Published Jun 06, 2013With Canada finally starting to heat up, summer festival season is right around the corner. But before the time comes when you can gallantly stroll into a concert wearing nothing more than shorts, sandals, and a pair of sunglasses — and, we hope, undergarments — warm yourself up by checking out our picks for this week's can't miss concert from June 6-12 below.
Never ones to slow down, Savannah, GA crust-metal behemoths Kylesa travel north of the border to play a pair of shows in support of their recently released Ultraviolet LP.
6/11 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
6/12 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Montreal-based pop troubadour Mac DeMarco has followed up his recent jaunt opening for French art-rockers Phoenix by plotting his own set of dates across North America. Catch the charming tunesmith as he kicks off his summer tour at Halifax's Khyber Club.
6/6 Halifax, NS - Khyber Centre for the Arts
East Coast rocker Matt Mays brings tracks from Coyote and his extensive back catalogue to Halifax for a free hometown gig as part of the Red Bull Tour Bus concert series.
6/8 Halifax, NS - Waterfront Warehouse Lot
Weirdo outsider art festival the OBEY Convention is celebrating its sixth year of avant-garde punk rockers and off the grid house parties. Entering the fray will be Andrew Patterson, Cousins, the Ketamines and Pissed Jeans, among many others.
6/6-9 Halifax, NS - Various locations
Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello bring their emo-tronica project the Postal Service to Toronto's Air Canada Centre to play hits from their early-aughts classic. Give Up, which is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary of soundtracking high school make-out sessions.
6/11 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival
If there's one thing St. Catharines does best, it's creating hardcore bands. On June 9, throngs of teenagers from Southern Ontario and beyond will flood the sleepy Niagara community to hear performances from the likes of Comeback Kid, Obey the Brave, the Reason, and tons more, not to mention headlining slots from Tokyo Police Club and Hollerado.
6/9 St. Catharines, ON - Various locations
Road-worn thrash veterans Skeletonwitch hit up spots throughout the west coast and central Canada on their current North American tour with Anciients. Listen for new tracks from the band's as-yet-untitled fifth album, the follow-up to 2011's Forever Abomination.
6/6 Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo
6/7 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's Cantina
6/9 Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
6/10 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
6/11 Victoria, BC - V Lounge
The xx/Grizzly Bear
Last but definitely not least, downtempo neo-soul groovers The xx and Brooklyn indie-prog rockers Grizzly Bear kick off the outdoor concert season by playing a pair of massive outdoor concerts in Toronto and Montreal on their mini co-headlining jaunt.
6/6 Toronto, ON - Echo Beach
6/7 Montreal, QC - Lachine Canal
For more shows headed your way, click over to Exclaim!'s new Concert Listings page.