The Magnetic Fields, John K. Samson, Grimes and Youth Lagoon Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

The Magnetic Fields, John K. Samson, Grimes and Youth Lagoon Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Kick off spring by heading out to see some of the finest music passing through Canada this week. If you're having trouble deciding what to check out, we've compiled a list of our Can't Miss Concerts in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal for the upcoming week, so give it a read through and be sure to catch a few shows.


Thursday, March 29
Discorder Magazine is hosting a fundraiser at the Biltmore on Thursday night, and they've booked a lineup that will guarantee a fun night. Vancouver retro rockers Sun Wizard are headlining the night and sharing the bill with Man Your Horse, Waters, the Adulthood and Village, plus a DJ set from the Douggernaut.

Sun Wizard
Man Your Horse
The Adulthood
The Douggernaut (DJ set)
$10 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, March 30
Vancouver fuzz rockers Ladyhawk haven't been releasing much in the way of new music since 2008's Shots, but they'll be delighting fans with a show in their hometown on Friday night. Sludgesters Baptists, featuring members of Ladyhawk, will no doubt be welcomed happily in the opening slot.

$12 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, March 31
John K. Samson took a bit of a break from fronting the Weakerthans to release his excellent solo effort Provincial at the beginning of this year, and now he's bringing it on the road. He'll be gracing the stage at the Biltmore Cabaret on Saturday evening with his Provincial Band in what is sure to be a great night of new material and nostalgia-inducing tunes from his back catalogue. The ever-entertaining one-man band that is Shotgun Jimmie will be opening the night, in addition to playing in the Provincial Band.

John K. Samson
Shotgun Jimmie
$15 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, March 29
Toronto's Afie Jurvanen impressed with his recent Bahamas LP Barchords, and he'll be treating fans in the Prairies to the new material this week. An acclaimed live performer, the new tunes should only make his live set even better. Vancouver act Wake Owl should start off the night nicely with their indie folk sound.

Wake Owl
$15 advance, $18 door at the Palomino

Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1
Quebec City's L'Orchestre d'Hommes-Orchestres will be returning to bring the music of Tom Waits to life on stage in the show aptly titled "Performs Tom Waits." Featuring an assortment of objects and invented musical instruments, the show is described as "music that can be seen." It couldn't sound more intriguing, so fans of Tom Waits will not want to miss out on the shows, running each night this weekend.

L'Orchestre d'Hommes-Orchestres Performs Tom Waits
$46 ($20 student) at Theatre Junction Grand

Saturday, March 31
Toronto roots rockers the Wooden Sky have been impressing everyone with their new album Every Child a Daughter, Every Sun a Moon and fans out west will be able to check them out live on Saturday night at Calgary's the Palomino. Fellow Toronto folksters Sunparlour Players are also slated to perform that night, as are Hot Sweet Noise, making for a great night of Canadian music.

The Wooden Sky
Sunparlour Players
Hot Sweet Noise
$10 advance, $12 door at the Palomino


Thursday, March 29
British new wave heroes the Psychedelic Furs will be hitting up Lee's Palace in Toronto on Thursday night. The band released another greatest-hits album last year, and despite not releasing an album of new material since 1991, this show is sure to draw fans from all across the band's long-running career.

The Psychedelic Furs
$36.50 advance, $40 door at Lee's Palace

Friday, March 30
Stephin Merritt and his band the Magnetic Fields recently dropped Love at the Bottom of the Sea, so anyone who wants to catch the new material live will want to head over to the Sound Academy this weekend. The beloved indie popsters are sure to put on a memorable show.

The Magnetic Fields
$36.50 advance, $40 door at Sound Academy

Saturday, March 31
Trevor Powers will be rolling through Toronto on Saturday, bringing his Youth Lagoon moniker to the stage at Lee's Palace. Last year's album The Year of Hibernation endeared many to the young musician, so this concert is definitely going to be a packed one. Brooklyn-based Porcelain Raft will be opening.

Youth Lagoon
Porcelain Raft
$13.50 advance, $15 door at Lee's Palace


Friday, March 30
The night before Youth Lagoon attempts to win over Toronto crowds with his indie pop stylings, Trevor Powers will be playing at La Sala Rossa in Montreal. Porcelain Raft will remain in the supporting slot.

Youth Lagoon
Porcelain Raft
$13 advance, $15 door at La Sala Rossa

Saturday, March 31
Critical darling Grimes is still riding the hype wave after putting out her new album Visions earlier this year, and she'll be bringing her eccentric pop music to her hometown of Montreal on Saturday. Born Gold and Mozart's Sister are opening, promising a night that is sure to get the crowd dancing.

Born Gold
Mozart's Sister
$10 advance, $12 door at Cabaret Mile End