The mysterious Toronto soul sensation has had a meteoric rise to fame in the past couple of years, all based on the strength of his free Balloons Trilogy mixtape series (which is finally getting a commercial release November 13). Not many artists can fill a venue this size for four nights before releasing a single official album, but the Weeknd's nihilistic, decadent take on R&B has clearly struck a chord, and not just because of Drake's endorsement.
Friday to Monday (November 2 to 5), Sound Academy (11 Polson), 8 pm. $34.50. LN, RT, SS.
Exhumed, Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Vektor
Opera House (735 Queen East), tonight (Thursday, November 1). Death metal veterans.
Die Antwoord, Azari & III, Tiga, Seth Troxler, Paul Kalkbrenner and more
Sound Academy (11 Polson), tonight (Thursday, November 1)
Winter Garden Theatre (189 Yonge), tonight (Thursday, November 1)
Squarepusher, Mount Kimbie
Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Friday (November 2)
Indian Handcrafts, Neon Windbreaker, Skirt Chasers
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (November 2). Sludgy stoner rock.
Sleepwalk Guitar Festival
w/ Albert Lee, Junior Brown, James Burton, Nels Cline and many more
Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Friday to Sunday (November 2 to 4). Luke Doucet's guitar-lover festival.
Crystal Castles, Kontravoid, Tarantual X
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Saturday (November 3). Toronto synth-punk heroes.
Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front West), Saturday (November 3). East Coast folk-pop singer.
Roky Erickson, Nude Beach, Hounds Of Bassetville
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (November 3). Psychedelic rock legend.
Sneak's Birthday Beats
w/ DJ Sneak, Josh Wink, Doc Martin, Nitin and many more
Moskito (423 College), Saturday (November 3). Funky house heavyweights.
Men Without Hats
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Wednesday (November 7)
The Luyas, Fiver, The Riderless
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture & the Arts, Wednesday (November 7)