Lionel Richie, the first-ever (!) Westward Music Festival and more performances to check out this fall.

FallArts_Music_LionelRichieMariahCarey-1.jpg 1. Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey

Two legends of pop/R&B hit-making (combined album sales: more than 300 million) tour the continent together at contrasting periods in their respective careers, Richie having been reassessed as a timeless treasure following years as a meme punchline and Carey trying to restore lustre to her brand after the lip-syncing tire fire that was New Year’s Eve 2016. September 3, Rogers Arena,

FallArts_Music_Westward.jpg 2. Westward Music Festival

If the future of summer festivals appears somewhat unstable (the Guardian considered the recent collapse of Pemberton a harbinger), perhaps the answer is to move them into the urban core and make them much less predictable? The inaugural Westward features up-and-comers such as Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, First Nations electronic trio A Tribe Called Red and local singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas at various venues in and around downtown. September 14 to 17, various venues,

FallArts_Music_NewPornographers.jpg 3. The New Pornographers

Their first recording was made in 2000 for a lark. Yet despite seeming destined to not last 17 minutes, this Vancouver-centred collective—based around linchpin singer-songwriter Carl Newman—is now celebrating 17 years. Like any band that rules one very exclusive domain, the Pornographers’ exemplary pop-rock—which evokes the 1970s/1980s golden age of AM Top 40—has been taken for granted of late. It shouldn’t be: this year’s Whiteout Conditions is their career masterpiece. September 29, Commodore Ballroom,

FallArts_Music_Hanson.jpg 4. Hanson

Whether you love or hate them for it, Hanson made history: the Oklahoma siblings’ multi-million-selling “Mmmbop” hastened the end of grunge and brought about the pop renaissance that continues to this day. In celebration of their (gulp!) 25th year as a band, they return to help us forget how old this information makes us feel. October 18, Vogue Theatre,

FallArts_Music_VSO.jpg 5. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Classic Broadway

The VSO is rarely so crowd-pleasing as when it performs classic “pops” from the 20th-century theatre stage. Grammy-winning guest conductor Jeff Tyzik—alongside vocalists Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman—leads the orchestra through the songbooks of Gershwin, Sondheim, Lloyd-Webber and others. December 1 to 2, Orpheum Theatre,

Check back for more on the hottest theatre, comedy and visual arts shows in Vancouver, part of our 2017 Fall Arts Preview!