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First Ever “Spy Ninjas Live” National Tour Based on Blockbuster YouTube Series

First Ever “Spy Ninjas Live” National Tour Based on Blockbuster YouTube Series Coming To

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On Sunday, February 19, 2023

Tickets and VIP Packages on Sale June 24



Vancouver – Wednesday, June 22 – With nearly 40 million YouTube subscribers and 400 million monthly viewers across its YouTube channels, the Spy Ninjas today announced they will take their detective, martial arts, and hacking skills from the screen to the stage with the all new Spy Ninjas Live ( Featuring Chad Wild Clay and Vy Qwaint, Spy Ninjas Live will criss-cross through scores of U.S. cities starting this fall, including Vancouver on February 19, 2023.


VIP packages are available, and depending on the package selected, include a pre-show meet and greet with Chad and Vy, exclusive limited edition merchandise, VIP lanyard, limited edition photo signed by Chad and Vy, and early access to merchandise stands.


In the live show, the Spy Ninjas have discovered the presence of a Hacker Sleeper cell across North America and must quickly reach major cities to defeat it.  They are taking over local theaters to use as their headquarters and will have access to surveillance and a team of local Ninja associates—the audience—to dismantle the cell.   Join Chad and Vy this Fall and help them beat the Hackers!

“This action-packed and family friendly live show is the first touring production based on Spy Ninjas’ hit YouTube series and is a great opportunity for fans to see their favorite YouTube stars live on stage,” says Executive Producer, Tom Greenwood Mears. “At the same time, this dynamic show will introduce many young Spy Ninjas fans to their first live show in a theatre as Spy Ninjas continue their mission to save audiences and the internet from the evil Hackers.”


“We are incredibly excited to visit our fans across the U.S. to deliver a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience,” added Chad Wild Clay and Vy Qwaint. “Like our YouTube videos, we’ll combine martial arts, stealth, and detective work to battle the Hackers, all with the help of our local Spy Ninjas fans.”


Spy Ninjas Live is expected to visit more than 30 U.S. cities beginning with its first leg this October and November, as well as another run in February and March 2023. The tour announcement comes on the heels of recent announcements from Surge Licensing–the global licensing agency for Spy Ninjas – securing Playmates Toys as the brand’s global master toy partner, and a multi-faceted publishing deal with Scholastic for the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, Spy Ninjas subscribers and video views continue to trend upward.  Spy Ninjas Live is produced by Right Angle Entertainment, Cut and Mustard, Premier Productions, and S2BN.


Spy Ninjas is available to view on YouTube and OTT platforms including Amazon Prime Video, Roku, and Xfinity On-Demand.


For more information, visit, follow @spyninjas on Instagram; On YouTube @ Chad Wild Clay / Vy Qwaint #SpyNinjasLive


2022/2023 Tour Schedule



October 27                Pittsburgh, PA                      UPMC Events Center

October 28                Detroit, MI                  Fox Theatre

October 29                Grand Rapids, MI     DeVos Performance Hall

October 30                Rosemont, IL            Rosemont Theatre

November 3              St. Louis, MO                        Stifel Theatre

November 4              Indianapolis, IN        Murat Theatre

November 5              Memphis, TN            Orpheum Theatre (2 shows)

November 6              Atlanta, GA               Fox Theatre

November 10                        Jacksonville, FL       Moran Theater

November 11                        Tampa, FL                 Straz Center for the Performing Arts

November 12                        Augusta, GA             Bell Auditorium

November 13                        Nashville, TN            Andrew Jackson Hall

November 17                        Columbus, OH          Palace Theatre

November 18                        Baltimore, MD                       The Lyric

November 19                        Philadelphia, PA       Miller Theater (2 shows)

November 20                        Brooklyn, NY             Kings Theatre (2 shows)



February 16              Spokane, WA                       First Interstate Center for the Arts

February 17              Portland, OR             Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

February 18              Seattle, WA               Angel of the Winds Arena (2 shows)

February 19              Vancouver, BC         Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

February 23              Los Angeles, CA      Microsoft Theater

February 24              Reno, NV                   Reno Events Center

February 25              Las Vegas, NV         The Dollar Loan Center

February 26              San Diego, CA         Pechanga Arena

March 2                      Denver, CO               Bellco Theatre

March 3                      Albuquerque, NM     Kiva Auditorium

March 4                      Phoenix, AZ              Arizona Federal Theatre

March 5                      El Paso, TX               Abraham Chavez Theatre

March 9                      Austin, TX                  H-E-B Center at Cedar Park

March 10                   Houston, TX              Smart Financial Centre

March 11                   San Antonio, TX       Tech Port Center

March 12                   Dallas, TX                  Texas Trust CU Theatre

Joji Announces the SMITHEREENS Tour


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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The Japan-born singer and producer Joji is one of the world’s most enthralling artists with over 7 billion streams to date. Joji’s sophomore album, Nectar, debuted at #1 on Spotify’s inaugural US Weekly Top 50 Albums chart, #1 on Billboard’s Independent albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200. Nectar debuted at #1 in Australia and in the top 10 in New Zealand, Canada, UK, and Norway. Joji also earned his highest-ever debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with the RIAA-certified Gold song “Run,” and his national television debut on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

General tickets go on sale Thursday, June 16 at 10:00 AM on Ticketmaster.


