J Mascis, Diamond Rings, Ty Segall and CMW Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

J Mascis, Diamond Rings, Ty Segall and CMW Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Canadian Music Week is finally here, which means that Canadian and international musicians will be in full gear as they play shows this week in Toronto. So take out your schedule books or just write it on your arm because Exclaim! is here with a special edition of Can't Miss Concerts. But if you're not in Toronto, don't fret, because we have concert listings for Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal as well.


Friday, March 11
Along with doing a single together, Toronto glamour pop sensation Diamond Rings has teamed up with the dramatic Kingston indie rockers PS I Love You for a sprawling North American tour. With this much Canadian talent in one show together, you'll definitely not want to miss this one.

Diamond Rings
PS I Love You
$13 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, March 12
Toronto pop minimalists Born Ruffians are hitting Vancouver this Saturday in support of their latest full-length Say It and their follow-up EP Plinky Plonk. Providing support for this show is the highly acclaimed all-girl Weezer cover band Sheezer. This night will be full of catchy pop hooks and classic Weezer tunes, making you glad that you decided not to stay home.

Born Ruffians
$16 at Rickshaw Theatre


Friday, March 11
Vancouver post-punk rockers White Lung are making their way to Calgary alongside fellow Vancouver punks Nu Sensae and B-Lines. Calgarians will not want to miss their chance to get down and dirty with the flourishing punk rock talent arising from Vancouver.

White Lung
Nu Sensae
$TBD at Broken City

Saturday, March 12
The GZA/Genius himself of the infamous and legendary Wu-Tang Clan is bringing his lyrical mastery to Calgary. This is a must-see show, because it will probably be a while before Calgary gets another hip-hop show of this calibre. Support is provided by Cash Bradshaw and Ricca Razor Sharp.

Cash Bradshaw
Ricca Razor Sharp
$TBD at Dickens Pub

Wednesday, March 16
Born Ruffians are bringing their minimalist pop to Calgary this Sunday in support Say It LP and Plinky Plonk EP. As an extra bonus, the all-girl Weezer cover band, Sheezer, will be breaking out the classic jams from Rivers and co.

Born Ruffians
$20.75 at the Republik


Thursday, March 10
Two of Canada's most promising up-and-coming indie labels, Unfamiliar Records and Hand Drawn Dracula, are presenting a showcase of their finest talent as part of Canadian Music Fest. Come check out an amazing lineup of acts such as Mausoleum, Rituals, Actual Water, Rat Tail, Makeout Videotape, Little Girls and Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck fame. It's definitely one of the most anticipated showcases of CMF this year, so don't miss out.

Brian Borcherdt
Little Girls
Makeout Videotape
Rat Tail
Actual Water
$10 or with CMF Wristband at the Garrison

Friday, March 11
Dinosaur Jr.'s very own J Mascis will be playing in support of his upcoming solo release Several Shades of Why as part of Canadian Music Fest. This show is definitely one of the most talked-about events at CMF this year, and with Kurt Vile and the Violators and James Vincent McMorrow on the bill, it isn't surprising.

J Mascis
Kurt Vile and the Violators
James Vincent McMorrow
$27.50 or with CMF Wristband at the Great Hall

Saturday, March 12
Indie punk rocker Ty Segall will be playing the indie punk showcase at Canadian Music Fest this year along with Heavy Cream, Teenanger, the Pack A.D., and Mockingbird Wish Me Luck. Don't miss Segall's garage pop riffs and energetic live show, which is only to be expected after a solid lineup of top-tier indie punk openers.

Ty Segall
Heavy Cream
The Pack AD
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
$13.50 or with CMF Wristband at Wrongbar


Friday, March 11
On the eve of his Canadian Music Fest performance, Ty Segall is stopping off in Montreal to unleash his catchy brand of poppy garage punk riffs upon the Montreal masses. With Heavy Cream and Uncle Bad Touch opening, you won't feel so bad about not making it up to Toronto this weekend.

Ty Segall
Heavy Cream
Uncle Bad Touch
$10 at Club Lambi

Saturday, March 12
The Toronto film and music critic comprised band the Two Koreas are hitting Montreal in support of their recently released album Science Island. Come on out and jive with the Two Koreas' indie rock party anthems, which guarantee a good time, every time. Support is provided by Silk Screaming.

The Two Koreas
Silk Screaming
$8 at Il Motore