Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Black Sabbath and Calgary's Big Winter Classic Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

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BY Paula ReidPublished Jan 28, 2016

This week's Can't Miss Concerts, from January 28 to February 3, features festivals that encourage anyone sulking about their winter blues to come hang out with good people and good music. You'll also find dates on a farewell tour from a formative heavy rock band and the latest Canadian dates from a certain New Jersey Boss. Find out about more concerts happening beyond these picks on our Concert Listings page.


Western Canada has shown strong support for Hamilton band Arkells this week, buying up every ticket to their four shows. If you're looking to see for yourself what all the hype behind this Canadian rock band is about, you'll have to hurry to find resale tickets where you can.

01/28/2016 Calgary, AB - Flames Central
01/29/2016 Calgary, AB - Flames Central
01/30/2016 Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
02/01/2016 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom

Big Fun Festival

The Big Fun Festival, held in downtown Winnipeg, features the best acts Manitoba has to offer, not to mention others artists from across Canada like Living Hour, Conduct, Kindest Cuts, the Catamounts and more. This festival's goal is to showcase Manitoba's artistic community by lining up a variety of music in front of a prairie winter backdrop.

01/27/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Ballroom
01/28/2016 Winnipeg, MB - Raw:almond
01/28/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
01/29/2016 Winnipeg, MB - Raw:almond
01/29/2016 Winnipeg, MB - Handsome Daughter
01/29/2016 Winnipeg, MB - Windsor Hotel
01/29/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
01/30/2016 Winnipeg, MB - Raw:almond
01/30/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
01/30/2016 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
01/30/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Handsome Daughter
01/30/2016 Winnipeg, MB - Sherbrook Inn
01/30/2016 Winnipeg, MB - Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea
01/31/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Handsome Daughter
01/31/2016 Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
Big Winter Classic

The organizers of this Calgary festival are once again throwing a party, regardless of the winter temperatures. The Big Winter Classic is going all out with a lineup of over 40 bands, including Mounties, 36?, Solids, the Wet Secrets and more, playing across two venues and four stages. The fest will also provide guests with an endless variety of Canadian craft beers. All of this is jammed into three days later this month.

01/28/2016 Calgary, AB - Broken City Social Club
01/29/2016 Calgary, AB - Broken City Social Club
01/30/2016 Calgary, AB - Broken City Social Club
Black Sabbath
The legendary proto-metal band is putting an end to a nearly five-decade journey with the "The End" Tour. Members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have come together to satisfy multiple generations around the world one last time. Because of heavy demand from fans, a number of additional North American dates were added to the already formidable trek, including the band's dates in the Prairies this week.
01/28/2016 Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Centre
01/30/2016 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
02/01/2016 Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
02/03/2016 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena

Bruce Springsteen

On Bruce Springsteen's latest tour, fans can look forward to an in-sequence, complete performance of The River album, along with other Springsteen favourites. He'll hit Toronto with the E-Street Band this week.

02/02/2016 - Toronto, ON  - Air Canada Centre

Corb Lund
Corb Lund released a full-length album last year titled Things That Can't Be Undone, and starting in January, he's taking the songs to stages across Canada. The Juno award-winning roots-country singer will be playing several shows in British Columbia this week.

01/28/2016 Duncan, BC - Cowichan Theatre
01/29/2016 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
01/30/2016 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
01/31/2016 Mission, BC - Clarke Theatre Foundation
02/02/2016 Nelson, BC - Capitol Theatre
02/03/2016 Revelstoke, BC - Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre

Hillside Inside

The Hillside Inside Festival is the result of an artistic vision that showcases the diversity of Canadian culture through music. The festival favours artists that have unique elements to their sound, from accordionist and singer Geoff Berner to Casey Mecija to the Elwins. Hillside Inside takes place in Guelph this weekend.
01/29/2016 Guelph, ON - St. George's Anglican Church
01/30/2016 Guelph, ON - St. George's Anglican Church
01/31/2016 Guelph, ON - St. George's Anglican Church
Neon Indian

Last year, Neon Indian released their latest LP, VEGA INTL. Night School, which delivers a much funkier sound than their previous work. If you're in Montreal or Toronto this weekend, these new tracks will make for an enjoyable show, as will frontman Alan Palomo's excellent — and contagious — dance moves.
01/29/2016 Montreal, QC - Fairmount Theatre
01/30/2016 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra are not afraid to experiment, mixing funk and rock into their psychedelic sound. Their latest project, Multi-Love, is a great example of the band's fearless style-blending. Catch the band this week at their stop in Vancouver.
01/28/2016 Vancouver BC - Rickshaw Theatre

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