Sleater-Kinney, Shad and Canadian Music Week Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Sleater-Kinney, Shad and Canadian Music Week Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
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Looking for a show to go to? As usual, we've got you covered with this week's Can't Miss Concerts, from April 30 to May 6. Regardless of your taste, there's something for you in the highlights below, as we've got some festival dates along with a few other live acts spread across a variety of genres. Read on below, then head over to our complete Concert Listings for even more.

Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week, the annual festival celebrating all things to do with the music industry, has arrived, bringing a number of home-grown and international acts from May 1 to 10. Shows will be held in multiple venues across the cityand will feature heavy hitters like Death Cab For Cutie, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays and METZ. Be sure to hit some shows this week and catch some incredible acts while they're all in one place.

05/01-10/2015 Toronto, ON – Various Venues


Renowned indie rock trio Sleater-Kinney will be hitting the West Coast this week for a show in Vancouver as a part of their stretch of North American tour dates in support of their excellent new album No Cities To Love. Our review of their recent show in Toronto found that the years spent on hiatus have not affected them one bit, as they engaged the crowd with their lively stage presence and powerful delivery.

05/06/2015 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom


Danish metal unit Volbeat will be hitting the Great White North this week along with thrash metal gods Anthrax for a string of dates in the Prairies. Volbeat's signature brand of rockabilly-infused heavy metal is an interesting and original twist and translates into amazing live performances complete with dazzling light shows and blistering guitar solos. If you're looking for a place to bang your head, this is where you need to be.

05/01/2015 Grande Prairie, AB – Revolution Arena
05/02/2015 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
05/03/2015 Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral
05/04/2015 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
05/06/2015 Regina, SK – Brandt Centre


Lo-fi popstress Katie Crutchfield (a.k.a. Waxahatchee) will be playing a show in Vancouver this week as part of her tour in support of her most recent album, Ivy Tripp. Our review of her Toronto performance last year found Crutchfield enthralling the crowd with her fuzzy pop tunes, and sounding as genuine and vulnerable as she does on her recordings.

05/02/2015 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret


Canadian rapper and new host of CBC's radio show 'q,' Shad, will be playing a show in Ottawa this week alongside Zoo Legacy and Jesse Dangerously. You can expect to hear tracks from his most recent EP Boarding Pass as well as his Polaris Music Prize-nominated LP Flying Colours. His 2013 performance in Vancouver found him rapping alongside a live band, delivering his honest, hard-hitting flow with crystal clarity. And with his new gig, he likely won't be touring as much.

05/02/2015 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre

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