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CBC MUSIC has launched! It's our free new digital music service designed to connect Canadians to the music they love. With a choice of forty different web radio stations, fourteen genre-based communities, and music from nearly a thousand major and independent music companies, CBC MUSIC gives you access to the very best Canadian and international music. 

The CBC MUSIC experience is easy to navigate - just click to play. And the comprehensive service allows you to personalize your music experience in a variety of ways. You'll  have access to hundreds of concerts, blogs, playlists, including the following features: 

  • 40 web radio stations built from a library of millions of tracks of music.
  • 14 genre-based music communities.
  • CBC Radio 2 & CBC Radio 3 music
  • All the best music content from all CBC Programs including Q and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.
  • CBC Personalities who guide Canadians through the infinite world of music with Programs & Podcasts
  • Artist pages on more than 25,000 independent artists with over 125,000 songs you can play whenever you want
  • Hundreds of recorded concerts and live sessions 
  • Unique content including articles, blogs and playlists, updated daily.
  • 'The Canadian Concert Calendar' maintained by artists - one of the largest Canadian concert calendars available
  • Plus the new CBC Music App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

CBC MUSIC is a place for music lovers to explore, discover and connect with other music fans. You can experience it here at  Follow on Twitter @cbc_music or check for updates on CBC Music Facebook

The CBC Toque Sessions return for the third year with more concerts featuring an unprecedented range of musical acts. With tunes ranging from jazz, rock to world music, your senses will tingle! From January 12 - March 30, 2012, every Thursday and Friday, we invite you to join us at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre for a FREE concert.  

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Winter in Vancouver is chilly, so come inside to enjoy entertaining musical acts and make CBC Vancouver your pre-weekend stop this season!  

All concerts are free.
Unless otherwise stated, reserve your seat to with the concert of your choice in the subject line.


 Frazey Ford Memphis Project - Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 PM - FULLY BOOKED
Colleen Brown - Friday, March 30 at 5:30 PM  - FULLY BOOKED
Chad Brownlee - Friday, March 30 at 7:30 PM
Friday, Oct. 28
CBC Vancouver - Studio 40
700 Hamilton Street
Show starts 7:30 PM. Doors at 6:30 PM
Rushline starts at 6:30 PM

CBC Radio 2 is pleased to present "Locarno Celebrates Saints and Souls". You can be a part of this FREE concert featuring the newly formed, Vancouver-based band, Locarno, as they recognize the important Mexican cultural heritage of El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). This colourful celebration will be animated by one of the most exciting new groups on the world music scene. 

Juno-award winning musician and band leader Tom Landa (of Los Paperboys) is excited about his new band. "I definitely wanted to make a record to pay tribute to my Mexican roots, and with Locarno I'm able to do that with a group of amazing musicians. We blend Mexican and Cuban songs, funky Latin stuff, hip hop, and folk into a sound that is fresh sounding while still being faithful to those Mexican roots."

Among the performers in Locarno is trumpeter Miguelito Valdes who has toured with the Buena Vista Social Club and bassist Darren Parris who has recording credits with Hedley, Frazey Ford, and Steve Dawson. It's clear Tom Landa and Locarno will have a winning show to share with their Vancouver fans. 

This is a FREE show but you must reserve seats to attend. Send an email to with the number of tickets you'd like and put "Locarno" in the subject line.

Sook-Yin-590x296.jpgOn the 19th and 20th of October, you're invited to CBC Studio 40 for an unforgettable evening with CBC Radio One DNTO's Sook-Yin Lee and her guest raconteurs.
On Wednesday, October 19, story spinners Charlie Demers, Tetsuro Shigematsu, Ivan E. Coyote, Deb Williams and Grant Lawrence will make you laugh, and maybe cry with their stories on "Unexpected Gifts", but our musical guest, Shad, will make you dance in your seat. To reserve that seat, email for a ticket at
and include the date of the show. Doors open at 7 p.m.. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp. 
You can also reserve a seat for the Thursday, October 20th extravaganza featuring "Hidden Talent or Secret Superpower" stories from Morgan Brayton, Sam Mullins, Sarah Hyde, J.J. Lee, and Andrew Westoll. BONUS: a sneak preview of songs from Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers fame's soon to be released new album: Bright and Vivid. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 7.  Did we mention tickets are free? Get on that.
Email and be sure to let us know the date of the show you want to attend. If you can't make it, this special DNTO from Vancouver will air on CBC Radio One on October 29th at 1:30 p.m.

