Tragically Hip, Sadies, NOFX and Wanda Jackson Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Tragically Hip, Sadies, NOFX and Wanda Jackson Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you're like the gang here at Exclaim!, then you'll agree that there are few things better than hitting up a show or two in your spare time. And with summer having rolled around, hopefully that means more free hours to catch your favourite artists. If you're wondering what music is heading your way, check out our list of top concert picks for this week in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, June 30
Back in February, we reported the cancellation of the Western Canadian dates for Toronto indie rockers the Sadies. With singer/guitarist Dallas Good having recovered from his leg injury, the band are back on the West Coast, making up for lost time. You can catch the Sadies at the Biltmore Cabaret, with Vancouver's Ford Pier Vengeance Trio. If you missed out on seeing the Sadies' blend of country and psychedelic rock earlier in the year, you won't want to skip this show.

The Sadies
The Ford Pier Vengeance Trio
$25 at Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, July 1
This week also marks the celebration of our fine country and Canada Day festivities are popping up across the nation. Head on down to the Biltmore and check out the Double Nickel's Canada Day Party, featuring the Excitations, Joyce Collingwood, Bad Fate and loads more. Come rock out as these Vancity favourites play covers of some classic Canadian jams, with the night ending with a patriotic dance session. And what Canada Day party would be complete without a BBQ?

Double Nickel's - Canada Day Party!
The Gay Nineties
Battle Snakes
and many more
$12 advance, $15 door at Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, July 2
Punk rock stalwarts NOFX are making their way across the country on their Great White NOFX Tour, and Saturday marks their West Coast stop and the last couple of shows on this tour. Bringing along labelmates Teenage Bottlerocket for support, in true NOFX style, anything can happen, so you won't want to miss out on your chance to see the infamous punks.

Teenage Bottlerocket
Old Man Markley
$29.50 (sold out) at Commodore Ballroom


Thursday, June 30
Before NOFX hit up Van City to finish their tour, they'll be stopping in Calgary to perform at MacEwan Ballroom. The smaller venue on the University of Calgary campus should make for a memorable night, where you might even be able to get up close and personal with the band during their high-energy set. As you prep for the show, check out Exclaim!'s interview with Fat Mike here.

Teenage Bottlerocket
Old Man Markley
$30 (sold out) at MacEwan Ballroom

Tuesday, July 5
In support of her most recent release, Blessed, country songstress Lucinda Williams will be taking the stage at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. This year has seen Williams touring extensively, but this date, along with the subsequent Edmonton and Winnipeg gigs, are her only Canadian stops on the remainder of her tour. Williams is renowned for the time she puts into creating new records, so do yourself a favour and check her out live before she disappears for a few years to pen new material.

Lucinda Williams
$42.13 to $52.13 at Jack Singer Concert Hall


Thursday, June 30
Norwegian experimental jazz ensemble Jaga Jazzist will be making a stop in Toronto this week. The nine-piece "nu jazz" act will be invading the Phoenix with their trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, guitars, keys, vibraphone and plenty more. Having formed over 15 years ago, the group's members have, in one way or another, become major contributors to all types of music coming out of Norway. If you're a fan of Stereolab, Squarepusher and Tortoise, you will definitely want to see what this act are about.

Jaga Jazzist
$20 advance, $23 door at Phoenix Concert Theatre

Friday, July 1
For many people, the word "Canada" often evokes images of nature, maple syrup and snow, but for some, it also brings to mind the Tragically Hip. It's only fitting, then, that the Hip will be headlining a Canada Day concert at Downsview Park. Big names like Weezer, Broken Social Scene and more will also be helping celebrate our nation's birthday. You won't want to miss this patriotic one-day festival and a little fun in the sun.

Tragically Hip
Broken Social Scene
Hey Rosetta!
Buck 65
$59.50 at Downsview Park

Saturday, June 2
It's been over a year since Soundgarden announced their reformation and since then many have been dying to see the reunited lineup take the stage. Their Toronto date with Coheed and Cambria sees the band kicking off their North American tour, with a few more Canadian stops along the way. Dust off that old flannel shirt you've been saving, re-memorize the lyrics to "Black Hole Sun" and make sure you catch the long-awaited return.

Coheed and Cambria
$43.50 to $73.50 at Molson Canadian Ampitheatre


Thursday, June 30
Montreal metallers Barn Burner hit their hometown in support of sophomore release Barn Burner II: Scum of the Earth. Having been lauded for their raw energy when performing live, their show with Trung Hoa and Holy Divide should make for a pretty bangin' time.

Barn Burner
Trung Hoa
Holy Divide
$10 at La Sala Rossa

Friday, July 1
Hailing from Austin, TX, noise rock trio Ringo Deathstarr will be making their way across North America before packing their bags and heading across the pond for dates in the UK and Europe. With a handful of Canadian dates, the group hit Montreal on Canada Day. If you don't feel like partaking in any particularly Canadian festivities, head on over to Casa Del Popolo and experience the band's wall of sound.

Ringo Deathstarr
$7 at Casa Del Popolo

Saturday, July 2
After 50-plus years in the business, Wanda Jackson isn't quitting any time soon. The original queen of rock will be performing at Club Soda as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. Sure to perform classics from her time touring with Elvis Presley, she will also be showcasing new material from this year's The Party Ain't Over. If you're a lover of all things rock, don't miss out on seeing this living legend shake her fringe.

Wanda Jackson
$33.61 at Club Soda