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15 concerts in Calgary to check out in April

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DH Calgary Staff Mar 28, 2016 12:47 pm

Spring is in the air, and with it comes the spring concert line-ups. It’s also JUNO month, which is bringing so many celebrated Canadian artists to Calgary. From international superstars like Rihanna and M83, to our local JUNOfest artists, check out these shows in Calgary this month.

Young Empires with Rococode

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Toronto’s Young Empires are back in part with JUNOfest ’16. The East Coasters are playing a double bill with West Coast indie pop duo Rococode, who released their second full-length album Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon earlier this year. A Canadian bill to get our JUNOS off to a great start!

When: Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Available online at $15. 18+

Mariana’s Trench

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From platinum-selling albums to a JUNO Award, Vancouver’s Mariana’s Trench has been on a wave of success since their 2006 debut Fix Me. The emo/punk band is scheduled for a homecoming tour date this month as part of their Never Say Die tour, with guests Walk off The Earth.

When: Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
Where: Stampede Corral – 10 Corral Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online from $49.50. All ages

Willa & k-os

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More than 100 Canadian artists are participating in JUNOFest 2016, an epic two-night celebration of homegrown talent. For $30, fans can purchase a wristband that grants them access to live shows spread out over 15 venues around Calgary, including a performance by Vancouver electro-pop artist Willa at the Hifi Club on April 2. JUNO Award winner k-os will follow Willa with a DJ set.

When: Saturday, April 2 at 10 p.m.
Where: Hifi Club, 219 10th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Available online for $12. 18+

The JUNO Awards

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Jann Arden and The Amazing Race Canada’s Jon Montgomery are hosting the 45th annual Juno Awards on April 3. The live broadcast will feature performances by Bryan Adams, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd while Montreal’s Arcade Fire will be presented with the 2016 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Calgary will play host to a slew of JUNO-related events in the week leading up to the show, including a concert featuring the Children’s Album of the Year nominees at the John Dutton Theatre.

When: Sunday, April 3 at 5 p.m.
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online from $39 to $149. All ages

Twenty One Pilots

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Pop-rock duo Twenty One Pilots rose to fame in 2013 as an opening act for Fall Out Boy and scored their first-ever number album with last year’s Blurryface. Not content to stand still and perform their songs as-is, the guys like to mix things up a bit – expect Tyler Joseph to perform backflips off of his piano and Josh Dun to play drums on a platform raised above the crowd.

When: Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m.
Where: Big Four Building – 1801 Big Four Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online at $35. All ages

Allan Rayman

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Up and coming singer/songwriter Allan Rayman is a performer known as a compelling storyteller. His lyrics flow like poetry, and his music is an authentic masterpiece. In a space like HiFi Club, this is bound to be a beautiful and intimate show.

When: Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.
Where: HiFi Club – 219 10th Avenue SW, Calgary

Tickets: Available online at $14.50. 18+

Santigold

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Santigold is on a bit of a hot streak lately – her song “Radio” was featured in the hit film Paper Towns and her latest album, 99 cents, earned the singer some of the best reviews of her career. Fans can expect a lot of new material including “Can’t Get Enough Of Myself”, the video for which is interactive and allows fans to digitally insert themselves into it.

When: Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Flames Central – 219 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Available online from $35 to $45. 18+

Sloan

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Sloan is hitting the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal One Chord to Another album. The Halifax rockers will perform two sets each night – one featuring all of the songs from Chord while the other will consist of big hits and fan favourites. Lead singer Jay Ferguson recently hinted that an expanded boxed set of the album is on the way.

When: Wednesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Marquee Beer Market & Stage – 4630 Macleod Trail S, Calgary
Tickets: Available online at $29.95. 18+

The Story So Far

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From the stages of Warped Tours to Marquee, The Story So Far are bringing the pop punk sounds to Calgary. On tour to support their latest self-titled release, The Story So Far are bringing guests Comeback Kid and Culture Abuse.

When: Sunday, April 19, at 7 p.m.
Where: Marquee Beer Market – 4630 Macleod Trail S, Calgary
Tickets: Available online at $27.50. 18+

Collective Soul

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After doing the side-project thing for a couple of years, singer Ed Roland and boys are back together as a collective and are heading to Calgary on April 20. Over the last three decades, Collective Soul have scored seven number one songs on Billboard’s Rock chart and their latest album, See What You Started by Continuing, is their first to feature new lead guitarist Jesse Triplett.

When: Sunday, April 20, at 8 p.m.
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
Tickets: Available online from $49.50 to $209. All ages

Rihanna

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Pop music’s most titillating star scored a number one album this year with ANTI, and brings her tour of the same name to Calgary on April 21. The Barbadian beauty has put a lot of hard work work work work work into the nearly two hour show which features new songs like “Kiss It Better”, in addition to classic hits like “Run This Town” and “Stay.”

When: Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online from $35.50 to $160.50. All ages

Cheap Trick

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2016 is shaping up to be a kickass year for quintessential rock band Cheap Trick. Not only are they releasing their first album in nearly five years, but the guys are finally being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after more than four decades in the business. Cheap Trick have performed more than 5,000 live shows and their music has influenced other groups like Guns N’ Roses and Smashing Pumpkins.

When: Friday, April 22, at 9 p.m.
Where: Deerfoot Inn & Casino – 1000, 11500-35 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online from $82.95 to $103.95. 18+

Death From Above

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Rocking out since the early 2000s, Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger (aka the boys of DFA1979) have been through a lot together as a duo – including a band break up. But to mend our broken hearts, the band has since reunited and are back on tour this month with Eagles of Death Metal.

When: Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m.
Where: Grey Eagle Resort and Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive, Calgary
Tickets: Available online at $59. All ages

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M83

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French electronic producer M83 is in Calgary this month as part of a very short Canadian appearance (only Edmonton and Calgary so far). The Grammy nominated artist has six albums, and a slew of fans who are bound to sell out this event. And given his rare appearances up here, the price is worth it.

When: Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m.
Where: Grey Eagle Resort and Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive, Calgary
Tickets: Available online at $61. All ages

Said The Whale

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Vancouverites Said The Whale are on a cross-Canada tour, stopping at the Marquee at the end of the month. The indie rockers have already sold-out some dates on this tour, and won’t be a surprise if Calgary’s gig sells out too. So, spend an evening with Said The Whale, Calgary.

When: Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m.
Where: Marquee Beer Market & Stage – 4630 Macleod Trail S, Calgary
Tickets: Available online at $25. 18+


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