Zola Jesus, Julien Baker and Halifax Pop Explosion Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Zola Jesus, Julien Baker and Halifax Pop Explosion Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Riley Taylor
If the dreary weather and the dreadful monotony of the daily news are bringing you down, why not boost your endorphins by attending a show? From the Rural Alberta Advantage's lively folk-rock sing-alongs to the brutal death metal of Cattle Decapitation, there is plenty to see this week, and we've picked out the best for you in our weekly Can't Miss Concerts from October 19 to 25, below.
Don't see one you like here? There's plenty more in our full Concert Listings; head there to see everything else happening in the coming week.
Julien Baker
Following up her 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle, Memphis singer-songwriter Julien Baker is set to drop her self-produced, sophomore album Turn Out the Lights next Friday (October 27). She'll treat Canadian fans to cuts from the new record in Toronto and Montreal this Tuesday (October 24) and Wednesday (October 25), respectively. We've already heard Baker's devastatingly angelic voice in full force on the LP's title track and "Appointments," so head to one of her shows to hear what the remaining nine songs have in store.
10/24/2017 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
10/25/2017 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
Ben Folds
On his unique, dynamic "Paper Airplane Request Tour," piano man Ben Folds is playing fan requests sent by way of — you guessed it — paper airplanes. Toronto fans of the beloved pianist can toss a paper plane in Folds' direction when he takes to the stage of the Phoenix on Tuesday (October 24).
10/24/2017 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Cattle Decapitation
San Diego extreme metal act Cattle Decapitation are currently on the road with fellow thrashers Revocation, Full of Hell and Artificial Brain. Sponsored by Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies, "The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings" will hit Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg this week.
10/20/2017 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10/21/2017 Calgary, AB – Dickens
10/22/2017 Regina, SK – The Exchange
10/23/2017 Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
Halifax Pop Explosion
Halifax Pop Explosion returns to Nova Scotia's capital this week, and a slew of talented acts are set to perform at venues across the city. Weaves, Clairmont The Second, METZ and Partner will celebrate their new records, and they'll be joined by the likes of Lido Pimienta, Charlotte Day Wilson, New Swears and Beliefs.
10/18-21/2017 Halifax, NS – Multiple Venues
Vancouver duo Japandroids have been around the world and back this year in support of their most recent full-length, Near to the Wild Heart of Life. This week sees them performing to crowds in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto alongside Cleveland rockers Cloud Nothings.
10/19/2017 Halifax, NS – Halifax Forum Multipurpose Centre
10/21/2017 Montreal, QC - Théâtre Corona
10/22/2017 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre Theatre
10/24/2017 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Red Bull Sound Select presents 3 Days in Toronto
Curated by Red Bull Sound Select, "3 Days in Toronto" focuses exclusively on local talent that's helped put Ontario's capital city on the map. On October 19, OVO Sound affiliates Majid Jordan perform at The Great Hall with support from a l l i e, Chris Larocca and Nino Brown & Dre Ngozi. The following night, BADBADNOTGOOD take to Massey Hall featuring Charlotte Day Wilson and River Tiber, with additional surprise guests. Wrapping things up on Saturday (October 21) night, Jazz Cartier will host a hip-hop showcase at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, where Tory Lanez, CMDWN, KILLY and Killa Kells are set to appear.

10/19-21/2017 Toronto, ON – Multiple Venues
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Having just released their fourth record, The Wild, the Rural Alberta Advantage will kick off a North American tour in support of it this week, with stops in St. John's, Ottawa and Halifax, in a Pop Explosion showcase. Joining them on that latter bill are fellow Canadian indie act Yukon Blonde, Patrick Watson and DanceMovie.
10/20/2017 St. John's, NL – Club One
10/21/2017 Halifax, NS – Halifax Forum Multipurpose Centre
10/24/2017 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre Theatre
The War on Drugs
This past summer, Philadelphia indie rockers the War on Drugs made their major label debut with A Deeper Understanding. Massey Hall hosts the sextet for intimate, back-to-back performances this weekend that will be sure to feature a handful of cuts from the new record.
10/21/2017 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
10/22/2017 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Zola Jesus
If Zola Jesus's enthralling Toronto gig earlier this month was any indicator, fans in Vancouver won't want to miss her when she brings Okovi to VENUE Nightclub this Saturday (October 21). Accompanying the Wisconsin native are the equalling compelling Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Maria Usbeck.
10/21/2017 Vancouver, BC – VENUE Nightclub
View Exclaim!'s Concert Listings for more upcoming shows.