at the Dakota (249 Ossington), midnight.
Who: Ramblin’ Alberta troubadour best known for co-fronting alt-country mavericks Old Reliable.
Why: He’s not the first guy to trade in Black Flags records for a Willie Nelson box set, but Jansen’s clocked countless miles across this vast country and sounds like he was born to play lonesome prairie rock. His new album, Today’s Remains (Black Hen), is the sound of an artist fully realizing the potential of his talent.
Buzz factor: Medium. Electrified folk rock might not be what kids are loading their iPods with these days, but the genre’s still holding strong thanks to so many ex-rockers going the rural route. However, Jansen isn’t some urban hipster cowboy; he’s the real deal. The fact that he moved to Saskatoon says it all.