Tanya Tagaq, Lil B and Nils Frahm Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Tanya Tagaq, Lil B and Nils Frahm Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Jenn McInnis
"What're you doing tomorrow?" That question can plague anyone who hasn't made plans yet or can't find something to fill their day. Fortunately, we've got many suggestions to help you respond in a way that won't just satisfy your questioner's appetite for an answer, but might also make them want to change their plans. While we're pretty sure we have a solid list of events in this Can't Miss Concerts roundup, covering November 6 to 12, you're free to disagree — just be sure to head to our complete Concert Listings to find your answer to the looming question.


Alt-J recently released their new album, This Is All Yours, along with a number of videos, remixes and songs in general. Just hope the group are just as generous live and give it their all — we're pretty sure they will.

11/11 Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
11/12 Montreal, QC – Metropolis

Buck 65

It's been a productive year for Buck 65, who released a divorce album (Neverlove), an album about laundry (Laundromat Boogie) and a collaboration album with his Bike For Three! side project. While that pace might have an amateur running on steam, this Canadian hip-hop icon has been active making music for nearly a quarter of a century, so don't expect anything less than a stellar show from the "consummate showman." After all, he can bike for three.

11/06 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
11/07 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
11/08 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
11/10 Nelson, BC – Spirit Bar
11/12 Edmonton, AB – Royal Alberta Museum


With a Ph.D. — both in the traditional sense and a "pretty huge discography" — on his side, Canadian electronic artist Caribou sure is smartsy (smart and artsy). On this expansive world tour, it appears he's trying to charm the world into giving him Our Love, and if the success of that album is any indication, expect to been swooning over Dan Snaith in Montreal this week.

11/10 Montreal, QC – Le National

Lil B

Lil B, the self-proclaimed "BasedGod," is poised to rule the world like a deity would. The rapper has countless releases, NBA ambitions, a documentary telling his story, a clothing line and has even made himself into a series of emojis. That last one means the not-so-Lil B can be omnipresent: with you always, like an actual god. Still, there's nothing like the real thing — check him out in Calgary, Victoria or Vancouver this weekend.

11/09 Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar & Stage
11/10 Victoria, BC – Upstairs Cabaret
11/11 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club

Nils Frahm

It's unclear whether his custom piano will be coming with Nils Frahm for this tour in support of Spaces, but every show will be special; he's told Exclaim! that he changes how he plays depending on the room, evidently to great success.

11/07 Vancouver, BC – Imperial

The Smalls

The Smalls' reunion kept growing and growing, but it appears to have reached its limit — at least for now. For those who don't want to gamble on more dates being added or be relegated to viewing the metal fusionists' revival through the small screen, see the Smalls while you still can; 13 years is a long time.

11/06 Kamloops, BC – Cactus Jack's Nightclub
11/07 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
11/08 Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
11/09 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
11/12 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room


T.I.'s "King," "No Mediocre" and other song from new album Paperwork: The Motion Picture serve their purpose: to score paper for the artist who's all "About the Money." Catch him in Calgary and Winnipeg this week.

11/09 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage
11/11 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre

Tanya Tagaq

Okay, so we didn't come right out and guess Tanya Tagaq would take home the Polaris Prize, which she did, when we called her album Animism "one of the most challenging and listenable albums of the year," but our 9/10 rating suggests we were on to something. So just listen to us when we say you want to experience this songstress live while she's at her prime.

11/06 Toronto, ON – The Great Hall
11/07 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
11/08 Montreal, QC – PHI Centre

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