Heavy T.O., Heavy MTL, Twin Shadow and Action Bronson Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Heavy T.O., Heavy MTL, Twin Shadow and Action Bronson Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
The end of the summer may be inching closer, but there are still plenty of outdoor festivals and big-name tours on the road. Whether you've been waiting to hear your favourite artist's newest release live, or are just looking for a way to take advantage of the warm days while they last, check out some of the events lined up in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal this week.

Vancouver

Thursday, August 9
With their first album in 16 years set to drop next week, Dead Can Dance will be launching their latest tour in Vancouver on Thursday, bringing with them their time-tested melange of dreamy world music. Composed of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, the Australian duo will be on the road until October promoting their latest effort, Anastasis, and catching them early in the tour should guarantee you'll see them performing at their freshest.

Dead Can Dance
$35-$75 at The Orpheum Theatre

Saturday, August 11
Retro fiends and avid partygoers alike will find plenty to love about Twin Shadow's live performances, as George Lewis Jr. and company have been know to up the energy level on their tunes whenever they hit the stage. With the latest Twin Shadow album, Confess, turning heads on all sides, and a live presence that will get even the weariest person in the venue moving, it's no surprise that Twin Shadow has been getting his fair share of buzz.

Twin Shadow
Poolside
$20 at Venue

  Sunday, August 12
To understand why the Vancouver stop of Nicki Minaj's tour is currently sold out, all you really have to do is look at a photo from one of her many other live appearances. With her taste for the bizarre and flair for the dramatic, the cartoonish hip-hop artist turned pop figure has a solid reputation for delivering over-the-top performances of her Top 40 radio favourites. Joining her on this tour is Atlanta rapper, 2 Chainz.

Nicki Minaj
2 Chainz
SOLD OUT at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Calgary

Friday, August 10
Before heading to Vancouver to wrap up the Canadian leg of his ongoing tour, Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr.) will be making a stop at the Gateway, presenting a set full of retro-infused numbers. The dance-ready tunes should be all that's necessary to get the crowd going, but the group's raucous performance certainly won't hurt.

Twin Shadow
$18 at The Gateway

  Toronto

Thursday, August 9
Not too long ago, New York rapper (and former chef) Action Bronson graced the Yonge-Dundas Square stage at this year's NXNE festival, and after taking his show across much of the U.S., he'll be back in town to kick off the weekend, albeit in a smaller venue. The Albanian-American artist has drawn comparisons to some iconic talents, making this rising star's set at the Hoxton one you won't want to miss.

Action Bronson
$15 at The Hoxton

Saturday, August 11
Now heading into its sophomore year, Heavy T.O. will be bringing some of the biggest names in metal to Downsview Park this weekend, including Saturday night headliners Slipknot. The masked alt-metal act will be wrapping up the fest's first night with their notorious stage show, with other festival acts including shock rock fixture Marilyn Manson, Swedish death metal five-piece In Flames, French mystics Gojira and California hardcore vets Suicidal Tendencies.

Slipknot
Marilyn Manson
In Flames
Suicidal Tendencies
Gojira
$80.50 day pass, $147 weekend pass at Downsview Park

Sunday, August 12
When System of a Down announced the beginning of their reunion tour last year, the band's hordes of dedicated fans breathed a collective sigh of relief. Now, over a year after they first hit the road, the progressive alt-metal group are set to close out the final night of music at Heavy T.O. this weekend. Although it remains uncertain whether or not we can expect an album from them in the near future, the show promises to be one to remember. Also set to appear are the mighty Deftones, Five Finger Death Punch, Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and Between the Buried and Me, among others.

System of a Down
Deftones
Five Finger Death Punch
Cannibal Corpse
Kataklysm
Between the Buried and Me
$80.50 day pass, $147 weekend pass at Downsview Park

Montreal

Thursday, August 9
If you're looking for a night chock full of exuberant, lo-fi post-punk (with a modest price tag), there will be a healthy dose on offer at Casa del Popolo this Thursday, as Detroit's Tyvek bring their tightly wound garage tunes to town. They'll be accompanied by the offbeat pop stylings of Wet Hair, and the frenetic buzz of Montreal psych punks Ultrathin, along with two other acts sure to whet your musical appetite. Not bad for ten bucks.

Tyvek
Wet Hair
Los Cuadrones De La Muerte
Ultrathin
Hot & Cold
$10 advance, $12 door at Casa del Popolo

Saturday, August 11
If you venture over to Parc Jean-Drapeau this weekend, you'll be met by the droves of music fans en route to Heavy MTL, the older sibling to the Toronto metal fest also going down this weekend. With a third stage on hand, the Montreal outing will feature alt-metal favourites System of a Down, backed up by a long list of supporting acts, including Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm, Five Finger Death Punch, Deftones and Killswitch Engage.

System of a Down
Deftones
Five Finger Death Punch
Cannibal Corpse
Kataklysm
Killswitch Engage
Between the Buried and Me
$85 day pass, $158 weekend pass at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Sunday, August 12
Always good for a dramatic show, Slipknot will be on hand Sunday night to wrap up the fifth instalment of Heavy MTL on the festival's main stage. They'll be joined by the likes of Marilyn Manson and the Dillinger Escape Plan, and the additional third stage means that other crowd pleasers like Voivod and Cancer Bats will enjoy prominent billing across the grounds.

Slipknot
Marilyn Manson
Dillinger Escape Plan
Voivod
Cancer Bats
$85 day pass, $158 weekend pass at Parc Jean-Drapeau