Pop Montreal, Caribou, Emeralds, Swans and D.O.A. Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Pop Montreal, Caribou, Emeralds, Swans and D.O.A. 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.


Friday, October 1
Four BC punk bands will be coming together and shredding things up in Vancouver Friday, all led by the kings of politically infused Canadian punk D.O.A.

Little Guitar Army
Real Problems
Child's Play
$15 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, October 2
In support of their newest album and sophomore LP, Champ, Tokyo Police Club will be making a stop in Vancouver with shinny pop friends the Arkells and the Meligrove Band this Saturday.

Tokyo Police Club
The Meligrove Band
$20 at the Commodore Ballrooom

Sunday, October 3
Much-loved electro psych whiz Caribou (aka Daniel Snaith) is busy in Canada this weekend and taking over our Can't Miss Concerts listings. His final stop for the weekend will be Vancouver on Sunday, and for some opening support he's roped in Exclaim! faves Emeralds. This one isn't to be missed, guys.

$24.50 at the Vogue Theater


Thursday, September 30
Leading lady Elizabeth Powell and her band Land of Talk will be stopping in Calgary to get a taste of Canada before they move onto the U.S. So come check them out as they set the bar high for all their shows south of the border.

Land Of Talk
$15 at Dickens Pub

Friday, October 1
Caribou's second stop in his very Canadian weekend will be Calgary, and, yep, synth/drone masters Emeralds are onboard. Come out and make his middle show a memorable one. (Note: The set times have changed, with Caribou now going on at 11 p.m. and Emeralds at 10 p.m.)

$20 at Republik

Saturday, October 2
Cadence Weapon, the 24-year-old rapper/producer/DJ/writer from Edmonton, is making the drive to Cowtown to throw down. Come out and help show that Alberta pride.

Cadence Weapon
$TBA at Wyckam House


Thursday, September 30
We are just loving Caribou this weekend, so come out in Edmonton and show your love at Caribou's first concert of three in Canada this weekend. For some head-trippin' opening support, Emeralds are on deck.

$18 at the Starlite Room

Friday, October 1
Garage pop duo the Japandroids will be teaming up with indie folk weirdoes Frog Eyes and grunge poppers PS I Love You to put on a show to remember. All three bands have been making waves this year so get ready for a hurricane of delightful sounds.

Frog Eyes
PS I Love You
$15 at the Starlite Room

Saturday, October 2
From September 24 through to November 6, the Wooden Sky will be doing a national tour along with Yukon Blonde and other special guests. Catch them in Edmonton this Saturday.

The Wooden Sky
Yukon Blonde
$13 at the Starlite Room


Thursday, September 30
Trained opera singer Zola Jesus (aka Nika Roza Danilova) describes her music genre as other, other and, well, other. Yet her music takes you away to her world where she is constantly fighting between good and evil. And it's likely to spook you right out. Go see what we mean.

Zola Jesus
$12.50 at the Garrison

Friday, October 1
Experimental folk rockers Wovenhand have teamed up with Norwegian shoegaze unit Serena Maneesh for this thrown-down. If you're looking for an equal mix of blisteringly loud and calming quiet, hit this one up.

Serena Maneesh
$15 at the Garrison

Saturday, October 2
The recently resurrected Swans are back in business after dissolving back in 1996. Their new album, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, is a mere days old and the band are doing whatever it takes to prove that they are back.

$25 at Lee's Palace


Thursday, September 30
Going into its ninth year, Pop Montreal is very much an annual music tradition for many. And for good reason. It entails over 400 acts throughout 50 different venues that include music, film, art events and a cultural fair. Check out what music acts we have picked out to be the must-sees. For Thursday, our eyes and ears are on the Arbutus/Weird Canada showcase featuring Silly Kissers, Grimes, Pop Winds and Blue Hawaii.

Silly Kissers
Pop Winds
Blue Hawaii
$5 or with pass at Rialto

Friday, October 1
What better way to kick-start your weekend by checking out day two of Pop Montreal. With a lineup that includes new wave pop artists the XX, psych pop-dance outfit War Paint and the ever-strange Zola Jesus, you're bound to be in for a treat at this show.

The XX
War Paint
Zola Jesus
$20 to $30 or with pass at Place Des Arts: Dose.ca Venue

Saturday, October 2
Get ready for a full day of great tunes at the Asthmatic Kitty/Sounds Familyre Showcase at Pop Montreal, where Danielson will be leading one stellar-looking show.

Shapes & Sizes
Ben & Vesper
Helado Negro
$15 or with pass at La Sala Rossa: Mirror Venue