King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Jenn Grant and Operators Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Published Mar 30, 2017Life is full of changes, whether it's trends in fashion, weather, politics or, of course, music. Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with, which is why we provide you with our weekly Can't Miss Concerts feature, which rounds up the hottest shows taking place across Canada.
This week, March 30 through April 5, there's plenty to satisfy your musical nostalgia, should you be feeling it: go back in time with animated Canadian pop duo Prozzäk, or get swept up once more in the British invasion with '60s UK icons the Zombies. If none of our Can't Miss Concerts below are up your alley, you can visit our Concert Listings for even more shows.
Last month, Juno-award winning songstress Rose Cousins treated us to yet another masterfully written album with Natural Conclusion. Her smooth and sombre vocals overtop her backing band's instrumental bed makes for a very dynamic album. In an interview with Exclaim!, Cousins noted that, "Ultimately, this is a record of performances, the moment, raw, vulnerable and real." If you're in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia this week, be sure to catch some of those vulnerable and real moments live.
04/03/17 St. John's, NL – Resource Centre for the Arts (LSPU Hall)
04/05/17 Halifax, NS – St. Matthews United Church
Halifax-based chanteuse Jenn Grant is continuing her tour in support of her latest LP Paradise. Grant's songwriting abilities matched with her gentle yet powerful ballads have brought her prominence as not only a Juno nominee but also an extremely respected name in the folk pop music community. This week is your chance to see it all unfold live out west at one of her shows.
03/30/17 Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment
03/31/17 Edmonton, AB – The Rec Room
04/01/17 Calgary, AB – Festival Hall
04/05/17 Nanaimo, BC – The Queens
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Having blown up over the past few years, Melbourne psych-rock septet King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard issued a statement last year guaranteeing a whopping five albums to be released in 2017, and the rock stalwarts have, sure enough, been delivering. February brought us the first of the five with album Flying Microtonal Banana, exploring microtonal tuning, and this week you can dive into it live in Toronto and Montreal. "Full-throttle" is the only way King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard do it, so get ready to have your face melted by some sweet and slithery psych-rock grooves at one of their shows this week.
04/04/17 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
04/05/17 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Led by bandleader hero Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and Divine Fits), gritty electronic outfit Operators are in town to get those feet moving this week. With a history of making "headlines for their sweaty, woozy dance parties," Operators are a band worth experiencing live. If you are a fan of their acclaimed 2016 releases Blue Wave or EP Control, or have yet to see them, this week you can catch Operators and dance the night away in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. Garage-pop group Charly Bliss will be kicking off each show.
03/30/17 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox
03/31/17 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
04/01/17 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PBD
Bill & Joel Plaskett
This February, father and son Bill & Joel Plaskett answered your folk-rock prayers and released a collaborative album project titled Solidarity. The duo's shared background in folk performance has proved successful, offering contrastive but harmonious voices on the album. Paired with Canadian folk duo Mayhemingways as openers, the Plasketts will be entertaining four times this week, with three shows in British Columbia before heading to Ontario for one show.
03/30/17 Nanaimo, BC - The Queens
03/31/17 Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Performance Hall
04/01/17 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
04/05/17 Waterloo, ON – Starlight Social Club
Your favourite animated pop duo Prozzäk have returned to the musical sphere on a comeback tour titled "Forever 1999," named after their latest album of the same name. The album and tour are also commemorating the year they were basking in the success of topping the charts. Perhaps you've heard or related to the duo's single "Love Me Tinder," as Simon and Milo continue to stay true to their tongue-in-cheek, hopeless-romantic nature. They have four shows this week, so why not party with them like its 1999?
03/30/17 Ottawa, ON – Algonquin Commons Theatre with K.I.D
03/31/17 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall with K.I.D
04/02/17 London, ON – London Music Hall with K.I.D
04/05/17 Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid with K.I.D
If you've been in the mood for some pork and beans, you're in luck; American pop-rock vets Weezer are ready to serve some up for you. Whether you're on the Weezer wagon for their '90s classics, for tracks off their latest LP, The White Album, or for their upcoming album's teaser track "Feels like Summer," you can catch the boys in Saskatchewan and Alberta this week. Their tour will be accompanied by Canadian rockers the Trews and punks the Flatliners.
03/31/17 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
04/02/17 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
04/04/17 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
04/05/17 Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Event Centre
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the album Odessey and Oracle by iconic Brit-rockers the Zombies. So this week, why not take a nostalgia trip to 1968 to hear all their classic jukebox-y tracks off the album, played from start to finish? They've referred to this as their "finale tour," so it will undoubtedly be a throwback show you'll not want to miss.
04/01/17 Montreal, QC – Cinema Imperial
04/02/17 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Visit Exclaim!'s Concert Listings for more upcoming shows.