Don't miss this star-studded event 10 am - 10 pm, TOMORROW - Friday, September 30.

Things are buzzing as crews complete set up of the CBC Live site which includes three stages and an amazing lighting set up for an all day festival ending with a blockbuster concert.

Check out the photos from our Facebook page

Things get going at 10 am. Come down and join in the official opening with Q's Jian Ghomeshi and country music star Johnny Reid who will perform his hit "Let's Go Higher".

Stay for a full day of special broadcasts and the chance to meet your favourite CBC stars George Stroumboulopoulos, Chris Hyndman from Steven & Chris and Dragons' Jim Treliving, Robert Herjavec and Bruce Croxon, Erin Karpluk from Being Erica, CBC News Vancouver's Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Claire Martin and Shane Foxman and many more. Full schedule here.

Bring the kids for interactive activities and story time at Kids' CBC Tent with Mamma Yamma and Super Why!. Plus a fabulous Kids' CBC stage Show with Patty, The Cat in the Hat and a special performance by Amy Millan of Stars. Also, catch the live broadcast of CBC Radio One's On The Coast and CBC News Vancouver

Join Grant Lawrence in the CBC Live Lounge at 7 pm for a special Radio 3 - CBC Live Concert Countdown featuring interviews with The New Pornographers, Stars and The Midway State. This is a lead-up to the concert that starts at 8 pm featuring these amazing bands. 

Get ready for a star-studded line up of live broadcast, events and music at CBC LIVE! - A kick off to Culture Days on Friday, September 30th, 2011. This will be an all day outdoor festival from 10 am to 10 pm with a spectacular opening by CCMA Artist of the Year - Johnny Reid

The stage will start with a Special Q Media Panel  hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, Steven & Chris and Dragons' Den. Bring the kids for interactive activities and story time at Kids' CBC Tent with Mamma Yamma and Super Why!Throughout the day, meet the Stars of CBC Television. Did we mention George Stroumboulopoulos will be here? Catch the live broadcast of CBC Radio One's On The Coast and CBC News Vancouver

What's a celebration without cake? Enjoy a piece of cake in the evening with the CBC Stars. Join the countdown in the evening with CBC Radio 3 for the Culture Days Concert featuring Stars, The Midway State, and The New Pornographers.

CBC LIVE! Schedule: 

10:45 am - Culture Days Kick Off Spectacular with Johnny Reid 

11:00 am - Jian Ghomeshi hosts a Special Q Media Panel
From Cairo to Vancouver: How social media has affected the biggest news stories of the last year

11:00 am - Meet CBC News Network morning show host 
Suhana Meharchand at the CBC News Vancouver Tent and test out your skills at our anchor desk!

12:00 pm Noon - Kids' CBC Live
With Patty, Mamma Yamma, the Breakfast Froog and special musical guest Amy Millan.
Throughout the day, come to Kids' CBC tent for puppet shows, pirate crafts, and storytelling with Super Why!, CBC News Vancouver's Gloria Macarenko, CBC Radio One hosts:  Margaret Gallagher, Stephen Quinn, and CBC Radio 3 hosts: Grant Lawrence, Lana Gay and Lisa Christiansen.

2:00 pm - Steven & Chris co-hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos
Catch Chris and his event co-host George Stroumboulopoulos with Best Recipes Ever's Kary Osmond, Dragons Robert Herjavec and Bruce Croxon.

3:00 pm - CBC Radio One's On The Coast with Stephen Quinn
Stephen will be featuring special Culture Days musical guests.

5:00 - 6:30 pm - CBC News Vancouver Live from Hamilton Street 
Watch Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Claire Martin and Shane Foxman during the live evening newscast. Be sure to come back at 6:30pm to the CBC News Vancouver tent where you can meet them.

5:00 pm - CBC Celebrates 75 Years
Have some cake with CBC's biggest stars!

5:30 pm - Face the Dragon
Dragons' Den Student Entrepreneur Contest with Jim Treliving, Robert Herjavec, Bruce Croxon and Dianne Buckner

7:00 pm - CBC Radio 3 Countdown Show with Grant Lawrence
Join Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence for the countdown show to Midnight Music.

8:00 pm - Midnight Music: A Concert for Culture Days 
Be a part of this FREE concert hosted by Jian Ghomeshi featuring StarsThe Midway State and The New Pornographers.

