Rihanna is set to kick off the Last Girl on Earth Tour this Sunday, July 4th at GM Place in Vancouver, B.C. The tour was originally scheduled to begin July 2nd at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington, but was canceled due to “production changes” according to the Rihanna camp.
Despite schedule changes, Ke$ha will remain the opening act as Rihanna continues to tour the U.S. and Canada through August.
Looking to get outdoors and enjoy great music this summer? Alberta has you covered, offering two summer folk festivals with diverse lineups sure to please any music enthusiast.
Up first is the 31st annual Calgary Folk Festival on July 22 – 25. Held at the beautiful Prince’s Island Park in downtown Calgary, the festival has over sixty-five musicians on seven stages. Highlighting this year’s stages are Roberta Flack, The Avett Brothers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and K’Naan.
The sixteenth annual Vans Warped Tour kicked off last week in Carson, California to an excited twelve thousand fans. The rock festival will travel through forty-two cities this summer, before closing out in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 15.
The tour showcases nearly eighty bands on eight stages, including SUM 41, Everclear, Alkaline Trio, and the All-American Rejects, back on the roster a second time. Continue reading →
Led by Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, MGMT are currently on tour in support of their sophomore effort, Congratulations, with dates in Canada, the U.S., and U.K. The tour kicked off in spring, and will wrap up in December of this year.
MGMT received much praise for their 2008 release, Oracular Spectacular. The electro-pop sound and dance appeal of songs like “Kids” and “Electric Feel” earned the then duo a strong fan-base, and a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist.” Continue reading →
This Labor Day weekend, September 4 and 5, B.C. will host its first (possibly) annual Live at Squamish festival! This news on the heels of another Pemberton Festival cancellation, is very exciting for music fans across the province.
The Live at Squamish festival is kicking off on a much smaller scale than that of Pemberton. The venue will accommodate up to 13,000 people. The organizers for the event hope that it will grow over time, but are excited with the participation and response so far, adding that their agenda is to “create happy times in a big field with great music.”
Energetic indie rockers, Matt and Kim, have announced tour plans for fall. The Brooklyn duo will make three stops in Canada on a thirty-six date, North American tour in support of their 2009 album, Grand.
Matt and Kim moved from underground to well-known with their hit song, “Daylight.” The two are known for their wildly enthusiastic live shows. Made up of Kim, the perpetually smiling drummer, and Matt, the unconventional keyboardist and vocalist, this pair delivers a liberating rush, and makes it impossible for fans to stand still. Continue reading →
The thrilling production, Walking with Dinosaurs, is returning to North America this summer, and will include a four day run in Vancouver in August. Narrated by paleontologist character “Huxley,” the performance features fifteen life-size mechanical dinosaurs in two acts of live theater.
The show is based on the 1999 award-winning BBC television series of the same name. Well-known designers worked with scientists to accurately recreate the impressive creatures for the live show. The enormous cast includes a thirty-six foot tall Brachiosaurus and a forty-two foot long Tyrannosauras Rex. Along with the mechanical aspects that allow the dinosaurs to walk around, the roaring sounds and dramatic lighting bring the once thriving animals back to life. Continue reading →
One of country music’s hottest performers, Trace Adkins, is on tour now, and playing in a city near you. Adkins will make two stops in Canada, and perform over forty cities in all.
Growing up in a small southern town, Adkins got the music bug singing in a gospel group in high school. He claims his true musical education came later while playing guitar and singing in the local honky-tonk circuit. Adkins eventually moved to Nashville where his professional career was set in motion when he signed on with Capital Records. Continue reading →
Yo Gabba Gabba! is going on the road this fall. The cast of the hit children’s show will be bringing it live to over sixty cities in North America. Nine stops are scheduled for Canada, including two dates in Vancouver at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Although the show was originally written to add excitement to television for children, DJ Lance Rock and his onstage friends have gathered an audience of adults and children alike. The retro sing and dance show often features popular bands and entertainers. Past shows have included Mya, Hot Hot Heat, The Shins, Rachel Dratch, MGMT, Jimmy Eat World, Weird Al Yankovic, Sugarland, Elijah Wood, and Jack Black. Continue reading →
Eccentric rockers, The Flaming Lips, are currently on tour and in a city near you. They have four stops set for Canada, and over twenty cities left on their calendar. The tour runs through fall with the finale scheduled for St. Augustine, Florida on October 15th.
Led by the imaginative singer, guiarist, and songwriter, Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips have been around since the eighties. It was their 1999 album, The Soft Bulletin, that placed them into mainstream consciousness, and gained the group critical acclaim. By the time the 2002 follow up album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, was released, the group had a devoted following. On tour for Yoshimi, they became known for their outlandish live shows. Continue reading →