Junior Boys, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Matthew Barber and Gruff Rhys Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Junior Boys, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Matthew Barber and Gruff Rhys Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Another weekend full of concerts is fast approaching and we want to make sure that you're in the know about some of the great shows happening in your city. Right here is where you'll find our top concert picks for Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday June 9
Dead Can Dance fans probably already know all about the duo's long-awaited return coming up in 2012. But before finishing up the anticipated new DCD album, Brendan Perry has hit the road, co-headlining a tour with Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins. Both of the artists are fresh off of new releases (both Perry's Ark and Guthrie's Emeralds came out in May) and it will be their first time on tour together in years.

Brendan Perry
Robin Guthrie
DJ Darren
$25 at Venue

Friday, June 10
Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums are back in Canada, bringing their eclectic pop to us once again, this time with a headlining tour. Mariam Wallentin's jazzy vocals, backed up by husband Andreas Werliin's steady percussion, have got their albums tons of praise and their live shows are sure to do the same.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Therapies Sone
$12 at the Waldorf


Thursday, June 9
Matthew Barber's new self-titled album just hit shelves on June 7 and, naturally, he has a stretch of Canadian tour dates to help promote the release. He'll be sharing the stage with songstress Suzie Ungerleider, who you may better know as Oh Susanna, for what they're calling the "He Said, She Said" tour. Fans of wonderful, folk-infused tunes wont want to miss this one.

Matthew Barber
Oh Susanna
$20 at Palomino


Thursday, June 9
Over here are Exclaim! we're pretty excited about Junior Boys' new album, It's All True, which comes out on June 14. Actually, we're so excited that we've made it our current album of the week so that you can hear it in its entirety before it drops. Like what you hear? Then you're going to want to check them out on their North American tour!

Junior Boys
Caribou (DJ set)
Miracle Fortress
$17.50 advance, $20 door at the Phoenix

Friday, June 10
We've given Okkervil River's latest release, I Am Very Far, great reviews here at Exclaim!, calling it "catchy," "adventurous" and "passion-filled," among other complimentary adjectives. Head over to the Phoenix to see what we were talking about first hand.

Okkervil River
Titus Andronicus
Future Islands
$18.50 advance, $22 door at the Phoenix

Saturday, June 11
Gruff Rhys has been on the road since May, and he's finally bringing the tour here to the Great White North. This Toronto show is one of only two Canadian dates on the stretch (he already hit Vancouver earlier this month), so if you're lucky enough to be in town for this one, you're going to want to catch him while you can.

Gruff Rhys
Y Niwl
$15 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern


Thursday, June 9
Montreal-based Tonstartssbandht are playing this hometown gig with a solid lineup of fellow eccentric pop acts, including Grimes and Makeout Videotape. So head over to Il Motore for a show that's sure to get people talking.

Makeout Videotape
Planet Hollywood
$6 advance, $8 door at Il Motore

Saturday, June 11
Told you we were excited about Junior Boys. If you aren't from the Toronto area, you'll have another chance to check them out again this weekend in Montreal. As an extra bonus, Miracle Fortress will be lending some opening support.

Junior Boys
Miracle Fortress
$16 at La Sala Rossa

Sunday, June 12
Architecture in Helsinki have been pretty busy the past few months. They've been touring almost non-stop since February and released their latest album, Moment Bends, on May 3. Now, after a bunch of dates in their home country of Australia, along with a ton in Europe, this collective have made their way to Canada for what's almost the end of their run.

Architecture In Helsinki
Hooray For Earth
$17 advance, $20 door at La Tulipe