Published Jan 09, 2014It's finally January, which means millions of Canadians are now starting to fulfill their annual New Year's resolutions. But instead of improving yourself through frivolous pursuits like diet, exercise, and all-around positive thinking, treat yourself right this 2014 by heading to more concerts.
To help you on your journey, we here at Exclaim! have compiled a list of some of the best shows happening around the country this week in our newest edition of Can't Miss Concerts. Check out a few of our picks for the week of January 9–15 below, and don't forget to come back every week for even more Canadian concert suggestions.
In the world of dance and electronic music, there was no hotter new act in 2013 than British beatmakers Disclosure. Fans of last year's year-end chart topping Settle will have a chance to see what their live show is all about by catching the Lawrence brothers in person at Toronto's expansive Danforth Music Hall and Montreal's Metropolis. Don't miss out on up-and-coming hip-hop star Vic Mensa, who will be opening for the act during the Toronto date of their tour.
01/14 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
01/15 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Last year saw soulful rap soloist J. Cole reach greater heights with his Gold-certified second album, Born Sinner, thanks to a string of tours and performances on tracks alongside the likes of A$AP Rocky and Pusha T. The rising rapper is returning to Canada for his second trek through the Great White North, which finds him passing through Vancouver for a quick set at the PNE Forum.
01/14 Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
Old school singer-songwriter wunderkind Jake Bugg brings his brand of nouveau-Americana over the pond for a string of shows through Ontario and Quebec in support of his recent studio LP, Shangri La.
01/12 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
01/14 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Jeru the Damaja
Early '90s hip-hop progenitor Jeru the Damaja has kept quiet in recent years ever since the release of his 2007 studio album, Still Rising. But until his upcoming EP, The Hammer, drops sometime later this year, tide yourself over by catching the Gangstarr-certified MC at Hamilton's Club Absinthe.
01/11 Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
2013 saw 'N Sync alumnus Justin Timberlake pulling double duty, providing not one, but two LPs worth of material. With so many new songs available, it only makes sense that the pop singer would be playing two back-to-back shows at Edmonton's Rexall Place.
01/13-14 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
National treasure Neil Young is a pretty political and outspoken dude (just look at what he said to a crowd in New York City earlier this week). In order to raise money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund, Young will be playing at Toronto's Massey Hall in one of four "Honour the Treaties" charity concerts across Canada this month. Joining him will be Canadian jazz pianist Diana Krall.
01/11 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Shout Out Out Out
Edmonton dancefloor decimators Shout Out Out Out have kept pretty mum since the release of 2012's Spanish Moss and Total Loss, only playing a handful of mini tours around North America. But a new year could mean new material. Find out for yourself by heading to Calgary's the Gateway for their first show of the New Year.
01/10 Calgary, AB – The Gateway (Sait)
Halifax-bred hip-hop maverick Skratch Bastid tore up the turntables in 2013, releasing a mixtape, singles, and a collaborative EP with fellow hip-hop heavyweight Shad. Not one to rest on his laurels, the bombastic beatmaker is visiting Toronto's the Hoxton for an intimate night of DJ destruction.
01/10 Toronto, ON – The Hoxton
For more shows headed your way, click over to Exclaim!'s new Concert Listings.