Published Mar 19, 2015This week's Can't Miss Concerts highlights, from March 18 to 25, feature a mix of genres, so whether you're into blast beats or catchy pop tunes, we've got something to scratch that live show itch you've been feeling. Check out the dates below, and then head over to our complete Concert Listings for even more.
Newfoundland native Amelia Curran is making a number of stops in Canadian cities this week as a part of her tour supporting her most recent release, They Promised You Mercy. At her recent show in Fredericton, the folk-pop songstress proved that she is able to live up to her recorded material and maintain an engaging stage presence.
03/20/2015 Victoria, BC – Upstairs Cabaret
03/21/2015 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
03/24/2015 Calgary, AB – Festival Hall
03/25/2015 Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room
TOPS will be bringing their brand of stripped-down indie-pop to Quebec this week as a part of their tour in support of their recent Arbutus Records release, Picture You Staring. Our review of their 2013 Pop Montreal showcase found them keeping the mood light and fun, and delivering a performance that had the crowd moving.
03/19/2015 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
03/20/2015 Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz PDB
Experimental hip-hop/R&B duo Bizzarh will be playing a show in Toronto this week. Channelling Erykah Badu-like grooves and layering them on top of lo-fi and electronic beats, they manage to create a sound that is varied and captivating. Catch them now before they blow up.
03/20/2015 Toronto, ON – Smiling Buddha
Norwegian blackened-progressive metal outfit Enslaved will be storming Canadian shores this week with shows in Montreal and Toronto. The band's shows come in support of their LP In Times which was released earlier this month via Nuclear Blast. The band's blistering guitar work and technical ability are nothing short of impressive and their presence on stage is powerful, so be sure not to miss it when they are near you.
03/19/2015 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
03/20/2015 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Tobias Jesso Jr.
Up-and-coming pop songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. is taking his debut set Goon across North America this month, making a stop this week in Toronto. His McCartney-esque ballads are memorable and well constructed, complete with catchy chorus hooks and a soulful presence. His ability to hold a crowd's attention as he takes to the piano is especially remarkable, and his performances have the ability to create an atmosphere of intimacy regardless of the size of his audience.
03/22/2015 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
Nova Scotian singer-songwriter Mo Kenney will be performing in Ottawa and Toronto this week on her lengthy Canadian tour schedule supporting her sophomore LP, In My Dreams. Our review of her performance at the Regina Folk Festival last summer found her in control of her warm voice, showing her ability to match her studio performance in a live setting. Her charming demeanour onstage also makes for a fun and lively show and maintains her energy throughout.
03/20/2015 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre (Studio)
03/21/2015 Toronto, ON – Harbourfront Centre
Noisy sludge-rockers Torche will be hitting the Great White North this week alongside post-shoegaze outfit Nothing. Torche, having recently released their dynamic new LP Restarter, will be slinging a number of grimy, downtuned tracks from the record. The band have the ability to intertwine pop melodies with distorted, and energetic metallic riffs, which keeps their sound varied and interesting.
03/21/2015 Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace
03/22/2015 Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz PDB
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