Summer Night Concerts
Nightly at 8:30pm
FREE with admission*
Every night at 8:30pm, the PNE Amphitheatre will present a summer full of the best music! Don't miss the sounds of Canada's-own, Juno-award winning The Sheepdogs! Spend an evening with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Olivia Newton-John or take in the sounds of Steve Miller Band. Don't miss FOREIGNER and Canada's-own Simple Plan and A Tribe Called Red; plus, be sure to take in the music of multi-talented Chris Isaak! For the best in hard rock, MONSTER TRUCK will take to the stage; then, take in R&B icons DRU HILL with SISQO, NOKIO, JAZZ & TAO. Plus, get ready for Canada's dynamic new country artist, Tim Hicks! Sing along with Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies then dance the night away to the sounds of Culture Club! And you won't want to miss The Monkees - Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour! Don't miss out, get your tickets now for a summer of great music every night at the Fair at the PNE!
*KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM is a ticketed event happening on Saturday, August 20 starting at 2pm in the PNE Amphitheatre. KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM concert-goers must purchase Fair Gate admission in addition to concert tickets to gain entrance to the PNE Amphitheatre. The concert will not be free with Fair Gate admission.
KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM is a one-day pop music celebration, headlined by Hedley and featuring Jason Derulo and Trevor Guthrie and just added to the line-up: SonReal and Tyler Shaw plus: Kiki Rowe and DJ Trouble. This year, for the first time ever, KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM is coming to Vancouver. Keep listening to KiSS RADiO 104.9.
Hedley are arguably Canada's biggest band with five consecutive multiplatinum albums to date - Hedley (2005), Famous Last Words (2007), The Show Must Go (2009), Storms (2011), Wild Life (2014) - explosive hit radio singles, multiple Juno and MMVA trophies and almost a million albums sold. They continue along this path of pop music supremacy with the release of their sixth studio album, Hello. The album sees frontman Jacob Hoggard with writing, producing and creative direction credits and features classic Hedley pop gems,
along with adventurous new sounds, proving that Hedley are back and ready to once again conquer radio airwaves & arenas coast to coast.
KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM concert-goers must purchase Fair Gate admission in addition to concert tickets to gain entrance to the PNE Amphitheatre. The concert will not be free with Fair Gate admission.
Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newly-minted best-selling author, and best known as lead singer for Newfoundland's beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, released his second solo album, So Let's Go, in 2015. Title-track lead single "So Let's Go" is a rousing rallying cry that's only further proof of Doyle's ability to draw the listener under his banner. Equally adept at drawing a crowd, Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies are taking their energetic show across Canada and the US this year with a stop at the PNE.
"So Let's Go" follows Doyle's first solo outing, Boy On Bridge, released in 2012. "If there's an over-arching theme on this record, it's one of optimism…not that this is in contrast to my previous doomladen songs!" laughs Doyle, who says this album is freer than Boy On Bridge in the respect of it's being open to all influences. "On my last solo record I wanted to explore musical backyards of friends of mine in different parts of the musical world. It was as much a physical as a musical journey away from home. On So Let's Go, folks will hear much more stuff from my backyard and all the traditional and Celtic influences I grew up with, married with the most contemporary collaborators out there." A non-traditional marriage for Doyle was writing his first book simultaneously with the album, the best-selling memoir Where I Belong.
Alan Doyle hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993 with Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power, in which they fused traditional Newfoundland music with their own pop sensibilities. Their nine albums, double-disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases have been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada.
So Let's Go continues to cement Alan Doyle's reputation as one of our country's most treasured musicians and storytellers. "I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down."
Trends come and go, styles fall in and out of fashion, but The Sheepdogs remain steadfast in their commitment to rock n' roll excellence. Since their inception, the band has always sought to play the kind of music they themselves love: "Pure, simple, good-time music," as singer/guitarist Ewan Currie puts it. It's no surprise, then, that the band's fifth LP, Future Nostalgia, is firmly rooted in the rock tradition that listeners have come to expect from the boys.
Future Nostalgia is the middle ground between the JUNO-winning, platinum-certified Learn & Burn, which spawned the rock radio staple "I Don't Know," and its equally successful follow-up, 2012's The Sheepdogs, featuring the instantly-recognizable, Gold-certified singles "Feeling Good" and "The Way It Is."
