Halifax Pop Explosion, Kanye West, Fiona Apple and Japandroids Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Halifax Pop Explosion, Kanye West, Fiona Apple and Japandroids Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
October is a great month in Canada. We get one last month of brisk fall weather before winter takes its hold, and we also get to observe not one, but two yearly celebrations with Thanksgiving and Halloween. As if that weren't cause enough for a bright October, there's also a ton of great shows taking place in Canada this month, as you can see in our latest Can't Miss Concert series. Below, find the best shows headed your way for the week of October 17-23, then come back every Thursday for more Canadian concert listings.

Halifax Pop Explosion

The 2013 Halifax Pop Explosion gets underway this month, running from October 22-26. For this year's edition of the long-running festival, venues across Halifax will play host to a variety of great acts including the Walkmen, Wavves, Fucked Up, Action Bronson, Japandroids and BadBadNotGood.

10/22-26 Halifax, NS

Fiona Apple

As part of her collaborative tour with Blake Mills, singer Fiona Apple will be stopping by Toronto for a performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Apple's current tour is called "Anything We Want," so expect an intimate and spontaneous concert experience.

10/17 Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre


Following a crushing Toronto performance, Italian horror/prog kings Goblin will make their first-ever appearance in Vancouver tonight. If you've been waiting your whole life for this, now is the time to make this dream a reality. "Roller," "Profondo Rosso" and, yes, "Suspiria" — all will be there to fiendishly greet you.

10/17 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw

Janelle Monáe

Though Janelle Monáe's show at Montreal's Olympia theatre has unfortunately been cancelled, the Electric Lady still plans to perform at Toronto's Kool Haus on October 19.

10/19 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus


Earlier this year, Japandroids' single "The House That Heaven Built" was named the theme song for their hometown Vancouver Canucks. Now, in conjunction with the beginning of the hockey season, the garage rock duo will be playing a pair of gigs in their native BC before switching coasts for a few shows out east, including a spot next week (October 26) at the Halifax Pop Explosion.

10/17 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10/18 Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
10/23 St. John's, NL - The Rockhouse

Kanye West

In the midst of his first solo tour in five years, Kanye West will be performing in Vancouver this month. Yeezy will be accompanied by Kendrick Lamar for a performance at the Rogers Arena.

10/20 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena

Montreal Ska Fest

This October will see the fifth instalment of the annual Montreal Ska Festival. This year, the festival will feature the Slackers, Mad Bomber Society, Rude City Riot and more.

10/20 Montreal, QC

The Weeknd

Abel Tesfaye (a.k.a. the Weeknd) will be playing three shows at Toronto's legendary Massey Hall this October. The R&B singer will be accompanied by Banks and Anna Lunoe for his three hometown performances.

10/17 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
10/19 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
10/20 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall

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