Published Mar 23, 2017If you've worked up an appetite for some delicious live music, you're in luck: As per usual, we've prepared our weekly edition of Can't Miss Concerts, which includes a healthy mixture of acts falling all over the musical spectrum, playing from March 23 to 29. From the velvety folk chanteuse Jenn Grant to the poignant words of Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, we've got a little something for everyone to enjoy this week. To see our extensive list of concerts, use that cursor to get yourself to our Concert Listings, because we've got plenty of shows to keep the good tunes rollin'.
Slack-pop sweethearts the Courtneys returned with some fresh lo-fi rock on their sophomore album The Courtneys II last month, and now they're on the road to share it with you. Their Toronto show will be accompanied by indie pop ingénues Jay Som, while Monomyth and Mouth Breather will open Montreal's show.
03/26/17 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
03/27/17 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PBD
Fans of influential Canadian deathcore crew Despised Icon were happy to welcome the release of Beast, their first new material in seven years. This week, the metalheads will be joining a hefty lineup for their show circuit this week as they play alongside Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore and Fallujah. If that's not enough, Despised Icon offered that, lately, the band are feeling "fully recharged." Now's your chance to headbang with all that energy you've had pent up for seven years.
03/26/17 Saskatoon, SK – O'Brian's Event Centre
03/27/17 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
03/28/17 Calgary, AB – Dickens
Folk-pop songstress and Juno nominee Jenn Grant is on tour for her latest album, Paradise. Her ability to write and perform such deeply textured and powerful ballads has earned her acclaim as "one of Canada's most highly regarded folk pop artists." Come see her live up to her praise at one of her intimate shows this week.
03/24/17 Toronto, ON – The Great Hall
03/25/17 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre (Theatre)
03/27/17 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
03/28/17 Regina, SK – Artesian
Bill & Joel Plaskett
Both acclaimed musicians, it only seemed natural that indie-folk mainstay Joel Plaskett and his father, folk vet Bill Plaskett, would collaborate at some point — after all, it's in their blood. This February marked the release of their LP, Solidarity, and now they will be taking the stage at three shows out west this week. Be sure to catch them with fellow Canadian folk duo Mayhemingways opening each show.
03/23/17 Regina, SK – WA WA Shrine Centre
03/24/17 Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre
03/29/17 Kelowna, BC – Rotary Centre for the Arts
Last month, California rapper Vince Staples kicked off his "Life Aquatic Tour," and after setting Vancouver alight, he's set to spit two shows this week supporting his latest EP, Prima Donna. Perhaps you've already heard Staples' fierce single "BagBak" and, most recently, that the title of his forthcoming LP has been revealed. We have our fingers crossed he will drop some more hints about the new album soon, but in the meantime, you can catch him this week in either Toronto or Montreal with Kilo Kish.
03/24/17 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Centre
03/25/17 Montreal, QC – Theatre Corona
Waxahatchee / Kevin Morby
Alabama-born Katie Crutchfield is no stranger to the DIY indie-folk music scene; her involvement in various acts, as well as fronting her own under the moniker Waxahatchee, has earned her a place on more than just our music radar. Her third album, 2015's Ivy Tripp, was acclaimed for its honest songwriting style and noticeably bolder approach. Also on the bill is former member of Woods and the Babies, singer-songwriter Kevin Morby. His Dylan-esque timbre and richly textured instrumentals are infectious and well worth seeing live.
03/24/17 Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall (The Great Hall) with Mary Lattimore
03/25/17 Montreal, QC – Theatre Plaza with Mary Lattimore
Founded by Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf, genre-bending music-makers Why? have been keeping busy. Their latest album, Moh Lhean, has been out for barely a month and they're already beginning their international tour. If you have to ask why, then you should probably just get yourself a ticket and find out. Catch them live this week in Vancouver.
03/25/17 Vancouver, BC – The Venue Nightclub
Chances are you've heard radio hits "Get Dark" and "Swooner" from Vancouver-based indie-pop outfit the Zolas' last album, Swooner, but now is your chance to see them perform it live. Built on catchy riffs and danceable '80s synth grooves, the Zolas are sure to have you entertained. Grab tickets to experience them live in Saskatoon or at one of their Alberta shows this week.
03/23/17 Saskatoon, SK – Louis'
03/24/17 Calgary, AB – The Den
03/25/17 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
Visit Exclaim!'s Concert Listings for more upcoming shows.