Dan Mangan, James Blackshaw, the Manvils and By Divine Right Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Dan Mangan, James Blackshaw, the Manvils and By Divine Right Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Like every Thursday, we've done the heavy-lifting and delivered Can't Miss Concerts, which this week offers up your best bets for gigging in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.


Thursday, January 28
Shit-kickin' country songstress Carolyn Mark stops in at the always cosy Railway Club to break out the six-string and perhaps a few tunes from her recent collaborative album with NQ Arbuckle.

Carolyn Mark 
Stolen Organ Family Band 
Buffalo Swans 
Friendship and the Fawn 
$6/$8 at Railway Club

Friday, January 29
Out celebrating the releasing of their new In Time album, weirdo Vancouver indie rock crew Collapsing Opposites are setting up to throw down. Lending opening support will be the always energetic and entertaining Apollo Ghosts.

Collapsing Opposites
Apollo Ghosts
Half Chinese
Shawn Mrazek Lives
$TBD at Little Mountain Studios

Saturday, January 30
Hardworkin', hard rockin' Vancity underdogs the Manvils pop in at the Biltmore's ever-chaotic Glory Days. Seriously, guaranteed good tunes and good times.

the Manvils
$10 at Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, January 28
All right, finally, it's your turn, Toronto. After making the rounds in much of Canada, Axl Rose is bringing his Guns N' Roses roadshow to town. Just be careful about wearing any of that Slash gear that you may have kicking around.

Guns N' Roses
Sebastian Bach
Danko Jones
$39.50-$89.50 at Air Canada Centre

Saturday, January 30
A show boasting 12-string guitar virtuoso James Blackshaw promises to let loose some lush instrumental soundscapes. A show backed by cult hero Gary Higgins is one you definitely don't want to miss.

James Blackshaw
Gary Higgins
$11.50 Drake Hotel

Sunday, January 31
Adam Franklin, the leading force behind once mighty shoegazers Swervedriver, returns to Toronto under his new guise: Adam Franklin & the Bolts of Melody. Sure, there will be lots of tracks from Spent Bullets and Bolts of Melody, but maybe you'll also get a shot at hearing an old Swervies number.

Adam Franklin & the Bolts of Melody
$10 at Drake Hotel


Thursday, January 28
Still out supporting last year's Resistance, Montreal's DJ Champion sets down for a hometown show at Metropolis. Like we once wrote, "Champion seems to be employing the mantra: 'if it works, run with it.' It does, and he has."

DJ Champion
$TBA at Metropolis

Saturday, January 30
With their recent Mutant Message long-player now in the bag, By Divine Right are out on the road spreading their, um, Mutant Message. Get set for a night of airy, hazy, pop-infused rock'n'roll.

By Divine Right
Amanita Bloom
Shotgun Jimmie $12 at Club Soda

Sunday, January 31
Following a Toronto show, the killer double bill of the revered James Blackshaw and Gary Higgins makes a Montreal stop. Seriously, this is one show we're pretty stoked on, folks.

James Blackshaw
Gary Higgins
$8.00/$10.00 at Casa Del Popolo


Friday, January 29
Friday night brings a local punk show not to be missed. Calgary skate-thrash kings Sheglank'd Shoulders will help you forget all the snow and imagine you're shredding some rails, while Rum Runner and the Throwaways burst your ear drums with their timeless punk rock.

Sheglank'd Shoulders
Rum Runner
the Throwaways
$8 at Broken City

Monday, February 2
Straight from Sweden, melodic death metal tyrants Arch Enemy will tear up Mac Hall with an ear-bleedingly good set. With support from Exodus, Arsis and Mutiny Within, you'd have to be insane (or, maybe just not a metal fan) to miss this.

Arch Enemy
Mutiny Within
$35 at MacEwan Hall

Tuesday, February 3
Vancouver, BC-based singer-songwriter Dan Mangan brings tracks from his second album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice, to the Communitea Cafe. He's also bringing his Victoria, BC-based bud Aidan Knight with him to round out an evening of BC talent.

Dan Mangan
Aidan Knight
$18 at Communitea Cafe