Gigs Of The Week: July 17-23, 2015

Kirk's Pick

Who? Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Where? Jericho Beach Park
When? July 17-19, 2015
Why? Hawksley Workman, Said the Whale, Basia Bulat, The Strumbellas, Matt & Jill Barber, Jasper Sloan Yip... and that's just off the top of my head. Over 60 acts from at least 15 countries are coming to Jericho Beach Park for the weekend. And make sure you're there early enough for all the workshops, because that's where the real magic happens.

Jessica's Pick

Who? Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! 10th Anniversary Tour
Where? The Electric Owl
When? Saturday, July 18, doors 8pm show 9:30
Why? An American indie staple of the past decade, CYHSY deserve a hell of a tour for their anniversary. 


Christine's Pick

Who? David Vertesi, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Twin Bandit
Where? Sitka In-Store and/or The Juniper Room
When? July 22nd and/or 23rd
Why? Two shows over two nights means no excuses to miss this group of artists. They'll be performing acoustically at both venues, so expect a chill evening from the Vancouver & Calgary bands.

Shows of February

It's the first of the month, which means a) your rent is due, and 2) I'm going to post a quick look at some of the shows I am excited to see this month. After a slow start to the year, this month is packed, so let's get to it.

Wilco at the Orpheum on February 5th.
This is the show I am most excited about. I am ashamed to admit I have never seen Wilco live and after The Whole Love, which was one of my favourite albums last year, there is little chance I am going to miss this show.

The Matinée at Venue February 18th
Even though I saw them four times in the sopan of a couple months last year, none of them were their own headlining shows, so I am more than a little excited for this, which is bound to be a boot-stompin' good time. They're also joined by current buzz band, Good for Grapes and Washboard Union (formerly Gun GMC)

Winterruption February 24-26 at Performance Works
This is going to be a good weekend. Starting off with Michael Bernard Fitzgerald with Acres of Lions on the Friday night. Then another beauty of a double bill with Aidan Knight and The Belle Game Saturday, and wrapping it up with Jasper Sloan Yip for a couple of shows on Sunday.

Saturday the 25th also sees a music event, not a concert but a screening and listening party for the new Said the Whale. They've teamed up with Amazing Factory to make a video for each song for their upcoming album, Little Mountain (think High School) and they'll be screening the entire thing at the Rio Theatre. And they promise it'll end in time to head over to Performance Works.

CBC Toque Sessions
The Toque Sessions return this year, which are some free shows at the CBC, it runs through the next couple months and has some excellent acts. This month we've got Yukon Blonde (3rd), Mother Mother (10th), Rococode (17th), Hey Ocean! (23rd), and a bunch more. Check the link above for the full lineup and how to attend.
And Hey Ocean! has another show lined up, with Elias opening for them, at Venue on the 10th (on the same day as Mother Mother! Oh noes!)

Whether you care about Valentine's Day or not, the Sweetheart Serenade at the Rio Theatre is worth checking out. It'll feature stripped down performances from Zachary Gray (The Zolas), Tariq Hussain (Brasstronaut), Harold and John (Portage and Main), Spencer Schoening (Sunny Pompeii), and Hannah Epperson.

There's also Maurice & Redgy Blackout at the Biltmore on the 22nd, Jordan Klassen with Bed of Stars and Northcote at the Media Club on the 17th (which is conveniently after the Rococode Toque session ends), and I am sure a few others that I am missing -- let me know in the comments!