Swans, PS I Love You and Riot Fest Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Swans, PS I Love You and Riot Fest Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Stephen McGill
The kids are back in school. Fortunately for parents, this means more time away from the energy often found in young ones and, potentially, less money on daycare. They could use that saved money to hire a babysitter and the energy to attend one of our Can't Miss Concerts picks for September 4 to 10! Of course, those who aren't parents can benefit by snapping up those babysitting gigs and using the money on future shows. It's win-win! Find out picks for this week below, then check our complete Concert Listings for more.

Guelph Jazz Festival

The phrase "and all that jazz" takes on a whole new meaning when applied to Guelph Jazz Festival. It will celebrate the would-be 100th birthday of jazz pioneer Sun Ra (whose 1993 death predated the festival's founding by a year) by having the Sun Ra Arkestra collaborate with the Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie dance company. Of course, that's only the tip of this iceberg, which will also feature Milford Graves, Randy Weston, Harmen Fraanjse, Vijay Iyer Trio, Mola Sylla… and all that jazz.

09/03-07 Guelph, ON – Various Venues

Kalle Mattson

Kalle Mattson's Someday, the Moon Will Be Gold is so good that it got not only one, but two 8/10 reviews. Don't miss this tour in support of his Polaris Music Prize Long List-nominated album.

09/05 North Bay, ON – Raven & Republic
09/06 Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Cafe Natura
09/09 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
09/10 Regina, MB – The Exchange

Mad Decent Calgary

The roving Mad Decent Block Party's line-up changes with every city's iteration. This week's Calgary date will feature Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead, RJD2, Dillon Francis and more, which is enough to get this (block) party started.

09/05 Calgary, AB – Shaw Millennium Park

PS I Love You

After hiding their new album in a park, PS I Love You are being decidedly more aggressive in promoting it post-release, taking For Those Who Stay on a lengthy tour with Mozart's Sister. If you're a fan of the album, catch them now before they go Absent to work on another new release.

09/05 Winnipeg, MB – Windsor Hotel
09/06 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo's Cantina
09/07 Regina, SK – The Exchange
09/09 Calgary, AB – Hifi Club
09/10 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop

Riot Fest Toronto

Riot Fest just might be the Cure to your end of summer blahs. The brainchild of Robert Smith was the final addition to a line-up that includes City and Colour, Metric, Death From Above 1979, Death Cab for Cutie, the Flaming Lips, Brand New, Bring Me the Horizon, Alkaline Trio, the New Pornographers, New Found Glory and more, in addition to lesser-known names such as Seaway, Pentimento, Citizen, PUP, Mounties and others. A riot is certain to be had by all.

09/06-07 Toronto, ON – Downsview Park


Swans' crushing wall of sound is made that much more disorienting because it comes out of left field, given that they're named after one of nature's more innocent and graceful animals. The fact that a brightly-lit outdoor show can be still retain the gargantuan, oppressive sonics of the group's show makes it that much more ominous that they will return to their natural habitat, a relatively small club, for this late-addition Vancouver assault.

09/05 Vancouver, BC – Venue Live


Zammuto's Anchor LP just came out on September 2. Rather than being weighed down by the hard work that went into it (on top of writing and performing, Nick Zammuto recorded, mixed and mastered it in his recently converted garage studio), he's hitting the road. These mark two of only three Canadian shows he'll play on this tour, so these shows will surely be ones for the Books.

09/06 Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
09/07 Toronto, ON – The Garrison

For more shows headed your way, click over to Exclaim!'s Concert Listings.