When you're a university student, your days are mostly spent nourishing your mind. You're learning more facts and theories and thoughts and feelings than you ever dreamed could exist, cramming information into every spare corner of your brain, trying desperately to keep any of it from spilling out and vanishing forever. When the day ends and the studying's done, there's no better way to unwind than by nourishing your soul. And how better to do that than like the Greeks did: with live music?
The best universities understand the importance of concerts to the student experience, and go out of their way to host great bands at their own facilities, which have the added benefit of being stumbling distance from the dorms. And, for the student intrepid enough to venture off campus, many university towns have bustling live scenes to offer in local bars and theatres. If you play your cards right, you can see live music every night of the year! Just don't blame me when you fail your morning class.
Today, we shine the spotlight on five schools with exceptionally great live music scenes, and the shows and venues that put them on the map. Learn more about them in the gallery above.
While you're here, take some time to check out some up-and-coming artists in Rock Your Campus: our hunt for Canada's best new campus music act. Decide who deserves that title, and the $10,000 cash prize that goes with it. You can also register to win a Samsung tablet.
Listen to CBC Music's TD Back to School Jams stream