City and Colour, Real Estate, Los Campesinos! and Igloofest Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

City and Colour, Real Estate, Los Campesinos! and Igloofest Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Now that everyone has more or less recovered from the holiday season, Exclaim! is back with another round of Can't Miss Concerts. Here are our picks for the best live shows happening across Canada this week in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, January 19 / Friday, January 20
Alexisonfire may no longer exist, but Dallas Green's acoustic-y City and Colour solo project is still going strong. He'll be making two appearances in Vancouver this weekend, headlining Thursday and Friday night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. His third solo album Little Hell was released last June. Providence, RI indie folksters the Low Anthem will be opening the show.

City and Colour
The Low Anthem
$29.50 to $44.50 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Friday, January 20
Lo-fi indie popster Youth Lagoon is the musical alias of Idaho's 22-year-old Trevor Powers. He's coming off a successful year thanks to his album The Year of Hibernation and he'll surely be treating audiences to tracks off his acclaimed debut when he hits up Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret this weekend. The opening set will come courtesy of bookworm and lo-fi electro popster Teen Daze.

Youth Lagoon
Teen Daze
$13 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, January 21
Hailing from Vancouver, Hard Drugs consists of husband and wife duo Jeffrey Lee and Jenni Lee Nelson, with a long list of rotating bandmates and special contributors. Blending an eclectic mix of folk, punk and country, they are sure to put on a great live show when they play their hometown on Saturday evening. Openers will be Weathered Pines and Johnny Wakeham, promising a stacked lineup of local talent.

Hard Drugs
Weathered Pines
Johnny Wakeham
$6 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, January 19
An undeniably talented man when it comes to all facets of hip-hop, Madlib has excelled as a DJ, producer and rapper for the last couple decades. He's produced for huge names like Talib Kweli and created his own music under countless monikers and with Madvillain. Catch him in Toronto on Thursday night when he performs with his long-term DJ sidekick J. Rocc.

J. Rocc
$6 at the Great Hall

Friday, January 20

New Jersey indie kids Real Estate are quickly gaining a reputation for putting out highly entertaining music videos, but they'll also be putting on a promising-looking live show when they headline a sold-out show at Lee's Palace on Friday. Currently touring their sophomore LP Days, the jangly trio's summery pop will definitely be a nice relief from Toronto's winter weather. The Babies, the collaborative project consisting of members from Vivian Girls and Woods, will be the supporting act, in addition to a set from Actual Water.

Real Estate
The Babies
Actual Water
$15.50 advance, $18 door at Lee's Palace

Saturday, January 21 / Sunday, January 22
Wales's Los Campesinos! are currently touring this side of the Atlantic in support of Hello Sadness, which came out back in November. The twee popsters will be making a stop at Lee's Palace, where they'll charm audiences with their adorable brand of indie pop. They'll also do it all over again on Sunday night.

Los Campesinos!
$20 at Lee's Palace


Thursday, January 19
Igloofest is taking over Montreal for the month of January, with three consecutive weekends of awesome electronic music. Thursday night's lineup includes Montreal native Tiga, who has garnered some serious international attention, along with French techno artist Terence Fixmer, Patefowgras and Boomclap Soundcrew.

Terence Fixmer
Boomclap Soundcrew
$12 at Jacques Cartier Pier

Friday, January 20
The night before playing Toronto, Los Campesinos! kill be kicking off a handful of Canadian dates in Montreal. The Welsh indie pop outfit will be gently rocking the crowd at La Sala Rossa, with Parenthetical Girls as the opening band.

Los Campesinos!
Parenthetical Girls
$18.50 advance, $20 door at La Sala Rossa

Saturday, January 21
Swedish melodic heavy metalers Ghost will be passing through Montreal this weekend with a stop at the Corona Theatre. Heavy prog rock band Blood Ceremony from Toronto will play an opening set, as will Austin's Ancient Vvisdom, promising a night of solid heavy music.

Blood Ceremony
Ancient Vvisdom
$16.50 advance, $21 door at Theatre Corona