Drake, Best Coast and Cancer Bats Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Drake, Best Coast and Cancer Bats Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
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Can't Miss Concerts: May 28 – June 3 Drake, Best Coast and Cancer Bats Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts By: Lisa Vanderwyk As usual, a host of top-notch musicians from genres spanning from beach pop to hard rock will make their way across Canada. As is our weekly custom, Exclaim! is keeping you updated with our Can't Miss Concerts roundup, covering May 28 to June 3. Check out the highlights below and then head over to our complete Concert Listings for even more.

Best Coast

Best Coast will spend the summer riding across North America on the wave of their latest release, California Nights. The sun-kissed indie duo are best known for their sweet and beachy jangle-pop tunes, such as "Sun Was High," "Summer Mood" and "California Nights." As these titles suggest, a Best Coast show is a paradisal musical destination for the summer season, so Vancouverites, be sure to catch her show at the Imperial this week.

06/03/2015 Vancouver, BC – Imperial

Cancer Bats

Toronto's dirtiest rockers will be stirring up pits across Ontario with their notoriously sweaty, spit-slinging sets. Cancer Bats are returning to tour with their belligerent hardcore/metal infusions, including tracks from their tenacious 2015 album, Searching for Zero. Prepare to witness a riot when Cancer Bats come for your city.

05/28/2015 Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
05/29/2015 Oshawa, ON – Moustache Club
05/30/2015 Ottawa, ON – Ritual


The 6 God is returning to Toronto. Drake will be gracing the Air Canada Centre on June 2, following an appearance at Montreal's Bell Centre on May 31. Devout Drake fans are preparing to witness the rapper deliver his much-discussed 2015 mixtape, If You're Reading This, It's Too Late. Embrace this opportunity to turn up in the presence of Drake.

05/31/2015 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
06/02/2015 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

Great Lake Swimmers

Great Lake Swimmers will be playing a series of shows in their home country. The five-piece ensemble will be travelling from Calgary to Toronto with their melodic folk-rock tunes and twangy time-warped stylings. Catch the Great Lake Swimmers when they come, brandishing banjos and fiddles, to your hometown.

05/30/2015 Calgary, AB – Central United Church
06/01/2015 Nelson, BC – Nelson Civic Theatre Society
06/03/2015 Toronto, ON – Al Green Theatre


Montreal will be converted into a land of electronic energy and digital ingenuity when MUTEK launches on May 27. The event, which runs until May 31, has assembled a list of artists including James Holden, Andy Stott, Steffi, Kode9 and Boundary. Navigate the sonic creations and high-minded art that the festival has programmed to run throughout the week.

05/27-31/2015 Montreal, QC – Various Venues


On June 1, Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret will boast the soulful hip-hop of Nigeria's sensation Nneka. The artist has been praised for raising the spirits of entire venues with her dynamic tempos and always-positive vibes. The pulsing energy and rhythms of Nneka's songs promise an uplifting experience for all in attendance.

06/01/2015 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret


UK shoegaze ensemble Ride will fill the Danforth Music Hall with their dreamy tunes on June 2. This is the band's first tour since their (second) reunion in the final months of 2014. Ride is set to play classics like singles "Seagull" and "Vapour Trail," which proved crowd-pleasers at their recent Coachella performance.

06/02/2015 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall


Glasgow's Rustie will be bringing his experimental, multi-coloured electronic bangers to Edmonton's Starlite Room on May 29. Each stop on his Green Language Live Tour will leave the audience hypnotized by 3D visuals of birds, Egyptian artifacts and other hovering imagery. Audiences will experience a unique art form that is both visually and aurally captivating.

05/29/2015 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room

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