Tycho, Feist and METZ Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Published Apr 27, 2017April has been a big month in music: Record Store Day just happened, maybe your ears have finally stopped ringing from some of the great Canadian Music Week shows and now you're ready to head out to more shows again. Well, good news: This week's Can't Miss Concerts feature, from April 27 through May 3, will keep your show quota filled as we round up the best shows lighting up stages across Canada this week. If you think you're ready to handle even more than our picks below, our complete Concert Listings hold a heftier list of shows you can toe-tap or head-bang to.
Last week, Saskatoon indie rockers Close Talker released their latest album, Lens, their first since 2013. The band are freshly on tour in support of the new album, meaning now is the perfect time to check out their enchanting sounds. With shimmering riffs and heavy feet on the reverb petal, the band are sure to envelope you in their sound live. Joining them on stage will be fellow rockers Yes We Mystic, who also hail from out west.
04/27/17 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
04/28/17 Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar & Stage
04/29/17 Edmonton, AB – The Needle Vinyl Tavern
04/30/17 Red Deer, AB – Bo's Bar and Grill
Canada's dearly beloved Feist has been busy. You watched her touching tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Junos earlier this month, but that happened when the singer-songwriter was only teasing the promise of a new album. Now, the wait is over; starting Friday, April 28, you can get your hands on a copy of her highly anticipated LP, Pleasure, but if you were lucky enough to snag a ticket to her album release show in Toronto, yours will be among the first ears to hear the songstress perform Pleasure cuts live.
04/27/17 Toronto, ON – Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
Canadian folk great Jenn Grant has been enthralling us with her evocative music since her start. Her latest LP, Paradise, treads new territory, cohesively employing new styles and ultimately solidifying her place in the folk pop scene. Grant is still going strong on her current tour, and will be making stops in her home province of P.E.I. and Nova Scotia this week.
04/27/17 Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Florence Simmons Performance Hall
04/29/17 Margaretsville, NS – Evergreen Theatre
Jimmy Eat World
Fans of lauded emo rockers Jimmy Eat World and Philadelphia punks Beach Slang will be pleased to hear that they are sharing the stage on a joint North American tour. Jimmy Eat World's latest album, Integrity Blues, is filled with the band's familiar sombre but energetic anthems, and paired with Beach Slang's catalogue and frontman's onstage magnetism, these are sure to be incredible shows.
04/28/17 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
04/29/17 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
04/30/17 Saskatoon, SK – O'Brian's Event Centre
05/01/17 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
If you're looking to groove to catchy tunes documenting the joys of frozen lasagne, being high in Foodland or the pitfalls of making minimum wage, Hamilton's slack-rock king B.A. Johnston has got your back this week. His latest album, Gremlins 3, provides sardonic commentary on all those things and more, so catch him at one of his shows this week to hear his folk-punk odysseys.
04/27/17 Edmonton, AB – The Buckingham with Dead Fibres
04/28/17 Regina, SK – O'Hanlon's Irish Pub with Napalmpom
04/29/17 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo's Cantina with Napalmpom, Xembryos
We've known for a while now that Toronto's heralded venue the Silver Dollar Room's days are numbered. Those in the know might recall back in 2001 when the El Mocambo was shutting, and its then-promoter — and current promoter of the Dollar — Dan Burke organized a ripper of a show as an epic sendoff. This week, Burke has arranged a similar finale, as noise rock outfit METZ are tasked with playing the venue's final show alongside Fake Palms and New Fries. Don't miss it — it's sure to be a night that'll go down in Toronto music history.
04/30/17 Toronto, ON – The Silver Dollar Room
Earlier this year, blues-tinged Canadian outfit Timber Timbre described their album Sincerely, Future Pollution as a "document of this generation's degeneration and disarray." The album maintained the smooth and distinctive brooding vocals of Taylor Kirk that send shivers up the spine, while also exploring new synth territory. Get to one of their shows out west this week to bask in the trio's folk-noir tunes.
04/30/17 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
05/02/17 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
05/03/17 Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar & Stage
What do you get when Sloan's Chris Murphy, Odds' guitarist Craig Northey, ex-Barenaked Ladies' frontman Steven Page and the Pursuit of Happiness's Moe Berg join forces onstage? Rock collective Trans-Canada Highwaymen. Between the individual members' love of performing and deep, respected catalogues, the supergroup have a broad array of hits to pull from, and combine them into an explosive setlist that's sure to have you dancing and singing along. Twice this week the rock'n'rollers will be hitting the stage in Ontario.
27/04/17 Richmond Hill, ON – Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
28/04/17 Brampton, ON – Rose Theatre
Since releasing their final album in the Epoch trilogy last year and making it onto our Top 10 Dance & Electronic Albums of 2016, the Scott Hansen-lead collective are at last bringing it to life on tour. Tycho's latest album, "tastefully crafted by their colourful synthesizers and crisp guitar riffs," will undoubtedly transport you to the Tycho-style dreamscape experience you've been waiting for. Catch the soundsmiths this week in Toronto and Montreal with labelmates Beacon opening the show.
04/29/17 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall with Beacon
04/30/17 Montreal, QC – M Telus with Beacon
Visit Exclaim!'s Concert Listings for more upcoming shows.