Candian Music Week is once again upon us and this year’s installment is shaping up to be better than ever. With events bombarding the city from May 1-10, it’s literally impossible to see/hear everything that one would want to. That being said, there are some events that, at least to us, stand our more than others… these are 5 shows and bands you should NOT miss!

01: I Mother Earth (May 2nd @ the Phoenix Concert Theatre):

The Skinny: One of the most popular Canadian alternative rock bands of the mid to late 1990s has returned. I Mother Earth ended an eight year hiatus in 2012 and began playing shows again the following year with a new intimate concept called ‘A Very Long Evening With I Mother Earth.’ Now a three-piece, the band released its latest track “The Devil’s Engine” in mid-February and is currently putting together tour plans for the summer.

02: King Tuff (May 7th @ Lee’s Palace):

The Skinny: King Tuff’s mix of garage rock and indi- pop will most definitely light up the stage during their CMW performance at Lee’s Palace. King Tuff will be Promoting their newest album ‘Black Moon Spell,’ which was released in September of 2014 on Sub Pop Records. This concert is a must-see for Toronto music fans looking to make the most of their CMW experience.

03: Scott Weiland and the Wildeabouts (May 7th @ the Mod Club):

The Skinny: Scott Weiland has played with two superstar groups in the past (Velvet Revolver and Stone Temple Pilots) so catching him with his new band the Wildeabouts is pretty much a no-brainer. Seriously… just do it!

04: Single Mothers (May 8th @ Lee’s Palace):

The Skinny: Praise be the music gods that brought Single Mothers back together after they disbanded in 2011. Fresh off the release of their 2014 debut album, ‘Negative Qualities,’ Single Mothers are finally getting the recognition they’ve worked their asses off for. Missing these dudes live will probably be the biggest mistake of your life, they put on an incredible show, and everyone loves angry punk..EVERYONE. Including you. They aren’t too bad on the eyes either.

05: Faith No More (May 9th @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts):

The Skinny: Needless to say, fans of Faith No More were ecstatic when the band reunited in 2009 for a series of sold out performances and international festivals. Well this excitement hit new levels when the reigning kings of alternative/experimental/funk rock/metal announced their first full-length album since 1997’s ‘Album of the Year’. Nothing better than grabbing a copy when it drops in April, then catching the group at CMW!


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