Published Sep 05, 2013We know as well as anybody that there's something special about live performance that just can't be captured on record. Below, find our picks for the must-see shows happening around Canada with our newest edition of Can't Miss Concerts. These are the most promising performances happening from September 5-11.
British R&B/pop duo Aluna Francis and George Reid (a.k.a. AlunaGeorge) have been stirring up UK clubs for a while now, but now that Body Music has dropped, those in Toronto will have a chance to see what all the hype is about. Catch the duo play their final Canadian date of the year at the Hoxton.
9/9 Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
Los Angeles sister duo Bleached bring their brand of Californian surf punk north of the border for a pair of dates in support of their new LP, Ride Your Heart.
9/7 Victoria, BC - Electric Owl
9/10 Calgary, AB - Hi-Fi Club
Buzzed-about Scottish synth-pop outfit Chvrches have been touring across the globe the past few months in preparation for their upcoming full-length, The Bones of What You Believe. Now, with their first ever album only a few weeks away, the band are taking another stab at North America with a stop at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom. Catch the British three-piece in the flesh before they retreat down south for the remainder of the year.
9/5 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Detroit rapper Danny Brown's highly-anticipated third studio album, Old, doesn't hit shelves until October 1, but until then, catch the up-and-coming MC alongside Action Bronson in Edmonton as part of their co-headlining 2 High 2 Die tour. Will hometown collaborators Purity Ring make a surprise appearance? Only time will tell.
9/11 Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
Montreal-based avant-garde outfit Esmerine hit up Toronto's the Great Hall in support of their recently released full-length, Dalmark. If watching the instrumental four-piece perform cuts from their Turkish music-inspired LP wasn't enough, arrive early to catch fellow up-and-comers Jerusalem in My Heart, Dundasa 80 and Polaris Music Prize nominee Colin Stetson.
9/5 Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
Washington-based roots outfit the Moondoggies bring their brand of atmospheric folk-rock to Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre in support of their recently released third full-length, Adíos I'm a Ghost. Get a glimpse of the road-worn quintet before they dip stateside for the next couple months.
9/6 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
With a photography exhibit at the AGO and three back-to-back concerts already under her belt, punk rock poet Patti Smith returns to Toronto for her fourth and final Canadian date of the year at the historic Massey Hall.
9/6 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Portland-based indie-rock collective Typhoon launched a Kickstarter campaign back in June to help score a reliable set of wheels for their upcoming tour across North America. Now, with more than $60,000 worth of pledges and a Dodge Sprinter van in tow, the 11-member orchestra are kicking off their journey with a one-off stop at Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre. Arrive early to catch fellow Portland trailblazers Radiation City and Vancouver-based alt-country outfit the Nautical Miles.
9/9 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Finally, trip-hop-indebted crooner the Weeknd's long-awaited debut album, Kiss Land, doesn't hit shelves until September 10, but the ambient auteur is giving fans a taste of his newest LP with a pair of back-to-back shows at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre.
9/6 Vancouver, BC - The Orpheum Theatre
9/7 Vancouver, BC - The Orpheum Theatre
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