The former was recorded by Currie and the band in their hometown of Saskatoon before they were propelled to fame as the first unsigned band to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, pressure free and at their own pace. Its follow-up, however, was a much more formal and rigid studio experience. This time, the band aimed to combine the successes and lessons learned from these opposite ends of the recording spectrum.
Future Nostalgia builds upon The Sheepdogs' foundation of feel-good vocal harmonizing and nasty guitar jamming. "Now, The Sheepdogs are eager to embark on the next leg of their journey, which will involve many miles logged and stages played. "I'm excited for people to hear the album, because it's a labour of love," Currie says proudly. "Now, it's just about getting it out there and getting people into it."
From their cramped Saskatchewan jam space to gold and platinum records and shows with rock icons, The Sheepdogs haven't strayed from their goal of sharing pure, passionate rock n' roll with anyone who'll listen – and Future Nostalgia is packed with it.
Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late '60s. With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music-and society-could be in the years to come. Then, in the '70s, Miller crafted a brand of rock 'n' roll music that was polished, exciting and irresistible, and that has dominated radio through today. Hit followed hit in an endless flow: "The Joker," "Livin' in the USA," "Take the Money and Run," "Rock'n Me," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Jet Airliner," "Jungle Love," and "Abracadabra" among them. To this day, these songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio-and impossible not to sing along with.
Running through Miller's catalogue is a combination of virtuosity and songcraft along with melodic vocals and signature guitar riffs. His parents were jazz aficionados -- Les Paul was his godfather -- so as a budding guitarist and singer, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from their musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, meeting T-Bone Walker and learning to sing and play listening to him and Jimmy Reed. Miller then moved to Chicago where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield. Miller, who has just been voted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being nominated for the first time this year, keeps himself immersed in listening and playing all genres of blues and jazz and rock 'n' roll music-American music. Miller is also contributing his time to serving on the welcoming committee of the Department of Musical Instruments of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he curates and hosts shows at both institutions celebrating the bridge between blues and jazz music and early American music.
With nearly 10 million records sold worldwide, Simple Plan is one of Canada's most successful punk-pop acts.
Just after wrapping up a two-year-long tour in support of 2011's Get Your Heart On!, multi-platinum-selling pop-punk band Simple Plan spent another two tireless years creating a follow-up album that captures the classic Simple Plan spirit but boldly stretches the limits of their sound.
Taking One for the Team, Simple Plan's fifth full-length and most ambitious album so far, offers hard-hitting punk-fueled tracks alongside songs that delve into everything from reggae to delicate acoustic balladry.
In naming the new album, Simple Plan chose a title that reflected another driving force behind the band: the unshakeable sense of camaraderie that's guided them from their formation in 1999….to their 2002 double-platinum debut No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls to sold-out tours in nearly every corner of the planet. Their new single "Singing In The Rain" can now be heard on radio across Canada.
Singer, Actress, and Health Advocate
With a career spanning over five decades with more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia's successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People's Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, ten #1 hits and more than 15 top 10 singles. She recently scored another #1 hit, this time on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi – becoming the first mother/daughter duo to top this chart. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in "Grease" catapulted Olivia into super-stardom and to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time.
Throughout her career, the much-loved star has held many humanitarian and environmental causes close to her heart. Olivia served as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme, was the co-founder of Children's Health Environmental Coalition (now Healthy Child, Healthy World) and, in 1992 she created National Tree Day in Australia, which is responsible for planting more than 10 million trees since its beginning. Most recently she co-founded One Tree Per Child, an international school initiative with the goal of having every child under the age of ten plant at least one tree.
Olivia also is a very proud co-owner of the award winning Gaia Retreat and Spa in the Hinterlands of New South Wales, Australia. Gaia recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015 and added 12 new international awards to their ever-growing list – including three prestigious wins including "Best Boutique Hotel" and the "World's Best Day Spa" at the World Spa Awards.
In 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her personal triumph against cancer led her to announce her partnership with the Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJCWRC) in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, which opened its doors in 2012. The Centre provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research as well as a dedicated wellness center (oliviaappeal.com).
