Show Alerts: The best of Canadian indie comes to Detroit

Fri., May 15
Great Lake Swimmers ~ Majestic Cafe
Hey Rosetta! ~ The Shelter

If you love beautifully crafted indie folk/folk rock, it doesn't get any better than Friday in Detroit. Our choice was a little easier than our last show conflict, as we saw Hey Rosetta! at The Ark in February. We last saw Great Lake Swimmers at a nearly sold-out show at The Ark as well-- in 2011. To help you make yours, here's how these two seminal and incredibly talented bands compare.

Great Lake SwimmersHey Rosetta!
Home baseTorontoSt. John's, Newfoundland
New album
            A Forest of Arms

On our top 10 albums of all time listLost ChannelsInto Your Lungs
Our favorite song"Your Rocky Spine"N2D: "New Goodbye"
S2W: "Black Heart"
Lead singerTony DekkerTim Baker
Violinist extra-
Miranda MulhollandKinley Dowling

Our take: It's absolutely impossible to choose a favorite here. Both bands are equally remarkable in all the right ways: voices you won't forget, melodies and poetic lyrics that take up permanent residence in your head and heart, musicianship that sets the standard for Canadian indie.