CMW, MTT Fest, Sharon Van Etten and the Weeknd Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

CMW, MTT Fest, Sharon Van Etten and the Weeknd Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Festival season is slowly getting under way, with festivals taking over Calgary and Toronto this week. Elsewhere, in Vancouver and Montreal, there's still some great live music going down, so read on and check out our picks for Can't Miss Concerts this week across Canada.


Thursday, March 22
Alt-country favourites the Drive-By Truckers will be hitting up Canada's West Coast this week for a show at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom. After releasing their new record Go-Go Boots last year, the Southern band followed it up with Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009. Fans won't want to miss the chance to stomp along to some of the group's finest work.

Drive-by Truckers
$27.50 at Commodore Ballroom

Friday, March 23
Swedish indie popster Emil Svanangen will be returning to Canadian soil with a date in Vancouver on Friday evening. His last record, 2011's Hall Music, was a lovely orchestral affair and should be a treat to see live. Teen Daze side-project Two Bicycles will be opening.

Loney Dear
Two Bicycles
$13 at the Media Club

Saturday, March 24
New Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based songstress Sharon Van Etten released her third album Tramp back in February and she's currently taking it on the road. She'll be in Vancouver winning over the audience at the Biltmore with her folk rock tunes. Philadelphia indie rockers the War on Drugs will be filling the support slot.

Sharon Van Etten
The War On Drugs
$15 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Friday, March 23
Dan Vacon's Calgary-based Dudes offshoot Dojo Workhorse describe their sound as "beauty rock" and with their blend of folk and soul, they're hometown show on Friday should be an enjoyable one. Victoria's Northcote and Sons of Bears will be taking on the opener roles, so it will be a night packed with great music at Calgary's Broken City.

Dojo Warhorse
Sons of Bears
$TBA at Broken City

Saturday, March 24
On the first night of Calgary's inaugural MTT Fest, Dean Wareham and his Luna bandmate Britta Phillips will be putting a different spin on their Dean & Britta project. They'll be performing songs from late-'80s dream pop outfit Galaxie 500, of which Wareham was a founding member. Also on the bill Saturday night are Sonic Boom (of Spacemen 3 fame), Cheval Sombre, the Famines and tons of other talent from Calgary and beyond. For more info on the MTT Fest, head here.

MTT Fest
Dean & Britta perform Galaxie 500
Sonic Boom
$40 (single day), $65 (full weekend), $100 (VIP weekend) at Royal Canadian Legion

Sunday, March 25
The MTT Fest party will continue raging Sunday with performances across the city. However, we recommend this show at the Republik, which will feature Sun Araw, Matthewdavid and Julia Holter, just to name a few.

MTT Fest
Sun Araw
Julia Holter
$40 (single day), $65 (full weekend), $100 (VIP weekend) at Republik 


Thursday, March 22
Canadian Music Week rolls into Toronto this week and Thursday night is the perfect time to start hitting up shows. The Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson will be playing at the Great Hall with his Provincial Band, in support of his recently released solo record Provincial. Opening up will be Shotgun Jimmie (who also plays in Samson's band) and Wake Owl. For more info and the complete CMW schedule, head here

John K. Samson
Shotgun Jimmie
Wake Owl
Wristbands: $35 (single day), $75 (5-day), $175 (VIP 5-day) at the Great Hall

Friday, March 23
The Arts & Crafts Showcase at CMW this year is shaping up to be a highly anticipated night of music at the Horseshoe. Kicking things off are Snowblink, followed by Gold & Youth, Eight and a Half, the Darcys, Zeus and an unannounced secret guest at 2 a.m.

The Darcys
Eight and a Half
Gold & Youth
Plus special guest
Wristbands: $35 (single day), $75 (5-day), $175 (VIP 5-day) at the Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, March 24
Saturday night will see one of the most anticipated Canrock reunion shows of CMW with Halifax-based duo the Inbreds playing a set together at Lee's Palace. Also on the bill are indie popsters Whale Tooth, fuzz rockers Sandman Viper Command and Mike Feuerstack's Snailhouse project.

The Inbreds
Whale Tooth
Sandman Viper Command
Wristbands: $35 (single day), $75 (5-day), $175 (VIP 5-day) at Lee's Palace


Friday, March 23
After holding out for a long time, Toronto's super-hyped R&B crooner the Weeknd is popping up for live appearances a lot more frequently these days. He'll be at Metropolis in Montreal on Friday, which will no doubt be an event to see. With his mixtape trilogy now complete and his debut LP in the works for later in 2012, now is the perfect time to see the XO crew member.

The Weeknd
$37.50 at Metropolis

Saturday, March 24
The Men have been riding a serious wave of hype and just released their album Open Your Heart to a lot of critical acclaim. Catch the New York act at Montreal's Il Motore on Saturday night. Nude Beach, Solids and Bare Wires are all on the bill too, making for a night of some noisy rock'n'roll.

The Men
$8 at Il Motore