Weaves, Future Islands and Tei Shi Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Weaves, Future Islands and Tei Shi Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Stephen McGill
Amidst Thanksgiving dinners and family obligations, why not show your gratitude for live music by making it out to a concert this week? Edmonton will play host once more to Up + Downtown Music and Arts Festival as festival season comes to a close, while a plethora of Canadian artists will make their way through the country.
 
We've scoured our Concert Listings and compiled some choice picks in our weekly Can't Miss Concerts below, spanning October 5 to 11. If you find yourself wanting more, check the complete listings for a slew of even more shows happening this week.
 
Azealia Banks
 
When she's not busy fighting with Rihanna or sacrificing chickens in a closet, Azealia Banks brings her brand of thumping beats and brash rhymes to audiences around the globe. With her current North American tour underway, the Harlem-born rapper will make a sole Canadian appearance in Toronto this Sunday, October 8.
 
10/08/2017 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
 
Blue Hawaii
 
Canadian electronic duo Blue Hawaii are gearing up for the release of Tenderness, their first full-length record since 2013's Untogether, this Friday (October 6). Raphaelle "Ra" Standell, who also serves as Braids' vocalist, and Alexander "Agor" Kerby will tour Tenderness across Canada, making stops this week in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa along the way.
 
10/06/2017 Montreal, QC – Club Lambi
10/07/2017 Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall (The Great Hall)
10/08/2017 Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club
 
Future Islands
 
Soulful indie rock act Future Islands have spent the majority of 2017 on the road in support of their latest release, The Far Field, and this week will see the trio return to Canadian soil. Having played Toronto's Danforth Music Hall back in May, Future Islands will upgrade to Massey Hall before carrying on to Montreal.
 
10/06/2017 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
10/07/2017 Montreal, QC – MTELUS (formerly Metropolis)
 
Jenn Grant
 
Characterized by R&B-esque rhythms and synth infusions, Jenn Grant's sixth record, Paradise, demonstrated the Canadian folk pop artist's vast range. This Saturday, October 7, she'll put the audience at Iqaluit's Inuksuk High School into a trance with a performance that's sure to feature cuts from the new album.
 
10/07/2017 Iqaluit, NU – Inuksuk High School
 
New Pornographers
 
Canadian indie rock veterans New Pornographers are currently on the road in support of their latest album, Whiteout Conditions. With Born Ruffians in tow, the Vancouver group will play three nights in the Prairies before heading to Ontario for a performance at London Music Hall.
 
10/05/2017 Saskatoon, SK – O'Brians Event Centre
10/06/2017 Regina, SK – The Exchange
10/07/2017 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
10/11/2017 London, ON – London Music Hall
 
Tei Shi
 
Buenos Aires-born and Brooklyn-based indie popster Tei Shi will spend the remainder of October touring in support of her debut LP, Crawl Space. This week will see the artist performing as part of Edmonton's Up + Downtown Music and Arts Festival, with additional gigs in Saskatoon, Calgary and Victoria.
 
10/05/2017 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina
10/06/2017 Edmonton, AB – The Needle Vinyl Tavern (Up + Downtown Music and Arts Festival)
10/07/2017 Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar & Stage
10/11/2017 Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom (formerly Sugar Nightclub)
 
U.S. Girls
 
At this year's Kazoo! Fest, Meg Remy offered an impressed audience a look at U.S. Girls' fresh expansion into a cohesive eight-piece. Remy and company are sure to have the same effect on Albertan attendees this week as they perform at The Needle Vinyl Tavern in Edmonton and The Palomino in Calgary this Friday (October 6) and Saturday (October 7), respectively.
 
10/06/2017 Edmonton, AB – The Needle Vinyl Tavern (Up + Downtown Music and Arts Festival)
10/07/2017 Calgary, AB – The Palomino
 
Up + Downtown Music and Arts Festival
 
The fifth annual Up + Downtown Music and Arts Festival (UP+DT for short) returns to venues across Edmonton this weekend. From Friday (October 6) to Sunday (October 8), fans of DIIV, Wintersleep, Weaves, TUNS, Rae Spoon and many more can experience live performances while sipping on a variety of craft beer — each venue is sponsored by a different brewery or distillery.
 
10/06-08/2017 Edmonton, AB – Multiple Venues
 
Weaves
 
Toronto indie weirdos Weaves drop their highly anticipated sophomore record Wide Open tomorrow (October 6) and will immediately head out on the road in support of it. Kicking things off with an album release show at Guelph's eBar, this week will also see the quartet's enthusiastic energy on display in Edmonton, Hamilton, Ottawa and Montreal.

10/06/2017 Guelph, ON – eBar (The Bookshelf)
10/07/2017 Edmonton, AB – Downtown Edmonton Community League (Up + Downtown Music and Arts Festival)
10/08/2017 Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware
10/10/2017 Ottawa, ON – House of TARG
10/11/2017 Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz PDB
 
Yelle
 
French electro outfit Yelle have released a handful of singles since their third record, Complètement fou, back in 2014, and this weekend audiences in Montreal and Toronto will have the opportunity to see the band take to the stages of Phi Centre and Adelaide Hall, respectively.
 
10/06/2017 Montreal, QC – Phi Centre
10/07/2017 Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall


View Exclaim!'s Concert Listings for more upcoming shows.