Diamond Rings, Women, Stars, Matt & Kim and Sufjan Stevens Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Diamond Rings, Women, Stars, Matt & Kim and Sufjan Stevens 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, October 28
Sufjan Stevens plays the Orpheum Theatre tonight. The indie superstar will play in support of his latest release, The Age of Adz. And, yes, we know it's sold out, but you can always shoot for those street tix.

Sufjan Stevens
$25/$37.50 at the Orpheum Theatre

Friday, October 29
L.A.-based indie pop trio Best Coast will bring their fuzzy, lo-fi sounds to the Colbalt Friday night. And if getting an in-person taste of Crazy for You isn't enough, you have the stellar Sonny & the Sunsets opening.

Best Coast
Sonny & the Sunsets
$12 at the Cobalt

Saturday, October 30
Okay, this pre-Halloween Saturday is nuts. Not only is there the completely insane-looking Waldorf party, which features the mighty Rodney Graham, Animal Bodies, Joyce Collingwood and a pile of DJs, not to mention a Tiki room, but Calgary art rockers Women are hitting the Biltmore. The band will, of course, be supporting Public Strain, easily one of our favourite records of the year. And if you're up for sticking around the Biltmore, the always-awesome Glory Days are throwing an after party, complete with a ten-piece Thriller cover band. Yep, it's going to be nuts.

Nü Sensae
Makeout Videtape
$11 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, October 28
Two Hours Traffic will make their way to Calgary tonight in support of their newest release, Territory. The PEI power pop rockers will play the Republik with help from the Jezebels.

Two Hours Traffic
The Jezebels
$16 at the Republik

Friday, October 29
Come in costume this Friday for a Halloween Fright Night and loads of great Canadian punk. Myelin Sheaths and Sharp Ends will both be celebrating the release of new LPs, while Moby Dicks open and Edmonton's Wicked Awesomes play their last-ever Calgary show. Get your spooky on, yo!

Myelin Sheaths
Sharp Ends
Wicked Awesome
Moby Dicks
$TBA Broken City

Saturday, October 30
Hey Ocean will bring their tight harmonies and cleaver lyrics to Gateway this Saturday. Check out the special Halloween bash with openers Topless Gay Love Tekno Party.

Hey Ocean
Topless Gay Love Tekno Party
$20 advance/$25 door at the Gateway


Saturday, October 30
Glitch-hop DJ FreQ Nasty will play the Starlite Room this Saturday, along with Klever, Emotionz, Degree and guests. FreQ Nasty's latest release is 2008's FabricLive.42, part of the mighty FabricLive series.

FreQ Nasty
$20 at the Starlite Room

Sunday, October 31
Check out a special Halloween show this Sunday at the Winspear Centre, as Canadian favourites Stars will appear as part of their Five Ghosts Canadian tour. Young Galaxy will open for the indie heavy hitters.

Young Galaxy
$32.50 at theWinspear Centre


Thursday, October 28
Check out Bruce Peninsula tonight at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. The unique Canadian indie rockers' latest album is 2009's A Mountain Is a Mouth. Minotaurs and Siskiyou will open.

Bruce Peninsula
$10 at the Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, October 29
Brooklyn, NY dance punk duo Matt & Kim bring their fun sounds to the Phoenix this Friday in Toronto. Matt & Kim are set to release their third studio album, Sidewalks, on November 2.

Matt & Kim
$17.50 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre

Saturday, October 30
Legendary Glasgow rockers the Vaselines are all set to play the Horseshoe Tavern in support off their latest release, Sex With An X. Schwervon will open the show due to the Dum Dum Girls having to recently cancel all upcoming dates. Still, this is going to be a killer one for you to show off that costume at.

The Vaselines
$24.50 at the Horseshoe Tavern


Friday, October 29
Colorado-based weird pop outfit Candy Claws are set to bring their Exclaim!-approved Hidden Lands release to Montreal this Friday. The album is meant as a companion piece to Richard M. Ketchum's 1970 book, The Secret Life of the Forest, and we're dying to see how this one translates live.

Candy Claws
$10 at II Motore

Saturday, October 30
Matt & Kim continue their Canadian tour with a stop in Montreal. No word if they plan to get all naked and run through the streets, but we can hope.

Matt & Kim
The Hoof and the Heel
$20 at Le National

Sunday, October 31
The incredible Diamond Rings will play a special Halloween show with PS I Love You at II Motore this Sunday. Diamond Rings has just released his debut full-length, Special Affections, and this is the place to be this Halloween in Montreal, so get your tickets and get ready to shake that booty!

Diamond Rings
PS I Love You
$10 at II Motore