By Vanessa Tam
VANCOUVER — Trust us when we say that now is the perfect time to go to a show. The weather sucks outside, your family and friends are busy with stuff, and cuffing season is in full effect (just Google it). Treat yourself to a warm and toasty show with your cuff of choice at one of our top picks for the month of October.
October 13 @ Orpheum Theatre
Mercury Prize winning and Grammy nominated British singer, songwriter, and producer James Blake is a musical juggernaut. Influenced by a blend of U.K. dance and bass music, contemporary R&B, and 1990s hip hop, his self-produced soundscapes create the perfect canvas for his tortured vocals. Currently touring his third studio album, The Colour in Anything, around the world, be prepared to feel things you never thought possible in a theatre full of relative strangers.
October 22 @ PNE Forum
Label mates with Top Dawg Entertainment signees Sza, Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q rolls forward with his soulful thug flow over bass heavy trap inspired beats. With his new Blank Face LP released earlier this year, his beats have taken a turn into new territory with influences from funk and soul, and feature verses from major artists including Kanye West, Jadakiss, and Miguel.
Chance the Rapper
October 25-26 @ Thunderbird Sports Centre
Following the very successful release of his newest mixtape, Coloring Book, earlier this year, Chance the Rapper is travelling the globe on the Magnificent Coloring World Tour. Know to be a philanthropic rapper with a soft spot for his hometown of Chicago, his signature vocal and rap style layered over soul and jazz flecked instrumentals have helped him stand out in a very crowded genre.
October 30 @ The Commodore Ballroom
Canadian R&B duo Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman first met while going to school at the University of Toronto, immediately bonding over their common passion for music. With Ullman as the producer and Maskati singing vocals, the two have made major waves producing songs for artists like Drake and Beyonce, before releasing their well received debut self-titled LP earlier this year.BC, British Columbia, Chance the Rapper, Commodore Ballroom, James Blake, Majid Jordan, Orpheum Theatre, PNE Forum, Schoolboy Q, Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver EDM, Vancouver hip hop