Published May 25, 2017After a busy and exciting Victoria Day long weekend, it would be easy to let this week slump by without going out and doing something stimulating. Instead though, why not keep the party going and catch some live music?
From superstar sophisti-folk performer Father John Misty to iconic prog-metal icons Tool, there's something for every music fan in this week's edition of Can't Miss Concerts, from May 25 through 31. If you can't find something on this list that matches your taste, you can always head over to our Concert Listings for a ton of other amazing shows.
In February, psychedelic indie-pop group Animal Collective gave us the bizarre companion to their 2016 LP with The Painters EP, then followed it up shortly after with a live EP for Record Store Day. Fans of the strange and surreal band will get a chance to hear some new material, and surely tons from their extensive catalogue, this week as they perform back-to-back dates in Montreal and Toronto.
5/27/2017 Montreal, QC – Théâtre Corona
5/28/2017 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
Artsy electronic artist Clark delighted fans earlier in the year with the euphoric and visceral album Death Peak, and now you can hear some of that new material live when he performs in Montreal and Toronto this week along with openers Com Truise. Clark is promising an interesting show with this run of dates, developing an impressive stage spectacle that includes "compelling light fixtures, dancers and more."
5/26/2017 Montreal, QC - Fairmount Theatre
5/27/2017 Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground
Father John Misty
Hot off the heels of his critically acclaimed Pure Comedy and a pair of captivating shows in Toronto earlier this month, indie rock superstar and LSD micro-doser Father John Misty is set to make a stop this week in Vancouver. West Coast, now's your chance to hear his latest song cycle in its full-band, performative glory before he continues his current trek south of the border.
5/26/2017 Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl
Jamaican-born dancehall singer Kranium just dropped a new single featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Wizkid this week following a collaboration with Tory Lanez earlier in the month, so what better time to catch one of his live sets? This week, the singer has three dates in Western Canada before heading to Ontario for a show in Sudbury.
5/26/2017 Calgary, AB – The Eden Nightclub
5/27/2017 Edmonton, AB – Envy Nightclub
5/28/2017 Winnipeg, MN – Citizen Nightclub
5/31/2017 Sudbury, ON – Caruso Club
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Australian art rocker Nick Cave has been enthralling the world for over three decades now, and since his new 45-track-long, career-spanning best of album can't possibly contain everything, why not catch Cave and his band kick off their North American tour this week? The icon stops in Montreal and Toronto before heading back to the U.S.
5/29/2017 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
5/31/2017 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Over the past decade, OBEY Convention has been bringing Halifax some of the best underground musicians from all sorts of genres. This year's edition will see performances from Philadelphia hip-hop act Moor Mother, New York City thrash-metal group Uniform, Indonesian doom-folk duo Senyawa and many more. The festival runs May 25 through 28, so you have four days to expand your mind.
5/25-28/2017 Halifax, NS – Various Venues
If experimental post-rock is your thing, Icelandic trio Sigur Rós are sure to bedazzle you with their eclectic blend of classical instrumentation, falsetto vocal styling and atmospheric soundscapes. The band have been teasing a new album to be released this year, but while you're waiting on some new tracks, why not check out one of their dates in Toronto or Montreal this week?
5/28/2017 Toronto, ON – TD Echo Beach
5/30/2017 Montreal, QC – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
5/31/2017 Montreal, QC – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Prog-metal giants Tool may not be delivering a new album this year (to the dismay of their extremely patient fans), but you can still catch them play all of their classic songs live this week. The band will be playing in Hamilton on May 31, and will play Montréal next week (June 2). This is the band's first tour in over a decade, so don't miss out.
5/31/2017 Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre
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