Olivia's appeal seems to be timeless. She is currently selling out her acclaimed "Summer Nights" concert residency at Flamingo Las Vegas through December 2016 and, is thrilled that a portion of every ticket sold to her Flamingo shows benefits the Wellness Programs at the ONJCWRC.
Her latest recording, "LIV ON," a collaborative, inspiring new CD with friends Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky is intended for those who wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope, is set for release in June 2016. For more information visit OliviaNewton-John.com or follow her on Twitter @OliviaNJ or Instagram @TheRealONJ.
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll's most enduring anthems including "Juke Box Hero," "Feels Like The First Time," "Urgent," "Head Games," "Hot Blooded," "Cold As Ice," "Dirty White Boy," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," and the worldwide #1 hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is," FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.
Founded in 1976, FOREIGNER'S debut album produced the hits "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice" and "Long, Long Way From Home." The album Double Vision followed, as did a string of hits like "Urgent," "Juke Box Hero" and "Waiting For A Girl Like You." Those songs helped give FOREIGNER'S next album, 4, its impressive run at #1 on the Billboard chart. At the zenith of 80's sound, FOREIGNER'S fifth album, Agent Provocateur, gave the world the incredible #1 global hit," I Want To Know What Love Is." This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song "Waiting For A Girl Like You."
Overwhelming excitement and outstanding reviews caused by Culture Club's performances from last year's mini-tour across the U.S, has driven the group to announce their first full tour in more than 12 years spanning 40 cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Asia. Known for dominating the charts worldwide with their classic hits including "Karma Chameleon," "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" and "Miss Me Blind" the show will include a backing band of horns and backup vocalists along with the 4 original band members for an unforgettable night of music.
Throughout Culture Club's 2015 mini-tour, the band received rave reviews from some of music's toughest critics:
"But if you like to go out, if you like to feel good, if you like to be transported by music, if you're in search of authenticity in a land inundated by fake. This is your gig'' - Bob Leftsetz, The Leftsetz Letter
"headliner Culture Club provided soul aplenty, thanks to a large backing band consisting of female singers, a horn section and George's own burnished vocals. "Church of the Poisoned Mind" was as vibrant as ever!" - George A. Paul, Orange County Register
"Re-emphasized George as an outsider who found a path to acceptance by his sheer lovability," and the group's performance, "underscored the two themes of the night - the pull of nostalgia and the power of individuality." - Jim Farber, New York Daily News
"MONSTER TRUCK is one of the few really great down to earth rock ‘n' roll bands... they're hard, soulful and heavy" – Slash
You know where you stand with a band named MONSTER TRUCK, right?
For the last two years, this raucous quartet has been busy putting Hamilton, Ontario, on the rock ‘n' roll map thanks to a remarkable selection of blue-collar rock songs called ‘Furiosity". This release won the band 4 #1 singles on radio across the country and a 2013 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year. With a no-frills style that mixes groove, sludge, stoner rock and vintage sounds, the high-energy combo has made friends in high places by celebrating the simplest and also the finest things in life. In the time since their debut, in true road warrior style they toured Europe and the US playing blistering shows at Download Festival and Hammerfest as well as supporting the mighty Guns n Roses, Slash, Alice in Chains, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Rival Sons and Vista Chino.
Nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards in their native Canada, ‘Furiosity' also introduced MONSTER TRUCK to the international market, and now they're back with another wide-tread slab of horns-up, heads-down swaggering Southern rock that's entitled ‘Sittin' Heavy'. Released earlier this year in February, 2016 ‘Sittin' Heavy' debut at #3 on Billboard charts and the hit single "Don't Tell Me How to Live" is looking to be the 1st song of another very successful run of smash radio hits. ‘Sittin' Heavy' is a glorious hard rocking statement, retaining all of the ingredients that enabled MONSTER TRUCK to break out of the box whilst continuing a gradual evolution, expanding upon ideas established at the quartet's inception.
Their music has the power to tackle all manner of subjects, including the day to day drudgery that's served up by the world, and turn them into something positive. The album's highly contagious first single, ‘Don't Tell Me How to Live', has been unanimously welcomed as a great rallying cry.
