Published Jun 13, 2013Whether it's instrumental jazz prodigies, weeklong, citywide music festivals, or James Franco lookalike rappers, there's something for everyone in our weekly edition of Can't Miss Concerts. Check out our picks for some of the best shows from June 13-19 below.
Montreal-based alternative space-rockers the Besnard Lakes head to the Prairies for a pair of shows to play cuts off their recently released LP, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO.
6/18 Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
6/19 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's Cantina
Montreal-based avant-garde musician Colin Stetson continues his tour across Canada in support of the critically acclaimed New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light. This stop finds the occasional Arcade Fire contributor doing his first-ever performance in Calgary at the Sled Island festival.
6/19 Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Neo-garage rock outfit Hooded Fang go west for a trio of dates on their current North American tour supporting their third full-length, Gravez.
6/13 Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
6/14 Edmonton, AB - Brixx Bar & Grill
6/16 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
Toronto's eclectic Luminato festival returns for its fifth year, with performances from the likes of Kid Koala, Jason Collett and Glen Hansard, as well as a pair of tribute shows in honour of Canadian singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell and Ron Sexsmith.
6/14-19 Toronto, ON - Various Locations
Roughly a thousand bands will flood the streets of Toronto this week for the 18th annual North by Northeast music festival. Don't miss out on performances from acts including Pick a Piper, the National, Ryan Hemsworth and Fucked Up, the latter of whom will be playing alongside Iceage and White Lung at Exclaim!'s NXNE showcase on June 15 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern.
6/13-16 Toronto, ON - Various Locations
Boisterous, larger-than-life rapper Riff Raff brings his vibrant brand of Southern rap to the Prairies for joint stops in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
6/15 Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
6/18 Saskatoon, SK - Louis' Pub
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Portland-based indie-pop group Unknown Mortal Orchestra continue their never-ending worldwide assault with a couple shows on the West Coast in support of their recently released sophomore LP, II.
6/15 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
6/19 Calgary, AB - Broken City
Atlantic Canada's favourite ambient rockers Wintersleep return to Ontario for a pair of one-off dates to play tracks off last year's Hello Hum.
6/14 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
6/15 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
For more shows headed your way, click over to Exclaim!'s new Concert Listings.