Published Feb 18, 2016If you're debating spending your week stuck inside, don't: In this edition of Can't Miss Concerts from February 18 to 24, we've included plenty of live music to help change your mind. Besides the usual array of Canadian artists in the midst of releasing their best work are a handful of dates from a particularly influential metal band, so there are plenty of reasons to brave the cold this week. If you don't find one below, head to our Concert Listings page to find more shows taking place coast to coast.
Black Sabbath are performing their monstrous riffs on tour one last time. The proto-metal legends Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will be in Canada this week to celebrate a nearly five-decade run with their fans.
02/21/2016 Hamilton, ON - First Ontario Centre
02/23/2016 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Classified has worked hard to earn national respect as an artist and producer. Earlier this year, he released the self-produced LP Greatful, which stands out from his previous work by building on more personal experience and features his hip-hop heroes. He'll be showing his fans what a long way he's come on tour across Canada, with four shows this coming week.
02/18/2016 Saskatoon, SK - O'Brians Event Centre
02/19/2016 Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference
02/20/2016 Calgary AB - MacEwan Hall
02/24/2016 Cranbrook, BC - Key City Theatre
David Byrne has put forth a strong solo career since fronting the Talking Heads. Since the '80s, Byrne has incorporated styles from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, to orchestral, electronic, rock and other types of music. Byrne's catalogue reflects his versatility and you can find him performing his various classics at the Kanpe Kanaval in Montreal. The event raises money for the KANPE Foundation while celebrating Haitian culture and takes place Friday (February 19).
02/19/2016 Montreal, QC - Société des arts technologiques
Operators delivered a heavy synth-pop sound on their debut EP1, but their upcoming full-length will demonstrate how their style has evolved since then. Their latest single, "Cold Light," finds frontman Dan Boeckner adding a layer of complexity courtesy of his guitar. To hear more, see Operators tease their new material at their upcoming shows this week.
02/19/2016 London, ON - Call The Office
02/20/2016 St. Catharines, ON - Detour Music Hall
02/24/2016 Ste-Therese, QC - Bar Le Cha-Cha
Rae Spoon's new album, Armour, presents new themes and new sounds for their fans. Their use of electronic elements will make for a different experience at live shows, so be sure to catch them performing at two nights coming up in Western Canada.
02/18/2016 Saskatoon, SK - Le Relais
02/20/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
Tanya Tagaq's music pays homage to the natural world, delivering her spin on traditional music with an innovative sound. Her music experiments with violins, drums and digital production to create the soundscapes that informed her Polaris Music Prize-winning album, Animism. She'll play three shows in Quebec this coming week.
02/18/2016 Quebec City, QC - Palais Montcalm
02/19/2016 Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
02/20/2016 Montreal, QC - Cinquieme Salle
We Are the City
We Are The City are an experimental Canadian rock band whose latest album, Above Club, demonstrated the growth and maturity of their sound. We Are The City's music delivers layers of synth-pop-inflected rock, making for intricate and appealing tracks. The trio will be performing their high-energy material at several shows coming up in western Canada this week.
02/18/2016 Calgary, AB - The Gateway (SAIT)
02/19/2016 Edmonton, AB - Studio 96
02/20/2016 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's Cantina
02/21/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
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