Published Mar 17, 2016The time has come to clear up your cobwebby schedule and make room for new and more exciting activities! That's what spring's about, isn't it? Luckily, this week's Can't Miss Concerts series, from March 17 to 23, is here to give you a hand, presenting a bounty of fresh musical acts from around the world, many of which are toting along brand new albums. Take a gander at this week's biggest and best below, and if nothing tickles your fancy, head over to our Concert Listings pages to find your favourite.
After their triumphant return with this year's Not to Disappear, UK folk trio Daughter have been touring their way around the globe. This week, the band head north of the border for a single Canadian date at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre. This one's for you, West Coasters; catch Elena Tonra's haunting vocals live while you can, or be forever haunted by the Ghost of Concerts Passed.
03/18/2016 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Metric / Death Cab for Cutie
A decadent pairing for alt-rock lovers, Metric and Death Cab for Cutie are making a number of appearances in Quebec and Southern Ontario this week, ensuring no fan is left behind. Satisfy your innermost, angst-filled self by treating it to Ben Gibbard's detailed musical sketches and Emily Haines' emotional indie rock anthems at one of the dates below.
03/19/2016 Montreal, QB – Bell Centre
03/20/2016 Kingston, ON – K-Rock Centre
03/22/2016 St. Catharines, ON – Meridian Centre
03/23/2016 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Sean Paul's "Temperature" may be a little reminiscent of the mid-2000s, but a decade later, the man is still going Full Speed, kicking off 2016 with the lengthy Canadian promo tour of the same name. Close your eyes and let him transport you to a sizzlin' Jamaican dancehall at one of the many dates below.
03/17/2016 Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
03/18/2016 London, ON – London Music Hall
03/20/2016 Thunder Bay, ON – Rockhouse Nightclub
03/22/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Reign Nightclub
03/23/2016 Brandon, MB – Houston Nightclub
Nova Scotian electronic hip-hop duo Radio Radio want the world to hear them with their new LP, Light the Sky, their first entirely English record to date. Get your groove on to their latest at one of two Alberta dates this week. Though they may question your presence in their single "My Dance Floor," we know they don't really mean it.
03/22/2016 Calgary, AB – The Palomino
03/23/2016 Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill
Jonathan Richman is no stranger to the stage. A music-maker since the '70s with the Modern Lovers, Richman is well versed in all the nooks and crannies of his music, and it shows. This year, he's delivered his first album in five years, Ishkode! Ishkode!, and has been touring since its release. If you've ever wanted to know what decades upon decades of experience looks like, catch him live in Edmonton or Saskatoon this week.
03/20/2016 Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill
03/21/2016 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina
This week may represent your last chance to see these Canadian rockers on home soil in a while — unless you're desperate to prove your dedication as a diehard and plan on following them overseas, that is. Assuming you're not, catch them on the tail end of their cross-country Future Nostalgia tour at one of the three East Coast dates this week.
03/17/2016 Halifax, NS – The Marquee Ballroom
03/18/2016 Moncton, NB – Casino New Brunswick
03/19/2016 Charlottetown, PE – PEI Brewing Company
East Coast rockers Wintersleep are coming out of hibernation for their The Great Detachment spring tour to promote their latest offering, and we implore you to do the same. Another bland Wednesday night in with your cat, or a magical musical adventure out on the town? The choice is yours, Calgary. But, just because we know you so well, we've casually placed the ticket link below. No pressure or anything.
03/23/2016 Calgary, AB – The Gateway (Sait)
Edinburgh, Scotland's Young Fathers left 2015 with the political and powerful White Men Are Black Men Too. Now, the experimental trio are hopping the pond to bring their hip-hop, pop-infused beats to Canada. Join them at Vancouver's Fortune Sound Club and find out what all the fuss is about.
03/19/2016 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
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