Published Jul 23, 2009As we love to do every Thursday, Exclaim! has dug through the mass of Canadian concert listings to guide you to what we like call Can't Miss Concerts. As usual, this week we've picked your best bets for gigging in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, so if you're in any of those cities have a look at what's in store.
Thursday, July 23
Self-described "flower punks" the Black Lips pair up with fellow hipster-approved Georgians Deerhunter for what's guaranteed to be a killer double bill.
The Black Lips
$18.50 at Commodore Ballroom
Friday, July 24
Exclaim! indie pop favourites the Pains of Being Pure at Heart swing through town for their first-ever Vancouver show. They're also bringing along recent Matador signee Girls for good measure.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
$14.00 at Biltmore Cabaret
Saturday, July 25/Sunday, July 26
If you're up for a total mishmash of A-list acts and can afford the ticket, you may want to hop on that bus to Deer Lake Park and check out the return of Virgin Festival BC, which has roped in Sonic Youth, Jarvis Cocker, Metric, the Roots, Broken Social Scene, Plants and Animals, Ben Harper and, um, Our Lady Peace, among others.
Virgin Festival BC
$72.50 (one-day pass)/$135.00 (weekend pass) at Deer Lake Park
Thursday, July 24
Ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes outfit, Obits, give a live taste of their recently released Sub Pop full-length I Blame You. Seriously, the show will slay.
$12.50 at the Horseshoe Tavern
Friday, July 25
Aging synth pop survivors Depeche Mode bring their "Tour of the Universe" to town, complete with Sweden's Peter Bjorn & John, who may or may not whistle.
Peter Bjorn & John
$31.75 - $95.75 at Molson Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 26
Another great free show at Harbourfront Centre. This time Stars' Amy Millan and Gentleman Reg take the stage.
Free at Harbourfront Centre
Thursday, July 14
Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit make the trip across the pond to give us a taste of last year's The Midnight Organ Flight and, if we're lucky, some new stuff.
$15 at Les Saints
Saturday, July 25
Break out the earplugs, because Hydra Head noisemakers Torche and Harvey Milk are guaranteed to cause some aural damage.
$TBD at La Sala Rossa
Sunday, July 26
K-Recs kingpin Calvin Johnson keeps his never-ending road show going, though no word if he's accepting Beat Happening requests.
Adam and the Amethysts
$10 at Friendship Cove