Published Jan 12, 2017Got the back to work blues? You could head to the gym in accordance with your New Year's resolution — or you could put those resolutions aside and go to see more shows! Which, you know, should maybe be your resolution anyway.
We've got a diverse new list of shows to help you ring in the New Year, from country-rock favourites Blue Rodeo, gritty electronica outfit Holy Fuck, Halifax indie-rock sensations Wintersleep and much more. Get an earful of this week's Can't Miss Concerts, from January 12 to 18, or check out our Concert Listings for more sonic pleasure to kick off 2017.
Celebrating their 15th studio album, 1000 Arms, the country-rock veterans are touring out west this month on their tour of the same name, joined by Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins. They will kick off the week with three Saskatchewan shows and a Manitoba date.
01/13/17 Regina, SK - Conexus Arts Centre
01/14/17 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
01/15/17 Estevan, SK - Affinity Place
01/17/17 Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place
Exclaim!'s Class of 2017: New Swears, Possum, the Kents, Crazy Bones, and Detours
As part of Exclaim!'s 25th Anniversary celebrations, we've teamed up with the annual Class of 2017 concert series and handpicked five up and coming Ontario-based bands to showcase their stuff heading into the New Year. Known for their energetic performance gimmicks, New Swears is a four-piece punk rock band who are just about ready to party as soon as they plug in. Toronto alt-rock band Detours will also be joining the class, while four-piece indie-poppers the Kents will have you dancing along to their punchy guitar hooks. Finally, your opportunity to head-bang will arrive with psychedelic-infused garage rockers Crazy Bones and Possum also hitting the stage.
01/14/17 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Straying from their frequent Toronto home base Lee's Palace, the adrenaline-infused electronic rockers will be playing Victoria this week. With multiple award nominations under their belt, and having played festivals like Osheaga, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Field Trip — where they performed a "danceable cacophony" — this is a show you won't want to miss. Expect particularly punchy and danceable tracks off their latest album, Congrats.
01/18/17 Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
Kings of Leon
In the wake of their October album Walls, Kings of Leon are making a stop at Toronto's Air Canada Centre this week. This is the Nashville-based band's first record in three years, so if you have a hankering for some spine-tingling, trademark Followill rock anthems, grab a ticket, because they're going fast!
01/16/17 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Back at it again, rap juggernaut T.I. is on tour promoting his latest EP, Us or Else. The new tracks feature collaborations with Killer Mike, Big K.R.I.T., Meek Mill and more. Whether you're a die-hard fan or you've just heard the new EP, you should catch the Atlanta rapper at one of his six stops across British Columbia and Alberta this week. He's also been working on upcoming album The Dime Trap, which is set to be released this year.
01/12/17 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
01/13/17 Prince George, BC - CN Centre
01/14/17 Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Centre
01/15/17 Victoria, BC - Distrikt Nightclub
01/16/17 Victoria, BC - Distrikt Nightclub
01/18/17 Fort McMurray, AB - Club NV
Since wrapping up an international tour in 2016, the indie-rock band have made it back on the road again to play the Maritimes, including two shows in their hometown of Halifax. Their latest album, The Great Detachment, is almost a year old, so fans will know it back-to-front by now.
01/12/17 Fredericton, NB - Boyce Farmers Market with the Everywheres
01/13/17 Moncton, NB - Tide and Boar Gastropub with the Everywheres
01/14/17 Halifax, NS - The Marquee Ballroom
01/15/17 Halifax, NS - The Marquee Ballroom
Visit Exclaim!'s Concert Listings for more upcoming shows.