Vancouver tour dates announced this week include the Halluci Nation, Half Moon Run, Megadeath, Miesha and the Spanks
Another stacked week of concerts that run the gamut of genre. From classical piano to thrash metal, there's truly something for everyone.
EXTC: Featuring XTC's Terry Chambers
Original XTC drummer Terry Chambers is bringing the English rock band’s classics—like “Making Plans for Nigel” and “Senses Working Overtime”—to the Rickshaw this month, with the blessing of original frontman Andy Partridge. Despite never achieving widespread commercial success, XTC is known for being pioneers of Britpop, often garnering comparisons to the Kinks and the Who. Both Peter Gabriel and Kurt Cobain referenced them as influences.
When: March 16
Where: Rickshaw Theatre
Tickets: Available now via Eventbrite
Half Moon Run
Montreal’s Half Moon Run are back with new music and an upcoming tour. New single “You Can Let Go” takes sonic cues from the band’s earlier catalogue and its penchant for harmonies. “In the back of my mind was a beautiful, truthful shouting,” singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Devon Portielje said of the track in a statement. “A tumultuous, transformative journey through the dark places of the mind towards, hopefully, the light.”
When: November 2-3
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Tickets: On sale Friday, March 10 via Ticketmaster
The composer and pianist is hitting the road on a short West Coast tour with his quartet this summer, with the first stop in Vancouver. Blais’ third studio album, Aubades, was released in 2022 to critical acclaim. It was longlisted for the 2022 Polaris Music Prize, and is nominated at the 2023 Juno Awards for International Album of the Year.
When: June 4
Where: St. James Hall
Tickets: Available now via Admitone
L.A. thrash metal stalwarts Megadeth are heading out on a 13-city spring tour, kicking off the Canadian leg in April at Abbotsford Centre. The 12-time Grammy-nominated band released their 16th studio album, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!, last year. “We cannot wait to bring Megadeth’s Crush The World tour to the Great White North—I’m still riding high from our sold out Budokan show with Marty Friedman last week,” frontman Dave Mustaine said in a statement, referencing Megadeth’s first time performing at the famous Tokyo arena. “But there is no letting up and it’s your turn, Canada. Get ready!”
When: April 28
Where: Abbotsford Centre
Tickets: On sale Thursday, March 9 via Ticketmaster
Miesha and the Spanks
The Calgary garage rockers just released a punky new single, “Mom Jeans // Mom Genes,” the latest from their upcoming album, Unconditional Love In Hi-Fi, which comes out on April 14. The new song references motherhood, Miesha Louie explained in a press release. “My babies were a great gift to me and I wouldn't change anything, but as I try to balance motherhood with everything that I had before, things can't help but fall off the scales. Moms are just out here doing their best, loving their babies, and trying to make time for loving themselves too.”
When: April 13
Where: The Lido
Tickets: On sale soon via the band’s website
The Halluci Nation and Fucked Up
The Halluci Nation and Fucked Up are co-headlining a 10-date Canadian spring/summer outing. Here’s the Unity Tour has three dates in BC, including Victoria and Nelson. It stops in Vancouver on May 20—with a live wrestling event, no less! The Halluci Nation released One More Saturday Night in 2021, while Fucked Up’s latest, One Day, dropped in January.
When: May 20
Where: Commodore Ballrom
Tickets: On sale Friday, March 10 via TicketmasterMore