Stars, Born Ruffians, Efterklang and Elliott Brood Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Stars, Born Ruffians, Efterklang and Elliott Brood Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Julie Michaud
We buy their albums, we memorize the lyrics, play air guitar to the riffs, so why not jam out to it live? Below, find our picks for the must-see Canadian concerts from March 14 to 21 from coast to coast.

Billy Talent

Billy Talent might be the headliners, but the draws for us on their current Canadian tour are openers Hollerado and Indian Handcrafts. The former are supporting their new album, White Paint, while Indian Handcrafts will bring the noise from their latest, Civil Disobedience for Losers. Mall-punks Sum 41 are also on the bill.

3/14 Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
3/16 Kamloops, BC - Interior Savings Centre
3/18 Dawson Creek, BC - EnCana Events Centre
3/19 Red Deer, AB - Enmax Centrium
3/20 Calgary, AB - Stampede Corral

Born Ruffians

Jittery, rhythm-centric indie-pop group Born Ruffians have been teasing their upcoming LP Birthmarks and will be hitting the road leading up to its release on April 16. Don't miss this show to hear the band's fresh new material before anyone else.

3/19 Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
3/20 Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club


Danish indie outfit Efterklang are heading to Vancouver to support their Piramida LP as a six-piece band to fill out the instrumental breadth of their records. Show up early to see Nightlands' opening performance.

3/14 Vancouver, BC - the Biltmore Cabaret

Elliott Brood

Three-piece death-country group Elliott Brood have had a long promotional run for their last album Days Into Years and they have no plans of slowing down just yet. Catch them in Hamilton this week.

3/15 Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood

Inlet Sound

Ontario folk crew Inlet Sound are taking the tunes of their buzz-accompanied debut The Romantics to the East Coast this week. An opening performance from Willie Stratton is a reason to show up early.

3/14 Halifax, NS - the Company House

New Country Rehab

Alt-country quartet New Country Rehab are taking the tunes of their recent album Ghost of Your Charms on a Canadian tour. Show up early to catch a performance from modern folk maven Anais Mitchell.

3/15 Calgary, AB - Ironwood Stage and Grill
3/16 Edmonton, AB - Haven Social Club
3/20 Revelstoke, BC - Big Eddy Pub
3/21 Vancouver, BC - St. James Hall


Having recently wrapped up a run of shows with Metric, orchestral pop group Stars are now heading out on a tour of their own to promote their latest album, The North. They are playing back-to-back shows in hometown Montreal, followed by shows in Kingston, London and Toronto (twice!) this week. The golden-throated Cold Specks will open.

3/15-6 Montreal, QC - Theatre Corona
3/18 Kingston, ON - Sydenham Street United Church
3/19 London, ON - London Music Hall
3/20-21 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

Two Hours Traffic

Charlottetown indie rockers will be repping their new musical direction on tour to support their new album, Foolish Blood. Don't miss the opening set from Rah Rah.

3/19 London, ON - Call The Office
3/20 Hamilton, ON - the Casbah