CBC Radio 2 Canada Live and CBC Radio 3 featured Canada's Favourite Independent Musician, Dan Mangan at CBC Vancouver over the weekend.  Dan Mangan has a new album to share with the world - Oh Fortune, is its name. In a world teeming with music, Dan's new record matters - it stands out from the crowd.  The Vancouver musician has new songs to share which he says are deeper and darker than he's ever done before.  Just ten days before the album's release, Dan brought 11 musicians along with him to CBC Vancouver's Studio 40.  They recreated the album in its entirety, live in concert - track by track.  It was magic.


It has been a lively summer here on CBC Vancouver's outdoor stage with the Musical Nooners delivering 40 free concerts in 40 days. Despite cooler days start the summer months, local and even some international musicians have heated up the stage with live concerts every weekday from 12 - 1 p.m. The lucky lunch time crowd has had the pleasure of enjoying exciting performances ranging from modern jazz, African fusion-pop, funky blues to indie pop and mariachi music.

There are only 2 weeks left in the Musical Nooners series with an outstanding line-up of bands including Vancouver's country rock singer Dustin Bentall who will be pairing up with fiddler and singer Kendel Carson; leader of the Juno Award-nominated group Silk Road Music Andre Thibault; and 2007 Canadian Idol top 3 finalist Carly Rae Jepsen.

Don't miss this roster of talented musicians and enjoy the rest of your summer lunch hours with a CBC Musical Nooner!

Mon, Aug 15 - Emily Taylor Adams
Tues, Aug 16 - Company B Jazz Band
Wed, Aug 17 - Dustin Bentall & Kendel Carson
Thurs, Aug 18 - Pacifika
Fri, Aug 19 - The Beladeans

Mon, Aug 22 - Carly Rae Jepsen
Tues, Aug 23 - Andre Thibault (Silk Road Music)
Wed, Aug 24 - Ranj Singh
Thurs, Aug 25 - David Vertesi
Fri, Aug 26 - The Crackling

If you live or work in downtown Vancouver, your summer lunch hours are about to be a lot more fun. CBC Vancouver's Musical Nooners are back! From July 4th to August 26th, every 
nooners.JPGweek day this summer, you can expect an amazing FREE concert on our outdoor stage from noon to 1 pm. 

Our musical performance department has been hard at work booking some of the West Coast's favourite local and even international artists. From blues legends Jim Byrnes & Colin Linden to Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Greg Sczebel to Dan Moxon of Bend Sinister...yes, you'll be treated to a free one-hour show from these brilliant artists.

Just grab your lunch and head down to the outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street. We'll see!

Calendar of Acts - July 2011 - more to be announced

Mon, July 4 - Aché Brasil
Tues, July 5 - The Sojourners
Wed, July 6 - The Matinée
Thurs, July 7 - Maria in the Shower
Fri, July 8 - T. Nile

Mon, July 11 - Dee Daniels
Tues, July 12 - Redgy Blackout
Wed, July 13 - Ti-Coca & Wanga-Nègès
Thurs, July 14 - Locarno
Fri, July 15 - Imaginary Cities

Mon, July 18 - Joe Trio
Tues, July 19 - Mélanie Boucher with Jennifer Hodge
Wed, July 20 - Wayne Lavallee
Thurs, July 21 - Greg Sczebel
Fri, July 22 - Fine Mist

Mon, July 25 - Oliver Swain
Tues, July 26 - Ganga Giri
Wed, July 27 - Jim Byrnes & Colin Linden
Thu, July 28 - Karen Flamenco
Fri, July 29 - Dan Moxon (Bend Sinister)

Tues, Aug 2 - Buffaloswans
Wed, Aug 3 - Steve Dawson and Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason)
Thurs, Aug 4 - Mariachi Los Dorados
Fri, Aug 5 - Louise Burns

Tues, Aug 9 - ZimbaMoto
Wed, Aug 10 - AJ Woodworth
Thurs, Aug 11 - Cousin Harley
Fri, Aug 12 - Sun Wizard

Mon, Aug 15 - Emily Taylor Adams
Tues, Aug 16 - Company B Jazz Band 
Thurs, Aug 18 - Pacifika 
Frid, Aug 19 - The Beladeans

Mon, Aug 22 - Carly Rae Jepsen 
Tues, Aug 23 - Andre Thibault (Silk Road Music)
Wed, Aug 24 - Ranj Singh 
Thurs, Aug 25 - David Vertesi 
Fri, Aug 26 - The Crackling 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter in case of changes to the schedule due to inclement weather. 
Come and experience the superb acoustics of CBC's Studio One with some of Canada's most loved jazz musicians. From June 24th - 29th, you can experience a free jazz concert at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre each night as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival!  

