METZ, Venus Fest and Moses Sumney Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

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BY Ava MuirPublished Sep 28, 2017

While this year's Polaris Music Prize has officially been bestowed upon a new winner, the 2017 short-listed nominees are still on the road supporting the acclaimed records that got them there. Feist, Lisa LeBlanc and Tanya Tagaq each delivered stunning performances at the Polaris gala, and from September 28 to October 4, fans will be able to see them in venues across the country.
Check out the rest of our picks for this week's Can't Miss Concerts below, then head over to our Concert Listings for even more options.
Leslie Feist offered an intimate performance of "I Wish I Didn't Miss You" from Pleasure to Polaris gala attendees and now, fans out west will get to bask in the beauty of her songs. Following back-to-back nights in her native Calgary, Feist will treat Vancouver audiences to shows at Vogue Theatre and Commodore Ballroom this Sunday (October 1) and Monday (October 2), respectively.
09/28/2017 Calgary, AB – Bella Concert Hall
09/29/2017 Calgary, AB – Bella Concert Hall
10/01/2017 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
10/02/2017 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Lisa LeBlanc
New Brunswick-bred folk rocker Lisa LeBlanc delivered lively performances of "Ti-gars" and "5,748 km" from her 2016 release Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? to delighted onlookers at this year's Polaris gala. This week will see LeBlanc in Saskatchewan, where she'll play Saskatoon's Capitol Music Club before journeying onwards to her gig at Swift Current's Lyric Theatre.
09/29/2017 Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Club
09/30/2017 Swift Current, SK – Lyric Theatre
Toronto noise rockers METZ recently kicked off a tour in support of their new album Strange Peace that'll take the trio into December and see them sharing stages with acts like Modest Mouse, Uniform and Protomartyr. They'll show their hometown some love beforehand with two nights at Lee's Palace this Friday (September 29) and Saturday (September 30) accompanied by Montreal's Suuns.
09/29/2017 Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace
09/30/2017 Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace
The New Pornographers
Vancouver's the New Pornographers have been a staple of the Canadian indie rock scene for two decades and showed they've still got it earlier this year with the release of Whiteout Conditions. The group will kick off their Canadian fall tour in support of the LP at Victoria's Capital Ballroom on Thursday night (September 28), with Born Ruffians serving as support for the entire stretch of dates.
09/28/2017 Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom (formerly Sugar Nightclub)
09/29/2017 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
09/30/2017 Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre
10/01/2017 Nelson, BC – Hume Hotel
10/02/2017 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
10/04/2017 Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre
Moses Sumney
Singer-songwriter Moses Sumney dropped his highly anticipated, enchanting debut album Aromanticism last Friday (September 22) and will bring its evocative and minimalist sounds to Vancouver audiences this Saturday (September 30) at St. James Hall.
09/30/2017 Vancouver, BC – St. James Hall
Tanya Tagaq
Inuk throat-singing experimentalist Tanya Tagaq floored the crowd at this year's Polaris Prize gala with her take on Nirvana's "Rape Me," a powerful performance that incorporated a group of women wearing red dresses to signify the over 1,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Tagaq will return home to Nunavut for a performance at Inukshuk High School in the territory's capital on Saturday (September 30).
09/30/2017 Iqaluit, NU – Inuksuk High School
Tei Shi
Argentine indie artist Tei Shi (born Valerie Teicher) dropped her debut record Crawl Space, a vivacious fusion of alternative R&B and pop, this past spring via Arts & Crafts. The 26-year-old will spend this fall touring Canada and the U.S. in support of the LP, playing Toronto's Mod Club Theatre tonight (September 28) before making her way to Winnipeg for a Wednesday (October 4) performance at The Park Theatre.
09/28/2017 Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theatre
10/04/2017 Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
Venus Fest
The inaugural edition of Venus Fest, a new Toronto-based music and arts festival that's rooted in the spirit of feminism, takes place this Saturday (September 30) and features an incredible lineup of female-identifying acts. Polaris Prize 2017 winner Lido Pimienta will take to Daniels Spectrum (located in the Regent Park neighbourhood) alongside Weaves (who also received a Polaris nod this year), DIANA, Grouper, the Highest Order, Ice Cream and more.
09/30/2017 Toronto, ON – Daniels Spectrum
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