Published Sep 18, 2014There's an incredible amount of talent to be witnessed across the country this week, and our Can't Miss Concerts picks for September 18 to 24 prove it. Find our choices for this week below, then be sure to check our complete Concert Listings for more upcoming shows.
Prominent folk-punk figure Billy Bragg kicks off a short string of four dates on Canada's east coast this week. Rounding out his month-long Tooth and Nail Tour, Bragg starts the Canadian leg in Fredericton, NB at the Playhouse. Next week, he'll make stops in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
09/23 Fredericton, NB – The Playhouse
Bloor Ossington Folk Festival
Three days of free music are taking place in the Bloor and Ossington community as part of the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival. The festival is an excellent way for those living in (and out of) the area to see a number of talented acts in local venues such as Christie Pits Park, Saving Gigi cafe, Bassline Music Bar and Studio 835. Sporting a line-up that includes Julie Doiron & the Wrong Guys, Brendan Canning, Eamon McGrath and much more doesn't hurt, either.
09/19-21 Toronto, ON – Various Venues
Touring in support of April's Built on Glass, Australian producer Chet Faker brings his downtempo electronics to western Canada for two dates this month. Catch the man playing at the Starlite Room in Edmonton on September 19, and the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on September 22 for a chance to hear his latest works live.
09/19 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
09/22 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Canadian punk outfit Fucked Up are returning from out west, making a number of stops along the route back to their native Toronto. You can find them supporting their latest release, Glass Boys, on their trek back eastward in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay this week before two back-to-back hometown dates at the Horseshoe Tavern.
09/19 Saskatoon, SK – Louis' Pub
09/20 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
09/21 Calgary, AB – Republik
09/23 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
09/24 Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
09/26 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
09/27 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
New Forms Festival
Heading into its 14th year, the New Forms Festival bills itself as a platform that bridges music and art through live performance, screenings, exhibitions, talks and installations from artists both national and international. Opening with presentations from pioneering electronic music composer Morton Subotnick and experimental filmmaker Stan Vanderbeek, the festival will also host collaborative sessions between artists such as Oneohtrix Point Never, electronica artist Murcof, visual arts collective Antivj, rapper Young Braised and many more. Based on those names alone, the festival should prove to be incredibly engaging for the eyes, ears and mind.
09/18-21 Vancouver, BC – Science World
The relentless touring continues for Montreal-based Ought. Still riding the wave from their well-received debut More Than Any Other Day, and with a new EP on the way, the band will stop in for a set at Toronto's Hard Luck Bar on September 19 before continuing west to Winnipeg's Union Sound Hall for September 23 after a short trip through the United States.
09/19 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
09/23 Winnipeg, MB – Union Sound Hall
Having recently been shortlisted for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, Timber Timbre are taking Hot Dreams on the road through Ontario, Quebec and, eventually, into Europe. Days before this year's Polaris Music Prize winner is revealed, the band will bring their live show to both Ottawa and Montreal. The performance will no doubt show those in attendance that the shortlist spot was well deserved.
09/18 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
09/19 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Montreal's largest indie music festival is back, featuring hundreds of bands playing in venues around the city for four days. Combining the best of the underground with some serious star power, the festival caters to many different music fans, no matter their taste, every year. Notables for this year's fest include Panda Bear, the Unicorns, Deafheaven and many more.
09/17-21 Montreal, QC – Various Venues
For more shows headed your way, make sure to check out Exclaim!'s Concert Listings.