Victory Square Block Party, Piknic Electronik, Sonic Boom Fest, Flying Lotus and Vampire Weekend Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Victory Square Block Party, Piknic Electronik, Sonic Boom Fest, Flying Lotus and Vampire Weekend Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Like every Thursday, we've done the heavy-lifting and delivered Can't Miss Concerts, our weekly guide to your best bets for gigging in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton. Here's what we deem your best concert bets.


Friday, September 3
Yes, it's happening again. For the second year in a row, 12 Vancity bands will take the Biltmore stage and smoothly deliver "yacht rock" hits from the '70s and '80s. So get ready for a hefty dose of Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Journey, Hall and Oates, Toto and, of course, Steely Dan.

Edo Van Breemen
Fine Mist
The Greff Band
Dan Moxon
Aunts & Uncles
Weekend Leisure
Kidnap Kids
Chris-a-Riffic/Bible Belts
Katie GoGo
Vincent Parker
Tape Moss
Louise Burns
$12 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, September 4
A fundraiser show will be held in order to support the upcoming screening tour Vancouver DIY venue documentary No Fun City . Playing the event, will be Vancouver's Defektors, Twin Crystals and Vapid.

Twin Crystals
$15 at Victory Square Block Party will be holding its fifth annual end-of-summer event. Along with musical performances by the likes of the Pack A.D., Apollo Ghosts and Makeout Videotape, there will be stand-up and sketch comedy acts. What better way to say farewell to summer than some free entertainment?

Pack A.D.
The Tranzmitors
Lord Beginners
Makeout Videotape
Apollo Ghosts
Sex Church
FREE at Victory Square


Thursday, September 2
In support of their newest album Intriguer, Crowded House are currently on a worldwide tour where they will be stopping by Calgary.

Crowded House
Lawrence Arabia
$57.40 to $82.65 at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Friday, September 3
Deemed one of the best new bands of 2010 by Rolling Stone Magazine, hip-hop/reggae band the Dirty Heads have made quite a splash in the music industry and now you can catch them live.

the Dirty Heads
$TBA at Republik


Friday, September 3
Psychobilly, rockabilly, punk or whatever you want to call bands the Howlers and Nekromantix will team up for a night of shenanigans this Friday. Catch them at the Starlite Room

The Howlers
$15 at the Starlite Room

Saturday, September 4
Edmonton is known for its festivals and this fest is one of the reasons why. The Sonic Boom Festival is bringing together some of today's musical finest. Just look at some of the artists in this year's lineup and there are many more.

Bad Religion
City and Colour
Rise Against
Tokyo Police Club
The Arkells
$69.50 at Sonic Boom


Friday, September 3
Experimental hip-hopper Flying Lotus is once again returning to Toronto to lay down some forward-thinking beats. Let it be known that the venue has changed from the Phoenix to the Opera House. All tickets that were originally purchased for the Phoenix will be honoured at the door.

Flying Lotus
$20.25 at the Opera House

Saturday, September 4
Out supporting their new album Let It Sway, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin will be bringing their indie-rockin' good times to the Big Smoke. Telekinesis and Toronto's own Whale Tooth will lend some opening support.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Whale Tooth
$12 in advance or $14 at the door at El Mocambo

Tuesday, September 7
Three of the heavy weight indie bands of the summer - Vampire Weekend, Beach House and Dum Dum Girls - are coming together after all doing separate spring tours to give you the ultimate summer show. This is the crème de la crème here people, don't miss out!

Vampire Weekend
Beach House
Dum Dum Girls
$40 to $60 at Molson Amphitheatre


Thursday, September 2
Before hitting up Toronto, Flying Lotus (or FlyLo) will be giving Montreal a taste of his much-loved Cosmogramma LP. Get heady with it.

Flying Lotus
$TBA at Just For Laughs Cabaret

Saturday, September 4
After cancelling and rescheduling a number of gigs on his first solo tour due to visa issues, Kele will finally be making his way to Montreal. Originally to perform back in July for the Osheaga festival, Kele will be making up for it by playing this Saturday at Belmont.

$20 at Le Belmont

Saturday-Monday, September 4-6
Montreal is proving that they aren't ready to give up summer just yet. For this Labour Day weekend, Piknic Electronik is helping celebrate Ninja Tune's 20th anniversary party and they've roped in Toddla T, Misstress Barbara and Ellen Allien.

Toddla T
Misstress Barbara
Ellen Allien
Free at Piknic Electronik