitar reminiscent of the French Gypsy master Django Reinhardt. Yet, as heard on the new album, they have never lost their intense connection to the traditional flamenco of their heritage, keeping a spotlight on Tonino Baliardo’s fluid guitar work and Nicolas Reyes’s powerful vocals. This broad cultural mix has enabled the Gipsy Kings to be embraced wherever they play—from China to Brazil, New Orleans to Russia, Australia to Africa.

 

 

With an successful career spanning more than 30 years, a string of top rated albums and a cabinet full of Grammy Awards, David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley will be one of the highlights of this year’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Son of reggae legend Bob Marley, and Rita Marley, Ziggy was surrounded by music from a very early age. Ziggy and siblings formed the successful Ziggy Marley and Melody Makers in 1979, with Ziggy performing on stage at the tender age of 11.

The band has released 13 albums between 1985 and 2000, with a critical and commercial breakthrough with Conscious Party, which delivered the first of 8 Grammy Awards so far.

Since 2003 Ziggy has released 6 solo studio albums and three live albums, which between them have spawned 5 more Grammys, with 2016 self titles being the latest.

As well as being success on stage, Ziggy has always been philanthropic off the stage as well.  This started early in his life with royalties from Children Playing in the Streets pledged to the UN.  Ziggy has continued to give, founding of the URGE Foundation, which supports education, health and the environment, for children in communities in Africa and Jamaica.

 

 

Ziggy will be performing at the Vogue Theatre on June 26th, with tickets available here

Today, Juno and MMVA nominated alt-rock band Mother Mother release the official video “Love Stuck”. This is the second single from the band’s sixth studio album, No Culture, released in February via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

“Love Stuck” follows the debut single “The Drugs” which soared to #1 at Canadian Alternative Rock Radio for two weeks in a row and reached top 15 at Active Rock. Watch the video for “The Drugs” HERE.

“In this video we travel through an FX-drenched, animated mind-scape of someone whose soul is lost and fragmented,” singer Ryan Guldemond explains. “Such a journey can be varied, fantastical, confusing even, but if one makes it to the other side, they may just find themselves. On the other hand, they may just find themselves a giant, cosmic ice hole to fall down.”

The “Love Stuck” video comes hot on the heels of a coast-to-coast, twenty-five city Canadian headlining tour, including five sold-out shows at Vancouver’s historic Commodore Ballroom and a sold-out show at Massey Hall in Toronto. The band is about to embark on a US tour with stops at LA’s Troubadour and New York’s Bowery Ballroom, as well as dates with South Africa’s KONGOS.

Exploring themes of love conquering all, the music of Mother Mother’s album, No Culture, emerged out of a world roiled by fear and division borne out of politics, economic uncertainty, and terrorism. Into the maw of anxiety comes No Culture, which posits that society uses negative byproducts of culture — such as narcissism, hedonism, and addiction — as a means to nurture its fears of the unknown. “If we can strip back what feeds our differences, and just connect as people we might be more united at a time where we really need to be,” says Mother Mother’s frontman, guitarist, and lyricist Ryan Guldemond.

Co-produced by Brian Howes, Ryan Guldemond and Jason “JVP” Van Poederooyen, No Culture is the follow up to their highly successful breakout album Very Good Bad Thing. The bands’ new studio album continues to honour their synth-driven sound with aspects of alternative pop, creating a shimmering blend of strong hooks, big beats, ethereal vocals, and sing-along choruses, with an injection of punk rock energy throughout all 10 tracks.

While writing the album, Guldemond retired to a home studio he had built in the woods on the family’s very property where he and sister Molly (vocalist and keyboards) grew up. “It was so perfect and quiet that it became deafening and self-defeating,” he says. Three months prior, Guldemond put down a long habit of self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. After a few months of sobriety, the honeymoon wore off and he fell into a depression. A debilitating period of writer’s block ensued, which inspired the first single “Love Stuck”.

By exploring life, songwriting, and their own identity with clear minds void of substances, Mother Mother curated their most emotionally honest, vulnerable, and least cynical album to date.

But the album’s dark themes do not mean the sonic mood of No Culture is gloomy. “It’s not a down record,” Guldemond says. “There’s never a dark theme that isn’t accompanied by an answer or a way out. And it was crucial to take introspective themes and prop them up with energized and optimistic music. Sometimes sadness is better carried in a vehicle of happiness.”

“I think a story is better told when you’re not so entrenched in living it,” he says. “I look forward to performing these songs from the vantage point of having moved on from what led to their creation in the first place.”

