Hot Ticket: Japandroids and Metz – October 23 & 24

Photo by Colin Medley

It’s official: Vancouver’s Japandroids wins the prize for best indie use of Japan+[pun] for their band name. (At press time, Japanther, Japandemonium and Japancakes were seen sobbing into their Pabst Blue Ribbons.) And Toronto’s METZ wins for, uh, best uppercase spelling of a city in Lorraine or something. Both bands win for being two of the most exciting rock bands in Canada, in an era in which rock is in decline. They’re playing two dates in October in honour of Mightypop, the local promoters you can thank for bringing a half-decade worth of deadly shows to the island. They play the Rock House October 23 and October 24. Tickets are $20. Tickets for October 23 are sold out but there are still tickets for the 24th available.