Published Oct 08, 2015A great mix of performances both big and small make up this week's edition of Can't Miss Concerts, from October 8 to 14. From a pop music icon's latest run of stadium dates to some heavy metal mastery in Western Canada, be sure to take in all of this week's picks below before making your way to our complete Concert Listings for even more shows.
The Black Dahlia Murder
Though their new LP is titled Abysmal, the latest effort from the Black Dahlia Murder is anything but, and could very well be the entry into their catalogue that turns any remaining naysayers into yeasayers. This week, the Michigan metal outfit's itinerary takes them through the western part of the country with only one day off in between stops in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
10/08/2015 Winnipeg, MB - The Pyramid
10/09/2015 Saskatoon, SK - Louis' Pub
10/10/2015 Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
10/11/2015 Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
10/13/2015 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
BC-bred punks Gob announced another leg of dates in support of last year's Apt. 13 back in August. They finally kick off the tour alongside Montreal quartet Boids this week out west, with stops in Calgary, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, ON before jumping out east to Halifax.
10/08/2015 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage
10/10/2015 Winnipeg, MB - The Oak
10/11/2015 Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
10/14/2015 Halifax, NS - Seahorse
Still trucking along on their current "desecration of the North American continent" mission, Gwar didn't let a rained out date at Toronto's Riot Fest get them down. The costumed crew are bringing their 30th anniversary celebrations back to Canada with stops in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Edmonton this week.
10/10/2015 Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
10/12/2015 Saskatoon, SK - O'Brian's Event Centre
10/13/2015 Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
10/14/2015 Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
Critically acclaimed Ottawa-based songwriter Kalle Mattson hasn't lost a step with his stunning six-track EP Avalanche, and the man will continue his trek through Western Canada to show it off this week. After a night in Calgary, Mattson will be in Edmonton at the CKUA Radio Performance Hall as part of the city's Up + Downtown Festival the following evening. Then, he's off to Saskatoon.
10/08/2015 Calgary, AB - The Gateway
10/09/2015 Edmonton, AB - CKUA Radio Performance Hall
10/10/2015 Saskatoon, SK - Capitol Music Hall
Lianne La Havas
With her sophomore record this year, Lianne La Havas showed her ability to write great songs without a care for genre labels or restrictions. The songwriter will bring her show to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver in support of Blood this week.
10/08/2015 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
10/09/2015 Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
10/11/2015 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Madonna's Rebel Heart tour reaches the western side of the continent this week, featuring back-to-back performances in Edmonton, one of which is already sold out. She'll stop at Vancouver's Rogers Arena on October 14, accompanied by special opening guest Kaytranada.
10/11/2015 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
10/12/2015 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
10/14/2015 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Speedy spitter Tech N9ne is returning to the Great White North this month on his "Special Effects Canadian Tour," accompanied by labelmate Krizz Kaliko and Canadian rapper Doug Crawford. The three will take no evenings off on a trip out west, having booked a show every night this week while visiting Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and Castlegar.
10/08/2015 Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
10/09/2015 Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
10/10/2015 Saskatoon, SK - O'Brian's Event Centre
10/11/2015 Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
10/12/2015 Red Deer, AB - Lotus Nightclub
10/13/2015 Calgary, AB - Marquee Beer Market & Stage
10/14/2015 Castlegar, BC - Element Club Bar & Grill
Up + Downtown Festival
Celebrating independent music and art, Edmonton's Up + Downtown Music Festival will take over the city for the third straight year this weekend, with attendees being able to catch over 65 performers in ten venues. This year's line-up boasts the likes of Cashmere Cat, Humans, Ought, D.O.A. performing their seminal Hardcore '81 in its entirety and many more.
10/09-11/2015 Edmonton, AB - Various Venues
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