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12 must-see concerts in Toronto this May

The must-see concerts in Toronto this May are all about experimental beats and female power. Festival fans, rev up for the return of Canadian Music Week, Electric Island and CBC Music Festival. There’s also Jorja Smith, HAIM, Panda Bear and more to look forward to.

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    • May 2
      After putting out his latest vinyl-only EP in January, Animal Collective’s sample-loving co-founder has hit the road solo, bringing fellow experimental AC member, Geologist, along for the ride.
    • May 5
      This UK singer-songwriter has Drake's stamp of approval, but even without high-profile fans it’s obvious why the soulful 20-year-old’s music is getting tons of attention. And why she’s already sold out two nights at the Opera House.
    • May 6
      A decade on from their last LP, The Breeders are finally back to doing cool alterna-rock things with their newly-released album, "All Nerve". Give it a listen when they arrive at The Phoenix.
    • May 7
      California’s biggest sister act might still be recovering from opening for Beyonce at Coachella, but I'm confident they'll be at the top of their game for their show at Massey Hall. Especially when they have energetic rapper Lizzo in support.
    • May 11
      I can't name all of the CMW picks here, but if you need one to see it should be Alice Glass and Zola Jesus. Jesus' emotional 2017 release, Okovi, has been expanded and was re-released in April.
    • May 17
      Almost nine years after her first solo outing as Fever Ray, Karin Dreijer took the persona out of storage for last year’s acclaimed electro adventure, "Plunge". She’s now taking Fever Ray on tour with a stop at REBEL.
    • May 17
      A hardcore crew from Baltimore, War On Women makes feminist punk that is crucial listening in today’s political climate. After being included in a major New York Times music feature, their profile seems poised to rise.
    • May 18
      While Death From Above 1979, Wolf Parade and many other acts from Canada’s thriving mid-00s indie rock days capitalize on reunion fever, this B.C. group is going the other way. After 17 years, this will be their last tour before disbanding.
    • May 24
      Now it definitely feels like winter is over. Our city’s darling indie collective will launch Budweiser Stage's summer concert series, accompanied by fellow breezy indie troupe Portugal. The Man, before heading out on tour.
      Budweiser Stage
    • May 29
      The metal legends are calling it quits (I guess when your frontman starts posting implicitly pro-Trump Instas, it’s a sign that your time as progressive music icons is over). Their stacked farewell includes Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament.
      Budweiser Stage
    • May 30
      The rising R&B star has alluded that more good things are on their way with a brand new track. In honour of his recently adopted dog, he's emBARKing (sorry!) on “The Roxy Tour” where a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to local animal shelters.
      RBC Echo Beach
    • May 31
      This locally grown electro-pop group has been around a while, but their upcoming LP, Righteous Woman, promises to be their most intriguing yet, bringing feminism and empowerment to the fore.
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    Matt Forsythe

Lead photo by

Matt Forsythe

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