Published May 16, 2013Summer is fast approaching, and that means more summer festivals and headlining acts touring across Canada. Whether it be avant-garde instrumentalists, pre-summer music festivals, or a bunch of boat shoe-wearing dandies you favour, whet your appetite for some of May's biggest concerts by reading our picks for Canada's can't miss concerts for the week of May 16-22 below.
Saxophone experimentalist Colin Stetson recently blew away the Exclaim! crew with his recently released To See More Light LP, which received a perfect 10 from us for its dark and organic compositions. Catch the avant-garde prodigy at Toronto's expansive Great Hall in support of his new album.
5/19 Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
Kentucky trio Coliseum brings their brand of rambunctious hard rock to Canada for a set of dates in support of their new album Sister Faith.
5/15 Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
5/16 Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dekcuf
5/18 Montreal, QC - Drones Club
Sackville, NB's Jim Kilpatrick (aka Shotgun Jimmie) brings his minimalist lo-fi guitar rock to the West Coast to play songs off his recent album Everything, Everything.
5/16 Calgary, AB - Broken City
5/17 Edmonton, AB - Wunderbar
5/18 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
Eclectic Buffalo pop-punk outfit Lemuria stop by Southern Ontario to play a few gigs. The band will be playing songs off their long-awaited upcoming album The Distance is So Big, due out June 18.
5/17 St. Catharines, ON - Mansion House
5/18 Toronto, ON - Polyhaus
The Milk Carton Kids
Alt-country duo the Milk Carton Kids climb north of the border for the final stop on their North American tour in support of their recently released album The Ash and Clay. Catch them at this intimate venue before they really start getting big.
5/17 Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
Montreal punk rockers rejoice! Pouzza Fest returns for another year of good times in the heart of Montreal. Over 150 bands will be swarming through the city for the weekend-long festival. Don't miss out on performances by Teenage Bottlerocket, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Good Riddance and more.
5/17-19 Montreal, QC - Various Locations
Shout Out Out Out Out/ Cadence Weapon
Hometown heroes Cadence Weapon and Shout Out Out Out Out roll into Edmonton as part of the Red Bull Bus Tour's hometown concert series. The best part of it all: it's free.
5/17 Edmonton, AB - Churchill Square
Afro-inspired indie-rockers Vampire Weekend stroll into Toronto for their sole Canadian tour date on their current continent-hopping tour. Their long-awaited third album, Modern Vampires of the City, hits shelves two days before the show, making this a concert not to miss.
5/16 Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts