Canada and goth culture almost seem like they’d be mutually exclusive. Exactly what, pray tell, do those black-clothes-and-lipstick-wearing Canucks have to be so glum about, eh? Exceptional health care and low crime rates? Perhaps the members of Toronto’s Birthday Massacre are bummed that, for the last three years, Canadian hockey teams have lost the Stanley Cup Championship to clubs from the American South and Southern California. But, whatever the motivation, the six-member industrial band—fronted by female vocalist Chibi—has been peddling its synth-heavy, gloom-and-doom rock for the last nine years, enjoying a respectable amount of success during that time: The band’s latest release, 2007’s Walking With Strangers, ranked No. 10 on Billboard’s “Top Heatseekers” chart in late September. Cheer up, kids: America—the foster home of Canada’s most treasured sports trophy—loves you! The Birthday Massacre performs with Schoolyard Heroes and Creature Feature at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. (202) 667-7960.