James Blake, OMD, Jonathan Richman and Trans Am Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

James Blake, OMD, Jonathan Richman and Trans Am Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you're looking for something to do to help kick off the month of October, Exclaim.ca has picked your best concert bets happening in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Here are our live music highlights that you don't want to miss this week.


Thursday, September 29
Known for his contributions to that whole chillwave movement, Chazwick Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) will be performing his poppy electronic music in Vancouver tonight. Touring in support of this year's Underneath the Pine, Toro Y Moi will be supported by Teen Daze and Bass Drum of Death.

Toro Y Moi
Teen Daze
Bass Drum of Death
$17.50 at Venue

Friday, September 30
British synth pop veterans Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have officially reformed with their '80s lineup and will be making their only Canadian stop on this round of dates at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom. For fans of the group, this is a show you won't want to miss.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
$29.50 at the Commodore Ballroom

Sunday, October 2
Making a rare Vancouver appearance, Markus Popp will be bringing the blips, bleeps and glitches of his long-running Oval project to the West Coast. Chances of Popp making a return appearance anytime soon are slim to none, so catch him while you can.

$20 advance, $25 door at Western Front


Thursday, September 29
Arctic Monkeys are still touring this year's Suck It and See and will be making a stop in Calgary on Thursday night. Like-minded Chicago band Smith Westerns will be opening, so it's definitely worth checking out.

Arctic Monkeys
Smith Westerns
$34.50 at MacEwan Hall (University of Calgary)

Friday, September 30
Prolific songwriter and former Modern Lover Jonathan Richman will also be playing Calgary this weekend, taking the stage at Broken City on Friday. His unique, influential writing and delivery should be a treat for those who get the chance to see him live. He'll be sharing the stage with longtime drummer Tommy Larkin.

Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkin
$20 advance, $22 door at Broken City

Saturday, October 1
In continued support of this year's Castlemusic, Jennifer Castle will be Calgary this weekend, bringing her low-key, folksy sound through the Prairies. Local Calgary talent Kris Ellestad will be opening.

Jennifer Castle
Kris Ellestad
$10 advance, $12 door at Cantos Music Foundation


Thursday, September 29
Mercury Prize-nominated British dramatics Wild Beasts roll through Toronto on Thursday night. Currently touring their latest album Smother -- which has been pretty much unanimously praised -- this is a band you don't want to miss. Support comes from the bouncy pop sounds of Montreal's Still Life Still.

Wild Beasts
Still Life Still
$18.50 advance, $20 door at the Mod Club

Friday, September 30
Trans Am are sure to provide one of the most interesting gigs in the city this week. The band, originally lumped in to the post-rock sub-genre in the '90s, have reinvented themselves many times over, blurring lines between punk, electronic and dance. Now touring their reissued album Futureworld, which they will be playing in its entirety, now is the perfect time for a little Trans Am nostalgia.

Trans Am
$13.50 advance, $15 door at Lee's Palace

Saturday, October 1
Swedish electronic group Little Dragon will be taking over the Hoxton on Saturday night. The experimental popsters have been personally recommended by the Roots' Questlove and promise to get the crowd moving with tracks from this year's Ritual Union, as well as old favourites.

Little Dragon
$18.50 at the Hoxton


Thursday, September 29
The night before they play Toronto, post-rockers Trans Am will be performing at Il Motore in Montreal. Be sure to catch them as they tour the reissue of Futureworld, which they will be playing in full.

Trans Am
$15 at Il Motore

Friday, September 30
Hailing from Halifax, husband and wife duo Dog Day will be bringing their indie pop songs to Montreal this weekend. Supporting bands will be Montreal's own Sheer Agony and Freelove Fenner, promising a night packed with great Canadian music.

Dog Day
Sheer Agony
Freelove Fenner
$TBD at Casa Del Popolo

Sunday, October 2
British post-dubstepper James Blake has been making a big impression on music charts and dance floors alike this year. Catch him this Sunday evening at Club Soda for what will definitely be one of the most talked-about gigs in Montreal this weekend. Brooklyn duo Chairlift have been with Blake for most of his current tour, and will be there as the supporting act in Montreal.

James Blake
$25 at Club Soda