When entertainment acts come to Vancouver they get treated to the nines, with prestigious venues like the Orpheum, Commodore and the Vogue. No matter what type of night you plan on having, whether it’s music, comedy or theatre, these top-voted Vancouver Concert Venues are a cut above the rest.
The Rickshaw Theatre, formerly known as the Shaw Theatre, was built in 1971 as part of the Shaw Brothers' worldwide movie empire. By the mid eighties, the Shaw Theatre closed its doors as interest in the Kung-Fu movie genre waned.
The theatre sat more or less dormant until David Duprey reopened it as a live music venue in 2009 and renamed it the Rickshaw Theatre. Realizing the Rickshaw's potential for being an outstanding music venue, Mo Tarmohamed came on board in the summer of 2011 followed by Stephen Lyons to help run the operations.
The theatre boasts possibly the best sight-lines of any music venue in the city as well as a quality sound system and the capacity can be easily configured to accommodate 200 to 600 people. The re-opening of the theatre also marks an important step in the ongoing revitalization of the Downtown Eastside.
The Commodore Ballroom has always been regarded as Vancouver's premier concert venue in the city. Dire Straits, Talking Heads, Dizzy Gillespie, Blue Rodeo, The Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Kiss are just a sampling of an unprecedented string of national & international artists to have played The Commodore Ballroom.
With a $3.5 million dollar renovation completed in November 1999, the Commodore Ballroom has been brought into the millennium for a new generation of concertgoers. Winner of countless awards, the Commodore Ballroom, with its legendary sprung dance-floor, continues to be the premiere concert hall in Canada.
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Vancouver's most innovative visual display, combined with a state-of-the-art Turbo sound system, and five distinctive rooms are only part of what makes your experience at FIVESIXTY so special. Featuring the very best in live entertainment, unique nightlife experiences, and the world's most sought-after international DJ's, FIVESIXTY is where you should come play. Step into each of the venue's unique spaces and experience why LIVE, PLAY, MISBEHAVE and TASTE are redefining music, art, food and culture in Vancouver.
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Venue perfectly straddles the line between concert hall and nightclub, often hosting both crowds in the same evening. Everyone from Major Lazer to Hank Williams III to David Guetta to TV on the Radio have played sold out shows while weekend club nights are packed, with guests partying in the VIP areas and ripping up the dance floor. A two-level, 600 person space, Venue has one of the Vancouver’s best soundsystem and light shows, accommodating staff and an endless list of guest artists and DJs.
Fortune Sound Club is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Nuanced by the grit and grime of its historic locale, Fortune Sound Club seamlessly blends high and low by bringing up-from-the-street ambience into a clean and modern setting. What was once the infamous Ming’s Chinese Restaurant is now a revamped space focusing on innovative design, art that can’t be messed with, and eco-friendly features; all of which are brought to life by the most official Funktion One sound system.
With the progressive and modern interior, superior sound system, and unwavering commitment to the love of music, Fortune Sound Club adds an inimitable dimension to Vancouver nightlife. It offers a breath of air that’s fresh in next-level ways; thick with haze, permeated by dance floor lights, and vibrating with the maddest sound that no one can test.
Designed as a dual-purpose theatre to showcase both live performances and movies, the Vogue has been a preferred venue for performers, filmmakers, and audiences alike for nearly 70 years. Bright lights, glamorous decor, and streamlined forms are features which make the Vogue a magnificent example of Art Deco style. Built by the Odeon chain in 1941, the theatre was unusual in its ability to accommodate both movies and live shows. The crisp geometric lines of the facade contrast effectively with the fluid interior. The auditorium's superb acoustics are enhanced by smooth curving walls and by the tiered ceiling that conceals a dramatic lighting system. With its towering neon sign, the Vogue is prominent landmark of Vancouver's theatre district
Vancouver Concert Venues that are Editor-Approved and User-Voted
When hoping to boost the experience of a typical gig, you’ll want to add flair, class and maybe even a velvet curtain. Vancouver Concert Venues provide that little bit of extra something that you can’t find in a smaller venue. It’s not just size that makes these stand out, this list is carefully curated and editor-approved, only showcasing the most popular concert venues in the city. But we don’t just leave it at that. We compile all of our lists based on user votes. See a place that needs to be higher? Vote!
We’re not going to stick to a top 10 and leave it alone. These lists are based upon user votes and will change with input. So make your mark and help create a worthy list of top Vancouver Concert Venues.
Vancouver Live Music Venues
If the largest and pristine venues in the city seem like a stretch for a simple rock show, don’t worry: there are plenty of Vancouver Live Music Venues to get you up-close and personal. If you’d prefer the grinding of a mosh pit or the lounging of a jazz club, BLC has compiled a list of top-voted Vancouver Live Music Venues to bring your experience back to basics.
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For over 50 years, the Biltmore has been a fixture in the community as both a public house for Vancouverites and a platform for ground-breaking musical performances. With the revitalization of historic Mount Pleasant, the bar was reopened in 2007 as The Biltmore Cabaret, with a fresh focus to recapture its musical tradition. Drawing from the rich local scene in Vancouver as well as the best in Canadian and international touring acts, The Biltmore Cabaret showcases talent from across a wide spectrum of music and the arts.
It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings! This list may have the benefit of the top-ten status, but there are still more concert venues to check out. Move on to page 2 of the full listing of Vancouver Concert Venues by clicking below.SEE FULL LISTING