Published Feb 25, 2016This edition of Can't Miss Concerts, from February 25 to March 2, includes artists who use lyrics to paint vivid pictures of personal experiences, a band thriving off a vintage rock style and rappers and producers who know how to get people moving on the dance floor. If you don't see any music you're into down below, visit our Concert Listings page for more.
Producer and rapper Le1f planted his musical roots in beat-making during the early 2000s, and then continued to drop mixtapes and singles that fans gravitated towards. Last year, he released the confident and aggressively stylish Riot Boi, and his energy onstage is defined by his unique dancing and performance style. Catch Le1f bringing his moves to Vancouver for two nights.
02/29/2016 Vancouver, BC – Alexander Gastown
03/01/2016 Vancouver, BC – Alexander Gastown
On their last LP, Lovish, Library Voices embrace an indie garage-pop style, fiercely making a statement that their previous work no longer represents their sound. Find them playing those new songs at a handful of shows in Canada this coming week.
02/25/2016 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
02/26/2016 Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
02/27/2016 Sault Ste. Marie, ON - LopLop Lounge & Gallery
02/29/2016 London, ON - Rum Runners
03/01/2016 Ottawa, ON - House of TARG
Montreal's Lunice crafts a sound that pays homage to early hip-hop production legends like J Dilla, Madlib and 9th Wonder, and uses electronic beats to make them suitable both for headphones and the dance floor. Red Bull Music Academy has teamed up with the groundbreaking DJ, who will share his knowledge during mentoring sessions and dance mix sets for two nights this.
02/25/2016 Montreal, QC - Fairmont Theatre
02/27/2016 Toronto ON - The Velvet Underground
Monster Truck play a mix of hard rock, punk and classic rock that makes for a raw sound, and their new album, Sittin' Heavy, offers up those monstrous riffs and old-school rock melodies. Monster Truck know how to combine these elements for a catchy song, meaning fans can sing along in the audience. Catch them at one of several shows coming up.
02/25/2016 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
02/26/2016 Kamloops, BC - Cactus Jack's Nightclub
02/27/2016 Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
03/01/2016 Berwick, NS - Union Street Cafe
03/02/2016 Regina, SK - The Pump Roadhouse
During the creation of their upcoming album Blue Wave, frontman Dan Boeckner picked up the guitar more than usual, which has had a strong impact on the new project. Operators are playing a number of shows leading up to the April 1 release, but fans can still expect to hear some fresh material in the setlist. They'll be playing a few shows in southern Ontario this week.
02/25/2016 Ottawa, ON - Ritual
02/26/2016 Peterborough, ON - The Red Dog
02/27/2016 Kingston, ON - The Grad Club
Recognized as one of Canada's most talented songwriters, Rae Spoon's 2013 album My Prairie Home told stories about challenging times, and their recently released Armour looks toward the future and represents hope while experimenting more with their sound. Check out Rae Spoon performing their optimistic songs in Quebec and Ontario.
02/25/2016 Montreal QC - Casa del Popolo
02/26/2016 Ottawa, ON - Pressed
02/27/2016 Kingston, ON - The Artel
02/28/2016 Toronto, ON - Holy Oak Cafe
02/29/2016 Toronto, ON - Holy Oak Cafe
Music Calgary's festival Sound Off showcases artists native to the city from various genres such as indie rock, roots, electronic and hip-hop. Over three days, 16 artists, including Faith Healer, Scott MacKay, the Northern Beauties and more will perform to national and international industry professionals in the audience. Embrace Calgary's finest acts this weekend.
02/25/2016 Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage
02/26/2016 Calgary, AB - Ironwood Stage and Grill
02/27/2016 Calgary, AB - The Gateway (SAIT)
Vince Staples is still riding the critical success of his debut album Summertime '06, on which he shares the complex and painful confessions of growing up in the streets of Long Beach. Staples has evolved into an engaging lyrical storyteller who rhymes about not only the past but the persistence that will lead to the future. The Def Jam signee's career is off to a positive start, and fans can see him live next week in Vancouver.
03/01/2016 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
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