Silver Mt. Zion, Wilco, the Gigantour and Exclaim!'s 20th Anniversary Bash Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Silver Mt. Zion, Wilco, the Gigantour and Exclaim!'s 20th Anniversary Bash Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Kick off the month of February by heading out to see some great live music. Here are our picks for Can't Miss Concerts this week, highlighting shows in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, February 2
Despite their ever-changing band name and lineup, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra are still guaranteed to put on an intriguing live show. The experimental Montreal rock unit released their latest LP Kollaps Tradixionales back in early 2010, so fans are definitely anticipating some new material sometime soon. Whether or not they premiere some new stuff on their North American tour, you'd be wise to check this one out.

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
$18 at Rickshaw Theatre

Friday, February 3
Welsh indie popsters Los Campesinos! have already played some Canadian dates in Toronto and Montreal and are taking their show to the West Coast this weekend. They're currently touring their latest album Hello Sadness, which dropped last fall and will definitely be charming the crowds at the Electric Owl with their twee musical stylings.

Los Campesinos!
$18 at Electric Owl

Sunday, February 5
Alt-country heroes Wilco will be gracing Vancouver fans with their presence on Sunday evening, which will surely be a treat for all in attendance. Touring their acclaimed album The Whole Love, Jeff Tweedy and co. will hopefully be delivering a set filled with new gems, as well as old favourites. Austin, TX experimental garage rockers White Denim will be opening the show.

White Denim
$39.50 to 47.50 at The Orpheum Theatre


Friday, February 3
It's not very often that one comes across a musician who blends klezmer and punk. But Vancouver's Geoff Berner does just that, and he does it well. His last record Victory Party came out early last year and Berner is sure to get the party started when he busts out his accordion. Fellow British Columbian and frequent Neko Case collaborator Carolyn Mark will be sharing the stage with Berner, showcasing some of the more diverse talents that BC has to offer.

Geoff Berner
Carolyn Mark
$15 at Ironwood Stage & Grill


Thursday, February 2
Toronto's own Dinosaur Bones dropped their debut album My Divider last year, but their momentum hasn't stopped. The band kicked off a tour in Montreal on Tuesday, with the all the remaining dates in Ontario. They'll be bringing their indie rock sound to the Horseshoe Tavern in their hometown on Saturday. Opening sets will be provided courtesy of Hamilton, ON's Young Rival and Prussia from Detroit, MI.

Dinosaur Bones
Young Rival
$10.50 advance, $12 door at the Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, February 3
Originally from Halifax, Skratch Bastid has been making audiences dance all across Canada and abroad for ages. He's even been nominated for a Juno for his production work with Buck 65. So be sure to catch him at the Carlu this weekend, as he will no doubt be spinning tunes to get the crowd moving.

Skratch Bastid
TBA at the Carlu

Saturday, February 4
Exclaim! turns 20 this year and to kick off the celebrations, the Horseshoe Tavern is hosting the first instalment of the Juno Concert Series. Kicking off the night will be the Elwins, with special appearances from members of Broken Social Scene, Sloan, the Rural Alberta Advantage, Tokyo Police Club and Ohbijou. Then the Sadies will deliver a punk set featuring members of Fucked Up, Burning Love, the Curse and Career Suicide, in addition to a photo memoir from Don Pyle. Finally, the night will wrap up with the Hip Hop Karaoke crew featuring Numeric, Dalia and More Or Les, joined by Choclair, D-Sisive and Michie Mee. What better way to celebrate 20 years than with three sets of some of the best Canadian music out there?

Juno Concert Series Exclaim! Edition
The Elwins
The Sadies
Hip Hop Karaoke
Plus many special guests
$20 at the Horseshoe Tavern


Thursday, February 2
Metal fans won't want to skip out on Gigantour when in rolls through Montreal on Thursday night. Featuring some of the genre's most popular veterans, the show boasts a lineup that includes Megadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil. The night is sure to be packed with hard-rocking performances and fans alike.

Lacuna Coil
$58 to $73 at the Bell Centre

Sunday, February 5
Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince may have been born on different sides of the Atlantic, but there's no denying that there's some serious chemistry between them as the Kills. The duo are currently touring 2011's Blood Pressures and are sure to be putting on an exciting live show for all in attendance at the Montreal show on Sunday night. They won't be the only duo on stage, as Nashville-based brother duo JEFF the Brotherhood will be playing an opening set. Quebec natives the Hunters will also be playing an introductory set for the Kills.

The Kills
JEFF the Bortherhood
The Hunters
$28.75 at Olympia de Montreal