Posted March 7, 2013 by Adam Toren in blog

7 Best Concert Venues in Vancouver

Everyone knows Vancouver is a great place to catch a live show, but what are the best concert venues in the city? In this post we cover the 7 Best Concert Venues in Vancouver.

1. Commodore Ballroom

Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
868 Granville St
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3
(604) 683-9413

Website: Commodore Ballroom Tickets

The Commodore Ballroom on downtown Granville street has long been a favorite venue of Vancouver concert goers and performers alike. It’s size (almost 1,000 capacity) allows for popular performers that seem to make a point of returning to the same venue (unless they have blown up since their first visit and even then sometimes they will return). The dim lighting and rich features make it feel fancy but not overdone. The layout and acoustics are simply perfect for attending a concert with a large dance floor with and balconies lining the outsides. General admission seating allows for easy access to the stage at all times while the huge ceiling and square room provide perfect sound throughout.

2. BC Place

BC Place, Vancouver, BC
777 Pacific Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6B
(604) 669-2300

Website:BC Place

BC Place is located in the heart of Vancouver. Home of the BC Lions CFL Football team, BC Place can hold over 59,000 people. BC Place is Canada’s first domed arena (built in 1983) and is the largest air supported stadium in the world. Expo 86 was hosted at BC Place and the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics will also be held there. International acts such as Madonna, U2, AC/DC and more have played at BC Place.

3. Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
777 Pacific Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6B
(604) 669-2300

Website: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The “Queen E” Theatre was originally opened by Queen Elizabeth II herself in in 1959. The theatre can hold up to 2,576, but is currently closed from May 13 to November 14 2009 for construction. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is the home of Vancouver Opera and Ballet British Columbia. The QET attracts everything from large concerts to Broadway acts and has housed such legendary acts as The Tragically Hip, KD Lang, Santana, George Carlin, and Robin Williams.

4. Rogers Arena

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
800 Griffiths Way
Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
(604) 899-7400

Website: Rogers Arena

Rogers Arena  is an indoor sports arena located at 800 Griffiths Way in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Opened in 1995, the arena was known as General Motors Place (GM Place) from its opening until July 6, 2010, when General Motors Canada ended its naming rights sponsorship and a new agreement for those rights was reached with Rogers Communications.

5. Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Park, Vancouver BC
6450 Deer Lake Ave
Vancouver, BC

Website: Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Park is an outdoor concert venue located in Burnaby. In recent years the venues has been home to outdoor festivals such as this years Virgin Festival which featured over 1,700 guests and hosted acts such as The Roots, Ben Harper, Metric and many more.

6. The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum in Vancouver, BC
Hamilton at Dunsmuir
Vancouver, BC

Website: The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre, built in 1927, is a protected historical site in Vancouver. The Orpheum has seating for 2,688 and houses acts such as The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In 1969 the “Save the Orpheum” campaign raised over $400k with the government pitching in the rest for the restoration project that was completed in 1977. The Orpheum originally opened as a vaudeville house, with the depression it became an entertainment venue and cinema, housed the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and is now one of the North America’s finest concert halls.

7. The Centre In Vancouver For The Performing Arts

The Centre In Vancouver For The Performing Arts
777 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2W1
(604) 602-0616

Website: The Centre In Vancouver For The Performing Arts

The Centre In Vancouver For The Performing Arts, originally opened as the Ford Centre for Performing Arts, was built in 1995 and began as Vancouver premiere performing arts facility housing leading Broadway shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Riverdance, and more. The Level Three Auditorium holds 1,836 patrons with a 102 x 52 foot stage and a 20-50 person orchestra pit. The marble lobby, arched ceilings in the foyers, and the curving staircase make this building a sight to behold.

Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.