Summer Night Concerts
Nightly at 8:00pm
WestJet Concert Stage at the PNE Amphitheatre
Sponsored by WestJet and The Vancouver Sun
Every night at 8:00pm, the PNE Amphitheatre will present a summer full of the best music! You won’t want to miss American Idol winner Phillip Phillips or legends The Pointer Sisters! Country music fans will swoon for singing sensations LeAnn Rimes and Dallas Smith. Plus, don’t miss the Grammy-nominated talents of Gavin DeGraw or the classic rock sounds of Canada’s own Trooper, Glass Tiger, Three Days Grace and Chilliwack. Spend an evening with Boyz II Men or Plain White T’s. Take in the energy of platinum selling artist Zendaya and the musical styling of the Gipsy Kings. Sing along with Air Supply or rock out with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. It’s Summer Night Concerts only at the Fair at the PNE!
Reserved seats will be available 10am on Saturday, May 24.
All concerts are FREE with admission but super fans looking for reserved seating will have the opportunity to purchase a limited number of reserved seats starting at just $20. Reserved seats can be purchased online starting at 10am on May 24 or on-site from the ticket booth located outside the venue entrance during any ticketed Amphitheatre event before The Fair or during The Fair. Tickets can also be purchased by calling TicketLeader at 604-757-0345 or at the TicketLeader box office located at the Pacific Coliseum, open 2 hours prior to any Coliseum ticketed event start time on event days. Limited seats are available More Info
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.
One of last year’s biggest singles, the quadruple-platinum "Home" announced Phillip Phillips as a singer/guitarist of both rare authenticity and massive pop appeal. Centering on the American Idol season 11 winner’s rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills, "Home" served as the lead single from The World from the Side of the Moon a platinum-selling album that shot to #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart upon its November 2012 release. Phillips’s widely acclaimed debut also features the platinum single "Gone, Gone, Gone," as well as a host of numbers that flaunt the 22-year-old Georgia native’s songwriting chops.
Phillips took a break from working in his family’s pawn shop and auditioned for American Idol in summer 2011—and soon found himself tearing through full-throated performances of songs by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett on the Idol stage. Released the same day that Phillips claimed his American Idol victory, "Home" marked the most successful coronation song of any Idol winner—as well as the highest-ever debut on the Billboard Digital songs chart, with 278,000 downloads sold.
For Phillips, the past year’s jam-packed touring schedule has granted him the long-craved opportunity to play his own songs for live audiences night after night. Above all, performing live offers a sense of freedom that Phillips finds essential to making music. "We just go out there and jam out and try to make it different and exciting, instead of playing the songs exactly how they sound on the album," he says. "It’s all about real musicians playing real music that we’re passionate about and just having a good time, and hopefully we’re giving the crowd a good time too."
Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." Jett was one of only two women named to Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Jett's determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations. She’s fought hard for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and appreciative.
Unvarnished, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts first studio record in more than seven years, breaks new lyrical ground for the pioneering female rocker while remaining true to the veracious sound that Jett is known for. Unvarnished is inspired, as always, by Jett’s overriding philosophy: rock ‘n’ roll is about "a certain integrity…just being true to your own self." That is apparent in both Jett’s career and her continuance, and that’s the unvarnished truth.
Make sure you catch Joan Jett & The Blackhearts when they rock out loud at the PNE.
It had been over 45 years since Chilliwack was started in 1969. Several summers ago, Bill Henderson, lead singer, guitarist, main songwriter and founding member of the group, put together a powerful team of players; Jerry Adolphe on Drums (toured with the band in the 80's), Doug Edwards on Bass and Ed Henderson on guitar, to bring Chilliwack's classic songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's to festival stages across Canada. Chilliwack released 12 albums from 1969 to 1985, and their many hit singles including "My Girl" (Gone Gone Gone), "Raino", "Lonesome Mary", "California Girl", "Fly At Night", "I Believe" and "Watcha Gonna Do", garnered the band international acclaim. Audiences have been thrilled to be able to experience this group live once again.
In 1975, Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on their first day of rehearsals for "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Sydney, Australia. They became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. After each show’s performance, they would play pizza parlours, coffee bars and nightclubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was writing constantly. They made a demo on a cassette of two songs: "Love and Other Bruises" and "If You Knew Me" and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down except for one—CBS Records, who admired their unique style. They made a single in one afternoon and it shot to #1 on the national charts. Air Supply was born! That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the US and Canada playing all the famous venues. It was 1977 and while they did find new fans, they did not break the US market. Back in Australia, they made a record called Life Support and included "Lost in Love" which went top ten in Australia and somehow it found its way to record producer Clive Davis in New York. Clive immediately signed them to Arista Records and in 1980, "Lost in Love" became the fastest selling single in the world leaping to the top of the all the charts. Their second single, "All Out of Love" went up the charts even quicker. Seven top five singles later, they had equaled at that time The Beatles’ run of consecutive top five singles. The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as the Air Supply sound.
LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 40 million albums, won two Grammy® Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes is the youngest recipient of a Grammy® Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the "Best New Artist" category. Rimes has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top-10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including "Can’t Fight the Moonlight" which went #1 in 11 countries, and "How Do I Live," which is the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Having released more than ten studio albums, three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums in her illustrious career, Rimes recently released her most personal album yet, Spitfire.
Rimes is as an accomplished actress and author, including writing two children’s books, as well as the novel, Holiday in Your Heart and the inspirational book What I Cannot Change. She also has a new book in its beginning stages focusing on life’s crossroads.
LeAnn has long-supported a variety of charity organizations including advocating for the National Psoriasis Foundation, The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and StandUp For Kids. She most recently began work with The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Two million records, a couple dozen hits, sold-out coliseums, and a Juno Award, Canadian legends Trooper has been entertaining audiences for over 35 years. They've backed up a who's who of Rock including; Aerosmith, BTO, AC/DC, Steppenwolf, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Beck, REO, Styx, and many others. As Trooper continue to sell out shows, they often find fans from three different generations in the audience, proving that the band remains ageless. They perform their huge collection of hits with the vitality and sense of humour that has served them well on their steady march through the hills and valleys of Canadian Rock and Roll.
It has been twenty-five years since the Gipsy Kings captured the world's imagination with their self-titled debut album—a record that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe, introducing millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Since then, the band has toured virtually nonstop, to the farthest-flung corners of the planet, and sold almost twenty million albums, all the while retaining the same line-up of virtuoso musicians.
Twenty-five years is an eternity in pop music, but the story of the Gipsy Kings reaches back much farther. Theirs is a music that extends through generations, to the sounds of their ancestors, and reflects the eclectic and peripatetic history of the gitanos, Spanish Romani people who fled the Catalonia region during the Spanish Civil War.
Their 1987 debut album, which spent forty weeks on the US album charts, introduced the world to "Rumba Gitano"—South America’s rumba rhythm married to the fleet attack of flamenco guitars. That record's "Bamboleo" became a huge, breakout worldwide hit (more than twenty years later, it even turned up on an episode of the TV series Glee).Now the Gipsy Kings return with SAVOR FLAMENCO, their ninth studio album and first new release in six years, which just won the Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album.
Multi-talented actress and Hollywood Records Platinum-Selling Artist, Zendaya, recently released her self-titled 2013 debut full-length album where she delivers soulful pop with an urban edge. Her first single included in the album, “Replay” was certified platinum for selling 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. this January, and now has over 44 million views on VEVO.
Most recently, Disney announced that Zendaya will star and co-produce in a topline Disney channel spy pilot. Zendaya will also star in the Disney Channel Original Movie, "Zapped" which premieres this summer.
Zendaya starred as Raquel “Rocky” Blue, one half of the comedic duo of young dancers trying to dance her way to stardom, in the hit Disney Channel series "Shake It Up!" She also starred in "Shake It Up: Made In Japan," the record breaking 90-minute song and dance–filled special which featured Zendaya’s single and video “Fashion is my Kryptonite.” Zendaya was also the break out star and runner-up on Season 16 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Zendaya released her first advice book entitled Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence last summer. In the book, Zendaya shares frank and fun advice for navigating the tween years with all the tools needed to be happy and healthy.
Zendaya lends her voice to the character “Fern” in Disney Channel’s Animated Special “Pixie Hollow Games,” which is part of the hugely successful Disney Fairies franchise. She also performs the special’s theme song, “Dig Down Deeper.” Zendaya also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Frenemies.”
Zendaya now resides in Los Angeles, California with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight.
Gavin DeGraw’s powerful new album MAKE A MOVE is a victorious and creative musical return.
DeGraw has had double-platinum success with his single "Not Over You," a "soulful, majestic ballad" (as Billboard put it) co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder that reached No. 1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit at Top 40 radio, and was certified double platinum. His 2008 self-titled release spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” DeGraw first broke through in 2003 with his platinum debut Chariot, which yielded three hit singles: the No. 1 Top 40 smash “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track. DeGraw is now a Grammy nominated artist for his recent work on “We Both Know,” the song he co-wrote with Colbie Caillat for the 2013 film, “Safe Haven”.
MAKE A MOVE has been influenced by DeGraw spending much of his time in Nashville and Los Angeles while writing, as well as by his participation in Dancing With The Stars in 2012. His appearances not only revealed some of his personal backstory, but also got him more comfortable with being more physical while performing. “A lot of artists have had movement or dance training and I have never done anything like that,” DeGraw says. “I think I had been at a disadvantage. Even just a few weeks of training helped my moves onstage. It definitely made me more comfortable standing and singing instead of sitting at piano.
Having been hailed as "a true showman" while "keeping his fans screaming and singing along throughout the performance," Gavin continues to push the envelope on stage while selling out amphitheaters nationwide and becoming a must see act.
The Canadian rock band Three Days Grace has sold more than 6 million records in the United States alone. Three Days Grace has been recognized for their musical efforts through several awards and nominations including BMI Awards, two Juno Award nominations, and Billboard’s #1 Rock Artist of the year #2 Modern Rock/Alternative artist of the year.
