Paper Bag Records' 10th Anniversary Party, Propagandhi, Laurel Halo and Sparkmarker Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Paper Bag Records' 10th Anniversary Party, Propagandhi, Laurel Halo and Sparkmarker Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Summer may be at a close and Pop Montreal may be over, but that doesn't mean there will be a lack of awesome shows to attend. Tons of bands are kicking off their fall tours, and here is a list of a few to check out this week in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, September 27
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti released Mature Themes, an album that turned back up the weird following the breakthrough Before Today. They're going to take their lo-fi synth-driven arrangements to the Rickshaw Theatre on Thursday, and it's expected to be an interesting, if not out-of-this-world, experience. As an added bonus, you also get a set from future funk hero DâM-FunK.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
$18 at Rickshaw Theatre

Friday, September 28
After a 15-year break, Vancouver's Sparkmarker are playing at the Rickshaw on Friday, where they're expected to play songs off 1994's Products & Accessories and 1997's [email protected]. The 1990s post-hardcore band announced that they are reuniting for just this one night, so if you're a Sparkmarker fan, this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them one last last time.

$15.75 at Rickshaw Theatre

  Saturday, September 29
Since their release of House of Balloons, the Weeknd has received some huge buzz. He even recently signed to Universal Republic. This Saturday the Weeknd plays the Pacific Coliseum, a huge venue, but Abel Tesfaye should not disappoint in holding the audience's attention.

The Weeknd
$45 at Pacific Coliseum


Thursday, September 27, 2012
Shout Out Out Out Out's recent record Spanish Moss and Total Loss was energetic and exciting showing, rolling out influences such as disco, house and Krautrock. Opening up their night at the Hifi Club on Thursday will be some DJs, but the sextet are probably going to keep you dancing too.

Shout Out Out Out Out
Small Town DJs
DJ Pump
Ivan Rankic
$10 at Hifi Club

Friday, September 28
For metal fans, the Noctis 5 Metal Festival & Conference is taking place at the Distillery & MacHall Ballroom from September 27 to 29, with Pig Destroyer playing the Distillery on Friday. They're releasing Book Burner, the follow-up to 2007's mind-blowing Phantom Limb, on October 22, so maybe they'll tease the audience with some new material.

Pig Destroyer
Manilla Road
Phantom Limb
$25 to $30 at The Distillery

Saturday September 29
As part of Noctis, Venom will be headlining the night at MacHall. The band have existed since 1979 and have been often praised as the creators of "black metal." Somehow they have survived dozens of lineup changes but maintain that deep, dark sound even in their most recent Fallen Angels album.

Grand Magus
Black Witchery
Excrementary Grindfuckers
The Order of Chaos
$45 to 50 at MacHall Ballroom


Thursday, September 27 to Saturday, September 29
Paper Bag Records, which is home to some of the biggest Canadian indie artists, turns 10 this year, so it's no surprise the imprint is celebrating with three nights of concerts. Each night's bill features a series of Paper Bag acts, with artists ranging from Born Ruffians to Yamantaka // Sonic Titan to Rural Alberta Advantage, You Say Party, Austra and the Luyas. It's going to be one hell of a party, no doubt, and you can get for info over here.

Thursday: Elliott Brood & Friends, Born Ruffians, Luke Lalonde, Woodhands, the Acorn
Friday: The Rural Alberta Advantage, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Cuff the Duke, PS I Love You, Slim Twig
Saturday: You Say Party, Young Galaxy, the Luyas and Austra
$25 single night, $60 for three nights at the Great Hall

Friday, September 28
Laurel Halo blew Exclaim!'s minds earlier this year with her debut full-length Quarantine, and now she is currently on tour with Ital, who is also dropping a sophomore LP Dream On in November. They will be playing Parts & Labour on Friday, their only announced Canadian stop so far.

Laurel Halo
$13.50 at Parts and Labour

Saturday, September 29
Anthrax will be playing with Testament and Death Angel at the Danforth Music Hall on Saturday. The three thrash metal bands are super compatible and guarantee that it will be a great show.

Death Angel
$34 to $45 at Danforth Music Hall


Thursday, September 27
Bob Log III may be one man, but his shows never disappoint. His sets often interact with audiences and sometimes contain controversial antics, so this may be one show you don't want to miss. B.A. Johnston is also on the bill, and he will bring along some highly sing-along-able tunes.

Bob Log III
B.A. Johnston
$13 advance, $15 door at Il Motore

Friday, September 28
Winnipeg punks Propagandhi are dropping by Metropolis in support of their latest album Failed States. The album is packed with crazy metal riffs, and this is going to be a great show for hardcore ragers. Also on the bill are Comeback Kid and Dig It Up.

Comeback Kid
Dig It Up
$22 at Metropolis

Sunday, September 30
Blog-hyped hip-hop artist A$AP Rocky will be at the Metropolis on Sunday, along with his A$AP Mob. The release of his next LP LONGLIVEA$AP may be pushed to the end of October, but the Mob have a brand-new mixtape to show off to the crowd.

A$AP Rocky
A$AP Mob
Danny Brown
Flatbrush Zombies
$30 advance, $35 door at Metropolis