Animal Collective, Patti Smith, Ra Ra Riot and Rich Aucoin Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Animal Collective, Patti Smith, Ra Ra Riot and Rich Aucoin Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Every week, Canada's concert venues are packed with music fans, there to see their heroes wax musical onstage. As per usual, there's a wide array of talent trekking through the country, and to help you plan your week, we've picked our favourites below. Enjoy our picks for must-see concerts from March 7 to 14.

Animal Collective

Animal Collective's North American tour in support of last year's Centipede Hz stretches up into the Great White North this week. Show up early to catch Dan Deacon's opening performance.

3/8 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
3/9 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

Patti Smith

Punk poet and visual artist Patti Smith's Camera Solo exhibit is now open at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, where she will play a very sold-out show to AGO members and visitors. She'll play a more conventional concert in Toronto two nights later, during which she'll pay homage to her late friend Robert Mapplethorpe.

3/7 Toronto, ON – Art Gallery of Ontario
3/9 Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Ra Ra Riot

Recent synth-pop converts Ra Ra Riot are on tour to promote their new album Beta Love. With their orchestral sound now a thing of the past, it's interesting to think how their live setup will change.

3/7 Montreal, QC – Il Motore

Rich Aucoin

Rich Aucoin has been busy in the past year to promote his 2011 LP We're All Dying to Live and has just added a batch of Canadian shows. Aucoin came up putting on exhilarating shows in small concert spaces, so this is a can't miss outing.

3/8 Halifax, NS – the Pavilion

Sarah Slean

Sarah Slean released her double album Land & Sea in 2011, and will be focusing on the slower, more orchestral Sea side of the double album for the tour this year.

3/8 Saint John, NB – Imperial Theatre
3/9 Fredericton, NB – the Playhouse
3/10 Halifax, NS – Spatz Theatre

Tame Impala

Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala are still busy on the road in support of last year's Lonerism, and they put on a killer show. Catch them on their swing through Canada this week.

3/9 Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
3/11 Montreal, QC – Metropolis


Toronto's shadowy electronic act Trust is on the road to promote their debut album, TRST, and they reach the West Coast this week. Show up early to catch Eraas' opening performance.

3/7 Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
3/8 Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub

Veronica Falls

UK indie-pop act Veronica Falls are on tour to promote their sophomore album, Waiting for Something to Happen. Cold Showers and Cheatahs will open.

3/10 Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
3/12 Toronto, ON – the Garrison