Halloween on a Wednesday begs the question: which weekend do you party? If you stayed in last week, there’s still plenty of time to cut eye holes out of an old white sheet, call it a costume, and take in a show. You may or may not be the only one dressed up. Here are this week’s five can’t miss shows. Costumes are optional.
1. Best known as the keyboardist for Arkells, Dan Griffin is a compelling solo artist too. The ‘Leave Your Love’ singer teams up with Zeus for a show at Queen’s University’s The Grad Club on Nov. 2. Ticket info here. (Click over to Griffin’s site for a free download.)
2. Power-pop trio Young Rival celebrate the release of Stay Young at a local bar, the Casbah, tonight. The Hamilton natives are supported by the terrific Great Bloomers. Ticket info here.
3. With hardly a week’s break after their extensive European tour, alt-country troubadours The Wooden Sky are back on the road, along with openers Wildlife. Their tour of some of the country’s most intimate venues includes a stop in Halifax at the Spatz Theatre on Nov. 1. Ticket info here.
4. Stretch the weekend out until Monday with the help of Ottawa-based indie pop band Loon Choir. The seven-piece group, whose track ‘All Boats Don’t Rise’ is currently charting high up on CBC Music’s R3-30, take the stage at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Nov. 5. More info here.
5. Smack dab in the middle of the week, Juno winners Wintersleep pair up with alt-country trio Elliott Brood for a boot-stomping, hand-clapping good time at The Garrick Centre in Winnipeg on Nov. 6 and Louis’ Pub in Saskatoon on Nov. 7. Ticket info here.
The Wooden Sky recorded a live version of ‘Take Me Out’ off their album Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun as a part of the Halfway House Sessions. Watch it here:
Did we miss a show? Let us know in the comments section. Jessie Willms is a communications student at the University of Ottawa.