Seating will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Each concert will begin at 5:30pm and doors will open at 5 p.m.

Sat, June 25         Phil Dwyer Septet 
Sun, June 26 Van Django 
Tues, June 28 Altered Laws

For more information about this year's CBC Studio One jazz series, visit the webpage at Coastal Jazz.
CBC Radio's flagship blues show Saturday Night Blues is turning 25 this year! They're celebrating by hosting a special concert live in Vancouver on April 16th at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Holger Petersen, the show will bring some of Canada's best blues, swing, and roots artists together:

Colin James, Colin Linden, Tom Lavin and Donna Grantis. Along with special guests Shakura S'Aida and Jim Byrnes.
You don't want to miss this great concert! 
On Tuesday, March 15, join CBC Vancouver in celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year with Safa.

Safa (Farsi): inner purity, sincerity, sincere affection

Featuring: Amir Koushkani (persian tar and voice), François Houle (clarinets) and Sal Ferreras (percussion). 

Three players brought together by good fortune and a deep love for music. Safa mixes traditional Persian themes with jazz improvisation in a combination that sounds like it should have been obvious all along. 

Inspired by the profound passion of an ancient Persian repertoire, drawn into the realm of memory, evocation and delight, these three individuals bring to this project contemporary improvisations and neo-traditional settings that unfold in rhythmic play and timbral contrasts. Their work is at times playful, at times humorous, and at other times imbued with an intense rapture that delivers us into another world from which to view the beauty of our own gift of life.

resizeJill Barber at CBC 1.jpgChanteuse Jill Barber dazzled a packed room last night during her preview show of new album "Mischievous Moon". Studio 40 was transformed into a jazz lounge reminiscent of eras past for this taped for CBC tv and radio special. The third of CBC Radio's Toque Sessions, Jill performed some of her signature love songs in both English and French after spending the last month in France. We'll be announcing dates to watch specials in the coming months. In the meantime, enjoy some of the photos.

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The Signal is heading to Vancouver for the very first time for SignalFest, a three-day festival of
live music by some of your favourite cutting edge Vancouver artists (plus an out-of-province cameo by Ontario's Owen Pallett).

Some of the great performers you can expect to see are:

For more information or to buy tickets, visit: CBC RADIO 2's THE SIGNAL
We're kicking off the second year of CBC Radio's presentation of The Toque Sessions. It's the concert series where we treat your ears to the warm and fuzzy tunes of some of your favourite Canadian artists. Be sure to get on the guest list early to reserve your spot!

Fish & Bird with special guest John Mann
February 10
With 7 Canadian tours under their belt, Fish & Bird are well respected and are becoming well know in the Canadian music scene.  With the collaboration of Spirit of The West veteran leader John Mann, this will be a very special night.
Diverse musical influences collide in Fish & Bird's CD "Left Brain Blues". In just under an hour, Adam Iredale-Gray, Taylor Ashton along with their band take the folk genre for a ride through gardens of delights and some wicked, dark territory. 
In addition to being the well known lead singer for Spirit of The West, John Mann is a songwriter, actor and entertainer in his own right. 

A collaborative evening with Fish & Bird and "Mr. Mann" promises to be a great show; full of memorable and new roots musics. This show will be recorded live for CBC Radio's Canada Live and CBC's All Access television.

Jill Barber Preview Concert
February 16

Vancouver's Jill Barber shatters the myth that "they don't write songs like they used to". This Canadian chanteuse picks up the musical torch and brings an ageless sensibility to her original songs. 

Jill's upcoming new album is entitled "Mischievous Moon" and due to be out later this spring. But you don't have to wait! During this exclusive preview concert, you'll be treated to "Tell Me" and many other new singles including some written in French, long before their release. With a timeless, jazzy feel, Jill Barber will transport you to a golden age when popular music was filled with love and romance.

This double-Juno nominee and multiple East Coast Music Award winner has a rapidly growing, enthusiastic following all across the country. Come out to CBC Studio 40 for another great CBC All Access television recording.

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A Tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
February 24

Bob Wills and his band were hugely popular in the 40's and 50's.  What do you get when you bring together elements of country and western with elements of swing jazz?  You get some fun music to dance to!  Call it Country Swing.  Fans of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys just call it good music.  Local guitarist/singer, Paul Pigat leads an all star band who know this music through and through.  Yes, there will be dancing for those so inclined!! The floor is super smooth concrete, so please dance with care and don't slide into your fellow dancers.

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