Published Sep 01, 2016This week's Can't Miss Concerts, from September 1 to 7, is here to keep your heart warm as the weather begins to get colder, with shows from post-rock maximalists Explosions in the Sky, enigmatic folk giant Rodriguez, hip-hop rising star Anderson .Paak and many more. Find all of our top picks for this week of shows below; then, if you're still looking for that special something, be sure to check out our complete Concert Listings for many more must-see concerts and events.
Explosions in the Sky
For the past 15 years, Explosions in the Sky have used their winning formula of montage-worthy crescendos and uplifting guitar work to garner a deserved reputation as one of the biggest names in post-rock. If you're in Vancouver, check them out at one of the dates below.
09/04/2016 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
09/05/2016 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Festival de musique émergente
FME returns to Quebec for this year's edition with a slew of established stars and scintillating up-and-comers that are sure to make their mark in rural Rouyn-Noranda this week. Leading the pack are Toronto noisemakers METZ, indie rock standard-bearers Half Moon Run and breakout Montreal R&B sensation Charlotte Cardin. If you're looking for one last festival before the cold sets in, this might be your best bet.
09/01-04/2016 Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Over the past year, Gallant has done seemingly everything, from releasing one of the more promising debuts of the year in Ology to slaying "Hotline Bling" alongside Sufjan Stevens, of all people. See the R&B newcomer write his next chapter in Montreal this week.
09/07/2016 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
Anderson .Paak injected the rap game with a much-needed burst of California sunshine earlier this year with Malibu. Since then, he's brought that infectious energy across the continent with his band the Free Nationals, and this week, he's stopping off in Vancouver. It may be getting colder every week, but for .Paak, it's an endless summer.
09/04/2016 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Over his 20-year career, Devin Townsend has been impossible to pin down, oscillating from punishing metal to tongue-in-cheek prog odysseys to country rock. Now, the heavy chameleon is out on the road again, with a slew of Canadian dates on the docket this week. Go check him out — you never know which Devin Townsend you're going to get.
09/02/2016 Kelowna, BC – Level Nightclub
09/03/2016 Calgary, AB – The Gateway (SAIT)
09/04/2016 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
09/06/2016 Winnipeg, AB – Pyramid Cabaret
Rodriguez's story is the stuff of legend by now. Spurned and forgotten by his home country, the Detroit singer-songwriter made a name for himself in South Africa, leading to a career renaissance and one of the better music documentaries of the past decade. If you've ever taken the time to get acquainted with his music though, you know that Rodriguez is more than just the hype. Find out for yourself at one of the dates below.
09/01/2016 Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
09/07/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall
Festival season comes to a close in Alberta with a mirror image of musical goodness in Calgary and Edmonton. Heading up both festivals are indie folk champions the Lumineers, genre-bending duo Twenty One Pilots and electro-pop badass Halsey. If you're looking for a festival with broad lineup with plenty of star power, pick a city and go.
09/03-04/2016 Calgary, AB – Fort Calgary
09/03-04/2016 Edmonton, AB – Borden Park
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