Constantines, Mew, Sloan and Voivod Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Constantines, Mew, Sloan and Voivod 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.


Thursday, December 10
Since a new Fleet Foxes record won't be heading our way for a while still, you might want to check out the band's J. Tillman, who will be getting his folk on good and proper at the Biltmore.

J. Tillman
Pearly Gate Music
Red Cedar
$12 at Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, December 11
After shows in Toronto and Montreal, pop/prog weirdoes Mew make their way west to give the coast a taste of their Danish art rock bliss. Local avant popsters Machu Picchu lend some opening support.

Machu Picchu
$18 at Venue

Saturday, December 12
Even if you haven't had the pleasure of meeting CiTR's Ben Lai, you'd be well advised to head to his 2009 birthday bash. Electro-pop duo Fine Mist lead a bill that promises to dish out the good times, as well as some "special guests."

Fine Mist
Ben's Trip
The Safety Show
Chad Blue
$8 at Railway Club


Thursday, December 10
Okay, here's a no-brainer: members of Born Ruffians, Cuff the Duke, Ohbijou, Zeus and Jason Collett are all teaming up for "W.S. Walcott's Rabbit's Foot Minstrel Review: A Tribute to the Band." The Levon Helm impersonations will be in full effect!

W.S. Walcott's Rabbit's Foot Minstrel Review: A Tribute to the Band
$5 at The Boat (158 Augusta Ave.)

Friday, December 11
Celebrating ten years of breaking out the rock, Constantines are finally rolling out their much-anticipated anniversary shows, with this concert being only one of many. And sweetening the deal are some pretty stellar openers, including the Weakerthans' John K. Samson and Attack In Black on this Friday night show, and Oneida and METZ on the Cons' Saturday night shindig in Toronto. Seriously, you just know these shows are going to slay.

Attack In Black
John K. Samson
$20 at Lee's Palace

Saturday, December 12
Get set for some heady experimental jams: Do Make Say Think head home with Charles Spearin's Happiness Project for a night of avant-rock. And with DMST's Other Truths still going down nicely, we have some high hopes for this one.

Do Make Say Think
Happiness Project
$16 at Enwave Theatre


Thursday, December 10
Out supporting his Vancouver, Matthew Good has finally weaved his way all the way to Quebec. Lending him a hand on the opening front are fellow Vancouverites Mother Mother.

Matthew Good
Mother Mother
$23.50 at Metropolis

Saturday, December 12
Really, the title says it all: "Un Noel de Heavy MTL avec Voivod + Les ɉkorchés." We couldn't think of a better way to ring in the season.

Les ɉkorchés
$15 (advance)/$20 (door) at Club Soda

Monday, December 14
Bratty Brits Arctic Monkeys give Montreal a taste of their "turning point record" Humbug. Hopefully, not too many Scrooges are drawn to this one and spread the bad vibes.

Arctic Monkeys
$27.50 (advance)/$30 (door) at Metropolis


Thursday, December 10
The week is almost over, so it's as good a time as any to make your ears bleed with some local garage punk. After the Tension Slips lighten the mood with their poppy punk rock, Calgary's Grown-Ups (whose members, for the purposes of full disclosure, include Exclaim! news correspondent Josiah Hughes) will bring their angsty goodness to the stage.

the Tension Slips
$TBA at Broken City

Friday, December 11
Legendary Canadian rockers Sloan refuse to slow down with their umpteenth Calgary show. Following Chris Murphy's recent hit-and-run incident, expect the band to play songs from their new EP Hit & Run.

$25 at The Gateway

Saturday, December 12
The middle of December sure snuck up fast, and we're guessing you're probably a little short on good cheer. Fortunately, the Marquee Room is hosting a food bank benefit featuring performances from Woodpigeon and many other local acts.

$TBA at Marquee Room


Friday, December 11
You know what will keep you warm this Friday? A good, old-fashioned pop-punk singalong. Pretend you're still in junior high when Screeching Weasel make a rare Edmonton appearance.

Screeching Weasel
$TBA at New City

Saturday, December 12
The night after they take Calgary by storm, Canadian rock legends Sloan keep the ball rolling with another Alberta show in support of their recent Hit & Run EP.

$25 at Starlite Room