Arkells, Coeur de Pirate and In the Dead of Winter Festival Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

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BY Paula ReidPublished Jan 21, 2016

The latest Can't Miss Concerts from January 21 to 27 includes festivals to ease the winter blues, familiar Canadian acts and artists whose shows feature unpredictable, improvised performances. Of course, this is just a small sampling of all the shows hitting Canada this week — to see them all, head to Exclaim!'s concert listings


From consistent radio play and touring, the Arkells have turned their band into one of the most well-known indie bands in Canada. The Hamilton natives have put out three full-length albums, High Noon being the most recent, and deliver a catchy rock sound that's earned the band a wide-ranging fan base. Arkells will be playing Halifax this week.
01/23/2016 Halifax, NS - Multi-Purpose Centre

Geoff Berner/Orkestar Kriminal

Singer-songwriter Geoff Berner brings animated personality to his performances that helps audiences engage with his witty lyrics, which are intended to make you laugh, cry and everything in between. His show will feature help from multilingual openers Orkestar Kriminal, improv performers who put on a highly energetic show. Catch them both on four consecutive nights this week.
01/21/2016 Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
01/22/2016 Wakefield, QC - Black Sheep Inn
01/23/2016 Toronto, ON - Tranzac (Main Room)
01/24/2016 Peterborough, ON - The Garnet

Coeur de Pirate

Coeur de Pirate is the performing name of Béatrice Martin, award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist. This past August, the Montreal artist released her album Roses, a venture out from previous work for Martin as she incorporated synths and drums, making for her most fearless work yet. Watch her integrate these added elements with her essential piano sounds on three dates in the coming days.

01/21/2016 Laval, QC - Salle André-Mathieu
01/23/2016 Joliette, QC - Salle Rolland Brunelle
01/27/2016 Laval, QC - Salle André-Mathieu

The Dears

The Dears are a chamber rock band from Montreal founded by member Murray Lightburn, who's always infused their music with emotion, making their shows often therapeutic and cathartic affairs. Their latest album, Times Infinity Volume One, is the latest addition to their catalogue, and they'll be touring those new tracks on January 21 and 23.
01/21/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Park Theatre
01/23/2016 Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre

Swedish heavy metal band Enforcer were founded in 2004, and have been recognized time and time again for holding true to an authentic speed metal sound based on a genuine embrace of the past. Enforcer have been known follow their creative instincts, and that attitude is what has maintained their fanbase's respect and admiration. Find the band in Western Canada on January 25 and 27.
01/25/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Park Theatre
01/27/2016 Calgary, AB - Nite Owl
In the Dead of Winter

The Halifax winter festival In the Dead Of Winter is back this year and will take place at a handful of venues. The acoustic musician-based festival is in its tenth year, and the 2016 lineup consists of artists such as the Weather Station, Charlotte Cornfield, Donovan Woods and many more. The festival aims to give musicians a chance to share their music with a wider audience outside the summer festival season.
01/21-23/2016 Halifax, NS - The Company House, The Bus Stop Theatre and Alterego's Cafe


Having been described as possibly the ultimate stoner rock band, doom purveyors Sleep, who reformed in 2009 and have been going steady ever since — just check out their 2014 single, "The Clarity" — will be performing in Toronto and Montreal this week.
01/22/2016 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
01/24/2016 Montreal, QC - Telus Theatre

Taking place at multiple venues across Saskatoon, Winterruption is a festival to help try and make these cold winter months a little easier to enjoy. Hosting bands such as Whitehorse with Emily Wells, Harpoonist and the Axe Murder with Good Lovelies, the Dears with Andy Shauf and several more. The festival runs from January 21 to 23.

01/21-23/2016 Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre, The Refinery, Louis', and the Bassment

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