Jeff Mangum, Blink-182, Deadmau5 and Afrikadey! Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Jeff Mangum, Blink-182, Deadmau5 and Afrikadey! Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Although the summer may slowly be winding down, there is still no shortage of amazing concerts crossing our fine nation. If you're curious about which shows to check out before fall commitments start up, here are our top concert picks for this week in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, August 11
Recognized for their captivating performances and organic live sound, it's easy to fall in love with the pop-infused brand of folk that Olenka & the Autumn Lovers offer up. The Eastern European-influenced Ontario outfit have been spending a good chunk of their Canadian tour in the west, and they're clearly out to win the hearts of Vancouverites.

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

Aunts and Uncles

$5 minimum donation at the door at the Biltmore Cabaret

Thursday, August 11/Friday, August 12
Ontario-bred DJ Deadmau5 has been getting the party started over in Europe during the festival season, but this August finds him returning to North American soil for his remaining tour dates. Shine up your dancing shoes and pick up a fresh pack of glow sticks in preparation for an epic performance at the PNE. Don't be deterred by the sold-out August 12 show, as he'll be performing on August 11 as well.

$50 advance at PNE Forum

Saturday, August 13
Well-established R&B act Sade have returned after almost ten years of relative silence and are now taking to the road in support of their new material on Soldier of Love and the recently released The Ultimate Collection. With the silky-smooth voice of John Legend opening up the night, it's sure to be an evening to remember.


John Legend
$32.25 to $169.50 advance at Rogers Arena


Saturday, August 13
Afrikadey! festivities kick off this week at venues all across Calgary with a final concert at Prince's Island Park on Saturday. Juno-winning rapper Shad will be taking the stage, as well as legendary musician and activist Angelique Kidjo. Come down and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival and take in what is sure to be a day of amazing performances. See the complete lineup here.

Afrikadey! 2011

Angelique Kidjo
$25 advance at Prince's Island Park


Friday, August 12/Saturday, August 13
Reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum will be making a series of North American appearances before jetting off to curate England's famous All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Along the way are two shows in Toronto at the perfectly complementary venue of Trinity-St. Paul's. With these being the only Canadian stops, do your nation a favour and check him out.

Jeff Mangum
Andrew, Scott & Laura (Members of Elf Power and the Gerbils)
$32.50 advance (sold out) at Trinity-St. Paul's

Saturday, August 13
Having recently released Player Piano, Dayve Hawk is taking Memory Tapes on the road to expose the "psychedelic girl-group music" of his sophomore album to fans across North America. Making only three stops in Canada, he'll be taking over Wrongbar this weekend. Here's your chance to check out how his sound has shifted from the more "spacey electronic" style of his debut.

Memory Tapes
$12 advance at Wrongbar

Sunday, August 14
Electronic musician Jimmy Tamborello was successfully thrust into the spotlight by his Ben Gibbard collaboration, better known as the Postal Service. However, he has always been the mastermind behind Dntel and, after releasing his After Parties EPs, is bringing his electro pop flavour to the Horseshoe for his only Canadian show.


One AM Radio

$11.50 advance, $13 door at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern


Sunday, August 14
If you're in need of an electro fix then the HARD Summer Tour is probably just what the doctor ordered. Headlined by German duo Digitalism, who will be supporting their new LP I Love You, Dude, the tour will see the dance outfit in their live incarnation. Jack Beats, Destructo, and local DJs will be warming up the crowd.

HARD Summer Tour
Digitalism (Live)
Jack Beats

$29.50 advance, $35 door at Societe des Arts Technologiques

Tuesday, August 16
Recently reunited pop punk trio Blink-182 are sending legions of fans into nostalgic frenzies as they perform all across North America. Bringing along their pals in My Chemical Romance, the bands are co-headlining the tour. Eastern stops see support from indie rockers Manchester Orchestra. If you enjoying sporting long shorts, you likely won't want to pass this up.


My Chemical Romance

Manchester Orchestra
$58.50 to $78.50 advance at Centre Bell