Sled Island, Mark McGuire, NOFX and Handsome Furs Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Sled Island, Mark McGuire, NOFX and Handsome Furs Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Over at Exclaim!, we know that there's no better way to celebrate the arrival of summer than by hitting up a show or two. If you agree, you'll probably appreciate this little list we put together. Below you will find our top concert picks for this week for Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Friday, June 24
Vancouver experimental fans should be pretty happy this weekend, as two of the most exciting artists in the scene will be hitting up the city for a rare appearance. Mark McGuire (who you may know from Emeralds) and Rene Hell (the most recent project from Jeffrey Witscher) have teamed up for a three-day-long West Coast mini-tour and this will be their only Canadian date. Do yourself, and the rest of the country, a favour and make it out to this one.

Mark McGuire
Rene Hell
Brother Raven
Eye Myths
$10 at 360 Glen

Saturday, June 25
Extreme metal vets Hate Eternal and tech death pros Origin will be bringing the heavy to Vancouver on Saturday with their co-headlining tour. Both bands have gone through some big lineup changes, but their new releases -- Hate Eternal's Phoenix Amongst The Ashes and Origin's Entity -- have proven that new faces can be a good thing. The new tracks, and members, are sure to impress in a live setting too, so you're not going to want to miss this one.

Hate Eternal
Vital Remains
Abysmal Dawn
$19 advance, $23 door at Rickshaw Theatre

Sunday, June 26
Earlier this year, folk rock duo Two Gallants announced that they were officially back together after they had called it quits two years back. Now, they're embarking upon a North American tour that will be their first together in about three years. On their website, the pair said that they've been busy recording new material. Hopefully show-goers will get a sneak peek at what they've been working on.

Two Gallants
$15 at the Media Club


Thursday, June 23
This week, Calgary is the city to be in for your summer festival fix. Sled Island runs June 22 to 25 in various venues throughout the city. There are a bunch of different wristband options for anyone who wants to get in on the action, including all-ages wristbands priced at $50 and a complete four-day wristband, which will run you $199. You can check out a full list of wristband options and the entire festival lineup on the Sled Island website. For now though, read on to find out our top picks for the fest.

Just because it's a Thursday night doesn't mean the people at Sled Island are going to go easy on you. Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo will be performing at Central United Church. Throw Zola Jesus and Calgary's Pierre Laporte into the mix and you'll be happy to go into work unrested the next day simply because you were there.

Lee Ranaldo
Zola Jesus
Pierre Laporte
At Central United Church

Friday, June 24
We know that a lot of you just can't wait until indie supergroup Wild Flag finally release their debut self-titled album on September 13. Well, before they do, the ex-Sleater-Kinney, Minders and Helium members are going to be heading out on a North American tour, which kicks off with this highly anticipated Sled Island date.

Wild Flag
The Intelligence
Fist City
At Twisted Element

Saturday, June 25
Thee Oh Sees are one of those bands that just never stop. Their constant touring and releases are part of what keeps their fans coming back for more. Thankfully, they made time in their busy schedules to make a stop at the festival and bring their psychedelic garage pop to their Albertan admirers.

Thee Oh Sees
The Intelligence
The Shrapnelles
At Broken City


Thursday, June 23
To many fans' pleasure, Elvis Costello and the Imposters will be bringing their "Spectacular Singing Songbook" to Toronto tonight. What does that mean, you ask? Well, the songbook is a game show wheel that's used to randomly select the songs -- singles, rarities or even covers -- that Costello will sing that night. With the songbook, every show is special and unique.

Elvis Costello
$83 to $104 at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Friday, June 24
Although they haven't put out any new material in a while, the jokester punks in NOFX are treating Canadian fans to a tour throughout our home and native land. This is sure to get people stoked for the bands upcoming EP, Thalidomide Child, which is made up of the band's first-ever recordings from way back in 1984, and their new hardcore covers seven-inch.

Teenage Bottlerocket
Old Man Markley
$23.50 at Kool Haus

Saturday, June 25
Hey Ocean! are kicking off a short Canadian tour with this date in Toronto. Not too long ago, Exclaim! got to talk to Ashleigh Ball, the singer/flautist for the funky folk trio. She told us about the poppier new material the band are writing for their still untitled new album. Even though the details of the release aren't set in stone yet, fans can hope that they'll get a taste of what's to come on these dates.

Hey Ocean!
$12.50 advance, $15 door at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern


Thursday, June 23
Chad VanGaalen has been making the rounds lately, touring in support of his latest release, Diaper Island. Before he leaves his home country to head off to Europe though, VanGaalen will be making a few more Canadian stops, one of which is this one in Montreal.

Chad VanGaalen
Nat Baldwin
Adam & The Amethysts
$13 advance, $15 door at Il Motore

Saturday, June 25
With Wolf Parade on hiatus, Dan Boeckner can spend a lot more time working on Handsome Furs. And he's not wasting any of it. The duo (made up of himself and wife Alexei Perry) will be releasing their third album this month and are currently in the midst of a North American tour. The new album, Sound Kapital, doesn't come out until June 28, but you can stream it here on Exclaim! until June 26. Like what you hear? Then get out to the show!

Handsome Furs
USA out of Vietnam
$17 advance, $20 door Cabaret Mile End

Monday, June 27
White Denim released their newest album, D, in May and now they're bringing their new material live with a little run of dates across North America. See what all of he internet buzz is about and check these guys out for yourself.

White Denim
The Static Jacks
$12 advance, $14 door at Il Motore