DECEMBER 1: American indie-rock band the National plays the first of two nights at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
DECEMBER 1: American blues quartet Rick Estrin and the Nightcats plays the Rio Theatre, with local guests the Twisters.
DECEMBER 1: American electronica musician Com Truise performs a DJ set at Open Studios.
DECEMBER 1: cover tunes at the Rickshaw Theatre by Iron Maiden tribute band Powerclown, Van Halen tribute band Ham Wailin', and NOFX tribute band Dying Degree.
DECEMBER 1: the Vashaan Music Society presents music by guitarist Itamar Erez, percussionist Hamin Honari, and Iranian kamanche player Sina Ettehad at the Port Moody Inlet Theatre.
DECEMBER 1: the Janelle Nadeau Ensemble performs seasonal music at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre as part of the TD Concert Series.
DECEMBER 1: Florida indie-pop duo Sales plays the Biltmore, touring in support of self-titled debut album.
DECEMBER 2: Seattle experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces plays the Cobalt.
DECEMBER 2: Denver-based indie-pop duo Tennis plays the Cobalt, with guests Wild Ones.
DECEMBER 2: Canadian country-folk singer-songwriter William Prince plays the Rio Theatre, with guest Justin LaCroix.
DECEMBER 2: American indie-rock band the National plays the second of two nights at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
DECEMBER 3: vintage jazz band Black Gardenia celebrates the release its second album Lucky Star at the ANZA Club.
DECEMBER 3: Vancouver-based jazz-pop singer-songwriter Katherine Penfold performs tunes from her new Christmas album at Frankie's jazz.
DECEMBER 4: American alt-rock band Pixies (above) plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with guests the Orwells.
DECEMBER 5: British Pink Floyd tribute act Brit Floyd performs its new stage show Immersion World Tour 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
DECEMBER 5: Glasgow-based rock quartet Franz Ferdinand plays the first of two nights at the Commodore Ballroom. SOLD OUT.
DECEMBER 6: the Urban Renewal Project five-year anniversary show at Fortune Sound Club features DJ Floetic and DJ 151, Aktu Shabazz, Mama Rude Gyal, MIC DREAMS, Tonye Aganaba, Radina Vee, Cloudy Tunnel, Indigo District, Claire Mortifee, Vicious 5150 and HazMatCrew Chic D Rapper, and Streetrich Hip-hop Society.
DECEMBER 6: American rock band the Killers plays UBC's Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
DECEMBER 6: the Vancouver Folk Music Festival presents Canadian country-folk band Good Lovelies at the WISE Hall.
DECEMBER 6: Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk plays the Imperial, touring in support of latest album Twin Solitude.
DECEMBER 6: Glasgow-based rock quartet Franz Ferdinand plays the second of two nights at the Commodore Ballroom.
DECEMBER 7: Vancouver-based electronic-rock duo Dear Rouge (above) performs at the Commodore Ballroom, with partial proceeds to Covenant House Vancouver.
DECEMBER 7: Paul Pigat and Paul Rigby host an evening of solo, duo, and band performances at the ANZA Club's Guitar Cabaret.
DECEMBER 7: Victoria-based country-roots duo Twin Kennedy plays a Christmas show at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre.
DECEMBER 7: New York City indie-rock band Grizzly Bear plays the Orpheum Theatre, touring in support of new album Painted Ruins.
DECEMBER 7: Canadian indie-rock singer-songwriter Emily Haines plays the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
DECEMBER 8: Vancouver garage-rock duo the Pack A.D. plays the Rickshaw, with guests Gang Signs and Dopey's Robe.
DECEMBER 8: Canadian jazz vocalist-pianist Diana Krall plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, performing tunes from new album Turn Up the Quiet.
DECEMBER 8: American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and Drive-By Truckers member Patterson Hood plays the Fox Cabaret.
DECEMBER 8: New York vocalist-pianist Champian Fulton and his quartet perform the first of two nights at Frankie's Jazz.
DECEMBER 8: American R&B singer Jhene Aiko (above) plays the Vogue, with guests Willow Smith, Kodie Shane, and Kitty Cash.
DECEMBER 8: Toronto punk band Metz plays the Cobalt, touring in support of new album Strange Peace.
DECEMBER 9: New York vocalist-pianist Champian Fulton and his quartet perform the second of two nights at Frankie's Jazz.
DECEMBER 9: Memphis indie singer-songwriter Julien Baker plays the Rickshaw, with guests Half Waif and Adam Torres.
DECEMBER 9: the Rogue Folk Club presents local Gypsy-jazz band Van Django in an annual Christmas concert at St. James Hall.
DECEMBER 9: Toronto-based folk-punk vocalist-guitarist Eugene Ripper plays tunes from new album Altercool at Slickety Jim's Chat 'n' Chew.
DECEMBER 9: Florida electropop band Hundred Waters plays the Fox Cabaret, tourin in support of new album Communicating.
DECEMBER 10: Sunday Soul Brunch at the Emerald features music by Dawn Pemberton and the Good Almighty.
DECEMBER 10: Vancouver soul-R&B singer-songwriter Emily Chambers performs at Frankie's Jazz with an eight-piece band.
DECEMBER 11: American rapper and businessman Jay-Z (above) plays Rogers Arena, with guest Vic Mensa.
