Tanya Tagaq, Billy Talent and Anciients Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Published Mar 02, 2017Canadian artists dominate the top spots this week in our list of Can't Miss Concerts. Easing you into March, we've made a list of a plethora of great artists making soundwaves on stage between March 2 and 8. Peruse the shows below, but if you're still on the hunt for more, there's plenty more where that came from in our Concert Listings.
Few things equal the frenetic energy generated from bands playing hometown shows, so get ready to have your face melted by the heavy metal-heads of Anciients, playing Vancouver this week. Their latest album, Voice of the Void, is a steady diet of heavy riffing and "finds the band digging even deeper into emotional territory while simultaneously embracing the progressive complexity that served them well on their debut effort."
03/03/2017 Vancouver, BC – SBC Restaurant
You probably recognize Begonia's name from a couple of recent lineups — the up-and-coming Winnipeg songstress has landed herself a spot on this year's bill at Ottawa Bluesfest and WayHome. Her latest EP, Lady in Mind, exhibits her clear-cut voice and songwriting abilities, and will have you wanting to sing along right with her. You can catch Begonia this week in her hometown for her EP release show.
03/03/2017 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
This past July, Canadian rock veterans Billy Talent broke a four-year silence with the album release of Afraid of Heights. Whether you're a long-time supporter of the boys or a fan of the new album, this is a band known for fast and furious performances. Grab tickets to Billy Talent this week with Monster Truck and the Dirty Nil as they continue their North American tour.
03/02/2017 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
03/03/2017 Ottawa, ON – TD Place Arena
03/05/2017 Moncton, NB – Casino New Brunswick
03/06/2017 Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
Have a hankering for more noir&B? Montrealer Alex Fleming, aka Black Atlass, has got your back. He isn't new to the world of making smooth and sultry tunes, and this week he's in his hometown and London, ON to perform them for you. If you haven't heard him before, check out his widely praised 2016 EP, Haunted Paradise; we trust Fleming's falsetto will take it from here.
03/04/2017 Montreal, QC – Newspeak
03/08/2017 London, ON – Rum Runners
Keeping up her streak of impressive releases, this past October, Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel treated us to her beautiful Citizen of Glass. Admired for her haunting instrumentation and soft, cooing voice, you can catch her at two shows this week in Ontario in support of the new album.
03/03/2017 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
03/04/2017 Toronto, ON – The Great Hall
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Canadian indie-rock outfit the Rural Alberta Advantage are returning to the stage this week in Alberta. Fans of their last album, Mended With Gold, or their string of singles since then, will be delighted to know they have two shows this week. With reports of the RAA's follow-up album to be released later this year, perhaps there will be some new tunes thrown into the setlist this time around, too.
03/02/2017 Red Deer, AB – Bo's Bar & Grill
03/03/2017 Edmonton, AB – The Needle Vinyl Tavern
With a Polaris Prize and Juno Award under her belt, throat singer Tanya Tagaq's unique style of blending traditional Inuit throat-singing with avant-garde improvisation has earned her well-deserved critical acclaim. Her latest album, Retribution, maintains her high standard, and this week, you can experience it all live in Toronto.
03/04/2017 Toronto, ON – Roy Thompson Hall
Leif Vollebekk's performances are so captivating, you could often hear a pin drop. His unique, tender lyrical delivery and piano accompaniment has been enchanting fans since his start, and just in case you needed an extra reason to go see him, the Montréal crooner just dropped a new album, titled Twin Solitude. Be sure to catch Vollebekk as he graces the stage at his hometown show this week.
03/02/2017 Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
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