Published May 05, 2016This week's edition of Can't Miss Concerts, from May 5 to 11, is jam-packed with the best that rock'n'roll has to offer, from stadium-filling American icons Pearl Jam to the basement-bar-playing diamonds in the rough of Canadian Music Week. Scope out our picks for the best shows this week below, then head over to our complete Concert Listings pages for even more to choose from.
Canadian Music Week is now in full swing, so make sure you don't miss out and end up having to wait another full year until it rolls around again. The last day of the Toronto-wide fest is May 8, and there's certainly no shortage of acts to choose from, as Tegan and Sara, Wild Nothing, TOPS, No Joy, Nao and plenty more will hit the stage in those last few days. For ticketing info and a full list of artists, head to their website at cmw.net/music.
After abandoning recording for four years, song and dance man Jason Collett is bringing his latest project on tour to his patiently waiting fans. Backed by Toronto rockers Zeus and joined by indie opener Kalle Mattson, grab a ticket and get ready for your heart to grow about three sizes.
05/05/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will
05/07/2016 Sudbury, ON – Durham Mess Hall
05/11/2016 Kingston, ON – The Grad Club
Death From Above 1979 / Eagles of Death Metal
Death From Above 1979 and Eagles of Death Metal are continuing to take the nation by storm on their joint tour this coming week, delivering fans old and new the true essence of rock and roll in its purest form: with a raw, unadulterated live show filled with stage dives and never-ending shredding.
05/05/2016 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
05/06/2016 Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Convention Centre
05/07/2016 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
05/08/2016 Quebec City, QC – Imperial De Quebec
Hitting Canada this week as part of their Metal Alliance Tour, Dying Fetus are set to take the stage alongside fellow thrashers the Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot and Black Crown Initiate. An amassment of some of the most extreme metal acts in the scene, this evening will allow you to rage out alongside a whole flock of other fist-throwing fans.
05/05/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
05/08/2016 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
English electronic musician/neuroscientist Sam Shepard, a.k.a. Floating Points, has hung up his white coat for the time being in order to bring last year's LP, Elaenia, to his fans in North America. Shepard isn't exactly known for touring, so this week marks a rare opportunity to catch him bringing his cerebral, pointillist compositions to life.
05/10/2016 Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
05/11/2016 Montreal, QC – Phi Centre
Given that he dubbed last year's genre-fusing So There "one of the best records I've made," it's no surprise that Ben Folds has a rather significant portion of 2016 booked up with tour dates in support of the album. Find him with So There collaborators yMusic, a New York-based chamber ensemble, at one of the two dates listed below.
05/09/2016 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
05/11/2016 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Calgary-based pop quintet Lab Coast are making sure to water their roots this week with a hometown show at The Palomino before heading out on a nation-wide tour to promote their latest effort, Remember the Moon. Join them at one of the two dates listed below to show them that you, too, haven't forgotten about the enormous mass of rock hovering above our heads.
05/05/2016 Edmonton, AB – 9910
05/06/2016 Calgary, AB – The Palomino
Arts and culture festival Lawnya Vawnya is taking over St. John's, Newfoundland this weekend, with the likes of Braids, Jennifer Castle and Shotgun Jimmie performing at venues across the city. For additional info on everything that's going down, head to the festival website at www.lawnyavawnya.com.
Nineties alt-rock icons Pearl Jam have crossed the mid-mark of their spring North American tour, which also means it's just about time for them to cross the Canadian border. With no releases since 2013's Lightning Bolt, the show is sure to include tons of classic hits from one of America's biggest rock'n'roll acts.
05/05/2016 Quebec, QC – Centre Videotron
05/08/2016 Kanata, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
05/10/2016 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
05/11/2016 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Guitar riffing and head-banging just not your style? Princess Century, also known as Maya Postepski of Austra, is due to bring her electronic eccentricities to Winnipeg this week, with her latest EP Rendezvous in tow. Join her for an evening of otherworldly sounds at The Handsome Daughter by snagging your tickets below.
05/05/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Handsome Daughter
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