And sure enough MONSTER TRUCK present the listener with a mouth-watering all you can eat buffet, piling on the riffs, cranking up the rhythm section and serving up all manner of delicious, hummable choruses. This is no mere exercise in bludgeon riffola.
All of the little pieces are in place.
Come on in and leave those inhibitions at the door. You won't regret it…
Bursting forth from Canada's capital, native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is producing a truly unique sound that's impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture. Since 2010 the group – currently made up of DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. Their self-titled album, released in March 2012, was long-listed for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize and included in the Washington Post's top 10 albums of the year.
In a sense, ATCR's music is the soundtrack to a contemporary evolution of the pow wow: Their Electric Pow Wow events showcase native talent and aboriginal culture, alongside an open, wild party. Within a couple of years they've become the face of an urban Native youth renaissance, championing their heritage and speaking out on aboriginal issues, while being on top of popular music, fashion and art. Bear Witness doubles as the crew's visual artist and creates stunning, political and sometimes humorous videos that incorporate film and pop culture references to native people and reclaim the aboriginal image. In 2013, A Tribe Called Red released their second full-length album, Nation II Nation in Canada and in the USA on Tribal Spirit Music. The album was nominated on the shortlist of the Polaris Music Prize as one of the 10 best Canadian albums of the year and 4 APCMAs (Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award) for best group, best producer, best album and best cover art. ATCR have also collaborated and produced one of the last known Das Racist songs called Indians From All Directions as well as the song A Tribe Called Red on Angel Haze's album Dirty Gold.
Years from now when it's all said and done, music historians will surely debate the contributions of those who majorly impacted the genre of R&B. Icons guaranteed to be mentioned are industry stalwarts such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O'Jay's, The Jackson Five, New Edition, Guy, Jodeci, and Boyz II Men. However, any list that does not include the incomparable Dru Hill is grossly inaccurate. The torch bearers responsible for carrying R&B music into the new millennium was the labour of love for four immensely talented young singers who were and remain the quintessential example of superior entertainers.
From their first single that asked the ever important question, "Tell Me" (what you want), Dru Hill has been giving fans what they need in the form of numerous classic love ballads and infectious dance songs that have provided countless beautiful memories for millions upon millions of music lovers the world over.
In a career that spans nearly two decades, Dru Hill has accomplished literally everything an R&B/Pop group could dream of achieving. From having a string of Top 40 #1 hit singles, multi-platinum selling albums, movie and television appearances, headlining sold out concert tours around the world, to selling an eye-popping 30 million records worldwide, their star power has never been in question.
With a music library fit for royalty, boasting some of the biggest selling and most popular R&B songs of all time to include "Tell Me", "5 Steps", "In My Bed", "Never Make a Promise", "How Deep Is Your Love", "These are the Times", and "We're Not Making Love No More", that are considered by many music experts to be standards that help define the 90's.
As the ever-dynamic quartet gears up to celebrate their 20th Anniversary this year, it's clear that they've just gotten started. In celebration of their journey thus far, the group has exciting surprises in store for its expanding fan base everywhere. Between recording new material and continuously performing at sold-out venues around the globe for a whole new generation of adoring fans, Dru Hill continues to solidify its legacy as one of the greatest groups of all time.
Powerhouse duo and rock-n-roll legends Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo bring their undeniable chemistry and unprecedented sound to the Pacific National Exhibition this year. Benatar, best known for her songs "Love is a Battlefield," "Hit me with your Best Shot," "Heartbreaker," "Promises in the Dark" and "We Belong," was ranked one of the most successful female rock vocalists of all time by Billboard.
Spanning more than four decades, Benatar's career helped pave a path for other female rock stars around the world. Giraldo's innovative vision helped him create Benatar's signature sound from its inception. He has written, produced, arranged and recorded more than 100 songs for her as well as helped create hits for other artists including John Waite, Rick Springfield, Kenny Loggins and more. With Benatar's mezzo-soprano vocal range and Giraldo's trailblazing work as a guitarist, producer and songwriter, the duo created one of the most successful partnerships in rock ‘n' roll history.
Since their initial collaboration on their debut album In The Heat Of The Night, the two have sold more than 26 million albums, earned four consecutive GRAMMY Awards, received three American Music Awards and charted 19 Top 40 singles.
