As August rolls on, we’ve got another edition Can’t Miss Concerts to satisfy all your live music needs. This week, from August 11 to 17, features singer-songwriter supergroup case/lang/veirs, legendary Japanese noisemakers Boris and festivals galore. If you’re looking for more, be sure check out our complete Concert Listings for many more must-see concerts and events.
Boris’s game-changing Pink album blended sludge metal, stoner rock, shoegaze and psychedelia to craft an immersive listening experience that sounds just as vital today as it did when it arrived a decade ago. Now, the Japanese trio are performing the seminal album in its entirety. If you’re in Toronto, this one’s definitely worth checking out this week.
08/11/2016 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
It’s not ten that three songwriting giants join forces to create a project that’s more than the sum their parts, and yet that’s just what Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs managed to do on their self-titled debut. It’s a record that checks all the right boxes country, folk and Americana, sounding at once familiar and distinct. Now, the three queens are heading out on the road to showcase their undeniable chemistry to audiences across the country. Check them out at one the dates below.
08/12/2016 Grand Prairie, AB – Borstad Hill
08/14/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Forks
08/16/2016 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
08/17/2016 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
Honey Jam returns to Toronto this week to showcase a new class young women set to take the music world by storm. Leading the charge this year are EDM-soul queen Fridaee, 14-year-old songwriter prodigy Sanae and hip-hop jack–all-trades Haviah Mighty. Check it out — you might just catch the next big thing.
08/11/2016 Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
Interstellar Rodeo touches down in Winnipeg this week for a galactic hoedown music and art. Gracing the stage at this year’s edition are country-folk supergroup case/lang/veirs, indie rock heroes Wilco and Toronto singer-songwriter Serena Ryder. Don’t miss out.
08/12-14/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Forks
Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition
Electronic music’s best underground remixers, knob-twiddlers and beatmakers will have Manitoba bumping for the annual Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME, though Harambe is unconfirmed as yet). Highlights include “Torontroit” techno scion Greg Gow, 15-year vet Jamie Kidd and soulful housemaster Demuir. Rave children, look no further for your weekend plans.
08/11-14/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Multiple Venues
Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival
Those looking for some good old-fashioned bluegrass should look no further than the aptly named Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival this week. Acts like the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Rugged Little Thing and the Annie Lou Band should provide plenty heeing and hawing for bluegrass veterans and newcomers alike. With acts going well into the night, it might not be the blue moon Kentucky that hangs in the sky, but the feeling will be the same.
08/12-14/2016 Big River, SK – Ness Creek
Over their past 12 years existence, Skeletonwitch have done one thing better than anyone else: play fast, dirty, sinister metal. Audiences can expect more the same as the Ohio five-piece bring their bone-crushing guitar leads, gut-busting drums and throat-searing vocals across the prairies this week. It’s gonna get loud.
08/11/2016 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
08/13/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Windsor Hotel
08/15/2016 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s Cantina
08/16/2016 Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room
08/17/2016 Calgary, AB – Dickens
On his excellent new LP A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson mined everything from classic soul to psychedelia while still remaining true to his outlaw roots. Concertgoers should expect a night sweet harmonies and pedal-steel twang by the bowlful. See the Kentucky singer-songwriter for yourself at one the dates below.
08/11/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
08/13/2016 Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre
08/14/2016 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
08/16/2016 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
Up Here Festival
Sudbury’s Up Here fest returns this week with a stacked lineup Canadian musical treasures. Highlights this year include heart-on-sleeve indie rockers Stars, electronic freak-out artists Holy Fuck and pop/rock revolutionary U.S. Girls. There’s never been a better reason to come up here if you haven’t.
08/11-13/2016 Sudbury, ON – Multiple Venues
Head to Exclaim!’s full Concert Listings for many more concerts and events.