Mother Mother is Ryan Guldemond on guitar and vocals, Molly Guldemond on vocals and keyboards, Jasmin Parkin on keyboards and vocals, Ali Siadat on drums and percussion, and Mike Young on bass.

Bill Bragg and Joe Henry

The 40th Annual Vancouver Folk Festival will take place at it’s usual location of Jericho Beach this year.  The festival runs from July 13th through to July 16th, and as always, has an exciting and eclectic line-up.

According the festival website

there will be 60 music acts from 20 countries, ten states and nine provinces are coming to play for you – and to help celebrate the VFMF’s big 4-0.

The 2017 lineup includes Billy Bragg and Joe HenryShawn ColvinKathleen EdwardsRhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Barenaked Ladies, women’s music icon Ferron and Her All Star Band, Scottish traditionalists, RURAChouk Bwa Libète from Haiti – and so many more!

More details here

Tickets here

 

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To celebrate Record Store Day 2017, Def Leppard have re-released the original Def Leppard EP This will be a 12-inch 45rpm version complete with duplicate artwork available in select cities.

According to the recordstore day website

The very first EP released by Def Leppard, originally printed, glued and assembled by Joe Elliott and his mother in 1976 and sold by the band at their first shows.

The EP has not been available on vinyl since a 1989 UK fan club reissue, its newly remastered and released for the first time on a 45 RPM 12″ for Record Store Day 2017.

SIDE A: 01 Ride Into The Sun 02 Getcha Rocks Off (Single Version) SIDE B: 02 The Overture

Martin Harley, slide guitar player extraordinaire will be bringing his sound on a short tour of Canada in May.  The tour, which will help to promote his newly released Static in the Wires will kick off at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver on May 5th, making stops across BC and Alberta for a whistlestop 8 days.

According to Martin’s website, Static in the Wires , recorded in Nashville Tennessee over four days, is Martin’s seventh album and second with Bassist Daniel Kimbro is rooted in Blues and Americana. Their ‘less is more’ approach delivers accomplished slide guitar playing and memorable, timeless songwriting. The album features 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes).

Static in the Wires’ follows the highly acclaimed 2015 ‘Live At Southern Ground’ A

Spellbinding 50 minutes’

The Observer

Slide guitar master. Martin Harley is the business”.

Roots magazine.

Martin’s fan base continues to grow with worldwide touring and festival appearances throughout 2017.

Folk Singer Songwriter icon Arlo Guthrie will be appearing at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver on April 30th.  Following on the success of the Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour, the Running Down the Road Tour will showcase many of the too numerous to mention classics that exist in Guthrie’s back catalogue, as well as songs from other icons of he 60’s, including father Woody and Bob Dylan.

Feedback from the tour has been positive, and Arlo as a consummate performer, is sure to provide great entertainment.

Guthrie and his father before him are long time political activists, and folk performers.  Arlo came to prominence as a result of his 18min + epic Alice’s Restaurant Massacree, and biting lampoon of the Vietnam War draft. ( and one of my favourite tunes from my childhood in the 70’s incidently ).  He has continued to deliver new music on a regular basis, and is regularly joined on stage by many of music’s iconic figures.

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Canadian favourites, The New Pornographers, are headed out on a Canadian Tour kicking off at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Orilla on July 7th.  The band, promoting their new Album “Whiteout Conditions”, will be playing the Commodore Ballroom on September 29th.

The new album, the band’s seventh, is the first on their own label, Collected Works Records, and follows on from the highly successful 2014 outing Brill Bruisers.

The New Pornographers are A.C. Newman, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, Joe Seiders, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, Neko Case, and Todd Fancey.

Canadian Tour Dates

07-09 July – Orilla, ON – Mariposa Folk Festival
28 Sep – Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
29 Sep – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
30 Sep – Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre
01 Oct – Nelson, BC – Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
02 Oct – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
04 Oct – Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre
05 Oct – Saskatoon, KS – O’Brians Event Centre
06 Oct – Regina, SK – The Exchange
07 Oct – Winnipeg, MB – The Burton Cummings Theatre
11 Oct – London, ON – London Music Hall
12 Oct – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre Theatre
14 Oct – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall

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Less than a week after the launch the Gorrilaz app the band, both virtual and physical have announced a tour in support of their upcoming album “Humanz”.

Damon and gang will be hitting North America, with shows in both the US and Canada starting July 8th in Chicago, and wrapping up in Miami on October 15th.  Sadly there is no date for Vancouver on this go around.  Fans will have to make the trek south of the border of the  Key Arena show on September 30th.

