ScHoolboy Q, Purity Ring and Halifax Pop Explosion Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

ScHoolboy Q, Purity Ring and Halifax Pop Explosion Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Rick Clifford
After digging through our Concert Listings, we've unearthed some brand spanking new picks for this week's Can't Miss Concerts. From the upbeat pop of superstar Sia to the electro-tinged sounds of Purity Ring to the modern soul of UK singer Sampha, catch this week's selection of shows, from October 20 to 26, below.
 
Duchess Says
 
Synth-punks Duchess Says just released their third album, Sciences Nouvelles, five years after their last full-length album, In A Fung DAY T!. They're on a world tour until the end of November, and this week brings them to Quebec and Ontario. 
 
10/20/2016 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
10/22/2016 Chicoutimi, QC – Sous Bois
10/26/2016 Guelph, ON – Dstrct
 
Halifax Pop Explosion
 
With over 150 artists, speakers and comedians, this year's Halifax Pop Explosion promises a jam-packed lineup. BADBADNOTGOOD, Basia Bulat and comedians Kyle Kinane and Travis Lindsay are just some of the acts you can catch during the festival.
 
10/19-22/2016 Halifax, NS – Multiple Venues
 
Hey Rosetta!
 
Their last studio album may have been 2014's Second Sight, but Newfoundland's indie darlings Hey Rosetta! are still on the road supporting it. If you haven't heard them perform it yet, catch them somewhere on the East Coast this week. 
 
10/20/2016 Charlottetown, PEI – PEI Brewing Company
10/21/2016 Halifax, NS – Halifax Pop Explosion
10/22/2016 Fredericton, NB – UNB SUB Cafeteria
10/23/2016 Moncton, NB – Capitol Theatre
 
Purity Ring
 
Edmonton's own Purity Ring are coming home this week. If you're in Alberta, head to Edmonton or Calgary to see the unique and synth-filled sounds of their sophomore album, Another Eternity, come to life.
 
10/21/2016 Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre
10/22/2016 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
 
Sampha
 
After a collaboration with Kanye West and the release of singles like "Timmy's Prayer" and "Blood on Me," Sampha is gearing up to release his debut album, Process. He's bringing his work to the stage with a short string of shows; don't miss him in Toronto this week.
 
10/20/2016 Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel Underground
 
ScHoolboy Q
 
If you didn't like ScHoolboy Q's latest LP, Blank Face, then "shame the fuck on you." But if you did, you should catch the ever-subtle rapper when he's in Vancouver on October 22 with Joey Bada$$.
 
10/22/2016 Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
 
Sia
 
Pop sensation Sia is releasing a deluxe version of her album This Is Acting this week. After listening to the album's unreleased tracks and bonus material, catch the wigged hitmaker with opening acts Miguel and AlunaGeorge in Toronto on October 22 and Montreal the following evening.
 
10/22/2016 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
10/23/2016 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
 
Tanya Tagaq
 
Canadian throat-singer Tanya Tagaq is set to release the followup to her Polaris Prize-winning album, Animism, on October 21. Hear new tracks from Retribution, like "Centre," when she's in New Brunswick this week.
 
10/20/2016 Saint John, NB – Imperial Theatre
10/21/2016 Fredericton, NB – The Fredericton Playhouse
 
Touché Amoré
 
Touché Amoré evolved drastically with the release of their emotional and complicated fourth album, Stage Four. But as melodic as their music has become, it's still plenty fast and loud. Catch them when they're in Ottawa on October 20 and Montreal on October 21.
 
10/20/2016 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox
10/21/2016 Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz PDB
 
Weird Lines
 
Maritime pop supergroup Weird Lines put on a great show in Sackville, NB this summer. Hear the doo-wop and rock'n'roll sounds of Weird Lines and their self-titled debut album on the West Coast this week.
 
10/21/2016 Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis Tavern
10/23/2016 Calgary, AB – Local 510
10/25/2016 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret


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