Published Mar 01, 2012Start off the month of March by heading out to see some live music. There's plenty of concert options to choose from this week across Canada, so Exclaim! is here to help you narrow down your decision by offering up our choices for Can't Miss Concerts in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
Friday, March 2
Halifax popster Rich Aucoin wowed fans with 2011's We're All Dying to Live and its supporting cast of over 500 musicians, and he'll be bringing his live show to Canada's other coast this weekend. Known for his exciting, colourful and interactive performances, Aucoin is sure to impress at Vancouver's Media Club.
$16 at The Media Club
Saturday, March 3
It's hard to believe that it's already been ten years since Andrew W.K. burst onto the scene with his bloody-nose cover art and anthems like "Party Hard," but the rocker will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of I Get Wet this weekend. Guaranteed to put on a rowdy live show, Andrew W.K. will be joined by the Evaporators, fronted by Canadian national treasure Nardwuar. It won't be easy to find a show as entertaining as this one on Friday night, so if you're in Vancouver be sure to check it out.
$25 at Venue
Wednesday, March 7
We may have become familiar with Cloud Nothings' pop punk style, but they've gone a bit darker and '90s alternative on their latest record Attack on Memory, which just came out in January. Now you have a chance to see how the new sound translates live, as the Cleveland, OH band will be gracing the stage at Vancouver's Media Club on Wednesday for some mid-week rocking out. They'll be joined on the bill by Mr. Dream and Slim Fathers.
$12 advance at The Media Club
Thursday, March 1
Calgary songstress Samantha Savage Smith cites influences that range from Billie Holiday to the Black Keys and St. Vincent, so it's not surprising that there are hints of jazz, blues and indie rock in her sultry songs. She released her debut Tough Cookie last year, and with a new distribution deal with Arts & Crafts, the album has been winning over even more of a following recently. Check her out when she hits the Ironwood Stage and Grill in her hometown on Thursday night.
Samantha Savage Smith
$15 at Ironwood Stage & Grill
Tuesday, March 6
Nick Thorburn is known for contributing to beloved acts like the Unicorns, Mister Heavenly and Human Highway, but last month Islands returned to forefront of Canadian indie with the release of A Sleep & A Forgetting. The group will be taking over the Ironwood Stage & Grill on March 6, which is sure to be a worthwhile way to spend a Tuesday night.
$20 at Ironwood Stage & Grill
Wednesday, March 1
Toronto garage punks Teenanger just dropped their awesome new album Frights and will be celebrating with a show at hometown venue Sneaky Dee's. Strange Attractor and Young Mother are also on the night's lineup, promising a delightfully noisy evening.
$10 at Sneaky Dee's
Thursday, March 2
Still touring on the strength late 2010's excellent Lisbon, the Walkmen have been perfecting their live show for exactly a decade now. The always dapper-looking New Yorkers (no, seriously, they wear suits all through the scorching summer festival season) know how put on a show, and live favourite "Canadian Girl" is sure to get a great reaction as their Toronto show marks the only Canadian date on a five-show tenth anniversary mini-tour. The show is the perfect way for fans to celebrate the Walkmen's career or to get introduced to the indie rockers for the first time.
$25 at Phoenix Concert Theatre
Friday, March 3
Toronto duo Trust consists of Robert Alfons and Austra's Maya Postepski and they've just released their Arts & Crafts debut album TRST this week. So now is the perfect time to check them out and hear the new stuff live. Blank Capsule and Ell V Gore are scheduled in the supporting slots.
Ell V Gore
$10 at Wrongbar
Friday, March 2
British indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club released their third album A Different Kind of Fix last summer and are returning to this side of the Atlantic to play their latest material for Canadian fans. Currently on a Canada-heavy North American tour, Bombay Bicycle Club will be playing Montreal on Friday night. Opening will be progressive Toronto indie kids the Darcys, who have just released two albums for free (including a full-album cover of Steely Dan's Aja). Lucy Rose rounds out the lineup, making for a diverse and entertaining bill.
Bombay Bicycle Club
$15 at Cabaret Mile End
Monday, March 5
Toronto roots rockers the Wooden Sky released their latest album Every Child a Daughter, Every Mood a Sun this week and are taking it on the road with a stop in Montreal on Monday. Sure to charm the crowd with their alt-country tunes, they'll be joined by indie rockers Great Bloomers and folk songstress Charlotte Cornfield for a night showcasing some of Canada's best up-and-coming music.
The Wooden Sky
$13 advance, $15 door at La Sala Rossa
Wednesday, March 7
Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox released his latest album Parallax last year, under his Atlas Sound moniker, to much critical acclaim. The talented musician will be bringing his live show to Montreal on Wednesday night and fans won't want to miss it. Also on the bill are White Rainbow and Carnivores.
$17 advance, $20 door at Cabaret Mile End