This will be first time in seven years that the band has hit venues across North America.

Humanz will hit stores later this month, April 28th, although those who have downloaded the app will get a chance to hear the album before the release date. The album features contributions from Grace Jones Jehnny Beth, of Savages, rapper D.R.A.M. and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher.

North America Tour Dates:

07-08 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
07-10 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
07-12 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07-13 Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
07-15 Québec City, Québec – Festival d’Été International de Québec
07-17 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07-28-30 Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock 2017
08-11/13 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
09-15/17 New York, NY – The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
09-18 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
09-20 St. Paul, MN -Roy Wilkins Auditorium
09-22 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
09-24 Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival
09-26 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09-30 Seattle, WA – KeyArena at Seattle Center
10-05 Inglewood, CA – The Forum
10-11 Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center
10-13-15 Miami, FL – III Points Festival

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Heralded by their number one radio hit “The Drugs,” today Mother Mother release their sixth studio album NO CULTURE which features via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

With the world roiled by fear and division borne out of politics, economic uncertainty, and terrorism, perhaps there is no better time for the arrival of music underpinned by the belief that love wins. Into the maw of anxiety comes Mother Mother with NO CULTURE, which posits that society uses negative byproducts of culture — such as narcissism, hedonism, and addiction — as a means to nurture its fears of the unknown. “NO CULTURE is about something that a lot of us wrestle with in isolation — identity. It’s from each other that we learn the most about ourselves, which is why we’re excited to set this album free. By letting our fans in on the conversation, we discover what the songs mean to them, and how their stories connect with and expand upon ours. It’s this process of shared interpretation that breathes new life, energy and wisdom into our music” says Mother Mother’s frontman, guitarist, and lyricist Ryan Guldemond. The album was co-produced by Brian Howes, Guldemond and Jason “JVP” Van Poederooyen.

To commemorate the album release, Mother Mother are hosting a listening party on their official Twitter account today at 2:15PM PST. Fans will be able to listen along with the band as they share their thoughts and the creative process behind each track. The band is also treating fans to the release of the “Baby Boy” studio session video. The clip is now premiering on Atwood Magazine and will be streaming on Mother Mother’s official YouTube channel.

On the cover, adeptly reflecting NO CULTURE’s visceral themes, you’ll find a painted-white baby doll dabbling in black paint, depicting the immediate imprint society makes on us once we enter the world. And you can hear this struggle to free oneself from this “stamp” chronicled in the anthemic and upbeat “Love Stuck”, where Guldemond bemoans a condition of emotional paralysis by virtue of over thinking (“I’ve got my love stuck in my head… I’ve got my love stuck in my throat”). With tracks like “Baby Boy”, Guldemond treats the verses as a confessional box, admitting his penchant for self-destruction, deceit, and diehard adolescence, while Molly Guldemond (his sister, fellow founding member, and designer of all of the band’s album art) takes the lead with a melodic intervention, “baby boy, baby brother, we’re losing you to the gutter”. “The Drugs”, the band’s driving first single is an address to a lover, deeming her the ultimate high and antidepressant, while “Letter”, Mother Mother’s first piano ballad, nostalgically recruits the age old theme of unrequited love by way of handwritten loneliness.

In support of the release of the album, the band will be embarking on a Canadian headlining tour, which will kick off in Moncton on February 23. The tour will see Mother Mother hitting twenty-five cities and travelling from coast-to-coast with their final dates being in their hometown of Vancouver with five nights at the historic Commodore Ballroom. Tickets for the tour are available for purchase now.

Mother Mother Tour Dates:
02/23 – Moncton, NB @ Tide & Boar Ballroom
02/24 – Halifax, NS @ The Marquee Ballroom
02/25 – Halifax, NS @ The Marquee Ballroom
02/28 – Peterborough, ON @ The Venue
03/02 – Kingston, ON @ The Ale House
03/03 – Ottawa, ON @ The National Arts Centre, Southam Hall
03/04 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
03/06 – Oshawa, ON @ The Music Hall
03/07 – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
03/09 – Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Place Theatre
03/10 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
03/11 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
03/14 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
03/15 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
03/16 – Edmonton, AB @ The Shaw Conference Centre
03/17 – Grande Prairie, AB @ Better Than Fred’s
03/18 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar & Grill
03/20 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
03/21 – Nelson, BC @ Spiritbar At The Hume Hotel
03/22 – Kelowna, BC @ Kelowna Community Theatre
03/24 – Victoria, BC @ Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
03/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom