Hands down the show of the week (month? year?) is the one-off gathering of jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Garrett, Dave Holland and Roy Haynes celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "greatest jazz concert ever." Massey Hall, tonight (Thursday, May 15).
The hottest voice in dancehall reggae makes the short trip south from his North Toronto pad to the Docks for a massive party blowout with Snow. The Docks, Friday (May 16)
Montreal's orchestral pop swingers try to inject some life into the songs from their underwhelming No Cities Left disc. Horseshoe, Saturday (May 17)
Evan Parker Trio
A rare and intimate performance by the fire-breathing British free jazz saxophonist. Goethe-Institute, Saturday (May 17)
Need a little death metal in your life? Check out this devestating throwdown involving Mastadon (featuring ex-members of grindcore greats Today Is The Day), along with prog-metal pounders Cephalic Carnage, Uphill Battle, Dysrhytmia and the End. Earplugs essential. Rockit Monday (May 19)
The babbling former Can shrieker returns with mor incomprehensible post-rock rants. Hamilton one-man metal band Wax Mannequin will the show in typically stunning form. 360, Tuesday (May 20)
Freedom: Victoria Day Long Weekend Festival
Another massive Goldclub sponsored party, featuring big name DJs from almost every genre, including Deep Dish, Mauro Picotto, Total Science, Freestylers, Storm, and many more. The Guvernment, Sunday (May 18)
New York underground hip hop phenomenon headlines an all female lineup, including Apani B Fly, and Tara Chase. Reverb, tonight (Thursday, May 15).