Concert going Seattle

When I lived in Kelowna, Vancouver was a frequent destination for concerts. With the bigger venues, and the larger population we get far more shows than anywhere else in western Canada and along with Toronto and Montreal we are often one of the only Canadian cities on the larger artists’ international tours. Heck we launched the Spice Girls’ comeback [mbv]. Since living in Vancouver though I find myself heading down south to Seattle for concerts. A lot of which are shows by Canadian bands.

On their last tour I saw U2 at GM Place, but before that I saw their Seattle shows. I’ve seen Canadian acts like The Arcade Fire there, and Vancouver groups like The New Pornographers who I first saw opening for Belle and Sebastian at the Paramount Theater. For a lot of Vancouverites the city to our south is a natural extension of our entertainment experience. With the dollars at par it’s never been more true that Seattle is a concert destination for a lot of us. I’m sure for example that the upcoming Magnetic Fields shows will have a lot of Canadians at it, since they aren’t coming north of the border on our side of the prairies.

At the risk of becoming Metroblogging Seattle [mbs], I thought I’d take this chance to mention one show that I did get tickets for down in America and that’s Matthew Good’s show at the Tractor Tavren [mg] on March the 7th. His Vancouver show last year sold out quickly, and I wasn’t able to get a ticket, but there’s still some on Ticketmaster for Seattle. By all accounts Good’s acoustic shows are great, and he’s a local Vancouver artist whose been a mainstay of the local music scene for years. If you’ve been wanting to see him, do like so many other Vancouverites do and get a ticket.

2 Comments so far

  1. David Grant (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

    Yeah it sucks, I had to go to Seattle to see my favourite band Muse because they wouldn’t come up to Vancouver during that tour. They did go to Toronto and Montreal though I think.

  2. (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

    You should also go see the Decemberists down there. A fantastic live band that is, quite frankly, much better than Matt Good. They’re playing on the 30th and the 31st at the Moore Theater.

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