BADBADNOTGOOD, Ariel Pink and Swans Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

BADBADNOTGOOD, Ariel Pink and Swans Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
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Valentine's Day has come and gone, but there is still plenty of amazing live music for you to fall in love with in this week's Can't Miss Concerts. Check out this week's highlights from February 19 to 25 below, then head over to our complete Concert Listings for even more.

Ariel Pink

Psychedelic indie-popster Ariel Pink will be making a Canadian stopover this week. Touring in support of last year's Pom Pom, Ariel Pink is bringing his hazy, spastic pop jams north of the border for two dates in Toronto and Montreal. Be sure to catch his live show when he drops by.

02/19/2015 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/20/2015 Montreal, QC – Le National


Hamilton natives Arkells will be taking their brand of upbeat alt-rock across Canada this month, and you can catch their energetic live performance at the dates below. Arkells have no trouble working a crowd and will have you singing along to their catchy choruses and memorable hooks. Be prepared to hear songs from their most recent album, High Noon, when they hit up a venue in your neighbourhood.

02/20/2015 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
02/21/2015 Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
02/23/2015 Kamloops, BC – Cactus Jack's Nightclub
02/25/2014 Calgary, AB – Flames Central

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah

Jazzy Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD will be playing a free hometown show this week alongside infamous Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah as a part of the Converse Rubber Tracks Live series. Prepare to hear brand new material from their freshly released Sour Soul, which features Ghostface slinging rhymes on every track. Be sure not to miss out on this one.

02/19/2015 Toronto, ON – The Opera House


JMSN is bringing his brand of sombre, atmospheric R&B to the Great White North this week alongside ambient electronic producer Dpat. Catch JMSN's smooth crooning at his Toronto stopover this week during his month-long North American tour.

02/19/2015 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel

July Talk

July Talk are bringing their bluesy garage rock to Winnipeg this week for two back-to-back shows as a part of their North American tour. The band often juxtapose grimy and clean sounds, particularly in the case of Peter Dreimanis' baritone growl and Leah Fay's bright clean vocal style. This is a show definitely worth seeing twice.

02/20/2015 Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid
02/21/2015 Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid

Stars/Hey Rosetta!

Indie-pop veterans Stars and Hey Rosetta! are continuing their trek across Canada this week, heading west through Winnipeg and into the prairies. Be sure to check them out when they roll through, and see them perform some newer songs from Second Sight and No One Is Lost.

02/20/2015 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks (Without Stars)
02/21/2015 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
02/23/2015 Saskatoon, SK – The Odeon
02/24/2015 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
02/25/2015 Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre


Legendary experimental noise rockers Swans are embarking on a lengthy tour in the coming months in support of their most recent LP, To Be Kind, and will be making stops this week in Montreal and Toronto. Since reuniting in 2010 the band have continued to deliver stunning performances, enveloping crowds in the noisy walls of sound that they are known for. Check them out when they drop by this weekend.

02/19/2015 Montreal, QC – Le National
02/20/2015 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre

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