Tanlines, Joel Plaskett, John K. Samson, TOPS and Memoryhouse Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Tanlines, Joel Plaskett, John K. Samson, TOPS and Memoryhouse Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Looking for an alternative to sitting on the couch stuffing your face with all that Easter candy that went on sale? Head out and see some of the great live music going down across our fine country! We've narrowed down the best bets for shows in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal for this week's Can't Miss Concerts.


Thursday, April 12
Toronto roots rock outfit the Wooden Sky will be making their way to the West Coast on Thursday for a show at the Biltmore Cabaret. Supporting their latest LP Every Child a Daughter, Every Sun a Moon, they are sure to endear the crowd with their folksy music. Fellow Torontonians Sunparlour Players will be opening the show with their brand of alt-country and will be joined by Vancouver's own Twin River.

The Wooden Sky
Sunparlour Players
Twin River
$15 at Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, April 13
After some live reunions in 2010 and 2011, the Grapes of Wrath have set plans to release an album of new material sometime next year. In the meantime, they're still playing live and will be at the Rickshaw Theatre on Friday. They aren't the only Canadian band form yesteryear on the bill, as Odds and the Salteens are also slated to perform.

The Grapes of Wrath
The Salteens
$24 at Rickshaw Theatre

Saturday, April 14
Though he hails from Nova Scotia, Canadian indie rock favourite Joel Plaskett will be bringing his music to the opposite Canadian coast over the weekend. Following the recent release of Scrappy Happiness, the Maritime musician will surely put on an entertaining show, so fans don't want to sleep on getting tickets to this one.

Joel Plaskett
$25 at the Vogue Theatre


Friday, April 13
As the frontman of Winnipeg heroes the Weakerthans, John K. Samson has a devoted following -- and with good reason. He's proven he can rock solo too with this year's Provincial and will be performing the new stuff with his Provincial Band at the Palomino on Friday. Fans of the Weakerthans won't be left without some nostalgia-inducing favourites from the group's back catalogue, though.

John K. Samson
$22.50 at Palomino

Saturday, April 14
Also rolling through the Prairies this weekend are the husband and wife duo Whitehorse. Consisting of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, this pair will be delivering some of the finest alt-country Canada has to offer at the Pumphouse Theatre.

$22.50 at Pumphouse Theatre


Thursday, April 12
Montreal indie popsters TOPS, formerly known as Silly Kissers, recently signed to Arbutus Records (home to "it girl" Grimes) and will be bringing their dreamy pop songs to Toronto's Silver Dollar Room on Thursday evening. It will be a packed night of music, as they're joined on the bill by Foxfire, Triple Gangers and Hellaluya.

Triple Gangers
$TBA at the Silver Dollar Room

Friday, April 13
Ontario dream popsters Memoryhouse have been touring since the release of The Slideshow Effect earlier this year, but will return to Toronto for a show at the El Mocambo this weekend. The Sub Pop signees have expanded from performing as just a duo, so it should make for an even fuller sound. Also playing on Friday are Paradise Animals and Volcano Playground.

Paradise Animals
Volcano Playground
$13 at El Mocambo

Saturday, April 14
Toronto-based hardcore punks Cancer Bats are currently busy gracing the cover of Exclaim! and getting set to release Dead Set on Living on April 17, but that won't stop them for putting on a kick-ass show at the Horseshoe on Saturday. They'll be joined by L.A.'s Touche Amore and Halifax's A Sight for Sewn Eyes.

Cancer Bats
Touche Amore
A Sight for Sewn Eyes
$15.50 at the Horseshoe Tavern


Saturday, April 14
Psychedelic California six-piece rock outfit Sleepy Sun will be hitting up Montreal for a show on Saturday night. The timing couldn't be more perfect, as their third album Spine Hits drops just this week, so fans can expect to be treated to some new material. Opening the show will be self-described "spacerock" group White Hills, as well as Montreal natives Aim Low.

Sleepy Sun
White Hills
Aim Low
$10 advance, $12 door at Casa Del Popolo

Sunday, April 15 / Monday, April 16
Just a couple days before releasing his latest record Adventures in Your Own Backyard, Montreal's own Polaris Prize-winning popster Patrick Watson's eponymous band will be performing in their hometown on Sunday evening. If you don't get a chance to catch him on Sunday, Watson will be returning to the Corona Theatre on Monday night for an encore performance.

Patrick Watson
$42 at Corona Theatre

Monday, April 16
Brooklyn electro-pop duo Tanlines dropped their debut LP Mixed Emotions last month to much critical acclaim, and the pair will be making Montreal dance on Monday night at Il Motore. Montreal's own disco-loving experimental sound guy Femminielli will be opening the night's show.

$10 advance, $15 door at Il Motore