DECEMBER 11: Jay Z's official DJ Young Guru performs at Republic, with support from DJ Flipout, Jay Swing, Johnny Omega, and DJ Nikky.
DECEMBER 12: American jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter performs with his trio at North Van's BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.
DECEMBER 12: Australian indie singer-songwriter Alex Lahey plays the Cobalt, touring in support of her debut album Love You Like a Brother.
DECEMBER 13: American reggae-dancehall musician Collie Buddz plays Venue, with guest Jesse Royal.
DECEMBER 14: Canadian jazz vocalists Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, and Kate Hammett-Vaughan (We Three Queens) perform the first of two nights at West Van's Kay Meek Centre.
DECEMBER 14: Musica intima presents a holiday concert of jazz- and blues-inspired music at the ANZA Club.
DECEMBER 14: California-born country singer-songwriter Cam plays the Commodore, with guest Logan Mize.
DECEMBER 14: the East Van Choir Collective presents a fundraiser featuring the Kingsgate Chorus, Mount Pleasant Regional Institute of Sound, and Eschoir, with proceeds to the WISH Drop-In Centre Society, a resource for women in the DTES.
DECEMBER 15: local metal bands Nylithia, Terrifier, the Mountain Man, Evilosity, Obsidian, HALLUX, Unbeheld, the Waning Light, and PreciousDudes perform at the Rickshaw Theatre's Deathmas Festivus fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
DECEMBER 15: Vancouver-based jazz band the Siobhan Walsh Group presents a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Frankie's Jazz.
DECEMBER 15: Canadian jazz vocalists Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, and Kate Hammett-Vaughan (We Three Queens) perform the second of two nights at West Van's Kay Meek Centre.
DECEMBER 16: Keithmas VIII tribute to Keith Richards at the Rickshaw features music by Pointed Sticks, Rich Hope and the Evil Doers (above), the Pack A.D., La Chinga, Elliot C. Way and the Wild North, Slip-Ons, the Knast, and the Bad Beats, with proceeds to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
DECEMBER 17: jazz singer-songwriter and vocalist Micah Barnes, formerly of the Nylons, performs at Frankie's Jazz.
DECEMBER 21: Canadian electronica DJ duo the Funk Hunters plays the first of two nights at the Commodore.
DECEMBER 21: Canadian multi-instrumentalist Allison Crowe and German-born cellist-vocalist Celine Sawchuk present a concert of traditional holiday favourites plus rock, jazz, folk, roots, and soul tunes at the Cultch.
DECEMBER 21: Rat Pack tribute band performs the hits of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra at the Molson Canadian Theatre at Hard Rock.
DECEMBER 21: American R&B singer Xavier Omar plays the Fox Cabaret, touring in support of latest release The Everlasting Wave.
DECEMBER 22: Canadian jazz vocalists Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, and Kate Hammett-Vaughan (We Three Queens) perform the first of two nights at Frankie's Jazz.
DECEMBER 22: Nordix Trax presents DJ and house musician Mark Farina performs at the Imperial, with guests Luke McKeehan and J-Feud.
DECEMBER 22: sixties pop band Herman's Hermits, featuring vocalist Peter Noone, plays the River Rock Show Theatre.
DECEMBER 22: Canadian electronica DJ duo the Funk Hunters plays the second of two nights at the Commodore.
DECEMBER 23: Canadian jazz vocalists Jennifer Scott, Karin Plato, and Kate Hammett-Vaughan (We Three Queens) perform the second of two nights at Frankie's Jazz.
DECEMBER 26: day one of the CONTACT Winter Festival at BC Place Stadium features performances by Marshmello (above), Adventure Club, Rezz, Alan Walker, Malaa, Ekali, Ghastly, Say My Name, Falcons, and Whipped Cream.
DECEMBER 27: day two of the CONTACT Winter Festival at BC Place Stadium features performances by Armin Van Buuren, Carnage, Tchami, Mr Carmack, Cash Cash, Destructo, Henry Fong, Tokimonsta, Melvv, and Parker.
DECEMBER 31: Frozen In Time NYE 2018 Vancouver at the Harbour Events Centre features local DJs Physik, Arems, Maiyah, and Chimes.
DECEMBER 31: Classic Rock-n-Roll NYE Celebration at the Molson Canadian Theatre at Hard Rock features Brent Stewart's Rod Stewart tribute, the Dreams Fleetwood Mac tribute, and Colin Wiebe's Guess Who tribute.
DECEMBER 31: New Year's Eve 2018 Glitz and Glamour Gala at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown features music spun by DJs Alibaba, Earl da Pearl, Daddy Mikey, El-Nino, Rexx, Redemption Sound, Supafly, and Kemo.
DECEMBER 31: celebrate the New Year at the WISE Hall with live sets by Queer As Funk and DJ Slade.
DECEMBER 31: ring in the New Year at the River Rock Show Theatre with music by Nate Evans and the Temptations Revue.
DECEMBER 31: Metropolis Noir New Year's Eve at the Rickshaw features local bands Black Mountain, BISON, S.T.R.E.E.T.S., Needles//Pins, Pride tiger, Oldage, Seven Nines and Tens, the Waning Light, and Blackout Lights performing Tragically Hip songs, with proceeds to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.