Osheaga, Of Montreal, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and You Say Party Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Osheaga, Of Montreal, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and You Say Party Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As is our Thursday tradition, we have dug through the mass of Canadian concert listings to give you Exclaim!'s Can't Miss Concerts, our weekly concert guide for Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton. Here's what we deem your best concert bets.


Thursday, July 29
Following a whirlwind of events, Abbotsford, BC dance punk juggernauts You Say Party return with their first show since the tragic loss of drummer Devon Clifford. With a new lineup and a shortened band name, the band will start with a free outdoor show in their hometown before taking on the world.

You Say Party
Old Mare
FREE at Jubilee Park

Friday, July 30
Vancouver area metal kids Black Wizard have just dropped their self-titled debut, a pummelling assault of groove-heavy riffs and elements of psych. To celebrate, they're throwing a party at the Biltmore and you're all invited. With an opener called Cocaine Mustache, we're guessing this will be quite the rager.

Black Wizard
Cocaine Mustache
$10 at Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, July 30
The Abbotsford-heavy weekend continues with a CD release party from Fraser Valley chillwave blog beasts Teen Daze. Before they blow up too huge, they'll perform at the Cobalt with support from Watermelon, Soft Focus and the Winnie Cooper DJs.

Teen Daze
Cat Attack
Soft Focus
$TBA at Cobalt


Thursday, July 29
Indie folk pop band Ohbijou seem to be on the verge of something big, so now would be a good time to see them perform at the pleasantly minute Communitea Café.

Lisa Bozikovic
$18 at Communitea Café

Saturday, July 31
BC metal band Omega Crom continue their hectic Canadian tour in support of their new album, Blood, Steel & Fire.

Omega Crom
Order of Chaos
$TBA at The Canmore Hotel


Thursday, July 29
Vancouver's Said the Whale are pretty straightforward for an indie rock band. But that doesn't mean that they're not as captivating as any group that piles on the synth, tempo changes, glitter, or what have you.

Said the Whale
We Are the City
Aidan Knight
$15 at Starlite Room

Friday, July 30
Metric shows seem to sell themselves, but they've brought friends Hot Hot Heat along for their massive cross-country summer tour, which is making a stop in Edmonton as a part of Capital EX.

Hot Hot Heat
$TBA at Northlands Grounds


Thursday, July 29
Obsessive Ween nerds can compare notes and meet their equally goofy peers when Ween hit up the Kool Haus tonight. The long-running alt-rockers are rumoured to have a new album in the works, so keep your ears peeled for new material.

$35 at Kool Haus

Friday, July 30
Following the release of her strong debut Choose Your Own Adventure, Toronto singer Maylee Todd brings her future funk to Mel Lastmann Square for a headlining show. Best of all, it's free!

Maylee Todd
Times Neue Roman
Tanika Charles
FREE at Mel Lastman Square

Saturday, July 31
Long-running garage/blues/trash group the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion bring their highly influential jams to Lee's Palace for a headlining slot. Whether or not they've still got it can be decided once and for all.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
$20 at Lee's Palace


Thursday, July 19
Montreal songstress NEeMA has just completed her second album, and plans to show it off with a headlining show at La Sala Rossa. She's also showing off her impressive batch of friends. Not only does her album feature guests from the Arcade Fire and other notable Canadians, but she has the Hidden Cameras' Joel Gibb opening the night with a rare solo set.

Joel Gibb
Joe Grass
$10 at La Sala Rossa

Friday, July 30
There are probably so many cute jokes we could make about Of Montreal playing in Montreal, but let's just keep it simple. The band are guaranteed to put on a freaky and exciting show, and with support from the equally weird Rich Aucoin, this would be absolutely terrible to miss.

Of Montreal
Rich Aucoin
$25 at Metropolis

Saturday/Sunday, July 31-August 1
This year's Osheaga Festival is as diverse as your iPod, with the likes of Arcade Fire and Pavement colliding with Devo, Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer. While it would be amazing to see them all collaborate at once, the two-day fest should be an excellent way to explore these unique voices.

Arcade Fire
The National
Beach House
Jamie Lidell
The Black Keys
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Major Lazer
Snoop Dogg
$120/$190 (weekend pass) or $65/$100 (single-day pass) at Parc Jean-Drapeau