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Carly Rae Jepson Announces the So Nice Tour 2022


Saturday, October 29, 2022

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After multi-platinum Grammy, Juno and Polaris Prize-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen released her critically acclaimed album E·MO·TION in 2015, it became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of pop-leaning artists and legacy acts,” as NPR noted. The album also inspired an abundance of memes — extending the cultural cachet that Jepsen earned from the ubiquity of her GRAMMY® -nominated blockbuster hit “Call Me Maybe” (from her U.S debut album Kiss), which not only climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, sold over 20 million singles worldwide, and was certified Diamond in the U.S., but was referenced by everyone from former secretary-of-state Colin Powell to Cookie Monster.

Jepsen’s 2019 album Dedicated, retains the joyful, hook-filled feeling of its predecessor. But where E·MO·TION was an ’80s-influenced synth-pop classic that Rolling Stone called “a pop masterclass” and Stereogum called “indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius,” Dedicated has a more ’70s-inspired feel at times, though the album defies categorization as a whole, with Vulture stating, “Dedicated is both stranger and freer than the last record, but it also feels more confident and considered.” Working with a crew of trusted songwriters and producers, among them John Hill, Jack Antonoff, Captain Cuts, Patrik Berger, and her longtime collaborator Tavish Crowe, Jepsen indulged in more sonic experimentation than she had in the past. Dedicated features the fan favourites “Party For One,” “Now That I Found You,” “Too Much” and “Want You In My Room.”

Jepsen landed the lead role in the 2014 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and later starred as the iconic Pink Lady, “Frenchy,” in FOX’s four-time EMMY award-winning musical GREASE: LIVE.  Jepsen voiced the character of Odette in the animated movie “LEAP!,” which also featured Jepsen’s song “Cut To The Feeling.”

Following the release of Dedicated Jepsen embarked on a global tour playing to audiences in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Jepsen released Dedicated Side B in 2020 which included previously unreleased music from the Dedicated sessions and shot to #1 on the iTunes chart upon release.

Fans have been eagerly anticipating her newest single, “Western Wind”, Jepsen’s first new single since the release of Dedicated Side B. General tickets go on sale Friday, June 10 at 10:00 AM on Ticketmaster.


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Upcoming Road Closures | May 7, 9 Concerts

Upcoming on Saturday, May 7 to Monday, May 9, Thunderbird Boulevard will be closed between East Mall and Thunderbird Parkade. Vehicles will only be able to enter the Thunderbird Parkade from Wesbrook Mall which will slow traffic on entry and exit.

Attendees of the OPETH (May 7) and KALEO (May 9) Concerts are advised to park at Health Sciences Parkade instead.

Remarkable Night for Sold-Out Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour Tour

Photo Credit: Rich Lam/UBC Athletics & Recreation

Vancouver, BC – Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, Olivia Rodrigo’s Vancouver performance of the Sour Tour took place on April 7, 2022, here at the Thunderbird Arena. The Sour Tour not only marked Rodrigo’s first world tour but her first concert in Vancouver. The sold-out crowd loved every minute of her performance, singing along, dancing away; what a night it was.


Backstage, we welcomed Rodrigo with a custom-made wall mural highlighting the success of the concert with a touch of Vancouver.


Photo Credit: UBC Athletics & Recreation

Check out the mural in action on Conan Grey’s TikTok here who made a surprise appearance at the end of the concert.


Thank you for making a stop in Vancouver Olivia Rodrigo!

Photo Credit: Rich Lam/UBC Athletics & Recreation


Photo Credit: Rich Lam/UBC Athletics & Recreation
Photo Credit: Rich Lam/UBC Athletics & Recreation

Photo Credit: Rich Lam/UBC Athletics & Recreation

Just Announced: Lauv – All 4 Nothing Tour


Saturday, September 17, 2022

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Lauv will be coming to Vancouver as a part of his All 4 Nothing Tour! Watch Lauv perform live at Vancouver’s UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on September 17, 2022.


Tickets go on-sale to the public Thursday, April 14 at 10 AM. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.


About Lauv

For as much as he’s known for intriguing and inventive soundscapes, multi-Platinum chart-topping singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Lauv asserts himself as a storyteller, first and foremost. His stories continue to enchant audiences everywhere by converting the magic around him into generational anthems. After amassing 10 billion streams, the next chapter of Lauv is sonically the most challenging and exciting yet. Starting his artist career in 2015, Lauv introduced himself with viral sensation “The Other,” he landed a global smash in the form of “I Like Me Better.” It tallied over 1 billion streams on Spotify, reached the Top 10 on Top 40 and Top 5 on Hot AC radio, went quadruple-Platinum in North America and Platinum in twelve other countries. He served up Gold-selling 2018 playlist I Met You When I Was 18 and Gold-selling 2020 debut album ~how i’m feeling~ along with a procession of hits, including the Platinum hit “I’m So Tired” with Troye Sivan as well as Gold-certified singles “There’s No Way” [feat. Julia Michaels] and “Fuck, I’m Lonely” [feat. Anne-Marie].” In between selling out headline tours and supporting Ed Sheeran in stadiums, he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and more.



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