The Flatliners, Catl., Monster Truck and Public Enemy Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

The Flatliners, Catl., Monster Truck and Public Enemy Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Jason Schreurs
Bears, bats and bumblebees all hibernate during the winter. But do you know what B-lettered creatures can't resist the Canadian cold? Why, it's your average performance group — better known as a "band." These rambunctious rockers travel from town to town, feasting on the energy of beleaguered office workers and post-exam period students, surviving on nothing more than a few containers of poutine and whatever local brews are available.

For our latest edition of Can't Miss Concerts, we've given you a chance to watch these majestic animals in their natural habitats. Below you'll find the migration paths of a few of our favourite critters for the week of December 19–25. Check it out below and don't forget to come back every Thursday for even more Canadian concert listings.


Back in January, we here at Exclaim! were shocked to learn that Canadian blues rock outfit Catl. were going on an indefinite hiatus. Well, apparently the Toronto-based duo are as finicky as a New Year's resolution, because the band has returned in recent months, playing a string of one-off shows around the country. Catch them at Owen Sound's Rocky Raccoon Café before they change their mind and disappear on us again.

12/21 Owen Sound, ON – Rocky Racoon Café

The Flatliners

Hard working punk quartet the Flatliners took over three years to release their long-awaited fourth studio LP, Dead Language. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the Ontario outfit is touring up until the holidays, performing a pair of shows in London and Toronto before taking a much-needed break. Joining them on both dates will be Minnesota punk rockers Off With Their Heads and Winnipeg's Sights and Sounds.

12/19 London, ON – Call the Office
12/20 Toronto, ON – The Opera House

Monster Truck

Hamilton hometown heroes Monster Truck have been touring for the better part of a year in support of their first proper LP, Furiosity. Thankfully, the band is returning home to Upper Canada for a few dates just in time for the holidays.

12/20 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
12/21 Peterborough, ON – The Venue
12/22 Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place Theatre

Public Enemy

Releases from Public Enemy has been few and far between ever since the arrival of the new millennium, but that's not keeping the revolutionary hip-hop group from heading north of the border for a rare one-off performance at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom as part of a mini North American tour. Will Flavor Flav sport a Santa Claus-themed clock and matching ensemble? Only time will tell.

12/22 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom


Glaswegian producer Rustie's debut studio album, Glass Swords, came out more than two years ago, but that hasn't prevented the up-and-coming DJ from providing listeners with new singles and contributing to compilations. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present by catching the Scottish beatmaker live as he plays a pair of dates in Vancouver and Toronto.

12/19 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
12/21 Toronto, ON – Wrongbar

Saving Gigi Xmas Bash

Nothing says the holiday season quite like unbridled, avant-garde noise rock and independent comedy. That's why Toronto hotspot Saving Gigi is inviting a few of their favourite experimental rockers and jokesters to a Christmas party to end all Christmas parties. Joining them in the fun festivities will be stoner rock enthusiasts Trog, industrial-minded minimalists Prosimii, and Brutal Knights-frontman-turned-comedian Nick Flanagan. The show ends at 11 pm, so don't forget to arrive early.

12/20 Toronto, ON – Saving Gigi

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