JUNO AWARDS AND MORE Toronto, Sun., May 15, 8 pm ET Budweiser Stage and CBC TV In person: $40 – $266; broadcast, free junoawards.ca
The JUNOS are back live and in person in Toronto, with a packed slate of events honouring Canadian music that’s highlighted by the Sunday night awards show and broadcast hosted by super-dude Simu Liu with performances by Arcade Fire, Charlotte Cardin, Avril Lavigne, Mustafa, Arkells and more. The Songwriters’ Circle (May 11, Massey Hall) features Charlotte Day Wilson, The Weather Station, TOBI and Serena Ryder while emerging acts take over Toronto clubs for JUNO Fest shows throughout JUNO Week. There’s a comedy show, artist talks, even more awards and lots more.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK Where: In theatres When: Fri., May 27 Genre: Action
The 1986 aviation classic gets a revival with a sequel set 30 years after the original. Tom Cruise renews his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who’s tasked with training a new cohort of top gun graduates. The cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller, with Hans Zimmer and Lady Gaga building the soundtrack.
AVRIL LAVIGNE Toronto: Fri., May 13, 7 pm, Coca-Cola Coliseum Calgary: Sat., May 21 & Sun., May 22, 7 pm, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Vancouver: Tues., May 24, 7 pm, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre $100+ avrillavigne.com
Break out your Dr. Martens and colourful hair dye — the Canadian pop-punk queen is going on tour! This spring, Avril Lavigne visits all three NEXT cities as she shares her new album, Love Sux, and older classic hits. She’s joined by new fiancé, Mod Sun, and rising Canadian alternative star, grandson.
THE KIDS IN THE HALL Prime Video, 8 episodes, 30 mins. Fri., May 13 Comedy
Canada’s comedic cross-dressing cutups, The Kids in the Hall are back with all-new shows on Prime Video. Sketch comedy kings, the Kids’ last new shows were in 1995 and a real reunion of the combative clowns, who were also otherwise engaged with their own projects, often seemed unlikely. A KITH doc, Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks, also airs on Prime Video on Fri., May 20.
STRANGER THINGS Where: Netflix, 9 episodes When: Part 1 on Fri., May 27; Part 2 on Fri., July 1 Genre: Sci-fi thriller
In 2016, an ’80s-inspired synth soundtrack and the eerie sci-fi adventures of five kids enraptured millions around the world. Now, their mysteries unravel even further, with Stranger Things Season 4 , which will be released in two parts. There’s plenty to binge and keep the suspense alive before the show’s confirmed fifth and final season.