The Weeknd, Danny Brown, AlunaGeorge and Patti Smith Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

The Weeknd, Danny Brown, AlunaGeorge and Patti Smith Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
We know as well as anybody that there's something special about live performance that just can't be captured on record. Below, find our picks for the must-see shows happening around Canada with our newest edition of Can't Miss Concerts. These are the most promising performances happening from September 5-11.


British R&B/pop duo Aluna Francis and George Reid (a.k.a. AlunaGeorge) have been stirring up UK clubs for a while now, but now that Body Music has dropped, those in Toronto will have a chance to see what all the hype is about. Catch the duo play their final Canadian date of the year at the Hoxton.

9/9 Toronto, ON - The Hoxton


Los Angeles sister duo Bleached bring their brand of Californian surf punk north of the border for a pair of dates in support of their new LP, Ride Your Heart.

9/7 Victoria, BC - Electric Owl
9/10 Calgary, AB - Hi-Fi Club


Buzzed-about Scottish synth-pop outfit Chvrches have been touring across the globe the past few months in preparation for their upcoming full-length, The Bones of What You Believe. Now, with their first ever album only a few weeks away, the band are taking another stab at North America with a stop at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom. Catch the British three-piece in the flesh before they retreat down south for the remainder of the year.

9/5 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom

Danny Brown

Detroit rapper Danny Brown's highly-anticipated third studio album, Old, doesn't hit shelves until October 1, but until then, catch the up-and-coming MC alongside Action Bronson in Edmonton as part of their co-headlining 2 High 2 Die tour. Will hometown collaborators Purity Ring make a surprise appearance? Only time will tell.

9/11 Edmonton, AB - Union Hall


Montreal-based avant-garde outfit Esmerine hit up Toronto's the Great Hall in support of their recently released full-length, Dalmark. If watching the instrumental four-piece perform cuts from their Turkish music-inspired LP wasn't enough, arrive early to catch fellow up-and-comers Jerusalem in My Heart, Dundasa 80 and Polaris Music Prize nominee Colin Stetson.

9/5 Toronto, ON - The Great Hall

The Moondoggies

Washington-based roots outfit the Moondoggies bring their brand of atmospheric folk-rock to Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre in support of their recently released third full-length, Adíos I'm a Ghost. Get a glimpse of the road-worn quintet before they dip stateside for the next couple months.

9/6 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre

Patti Smith

With a photography exhibit at the AGO and three back-to-back concerts already under her belt, punk rock poet Patti Smith returns to Toronto for her fourth and final Canadian date of the year at the historic Massey Hall.

9/6 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall


Portland-based indie-rock collective Typhoon launched a Kickstarter campaign back in June to help score a reliable set of wheels for their upcoming tour across North America. Now, with more than $60,000 worth of pledges and a Dodge Sprinter van in tow, the 11-member orchestra are kicking off their journey with a one-off stop at Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre. Arrive early to catch fellow Portland trailblazers Radiation City and Vancouver-based alt-country outfit the Nautical Miles.

9/9 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre

The Weeknd

Finally, trip-hop-indebted crooner the Weeknd's long-awaited debut album, Kiss Land, doesn't hit shelves until September 10, but the ambient auteur is giving fans a taste of his newest LP with a pair of back-to-back shows at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre.

9/6 Vancouver, BC - The Orpheum Theatre
9/7 Vancouver, BC - The Orpheum Theatre

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