Cold Specks, James Blake and Ryan Hemsworth Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Cold Specks, James Blake and Ryan Hemsworth Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
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As Movember comes to a close, moustaches will soon be in short supply. Fortunately, concerts are not lacking at all — below, we've wrangled a handful of some of the best hitting Canadian cities from November 27 to December 3. For even more, check our complete Concert Listings.

Buck 65

Buck 65 has been on the road the whole month of November, which has been the length of this tour behind Neverlove. The hip-hopper is finally hitting Montreal and the east coast this week, including a hometown gig in Halifax. While much of Canada has had a chance to see Buck go buck — and gotten a free download of the aforementioned LP as the result (with the purchase of two tickets) — at least the rest of the country can purchase some of his large library of tunes to tide them over until his next tour.

11/28 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
11/29 Halifax, NS – The Marquee Ballroom

Cold Specks

What an appropriate time for Cold Specks to tour the Great White North; winter is around the corner and its warning snow has hit much of the country already. Fortunately, the soulful, gothic rock contained on Neuroplasticity should be enough to warm even the coldest heart.

11/27 Edmonton, AB – Royal Alberta Museum Theatre
11/28 Calgary, AB – The Gateway
11/29 Swift Current, SK – Lyric Theatre
11/30 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre


D-Sisive's delayed The Great Mr. Nobody [one] mixtape finally arrived earlier this month. Mixtape title aside, the Canadian hip-hop somebody teamed up with another somebody, Mike Boyd, for this tour. Both artists are touring behind recent releases, inviting fans to rap along — if they can keep up.

11/27 Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Club
11/28 Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room
11/29 Calgary, AB – Nite Owl

James Blake

James Blake was nominated for Best New Artist at the 56th Grammy Awards, which is kind of shocking given that he produces electronic music with the talent of a veteran. He's already been nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize — once for his self-titled debut, and again when he won it for his latest, Overgrown, behind which he's currently touring. Given his track record of being nominated and later winning, Blake might soon have a Grammy under his belt. See him in Toronto this week before he's playing amphitheatres.

11/30 Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club

Mint Records' Ridiculously Early Xmas Party

Fellowship is paramount to the holiday season, so Vancouver label Mint Records is bringing their extended family — Supermoon, Fake Tears, Hag Face, Jay Arner, Energy Slime, Duotang, Renny Wilson, DJ Duncan McHugh and more — together for their annual "Ridiculously Early Xmas Party." If that weren't reason enough to attend, Mint are also playing Santa, as the first 50 people in the door will receive gifts. Door sales will be matched by the label and donated to help elderly and special needs creatures, which might explain why turkey isn't on the menu; however, Pocky sticks certainly will be. For Mint, Xmas really is coming early this year.

11/29 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl

Ryan Hemsworth

Halifax DJ Ryan Hemsworth is heading to Canada's west this coming week. Despite having a Juno Award for his 2013 debut full-length, Hemsworth got back in the saddle and pumped out Alone for the First Time, which came out just over one year after Guilt Trips. He'll be performing tracks from both on his current run of dates, dubbed the "Sucker for Punishment" tour, which rolls through Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver this week.

11/27 Calgary, AB – Hifi Club
11/28 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
11/29 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club

For more shows headed your way, click over to Exclaim!'s Concert Listings.