Death From Above 1979, Kathryn Calder, Foo Fighters and Dan Mangan Lead Our Can't Miss Concerts

Death From Above 1979, Kathryn Calder, Foo Fighters and Dan Mangan Lead Our Can't Miss Concerts
If you're thinking of using the last weekend in October to head out and see some live music, has narrowed down your options in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Here are just some highlights of the great concerts happening across the country this weekend.


Thursday, October 27
Niece of A.C. Newman, member of the New Pornographers and Immaculate Machine, and now an established solo artist in her own right, Kathryn Calder will be playing at the Biltmore in Vancouver on Thursday night. Her new album Bright and Vivid just came out, and this show is the first on Calder's North American tour. Anomie Belle and My Friend Wallis will be the supporting acts.

Kathryn Calder
Anomie Belle
My Friend Wallis
$13 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, October 29
Vancouver natives Defektors will be sharing their catchy brand of post-punk with audiences at the Rickshaw Theatre. They were hand-picked by Franz Ferdinand as an opening band a few years back, so they're sure to get crowds bopping along to their dance-y punk sound. Fellow Vancouverites White Lung and PEACE will be filling out the bill, which is sure to bring its fair share of spooky.

White Lung
$10 advance, $15 door at Rickshaw Theatre

Monday, October 31
London's Still Corners released their long-awaited debut album earlier this month to much acclaim and will be making a stop in Vancouver on Halloween. California post-punkers Ganglians share the opening slot with local Vancouver group Woolworm.

Still Corners
$13 at the Media Club


Thursday, October 27
Rock'n'roll vets Foo Fighters will be bringing their high-energy show to Calgary on Thursday night. This past summer the band brought out special guests like Bob Mould, Alice Cooper and John Paul Jones, making for one hell of a live show. Openers for the Calgary concert are Cage the Elephant and Mariachi El Bronx, so this concert is one you won't want to miss.

Foo Fighters
Cage the Elephant
Mariachi El Bronx
$39.50 at Scotiabank Saddledome

Friday, October 28
Mark Sultan just released a whopping three new albums, Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want and a free downloadable album called The War on Rock'n'Roll. The Montreal musician won't be lacking in any new material to play for fans on Friday evening, so head on over to see him play some new songs. Calgary's own the Pine Tarts and Atlanta, GA's the Soft Option will provide support.

Mark Sultan
The Pine Tarts
The Soft Option
$10 at Broken City

Saturday, October 29
East Coast popsters Paper Lions continue their Rolling Oyster Revue tour across Canada, shelling out oysters and great tunes to audiences all through Canada. It's a unique idea for a tour that's definitely worth checking out -- where else are you going to get fresh PEI oysters at a live gig?

Paper Lions
$14 at Gateway


Thursday, October 27 / Friday, October 28
The long-awaited Death From Above 1979 reunion finally happened thissummer, as the duo played the festival circuit. But Sebastien Grangier and Jesse Keeler will be making their triumphant return to their hometown of Toronto this week. The band's dance-punk set is sure to be loud and work fans into a frenzy.

Death From Above 1979
$34.50 advance, $40 door at Sound Academy

Friday, October 28
Vancouver's favourite bearded troubadour Dan Mangan will be passing through Toronto on his Oh Fortune Canadian tour. Playing with a full band this time around, fans can expect a different but equally enjoyable vibe for his Toronto show. Opening the concert will be the Crackling (consisting of the members of Mangan's band) and the Daredevil Christopher Wright.

Dan Mangan
The Crackling
Daredevil Christopher Wright
$27.50 advance, $32.50 door at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Saturday, October 29
Three-piece classically trained rock'n'rollers the Balconies have warned fans to bring earplugs to their live shows, promising a set of super loud rock music. Ontario-based group Birthday Boys will be kicking off the night with a set of garage rock tunes.

The Balconies
Birthday Boys
$8 at Horseshoe Tavern


Thursday, October 27
Originally from Calgary, now based in Montreal, Braids released their debut album Native Speaker at the beginning of 2011. It was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize and received a lot of critical acclaim. Now the atmospheric indie rockers will be playing a show in their new hometown on Thursday night. Parlovr and Blue Hawaii will be opening.

Blue Hawaii
$10 advance, $13 door at Cabaret Mile End

Saturday, October 29
British folk-punk musician Frank Turner and his band the Sleeping Souls are sure to charm crowds at Cabaret Mile End with songs off this year's England Keep My Bones. Opening the show will be Phoenix, AZ's Andrew Jackson Jihad and one-man wonder Into It. Over It.

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Into It. Over It
$18.50 advance, $20 door at Theatre Corona

Monday, October 31
Ambient outfit A Winged Victory for the Sullen released their self-titled debut earlier this year, which was dubbed by Exclaim! to be a "sublime and astonishing first effort." The Stars of the Lid offshoot are now taking their laid-back yet intricate soundscapes on the road with a stop at Montreal's Casa Del Popolo. Kranky labelmates Benoit Pioulard and Ken Camden will be joining A Winged Victory for the Sullen for what will surely be a heady evening of music.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Benoit Pioulard
Ken Camden
$12 advance, $14 door at Casa Del Popolo