Broken Social Scene, Karkwa, Tame Impala and Audio Blood's Holiday 2 Night Stand Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Broken Social Scene, Karkwa, Tame Impala and Audio Blood's Holiday 2 Night Stand Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As is our Thursday tradition, we have dug through the mass of Canadian concert listings to give you Exclaim!'s Can't Miss Concerts, which this week features your best bets for gigging in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.


Thursday, December 9
Aussie rockers Tame Impala have burst onto the Canadian music scene with the release of their second album, Innerspeaker, this year. The trio are in the midst of wrapping up their North American tour in support of their latest release, but not before taking their Cream-inspired riffs to the Biltmore Cabaret tonight.

Tame Impala
$16 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, December 10
Whether you refer to them as Bison or Bison B.C., the BC band will blow you out of the room with their heavy metal intensity. Catch them at the Biltmore Cabaret, along with fellow West Coast thrashers Weapon, Haggatha and Purple Rhinestone Eagle.

Bison B.C.
Purple Rhinestone Eagle
$15 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, December 11
If you're looking for some salacious entertainment for your Saturday night, look no further than Big John Bates's birthday party, which will be held at Vancouver's exotic haven, the Penthouse. The night will feature live music from the psycho-billy rocker's burlesque-backed band the Voodoo Dollz, the raunchy, randy White Cowbell Oklahoma and the whiskey-fuelled rock stylings of the Schomberg Fair.

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz
White Cowbell Oklahoma
The Schomberg Fair
$15 to $17 at the Penthouse


Thursday, December 9
Enjoy your music with a side of philanthropy tonight by checking out the Theatre Encounter Fundraiser at Broken City, featuring Calgary new wavers Key to the City, psychedelic grunge rockers the Latter Days, indie upstarts Nushi and a performance by Theatre Encounter.

Key to the City
The Latter Days
$7 at Broken City


Thursday, December 9
Toronto's resident collective Broken Social Scene will be dropping by Sound Academy tonight to perform their fractured brand of pop cacophony. As a bonus, the band have recently announced that Kevin Drew and the Beauties will be joining them onstage, and North Carolinian DIY indie rock heroes Superchunk are slated to open in support of their newest album, Her Majesty Shredding. And if you miss the show tonight, BSS will do it all over again on Friday.

Broken Social Scene
$30 at Sound Academy

Friday, December 10/Saturday, December 11
Celebrate this Christmas at the Rivoli with Audio Blood as the label puts on its 2010 Holiday 2 Night Stand music showcase. On Friday, Montreal singer-songwriter Charlotte Cornfield will be playing with Sandman Viper Command, Make Your Exit and a special surprise guest. On Saturday, the showcase will be returning with the Teenage Kicks, Clothes Make the Man, the Balconies and yet another surprise guest.

Charlotte Cornfield
Sandman Viper Command
Make Your Exit
Teenage Kicks
Clothes Make the Man
The Balconies

$10 to $15 for both nights at the Rivoli

Saturday, December 11
Toronto resident Justin Rutledge has garnered a reputation for putting out consistently solid alt country music. And he will be regalling Lee's Palace with his literary-reference-peppered songwriting style this Saturday.

Justin Rutledge
$18 at Lee's Palace


Friday, November 10
Alexisonfire are continuing their cross-Canada tour, and they will be stopping by Metropolis to unleash their punk rock riffs, along with Norma Jean, Four Year Strong and La Dispute.

Norma Jean
Four Year Strong
La Dispute
$29.50 (advance), $35 (door) at Metropolis

Saturday, December 11
They have been making music for 12 years, but Karkwa surprised everybody this year when the relatively unknown Montreal pop band was awarded the 2010 Polaris Music Prize. After releasing their latest album, Les Chemins de Verre, to critical praise, you have no excuse not to check out Karkwa tonight at Metropolis, along with French experimentalist Peter Peter.

Peter Peter
$22 at Metropolis