Pop Montreal, Olio Festival, Joel Plaskett and Grimes Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Pop Montreal, Olio Festival, Joel Plaskett and Grimes Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
It's a brand new week, it's Pop Montreal and there are a ton of great artists coming to play a show near you. Whether you are waiting for your favourite big-time artist's tour to hit your city or looking to catch a good local act, you need to take a look at a few of the amazing concerts happening in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, September 20
As part of Olio Festival, Vancouver three-piece punk outfit Nü Sensae will be melting faces at this year's event. The band recently released their Suicide Squeeze debut, Sundowning, and sweetening the deal for this show will be Slim Fathers and legs.

Nü Sensae
Slim Fathers
$6 or free with wristband the Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, September 21
As part of Friday night's Olio festivities, New Zealand indie synth pop singer Ladyhawke is coming to the Fortune Sound Club with supporting acts the Automation, Nike Bike and Pat Lok. Her second album, entitled Anxiety, was just released in May of this year so there will be plenty of new material for avid listeners to dance to.

The Automation
Nike Bike
Pat Lok
$18 or free with wristband at Fortune Sound Club

Saturday, September 22
Helping ring in Olio's Saturday night will be Canadian electro dudes Teen Daze and Shout Out Out Out Out. The pair are releasing a split 12-inch as part of the Scion Sessions, which they'll be giving away at the show, and Teen Daze has his The Inner Mansions album heading our way fast. So if you're looking to hear some new material, you shouldn't be disappointed in the least.

Teen Daze
Shout Out Out Out Out
$15 or free with wristband at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, September 20
To begin things in Calgary, Canadian folk and reggae three-piece Jon and Roy are heading to town to play the Republik. With their latest record Let It Go just out this year, they will have plenty of material to round out the set ensuring that Thursday night will be a party that you will want to attend.

Jon and Roy
$15 at the Republik

Friday, September 21
The weekend has a promising start with Juno Award-winning Canadian artist Joel Plaskett playing the Flare N Derrick Hall on Friday night. Plaskett has been a staple of the indie rock scene in Canada for decades, if you're a fan, you won't want to miss him play with his good friend Mo Kenney.

Joel Plaskett
Mo Kenney
TBA at Flare N Derrick Hall

Saturday, September 22
Filling out the weekend is Canadian alt-country singer-songwriter Carolyn Mark at the Ironwood Stage. The Queen of Vancouver Island was just released, so we're guessing Mark will be in high spirits for this one and will bring a great show.

Carolyn Mark
TBA at Ironwood Stage and Grill


Thursday, September 20
With the release of their first major collaborative work, entitled Love This Giant, David Byrne and St. Vincent combined their musical talents in a variety of provocative and delightful ways. You know that you won't want to miss these two musical power houses play when they come to Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre this Thursday.

David Byrne and St. Vincent
$49.50 to $75 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Friday, September 21
Experimental pop artist Grimes kicks off the weekend by bringing her unique style of dark industrial pop music to Lee's Palace on Friday. Her latest record Visions was a non-stop ride of infectious synthy, industrial beats that you can't help but dance to, making this a sure bet.

$20 advance, $25 doors at Lee's Palace

Saturday, September 22
Finishing things off this weekend in Toronto is the American singer-songwriter Julia Holter playing the Horseshoe on Saturday. Holter plays a raw style of ambient indie music that is totally her own. For fans of experimental soundscapes seeing her at the Horseshoe is an absolute must.

Julia Holter
Hundred Waters
$12 advance, $15 doors at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern


Thursday, September 20
Helping get Pop Montreal into full swing, Grimes will be bringing her unique style of dark, industrial synth pop out for a hometown show. She will be playing at Club Soda with Elite Gymnastics and Vancouver's MYTHS, making this one of the most promising shows happening at Pop Montreal this year.

Elite Gymnastics
$17 at Club Soda

Friday, September 21
Continuing their tour, David Byrne and St. Vincent bring Love This Giant to Montreal for the Pop Montreal festival. There isn't much more we can say about how good this show will be; go see it, you won't regret it.

David Byrne & St. Vincent
TBA at Le St. Jean Baptiste

Saturday, September 22
Having just released their There You Go '82 - '97 compilation, Canadian alt-rock vets Change of Heart are playing Il Motore for Pop Montreal. This band defied genre classification with a sound that bridged rock, pop and even some contemporary punk. This show might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so don't miss out and regret it later.

Change of Heart
Mahogany Frog
The Redmond Barry's
Silk Screaming
$15 at Il Motore