Published May 11, 2017As festival season draws nearer, the latest edition of Can't Miss Concerts, from May 11 to 17, is here to get both your musical mind and spirit in shape with the best live shows from coast to coast. This week's listing is loaded with a litany of rappers, some songwriting splendour and dazzling musicianship; take a look at this week's picks below, then make sure to visit our complete Concert Listings for even more.
Mac DeMarco's third full-length album hit shelves last week, and as our review notes, This Old Dog finds everyone's favourite slacker demonstrating some new tricks. Three straight performances this week will kickstart a May tour before DeMarco hits the festival circuit, as he pops up in Montreal and Toronto.
05/11/17 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
05/12/17 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
05/13/17 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Before some festival appearances later in the summer, Tanya Tagaq will bring her vocal talents to Western Canada for a short run of dates through British Columbia. She'll perform at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre before a pair of more intimate dates at the Waverley Hotel in Cumberland and Victoria's Sugar Nightclub.
05/12/17 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
05/13/17 Cumberland, BC – Waverley Hotel
05/15/17 Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
Future / Migos / Tory Lanez / A$AP Ferg / Zoey Dollaz
One of the season's biggest rap tours hits Canadian soil this week, with Future bringing his dual-album dominance to Toronto's Budweiser Stage as part of his two-month "Nobody Safe" trek. He'll have some star-studded support from the likes of Migos, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg and Zoey Dollaz, truly giving you bang for your buck.
05/16/17 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
It's been just shy of a year since Princess Nokia (aka Destiny Frasqueri) delivered her most recent project, 1992. In anticipation of continuing her rate of releasing one project per year, a West coast tour swing will see her visit Alberta for back-to-back dates in Edmonton and Calgary this week, on May 12 and 13 respectively.
05/12/17 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
05/13/17 Calgary, AB - Commonwealth
The Alberta-based country vet is trading his Western Canadian surroundings for some a little more eastward this week, with four dates lined up in Newfoundland. Lund can be found on the Rock with live performances in Gander, Corner Brook, Stephenville and Grand Falls-Windsor.
05/12/17 Gander, NL – Gander Arts and Culture Centre
05/14/17 Corner Brook, NL – Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre
05/15/17 Stephenville, NL – Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre
05/16/17 Grand Falls-Windsor, NL –Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts
Riding the wave of success from her single "OOOUUU," buzzy Brooklyn MC Young M.A will now tell Herstory in the Great White North. This week, hip-hop heads can find her at Montreal's L'Olympia on May 16 before she heads west to Winnipeg for a performance at Citizen Nightclub on May 17.
05/16/17 Montreal, QC – L'Olympia
05/17/17 Winnipeg, MB – Citizen Nightclub
Adrian Belew Power Trio
An accomplished axeman in his own right for his work with King Crimson, Nine Inch Nails and more, minds (and faces) are sure to be melted when Adrian Belew brings his Power Trio to Canada this week. If musical virtuosity is something you value, look to catch them in Montreal and Quebec City on May 13 and 14, respectively, before they play Toronto's Mod Club Theatre on May 16.
05/13/17 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
05/14/17 Quebec City, QC – Salle Jean-Paul-Tardif
05/16/17 Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theatre
Laura Marling delivered what we called another astounding testament to her talent with Semper Femina earlier this year, and her tour in support of the record will bring her to Montreal's Theatre Corona this week. It marks her final Canadian performance for a while; don't wait to grab your tickets.
05/13/17 Montreal, QC – Theatre Corona
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