Published Nov 20, 2014'Twas the month before Christmas and all throughout Canada, performers were playing for a (hopefully) packed house; help make musicians' wishes come true early this year by giving them your eyes and ears. For this week's Can't Miss Concerts roundup, the Exclaim! elves have amassed some suggested concerts to catch for the week of November 20 to 26, but our complete Concert Listings contain many other options if the ones below don't appear on your wish list.
Buck 65 is "Super Pretty Naughty", as the alternative hip-hop maven has been having constant one-night stands with audiences across Canada. However, the tongue-in-cheek video for that track belies the emotional oomph of Neverlove's heartbreak. Despite divorce as its muse, Buck's latest marries many of his influences into an impressive package that you have to experience live.
11/21 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
11/22 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
11/23 Burnstown, ON – Neat Cafe
In a move that mirrors his namesake, Caribou doesn't hibernate when the weather gets cold — rather, he migrates to other climates and locales. Although this Toronto date is about as close to his Dundas, Ontario home as the electronic songwriter will likely get at this point in his career, he'll spend much of the fall and winter traversing the globe on an expansive tour. Although it's taken Dan Snaith "a lifetime to find a sound he can happily call his own," now that he has one (evidenced on this year's excellent Our Love) he's proving his mastery live.
11/24 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have more than enough material to choose from to play on this tour. The pair got to pick through hip-hop luminary Afrika Bambaataa's massive 40,000 records. In fact, the two were having so much fun that they added extra dates, so if you're "Looking for the Perfect Beat," search no further; you'll find it in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary this week.
11/20 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
11/21 Saskatoon, SK – The Odeon
11/22 Edmonton, AB – Encore
11/23 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
John K. Samson
Things have been relatively quiet for John K. Samson (and his group the Weakerthans) over the past couple of years. Instead of making new music — the last significant body of music we heard from him was 2012's Provincial — Samson has focused his efforts on getting a Manitoban inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. With his live return to his hometown in that province, Samson might as well be making his own case for entry into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame... or too soon?
11/23 Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz
Julian Casablancas came into the music world's consciousness via the Strokes, but lately he's been focusing on the Voidz. On their powerful debut Tyranny, the collective jump from genre to genre, often seamlessly, in a single song. We're not quite sure how the band will manage to pull this stuff off live, but given Casablancas' history and this Fallon appearance, we're confident they will.
11/21 Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
11/22 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
We boldly proclaimed that Les Sins' debut LP Michael "may very well contain the best material [Chaz] Bundick has released throughout his already stellar career." The man behind Toro y Moi clearly felt strongly enough about it to dedicate himself to his side project over his previous main gig, and to tour it. Catch his shows in Montreal and Toronto this weekend.
11/21 Toronto, ON – The Hoxton
11/22 Montreal, QC – Le Belmont
Tokyo Police Club
Tokyo Police Club frontman Dave Monks has stated, "It just gets easier to be yourself as you get older." If that quote is to be taken at face value, Forcefield must be the most pure representation of the Newmarket indie rockers yet. The album is infectiously catchy, and practically begs for you to sing along. So sing along with a crowd of likeminded, open-mouthed people; it'll certainly be more fun than doing it in your bedroom.
11/20 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
11/21 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
11/22 Saskatoon, SK – The Odeon
11/24 Thunder Bay, ON – The Outpost
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