The first single from their release Transit of Venus, "Chalk Outline" reached #1 at Active Rock, and remained #1 for 10 weeks, making it the most weeks at #1 for the year 2012. Their first three studio albums have been RIAA certified platinum, platinum, and gold, respectively, in the United States, whereas in Canada they have been certified by Music Canada as platinum, double platinum, and platinum, respectively. The band has had a string of number one songs on the Billboard Alternative Songs and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts and they will be rocking out at the PNE tonight!
Boyz ll Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across generations. Recently celebrating their 20th anniversary, the band has penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past two decades. The group’s 4 Grammy Awards are just the tip of the iceberg; they have won a whopping 9 American Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
The trio holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 60 million albums sold. For the past two decades Boyz ll Men have given fans a rich catalogue of hits filled with smooth harmonies and enduring themes. And the hits just keep on coming – the group continues to craft new albums and bring their legendary act to stages across the world.
The band continues to tour across the country and around the globe, performing a mix of their latest tracks and treasured classics. Boyz II Men have made R&B accessible to the masses and have helped the genre come into its own—and fans throughout the world flock to see them perform at sold out shows. The group recently signed a publishing and recording deal with BMG, so fans can expect new music from their old favourite in the coming year.
Forget everything you think you know about the Plain White T’s. This hard-working band—which began life bashing out Green Day and Weezer covers in a suburban Chicago basement while still in high school way back in the late ’90s—is in the midst of what may well prove to be a game-changing evolutionary step. Following a three-year stretch on the heels of the release of 2010’s Wonders of the Younger that found the quintet evolving as artists and human beings, while experiencing their share of personal tumult and along the way, the veteran rock band returns not just recharged but reborn.
The group’s aggressive yet welcoming sound immediately sets the T’s apart from the pack in a display of four-on-the-floor, top-down rock ’n’ roll that’s both timeless and right now. They deliver the kind of calibrated muscle to the open-hearted anthems that they display on concert stages. Higgenson describes American Nights as "a perfect snapshot of where we are in life right now," but the album also looks back in the rearview mirror at what the Plain White T’s have been through, as well as setting this immensely appealing young band in motion toward a beckoning, wide-open future.
Hailing from BC, Dallas brings a healthy dose of rock and roll power to his brand of lively country music. Producer Joey Moi captured his unique energy and unmistakable vocals on his breakout Canadian country debut, Jumped Right In, which netted five 2013 CCMA award nominations. The CMW Radio Awards winner has once again teamed up with Joey Moi for his US country debut on Big Loud Mountain.
With energetic live shows and compelling tunes, it’s no surprise that Dallas, who fronted the wildly successful international rock band Default, has been tapped to open for music legend Bob Seger, and is currently touring with Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times Tour. The elastic-voiced singer brings a fresh slant to country, a wall-of-sound approach that combines the vocals on country with the crunch of rock.
Multiple Grammy Award and American Music Award winners, The Pointer Sisters began their formal vocal training in their father's church, The Church of God in West Oakland, California. They went on to achieve worldwide fame and have secured a place in pop music history as a dynamic female group! The sisters became the first black female group to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee as well as the first contemporary act to perform at the San Francisco Opera House and released a live recording of the performance. Best known for their sassy, brassy, up-tempo hits including "Jump" (for my love), "I’m So Excited" and "Neutron Dance", get ready to dance the night away! In recent years, the group has performed with some of the greatest symphony orchestras in the world, including San Francisco, Jacksonville, Atlanta's symphony orchestra and the renowned Boston Pops. They were a smash hit at Night of the Proms, which spanned over 50 sold-out performances throughout Germany, Holland and Belgium, and has secured the group many more successful tours in Europe. In 2004, the group recorded a live CD/DVD, which captured the energetic Pointers performing the hits that fans of all ages continue to enjoy! Ruth, Anita and Sadako maintain a busy touring schedule and perform the music of The Pointer Sisters all over the world.
After 25 years together Glass Tiger has no plans to stop touring anytime soon. There's no doubt their upcoming PNE appearance will be something special. If you've never seen a GT live show, this is your chance to experience in person why GT has been one of Canada's most enduring bands for three decades. Fans who have enjoyed seeing the band live over the years say they are better now than ever. Find out for yourself!
With such a colourful past - world tours, hit singles, millions sold, top producers, and sharing stages with some of the biggest acts of all time, Glass Tiger’s history would seem complete. However outside of a short hiatus during the mid 90’s Glass Tiger continues to play to enthusiastic crowds throughout North America.
"Our performances have never been tighter, and we are playing at our highest level ever, we are re-ignited, recharged and looking forward to every show," says lead singer Alan Frew.
Rediscover how truly relevant Glass Tiger is today.
Concerts are performed in the outdoor venue, the PNE Amphitheatre on the WestJet Concert Stage. 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. 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 in the WestJet Fan Zone and in a reserved bleacher section for select shows. Lawn Chairs are not permitted in the venue.
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