March 26's sold-out City and Colour show at the Orpheum Theatre kicked off the beginning of a weekend of great Canadian music—which includes a four-day party on Granville Street—in celebration of the Junos this Sunday.

City and Colour, led by frontman Dallas Green, is a far cry from his hardcore-indie rock band Alexisonfire, but with guitar in hand the heavily tattooed Green showed everyone his soft side.

The Junos are Vancouver’s chance to show the world (or more accurately, some of the rest of Canada) that it’s everything a proper Olympic host city should be. The city tries its best at fun this weekend with the WestJet Street Party–taking place until Sunday over a stretch of two blocks nestled between construction ditches on Granville Street.

The event kicked off last night with free performances by Hot Hot Heat, Hey Rosetta!, and Said the Whale.

In addition to the usual Granville Street stagger, expect vendors, information booths, a beer garden, DJ sets, Olympic love-ins, and both free and ticketed concerts.

Cool video. But I'm not convinced the visuals actually go with the song.

When Michael Jackson makes his trimphant return/farewell with a series of concerts at London's O2 Arena, he plans to make quite an entrance. Mirror.co.uk reported today that the singer intends to "ride out on an African elephant with panthers led on gold chains. Parrots and other birds will fly behind him."

Dust off your tightest pants and your flattest shoes: indie rockers Death Cab For Cutie are coming to Vancouver.

Livenation announced today (March 23) that the Bellingham, Washington quartet will hit the Pacific Coliseum on July 16. The band will be performing songs off their 2008 album Narrow Stairs and the yet-to-be-released EP, The Open Door, which will be released digitally on March 31.

Joining the oh-so-twee rockers are special guests The New Pornographers and Syracuse, New York indie group Ra Ra Riot.

From Middle Cyclone. Animals can be dangerous.

Time to break open the piggy bank, kiddies.

LiveNation announced today (March 23) that pop-rock Disney princes the Jonas Brothers will be stopping in Vancouver this summer as part of their 2009 world tour.

If you count yourself among the hordes of girls left unsatisfied by the JoBros’ recent venture, The 3D Concert Experience, now’s your chance to the catch the oh-so-dreamy siblings Joe, Nick, and Kevin and their crazy antics live.

The promise-ring cadets will play GM Place on June 30 and will be joined by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and fellow New Jersey boy band Honor Society. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (March 28) at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.ca.

I am digging this song.

I'm with Randy Travis on this one: "I don't even know what to say about this, boy."

I don't have a problem with the sitar-tinged arrangement (which was evidently based on this one), but could Adam Lambert possibly have slaughtered the melody any more than he did? I realize his background is in musical theatre, but the dude could stand to rein it in a little.

Sonny Rollins, David Sanborn, Enrico Rava, and Kenny Werner are among the artists set to perform at the 24th annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which will be held from June 26 to July 5.

Rollins will perform at the Orpheum on June 29. The Grammy-winning saxophonist last played at the festival in 2007, in a sold-out performance. Tickets for this show are on sale now.

Tickets for the festival’s Classic Sounds at the Centre Series go on sale next Thursday (March 26) at 10 a.m.

Alto-sax legend Sanborn will appear on June 27, trumpeter Rava on July 3, and pianist Werner on June 30.

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