While it's not technically a Halloween event, it seems appropriate that NYC post-punk legends Swans are playing Toronto so close to the spooky holiday. They don't seem like the types to dress up in costumes onstage, but they are responsible for some of the most authentically dark and disturbing music ever recorded. In particular, on their most recent album, The Seer, the influential band honed their approach, generating more intensity than we ever imagined possible.
Tonight (Thursday, October 25), Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), 8:30 pm. $26.50. HS, TR, SS, TM.
Smashing Pumpkins, Morning Parade
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), tonight (Thursday, October 25). Prog-grunge survivors.
Dan Mangan, the Rural Alberta Advantage
Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), tonight (Thursday, October 25). Quirky West Coast folk rocker.
Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), tonight (Thursday, October 25). 70s Detroit folk-rock cult hero.
Fairmont, My Favourite Robot
Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, October 25). Toronto melodic minimal techno pop.
The Pack A.D., Topanga
The Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (October 26). Fiery Vancouver blues-punk duo.
Mykki Blanco, DJs Auntie Dionne, ItsMattLangile, Patrick McGuire
Play (1032 Queen West), Friday (October 26)
The Wilderness Of Manitoba, Kite Hill, Thomas
Trinity St Paul's Church (427 Bloor West), Friday (October 26)
Do Right! 10th Anniversary
w/ Gilles Peterson, the Slakadeliqs, Maylee Todd, the Movement Collective, DJ Catalist
The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Friday (October 26). Soulful Toronto label's birthday bash.
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Friday (October 26). Heavily-hyped UK dance duo.
Father John Misty, LA Sera
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (October 27). Playfully trippy folk-pop.
Death to T.O. Show
w/ Vag Halen, Yacht Club, Ell V Gore, Young Mother, Odonis Odonis, Absolutely Free and many more
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (October 27). Two-floor Halloween rock party.
Speedy J, Arthur Oskan, Nathan Barato
Footwork (425 Adelaide West), Saturday (October 27). Dutch electronic music veteran.
Rusko, Dillon Francis, Loadstar, Designer Drugs, Emalkay
Sound Academy (11 Polson), Saturday (October 27). Dubstep and electro mega-party.
Blue Rodeo Silver Anniversary Concert
w/ Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea, Ron Sexsmith, the Sadies, Justin Rutledge, Cuff the Duke, Amy Milan, Whitehorse and many more
Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front West), Monday (October 29). Exclusive concert for contest winners.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Monday (October 29)
Epica, Alestorm, Insomnium, System Divide
Opera House (735 Queen East), Wednesday (October 31)