Five Artists Vancouver Slept On in 2017


Now that 2017 has come to a close, it is safe to say that it was a magical year for music listeners everywhere. Several of the GOAT’s coming out with new albums like Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Jay-Z, U2, Eminem, and several others. On top of that, new and upcoming artists have also taken over the top charts. It’s seems though that some of those so-called new artists have been around for a while but are only just now getting the recognition they clearly deserve. Some of those artist who are quickly climbing their way up to music royalty status have been right under our noses and we are slow to get on the trends apparently. WAKE UP Vancouver! I’m not completely innocent in all of this. There have been several artists that have made it big and when I go and see when they’ll be in Vancouver next, it turns out they were actually here not that long before they sprung to fame. I hate when that happens!

Here are some of the few artist that Vancouver slept on while they were in town, only for those same artists to rise to new heights in fame shortly after.

  • King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard: The Australian psychedelic-rock band performed at the Commodore Ballroom on October 9th after releasing their third album in just that year alone. Little did anyone expect for another TWO albums, making that a total of 5 albums for the year. 
  • Khalid: At the young age of 19, Khalid is already breaking records and setting a new standard for music. With a VMA for Best New Artist under his belt, there is no doubt of the success coming his way. While Khalid did perform to a sold out show at the PNE forum on July 13th, his fame only grew from there. So much so that in less than a year since his last concert, he will be performing at Rogers Arena on May 2.


  • Kehlani: The Oakland born R&B singer performed on May 1st at the Vogue theatre and her fame has grown tremendously since then. Quite frankly, I almost expected more buzz around her last concert seeing as her single “Gangsta”, which was featured in the film Suicide Squad, also charted on the Billboard Top 100.
  • Daniel Caesar: Fellow Canadian singer recently performed to two sold out shows at Vogue theatre, which is great but does not even compare to the FIVE sold out shows in Toronto and the incredible buzz he created in a city that is more than accustomed to seeing talented artists come through.
  • Jay-Z: Rap royalty like Jay-Z should not be featured in a list like this. Quite frankly I’m ashamed that Vancouver has let it get to this level. As someone who attended the concert, I can confidently say that it was a life changing experience. It was one of those rare instances in which the artist bares their insecurities to the crowd proving that they’re human and not this perfect creature that media perceives them as. Even as the show began, tickets were still available as low as $40.


Sorry Vancouver, but as a city that is constantly trying to be a “trendsetter”, our efforts to be a “leader” in the entertainment industry have failed. It seems more like we have fallen under the “follower” category. Always late to see the potential and skill in the artists that come through. So, if in a few years from now on, you sit and wonder why some of the greatest artists no longer perform in Vancouver, this is your explanation. It even happens today, as artists go on World Tours and seem to miss our little corner.

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