Grimes, the Darcys, Youth Lagoon and the Famines Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Grimes, the Darcys, Youth Lagoon and the Famines Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you're thinking of heading out to see some live music, Exclaim! is here to help you narrow down your options with our picks for Can't Miss Concerts this week for Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, November 17
Born in Vancouver and currently based in Montreal, Grimes has developed her own unique sound from influences that cover everything from Mariah Carey to the Smiths. Combining haunting vocals with lo-fi R&B, this is a live show you'll want to see. Darkened electronic Vancouver act MYTHS will be opening.

$10 at Electric Owl

Friday, November 18
tUnE-yArDs will be bringing her acclaimed live show to Vancouver, still running with the momentum generated from this year's w h o k i l l album. Opening the show will be Montreal's Pat Jordache.

Pat Jordache
$18 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, November 19
Fusing hip-hop and electronic music has become second nature to AraabMuzik, who will be rolling through Vancouver on Saturday night. His latest release Electronic Dream is a collection of songs that will be sure to get the crowd moving when played live. Party Supplies and Winnie Cooper DJs are up before AarabMuzik's set.

Party Supplies
Winnie Cooper DJs
$10 at Electric Owl


Thursday, November 17
Hip-hop icon KRS-One will be spitting rhymes for fans in Calgary this weekend. The MC has released a number of collaborative efforts in the last couple years, including albums with Showbiz, Bumpy Knuckles and DJ Premier, plus his last solo EP Back to the L.A.B. There should be no shortage of performance material on Thursday night. DJ C-Sik and Bedroc_Ox will support.

DJ C-Sik
$39 at Commonwealth Bar

Friday, November 18
Sudbury, ON alt-country group Ox just released their latest album tUCo, which has been billed as a soundtrack to a film that was never made. Toronto's Forest City Lovers are also on the bill, as is Lorrie Matheson, setting up what should be a night of great laid-back pop folk music.

Forest City Lovers
Lorrie Matheson
$10 at Palomino

Saturday, November 19
Polaris Music Prize nominees Austra will be performing tracks from their debut album Feel It Break. Twin sisters Sari and Romy Lightman are part of Austra's touring lineup, and their own band Tasseomancy will be opening.

$15 at HiFi Club


Friday, November 18
Toronto indie kids the Darcys will be celebrating the release of their first album with Arts & Crafts, which was produced by Murray Lightburn of the Dears, at the Horseshoe Tavern on Friday night. Opening the show will be Kandle, Grounders and Amos the Transparent.

The Darcys
Amos the Transparent
$8 advance, $10 door at the Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, November 19
Youth Lagoon is the musical project of young 20-something Trevor Powers. Creating dreamy music about his life as a college kid in and out of love, his show in Toronto should be a good one. New Yorkers (via Australia and Indonesia) Young Magic have been the supporting act for most of the North American tour and will be present on Saturday night. Beef Terminal will also play an opening set.

Youth Lagoon
Young Magic
Beef Terminal
$10.50 advance, $12 door at the Garrison

Sunday, November 20
East Coast darlings and two-time Polaris Music Prize nominees Hey Rosetta! will be playing for fans outside the big city, in London, ON to close out the weekend. If their live show sounds anything like their latest album Seeds, then this concert's gonna be a great one. Australian indie popsters the Jezabels are currently on tour with the Newfoundland band and will be opening on Sunday evening.

Hey Rosetta!
The Jezabels
$18.50 advance, $20 door at London Music Hall


Friday, November 18
The night before they roll through Toronto, Youth Lagoon, Young Magic and Beef Terminal will be playing at Montreal's Il Motore.

Youth Lagoon
Young Magic
Beef Terminal
$10 advance, $13 door at Il Motore

Saturday, November 19
Hot on the heels of the recently released double album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez) will be bringing his epic sounds to Montreal. New Jersey's harp-loving R&B popster Active Child will be the opening act.

Active Child
$18.50 advance, $20 door at Societe Des Arts Technologiques

Saturday, November 19
Minimalist indie rock duo the Famines originally hail from Edmonton, but will be bringing their warped brand of rock'n'roll to Montreal's Casa Del Popolo on Saturday night. Montreal's own Hand Cream and Sugar Boys will provide support.

The Famines
Hand Cream
Sugar Boys
$8 at Casa Del Popolo