Flying Lotus, Bahamas and Sloan Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Flying Lotus, Bahamas and Sloan Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but this week's edition of Can't Miss Concerts gives us all sorts of wonderful live performances across the country to be thankful for. Find our picks for October 16 to 22 below, then check our complete Concert Listings for more.


After five years of making music under his Bahamas moniker, Toronto music vet Afie Jurvanen is feeling more at peace with his real name on his third record. As he takes Bahamas Is Afie on tour across the country, a string of dates in western Canada will give listeners a chance to experience his excellent songwriting in person this week.

10/16 Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Performance Hall
10/17 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
10/18 Kelowna, BC – Habitat
10/20 Calgary, AB – Knox United Church
10/21 Calgary, AB – McDougall United Church
10/22 Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre

Emmanuel Jal

Touring his recently released record The Key and new film The Good Life, Emmanuel Jal says he is treating both releases as part of his growth as a person, artist and social activist. The man is bringing his blend of hip-hop, spoken word and EDM elements across the country, and is stopping in Ottawa for a date at Zaphod Beeblebrox this week

10/17 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox

Flying Lotus

Experimental beatsmith Flying Lotus released his jazzy fifth studio album You're Dead! last week, and promptly kicked off a supporting tour only days after. This week, you can witness the new record's musical musings on what happens after death in Montreal at SAT, and in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall

10/20 Montreal, QC – SAT
10/21 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

Halifax Pop Explosion

It's once again the season for the Halifax Pop Explosion, celebrating all things musical, digital and cultural in the Maritime city. The festivities begin Tuesday evening (October 21) across multiple venues, when festival-goers can take in the likes of Mo Kenney and Kim Churchill, Strange Attractor, WTCHS, Single Mothers, the Flatliners, Teenage Kicks, Austra and many more. Stay tuned for more bands in our Can't Miss Concerts October 23 to 29.

10/21-22 Halifax, NS – Various Venues


Australian psych-rockers Pond pop up in Canada for two nights this week. The group, which shares members with Tame Impala, can be seen in Montreal at Petit Campus on October 20, and at Lee's Palace in Toronto on October 21.

10/20 Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
10/21 Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace

Rah Rah

Saskatchewan indie troupe Rah Rah have a busy itinerary ahead of them, with the next few months being dedicated to a tour that will see them trek towards eastern Canada before a run of shows in the United States. The tour kicks off in Winnipeg at the Park Theatre on October 18 before the band heads east for an appearance in Hamilton at the Casbah on October 22.

10/18 Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
10/22 Hamilton, ON – The Casbah

Rural Alberta Advantage

Coming off the release of their third studio record, Mended With Gold, Toronto trio the Rural Alberta Advantage are in full-on touring mode with dates lined up in Canada, the United States and across the pond in the UK and Europe. Those out west can see the band live before their adventures outside of Canada begin, with performances scheduled in both Edmonton and Calgary on October 20 and 21, respectively.

10/20 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10/21 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall


Touring this year's four-sided record, Commonwealth, Sloan reach the west coast of the country this week after a trip through Saskatchewan and Alberta. You can see the band's latest material in a live setting in Edmonton before the band enters British Columbia for a pair of dates in Nelson and Vancouver.

10/16 Edmonton, AB – Dinwoodie Lounge
10/17 Nelson, BC – Spirit Bar
10/18 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

For more shows headed your way, click over to Exclaim!'s Concert Listings.