Since signing to ORR in 2011, Hicks has captured the hearts and minds of Canadian country fans in a huge way. Throw Down garnered him critical acclaim, debuted at #1 its week of release and spawned four Top 10 hits, including three GOLD Certified singles; ‘Get By,’ ‘Hell Raisin’ Good Time’ and the YouTube smash viral sensation ‘Stronger Beer.’ In 2013, he was the #1 highest selling digital Canadian Country Artist of the Year and Most Played Debut Artist overall at Country radio. Since, he has been honoured with a 2014 Canadian Radio Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, the 2014 CCMA Rising Star Award and 2014 Fan’s Choice nominee. His most recent release 5:01 garnered him another Gold single with ‘Here Comes The Thunder’ and spawned his 2015 Get A Little Crazy Tour national headline tour. On the tour, Hicks served up an ample helpings of the grit, humour and good time anthems; something his audiences have come to expect and cemented his reputation as one of Canada’s most dynamic live Country performers. He also earned the 2015 Country Music Association of Ontario Award for Male Artist and Album of the Year (5:01).
The Monkees celebrate their fiftieth anniversary with a tour of North America (featuring original members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork) and the release of their first album in nearly 20 years, Good Times! will also feature a previously unreleased recording of a song entitled Love to Love written by Neil Diamond in the 1960s.
Harry Nilsson wrote the title track Good Times! which was recorded at a session with Nesmith in January 1968. The production was never completed, so the band returned to the original session tape - featuring Nilsson's guide vocal - and duly created a duet with Dolenz. Dolenz and Nilsson also sang together on the 1973 single Daybreak. The new album features all three surviving band members, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. Singer Davy Jones died in Florida in 2012, aged 67, but his voice is heard on one song
Between September 1966 and December 1967, The Monkees enjoyed 12 Top 40 hits, including three number ones, Last Train To Clarksville, I'm A Believer and Daydream Believer. The band sold 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles in only two-and-a-half years.
The band is also releasing the entire series of The Monkees television show on Blu-ray for the very first time. All 58 episodes have been restored in HD from the original film negatives. The 10-disc Blu-ray collection also includes the 1968 cult-classic movie Head, along with outtakes from the film.
Chris Isaak's upcoming tour in conjunction with his critically acclaimed new album, First Comes The Night, will include a performance on the closing night of the PNE on September 5, Isaak, who has a reputation as a supreme showman and one of the funniest live performers today, is a non-stop touring Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, actor and talk show host. With his stellar bandmates, Silvertone, Isaak's haunting voice, fierce guitar, and glittered outfits, Isaak has entertained fans for decades.
First Comes the Night on Vanguard Records is Isaak's first recording of original songs in six years. It was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), and longtime collaborator Mark Needham. First Comes the Night is the follow up to Isaak's 2011 Beyond The Sun masterpiece CD - a breathtaking tribute album to Sun Records, Sam Phillips and the visionary artists who continue to inspire him and helped shape the early sounds of rock ‘n' roll.
Standout Isaak hits include: the iconic "Wicked Game," "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing" and "Somebody's Crying." He has appeared on many TV shows and has acted in several films and starred in Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show and The Chris Isaak Hour on the Biography Channel. Isaak, a recent judge on the X-Factor in Australia, performed at the opening of the Super Bowl festivities in San Francisco and was recently profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.
Concerts are performed in the outdoor venue, the PNE Amphitheatre. Please be advised, this concert venue has a capacity limit and, for everyone’s safety, we will need to close the venue once this capacity has been reached. The Amphitheatre will open for each concert starting at 7pm. The PNE reserves the right to open the venue early for busier shows. This is an outdoor venue and as such, refunds are not given due to inclement weather.
Available on a first come, first served basis. Bleachers and standing floor options available. Reserved seating available at stage front and in a reserved bleacher section for select shows. Lawn Chairs are not permitted in the venue.
*KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM on Saturday, August 20 will not be included with Fair Gate admission. KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM concert-goers must purchase Fair Gate admission in addition to concert tickets to gain entrance to the PNE Amphitheatre. More information / Buy Tickets
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