Wilco, Wavelength 500, Basia Bulat and Rural Alberta Advantage Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Wilco, Wavelength 500, Basia Bulat and Rural Alberta Advantage Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As is our Thursday tradition, we have dug through the mass of Canadian concert listings to give you Exclaim!'s Can't Miss Concerts, our weekly concert guide for Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton. Here's what we deem your best concert bets.


Friday, February 12
Brooklyn fuzz pop trio Vivian Girls team up with the hotly tipped Best Coast for a night that's sure to be killer. Yeah, there's some big "opening" happening tonight, but whatever.

Vivian Girls 
Best Coast
$13 at Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, February 13
Of all the free music events going down as part of the big ski meet/sled race thing that's coming to town, this one is by far the most promising: Wilco playing a free show at Vancouver's Dam Lam Park. We just hope it doesn't get totally rained out.

FREE from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at David Lam Park

Tuesday, February 16
With his much-anticipated "space opera," Cosmogramma, due out May 4, we're pretty pumped about what Flying Lotus has up his sleeve. We're doubly pumped that he's giving us the chance to check out his new jams in real live action.

Flying Lotus
$20 at Gossip Nightclub


Thursday, February 11
Wavelength 500 is officially underway in Toronto and here's just one of many stellar-looking live shows. Holy Fuck, the Russian Futurists and Diamond Rings all join forces for this one, and seriously, it's going to be epic.

Holy Fuck
The Russian Futurists
Diamond Rings
Professor Fingers
$18 at Steam Whistle Brewery

Friday, February 12
As part of the ongoing Wavelength fest, here's your chance to see some now-defunct Toronto indie heroes. Both From Fiction and the Bicycles are reuniting for this one, so it's a definite can't miss.

From Fiction
Laura Barrett
Magic Cheezies
Young Mother
$12 at Sneaky Dee's

Saturday, February 13
If it wasn't enough to have the Constantines lined up to headline this Wavelength show, Rockets Red Glare are reuniting for this sure-to-be-awesome throw-down. The rest of the country is jealous, Toronto.

The Constantines
Rockets Red Glare
Donné Roberts
Danger Bay
$20 at Polish Combatants Hall


Thursday, February 11
Dallas and Travis Good bring their Sadies to town as part of a short series of Canadian dates. New Sonic Unyon signees Young Rival lend some support.

The Sadies
Young Rival
Mike O'Brien
$20 at Il Motore

Friday, February 12
With her Heart of My Own now officially out, Canadian darling Basia Bulat is giving the country a chance to check it out on stage. If you want to hear what the record sounds like before trekking out to this one, just head to our homepage.

Basia Bulat
Leif Vollebekk
$17 at L'Astral

Saturday, February 13
As part of Stomp Records 15-year anniversary bash, ska heroes the Planet Smashers team up with Subb, Flatfoot 56 and the Hypnophonics for a little celebratory action.

The Planet Smashers
Flatfoot 56
The Hypnophonics
$20 at Club Soda


Thursday, February 11
Toronto-based indie-pop trio the Rural Alberta Advantage took the world by storm with their AB-obsessed debut, Hometowns. Alberta apparently loves them back, as this is their first of two consecutive sold-out shows in Calgary.

Rural Alberta Advantage
The Wooden Sky
The Great Bloomers
SOLD OUT at Broken City

Sunday, February 14
There's no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a rare appearance from legendary hometown heroes Chixdiggit. Their heart-breaking three-chord pop-punk is a perfect backdrop whether you're spending the day alone or with a loved one. And with these guys, every song is always a love song.

The Neckers $TBA at Broken City

Tuesday, February 16
With a back catalogue as strong and vast as Wilco's, seeing them live could go in a number of directions. No matter what happens, it will undoubtedly be an amazing night when Wilco take Calgary's Jubilee Auditorium. Wilco
$38 at Jubilee Auditorium


Thursday, February 11
Sackville, NB based singer-songwriter Shotgun Jimmie is bringing his timeless indie rock to Edmonton as a part of his enormous world tour. See him as soon as you can, because it's only a matter of time before his hard work and amazing music gets him huge.

Shotgun Jimmie
$TBA at Likwid Lounge

Friday, February 12
Prior to their Calgary Valentine's Day performance, Chixdiggit will take over Edmonton with their classic three-chord pop-punk.

$TBA at New City

Saturday, February 13
The Rural Alberta Advantage are showing their namesake some love with four AB dates. Following two shows in Calgary, the band will give Edmonton the same treatment. Saturday's show is the first of two.

Rural Alberta Advantage
Wooden Sky
$TBA at the Pawnshop